So here I am doing all this research on the Bottgers, and yesterday Raymond Ortiz and his family came for a visit. Raymond is Charles Bottger's great-great-grandson. He and his wife were dropping off his son (Zachary Ortiz, a recurring family name) and daughter-in-law at the airport and had a little extra time, so they decided to stop by and look at the old family mansion. I was thrilled to talk to him about some of the documents I had found. There was some information I had found out that he didn't know, and he was able to verify one of the family stories about his great-grandmother Dorothy Bottger Ortiz.
At this point it seems that for every piece of information I get, it spurs three more questions. Right now the questions I need to answer are:
Who was Max Stein, Jr.? When was he born (married in 1948 at what age?)? Was he a descendant of Miguela Bottger's first husband, Max Stein? If so, who was his mother (not Miguela)?
Who was the Julia Bottger listed as having died in Albuquerque in 1909? Had Charles Bottger's mother come to live here? His sister? It was not his daughter Julia L. Bottger, because she had gotten married in 1920 and lived to have six children and 24 grandchildren.
Was Thomas D. Post Miguela's father or her stepfather? He married a widow, Gertrudes Garcia, who had one daughter. Was that Miguela? If so, who was her father?
The search for the true story continues.