One of prominent Taos resident Francisco Esteban Jaramillo, at the age of 14 Josefa married Kit Carson. In order to gain her father’s trust, Carson converted to Catholicism. Together, the couple had eight children. She died of complications after giving birth to her eighth child in late April of 1868. Carson died a few weeks later and Josefa’s sister, Ignacia, became the children’s guardian.
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