Jesus Gil Abreu
During the Mexican-American War in 1845, he was engaged by a sutler to be an interpreter for the United States Army. When the troops were dispatched to Santa Fe, Ceran St. Vrain dispatched Abreu in advance to buy up the goods of competing sutlers for St. Vrain so it could enjoy a monopoly with the United States.
Abreu worked in a store for St. Vrain in Santa Fe, and worked as an interpreter for the United States and in the winter of 1848–49 delivered the U.S. mail between Santa Fe and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (a process which took 40 days).
During the California Gold Rush he traveled to California in 1850–51.
When he returned to New Mexico, he worked for Joseph Pley, a partner of Lucien B. Maxwell who after marrying the daughter of Carlos Beaubien had become the owner of the million-acre Maxwell Land Grant.
On November 26, 1859, he married Petrita Beaubien, another daughter of Beaubien. In 1862, he acquired 20,000 acres (81 km2) of the land grant for his Abreu Ranch.
A history of New Mexico described the ranch:
- The ranch house is one of the most picturesque and attractive in New Mexico and is the scene of a most generous hospitality.
- History of New Mexico: Its Resources and People By George B. Anderson, Pacific States Publishing Company, 1907 (available for download on print.google.com)