Arocha, Simon de
AROCHA, SIMÓN DE (1731–1796). Simón de Arocha was the eldest of fifteen children of Francisco and Juana (Curbelo) de Arocha, both Canary Islanders in Texas. He was born in San Antonio de Béxar seven months after the isleños arrived there. In 1752 he married María Ignacia de Urrutia; their union produced eight children. Like his father, who had served as city clerk and public notary, Simón held important administrative posts. He was a judge over distribution of public lands and later an alcalde. He also served as commander of the provincial militia, in which he was a lieutenant general. In this capacity he escorted the uprooted Adaesaños (see LOS ADAES) to the new Trinity River site of Bucareli in 1774. When Teodoro de Croix visited Texas in 1778, Arocha prepared a census report of the province for the new commandant general and his historian, Fray Juan Agustín Morfi.