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These are minor characters in the Josefina stories.


Santiago's grandson, introduced in Josefina's Song. He assists his father with herding the Montoyas' sheep.

Ofelia Aragón

A friend of Josefina's. In Secrets in the Hills, her family hosts the village's harvest fiesta.

Señora Aragón

The mother of Ofelia Aragón and the maternal aunt of Solidad. She took in Solidad after she ran away from her Navajo captors and her parents passed away.


The cook on the rancho. She is generally seen in the kitchen. She is married to Miguel.

Esteban Durán

The grandfather of Mariana and a friend of Andres Montoya's.[1]

Doña Felícitas

An elderly widow who resides in Josefina's village.


A young boy Josefina and Birdy babysit at Señora Sánchez's in Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina.

Señor Fernando

A man seen visiting the Montoyas' rancho and expressing interest in purchasing Andres Montoya's best horse, Valiente, in The Glowing Heart.


Florecita (whose name is a diminutive of the Spanish word "flower") is the biggest, meanest, and oldest goat in the goat herd that is kept close to the rancho. She is a sneaky, nasty bully who bites, rams, and eats everything. Josefina is scared of her. She is predominantly white with black spots and mean yellow eyes.

In Meet Josefina she chases down Josefina for the primroses in her pouch, and when they spill on the water of the stream she eats them all. She gets out of her pen during the fandango and eats up Josefina's bouquet and Mamá's flowers. Josefina is so mad that she stands up to her, yanking the stems out of her mouth and whacking her with them before dragging Florecita back to her pen.

She dies giving birth to a baby goat Josefina names Sombrita.

Señor García

The mayordomo of Josefina's village. He is respected by the villagers because of his knowledge and liked for his kindness.

Señora García

The wife of Señor García.

Don Javier

A man who had courted Dolores Romero, only to refuse proposal after losing his estate gambling in a card game. He appears in The Glowing Heart, handing Dolores an heirloom she inherited from her Tía Guadalupe.

Señor Jaramillo

A man Josefina and Birdy meet at the Santa Fe plaza in Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina. He attempts to persuade Birdy to trade her clay flute for some turquoise, which Birdy refuses.


A young girl Josefina and Birdy babysit at Señora Sánchez's in Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina.


A boy in Josefina's village. In Secrets in the Hills, he claimed to have heard La Llorona one night.


An infant boy Josefina and Birdy babysit at Señora Sánchez's in Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina.


Carmen's husband and a servant. He lights the morning fires.


Teresita's younger brother, whom she reunites with in The Glowing Heart.

Patrick O'Toole

A scout working for an American wagon train on the Santa Fe Trail.

Roger Rexford

An American trader from St. Louis, Missouri and an acquaintance to Felipe Romero. In Secrets in the Hills, he begins courting Francisca Montoya.

Margarita Sánchez

The daughter of Señor and Señora Sánchez. In Josefina's Surprise, she was given the role of María in Las Posadas.

Señor Sánchez

The husband of Señora Sánchez. He played José in Las Posadas when Margarita was playing María.

Señora Sánchez

A plump and hospitable woman who lives in the village, and was a good friend of Maria Montoya's.


The Montoyas' herder, introduced in Josefina's Song. He had fallen ill prior to his story and had gone blind by the time he was visited by Andres Montoya.

Padre Simón

The priest in Josefina's village.


Ofelia Aragón's cousin. She was abducted by the Navajo when she was fourteen and was able to escape several years later, running away with another New Mexican captive. Returning to her home in the spring of 1825, she learns her parents had passed away and moved in with her mother's sister, Senora Aragón.


Ana Montoya's husband, and the father of Juan and Antonio. He is not seen much, but dances with his wife at the fandango in Meet Josefina.

Pedro Zamora

A rastreador the Montoyas meet in Secrets in the Hills. Josefina assists Señor Zamora with a search for treasure, as he believes to have inherited a treasure map from his father.


  1. Happy Birthday, Josefina!, pg. 7: "When do you think [Papá will] go to the pueblo to trade the blankets for Esteban Durán's sheep?" asked Josefina. Esteban, Papá's great friend, was a Pueblo Indian.

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