Senon Reyes, his wife Hilaria, and their young daughter Matilde, immigrated to the United States from the Sonora region of Mexico, arriving in Bisbee, Arizona, sometime between 1880 and 1890. Oral family history claims that Senon was originally from Spain (although this claim is not supported by any of the available documentary evidence, which all suggests that he was from Mexico), and that his wife Hilaria was a Yaqui Indian who could only speak her native Indian language. In Hilaria's Yaqui heritage the family history may be correct, since the tribe did in fact inhabit Sonora (specifically the area around the Yaqui River, or Río Yaqui in Spanish), and the family's arrival coincided with migration of many Yaqui's to the United States, particularly Arizona, to escape a conflict that was in progress between the Yaqui tribe and the Mexican government.
We don't know for sure how long the Reyes family stayed in Arizona, but we do know that their son Vicente was born there on 4 May, 1890, and that they had arrived in Dona Ana, New Mexico, by the time of the 1900 census, which was enumerated on June 1, 1900.
According to family tradition, Senon and his family arrived in Dona Ana with all their possessions stacked in a horse-drawn wagon. Tied to the back of the wagon was Senon's riding horse. As the family was passing through Dona Ana, they were approached by a farmer, who admired Senon's riding horse and asked what he wanted for it. Senon asked the farmer what he would offer, to which the farmer allegedly pointed to his parcel of land and replied: "you can have that piece of land, from there, to there, to there, to there." And thus, the horse was traded and the Reyes family homestead - about one and a half acres - was born!
The Reyes family quickly assimilated with the community. They became neighbors with families such as the Escalante's, Giron's and Lopez's. And they married into two relatively long-established Dona Ana families: the Cuaron's and the Miranda's.
Although no Reyes's have yet become President :-), they have served the United States with honor during the Second World War, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, and Cold War. They have served as civil servants at both the State and Federal level, and have become important members of society, serving as lawyers, nurses, and in many other notable professions.