Agostiniani, Juan Maria
AKA: John Augustiani, Juan Maria Agostini, John Mary Justiniani, Juan Bautista Agustiniani, Giovanni Agostini, Giovanni Maria Agostianini, Giovanni Maria Deagostini, Agostini-Justiniani, Marie Agustine, Matteo Boccalini, El Solitario, El Padre Solitario, El Padre Sanador, El Padre Curandero, El Hermitano, El Ermitano, Father Francesco, Hermit of La Cueva. "The Hermit of New Mexico", who occupied a cave/hut in San Miguel County around the end of the Civil War and gained a wide reputation as a holy man and healer, though he himself denied any healing ability. Little is known for sure about his background, and there are many different versions of legends about him; even the circumstances of his death are unclear. Hermit's Peak near Las Vegas is named for his residency there. Also known as "The Hermit of La Cueva", after he later took up residence in a cave between La Mesilla (near Las Cruces) and Juarez Mexico, near which cave he was later reported as found murdered. Sometimes confused with Francis Schlatter.