The "Pohl" family found in Chilili & Escabosa, was begun in the late 1840s when Joseph Paul of France, and a carpenter came to Peralta in Valencia County. He married Josefa Padilla and they had 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy. Only 2 of the girl children survived to adulthood.
Both of these original parents died young & before 1870, leaving the 3 children to be raised by their widowed, maternal grandmother, Concepcion Barela. Gregoria Padilla, who may be a sister or cousin to Josefa, had married George Elwell during this time, and because the Padilla family had claim to the Mexican community land grant of Chilili, this is where the family is found from 1870 forward to 1930. Most of the children ended up moving away from the ranch land out their to either Albuquerque, Grants or elsewhere around the state.
But the original name was more than likely Paul, since the beginning father was from France. We have to realize that there was not much schooling in those days, people could read nor write very well, and I've heard a story from the family about how it became spelled Pohl. But Pohl is more German, and although there is a family of German Pohls who came with the railroad in the 1900s, they are not related to the Pohl's of Chilili.