I am looking for information regardingJose Antonio Dolores Vasquez, born 1819 in Monterey, Calif. [Richard Sanchez Vasquez (non-member), Surprise, Ariz.]
Respuesta a Pregunta 754 - 2 February 2014
There is a good
deal of information about this individual, his parents and his own family
available at the Early California Population Project website,
Santa Barbara-Dover- Guevara- Cota-Verdugo -- Any info on William Dover, English sailor who married into the Jose Canuto Guevara family (going back to Roque Cota)? Born in 1820 England ended up with buddy Pratt (shipwreck?!), and citizenship papers were handwritten signed by Pablo de la Guerra. Adobes of Santa Barbara book gave me this info. Wife Inez Guevara, daughter Josie Dover had a few marriages. Would love pictures of Josie (died 1958 ish) married a Lopez, a Newton (mine), and a Bainbridge. Thanks! [Marian B. (non-member), Calif.]
Respuesta a Pregunta 753 - 2 February 2014
Oral family history identifiesWilliam Dover and William Charles Pratt as cousins who ran away from a boarding school in England. No further info. There is a book at the Santa Barbara Historical Library which has a brief discussion of them being on a ship that went aground in Santa Barbara. It also mentioned that they lived in the ruins of the pilot house. The name of the ship is not mentioned. This same book, which I believe is entitled HISTORY OF SANTA BARBARA further discusses William Dover. William Pratt also married one of the Guevara sisters and they settled in Ventura, CA. [Bill Nuget (member), Ojai, Calif.]
With the use of DNA, I am trying to prove thatMaria de los Remedios Josepha Antonia Eayrs, the daughter of Maria Antonia de la Ascension (Stewart?) was of Polynesian origin and the granddaughter of George Stewart, a midshipman of the HMS Bounty. To do this, I need to locate a female direct descendant of the above two women. So far, I have determined that the following women who were born in Alta California prior to the end of the Mexican War meet that requirement; Manuela Burke, Remona Burke, Maria Thomasa Flora Sparks, Manuela Flora Sparks, Maria Luisa de Jesus Olivera, Maria Josefa Olivera, Maria Francisca Olivera, and Maria de los Angeles Francisca Olivera. Other descendants born after the end of that war may also exist and meet the direct female requirement. I will be glad to pay costs for any direct female descendant of the above to obtain their DNA. The story of the Eayrs daughter was recently presented in a copy of the "Notices" under by name. She is, in my opinion, the first American child born in California. [George Gray (member), San Diego, Calif.]
I hope that someone can help me find my great grandmother's birth mother, she was adopted by theVasquez family in San Benito, Calif. Leonarda Contreras was born in Monterey County Calif. 1869-1872, her father married a margarita Valencia in San Juan Calif. at the mission in 1870, I'm not sure Leonarda was born with her name because I can't find anything until 1880 census, when she married at the San Miguel Mission; her marriage register said her father was Miguel Contreras and her mother was Margarita Valeireia firada?? (last name unreadable). I just did my DNA, and I have Native American ancestry which comes from her. I want to know why she was adopted ? and what happened to her parents? Tank you. [Kelly Brown (non-member), Ventura, Calif.]
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