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Latest Update: 2 february 2014


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early (pre 1848) Hispanic Californians 
(also called Californianos or Californios) and their descendants.
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Pregunta 755 - 13 January 2014


My wife, Mary Marvin Knox Norris, member #1811, was descended from the Ontiveros family. The first ancestor was Teodoro Ontiveros born in 1720 in what is now Sinoloa , Mexico. There were two other generations born in 1744 and 1772 in Sinaloa, Mexico. Do these three generations count toward the generation count. The first generation born in what is now Alta California, was born in 1795 in Los Angeles, so she is either ninth generation or sixth generation. How is this treated?  [John Norris (spouse of member)]


Pregunta 754 - 13 January 2014


I am looking for information regarding Jose 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, http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm. Refer to baptismal records SCL-03123 (Jose Antonio) and SCL-00216X (his father Felipe); also marriage records SC-01086 (Jose Antonio to Josefa Amesquita) and SFR-00468 (Jose Antonio's parents). Jose Antonio had several siblings, and he and his wife had at least three children baptized in California. Note for your searches that surname spelling may vary, e.g. 'B' or 'V', 'S' or 'Z', etc. Also be aware that this individual had a younger brother named Jose Antonio Dionisio. Happy hunting!  [John Ortega (member), La Crescenta, Calif.]


Pregunta 753 - 13 January 2014


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 identifies William 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.]


Pregunta 752 - 13 January 2014


With the use of DNA, I am trying to prove that Maria 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.]


Pregunta 751 - 13 January 2014


I hope that someone can help me find my great grandmother's birth mother, she was adopted by the Vasquez 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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