My grandpa is Carlos Cota Serrano, son of Blas Cota who migrated to Tecate in the 1800s. Carlos Cota
married Josefina Lopez Meza, daughter of Maria Francisca Meza Thing and Vicente Lopez. Their parents
were Benito Meza Osana and Eulogia Thing Ruiz; their parents were Antonio Meza and Petra Osuna.
They were from the San Diego region. I don't know their birth dates but they are also from the 1800s. Any information
would be much appreciated. Thank you. [Gerardo Garcia Cota (non-member)]
I need some clarification for the name of a descent of Feliciana Arballo – the Vallejo family. I am working on a book for the San Diego Natural History Museum that is being dedicated to Helen Vallejo Chamlee, who is a direct descendent of Felciana Arballo who was on the second Anza Expedition. This is crazy, but we don’t really know if her maiden name was Helen Vallejo Witham or Helen Vallejo Chamlee. Her name appears various ways as Helen Chamlee Witham and Helen Witham Chamlee. When I interviewed her in the 1970s, she was Helen Witham, assistant curator in the botany department at the museum. Later she used the name Helen Vallejo Chamlee, which is the name that appears with many awards she received later in life. I had though if we could find out what really is her maiden name, maybe we could figure it out. Can anyone provide some help here with all the history and genealogy work you do for Anza Expedition descendants? Thanks! [Diana Lindsay, Sunbelt Publications, 1256 Fayette Street, El Cajon, CA 92020]
Buenos días,I’m an independent author based in Pasadena, and have been developing a new book project about the French-born corsair Hippolyte Bouchard (1780-1837), and his attacks on the Spanish authorities in Alta California nearly 200 years ago—including the raising of the Argentine flag over Monterey. This amazing true story, when it is remembered at all, is often simply portrayed as “pirates” raiding for plunder—when Bouchard was actually a licensed privateer in the South American wars of independence. In that sense, the whole fascinating episode represents a rare connection between California’s past and the larger story of the pan-American struggles for separation from European empires. Given the connections to Latin American history, from here to the Southern Cone, I’ve been reaching out to people and organizations with direct connections to the story. Among the Californianos, I’m sure there are a range of opinions regarding the whole saga of Bouchard, and there are many interesting tangents such as the case of Joseph Chapman, the first U.S.-born and English-speaking resident of Los Angeles County, previously a crew member of Bouchard’s ships before being captured by the Spanish, and who became a Mexican citizen, intermarrying and using his construction skills to assist several Missions and even La Placita church in the Plaza of Los Angeles.I would certainly be interested if anyone among the descendants of Joseph Chapman and Gaudalupe Ortega y Sánchez had opinions regarding the Bouchard story, if there was any family consensus on the matter passed down over time for example. [Michael Melzer (non-member), Pasadena, Calif.]
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Feel free to contact me at email@example.com but also post your comments here for everyone to read. [Sheila Ruiz Harrell (member), Modesto, Calif.]
I’m writing a book on the Californios and do understand the severe economic and political problems they faced after the U.S.-Mexican War. What I need to know now is what the Californios (especially the major families) did, and where they lived, in the second half of the 19th century. Any suggestions? Best, [Hunt Janin (non-member), St. Urcisse, France]
My recent mitochondrial DNA results indicate that I have Flores, Valenzuela, and Montoya relatives. We do not know how we are related. Would appreciate any assistance in sorting out these families and how I am related to them. My paternal line is Ruiz, Tolano, Real, Gradillas, Vasquez; maternal line is Romero, Camacho, Vasquez, Garcia, Moreno, Marquez, Lopez, Briones, Tapia, Ramirez.Thank you, [Lorraine Ruiz Frain, Member, Mountain View, Calif. 94040]
Jose Vibiano Torrez is my second great grandfather on the paternal side. I am trying to find information on his parents' and siblings' names and places of birth in New Mexico. Is there any information out there on that? [Linda Mazon Guitierrez (non-member), Tucson AZ]
This NEW Pregunta is in reference to existing Pregunta 104 of 18 November 2002:
I am an Argentinean. My great great grandmother, María Concepción Castro Peralta, was born in the San Francisco Bay area in 1835. I can’t afford a membership but I thought I could publish a query in your Web site. María's father was Guillermo Castro Garcia and her mother María Luisa Peralta Alviso. I am looking for more data about her ascendants and, if it is possible, some pictures. Thank you. [Ramiro Chaves Guevara (nonmember), Buenos Aires, Argentina]
I am looking for information on Ignacio Soto and his daughter Leandra Soto who were in San Francisco. Is there a family tree? Leandra was born there in 1828.
Thank you, [Patrick Orozco, non-member]
I am looking for any history regarding Brigido Arce or Loreto Arce from La Purisima, Santa Rosalia, or Loreto. The spouse's name was Maria Catalina Ruiz. I am not sure of the birth years, but all of the individuals lived between 1900-2000. Thank you. [Albert Arce (non-member), Walnut, Calif.]
According to ECPP marriage record SC 01167, Maria Josefa Soto married “Santiago Estoks”
(James Stokes) 18 Dec 1844 at Mission San Carlos in Carmel. A note in the record says they
had “a child in 1852, years after their marriage.” The ECPP database has records for at least 9,
possibly 10, children of Stokes and Soto, beginning with a baptism in October 1840. Other
sources say there may have been as many as 11 children.
Maria Josefa Soto had been previously married (8 Nov 1828) to Gil Cano (d. 1839), with whom
she had at least 6 children. See ECPP marriage record SC 00974 and burial record SC 03012Y.
The number of children is based on a search of ECPP baptismal records.
The ECPP marriage record SC 01167 contains no information about the groom’s ancestry.
There is a great deal of information about “Dr.” James Stokes of Monterey available online and
in print. He was a colorful and controversial character.
The bride’s ECPP baptismal record is SAP 03820. The record shows she was born 16 Nov
1815 and baptized the next day. She was christened Maria Josefa de los Dolores Soto. Her
parents were Damaso Soto (1778-1827) and Maria Antonia de Jesus Albisu (1795- aft. 1835).
Both parents were born in Alta California and their baptismal records are in the ECPP database.
Other baptismal records in the ECPP suggest Maria Josefa Soto had at least 8 siblings. The
record shows her maternal grandmother Agustina Bojorques (aka Boxorges) witnessed the
baptism and was padrina. Agustina’s ECPP burial record SC 02179 says she and her husband
were both natives of Sonora.
The ECPP database is online at http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm. Access
is free to all. [John Ortega (member), La Crescenta, Calif.]
James Stokes is my 7th great grandfather and I have lost most of our history info, since my father's passing. Does anyone have a picture of James or Maria Stokes and their parents' information? I believe James Stokes married the widow Maria Josepha Soto in 1844. I am descended from their son William. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. [Dayna Gough (non-member), Shasta Lake, Calif.]
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