Jose Ygnacio Mariano Berreyessa - records list his death year as 1841, yet he received a Mexican land grant for Rancho Chimiles in 1846. How is this possible? Most historic records show this discrepancy without explanation. [John McCullough (non-member), Mill Valley, Calif.]
I am confused regarding an article I recently read in the archives of the Carmel River Watershed Council. There my great-great-great-great-grandfather,Ignacio Vicente Vallejo (who married a Lugo), is described in a journal of Father Serra as the "famous steward of San Luis Obispo". I would like to know more about his activities in SLO that earned him such a reputation. [Nattalia K. Merzoyan (former member), Morro Bay, Calif.]
I do my son-in-lawWilton Martin Wood's genealogy. He is an 8th generation Santa Barbara CA from Francisco Ortega whose granddaughter, Maria de Jesus Silvestra was the 2nd wife of Fernando Jose Maria Ignacio Martin Tico, founder of Ojai, Ventura Co. CA. The line goes straight down to Will's mother Margaret (Tico) Wood.
A friend of mine visited the San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside and saw the grave of a lady last nameMacias de Briones who is buried at the entrance of the cemetery. Would there be a relation with Sra. Juana Briones? Would appreciate and info regarding this inquiry. Thank you [Lorraine Ruiz Frain (member), Mountain View, Calif.]
My Great Grandparents wereLuciano Castro and Maria Refugio Boronda. Would any cousin know if the Valentina (Castro) Canet on Pregunta #381 of 7 September 2006 is the same person as Valeriano Castro on Respuesta a Pregunta #381 of 11 June 2013? [Herb Burquez (member), St. Helena, Calif.]
Can anyone tell me whereFernando Javier Rivera y Moncada is buried? I know he was killed on the Colorado River, but were his bones taken back to Mexico or a Mission in Alta California?
Fernando Javier Rivera y Moncada was born in 1725 near Compostela, Mexico.
He was one of the major explorers and was the first to bring settlers to Los Angeles.
There is a tremendous number of papers written about my tartarabuelo, mostly from his letters to the Viceroy in Mexico City and to Serra.
Fernando escorted Father Serra many times.
He was third governor of Alta California from 1774-1777.
He was bringing another group of settlers and cattle by way of the Colorado River trail on July 17, 1781, when he and his men were attacked by some Yuma Indians and massacred on the Colorado River across from the mission at Concepcion. A month later other soldiers came to find the bodies. They identified Fernando by a break in a shin bone, as bones was all that was left.
One manuscript I have read said that the bones of the soldiers were burned, put in a sack, and taken away. The priests that were killed were taken to another mission for burial. I do not, and cannot find, whatever happened with the ashes of the soldiers.
While there are many letters written about Fernando and many letters written by him, there is very little personal information. If anyone has anything that would help me, I would greatly appreciate it.
My father’s mother was a Rivera and was 5 generations from the Captain.
Thank you very much, [Cheri Peón del Valle (non-member), Sacramento, Calif.]
Dear Cheri, my name is Phil Valdez, Jr. I descend from a soldier (Juan Bautista Valdez) on the Portola Expedition of 1769 and the courier of the Anza expedition of 1774. For more information on how Captain/Governor Rivera y Moncada died and where he was buried by Lt. Col Fages, go to my e-book at www.anzasociety.org and click on the Anza Letters. It speaks to the feud this two giants of California had and where the remains rest behind the big stone wall behind what is now the park that used to the the territorial prison in Yuma Arizona. Fages clearly says that his body was discovered on Oct 18 and buried on the 19th of 1781. This is a primary sources translated by Herbert Priestly from the Dairy of Pedro Fages. Hope I have helped. [Phil Valdez, Jr. (member), Ukiah, Calif., email@example.com]
Does anyone have information on Santiago Fraijo born in Azusa, Calif. about 1840? I think he was married to Juanita Rivera and has a son Alberto R. Fraijo.
Any information would help. [Christina Fraijo (non-member), Tucson, Arizona]
I believe my family may be directly descended from Juan Maria Lugo (1796) and Maria Francisco Duarte (1808), who married at the San Gabriel Mission
on February 8, 1825, based on an 1860 census that shows a Manuel Lugo who could be my great-great grandpa Vincent's father. Other than the census, I have been
unable to find who the children of Juan Maria Lugo and Maria Francisco Duarte are. Would anyone happen to know the names and possibly the dates of birth of their
Children? Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org any information you may have regarding their children. Thank you! [Steven De Boer (non-member), Lakewood, Calif.]
Does any descendent of the Soto families of Sinaloa, San Gabriel, and Santa Clara know whether these families were related, and how they were related? Has anyone traced these families back to the early colonial period in Mexico and/or Spain? [Diana Neal (member), email@example.com, Exmouth, UK]
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