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early (pre 1848) Hispanic Californians 
(also called Californianos or Californios) and their descendants.
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Pregunta 781 - 1 January 2017


Antonio Maria de Lugo, my husbands 3rd great grandfather was born in Alta California in 1775 in the Monterey area.   Antonio was a grantee of Rancho San Antonio present day Los Angeles, in 1810 and was mayor of Los Angeles from 1816-18. His father, Francisco Salvador de Lugo was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and went to Alta California with Captain Rivera, as a soldier of Spain, along with his family to the present day San Diego  in 1769.  Francisco's father was also born in Sinaloa and died in Santa Barbara, Alta California. His father, Pedro de Lugo was born in Sinaloa or Spain. This is what I'd like to clear up. What is Pedro's full name and where was he born?  Thank you for your time and help.  [Cathy Lugo, (non-member), Culver City, Calif.]


Pregunta 780 - 5 December 2016


I've been asking my family for any information about my grandmother and her family.  I found your email online and thought maybe you may have some information for me to piece together.  I am attaching photos of what my cousins sent from Tecate of our family.  My grandmother is Victoria Martinez Cota (Rositas-married name) she was daughter of Felipe Martinez Aldama and Josefa Cota Morales.  If you have any more information  or know of anyone I may contact for more info please forward email. Thank you.   [Valerie Rositas (non-member), San Diego, Calif.]


Generation 1

***Encarnacion Morales Villa, b. December 23, 1878-California
*Baptism: August 24, 1880, San Emido, Kern, California 
*Census: June 25, 1880, 1880 Federal Census Oso Flaco Precint, San Luis Obispo, California 

***Francisca Morales Villa, b. March 25, 1880, California 
*Baptism: August 24, 1880, San Emido, Kern, California 

Generation 2
***Maria Paula Morales Villa (Juan Morales Andrade) was born June 2, 1875 in Bakersfield, Kern, California and died March 11, 1946 in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. She married Manuel Cota Gonzalez, son of Cipriano Cota and Josefa Gonzalez. He was born about 1878 in La Paz, Baja California, Mexico and died May 19, 1930 in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. 

***Maria Paula Morales Villa 
*Baptism: September 19, 1875, Santa Maria California 
*Census: June 25, 1880, 1880 Federal Census Oso Flaco Precinct, San Luis Obispo, California 

**Children or Maria Paula Morales Villa and Manuel Cota Gonzalez are:
1. Concepcion Cota Morales 
2. Felipe Cota Morales m. Inez Paderes Crosby
3. Francisca Cota Morales 
4. Manuel Cota Morales b. April 11, 1896, Ensenada De Todo Los Santos, Baja California 
5. Eufemio Cota Morales b. March 20, 1898
6. Blas Cota Morales b. March 2, 1902
7. Inocento Cota Morales b. November 28, 1903, Tanama Baja California, Mexico
8. Norberto Cota Morales b. March 13, 1905
9. Josefa Cota Morales b. September 24, 1910, Tanama Baja California, Mexico d. November 18, 1967 in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.

***Inocento Cota Morales married Margarita Martinez Tellez. Margarita Martinez Tellez, daughter of Antonio Canez and Maria Tellez.  She was born July 20, 1917 in Washington Camp, Duguense, Arizona.
**Child of Inocento Cota Morales and Margarita Martinez Tellez is: Eva Cota

***Josefa Cota Morales (Maria Paula Morales Villa, Juan Morales Andrade) was born September 24, 1910 in Tanama Baja California, Mexico. She married Felipe Martinez Aldama, son of Jose Martinez and Josefa Aldama. He was born about 1885 in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico and died 1950 in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico.

**Children of Josefa Cota Morales and Felipe Martinez Aldama are:
1. Maria Adelina Martinez Cota Morales b. May 3, 1947, Tecate Baja California, Mexico 
2. Susana Martinez Cota 
3. Victoria Martinez Cota b. December 23, 194? D.May 28, 2014 m. Francisco Rayas Rositas 
4. Emilio Martinez Cota 
5. Rodolfo Martinez Cota 
6. Deseas Martinez Cota 

**Children of Victoria Martinez Cota Rositas and Francisco Rayas Rositas are and born in Tijuana, Mexico
1. Jose Luis Martinez Rositas d. 1985
2. Manuel Martinez Rositas n. February 24, 1965, d. November 16, 1992
3. Francisco Javier Martinez Rositas b. December 23, 1967 d. March 20, 2013

*Grandchildren of Victoria Martinez Cota Rositas are: 
1. Manuel Francisco Rositas, b. August 1, 1981 son of Manuel Martinez Rositas 
2. Jose Luis Rositas Jr b. November 2, 1982, son of Jose Luis Rositas 
3. Manuel Rositas Jr. b. January 11, 1984, son of Manuel Martinez Rositas and Irma Gabriela Ochoa
4. Priscilla Rositas, b. January 12, 1984, daughter of Jose Luis Rositas 
5. Valerie Rositas, b. November 21, 1985, daughter of Manuel Martinez Rositas and Irma Gabriela Ochoa 
6. Edward Philip Rositas, b. February 25, 1990 son of Manuel Martinez Rositas and Irma Gabriela Ochoa 
7. Xavier Javier Rositas b. March 21, 1993 son of Francisco Javier Martinez Rositas 
8. Xena Gabriela Rositas daughter of Francisco Javier Martinez Rositas 
9. Xanthia Kristina Rositas daughter of Francisco Javier Martinez Rositas 
10. Xzachary Rositas son of Francisco Javier Martinez Rositas.
   All grandchildren were born in San Diego, Ca except for Manuel Francisco Rositas is was born in either Whittier or Norwalk, Ca.

*Great Grandchildren of Victoria Martinez Cota Rositas are:
8.Emerald Rose Johnson b. December 6, 2012 daughter of Valerie Rositas, San Diego, Ca
9. Kingston Onyx Rositas-Johnson n. October 10, 2014 son of Valerie Rositas, San Diego, Ca

*I did not list the 7 names of great grandchildren of Victoria Martinez Cota Rositas only my 2 children (valerie rositas)





Pregunta 779 - 19 November 2016


I'm trying to locate the relationship between Andres Cota b-circa 1762 in El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico and my G G Grandfather: Sostenes Cota b-circa 1849 in El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico, married to Teresa Soto b-circa 1853. My Mother is a descendent of Andres Cota, from San Juan Capistrano back in 1776, the Mission San Juan Capistrano confirm this. His son  Antonio married a Native American Indian named Chigila, given Spanish name: Maria Bernarda Cota. Thanks for any help.  [Ed Romero (non-member), San Juan Capsitrano, Calif.]


778 - 7 November 2016


Hello I am searching for any information that I can get for grandmother of A. R. Rojas.  Author of  many books of the Valjero.  In these books Arnold Rochel Rojas speaks of his grandmother Rita Ruiz born 1836.  What I know of her is that she had many children with either several husbands or mates.  I had hand written notes stating her mother Dominguez (india)  and father Martin Ruiz.  I have not been able to validate that information.  The family lived in Pasadena or San Pasqual.  Any information on these names would be so helpful.  This is one of my family brick walls. This has been so difficult to figure out. [Lianna Griff (non-member), Folsom, Calif.]


Pregunta 777 - 1 June 2016


I work at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad, California. I was wondering if there is a Carrillo descendants group or some way to reach members of the Carrillo families. We are doing an oral history about Leo carrillo and there still must be some Carrillos who knew him before he passed away in 1961.  Thank you for any help you can provide.  [Kevin Bender (non-member), Carlsbad, Calif.]


Pregunta 776 - 18 April 2016


For those looking for information on Casimiro Briones - he died about 1875 and is buried in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Martinez, California.  I am going to see if I can locate the grave in the next couple of months.  [Sally Staley (non-member), Chico, Calif.]


Pregunta 775 - 7 March 2016


I am responding to questions or comments on Pedro Antonia Bojorquez and Maria Angela Trejo, son, Bartolome Francisco Bojorquez, son Jose Gerardo Bojorquez, daughter Maria Petra de Los Angeles Bojorquez  her daughter Josephine Elizabeth Harrison who would be my great grandmother. My grandmother is Gertrude Luce.  I read in a book about early California that the land granted to the solders by Governor Pico in payment for their military service was lost through non-payment of property taxes. Bartolome had divided the land equally between himself and nine of the children.  Please feel free to connect. I am trying to go beyond Pedro. The farthest I have been able to go back is Ygnacio Antonio Linares' parents, Gregorio Linares and Manuella Gonzales.  [Lynda Smith (non-member), Penn Valley, Calif.]


Pregunta 774 - 26 February 2016


As I  research further in determining who is the father of Ramona Alvitre (born around 1841 in San Gabriel, Calif.; mother is Rite Bermudez (born around 1820-1826 in San Gabriel), daughter of Juan Hilario Bermudez and Anna Lugo), it is very difficult.  I was told Jose Raymundo Alvitre was Ramona's father.  Her mission record states Antonio as her father.

More research shows
Rite Bermudez (unmarried ) also had  children with the last name Valezuela.  Then married and had children with Julian Quintero.  Is it possible there was 2 siblings with the same name of Rita Bermudez and another named Maria Rita Bermudez?  I'm confused.  [Susan Lynn Carmona (non-member), Apple Valley, Calif.]


Pregunta 773 - 26 January 2016


I am in the process of writing a book on the battle of San Pasqual.  I am interested in keeping the courage and abiding faith of the Californianos who fought alive. We must keep our story alive and their history alive.   I just attended the winter meeting of the Californianos in Aptos and asked if any one had information of the Greyhounds, master lancers who fought in the Revolt of December 6, 1846 with General Andres Pico.  Question: Is there a descendant of one of the leaders with Pico, that belonged to the Greyhounds, Los Galgos an elite group of master lancers?  If any one has information they would like to share, I am forever grateful.  [Maria Barr (non-member), San Bruno, Calif.]


Respuesta a Pregunta 773 - 14 February 2016


Maria, so nice to have met you.  Los Galgos was indeed the division of lancers who, from what I have heard, was captained by Leonardo Cota.  The April meeting in Rancho Bernardo will include a tour of the San Pasqual Battlefiled Museum and the Saturday evening speaker will be Don Coates, President of the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteers.  Gilbert Garcia, our docent at he museum will most likely cover the battle from the side of the Californios, while the dinner presentation will most likely cover it from the side of the gringos. Hope to see you in Rancho Bernardo April 22-24.  [Lynn Adams (member), Escondido, Calif.]


Respuesta a Pregunta 773 - 4 February 2016


I understood the Californianos to be both, expert horseman and swift lancers, solely based on historic writings, noted events. My 4th GGF was Leandro Osuna. However, I have not before heard any mention of such a group of master lancers specifically named The Greyhounds - Los Galgos. Only that of dogs, referred to as such, was found in an internet search or, those of Asian descent being referred to of other named master lancers (unrelated to early CA history). Am intrigued, curious to know where you found this reference and their connection to the Californianos? Please do tell us more.   [Lisa Marie Cross (non-member), Palm Springs, Calif.]




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