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The original founding settler families of San José – pobladores del Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, 29 Nov 1777, listed here in alphabetical order: 

  • Amézquita, Salvador Manuel, farmworker, 16, mulato, of Sonora with his second wife María Barbara Graciana Hernando Arroyo, 13, mulata, of Sonora and his one-year-old son Joaquín Gabriel from his first wife María Rosalía Zamora who was buried 16 Mar 1777 at San Francisco Presidio Chapel Cemetery.
  • Archuleta, Ignacio, abt 25, farmworker, español, of Horcacistas, Sonora, with his wife of four months, Ygnacia Gertrudis Pacheco, 15, española, of Fronteras, Sonora.
  • Beltrán, Julián, settler, 30, mestizo, from Rosario, Sinaloa, with his wife Gertrudis Lugo, 22, española, from Villa Sinaloa with adopted daughters María Gertrudis Valencia, 9, and María Valencia, 1, orphaned daughters of Joseph Manuel Valencia and María de la Luz Muñoz.
  • Castro, Joaquín, farmworker, 46, español, from Villa Sinaloa with his wife Martina Botiller, 43 española, from Villa Sinaloa and their children: María de la Encarnación, 19; Joseph Maríano, 13; Joseph Joaquín, 7; Francisco María, 5; Carlos Antonio, 3; eleven-day-old baby María Ysabel; and Francisco María, 8, indio, farmhand.
  • Gonzáles, José Manuel, 58 farmworker, indio, of San Bartolomé, Chihuahua, with his wife María Michaela (Ruiz) Bojórquez, 30, india, and their five children: María Gregoria, 17; Juan José, 16; Ana María, 10; Ramón, 8; Francisco, 2. Their son Joseph Romualdo would be born two months later.
  • Higuera, José Manuel, 36, español soldier of Sinaloa with his wife Antonia Redondo, 25, española and their children: Juan Joseph, 7; Juan Faustíno, 4; María Victoria, 2; and María Gertrudis, 1; Joseph, indio servant, 16.
  • Lugo, Serefino, 47, soldier, español of Sinaloa, illiterate, with his wife Gertrudis Pacheco, 36, española, of Sinaloa. They had no children with them.
  • Mesa, Valerio, 35, Corporal, español, of Opodepe, Sonora, with his wife María Leonor Borboa, 32, española, from Altar, Sonora, and their children: José Joaquín, 15; José Ignacio, 14; José Dolores, 11; María Manuela, 10; José Antonio, 9; and Juan, 7. Their son Nicolás María would be born six days later.
  • Peralta, Gabriel, 42, soldier, español, of Terrenate, Sonora, with his wife Francisca Xaviera Valenzuela, 32, española, also from Terrenate, Sonora, and their three children: Luis María, 18; Pedro Regalado, 14; and María Gertrudis, 11.
  • Ramírez de Arellano, Manuel, 35, weaver, español, from Puebla with his wife María Agueda López de Aro/Haro, 18, from Alamos and their one-yearold son Maríano Ramírez de Arellano.
  • Romero, Josef Antonio, 35, farmworker, pardo, from Guadalajara with María Petra Aceves, soltera, parda, from San Bartolomé, along with her son from a previous relationship, Antonio [Gonzáles].
  • Sinova, Joseph Francisco, 27, blacksmith, español, from Ciudad de Mexico with his wife María Gertrudis Bojórquez, 16, mestiza, of Villa de Sinaloa. They had no children yet.
  • Tapia, Felipe Santiago, 41, soldier, mulato, of Culiacan with his second wife, Juana María Cárdenas, 25, mestiza, their almost 3-year-old son, along with the eight children from Felipe’s first marriage: María Rosa, 15; María Antonia, 14; José Bartolomé, 13; Juan José, 11; José Cristóbal, 10; José Francisco, 9; María Manuela, 8; and María Isadora, 7.
  • Vásquez, Juan Tiburcio, farmworker, 22, mestizo, from Ahualulco, Jalisco, with his wife María Antonia Bojórquez, 18, española, from Horcasitas, Sonora, and their year-old daughter María Ygnacia Remigia Vásquez.
  • Villela, Juan Manuel, soldier, 35, coyote, from Real de Tecuache, soltero.

Founded by colonists arriving with the Juan Bautista de Anza’s second expedition (1775-76) and those in Alta California from 1769, Pueblo de San José was to be a farming community providing food for the presidios of Monterey and San Francisco. Originally near the location of the current Guadalupe Parkway and Taylor Street, the pueblo was relocated to the current downtown San José, now known as Plaza de César Chávez.

Compiled and researched by Sheila Ruiz Harrell, Los Californianos member #1603.

Various sources were used to compile this information including:
1790 Census – A Demographic History of Colonial California by William Marvin Mason. 1998.
Some Alta California Pioneers and Descendants by Dorothy Gittinger Mutnick. 1989.
Index To The Padrones by Zoeth Skinner Eldredge. Bancroft Library, shelf number C-R 9 Vol. CTA. III.

Pobladores del Pueblo de  La Reina de los Angeles

The eleven original founding settler families – pobladores del pueblo de La Reina de Los Angeles, 04 Sep 1781, listed here in alphabetical order:

  • Camero, Manuel, 30 of Nayarit, mulato, and his wife María Tomasa García, 24, mulata. They had no children at that time.
  • Mesa, Antonio, 38, negro, of Sinaloa, with his wife María Ana Gertrudis López, 27, mulata. They had two children with them: María Paula/Pascuala, 10; and Antonio María, 8.
  • Moreno, José Cesario, 22, mulato, of Sinaloa and his wife María Guadalupe Gertrudis Pérez, 19, mulata. They had no children with them.
  • Navarro, José Antonio, 42, of Sinaloa, mestizo, and his wife María Regina Dorotea Gloria de Soto y Rodriguez, 47, mulata. They had three children with them: José María, 10; José Clemente, 9; and Maríana Josefa, 4.
  • Quintero, Luis Manuel, 55, tailor, from Guadalajara, negro, with his wife María Petra Rubio, 40, mulata, from Alamos. They had five children with them: María Gertrudis, 16; María Concepción, 9; María Tomasa, 7; María Rafaela 6; José Clemente, 3.
  • Rodríguez, Pablo, 25, farmworker, from Real de Santa Rosa, coyote, with his wife María Rosalía Noriega, 26, india, from Rosario. They had one child with them: María Antonia, 1.
  • Rosas, Alejandro, 19, indio, of Rosario, with his wife Juana María Rodríguez, 20, coyote. They had no children with them.
  • Rosas, José Antonio Basilio, 67, indio, of Durango, a mason, with his wife María Manuela Calistra Hernández, 43, mulata, of Rosario. They had six children with them: José Maximo, 15; José Carlos, 12; María Josefa, 8; Antonio Rosalino, 7; José Marcelino, 4; and Juan Esteban, 2.
  • Vanegas, José María, 28, mestizo, of Real de Bolanos, with his wife María Bonifacia Máxima Aguilar, 20, india, of Rosario. They had one child with them: Cosme Damian, 1, coyote.
  • Velasco y Lara, José Fernando de, 50 of Cadiz, Spain, and his wife María Antonia Campos, 23, india, of Villa Sinaloa. They had three children with them: María Juana, 6; José Julian, 4; and María Faustina, 2.
  • Villavicencio, Antonio Clemente Félix, 38, vaquero (herdsman), from Chihuahua, a criollo, Spaniard born in the Americas, with his wife María de los Santos Zeferina, 26, india. They had one adopted daughter with them: María Antonia Piñuelas, 8.

Compiled and researched by Sheila Ruiz Harrell, Los Californianos member #1603.

Various sources were used to compile this information including:
1790 Census – A Demographic History of Colonial California by William Marvin Mason. 1998.
Some Alta California Pioneers and Descendants by Dorothy Gittinger Mutnick. 1989.
Index To The Padrones by Zoeth Skinner Eldredge. Bancroft Library,  shelf number C-R 9 Vol. CTA. III
” Los Angeles, California: The Question of the City’s Original Spanish Name” by Theodore E Treutle in Southern California Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 1 (SPRING 1973), pp. 1-7.  Published by: University of California Press on behalf of the Historical Society of Southern California


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