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Pablo Antonio Cota
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Birth: 1744
El Fuerte
Sinaloa, Mexico
Death: Dec. 30, 1800
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Pablo Antonio Cota y León was the son of soldado Andrés Cota and Angela León. Pablo enlisted as a soldado de cuera (leather jacket) at Loreto, Baja California, on July 4, 1768. In March of 1769 he traveled with the Portolá expedition to San Diego. Cota was with the second land party that discovered the Port of Monterey in May of 1770. Pablo Cota was stationed at the Presidio of Monterey from 1771 to 1774. In 1774 he was promoted to cabo (corporal) and posted as an escolta at Mission San Luís Obispo de Tolosa. He was still there when the Anza Expedition arrived at the mission in March 1776. Pablo Cota married Rosa María Lugo y Martínez at Mission San Luís Obispo de Tolosa November 30, 1776. Cabo Pablo Cota was transferred to the mission guard (escolta) at Mission San Antonio de Padua in 1778. Governor Felípe de Néve promoted him to sargento while he was serving as an escolta at Mission San Gabriel in 1781. Sargento Cota escorted the Los Angeles pobladores to the Plaza de los Angeles and was present at the founding of the City of Los Angeles on September 4, 1781. Sargento Cota was transferred to the company formed to establish a new presidio at Santa Bárbara and was placed in charge of the escolta that was present at the founding of Mission San Buenaventura March 31, 1782. With the founding of the Presidio de Santa Bárbara on April 21, 1782, he was formally appointed as Sargento de Compañia (First Sergeant) of the Presidial Company of Santa Bárbara. In March of 1788 Sergeant Cota was present at the establishment of the new Mission La Purísima Concepción outside what is now Lompoc. He was promoted to Alférez (ensign/subaltern) that same year. Cota supervised construction work at Mission La Purísima and served as paymaster at the Presidio de Santa Bárbara in 1792. In 1793 Cota supervised the construction of a crossing on the Pajaró River (near Watsonville). Alférez Cota inspected the escoltas at various missions and served as acting commandant of the Presidio de Santa Bárbara in 1797. He headed a survey party for Mission Santa Inés in 1789. Alférez Pablo Cota y León died at Santa Bárbara December 30, 1800, and was buried in the Presidio Cemetery December 31. He was 55 years old at the time of his death, having served as a presidial soldier for 32 years (BP Deaths 00074).
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Children:
- Manuel (1778)
- Polonia (1780)
- María Isabel (1782)
- María Manuela (1784)
- Francisco Atanacio (1786)
- Bartolomé (1789)
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Andres Cota (1708 - 1761)
  Angela Leon (1710 - 1765)
 
 Spouse:
  Rosa Maria Lugo Cota (1761 - 1797)*
 
 Children:
  Francisco Atanasio Cota (1787 - 1851)*
 
 Siblings:
  Roque Jacinto de Cota (1725 - 1798)*
  Antonio Cota (1732 - 1815)*
  Pablo Antonio Cota (1744 - 1800)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Presidio Cemetery
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA
 
Created by: Steve
Record added: Jan 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83649989
 


- Me2u
 Added: Feb. 18, 2014
Rest in Peace dear 4th great grandfather
- Pico familia de Baja California
 Added: Jan. 7, 2014
To my 4th Great Grandfather. May you be at peace, Love, Elizabeth
- Elizabeth Ontiveros Corry
 Added: Oct. 28, 2013
 
 
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