|Death: ||Apr. 12, 1902|
Born in Mexico in about 1831, the beautiful Mariana came to California with her parents in about 1853 and soon became an entertainer for the miners at New Idria. She often claimed to be the widow of Joaquin Murrieta, making her even more of an attraction to her customers.
A bit later Mariana became the housekeeper/cook for sheep herders in the areas of present day Avenal, Coalinga, and Kettleman Hills.
Before 1880 Mariana lived below Las Tres Piedras, near Martinez Spring where she became a religious revivalist, convincing probably at least 400 people or more that if they followed her preaching they would be the only souls saved when the world would soon end. After the death of a small child Mariana was arrested but due to lack of evidence she was released and no records were found of her preaching after her release from jail.
In 1899 Mariana was again involved in a death, that of a sheep owner who had just come into quite a lot of money due to the same of his sheep. The sheep owner was murdered and his body hacked up, reportedly with a common kitchen knife. Mariana and her unnamed companion were arrested and given a jury trial during which one juror said Mariana told her companion to be a man and die for the woman he loved. He was hanged from a cottonwood tree at the canyon known later as Deadman Canyon. Mariana went free.
In 1902 Mariana was living near Laton at the Kings River with her companion Gabriel, a woodcutter. Friends said that she was deranged in mind but was able to cook the old man's meals. On Saturday, April 12, 1902 Mariana, according to some of her friends, challenged the California Limited, a Santa Fe train. She had been drinking wine and there are varying reports of whether she deliberately stepped in front of the train, didn't hear it, or as some said, raised her fist and challenged the train to a duel. Her body was taken to Hanford where on Sunday morning Coroner W.M. Thomas held an inquest. The coroner's jury found the following:
"We, the jurors summoned to investigate the cause of the death of deceased, find that her true name was Anna Andrada, a native of Mexico, aged about 70 years; that she came to her death on the 12th day of April, 1902, from being struck by engine No. 4 on the Santa Fe railroad, and that the cause was unavoidable on the part of the railroad officials. (Signed) JD Baker, LS Alexander, JT Huntsman, WJ Wisdom, DA Utterback, ED Nyswonger, William Wood, WV Walker, WH Kern, Jurors."
At 11 a.m., after the body had been viewed by friends, it was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery in a county grave.
Plot: Old section
Created by: Sheila Ruiz Harrell
Record added: Dec 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101769285