|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1839|
Santa Barbara County
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 1895|
San Francisco County
Civil War: Co. C, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry
Pedro María Cota y Olivera was baptized at Mission Santa Ynez, Alta California, México, June 30, 1839 (SI Baptisms 01453, ECPP). He was the son of José Manuel Victor Cota y Olivera (1816-1888) and María Luísa Olivera y Stewart (1818-1859). His parents were married at Mission Santa Ynez, Alta California, México, August 4, 1838 (SI Marriages 00433, ECPP). He became a citizen of the United States with the transfer of sovereignty in 1848. During the Civil War Pedro enlisted as a private at Santa Bárbara July 25, 1864, and was mustered into Company C, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry. He was described as being 26 years old and 5' 8" tall with a light complexion, black eyes, and black hair. He indicated his birthplace as Santa Bárbara and his occupation as ranchero. He was appointed sergeant November 12, 1865. Sergeant Cota served at Fort Mason, Arizona Territory, from September 1865 to January 1866. He returned to California with his company and was mustered out at the Presidio of San Francisco April 2, 1866. He was still single and working as a musician in Napa, California, in 1870. Pedro filed for a Civil War veteran's pension January 18, 1894, and received application No. 1,155,417 and certificate No. 876,925. Pedro Cota died in San Francisco of asphyxiation.
DEATH FROM ASPHYXIATION.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5. — Pedro Cota was found dead in bed at 907 Filbert street to-day. Gas was flowing from a burner in his room, and it is believed his death was due to asphyxiation. The stopcock was found by the Coroner to be defective, and he thinks Cota was accidentally smothered. Cota was 57 years old and a native of Mexico. During the Rebellion he served in the Union army and had of late been a pensioner of the Government.
(Sacramento Daily Union, Vol. 90, No. 92, December 6, 1895)
OLD SOLDIER ASPHYXIATED.
Pedro Costa [sic], a veteran of the war, was discovered accidentally asphyxiated in his room at 907 Filbert street yesterday morning. The gas had been left turned on owing to the absence of a stopcock. Costa [sic] was a sergeant of Company C, First Battalion, California Native Volunteer Cavalry, during the war. He was drawing a pension of $10 a month and was to have received his pension yesterday.
(San Francisco Call, Vol. 79, No. 6, December 6, 1895)
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