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Manuel Jose Stokes
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1843
Monterey
Monterey County
California, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 1910
Salinas
Monterey County
California, USA

Civil War: Company A, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry

Manuel José Stokes y Sota was born at Monterey, Alta California, México. He was the son of Santíago (James) M. Stokes and María Josefa de los Dolores Sota y Albisú (widow of soldado Gil Cano). He was baptized at the Monterey Presidio Chapel (San Carlos) February 7, 1843 (SC Baptism 04445). He became a citizen of the United States with the transfer of California's sovereignty in 1848. During the Civil War Manuel Stokes enlisted as a private at San José, California, March 18, 1863, and was mustered into Company A, Native California Cavalry, April 3, 1863. At the time of his enlistment he was a 21-year-old ranchero and 5 ft 5 1/2 inches tall with a dark complexion, eyes, and hair. He deserted from his unit at San Francisco May 29, 1865, but surrendered near Camp Low, California, on June 11 to complete his tour. He served at Fort Mason, Arizona Territory, from September 1865 until January 1866. He returned with his company to California and was mustered out at Drum Barracks (Wilmington) March 20, 1866. He married María Asunción Alvarado y Higuera at the former Monterey Presidio Chapel January 4, 1869. María was baptized at the Monterey Presidio Chapel May 24, 1838 (SC Baptism 04123). She was the daughter of Joaquín Alvarado and María Juana de Dios Higuera y Navarro. Manuel José Stokes filed for a Civil War veteran's pension December 28, 1892, and received application No. 1,142,427 and certificate No. 1,050,798. He refiled his pension March 12, 1907. After his death María Asunción Alvarado de Stokes filed for a widow's pension February 15, 1910, and received application No. 936,055 and certificate No. 710,062. María died at San Francisco December 6, 1935.
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AN OLD SOLDIER IS LAID TO REST
Many Sorrowing Friends attend the Funeral of the Late Manuel Stokes
He Served in a Regiment of California Under Captain Pico.

The funeral of Manuel Stokes, a pioneer of this county, whose death occurred last Monday, was held at 9 o'clock this morning from his late residence on California street, and was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends and bereaved relatives. After the celebration of mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart, the remains were taken to the Catholic cemetery for interment.

In the accounts of the military career of the deceased, heretofore published, it was stated that he was a member of the forces of General Fremont. This proves to have been incorrect. The deceased was, however a soldier of the early days. He enlisted in the United States army at San Jose, March 1863, and became a private in Troop A, first battalion, regiment of native cavalry. He served under Captain Pico, being honorably discharged March 20, 1866 at Drum Barracks.

Mr. Stokes was one of a family of fourteen children, eight of whom survive him. They are as follows: Mrs. W. S. Johnson of Salinas; Henry Stokes, a printer of San Francisco; Domingo Stokes of San Jose; William Stokes, justice of the peace at Guadalupe; Herbert Stokes of El Paso, Texas; Mrs. George Winterburn of San Francisco; Mrs. Atherton of San Francisco; and Mrs. Alfred Gonzales of Gonzales.

Among his brothers and sisters who passed before him were [half-brother] Rafael Cano of Santa Cruz; [half-brother] Nicholas Cano of Pajaro; James Stokes of Salinas; Mrs. Robert Forbes of Salinas; and Miss Fannie Stokes of Salinas.

The pallbearers at the funeral were W. H. Clark, W. A. Anderson, John Smith, Frank Morasci, J. M. Espinosa, and Fred Berryessa.

(Daily Index, Salinas, California, February 9, 1910)
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Children:
- Rafael Manuel (Jul 14, 1885, Monterey, CA-Aug 29, 1936, Salinas, CA; m. Maria Julia Paredes [Nov 20, 1887, Ensenada, BC-Jul 7, 1955, Roseburg, OR], at San Jose, CA, on Sep 23, 1909; ch: John William Stokes [Jan 10, 1926, Salinas, CA; m. Mary Nell Irons at Roseburg, OR, Dec 9, 1949])

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Biography by Steve
 
 
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 Parents:
  Maria Josefa de los Dolores Soto Stokes (1815 - 1855)
 
 Spouse:
  Maria Asuncion Alvarado Stokes (1838 - 1935)
 
 Children:
  Rafael Manuel Stokes (1885 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Salinas
Monterey County
California, USA
Plot: Grave is not marked.
 
Created by: Steve
Record added: Nov 14, 2011
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Manuel Jose Stokes
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Manuel Jose Stokes
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Hijo del país, descanse en paz. Who for the Union fought and bled, though passing on, is never dead.¡Que viva Alta California!
- Steve
 Added: Nov. 14, 2011
 
 
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