|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1800|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 1890|
Santa Cruz County
Maria Martina Castro was born at Villa Branciforte in 1807. She was the daughter of Jose Joaquin Castro and Maria Antonia Amador.
Martina married Corporal Simon Cota, a soldier stationed at Monterey, in 1824/1825. When Simon died six years later, in 1830, Martina became a widow with four children.
Michael Lodge, a 34-year-old native of Ireland who had come ashore from a whaling ship, soon courted her. A naturalized Mexican citizen and resident at Villa Branciforte, Lodge knew that marriage into a Spanish-speaking Californio family was a way to gain property. He and Martina wed in 1831.
In November 1833, Martina petitioned the Mexican government for a land grant. In August 1834, Martina was granted a 5,364 acre land grant (Rancho Soquel) by Govenor Jose Figueroa. In 1844, Martina received a second land grant of 32,700 acres (Soquel Augmentation). This was later renamed Rancho de Palo de Yesea.
Michael Lodge worked as a freighter between Stockton and the Mother Lode country during the California Gold Rush. He was killed in 1849. In October 1849, the grieving Martina married the Frenchman, Louis Depeaux.
In 1850, Martina divided her land, one parcel for herself and one for each of her eight children. In 1860, division of Rancho Soquel was completed under court supervision. Division of Soquel Augmentation was completed in 1864.
Jose Simon Cota (1803 - 1830)
Michael Lodge (1806 - 1849)
Pedro Bautista Cota (1826 - 1826)*
Carmen Cota Fallon (1827 - 1923)*
Mary Lodge Peck (1834 - 1915)*
Ellen Lodge Littlejohn (1836 - 1904)*
Miguel Antonio Lodge (1838 - 1931)*
Francisco Maria Lodge (1840 - 1840)*
Maria Guadalupe Lodge Averon (1841 - 1920)*
"Aged 90 Yrs. 9 Mos."
Old Holy Cross Cemetery
Santa Cruz County
Maintained by: Carrie
Originally Created by: SQ
Record added: Jul 14, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9099471