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Cleofas Ponce de Leon
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1845
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 1899
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

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

José Cleofás de Altagracia Ponce de León y Solórzano was born at Santa Bárbara, Alta California, México. He was the son of Manuel Ponce de León and Francisca Solórzano. He was baptized at the Santa Bárbara Presidio April 10, 1845. Godparents were Felipe Figueroa and Rafaela Cota (BP Baptism 01667, ECPP). He became a citizen with the transfer of sovereignty in 1848. He enlisted as a private at Santa Bárbara August 1, 1864. He was mustered into Company C, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry, at Drum Barracks September 21, 1864. He was 19-years-old and 5 feet 6 inches tall with a dark complexion, black eyes and hair. He indicated that his birthplace was Santa Bárbara and his occupation as ranchero. Private Ponce de León served at Fort Mason, Arizona Territory, from September 1865 to January 1866. He was mustered out with his company at the Presidio of San Francisco April 2, 1866. After the war he returned to Santa Bárbara. Cleofás Ponce de León filed for a Civil War veteran's pension September 12, 1891, alleging rheumatism and general disability and was issued application No. 1,057,079 and certificate No. 784,726. He was never married.
Cleofás Ponce de León Dead
Veteran of Civil War and Descendent of the Explorer

Cleofás Ponce de León died early yesterday morning of heart failure. Cleofás Ponce de León was born in Santa Bárbara 52 [sic, 54] years ago and lived here all his life. During the civil war, he served as a private in Company C of the [Native Cavalry,] California volunteers, under Captain Antonio María de la Guerra. For many years after the war he was an extensive rancher of this county, and at one time was quite wealthy. The deceased leaves two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Luísa Carrillo of this city, and an unmarried sister living in Vallejo and a brother in San Luís Obispo, who at the present time is visiting in Santa Bárbara. Mr. Ponce de León has been in poor health for some time, but complained very little. The day before his death he walked down town and was in the best of spirits. He was a single man. He was a descendant of the famed explorer, Ponce de León.
(Santa Barbara Morning Press, August 6, 1899, 5:1)

Biography by Steve
Co. C, 1st Native Cal. Cav.
Calvary Cemetery
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA
Maintained by: Steve
Originally Created by: ChrisB
Record added: Jan 27, 2011
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Cleofas Ponce de Leon
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Cleofas Ponce de Leon
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Cleofas Ponce de Leon
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¡Hijo del país, descanse en paz! Who for the Union fought and bled, though passing on, is never dead.
- Steve
 Added: Dec. 12, 2011

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