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Josefa Alvarez
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Birth: unknown
San Diego County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 1938
Yavapai County
Arizona, USA

AZ Death Certificate

Wickenburg (AZ) Sun
Friday, April 8, 1938
(also in Wickenburg Sun, April 9, 2008, p B-7
Josefa, the goatherder, another of the fantastic characters of the Arizona desert, has passed on.
Her real name was Josefa Alvarez, and those in the Octave district who knew her placed her age at between 115 and 120 years. Legends of the wrinkled little woman had it that she once was the virtual queen of an Indian village near San Diego, Calif.
She was baptized by the padres who went to California with Father Junipero Serra; was present when the first United States soldiers arrived; and witnessed the adventurous days of the 1849 gold rush.
Josefa came to Arizona a half century ago and opened a boarding house for miners at Weaver Creek. For the last 40 years, she had herded goats over the rough hills of the Octave district.
Friends found her dead Tuesday. She will be buried at Boot Hill cemetery on Weaver Creek. 
Weaver Cemetery
Yavapai County
Arizona, USA
Created by: Pat R
Record added: Dec 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82714146
Josefa Alvarez
Added by: Pat R
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