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Desertflower (#47301202)
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Bio Photo I currently researching my ancestry. I am a descendant of Francisco Xavier Sepulveda. I am also a descendant of Luz and Dulce Nombres Garcia which I have not had much luck finding info on them.
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Terry Chaffee
John Forster
hi desertflower, john forster married ysidora maria ygnacia pico. john, to me, is:
husband of niece of husband of 4th great grand aunt

ysidora is the niece of husband of 4th great grand aunt. her father josef maria dario pico is the brother-in-law of 4th great grand aunt. josef's father is father-in-law to 4th great grand aunt.

am related to pico's, valenzuela's, sanchez's, dominguez, de la guerra, de cota, de lugo, rubio, etc. my 5th great grandparents came with portola and padre serra - pablo antonio and maria antonia rosa de lugo (de) cota. pablo's father, andres, was in alta calif also, and his brother roque jacinto de cota. they ended up settling in santa barbara. take care cousin....

cousin terry chaffee
carlsbad, ca
Added by Terry Chaffee on Oct 07, 2013 4:17 PM
Terry Chaffee
John Forster
hi. thought you might like some info on forster:

Born: 16 Sept 1814 Liverpool, Lancastershire, England

Died: 20 Feb 1882 Rancho Santa Margarita, San Diego Co., CA

Buried: Mission San Juana Capistrano Cemetery, Orange Co., CA

Have not found marriage date yet. Abt 1837 Mission San Luis Rey? don't know. first two children unable to find bapt record. third child born Los Angeles Plaza Mission 1839. fourth child unable to locate bapt record.

from my notes:

Per the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, "John "Don Juan" Forster was born in 1815 in Liverpool, England to a very unpretentious family. He grew up to become one of the largest landowners in all of California. At the age of 17 John traveled to Mexico and was working for his uncle, James Johnson, in Guaymas, Mexico. He became the captain of one of his uncle's ships. In 1836 he became a Mexican citizen and was living in Los Angeles where he worked as a shipping agent at San Pedro. Later he was also Captain of the Port of San Pedro. In 1837 John married Dona Ysidora Pico, sister of Pio Pico the Governor of California. John Forster was the only non-Hispanic rancho grantee in Orange County. . John Forster was so well accepted that he received a Spanish name. An Englishman who had become a Mexican citizen, John Forster appears in many of the early documents of the era as "Don Juan Forster. Forster began acquiring land in the 1840s as a result of his connection with Governor Pico who granted him the lands of Rancho Trabuco and Rancho Mission Viejo. He also owned Rancho San Felipe and Rancho de la Nacion in what is now San Diego County. In 1844 Forster and James McKinley purchased the old ruins of Mission of San Juan Capistrano for $710. Here he made his home until 1864 when the Mission was given back to the Catholic Church by President Abraham Lincoln. In 1846 the United States and Mexico were at war and Governor Pico fled to Mexico, leaving Forster in charge of Pico's ranch, Santa Margarita y Las Flores, which today is Camp Pendleton. On his return to California, Pico borrowed large sums of money from Forster to cover his gambling debts. By 1864 Forster offered to pay $14,000 and assume all of Pico's current debts in return for the deed to rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores. The Picos, Pio and Andres, agreed and Forster became the largest landowner in California, eventually holding over 200,000 acres. Forster moved his family to Santa Margarita y Las Flores in 1864. The ranch house had been built sometime before 1827 and was in need of repair and remodeling. At this time it had two bedrooms and a living room. Forster expanded the house to 18 rooms surrounding a flower-filled courtyard. It is still standing today and became the home of the Commanding General at Camp Pendleton until 2007 where it is now being made into a museum. Don Juan died in 1882 and his family sold the ranch to James Flood. Flood made Richard O'Neill his manager who later became half owner of this ranch. In 1940 the United States Navy needed a west coast training facility and purchased a major portion of the ranch from the O'Neill and Flood families and it became Camp Pendleton."

Per the Book "Saddleback Ancestors, Rancho Families of Orange County, California," Orange County Genealogical Society, page 67: "From 1840 to 1843, Forster was employed as a shipping agent at San Pedro and appointed Captain of the Port March 1843 by Governor Micheltorena. Seeing the beauty and possibilities that lay in the little valley of San Juan Capistrano, Forster moved his family there in 1844. For Juan Forster, 1845 was a memorable year. In December he also bought most of the Mission San Juan Capistrano property at auction for 710 dollars to be paid in cash, hides and tallow. The Forster family subsequently resided in the apartments where the priests had formerly lived. Years later the Mission was returned to the Catholic Church under the orders of President Abraham Lincoln. These apartments are now the museum area of the Mission. Don Juan Forster was noted for his hospitality and generosity. He became quite esteemed and powerful as a "Spanish Don". Part of his influence no doubt derived from serving as "juez de paz" of the San Juan Capistrano district. Two of his brothers and a sister joined him in California by 1851: Hugh born in 1829, Thomas born 1820, and Tomasina, born about 1828. In 1846 Forster's hospitality was extended to the many Californios, who took refuge behind the mission walls during the American advance. General Fremont marched through San Juan Capistrano with his entire company, including Kit Carson and an Indian force of Shawnee. At that time, Juan Forster expressed the feelings of many betwixt-and-between ex-American and English citizens like himself when he told how Fremont and his whole force surrounded the mission buildings at San Juan Capistrano."

Per Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrival Records, 1846-1851: Name: Forster, John Age: 035 Gender: Male Embarkation: Liverpool Ship: SIDDONS Occupation: farmer Passengers: 380 Compartment: Steerage Native Country: England Destination: USA Arrival Date: 12 Mar 1849 Transit Type: Staying in the U.S.

Per New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957: Name: John Forster Arrival Date: 12 Mar 1849 Birth Date: abt 1814 Age: 35 Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: SIDDONS

Per Boston, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1954: Name: John Forster Gender: Male Estimated Birth Year: abt 1813 Age: 40 Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Ship Name: C VIAGARA Arrival Date: 24 Jun 1853 Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts

Per 1860 U.S. Federal census John Forster is living in San Juan, Los Angeles, California, born abt 1815 England Head Married Farmer, spouse name Isidora

Per 1867 California Voter Registers (1866-1898) John Forster is living in Santa Margarita, San Diego County, California, age 53, born abt 1814 England Ranchero. Registered 24 June 1867

Per 1870 U.S. Federal census John Forester is living in San Juan, Los Angeles, California, no age stated, place of birth or occupation. [on the census document there is a line thru the name'

Per 1880 U.S. Federal census John Forster is living in San Luis Rey, San Diego, California, born abt 1815 England Head Married Stock Raiser, spouse name Ysidora, both parents born ENGLAND
Added by Terry Chaffee on Oct 01, 2013 7:51 PM
Ed Munoz
Sepulveda ancestry
You displayed my grandparent's gravesite. I have been researching my ancestry for about a year now, but have had a problem finding my the parents (my great-Grandparents) of Gregorio Sepulveda.
Added by Ed Munoz on Feb 10, 2013 9:28 PM
Jaime Manriquez
Manriquez "Buddy"

Waldo A "Buddy" Manriquez Jr is my Father. You posted his head stone on the site. He passed in 1975. Waldo Augustine Manriquez Sr was my grandfather who is buried beside him. I try to visit each year if not every other as I live out of state. My grandmother (Dolores) is still alive as are my aunts and uncle. All in San Juan Capistrano.

Jaime Manriquez
Added by Jaime Manriquez on Jan 07, 2013 12:27 PM
Jaime Manriquez
Manriquez Head Stone Pic

My wife caught this site with pic's of head stones of both my father and grand father. It shows that you uploaded the pic's. Was this just a general information for the cemetery or are you some how related?

Added by Jaime Manriquez on Jan 06, 2013 8:57 PM
RE: Gravemarker Picture
Thank you so much that means alot to me.
The cemetary has many many Hernandez' so trying to narrow down my ancestors or any connections to my family has been a task.

you can also try there are helpful resources there too.

Good luck with your search.
Added by monica on Aug 05, 2010 9:55 PM
California William
re: Yorbas

I'd like to request that you transfer Miguel Yorba and Teresa Yorba to me. They are my maternal great grandparents. As you can see I added portraits photos of them to your sites for them. I have their correct DOBs and DODs. Thank you! I see you are a cousin through the Sepulvedas. Maybe we can exchange information?

best wishes
Added by California William on Aug 05, 2010 3:49 PM

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