Rev Fr Ramon Abella

Monforte de Moyuela, Provincia de Teruel, Aragon, Spain
Death 24 May 1842 (aged 77)
Solvang, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Burial Solvang, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 174337127 · View Source
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"Fr. Ramon Abella was born May 28th, 1764, at Montforte, Aragon, Spain, and became a Franciscan at Zaragoza March 6th, 1784. He joined the college of San Fernando in 1795, and arrived in California in 1798. His missionary service of 44 years was passed in succession at San Francisco in 1798-1819; San Carlos 1819-l833; San Luis Obispo 1833-1842; and Purisima in February-May 1842. In 1817 and 1811 Fr. Antonio accompanied expeditions to the pagans. His narratives of the tours are still extant. He was present at the founding of San Rafael, and there is hardly a mission register in California that does not show his name. He was considered by his superiors to be one of the most zealous and able Fathers in the country for missionary work. In 1826 Fr. Abella professed obedience to the new Mexican republic, but refused to take the oath. Before leaving San Carlos he became sick and infirm; and his term of service at Sun Luis Obispo was one of illness. Fr. Jimeno in 1842 charged administrator Guerra and others with having robbed Fr. Abella, and with having treated the old Father "with the greatest ingratitude, inhumanity, and vileness " Fr. Ramon's last days were passed at Santa Ines, where he was buried, on May 24th, 1812, in the presbytery on the epistle side, about two varas from the church wall".
(Text quoted from "The Franciscans in California" by Fr. Zephyrin Engelhardt, January 1, 1897, Page 368)

See also SI Death 01437.



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  • Find a Grave Memorial 174337127
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Fr Ramon Abella (28 May 1764–24 May 1842), Find a Grave Memorial no. 174337127, citing Mission Santa Ines Cemetery, Solvang, Santa Barbara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Steve and Linda Malkson (contributor 48608432) .