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 Benigno Pico

Benigno Pico

Monterey, Monterey County, California, USA
Death 8 Apr 1904 (aged 67)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 58529302 · View Source
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Civil War: Co. A, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry

Comrade, Frank Bartlett Post, No. 6, G.A.R., Los Angeles, California

Benigno Pico y Villavicencio was baptized at the Monterey Presidio Chapel (San Carlos) April 15, 1837 (SC Baptisms 04048, ECPP). He was the son of cabo (corporal) José de Jesús Pico y Cota of Sinaloa and María Trinidad Francisca Javiera Antonia Villavicencio y Espinosa of Monterey. His father was grantee of Rancho Piedra Blanca (San Simeon). He became a citizen with the transfer of sovereignty in 1848. He enlisted as a 1st Sergeant at San José, California, February 18, 1863, and was mustered into Company A, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry, April 23. He deserted July 3, 1863, but was arrested and returned to Company A January 2, 1864. He married Anna Forrester at Misión San Luís Obispo January 6, 1864. Benigno Pico was posted to Fort Mason, Arizona Territory, from September 1865 until January 1866. He was mustered out at Drum Barracks March 20, 1866. Pico appears as a farmer in the San Simeon District in the San Luís Obisbo County Great Register of 1867. Pico filed an application to open a post office in 1873 with the designation "San Simeon." The application was approved and Pico served as postmaster until 1875. In his application Pico stated that the post office would serve 250 nearby residents, including 45 at the whaling station. Sometime in 1877 he moved to San Fernando, Los Angeles County, where he operated the Pico Hotel. He later became a member of Los Angeles' Frank Barlett Post, No. 6, Grand Army of the Republic. Benigno Pico was living in San Fernando and working as a "farm laborer" when the census taker knocked on his door in June 1880. He gave his birthplace and the birthplace of his parents as California. Also enumerated were his wife, three sons, two daughters, and a brother, José Pico, age 25 years. His wife, Annie M., appears as a 37-year-old house-keeper. Her birthplace was recorded as Pennsylvania and the birthplace of her father Ireland and her mother New York. The children listed were all at school: Nathan, 15; Mary I., 13; Mary Ann, 12; John H., 10; and Frank, 7. Benigno filed for a Civil War veteran's pension September 3, 1890, and received certificate No. 1,002,987. After his death Annie filed for a widow's pension and received application No. 806,704 and certificate No. 584,658.
Family Saw Him Injured.
B. Pico was struck by a streetcar of the Downey-avenue line of the Los Angeles Railway Company last evening at River Station and seriously injured. He had been in Mexico for several months and had just alighted from a train where he was receiving the greetings of his family when the car felled him.
(Times [LA], 9 Apr 1904, 12:1)

Injuries Caused Death.
Pico, Struck by Electric Car, Died while Surgeons Were Preparing for Operation.
B. Pico was struck by a car of the Downey-avenue line of the Los Angeles Railway Company Friday evening at River Station died yesterday morning from the effects of his injuries, at the Emergency and General Hospital. When he was taken to the Receiving Room he was suffering from the concussion of the brain and the surgeons found it impossible to restore him to consciousness. He was removed to the other hospital, where an operation was decided upon, but before it was commenced the patient died. The deceased was one of the best-known citizens of the San Fernando district, where he had lived all his life [sic]. He was a direct descendant of Governor Pico, the last Mexican executive who presided over the destinies of California before the American occupation. He possessed a fortune consisting mostly of extensive tracts of land in the San Fernando district, and in that section of the county, he had numerous relatives. Four months ago Mr. Pico went to Sonora, Mexico, to look after some mining interests and to visit relatives. He had just stepped off a Southern Pacific train when he was struck by the car, the accident being witnessed by a number of his relatives, who had gone to River Station to welcome him home. The body was removed to the undertaking establishment of the Peck & Chase Company, where an inquest will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.
(Times [Los Angeles], 10 Apr 1904, 12:3)

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  • Maintained by: Steve
  • Originally Created by: James Henkel
  • Added: 12 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58529302
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benigno Pico (15 Mar 1837–8 Apr 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58529302, citing Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Steve (contributor 47394147) .