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Francisco Maria Higuera

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Francisco Maria Higuera

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death
16 Mar 1903 (aged 80)
Palms, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA Add to Map
Plot
Block 2, Lot 157, Grave B
Memorial ID
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Mexican War: Californio Lancer at Battle of San Pascual

Francisco María Higuera y Palomares was the son of Bernardo de la Luz Higuera y Cota (SG Baptism 01861) and María del Rosario Andrea Palomares y Saez (BP Baptism 00277). He was born at Los Ángeles, Alta California, México, February 12, 1823, and baptized at Mission San Gabriel (SG baptism not found). When the United States invaded Mexico in 1846 he defended his home as a Californio lancer. Francisco participated in the Battle of San Pasqual on December 6, 1846, where he drove his lance into the posterior of U.S. Marine Corps Captain Archibald Gillespie, pushing him out of an ornate Mexican leather saddle and leaving Gillespie wounded on the ground. Francisco took Gillespie's horse with that fine saddle as a war trophy. "It was that fine saddle that saved Gillespie's life," recounted Ynez Higuera, Francisco's granddaughter. Francisco became a United States citizen following the transfer of California's sovereignty in 1848. The following year he married (1) María Ynez Ruíz y López (1831-1868) at the Los Angeles Plaza Church March 24, 1849. One year after her death in 1868 Francisco married (2) María Eduarda Valenzuela y Serrano (bap. Oct. 25, 1842; LA Baptism 01160) in Los Angeles on August 14, 1869 (LA County Marriages, 1850-1952; pg. 416; Film #1033132, Folder #004540545, Image #00215). Francisco died at his home in Palms on March 16, 1903, and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica.

¡Que Viva Alta California!
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Children:
(with Ruíz)
- María Manuela Ildefonsa (1851-1867)
- María (1854-1923)
- Teofilo Elpidio (bap. Mar. 4, 1855-Jan. 14, 1900; m. Claudina del Pilar Olivera y Argüello; ch: Emilio Francisco [m. Martha Emilie Kuhagen; ch: Evangeline and Lorraine], Porfirio Eugenio, and Epaminondas José)
- Bernardo (bap. Mar. 8, 1857-?)
- Estevan (Jul. 2, bap. Jul. 4, 1859-?)
- María del Rosario (Feb. 26, bap. Mar. 5, 1861-before 1870)
- Leandro Secundino (Mar. 20, bap. Jul. 27, 1863-?)
- Victor Henrique (Oct. 17, bap. Oct. 19, 1866-?)
Mexican War: Californio Lancer at Battle of San Pascual

Francisco María Higuera y Palomares was the son of Bernardo de la Luz Higuera y Cota (SG Baptism 01861) and María del Rosario Andrea Palomares y Saez (BP Baptism 00277). He was born at Los Ángeles, Alta California, México, February 12, 1823, and baptized at Mission San Gabriel (SG baptism not found). When the United States invaded Mexico in 1846 he defended his home as a Californio lancer. Francisco participated in the Battle of San Pasqual on December 6, 1846, where he drove his lance into the posterior of U.S. Marine Corps Captain Archibald Gillespie, pushing him out of an ornate Mexican leather saddle and leaving Gillespie wounded on the ground. Francisco took Gillespie's horse with that fine saddle as a war trophy. "It was that fine saddle that saved Gillespie's life," recounted Ynez Higuera, Francisco's granddaughter. Francisco became a United States citizen following the transfer of California's sovereignty in 1848. The following year he married (1) María Ynez Ruíz y López (1831-1868) at the Los Angeles Plaza Church March 24, 1849. One year after her death in 1868 Francisco married (2) María Eduarda Valenzuela y Serrano (bap. Oct. 25, 1842; LA Baptism 01160) in Los Angeles on August 14, 1869 (LA County Marriages, 1850-1952; pg. 416; Film #1033132, Folder #004540545, Image #00215). Francisco died at his home in Palms on March 16, 1903, and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica.

¡Que Viva Alta California!
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Children:
(with Ruíz)
- María Manuela Ildefonsa (1851-1867)
- María (1854-1923)
- Teofilo Elpidio (bap. Mar. 4, 1855-Jan. 14, 1900; m. Claudina del Pilar Olivera y Argüello; ch: Emilio Francisco [m. Martha Emilie Kuhagen; ch: Evangeline and Lorraine], Porfirio Eugenio, and Epaminondas José)
- Bernardo (bap. Mar. 8, 1857-?)
- Estevan (Jul. 2, bap. Jul. 4, 1859-?)
- María del Rosario (Feb. 26, bap. Mar. 5, 1861-before 1870)
- Leandro Secundino (Mar. 20, bap. Jul. 27, 1863-?)
- Victor Henrique (Oct. 17, bap. Oct. 19, 1866-?)


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