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Bernardo Antonio Yorba

  • Birth 24 Aug 1801 San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Death 21 Oct 1858 Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
  • Burial Yorba Linda, Orange County, California, USA
  • Plot Family
  • Memorial ID 7420123

Early California land grant pioneer. Born Bernardo Antonio Yorba y Grijalva, he was baptized at the San Diego Presidio Chapel August 24, 1801 (Presidio/Mission San Diego Baptism No. 03068). He was the son of José Antonio Yorba and María Josefa Grijalva. He received his own grant in 1834 encompassing 13,328 acres which today is the location of the historic city of Yorba Linda, the birth and burial place of President Richard Nixon. He is remembered most for constructing a huge adobe hacienda in nearby Santa Ana Canyon. He named his land grant "Rancho San Juan Cajon de Santa Ana" and his new residence "San Antonio" after his favorite saint. The spacious two story adobe had over 100 rooms with the rancho having hundreds of employees to tend the vineyards, crops and cattle fed by water from the Santa Ana River marking the first large irrigation system in California. Bernardo liked young women. His first wife 16 year old Maria in five years between marriage and death gave birth to one son and three daughters. He next married fifteen year old Felipa who died giving birth to her twelfth child. His third wife he married by proxy and had a friend travel to Los Angeles on his behalf to take the marriage vows at the historic Plaza Church. Andrea was 29 years younger than her new husband but she bore him four sons. At the age of 57, Don Bernardo Yorba died leaving behind a large and prosperous rancho and twenty children. He was interred in the old Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles. He left the land for a cemetery, the Yorba Cemetery, in his will but it was not ready for a burial until 1862. He and 9 of his family members remained at Calvary until 1923 when they were all moved and reinterred at Yorba cemetery. His second wife, Felipa Dominguez, was one of those moved. His last wife, Andrea Avila, remarried and she is buried along with her second husband in an unmarked grave at the Yorba cemetery.



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7420123
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bernardo Antonio Yorba (24 Aug 1801–21 Oct 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7420123, citing Yorba Cemetery, Yorba Linda, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .