Carol, my greatgrandmother was named Josephina, Josephine, or Josefa Mendoza. She was born I think in 1869 and was married to my G-Grandfather John J. Holman in the early 1880's and they lived in Angel's Camp for a few years. There is about 3 stories that go along with this. One is that she was born in or near La Paz, Baja CA. And there is a big family named Mendoza from that area. The root of the Mendoza family had a mine near La Paz in the late 1700's called El Triunfo. I really think because of different family stories that she is tied to this family. My g-grandfather was supposed to have run away with her from La Paz to California.
The second story is she was born in Stockton where my ggf met her. This may also be true since a 1920 census says she was born in California and her mom was born in MX. Even though her son's cenus says she was born in MX. The reason I am not convinced of her being born here is because so many Mexicanos came over between 1913 and 1917 there was racist resentment against our ancestors.
The third one is that she was visiting San Francisco with her family from Mexico and ran away with my ggf.
They went from Angel's Camp to Cananea, Sonora until the Revolution broke out and the Yaqui indians were killing anyone they could.
From there they went to AZ.
My grandmother's brother told my dad there was Yaqui blood in this Mendoza family.
I remember my parents telling me that the postmaster general in La Paz in the early 60's was our cousin.
My dad said one of Josephine's sisters married and lived in Santa Barbara.
So I have a lot of stories with no documents.
Maybe we are related.
Here is the reference to Mendoza's in Baja:
According to Pablo MartInez (p. 34, "GuIa Familiar...") the common trunk for
all the Mendozas living in the peninsula during the 18th and 19th centuries
were Francisco Mendoza and Nicolasa Castro. By 1777 he owned El Triunfo,
"the richest mine until then discovered". This is in the neighborhood of
both Real de Santa Ana and San Antonio.
MartInez's book index lists 148 entries for Mendoza.
"El Triunfo" suggests to me that her bithplace could have been San Antonio
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