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Original Settlers (Pobladores)
of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, 1781
*Married just prior to leaving for the new pueblo because
new settlers were required to be heads of families.
A twelfth settler, Antonio Miranda
Rodriguez, a 50-year-old Filipino, and his 11 year-old daughter were also
slated to settle in the new pueblo.
Maria Guadalupe Gertrudis Perez,
wife of Jose Moreno, was the last surviving original settler. She died in 1860,
having lived almost 100 years.
Whatever Happened to the Original Settlers?Antonio Clemente Felix Villavicencio - Moved to Santa Barbara in 1797. Died there in 1802.
Jose de Velasco y Lara - Received permission to move to Ventura in 1782 to establish the Mission San Buenaventura and later to Santa Barbara to
establish the presidio. Died in Nayarit on an unfortunate return trip to Mexico in 1783*.
Luis Quintero - Received permission along with Jose de Velasco y Lara to move to Ventura in 1782 to establish the Mission San Buenaventura and later
to Santa Barbara to establish the presidio. He may have wished to be near his three daughters who had married soldiers stationed at the presidio in Santa
Barbara. Died in Santa Barbara in 1810.
Antonio Mesa - Apparently became disillusioned with the hardships in Alta California and received permission to return to Sonora, Mexico in 1782.
Jose Antonio Navarro - Sent to San Jose in 1790 and later to the Presidio in San Francisco. Buried at the Mission Dolores in San Francisco in 1793.
Pablo Rodriguez - Moved to San Diego in 1796 then to San Juan Capistrano. Buried at the Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1816.
Jose Vanegas - Remained in Los Angeles for 20 years during which he served as its first alcalde (mayor). Upon the death of his wife in 1801, moved to San
Diego and the Mission San Luis Rey.
Manuel Camero - Remained in Los Angeles. Served as a Los Angeles regidor (councilman). Died here in 1819.
Jose Moreno - Remained in Los Angeles. Served as a Los Angeles regidor. Buried at Mission San Gabriel in 1806.
Alejandro Rosas - Remained in Los Angeles. He and his wife died here only a month apart in December 1788 and January 1789.
Jose Antonio Rosas - Remained in Los Angeles. Buried at the Mission San Gabriel in 1809.
* Jose de Velasco y Lara was ordered
back to Mexico by the authorities when he confessed to Father Junipero Serra
that his first wife, whom he had maintained had died,
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