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  • CARRILLO, Adelina Yorbe de

  • Los Angeles Times, Apr 12, 1933

    MOTHER OF CARRILLOS SUCCUMBS

    Rites Will Be Conducted at Old Yorba Church in Santa Ana Canyon Today

    PLACENTIA, April 11. - In the death today of Adelina Yorbe (sic) de Carrillo, native of Orange county, this section lost one of its ties with the days of the dons.  She was 79 years of age, the widow of Joseph R. Carrillo, a native of Los Angeles.  Death occurred on the family's ranch home in Santa Ana Canyon about eight miles east of Placentia.

    She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Norman Reeves, Mrs. Edilfrida Patte and Miss Esperanzo Carrillo, and one son, Gutimo Carrillo, all residing on the Canyon Rancho.  Four sisters, Mrs. Samuels Kraemer of Placentia, Mrs. J. B. Ruiz, Santa Maria; Mrs. Felipe Dominguez, Mrs. J. C. Travis and two brother, P. and S. Yorba, all residing on the rancho.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the historic old Yorba Church in Santa Ana Canyon near the site of the old Bernard Yorba Hacienda.  Burial will be in the old Yorba Cemetery, where lie many of Mrs. Carrillo's ancestors.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    [NOTE: Adelina Bernarda Yorba was born 20 Nov 1853 and baptized at Plaza Church, Los Angeles...Plaza Bats, #940 15 Apr 1854. She married Jose Ramon Carrillo on 19 Jan 1884, according to Ontiveros, Erlinda Pertusi.; Editors - Jim and Lynne Norris, San Ramon Chapel Pioneers and Their California Heritage,  (Olive Press Publications, Box 99, Los Olivos, California 93441 (805)688-2445), Page 285 Jose Antonio Prudencio Yorba Genealogy. - Sheila Ruiz Harrell]


  • CARRILLO, Alfredo

  • Los Angeles Times, Aug 19, 1904

    DIED AT SANTA MONICA

    Alfredo E. Carrillo, a member of one of the old Spanish families, members of which have resided in this section for more than a century, died at 1 o'clock this morning at his home in Santa Monica.  He was born in Los Angeles sixty years ago and his entire life was spent in this section of the State.  He leaves a family.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    [NOTE: This Alfredo Emidiano Carrillo is the son of Pedro Catarino Carrillo.  - Sheila Ruiz Harrell]


  • CARRILLO, Juan J.

  • Los Angeles Times, Apr 1, 1916

    FIRST POLICE CHIEF OF LOS ANGELES IS DEAD.

    Juan J. Carrillo, member of one of the early Spanish families in this State, and a prominent figure in the public life of early Southern California, died yesterday afternoon at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. A. H. Calkins, No. 505 West Twenty-eighth street, following an illness from which he had suffered since last October.

    Mr. Carrillo was the first Chief of Police of Los Angeles and the first Mayor of Santa Monica, and also a police judge in the latter city from 1905 to 1915.  He was born September 8, 1842, in Santa Barbara.  With eighteen other students he went east via Panama to attend Holy Cross College at Worcester, Mass.

    He and Miss Francisca Roland were married October 7, 1868, and eleven children were born to that union.  From 1872 to 1874 he was Chief of Police of this city and later he was appointed tax collector.  Subsequently he and his family moved to Santa Barbara, where he was Mayor from 1886 to 1898.

    Mr. Carrillo's mother was one of three sisters who made the first American flag in California.  He leaves a widow, Mrs. Eva Carrillo, by his second marriage, and four sons and three daughters.  The sons are Dr. Y. R. Carrillo of Calexico, E. J. Carrillo, chief engineer of the Shattuck and Eddinger Co.; Leo Carrillo, an actor; Octavius Carrillo, an employee of the Santa Monica post office.  The daughters are Mrs. Elizabeth C. Lopez, Mrs. A. H. Calkins and Mrs. Diana (Carrillo?) Hatton.

    (No) arrangements for the funeral (have) yet been made.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    [NOTE:  ...marriage record for Juan Jose Carrillo and Francisca Roldan, daughter of Mariano Reyes Roldan and Emerenciana
    Ygnacia Alvarado, 07 Oct 1868 at Plaza Church, Los Angeles. - Sheila Ruiz Harrell]


  • CARRILLO, Leo Domingo

  • Los Angeles Times, Feb 24, 1950

    LEO DOMINGO CARRILLO, ACTOR'S COUSIN, DIES

    Rosary for Leo Domingo Carrillo, 63, member of the early California Carrillo family and cousin of Leo Carrillo, actor, will be recited at 730 p.m. today in the chapel of Edwards Bros. Colonial Mortuary.  Requiem Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 9 a.m. in St. Teresa's Church, Glendale and Fargo St., with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

    Mr. Carrillo, who was born in Santa Barbara, a son of Levario Carrillo and Claudina Garcia Carrillo, was a lifelong resident of Los Angeles.  He died Wednesday in his home, 1642 N Benton Way.

    He leaves his widow, Mrs. Helen Carrillo; two sisters, Mrs. Earnestina Cordero of Santa Barbara and Mrs. Margaret Gutierrez of Los Angeles; five brothers, Antonio and Dan Carrillo of Los Angeles, Fred Carrillo of San Jose, Henry Carrillo of Santa Barbara and Albert Carrillo of San Francisco; four grandchildren and his uncle, Selin Carrillo, 83, who figured as last of the old Wells Fargo stagecoach drivers in this area.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett


  • CARRILLO, Mr. P. C.

  • Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1888

    Judge P. C. Carrillo, who died at his late residence on Ocean avenue last Monday, in the 70th year of his age, was one of the oldest settlers in Southern California, and took an active part on the American side during the Mexican war.  He was born at Santa Barbara, but for many years past he has been a resident of this county, and of Santa Monica.  He was a typical gentleman of the old school, universally beloved for his excellent qualities of both head and heart. So closely was he identified with the birth and development of Southern California that his fund of historical facts and reminiscences was very great, and his death is a loss to the entire community.  High mass was solemnized at the Catholic Church, from which the bereaved family, attended by a large number of sympathizing friends from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and citizens generally, followed the remains to their last resting-place in the cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    [NOTE: I'm guessing this is Pedro Catarino Carrillo, b. 23 Feb 1818, Santa Barbara; married Maria Josefa Ramona Macsimiana Bandini, (b.22 Aug 1823, San Diego) at Plaza Church, Los Angeles, 24 Aug 1841...according to Dorothy Gittinger Mutnick, Some Alta California Pioneers and Descendants,  (Contra Costa County Historical Society 1700 Oak Park Blvd Room C-5, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523), Div One, Vol I. Entry #367. Pedro was one of 10 children born to Carlos Antonio de Jesus Carrillo and Josefa Raymunda Castro. - Sheila Ruiz Harrell]


  • CARRILLO, Mrs. P. C.

  • Los Angeles Times, Apr 10, 1896

    SANTA MONICA.

    Funeral of the Late Mrs. Carrillo.

    SANTA MONICA, April 9. - The funeral of Mrs. P. C. Carrillo, mother of Mayor J. J. Carrillo, was held Wednesday morning with appropriate ceremonies, Father Howe of the Catholic church officiating.  Requiem high mass was performed at the church, which was filled with people attending.  The procession on its way to the Santa Monica Cemetery, where the interment was had, was escorted by veterans of the Mexican war.  This mark of respect on the part of the veterans was in recognition of the fact that the deceased was the maker of the first American flag in California, the banner being made at San Diego at the time of the Mexican war.  There were profuse floral decorations.  The grave was beautifully trimmed, and near it was a tall cross formed of rare flowers.  There were numerous other floral emblems.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    [NOTE: This Mrs P.C. Carrillo is Maria Josefa Ramona Macsimiana Bandini, b. 22 Aug 1823, San Diego, and baptized at Mission San Diego, Entry #5520, on 23 Aug 1823...daughter of Juan Bandini and Maria Dolores Estudillo.  She and Pedro Catarino Carrillo married on 24 Aug 1841 at Plaza Church, Los Angeles, CA. - Sheila Ruiz Harrell]


  • CARLON, Don Jose

  • Los Angeles Times, Jul 13, 1901

    FAMILIAR CHARACTER CROSSES THE DIVIDE.

    DON JOSE CARLON, ONE OF THE ODLEST (sic) PIONEERS.

    Laid the First Water Pipes in San Luis Obispo and Lassoed Bears in the Arroyo Grande Valley Forty Years Ago.

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, July 12. - (From The Times' Resident Correspondent.)  Yesterday at 11 o'clock Jose M. Carlon, one of the oldest residents of this county, passed away at his home in this city.  He was in good health up to within a few days ago, but in some manner contracted blood poisoning, which soon caused his death.

    Don Jose Carlon was a prominent figure among the Spanish-Americans of this section of the State.  He was born in Santa Barbara in 1838, and came to San Luis Obispo when a mere boy.  He laid the first system of water pipes in the city, and for twenty years or more had charge of the work of repairing and laying pipe for the San Luis Water Company.

    In his boyhood days Mr. Carlon caught a number of bears in the Arroyo Grande Valley in this county, with the lasso.  He was twice married, and twenty children were born to his two wives, twelve of whom are still living.

    The Johnson and McCuen quicksilver mines have been purchased by Boston capitalists.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett


  • CASTILLO, Ramon

  • Los Angeles Times, April 11, 1912

    VENTURA, April 10. - Ramon Castillo, aged 105 years, died yesterday at his home in San Martine Canyon, this county, where he had resided for years in the family of Jo Aros [Ares?].  Castillo had resided in Ventura county section for the past ninety years and put in much of his life on the Camulos ranch of the Del Valle family as a vaquero.  He was a native of Mexico and had no relatives in this part of the world so far as is known.  Coroner Gibson held an inquest and determined that death came from old age.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett


  • CELIS, Adolfo

  • Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1883

    CELIS'S BODY BROUGHT IN

    How the Accident Happened - Funeral Arrangements.

    The body of Deputy Sheriff Adolfo Celis was brought down on yesterday morning's train from San Fernando by Major Gard, and prepared for burial by Messrs. Ponot & Orr.  The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock to-day, the procession starting from Confidence Engine House No. 2, thence to the Plaza church, where religious exercises will be held, and thence to the cemetery.

    Mr. Gard gave the following additional particulars of the sad event:  He and Celis were on the front seat of the wagon, Celis driving, and the two each having guns, were shooting rabbits.  Mr. Gard had a double-barreled shotgun and Celis had his rifle.  Gard was chaffing Celis about missing so many shots, as Celis had just shot three times at a rabbit before he killed it, and had got the game and started on again, he watching out on one side of the road and Gard on the other, and each sitting with their faces turned from each other.  Mr. Gard noticed Celis placing a coat or blanket further back on the seat, it having slipped forward, and presently he heard the report of a gun.  Looking around Celis still held the lines and still sat erect.  Gard asked if he wanted to make a widow of his wife, and asked him to be a little careful of his firing, supposing that it was one of Celis's pistols that had been discharged.  Celis did not reply, and they jogged along some thirty or forty yards when Celis fell backward, making a gurgling sound with his throat, and it was discovered that he was dead.  Then the situation was realized, and search was made for the wound.  The rifle was not then in the wagon and was not missed at the time, Gard thinking all the time that the pistol had done the damage.  The wound was at length found in the center of the breast just above the pit of the stomach, and back of the point of the left shoulder the ball passed out.  The poor man never knew what struck, him so sudden was the death.  The rifle was missed, and going back to the place where the explosion took place it was found lying in the road.  It had been accidentally knocked out of the wagon, and in its fall the hammer struck a spoke of the wheel which caused the discharge of the gun.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett


  • CELIS, Eulogio F. de

  • Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1903

    ROMANTIC DAY, PATHETIC END.

    Sad Burial of Once Wealthy Scion of Spain

    Mass Intoned for Sr. De Celis, Who Died in Poverty.

    Los Angeles Man Who Once Loaned Sixty Thousand Dollars to Mexico.

    There was a pathetic little funeral yesterday at the old Spanish Church. The casket was of the plainest and there were no flowers:  indeed, not even pallbearers to carry it from the hearse to the altar.  A few mourners, a small group of the friends of the family in former years, mostly women, followed the body borne by men who happened to be passing at the time, down the aisle to the front seats.  A spectator would never have imagined from the surroundings that the man, over whose remains the priest was intoning the mass for the dead, was at one time one of the well-known figures of Los Angeles, and the son of a prominent capitalist of early days who counted his leagues by thousands, and to whom the thought of poverty for his eldest born would have been beyond the imagination.

    Eulogio F. de Celis was a native of Los Angeles, the son of Don Eulogio, Sr., and Josefa Arguello de De Celis, natives of Spain.  Eulogio was given all the advantages of travel and education that the wealth and position of his family demanded.  He was sent to England to perfect his knowledge of the English language, and to Paris to learn French in the schools of that city. The family went to Spain, where they resided some twenty years, and where the father died, but Eulogio returned to Los Angeles with power of attorney to manage his father's vast acres, valued then at $200,000.  He spent money with a lavish hand, and his friends and associates shared in his generosity, as many old settlers here remember.  One historian states that Senor De Celis bought a lot near the site of the Westminster Hotel, built one of the best houses in the city at that time, and presented it outright to a friend
    who was in straitened circumstances.

    Mr. De Celis established and published, for a number of years, "La Cronica" and other newspapers in the Spanish language.  He is described as a polished, cultured gentleman of attractive personality, who in his prosperity had hosts of friends, but for several years before his death he was abjectly poor, and at one time almost blind, though later his sight was partially restored.  He left a widow and four beautiful little children, two boys and two girls, with no resource but the mother's hands.

    Don Eulogio De Celis, Sr., was a man of strong character and large wealth. During the Mexican War he loaned that government, through the late Gov. Pio Pico, $60,000 as a war fund, and took part of the San Fernando Rancho as security, which he sold.  Don Eulogio was the cause of a very embarrassing and painful experience in the career of Gen. John C. Fremont.  When Fremont was acting Governor of California, and had his official residence in Alexander Bell's house, on the corner of Alameda and Aliso streets, he contracted with Don Eulogio for a number of cattle.  The cattle were delivered, but the government repudiated the claim, alleging that Fremont had no authority to enter into the contract.  De Celis turned the vouchers over to an Englishman, and when Fremont visited London he was arrested and kept in jail until the claim was paid.  Though determined in standing fast for his own, Don Eulogio is said to have been a man of large heart and generous impulses. While the Mexican War was in progress, there were many American prisoners in Los Angeles. They were kept under guard in an old adobe house east of the river, where they suffered from hunger.  Don Eulogio took them in hand, provided and paid for food for them out of his own
    pocket.

    The De Celis home was a palatial residence in its day, that stood on the site and is part of the present St. Elmo Hotel.  When it was sold the family removed to South Main street, where their olive and walnut orchards and vineyards extended from the old Childs place on Twelfth to Washington and from Main to San Pedro streets.  After her husband's death Mrs. De Celis returned from Spain with her family to Los Angeles, where she died some eight or ten years ago.  She is described as a very elegant and accomplished lady of fine presence and charming personality.  She wore the costume of her native land, the high tortoise shell back comb in the hair, supporting the black lace mantilla that fell below the waist.  She was skilled in the old-time accomplishment of Spanish women, fine embroidery, taking great pains to have her sons' costumes on fiesta days beautifully embellished by her own hands.  A number of relatives of the family are well-known residents of this city.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    Eulogio De Celis was one of the early Spanish land grant families.  He first visited the Pueblo Nuestro de Los Angeles in the late 1700's, perhaps with family.  In the early 1800's he and his brother Fernando returned to settle on the land grant property. Although I don't know the year the DeCelis family arrived, I do know that they went back to Spain in 1854. Life in the San Fernando Valley had been most inhospitable, and plagues had killed a great many of their native laborers. The family had also built a "town home" within the Pueblo, which is noted as "palatial".  Eulogio DeCelis and his wife, Josepha Arquello (who was a daughter of one of the early Governor's of CA), continued the management of the San FernandoValley, lived in the "town home" and raised about eight (8) children.

    The names of William Money, (a Scotsman) and his wife, Isabel Rada Money, are not found in indexes for families before 1854.They moved to the Pueblo in 1840 from Sonora, Mex.  (She was Spanish and French.)

    Submitted by: Marlene McGrath (granddaughter of Isabel Abarta born in 1854 in the LA Pueblo)


  • CHAVEZ, Jose Martinano

  • Los Angeles Times, Jul 19, 1932

    CHAVEZ, Jose Martinano, beloved husband of Luz Chavez, brother of Andres, Luciano and Magdalena Chavez and Mrs. Roselia Ybarra:  also survived by seven children.

    Funeral today at 9:30 a.m. from 2214 Arron street.  Mass at 10 a.m. at Plaza Church.  Alvarez and Moore, directors.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett


  • COTA, Francisco

  • Los Angeles Times, Nov 12, 1906

    DEATH WINS LAST VICTORY.

    Francisco Cota, Who Fought Stockton, Dead.

    Last of Proud Dons Who Made Local History.

    Many Spanish Families Will Honor His Memory.

    Children and grand-children of the proudest old families of early California gathered last night, in the old Spanish way, to sit through the night with the dead body of old Francisco Cota.

    This old man who died last Friday was one of the last of the old Spanish dons who ruled like kings over the vast estates of California before the gringo came. His family is one of the most distinguished in early California history, and his was an honorable part in the family annals.

    Francisco Cota was over 90 when he died. He was born in Los Angeles on one of the enormous ranchos; the hacienda was about the spot where the Roman Catholic cathedral at Main and Second streets, now stands, next door to the cathedral, they say.

    His father was Guillermo Cota, one of the emigrants from Spain, who were organized in Sinaloa and came north to found the little pueblo that has become Los Angeles.

    The family became social leaders in the gorgeous life of the early Spanish land princes.

    HAIR OF A DEBTOR

    In those days, it was an insult, a subtle insult, to ask a man how many acres he owned; land was reckoned in leagues. Money was loaned back and forth on the simple word of a man. In those simple-hearted proud days, the Cotas used to go to the pioneer stores and fling down a handful of gold pieces with the order to send out as much as that would buy. For security on large sums of money, it was sometimes a custom to take a hair of the debtor's head as a delicate compliment, implying that his word and one little hair as reminder was enough to insure payment of any sum.

    Suspicion and crooked dealing came in with the gringo.

    The Cotas used to give barbecues and fiestas that lasted for weeks at a time, visiting back and forth between the Lugos, the Del Valles, the Sepulvedas, the Verdugos and many other of the old families.

    Francisco Cota from boyhood was a magnificent horseman and became a typical Spanish grandee, proud, honorable and recklessly brave.

    At the death of his father, he inherited a vast estate with parts of several famous ranches, La Ballona, Cerritos, Los Coyotes.

    His brother, Leonardo Cota became one of the foremost men in the history of Southern California; he was one of the early alcaldes of Los Angeles in it most strenuous days.

    It was largely through Leonard Cota and the brother who now lie dead, that the haciendas of the Spanish were opened socially to the early gringos.

    His sister was the wife of old Don Manuel Dominguez whose grandsons are Frank, Ralph and Bob Dominguez, well known in this city's business life.

    TOOK PART IN BATTLE.

    When Commodore Stockton landed at San Pedro and began the march on the Dominguez rancho, Francisco Cota was one of the fiery young Spaniards who armed themselves as best they could and marched with their vaqueros, or rather rushed, to stop the Americanos.

    Cota in fact was one of the most picturesque features of that battle. He was one of the pure-blooded Spanish and was a pronounced blond in complexion. This so impressed Stockton's sailors that they were convinced he must be an American held captive by the Mexicans and raised a fund among themselves to try to accomplish his freedom.

    Cota often used to tell his grandchildren how the vaqueros rode down the sailors with their plunging horses. The old cannon now planted at Commercial and Main streets, and resting at the Courthouse are souvenirs of that battle.

    One of the great events of the early social life here was the marriage of Francisco Cota to one of the daughters of Machado of the Machado rancho.

    LEAVES MANY CHILDREN.

    They raised a great family of children, most of the daughters marrying into well-known Spanish families. The surviving children are, Mrs. Vicenta Yorba of Yorba station; Mrs. Tadeo Botiller of No. 1672 Harvard boulevard; Mrs. Teofilo Valdez of Hollywood; Mrs. Ramona Olivera of The Palms; Mrs. Manuela Figueroa, La Ballona; Sara Cota, La Ballona; Guillermo Cota and Frank Cota of La Ballona.

    The old don was clear in mind up to the time of his death. Until four or five years ago he used to ride his horse with the younger men.

    For about two years he has been suffering with cancer of the mouth. He bore his terrible suffering with proud patience, and without complaint.

    He died at the house of his daughter, Mrs. Botiller last Saturday night.

    The funeral services will be held this morning at 10 o'clock at St. Thomas' Church, Pico Heights; burial at Calvary Cemetery.

    The funeral will be a representative gathering of the old Spanish families.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett


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