SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol, 1, No. 2 May
Greetings again, and thanks for the responses to Issue No. 1.
Several events have occurred and new information has been obtained,
consequently, it was deem prudent to disseminate the information
while it is still fresh.
JAMES E. OFFICER AWARD
was sponsored by the Soza Family Reunion Committee at the April
Arizona Historical Convention at Bullhead City, Arizona. The award
was established with great sincerity and with deep appreciation
for Dr. James E. Officer appearance as guest speaker at the 1990
Soza Family Reunion. He is the author of the book: Hispanic Arizona
1536-1856, University of Arizona Press.
In the Convention's Hispanic Arizona session, the best paper was
submitted by Patricia Herring, Tucson, writing on "General
Jose C. Urrea, 1797-1849, Tucsonese Preclaro, Illustrious Tucsonan".
She was presented with a $300.00 check.
A second paper: "Governor Gandara's Campaign To End The Papago
was offered by Bill Hoy, Bowie, AZ, while a third paper: "The
Missionaries of San Xavier del Bac" by Mark David Duplissis,
Tempe, was offered for consideration, but was not read.
In another session, Scott Solliday, Tempe presented: The Journey
to Rio Salado; Hispanic Pioneers in Central Arizona". This
paper is important to the Extended Soza, Sosa Families as it contains
references to Antonio, Juan, Placido, and Nicolas Soza, and the
Sotelo family in Tempe.
Scott Solliday, curator of the Tempe Historical Museum, located
the marriage record for Juan Soza and Jesus Sotelo. The Florence,
Arizona Catholic Church entry reads: Juan Soza, son of Calistro
Sosa and Paulina Rodriguez, married Jesus Sotelo, daughter of Tiburcio
Sotelo and Manuela Sanchez, on July 19, 1873.
Descendants of Juan Soza and Jesus Sotelo should note this information
as is taken directly from church records.
The enclosed Soza genealogical research notes were compiled by
Scott Solliday, who created a database of over 100 hispanic families
that settled in central Arizona.
ALFEREZ JOSE MARIA SOSA
Our ancestor, was born c. 1746 at Jecori, Sonora, Nueva Espana (Mexico),
and Father Juan Nentvig's RUDO ENSAYO, written in 1764, established
the site between Cumpas and Moctezuma (formerly Oposura). Cumpas
can be reached via Douglas , then south about 100 miles.
is the new name for the previously named John Charles Fremont House
/ Casa del Gobernador. The name change resulted from action taken
on September 11, 1992 by the State Board of Directors of the AHS.
A new historic marker will be prepared and the "proposed"
"This properly originally belonged to the pioneering Sosa
family. In 1878, Manuela Sosa and husband Michael McKenna sold part
of it to Jesus Suarez, wife of prominent businessman Leopoldo Carrillo,
who built this Sonoran-style house in 1880. In 1881, Territorial
Governor John C. Fremont rented the dwelling. His daughter, Elizabeth
lived here for above six months. Carrillo descendants occupied the
house until 1968, when it became part of the new Convention Center.
The THF saved and restored the structure which is listed in the
National Register of Historic Places."
The Soza Room remains intact and contains important family memorabilia.
When you visit there, be sure and identify yourself as a family
Have been very generous and made possible this and a future mailing
possible. We are pleased to acknowledge the following person, for
Henry V. Soza Carlos V. Soza Robert L. Soza
Soza Trucking Sandra Couch Joe H. Rodriguez
Ben M. Soza Cornelio Soza Dollie L. Halbrook
Vivian Nickell Roy Sosa Josephine Cronin
Susie S. Lee Elsa McWilliams Tillie Yanez Franco
To control cost, only one newsletter per address in being sent.
Please make copies and send to other members of your family.
The San Pedro River Valley was the subject of a recent research
project by this writer. Official homestead records were examined
for the period 1870-1908, and covers the area between Winkleman
The paper needs additional research and refinement before it can
see the light of day. If you have documented information on this
subject, please send me a note. Very importantly, if you lived in
the San Pedro River Valley, send me your remembrances or stories
that may have been told you by your parents or grandparents. Sincere
and best wishes to all and special thanks to our donors.
ADDENDUM - SOZA - Research by Scott Solliday
"The Soza (Sosa) family is one of the oldest Hispanic families
in northern Sonora and Arizona. In 1598, there were two prominent
Sosa families with Don Juan de Onate in New Mexico colonization.
See Historia de la Nueva Mexico, 1610 by Gaspar Perez De Villagra.
Translated and Edited by Miguel Encinas, Alfred Rodriguez, and Joseph
P. Sanchez. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque 1992. The
earliest written reference to the family was on 17 November 1706,
when Nicolasa Sosa, a widow and her daughter, Francisca Sosa were
married in a double wedding to Juan Gonzalez de Zamora, a widower,
and his son, Miguel Gonzalez de Zamora. The ceremony was performed
by Father Eusebio Kino at the home of Captain Pedro de Peralta at
San Juan Basochuca, thirty miles northeast of Arizpe. By the 1740's
there were several Sosa's living at Guevavi Mission. The following
entries were listed on the mission register.
1745 Andres and Gertrudis de Soza, brother and sister, were living
1745 Juanita Rita Sosa, daughter of Joseph Ignacio Sosa and Maria
Esmerencia, was baptized.
1745 Manuela de Sosa (an Apache, apparently adopted) was living
1747 Don Manuel de Sosa married Maria Nicolasa Gomez de Silva.
1748 Don Manuel de Sosa died on 20 January 1748.
1750 Nicolas Joseph de Sossa married Carmen de Luque.
In 1774, Jose Maria Sosa, a 28 year old presidio soldier arrived
at Tubac; two 41 years later, he helped establish the new presidio
at Tucson, Jose Maria Sosa was born about 1747 at Tecori, and was
listed as being "Spanish". By 1786, he had reached the
rank of Alferez or second Ensign, and by 1797, Don Jose Maria Sosa
was retired and living in Tucson with his wife Dona Rita Espinosa.
He died about 1810. His descendants would later be among the first
families to settle central Arizona.
There was also Manuel Vicente de Sosa, a soldier in the Tucson
garrison, 1778-83. He is listed in the 1797 census of Tucson as
Vicente Sosa, with his wife, Manuela Chamorro. Others listed as
living in Tucson at the time include Eugenio Sosa, Rosa Sosa, and
Mariana Sosa. About 1820, Gertrudis Sosa married Jose Antonio Orozco
at Tumacacori Mission.
Jose Maria Sosa's son Jose Maria Sosa II, became civil administrator
of the Tumacacori Mission land about 1831. About 1836, he received
the Torreon Land Grant, located between Tubac and Tumacacori. One
of his sons, Manuel Sosa, was the first justice of peace Tubac,
and also served as a scout for the U.S. ARMY. When Manuel was killed
in an Apache raid in 1850, his widow, Luisa Campa, married his brother,
Calistro, according to Mexican custom. Calistro sold the grant in
1853 and moved with his wife and their sons Placido, Antonio, and
Juan to Rillito, then to Tanque Verde, and eventually to the San
Pedro Valley. Soon after the family filed for homestead land, Placido
and Juan sold their interest to Antonio, who married Jesus Moreno
and raised fourteen children on their ranch. Antonio Soza later
built an adobe church, La Capilla de San Antonio de Padua de Lisboa,
and a school, and hired a teacher to instruct the children of the
settlement. Community became ... Redington. 0 Redington was founded
by the Redfield brothers, and initially chose the name Redfield.
To meet postal requirements, and qualify for post office designation,
the name Reddington was selected.
Juan Soza moved from the San Pedro Valley to the Tempe area in
1871 and settled in the village of San Pablo, on the south side
of Tempe Butte. He was born at the convent in Tucson on 24 November
1851. he had worked for the government as an Indian scout, carried
mail on horseback on the Tempe-Tucson route, and drove a stage coach
between Tempe and Prescott.
He and his brother, Placido Soza, worked for Charles Hayden, extending
Hayden Canal from the old Kirkland-McKinney ditch, building the
mill and ferry, and clearing farm land. Juan Soza went back to Tucson
for a while, and apparently to Florence. An entry in the Florence
church register reads: Juan Soza, son Calistro Sosa and Paulina
Rodriguez, married Jesus Sotelo , daughter of Tiburcio Sotelo and
Manuela Sanchez, on July 19, 1873."
Juan and Jesus Maria Sotelo Soza moved to Tempe in 1873. He had
rights to free irrigation water for the work he had done on the
Tempe canal, and started a farm on eighty aces west of Hayden's
Ferry. He later moved to his mother-in-law's land, at the southeast
corner of what is now University and Rural. He became an influential
leader in the Hispanic community, and served three terms as deputy
sheriff under Carl Hayden. Juan died on 5 February 1915.
Little is known about Juan Soza's children. Jose Maria Soza owned
and operated a hay baling machine. Juan S Soza, (Jr.) lived on South
Rural Road most of his life, and worked as a teamster, hauling supplies
by wagon to dam construction sites on the upper Salt River. Jose
Soza and Manuel Soza were officers of the Liga Protectora Latina,
an important mutualista, mutual aid society, from 1915-1918.