SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 2 August
This writer is pleased to announce that a third manuscript has been
completed; following the two previously mentioned in the February
1995 Newsletter. New World Odyssey, A Search For Roots: The Sosa,
Soza Families of Arizona is the third manuscript.
It brings together an accumulation of random notes on the Sosa,
Soza surname in the New World from 1530 to 1726. It is intended
as a genealogical and historical road map toward the questions of
Who are we?, and Where did we come from?
It does not answer the questions, but it does provide sufficient
information to whet the appetite of any historian or genealogist.
Surname Sosa appears as early as 1530 in Mexico, to Sossa in Fronteras,
Sonora in 1726.
Participation by Territorial Arizona Hispanics and Mexicans in
the Homestead Act of May 20, 1862, during the 1870-1908 period is
extensively documented by National Archival material and records.
MAIL ORDER FORM For copies, complete the ORDER FORM below.
#1 Hispanic Homesteaders in Arizona 1870 - 1908
#2 Mexican Homesteaders in the San Pedro River Valley 1870-1908
#3 New World Odyssey, A Search for Roots: The Sosa, Soza Families
Through their generosity, copies have been presented by and to the
N.A. Gonzales, Jr Stacey Ann Guzman Dollie Halbrook
Holly Maria Nease Harry R. Soza Lawrence E. Soza
Phyllis F. Soza Soza Family Reunion Committee.
Altadena Library, Altadena, CA
Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, AZ
Arizona State Library & Archives, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona, University of, Tucson, AZ
Arizona State Tubac Presidio Park, Tubac, AZ
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA
Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
National Archives, Pacific Southwest Region, Laguna Niguel, Ca
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Southwestern Mission Research Center, Tucson, AZ
Tempe Historical Museum, Tempe, AZ
Sponsors are needed to place copies at additional research university
libraries at Flagstaff & Tucson, AZ; Los Angeles, CA;
Albuquerque, NM; and Austin & El Paso, TX
1995 ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY CONVENTION
At the 1995 Tucson convention, Jose A. Esquibel, New Mexico presented
an extremely interesting paper: Tragedy Among Oñate's Colony:
Chronicle of the Sosa Albornoz Family.
This tragedy, during the 1598 Onate expedition into New Mexico
is captured in the epic poem: HISTORIA de la NUEVA MEXICO, 1610,
by Gaspar Perez De Villagra, a member of the Oñate expedition.
Translated & Edited by M. Encinas, A Rodriguez, and J.P. Sanchez,
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1992
Two Sosa families, accompanied by respective wives and children,
were part of the expedition, and are prominently mentioned.
Memorial (petition) sent to the United States Congress on February
17, 1871 by the Legislature, Arizona Territory on the Outrages perpetuated
by the Apache Indians 1869 and 1870.
The Arizona Territorial Government was seeking federal relief,
hence the Memorial, with accompanying witnesses affidavit. One affidavit
by Grandfather Antonio C. Soza is reproduced below:
"Antonio Soso (sic) sworn: Farmer and native of this Territory,
testifies to the murder of Juan Saize (sic) and an attack upon himself
and party, on November 1869, in which two horses were killed and
two men wounded, by the Apache Indians. On same day, the Apaches
stole from him and others 100 head of cattle - witness losing all
Affidavits were also filed by the following:
Mariano Samaniego Ignacio Varella Juan Elias
Francisco Romero Antonio Grijalba Jose Herreras
Leopolde Carrillo Mathies Romero Jesus B Elias
Joaquin Telles Francisco Gunez (sic) Guadalupe Saiz
Jose Bustamenta Sabino Otero Ganbiano Ortega
Tranqilliano Vasques Nepomoceno Baragan Juan Jose Ortiz
Jesus Maria Ortiz Ramon Pacheco Conrado Aguirre
Guillermo Telles Saberiano Ortiz Martin Varalas
Jesus Gonzales Teodoro Pesqueria Nasario Ortiz
Antonio Contraras (sic) Santa Cruz Castanida (sic)
Treasurer Katherine Lee reports that as of July 19, 1995 the bank
balance of the Soza Family Reunion is $2,363.52. This reflects a
decline of $130.52 from October 1994, due to distribution of newsletter
A special vote of thanks goes to Kay for her continuing role as
Treasurer for the Soza Family Reunion. Thanks you Kay.
SOZA RANCH, REDINGTON, AZ.
Antonio V. Soza , Helendale, Ca produced the Soza Ranch Schematic
and information. A debt of gratitude to Antonio for his keen devotion
in retracing the Soza Ranch compound at Redington, AZ.
SAM SOZA, A Remembrance
Ernest H. Elwood, Los Angeles provided a copy of a letter 1/24/38
written by the late Sam Soza. This tender and loving letter to his
sister Carrie, laments the loss of their sister Carmen, and consoles
Carrie on the loss of her husband.
The reality and deprivation of the 1930's Depression comes alive.
Work was intermittent or unavailable, and money was always tight.
In 1986, Sam wrote about working as a mule skinner during the 1921
excavation of the Rose Bowl. Sam worked the midnight shift on the
24 hour excavation schedule. The letter states that the first football
team to play in the Rose Bowl was "some team from the east."
HISPANIC COATS OF ARMS
Ernest H. Elwood submitted the Coats of Arms information. Originally
reprinted with permission. For fresh information, contact Armas
de Espana, 3 Rancho Jurupa Place, Phillips Ranch, Pomona, CA 91766-4774
EZEKIEL R. SOZA FOLLOW UP
Lucille Kamilos, Riverside, Ca writes of her visit to U.S. Geological
Survey, Reston, Va. to learn more about Zeke's experiences at Antarctica.
Lucille explains that her father and Zeke's mother were brother
and sister. Zeke and Lucille grew up more as brother and sister,
than as cousins.
Lucille is very ecstatic about her reception at Reston, Va. and
meeting a former personal friend of Zeke's. The trip was very rewarding
with Lucille being able to obtain more information.
If you visit the Washington, DC area, contact USGS Public Affairs
Office 703-648-4463 for status of Antarctica exhibits at:
U.S. Geological Survey Visitor Center, Reston, Va. or the Museum
at the Dept. of Interior Bldg. 1849 C Street NW, Wash. DC 20240.
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With kindest best wishes to all, Sincerely