SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 1, No. 3 December
At the 1982 Tucson Reunion, this writer promised to hold the next
reunion in Tempe. Too many years have passed between the lip and
the slip. The time has come to keep that promise: provided there
is wide spread enthusiasm, interest and support.
Gathering in Tempe, we would invoke the memory of family members
that settled here long before the turn of the century, namely Juan
Soza, Placido C. Soza and Nicolas C. Soza
Thirty years ago, when the family genealogical work commenced,
the then respective "aunts" and" uncles" were
the "elders". Now it is this writer's generation that
are the "elders"
A reunion in Tempe would also afford an opportunity to meet, greet,
and salute the currents crop of "elders"; the descendants
Michael McKenna (1836) and Manuela Sosa (1854)
Jesus Maria Mungia and Luisa Campa Soza (1825)
Antonio Campa Soza (1845) and Francisca Gastelum
Antonio Campa Soza (1845) and Mercedes Federico
Antonio Campa Soza (1845) and Maria Jesus Moreno (1855)
Placido Soza (1846) and Mercedes Elias (1853)
Juan Soza (1851) and Jesus Maria Sotelo (1856)
Nicolas Soza (1856) and Juana Borquez ((1858
How do you feel about a Soza Family Reunion in Tempe on Labor Day
weekend in 1994? Please write at once, and express your opinion.
If YES, how can you help.
SOZA CEMETERY at former SOZA RANCH, REDINGTON
Antonio V. Soza, Carlos V. Soza and Hector V. Soza have provided
the enclosed schematic drawing of the cemetery showing the location
of ten graves. For many years, the family of the late Carlos Moreno
Soza have regularly maintained the cemetery, clearing the weeds,
fencing it, and installing grave markers. Special vote of thanks
to this branch of the family for diligently maintaining the cemetery.
The identity of two graves remain unknown. Can you help identity
This newsletter is being sent to approximately 300 families. It
is urged that you make copies and distribute to family members that
are not now on the mailing list.
Since 1990 fifty to seventy five (50 to 75) families have moved
and did not send in a change of address. Family members are urged
to send in a change of address notice, when they move.
This newsletter, made possible by the generous contributions of:
Evangeline S. Grosse Rowland Heights, California
Harry R. Soza San Jose, California
Antonio V. Soza Helendale, California
Josephine Cronin Baldwin Park, California
Marguerite Noble Payson, Arizona
Marguerite Noble is the author of the acclaimed and classic novel
"Filaree" (University of New Mexico Press, 1979) which
is based on the life of her Southern Arizona pioneer mother. The
book is a powerful statement of how one woman survived in the west,
amidst trials and tribulations that would tax one's soul. Recommended
PRESIDIO SANTA CRUZ DE TERRENATE
The recent Gran Quivira conference in Tucson offered side trips
to San Xavier Mission, Tumacacori Mission, Tubac Presidio and Terrenate
To hear the history of Southern Arizona as it touched these four
locations, was all the more enjoyable because of the following on-site
Bernard Fontana covered the San Xavier Mission mural restoration;
Don Garate spoke eloquently about the history of Tumacacori;
Jack Williams spoke and led excursions through the ruins of two
former presidios: Tubac and Terrenate. Speak about walking in the
shadow and footsteps of one's ancestors; here's a pilgrimage.
BIRTH PLACE OF ALFEREZ JOSE MARIA SOSA
At some future time this writer hopes to visit Jecori, Sonora, Mexico
where ancestor Jose Maria Sosa was born (c.1746). The former village
is now under water because of the construction of a dam. The successor
village is located in the near vicinity.
DOCUMENTARY RELATIONS OF THE SOUTHWEST, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Researchers there have assembled an inventory of documents that
document thirty five (35) Sosa named individuals dating from 1570.
Ancestor Jose Maria Sosa is named in 3 documents 1788-1889.
Special thanks for all the calls and letters concerning our safety
during the recent fires. Although we are located a third of mile
from the rim of fires, our nearest threat came when the roof of
the house across the street caught fire. Fortunately, it was quickly
extinguished. Thanks again for your concern.