Arizona Historical Society
Arizona Historical Society April 24, 1982
949 East Second Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719
Att: Mr Charles C. Colley
Re: Documents of Southwestern History, Charles C. Colley
Soza Family Page 173 Document 665
Although I have had a personal copy of the above publication for
several years, I have been remiss in not correcting an obvious error
with respect to the Soza Family genealogy. Forbearance is necessitated
by virtue of the fact that the information was based on the fact
that information was based on long held oral history, and which
has, since your publication, been corrected with an up dated Soza
For the record, Jose Maria Sosa did not immigrate from Spain to
Arizona via California c. 1800.
In 1975, a corrected Soza Family genealogy was presented tio the
Historical Society. The founder of the family was Alferez Jose Maria
Sosa c. 1744-1810. Jose Sosa was born in Tecori, Sonora, Nueva Espana
and was a member of the Tubac Presidio forces when that presidio
was replaced by the San Agustin del Tucson
Presidio in 1775.
AHS has on file a copy of the royal commission given Jose Maria
Sosa in 1790, as well as a copy of his military career (transcript)
in the Spanish Royal Army from 1770 to 1799.
Time talent and circumstances has not permitted the necessary research
to pierce the 1744 barrier in the Soza Family genealogy, but hopefully
in the near future that will be accomplished.