SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 1, No. 1 January
Greetings and a Prosperous New Year to Everyone. This newsletter
was born with the strong feeling that you would be interested to
is now the official name of the former John Charles Museum / Casa
del Gobernador; this being the action of the State Board of the
AHS. In due time, the name plaques will be changed.
The museum is located at 151 South Granada, Tucson, Arizona 85702
602-622-0956, Curator Mr. Fred McAninch. Stop by and see the Soza
Room and memorabilia which includes the Soza Family tree, Sosa-McKenna
Quilt, portraits of Antonio Campa Soza (1845-1915) and Maria Jesus
Moreno de Soza (1855-1939), Mckenna children portraits, and the
BIRTHPLACE OF ALFEREZ JOSE MARIA SOSA.
Extensive research, leads this writer to believe that our common
ancestor was born in Jecori, Sonora, Nueva Espana, c. 1746. Efforts
are being made to trace his parents. Countless area genealogical
records have been traced without results thus far.
Juan Nentvig's Map and Rudo Ensayo (1762 & 1764) shows and
describes Jecori as a village adjacent to Cumpas, near Oposura (Moctezuma).
One English and two Spanish texts of this 1762 were researched,
including the 1863 Spanish text published at San Augustine, Florida
by Buckingham Smith.
The original Jecori was founded in 1609 and is now under water.
Interestingly, Nentvig lived and labored in the vicinity of the
Yaqui River and Jecori, and may have known the Sosa family
To reach the present village of Jecori, drive south from Nogales,
to Arizpe, then to Moctezuma, Cumpas, and Jecori. Let me know if
you plan visiting there.
ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
The Museum has opened a major exhibit, "El Encuentro, Five
Centuries of Change 1492-1992". You are encouraged to see it.
Call 602-622-3202 for details.
TEMPE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
"The Barrio", an exhibit detailing the story of Tempe's
hispanic heritage opened October 10, 1992, and will continue through
1993. A forty page computer printout, showing the ancestors and
the descendants of Juan Soza (1851-1915) was contributed by this
writer. Descendants of Juan Soza and Maria Jesus Sotelo 1856-1936)
should see the exhibit.
ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, 1300 North College, Tempe
has created a brick Pathway from the Past to the Future. About 30
Soza Families have purchased a brick (@ $50.) to memorialize a family
member. For details write A.H.S. Foundation, 1218 North Central
Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1819. Call 602-254-0307.
ARIZONA HISTORICAL CONVENTION
will be held April 19-May 1, 1993 at Kingman, AZ, and is sponsored
by the AHS, Mohave County Historical Society, in cooperation with
the A.H.S. Foundation, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona
University, Southwest Center, and the University of Arizona.
The Call invites papers on any aspect of Arizona history for presentation
at the thirty fourth annual meeting. Awards will be
made for The Best Convention Paper, Best Graduate Student Paper,
and James E. Officer Award.
JAMES E.OFFICER AWARD
is an award established to honor the 1990 Soza Reunion keynote speaker.
Dr. Officer has devoted his academic career to the study of Hispanic
Arizona 1536-1856 and published a book by that name. Obtain a copy
through the University of Arizona Press.
To keep alive the culture, heritage, and history of hispanics and
their role in the settlement and development of Arizona, the Soza
family has established the James E. Officer Award.
An award of $300. will be made for the best paper on any aspect
of Hispanic Arizona. The award will be made yearly during 1993-1994-1995.
The surplus funds from the 1990 reunion are deposited with the Tucson
Employee's Credit Union. With interest it has grown to $1,052.41.
Treasurer Nazario Gonzales, Jr. maintains the account.
This newsletter is being sent to 500 families at a cost of $175.00.
Your help is needed to offset this expenses as the present bank
balance is being held intact for the OFFICER AWARDS.
Please make your checks payable to the SOZA FAMILY REUNION
With kindest best wishes and much success in 1993 to everyone.
P.S. For several month, this writer has been researching the 1700-1900
Settlement, Development of the San Pedro River Valley and the Impact
of the Homestead Act of 1862. Hopefully, a paper will emerge from
all the notes accumulated.