SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 2, No.1 January
1994 TEMPE REUNION
It is Official! Your enthusiastic responses, and offers to help,
are strong reasons to hold a Soza Family Reunion in Tempe. A committee
will be formed soon and details will be released. Please complete
the enclosed survey and return at once. The information is urgently
needed to build a good strong committee.
The Tempe Reunion will be dedicated to the most illustrious Twentieth
Century family member, Tempe born, the late
EZEKIEL RODRIGUEZ SOZA
MOUNT SOZA, ANTARCTICA
Stands at 7227 feet elevation in eternal tribute for the courage
displayed and heroic work performed by "Zeke". He measured
the vastness of Antarctica during geodetic traverses 1961-1962 TOP
North - South and the 1962-1963 Topo East - West. A geodetic traverse
equals a distance from Juneau, Alaska to Mexico City. Grandparents
Juan Soza (1851-1915) and Jesus Maria Sotelo (1858-1936) would have
been immensely proud of "Zeke" and the mark he left at
the South Pole.
NINE BRANCHES OF THE OF SOZA AND SOSA FAMILIES
The Tempe Reunion will bring together eight branches of the extended
Soza, Sosa families of Arizona. Expected at Tempe will be descendants
of the following Soza Sosa branches:
MICHAEL MCKENNA (1836) & MANUELA SOSA (1854)
JESUS MARIA MUNGIA & LUISA CAMPA SOZA (1825)
ANTONIO CAMPA SOZA (1845) & FRANCISCA GASTELUM
ANTONIO CAMPA SOZA (1845) & MERCEDES FEDERICO
ANTONIO CAMPA SOZA (1845) & MARIA JESUS MORENO (1855)
PLACIDO CAMPA SOZA (1846) & MERCEDES ELIAS (1853)
JUAN SOZA (1851) & JESUS MARIA SOTELO (1856)
NICOLAS CAMPA SOZA (1856) & JUANA BORQUEZ (1858)
IGNACIO SOSA (1831) & MARIA GERTRUDES ELIAS (1837)
We are also anxious to make contact with descendants of Rita, Ramon,
Ignacio, and Maria Tomasa Sosa; children of Jose Maria Sosa, Second
and Gregoria Nunes. They appear in the 1831 census of Tubac.
COMMEMORATIVE COFFEE MUG
A Commemorative Coffee Mug will again be offered. Funds derived
from the sale of the coffee mugs will help defray some expenses
of the reunion. Details will be released when ready.
SOZA CEMETERY UPDATE
Nazario A. Gonzales, Jr., Tucson submitted the following report:
"As to the missing names on the Soza Family Cemetery plots,
Estella Vijil Vasquez informs me as follows: (grave 4) Francisco
Vijil and Maria Montano (same grave). Francisco was the infant son
of Juan and Rosaura Vijil, and Maria Montano was of the Federico
family, and second family of grandfather Antonio. A cemetery was
being vacated and families were being urged to remove their families'
remains. Our Aunt Rosaura did not want Tia Maria to remain and get
(Grave 6) Carlos' and Herminia's infant son, probably not baptized."
(Carlos Moreno Soza & Herminia Valenzuela)
Editor's note: Maria Federico Soza b. 1870, daughter of Antonio
Campa Soza [1845-1915] and second spouse Mercedes Federico, married
Leonides Montano. We have no record of their offsprings.
JAMES E. OFFICER AWARD
The May 11, 1993 Newsletter reported on this award, sponsored by
the Soza Family Reunion Committee. The paper in its entirety appears
in the October issue JOURNAL OF ARIZONA HISTORY. The newsletter
of LOS DESCENDIENTES DEL PRECIDIO DE TUCSON carried a story on this
award, as well as laudatory comments of Tucsonense General Jose
C. Urrea, 1797-1849.
This is the first of three papers to be delivered at successive
ARIZONA HISTORICAL CONVENTIONS. Write to AHS, 949 East Second Street,
Tucson 85719 for copy.
DESCENDIENTES DEL PRECIDIO DE TUCSON
Soza and Sosa descendants of Alferez Jose Maria Sosa (c. 1746-1810)
are eligible to join "this civic non-profit organization, dedicated
to the preservation of our Southwestern history and certain elements
of our heritage that are disappearing as part of Southwestern culture.
Some objectives: Become a Hispanic genealogical society member and
assist Hispanics in researching their roots; (2) Document Tucson
Hispanic roots through compilation of histories, old photographs
and other materials; (3) Document historic events which occurred
during Spanish Colonial and Mexican republic periods; and (4) Recognize
Spanish and Mexican-Americans who contributed to the early history
of the area. Their address is P.O. Box 85703, Tucson, Arizona 85703,
Attention Jim Hoge. (N.A. Gonzales, Jr. reporter)
This Newsletter was made possible by present and past donors. With
pleasure we acknowledge our newest donors:
Dr. Bernard L. Fontana Tucson, AZ
Edward A. Yanez Glendale, AZ
A poem is needed for inclusion in the reunion banquet program. A
committee will evaluate and select the poem that best exemplifies
the Soza ancestral spirit, an Arizona 1774 origin at Tubac, an 1775
arrival at Tucson, homesteads at San River valley from 1878 on,
coming to Tempe, and sending a son to Antarctica.
FAMILY TREE EXHIBIT
Your personalized Family Tree would be of great interest to the
Extended Soza, Sosa families. If you are able and willing to exhibit
your family tree, display arrangements will be made.
Please indicate your interest on the survey sheet.
Please send me your favorite recipe. Recipes can be for soup, salad,
poultry, fish, meat, dessert. Recipes for authentic ranchero style
cooking would be most welcomed. If enough recipes come in, we may
put them into a Soza Family Cookbook.
Reminder, send in your completed survey, indicating how you are
able to help make this a most remarkable and memorial reunion. Also
we need to update your branch of the family.
Nazario A. Gonzales, Jr. Treasurer of the Soza Family Reunion Committee,
assisted by daughter Norma Gonzales, reports a balance of $849.59
ending 11/30/1993. Six hundred dollars is set aside for the James
E. Awards for 1994 and 1995, less $109.73 for Newsletter Vol. 1,
No.3. This only leaves a $139.86 balance.
If you are able and willing to help, now would be very helpful.