SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 2, No. 3 June
1994 SOZA FAMILY REUNION Tempe, Arizona, Labor Day Weekend
THIS IS THE COUNTDOWN. Your reservations are needed now to ensure
the committee ample time to prepare for your visit.
EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL - TEMPE 4400 South Rural Road, Tempe 85282
This is the Official Reunion Headquarters. A special group rate
of $65. per suite (up to 4 persons) has been arranged. Use the enclosed
reservation form or call 1-800-EMBASSY or 602-897-7444. Group rate
deadline is August 1, 1994.
DINNER DANCE RESERVATIONS $30. per person. Live Band music.
Grand Ballroom / Foyer capacity limit is 350 persons. Do not be
shut out. Send in your reservations now. Reservation deadline is
August 1, 1994. By reservation only. No ticket sales.
A list of area licensed child care providers is being assembled.
COMMEMORATIVE COFFEE MUG $7. per mug.
A 9 oz. Fine Porcelain, with Reunion Logo and Soza Family Cattle
Brands. Manufacturer's minimum order is 500. This is a major fund
raiser, to offset union expenses. Send in your orders at once. Several
weeks time is needed to manufacture. Failure to meet minimum will
compel cancellation and refunds. This is a Collector's item in a
limited edition. Buy an extra supply for business or Xmas gifts.
JOSE CISNEROS PEN & INK DRAWING $5. per poster board print
Famed El Paso artist's Beautiful rendition of Alferez Jose Maria
Sosa on horse back in period uniform. Frame it and take pride in
your heritage. Orders are needed to place a minimum order of 100
prints. Minimum failure compels cancellation and refunds.
SOSA, SOZA GENEALOGICAL FAMILY TREE $5. per poster board print
Replica of original 1975 drawing. Frame it and use it to create
your own personalized family tree. Orders are needed to meet 100
print order. Minimum failure compels cancellation and refunds.
REUNION SCHEDULE, LOCATIONS, AND TIME. September 2, 3, 4 , 1994
Fri. 9/2 5 to 8 PM "No Host" Gathering Embassy Suites
Sat 9/3 9 to 12 Noon Opening Ceremony Marley Center
Open Event AHS Museum
Sat 9/3 2 P.M. Soza Family Mass Mt. Camel
Sat 9/3 5 to 7 P.M. No Host Reception Embassy Suites
Sat 9/3 7 PM Dinner Dance Embassy Suites
By Mail Reservation Only No Ticket Sales
Sun 9/4 Visit Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix
Benefactor $150 to $200 Patron $100 to 149.
Donor $50 to $99 Contributor $25 to $49.
To finance the Reunion, four levels of supporters has been established.
You are invited to offer your support. Names of all supporters will
appear in the official commemorative program.
NAZARIO A. GONZALES, JR. - Tucson, Arizona
General Chairman 1975, 1982, 1990 and Treasurer since 1975 of the
Soza Family Reunion Committee. "Charlie" as he is known
to his friends has retired as Treasurer. A closing statement has
been issued and all Tucson funds have been transferred to a new
Soza Family Reunion bank account at Bank One, Tempe Town Center.
Katherine Lee is the new Treasurer.
A debt of gratitude to Charlie for his many years of dedication
and unselfish contributions on behalf of the Soza, Sosa families
reunions. Charlie is a grandson of Antonio Campa Soza and Maria
The earliest New World historical recorded date of any Sosa found
by this researcher has been the name of Juan Alonzo Sosa (1527).
The earliest genealogical recorded date is the birthplace and date
of our common ancestor Alferez Jose Maria Sosa (1746) at Jecori,
Sonora, along the Yaqui River.
The gap between 1746 and 1527 is only 219 years. Can future researchers
close the gap and establish when the Sosa family came to the New
World? When time permits, seeking the names of the parents of Jose
Maria Sosa (1746) is one major task occupying this researcher.
This writer has long been intrigued and curious as to the circumstances
in the 1740's, that placed the parents of our ancestor at Jecori,
Sonora. Were they settler, mercantile, or military? Did they travel
north along the Camino Real in the west, or along the cordillera
to the east?
Perhaps they travelled south and west from New Mexico and Texas
in the aftermath of the 1690 Pueblo Indian uprising at Santa Fe?
In the early 1700's, the Sonora presidio forces were augmented by
soldiers and settlers from New Mexico and Texas. Captain Juan Matheo
Mange in his LUZ DE TIERRA INCOGNITA (1693-1721) carries an account
of this migration. Unfortunately, very few were soldiers or settlers
MORE HISTORICAL RESEARCH
The Homestead Act of 1862 and subsequent U.S. Land Laws provided
upward mobility for many early Arizona settlers. It enabled the
extended Soza family to settle the San Pedro River valley, and remain
there for several decades. Below is a partial list below:
Name Homestead # Date Location Acres
Juan Soza 48 1878 18-1N-5E 80
Juan Soza Cash P. 218 1882 32-12S-19E 160
Michael McKenna 79 1879 2-5S-9E 80
Placido C Soza 183 1883 30-12S-19E 160
Tomas Mungia 932 1883 4-12S-19E 160
Nicolas C Soza 759 1887 29-12S-19E 120
Antonio C Soza 934 1888 30-12S-19E 160
Jesus M Mungia 1625 1891 4-13S-19E 40
Jose Soza 2564 1896 12-2S-5E
Rosuara M Soza 3 PHX 1911 29-12S-19E 120
Manuel M. Soza 495PHX 1906 4,5-13S-19E 119
Ricardo Apodaca 4525 1903 28-14S-20E 160
Juan Vijil 4338 1902 12-12S-18E 80
ARIZONA HISTORICAL CONVENTION, Casa Grande, AZ April 23, 1994
The 1994 Dr. James E. Officer Award of $300. was presented to Douglas
E. Kupel for his paper: "TEMPE'S FIRST FAMILIES: SOZA, SOTELO,
ELIAS." The paper sketches the activity of these three families,
settling the Tempe area.
This the second of three awards sponsored by the Soza Family Reunion
Committee. in honor of Dr. Officer, author of the borderland classic:
Hispanic Arizona, 1536-1856, University of Arizona Press Tucson.
1994 SOZA REUNION COMMITTEE
Edward Soza _ General Chairman
Virginia L. Sanchez - Co-Chair
Katherine Lee - Treasurer
Henrietta Soza Aguilar - Recording Secretary
Theodore Duarte, Ramona Hernandez, William Lee, Roy A. Sosa, Robert
Join me in thanking this superb group of volunteers who have dedicated
themselves to putting on an outstanding family reunion.
The Reunion is an opportunity for all of us to invoke the memory
of those brave and valiant souls that have gone on before us.
They have all left us a legacy, which we can all honor with great
pride. Let us collectively commit to enhance that legacy, just as
Ezekiel R. Soza did when he left his mark at Mount Soza, Antarctica.
Come, celebrate your heritage, legacy and pride with eight other
branches of the Soza, Sosa families of Arizona.
To Assist the Reunion Committee
Please Check One
Your Branch of the Family
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 Campa Soza (1846) and Mercedes Elias (1853)
Juan Soza (1851) and Jesus Maria Sotelo (1856)
Nicolas Campa Soza (1856) and Juana Borquez (1858)
Ignacio Sosa (1831) and Maria Gertrudes Elias 1837