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SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 2, No. 2 March, 1994

1994 SOZA FAMILY REUNION, Tempe, Arizona, September 2, 3, 4, 1994
A very enthusiastic Tempe Reunion Committee cordially invite you and your family to attend an outstanding historical event on the occasion of the reunion of the Extended Soza, Sosa Families of Arizona. Official headquarters:

EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL - TEMPE
4400 SOUTH RURAL ROAD, TEMPE, ARIZONA 85282

A group rate of $65.00 per suite, up to four persons, has been arranged. Accommodations are two-room suites with separate bedroom and living room with sofa sleeper. Complimentary breakfast and evening refreshments each day. You must make your own hotel reservation. Use the hotel reservation form enclosed.
Free airport shuttle available. Car rental agency at hotel.
HOTEL RESERVATION CUT-OFF DATE IS AUGUST 1, 1994.

FOUR PLANNED REUNION ACTIVITIES
FRIDAY NIGHT
"No Host" Gathering at hotel Open Event

SATURDAY MORNING
Opening Ceremony 9 to 12 Noon, Open Event
AHS Museum, Marley Center, Open Event Music, Program, Brick Pathway, Family Tree Exhibit, Refreshments

SATURDAY
Soza Family Catholic Mass 2 P.M. Open Event

SATURDAY NIGHT
Dinner Dance Banquet Price $30. per person
Music, Program, Dance.
Reservations are limited to 300 in the Grand Ballroom and 50 in the adjacent foyer. Dinner Dance Reservations by mail only. Reservation cut off date is July 15th. No Ticket Sales At Door.

REUNION DEDICATION
This reunion is dedicated to the late Ezekiel Rodriguez Soza (1915-1983), in recognition of his geological survey accomplishments at the South Pole. Zeke was born in Tempe and his parents were Jose Sotelo Soza and Anatasia Rodriguez. For his work, he received the U.S.Department of the Interior Antarctica Medal and the Antarctica Service Certificate. Also, Mount Soza, Antarctica was named in his honor.

TREASURER'S REPORT
Treasurer N.A. Gonzales, Jr. reports:
As of January 31, 1994 total bank balance is: $1132.84. $600. is reserved for the James E. Officer Awards in 1994 & 1995. This leaves a balance of only $532.84 for reunion expenses.

REUNION SUPPORTERS To finance the Reunion, four levels of supporters have been established. Family members are invited to support reunion expenses.

Benefactor $150 to $200 Patron $100 to $149

Donor $ 50 to $ 99 Contributor $ 25 to $49

1994 COMMEMORATIVE COFFEE MUGS
A fine porcelain 9 oz. coffee mug is being offered to help offset reunion expenses. Coffee mugs are priced at $7. each and delivery will be at the Reunion Registration Desk. We need orders for 500 mugs to meet the minimum order required. Wrap-a-round Design shown below.

JOSE CISNEROS DRAWING OF ALFEREZ JOSE MARIA SOSA
Famed El Paso, Texas artist and southwestern historian Jose Cisneros, was commissioned to render a pen & ink portrait of Alferez Jose Maria Sosa, and which has now been received.

The rendering is a very dignified Don Jose Maria Sosa, dressed in period uniform, sitting erect on a beautifully proportioned horse. Jose Cisneros' historically accurate equestrian illustrations have been widely used in borderland book and magazine publications.

It is a great honor and pleasure having a Cisneros drawing of Don Jose Maria Sosa, measuring approximately 20 x 25 inches, drawn specially for this reunion. (Price for copies later)

The artist is familiar to many family members because of the two drawings on exhibit at the Tubac Presidio. These drawings of Alferez Jose Maria Sosa and Col. Juan Bautista De Anza were commissioned and donated by Fred Soza of El Paso, Texas.

NEWSLETTER DONORS
With thanks, we acknowledge the most recent donors:
Esther Duarte Cogley Theodore Duarte Dollie Halbrook
Maria C. Soza Beverly Soza Armando Soza

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MAPS OF INTEREST WITH THE SOZA NAME.
Map Name File # Scale Price
Mount Soza Antarctica AN00083 1:250,000 $4.00
Soza Canyon AZ 01353 7.5 minute $2.50
Soza Mesa AZ 01354 7.5 minute $2.50
Redington AZ 01190 15 minute $2.50
Order maps from:
U.S. Geological Survey Map Sales, Box 25286, Denver, Co 80225.

HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Alferez Jose Maria Soza (1746-c.1810) For many years, the birthplace of Alferez Jose Maria Sosa, our family ancestor, and his parent's names has been sought through genealogical and historical research.

Using English and Spanish texts of Juan Nentvig's RUDO ENSAYO, written 1762, plus correspondence with the Military Archives in Simancas, Spain, the birthplace of Alferez Jose Maria Sosa, our ancestor, was confirmed. His parent's names remain unknown.

Don Jose Maria's birthplace was the small Spanish village of Jecori, located on the Yaqui River between Cumpas and Moctezuma, Sonora. He entered the Royal Spanish Presidio Forces in 1770, was promoted to Alferez on December 26, 1794, and retired in 1799. He died sometime before 1811.

Presidios San Ignacio de Tubac in 1774 and San Agustin del Tucson from 1775 were both Spanish presidios where calvary man Jose Maria Sosa rendered nearly 30 years of service. In the 18th century, Tubac and Tucson were in the province of Sonora, Nueva Espana.

Jose Maria married Dona Rita Espinosa, who at one tine, was alleged to be Tucson's wealthiest woman. She died April 16, 1820 at Tumacacori and was buried there. Location of her grave is unknown. Their son Jose Maria Sosa II married Gregoria Nunes and they had 8 children as shown in the 1831 Tubac Census. This document establishes the connection of our Soza, Sosa families to Alferez Jose Maria Sosa of the Tubac and Tucson presidios.
Jose Maria Sosa II served briefly (1831) as the Civil Administrator of the Tumacacori Mission properties at Tumacacori.

In the 1870's four descendants of Jose Maria Sosa II and Dona Gregoria Nunes (Antonio, Placido, Juan, and Nicolas), changed their name from Sosa to Soza. No written record has been found as to the reason, though oral histories offer some explanations.

From what was past, we now look with great pride to the future .
It is with great excitement and exhilaration, that I look forward to meeting and greeting all of you as we gather in a common ancestral celebration. You are a distinctly historical Arizona family with documented roots and continued presences in the State of Arizona since 1774. You are descendants of Alferez Jose Maria Sosa and Dona Rita Espinosa and you can be exceedingly and justifiably proud of your lineage and heritage.

Now a word of caution, The Embassy Suites Hotel ballroom has a limited capacity as noted elsewhere. You are strongly urged to send in your reservation at once. The Reunion Committee can better plan for your total enjoyment and pleasure, if they know, as soon as possible, how many will attend the Dinner Dance. Complete the enclosed reservation and return at once. Welcome to Tempe and have a great time.

1994 TEMPE REUNION COMMITTEE
Edward Soza _ General Chairman
Virginia L. Sanchez - Co-Chairman
Katherine Lee - Treasurer
Henrietta Soza Aguilar - Recording Secretary
Roy A. Sosa, Robert J.Soza, Theodore Duarte, Ramona Hernandez

JAMES E. OFFICER AWARD: CALL FOR PROPOSAL
The AHS and Casa Grande Historical Society will be hosting the 1994 Arizona Historical Convention April 21 -April 23, 1994 at Casa Grande, AZ

The CALL reads as follows:
"The SOZA family will present $300 for the best manuscript, based on original research in primary sources, concerned with the history of Arizona,s Mexican and Mexican-American population. There are no limitations on the specific subject matter to be treated, but manuscripts that deal historically with music, art literature, and other cultural topics are particularly encouraged."

The first award was presented in 1993 for a manuscript first read at the Historical Convention at Prescott, then published in the Autumn 1993 issue of the Journal of Arizona History. The manuscript by Patricia Roche Herring is titled:
"Tucsonense Preclaro (Illustrious Tucsonan) General Jose C. Urrea, Romantic Idealist"

1994 SOZA FAMILY REUNION
To assist the Reunion Committee to properly identify your branch of the family, please Check One:

Your Branch of the Family is:

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

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