the print edition)
for the history and lineage of the Sosa, Soza families of Arizona
began thirty years ago. In the process, vast amount of information
has been accumulated. Finding a home to preserve the material, prompted
the publication of this volume. The thought that these bits and
pieces of family history might otherwise become discarded or lost,
served as the ultimate motivator.
While this typescript
is primarily intended as a biography of Antonio Campa Soza, it includes
much prized and historical data that touches on the lives of the
earlier ancestors, multi family descendants, and others. The intent
is to present a biographical and photographic image of a family,
whose roots span and transcend the Spanish Colonial, Mexican, Territorial,
and Statehood periods of Arizona history.
revealed a 1746 beginning in Jecori, 6 on the banks of the Yaqui River. This village
was situated between Cumpas and Oposura, Sonora, Nueva España.
Absolutely nothing is known about the Sosa family before or after
1746, until ancestor José Maria
Sosa, [48K] a soldier, was inventoried in 1774 at the Spanish
Presidio de San Ignacio de Tubac. [An excellent history of the Tubac
Presidio can be found online. See Henry Dobyns, Tubac Through Four Centuries]
From 1774 onward,
a profile emerges. Descendants of 18th century José Maria
Sosa and his wife Rita Espinosa would survive the perils and rigors
of frontier life; and their bountiful descendants would continue
to reside in Arizona to this day.
It is hoped
that family and non-family readers will benefit from this modest
effort to recapture 250 years in the life one large extended family.
It is further hoped that honor and pride will swell the heart of
each descendant, as this is also their story.
Continue with: Introduction