thrice married at the San Agustin Church, Tucson and examination
of the data on the certificates of marriage have been extremely
reliable and valuable mirrors of the past.
In the first
ceremony, Antonio Soza and Francisca Gastelo were joined in the
Holy Bonds of Matrimony, according to the rites of the Roman Catholic
Church, City of Tucson, (A.T.) on the 23rd day of April 1864. The
Rev. Aloisio Bosio officiated, in the53
presence of witnesses Antonio Camaduran and Maria Mercedes Campa.
family members, now deceased, insisted that Francisca's surname
was Gastelum, the marriage certificate reads Gastelo.
In the second
ceremony Antonio Soza and Mercedes Federico were similarly joined
in Holy Matrimony on December 18, 1869 by the Rev. Fra. Jouvenceau
in the presence of Jose Federico and Maria Augustina Marquez as
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Soza and Maria Jesus Moreno de Soza
The third wedding
ceremony, Antonio Sosa and Maria Jesus Moreno were likewise bonded
in Holy Matrimony at San Agustin on July 28, 1878, with the Rev.
Francisco Jouvenceau officiating. Witnesses were Antonio Urias,
Maria Martinez, Cancepcion Franco and Francisco Goodwin.55
Nothing is known
about Antonio's first wife and family, except that there were five
children. Two died at infancy. The confusion between Gastelo and
Gastelum surnames for Francisca may have impeded the search, nevertheless,
no known descendants from this first marriage have been identified.
confirmation has been discovered to substantiate what family members
have long contended; that Antonio's first wife was killed by the
Apaches. If first spouse Francisca Gastelum (Gastelo) was killed
by the Apaches, Antonio was silent about it when he testified before
the Arizona Legislature about an Apache attack in 1869.
The second Mrs.
Antonio Soza left a more lasting legacy by virtue of her four children,
three of whom have been traced with some degree of success.
The third marriage,
spanning thirty seven years, enlarged very significantly, the Soza
family. Of the fourteen children born to Antonio and Maria Jesus,
all reached adulthood, except for Benito 1886-1893.56
Soza, Jesus Moreno Soza, Francisca
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