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Re: The Obituary of GREGORIO ORTEGA

Posted: 1291229129000
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Gregorio Ortega's obituary was featured in three newspapers at the time of his death. Bear in mind that these were simply that...obituaries. They also do not mention his wife Regina who was the daughter of a woman who was descended from four of the original soldados (soldiers) who arrived in Alta California with Portola. These obituaries also do not state that Gregorio was interred in the Santa Clara Catholic Cemetary in Oxnard, California in an Ortega family plot. Yes, "The Other Ortega's". I find it interesting that no one has ever questioned why Gregorio was even in the El Rio area or why he is buried where he is. People of his time did not settle in isolated areas unless they were accompanied by family and El Rio was very isolated at that time. Here is the answer to that question, although it has not been asked: Greogio Ortega's second cousin, who was one Valentin Cota and his mother's first cousin, owned a rancho that was the Mexican land grant "El Rio de Santa Clara o la Colonia", this land grant was a very large one that was comprised of 44,883 acres. Gregorio settled on that land grant along with his brothers Vicente and Ezequiel. There was also a second land grant conferred in that area and owned by family members. It was "Santa Clara del Norte". Gregorio did have 18 children and it is interesting to note that one of his children was named Valentin. Valentin was a Cota family name and as I mentioned earlier, Gregorio's mother was a Cota. Gregorio and his brother Vicente named several of their children by the same names, Maria Antonia, Ezequiel, Salomon... Gregorio Ortega was born Jose de la Luz de Jesus Ortega. He was born 23 Jan 1840 to Manuel Ortega and Andrea Cota. His elder brother Vicente was born 29 February 1836. They are both listed in several voter precinct records living in El Rio along with their children and nephews and these records do provide ages. Gregorio was also a major land holder and was the only one in his family who was forced to become naturalized and it was because of these land holdings that he was forced to do so. Gregorio and many of his family members maintained throughout their lifetime that they were born in Mexico...and they were. When Gregorio was born California was still part of Mexico and the Ortega and Cota families had very good reason to dislike the fact that they were forced to become "Americans". One case in point was that Gregorio's maternal grandmother Maria de Jesus Olivera y Cota was forced into legal litigation over the rights to keep her deceased husbands land grant of "Rancho Santa Rosa". The United States of America on behalf of the presisent of the United States sued her in an attempt to take her land from her (this is a well documented case that can easily be found on the internet) and although she won the case, with the help of a few of the origianl pioneers who came to her aid, she was still responsible for all of the legal costs incurred by not only herself but by the US government. This was also a means at that time of taking someones land, by forcing them to pay all the costs entailed to keep it, many times they were forced to relinquish it anyway to pay for the legal fees. Fortunately, Maria was posessed of a kindly German neighbor who purchased part of her land in exchange for paying her legal costs in full. Evidently she felt that this was better than giving anything to a government that could be so manipulating and unfair. There is much information readily available today Johnny P. that was extremely hard to come by when your's and Jennifer's book was written. If you still care about what you've written in the past and wish to set the records straight then do your homework over again. I think you'll find that there was a great deal of information that was missed because of the way it had to be obtained "at that time" and if you have a conscience you will stop defending what WAS incorrectly stated and make it right. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to share what we have. Sincerely, The descended family of Jose "Gregorio" de la Luz de Jesus...and yes, he was one of "those Ortegas".
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