Rancho Capay
Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 12:17PM
Jo Giessner

Maria Josefa Soto de Stokes

First Husband:

"Cano (Gil.), com. de policia at Mont. '36. iii. 675; Mex., age 23, wife Josefa Soto, children Rafael, Maria, Luisa, Nicolas." page 81, California Pioneer Register 1542-1848, BANCROFT~

Second Husband:

"Stokes, James, 1834(?), English sailor who in California became a doctor; first appearing on the records  of '35 when he served as consulting physician in the case of Gov. Figueroa, but probably left some vessel a year or two earlier. iii. 412, 296. He is occasionaly named as doctor, druggist, and trader at Monterey in '35-43. iv. 117, 342; married Maria Josefa Soto in '44; appears at Monterey, S.F., New Helvitia, and San Jose in records of '45. being in com. of a detachment of the Monterey Guard. iv. 515, but appears to have considered S. Jose his home from this year. In '46 Dr. Stokes is vaguely accredited in tradition with having intriqued for an English protectorate, but was the first to raise the U.S. flag at San Jose, where by Sloat's appointment he served for a time as alcalde after the change of flag, owning also a lot in S.F. and having a Cal. claim v. 34, 68, 245-6, 294, 662. He became the owner of the Verjeles and Natividad ranchos, Monterey county, for which he was later claimant. iii. 679; iv 656; and in '48 a trading tour to the mines. I find no record of him or his family after '52." page 344, California Pioneer Register 1542-1848, BANCROFT.~

1859 September 2, Evening Star (Washington D.C.) - PRIVATE LAND CLAIMS IN CALIFORNIA - Patents have been prepared at the General Land Office with a view to transmission by the next mail to the Surveyor General of California, for delivery to the following private land claims in said State. The Capay Rancho in favor of Josefa Soto, containing 41,300 acres . . .~

1862 August 17, Daily Alta California -MARRIED - At the Rancho de Los Vergeles, Monterey County, the residence of Dr. James Stokes, on the 12th of August, by J.W. Whitney, Esq., Frederick Sherwood to Catherine Stokes, and George H. Winterburn to Josephine Stokes.~

1867 August 1 (Sacramento Great Register 1872 Supplement):  Winterburn, George Howard, 27, England, Printer, Residence, Sacramento, Naturalized 1 August 1867 Sacramento County California District Court.~

1905 December 18, Evening News (San Jose, California) - BIG TRACT SOLD - A return of sale of a portion of the Capay Rancho in Glenn County has been filed in the Probate Court in the Estate of Henry Van Sycle. The purchaser was B. Cussick of Chico and the price paid was $47,572. The tract contained 792 acres. H.E. Wilcox and D.M. Burnett are the attorneys.~

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