Bernardo Yorba (August 20, 1800 – November 28, 1858), was a Californio (a native of Spanish/Mexican California), son of Spanish soldier José Antonio Yorba. Bernardo became one of the most successful ranchers in Alta California, with thousands of cattle and horses grazing on land grants totaling more than 35,000 acres (8 square Spanish leagues). Bernado Yorba built a large adobe hacienda, Hacienda de San Antonio near the present day city of Yorba Linda, which is named in honor of Bernardo.
Bernardo Yorba was born on August 20, 1800 in San Diego. Other sources list his birth on August 4, 1801. Bernardo was the son of José Antonio Yorba, one of the first Spanish soldiers to arrive in California, and Maria Josefa Grijalva. Bernardo's childhood was spent in San Diego, where he attended a school kept by Franciscan Fathers. Jose Antonio Yorba had moved to the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, granted to him and his nephew Pablo Peralta, by Governor José Joaquín de Arrillaga on behalf of the Spanish Government in 1810. It was around this time that the family moved to the rancho near present day Olive, California in Orange County.
In 1834, Bernardo was granted the 13,328-acre (53.94 km2) Rancho Cañón de Santa Ana. It was shortly after this that Bernardo began construction of a large adobe house, the Bernardo Yorba Hacienda. Bernardo was elected to serve as Juez de Campo and Auxiliary Alcade several times (1833, 1836, 1840, and 1844). In 1846, he was granted Rancho La Sierra.
In 1858, At the age of 57, Bernardo Yorba died leaving behind a large and prosperous rancho and many children. Some sources list his death on November 28, 1858. Other sources list his death on October 21, 1858. He was interred in the old Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles. He left the land for a cemetery, the Yorba Cemetery, in his will but it was not ready for a burial until 1862. He and 9 of his family members remained at Calvary until 1923 when they were all moved and reinterred at Yorba Cemetery. He married his first wife, Maria de Jesus Alvarado, in 1819. After her death, he married Felipa Dominguez in 1829, and after her death, Andrea Elizalde (Davila) in 1854.
|The children of Bernardo Yorba and Maria de Jesus Alvarado (1796–1828)|
|Raymundo Yorba||1826–1891||Francisca Dominguez, Concepcion Serrano|
|Maria Ynez Yorba||1827–1911||Leonardo Cota|
|Ramona Anselma Yorba||1828–1849||Benjamin Davis Wilson|
|The children of Bernardo Yorba and Felipa Dominguez (1812–1851)|
|Maria de Jesus Yorba||1831–||Anastasio Botiller, Thomas J. Scully|
|Prudencio Yorba||1832–1885||Maria de los Dolores Ontiveros||One of their children, Angelina Yorba, would marry Samuel Kraemer in 1886.|
|Jose de Jesus Yorba||1833–1881||Soledad Lugo|
|Marcos Yorba||1834–1892||Ramona Yorba|
|Leonora Yorba||1838–||John Rowland|
|Trinidad Yorba||1840–1881||Jesus Lugo, Josefa Palomares|
|Vicente Yorba||1844–1903||Erolinda Cota|||
|Sinobia / Zenobia Yorba||1845–1892||Thomas Rowland|
|The children of Bernardo Yorba and Andrea Elizalde (1830–)|
|Bernardo Antonio Yorba II||1855–1888|||
|Francis Xavier Yorba||1856–||Victorine Carnaham|
- Amelia L. Davila, "Historic Yorba", Santa Ana Weekly Blade, June 1, 1893
- Arnold O. Dominguez, "José Antonio Yorba I", 1985 2nd Ed.; p. 12, Orange County Historical Society
- Don Meadows, "The House of Bernardo Yorba", 1985 2nd Ed.; p. 4, Orange County Historical Society
- Yorba Linda History – Courtesy of the Yorba Linda Public Library
- "Bernardo Yorba". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Arnold O. Dominguez, 1985 2nd Ed., p. 11
- Amelia L. Davila, 1893
- Don Meadows, 1985 2nd Ed.; p. 4
- Yorba Linda History
- Arnold O. Dominguez, 1985 2nd Ed.
- California Society, D.A.R., 1952, Early California Wills, Volume 1
- Bernardo (Fernando) Antonio Yorba
- Prudencio Yorba
- Maria de los Delores Ontiveros and Prudencio Yorba
- "Prudencio Yorba". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Dolores wife of Prudencio at Find a Grave
- "Vicente Yorba". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Bernardo Yorba II
- Further reading
- Beers, Henry Putney, (1979). "Spanish & Mexican Records of the American Southwest : A Bibliographical Guide to Archive and Manuscript Sources", Tucson : University of Arizona Press
- Mildred Yorba MacArthur, A brief history of the Yorba family, Yorba Linda Public Library, May 1960.
- Newmark, Haris (1916) Sixty Years in Southern California: 1853–1913, Knickerbocker Press, New York.
- Northrop, Marie E. (June 1969). "The Yorba Family Cemetery: California's Oldest". National Genealogical Society Quarterly: 96–103.
- Northrop, Marie E. (1986). Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California: 1769–1850, Volumes I, II & III. Southern California Genealogical Society, Burbank, California.
- Pitt, Leonard; Ramón A. Gutiérrez (1999). Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846–1890. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-21958-8.
- Pleasants, Adelene (1931). "History of Orange County, California. Vol. 1", Los Angeles, CA : J. R. Finnell & Sons Publishing Company