William Marcus West

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William Marcus West is a Scottish American pioneer who settled in what is now eastern Sonoma County, California, United States.

Life[edit]

West came to the area in 1832, soon after marrying Guadalupe Vasquez, a sister of General Vallejo. At the time, the area belonged to Mexico. In 1840, he acquired the 6,663-acre (26.96 km2) Rancho San Miguel, located north of Santa Rosa Creek. Mark West established a hacienda, post office, and trading post near Mark West Creek.[1]

Maria Francisca Guadalupe Vasquez y Lugo, who was the daughter of Felipe Vasquez and Nicanor Lugo, married Mark West at the Mission San Carlos Boromeo in 1834.She was the grand-daughter of Juan Athanasio Vasquez, who was a soldier in the Anza 1776 Expedition. Her father, Jose Felipe Vasquez y Bojorquez, was grantee of Rancho Chamiscal in 1835

Legacy[edit]

Several geographic features in the area were named after him, including Mark West Creek, Mark West School, and the communities of Mark West and Mark West Springs, California.[2]

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