Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda

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Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda y García (1747–1788) was a Mexican colonial soldier and patriarch of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family in the early days of Las Californias and Alta California in present-day Southern California, United States.

He was born in Villa de Sinaloa, Mexico, son of Juan José Sepúlveda (1720 - ) and Ana María Josefa García (1720 - ). He married María Candelaria de Redondo in 1762.[1] In 1781, the couple and their 6 children accompanied the José de Zúñiga Expedition into upper Las Californias.[2] Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda died in the Pueblo de Los Ángeles and was buried at the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel cemetery on 26 January 1788.[3][4]

Sepúlveda's eldest son, Juan José Sepúlveda (1764–1808), and his fifth son, Francisco Sepúlveda (1775–1853), became progenitors of two distinguished branches of the family. Sepulveda Boulevard, the longest street in the City and County of Los Angeles, is named for the Sepúlveda family.

Descendants - 1[edit]

The children of Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda and María Candelaria de Redondo.
Name Birth/Death Married Notes
Juan José Sepúlveda 1764–1808 María Tomasa Gutiérrez (see below)
Rafael Sepúlveda 1766–1789
Sebastián Sepúlveda 1768–1811 María Luisa Botillier
José Manuel Sepúlveda 1770–1800 María Apolonia Cota
María Teresa Sepúlveda 1773–1829 Juan de Dios Ballesteros
Francisco Sepúlveda 1775–1853 María Teodora Ramona Serrano (see below)
Francisca Antonia María Sepúlveda 1781–1831 Juan Mariné Juan Mariné, 1834 m. Eulalia Pérez de Guillén Mariné, grantee of Rancho San Pascual

Juan José Sepúlveda[edit]

Juan José Sepúlveda (1764–1808), one of the sons of Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda (1742–1788), was a progenitor of one of the branches of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family in the early days of Southern California.

Juan José Sepúlveda was born in Villa de Sinaloa, Mexico. Juan José Sepúlveda married María Tomasa Gutiérrez (1769–1798).[1]

Descendants - 2[edit]

The children of Juan José Sepúlveda and María Tomasa Gutiérrez.[5]
Name Birth/Death Married Notes
Patricio José Sepúlveda 1789 -
José Enrique Anselmo Sepúlveda 1791–1844 María Bernarda Alanís Provisional 1839 grantee of Rancho San Pascual. Enrique Sepúlveda Adobe. Casilda Sepúlveda, daughter of Enrique, married to Antonio Teodoro in 1842.
José Dolores Sepúlveda 1793–1824 María Ignacia Marcia Ávila (see below)

José Dolores Sepúlveda[edit]

José Dolores Sepúlveda (March 23, 1793[6]–1824) was one of the sons of Juan José Sepúlveda (1764–1808).

Around 1810 Manuel Gutiérrez, executor of Juan José Domínguez's will and de facto owner of his Rancho San Pedro, granted permission to then 17-year-old José Dolores Sepúlveda to herd livestock in the southwestern reaches of Rancho San Pedro. This eventually became the basis for the Sepúlveda family's contested claim to the Rancho de los Palos Verdes, carved out of Rancho San Pedro lands. Dolores went to Monterey to settle his land title, but on his return trip in 1824 he was killed in the Chumash revolt at Mission La Purísima Concepción. In 1834,Governor José Figueroa made a judicial decree intended to settle the dispute between the Domínguez and Sepúlveda families, awarding the 31,629-acre (128 km2) Rancho de los Palos Verdes to Juan Capistrano Sepúlveda and José Loreto Sepúlveda.

José Dolores Sepúlveda[7] married María Ignacia Marcia Ávila (1793 - ) in November 8, 1813 at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.[8]

Dolores Sepúlveda's 1818 adobe home is a California Historical Landmark.[9]

Descendants - 3[edit]

The children of José Dolores Sepúlveda and María Ignacia Marcia Ávila.[10]
Name Birth/Death Married Notes
Juan Capistrano Sepúlveda 1814–1898 María Felipa Alanís,[11] Susana R. Ruiz Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1854 for the 3rd District.[12] Mayor of Los Angeles in 1842. Grantee of Rancho de los Palos Verdes.
José Loreto Sepúlveda 1815 - Juana Cesárea Pantoja[13] Mayor of Los Angeles in 1837 - 1848. Grantee of Rancho de los Palos Verdes.
Ignacio Rafael Sepúlveda 1819–1847 Teresa Villa Killed in the Battle of La Mesa.
José Diego Sepúlveda 1820–1869 María Francisca Elisalde[1] Built 2-story Monterey Colonial style house.[14][15] Part owner of Rancho San Bernardino. His eldest son was Román Dolores Sepúlveda (1851–1940).[16][17]
María Teresa Sepúlveda 1823–1840 Nathaniel Miguel Pryor Pryor (1800–1850) was an American silversmith who came to Los Angeles in 1829. Their son Pablo Pryor (1839–1878) owned Rancho Boca de la Playa.

Francisco Sepúlveda[edit]

Francisco Sepúlveda (1775–1853), one of the sons of Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda (1742–1788), was a progenitor of one of the branches of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family in the early days of Southern California.

Francisco Sepúlveda was born in Villa de Sinaloa, Mexico. He was six when he arrived in the Pueblo de Los Ángeles with his mother and father. He married María Teodora Ramona Serrano (1786 - ) in 1801. Francisco was regidor and acting alcalde there in 1825. In 1831 as a participant in the uprising against Governor Victoria he was imprisoned for a short period. He was commissioner at the Mission San Juan Capistrano from 1836 and 1837. The family moved to the west of Pueblo de Los Ángeles shortly after 1839 when Francisco was granted the 33,000-acre (134 km2) Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica by the Mexican government in recognition of his services.[18][19]

Descendants - 4[edit]

The children of Francisco Sepúlveda and María Teodora Ramona Serrano.
Name Birth/Death Married Notes
José Antonio Andrés Sepúlveda 1803–1875 María Francisca de Paula Ávila José Andrés was granted Rancho San Joaquín by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1837. In 1854 he purchased Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana from the heirs of José Antonio Yorba. José Andrés became famous for the extravagance of his fiestas and the excellence of his race horses.[20][21] Money from his productive ranch properties flowed into his hands but flowed out again almost as quickly, thanks to his penchant for gambling and unrivaled hospitality. José Andrés was unable to keep up the payments on his mortgage, and in 1864 he sold his vast holdings on the Rancho San Joaquín to James Irvine, Llewellyn Bixby and Thomas Flint. In 1873 he moved to Caborca, Sonora, Mexico where he died in 1875.[22]
María Encarnación Sepúlveda 1807–1855 Francisco Ávila Francisco Ávila (1772–1832) was the grantee of Rancho Las Cienegas and owner of the Avila Adobe.[23][24] Luisa Ávila, the daughter of Francisco Ávila and María Encarnación Sepúlveda, married Manuel Garfias owner of Rancho San Pascual.
María Ramona Sepúlveda 1808–1891 José Agustín Antonio Machado Machado was the grantee of Rancho La Ballona.
María Dolores Isabel Sepúlveda 1811 - Ceferino Covarrubias
Emigdio Sepúlveda 1813 - 1813
Fernando Domingo Sepúlveda 1814–1876 María Josefa Domínguez (1836), María Rafaela Verdugo (1844) When Fernando married Rafaela Verdugo, he acquired Rancho San Rafael and relinquished his claim to Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica. The community Sepulveda, California was named after him. The daughter of Fernando Sepúlveda and María Josefa Domínguez, María Sepúlveda. married Tomás Ávila Sánchez.
María Vicenta Sepúlveda 1816–1907 Tomás Antonio Yorba (1834), José Ramón Carrillo (1847) Was granted Rancho La Sierra in 1846, and bought Rancho Valle de San José in 1858.[25][26]
José del Carmen Sepúlveda 1818–1883 María Josefa Gallardo Sold the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica to Colonel Baker in 1872
María Ascensión Sepúlveda 1821–1844 Francisco de la Guerra[27] Francisco first married Asunción and had two children; upon Asunción's death, he married Concepción Sepúlveda, with whom he raised another ten children.
Manuel de los Dolores Sepúlveda 1822 - María Dolores Serrano
Juan Catalino Sepúlveda 1825 - 1825
José Dolores Sepúlveda 1826–1905 María Luisa Domingo Casa de Don Dolores Sepúlveda.[28] (He is often confused with José Dolores Sepúlveda (1793–1824) of Rancho de los Palos Verdes).
Juan María Sepúlveda 1828–1868 María de Jesús Alvarado Los Angeles County Assessor 1857 - 1858
María Concepción Sepúlveda 1831 - Francisco de la Guerra Francisco first married Maria Ascensión Sepúlveda and had two children; after Asunción died, he married Concepción Sepúlveda, and had another ten children.


  1. ^ a b c 6-Generation Family Found in California
  2. ^ The Garrisons of San Diego Presidio
  3. ^ Orange County California Genealogical Society. 1969. Saddleback ancestors: rancho families of Orange County, California.
  4. ^ Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda
  5. ^ The family of Juan José Sepúlveda y Redondo
  6. ^ "The Huntington Library, Early California Population Project Database, 2006"
  7. ^ Photograph of José Dolores Sepúlveda
  8. ^ "The Huntington Library, Early California Population Project Database, 2006"
  9. ^ No. 383 Home of José Dolores Sepúlveda
  10. ^ Family of José Dolores Sepúlveda
  11. ^ Juan Capistrano Sepúlveda
  12. ^ Supervisor Juan Sepúlveda
  13. ^ Marriage certificate of José Loreto Sepúlveda and Juana Cesárea Pantoja
  14. ^ No. 380 Home of Diego Sepúlveda
  15. ^ Watercolor of Diego Sepúlveda Home
  16. ^ Román Dolores Sepúlveda
  17. ^ Román Sepúlveda on a Horse
  18. ^ Francisco Sepúlveda
  19. ^ Ingersoll, Luther A (2008). Ingersoll's Century History, Santa Mónica Bay Cities - Prefaced with a Brief History of the State of California, a Condensed History of Los Angeles County, 1542-1908; Supplemented with an Encyclopedia of Local Biography. ISBN 978-1-4086-2367-1.
  20. ^ Equestrian Portrait of Don José Andrés Sepúlveda, c. 1856
  21. ^ Upset Victory Dashed Fortunes and Remade Horse Racing
  22. ^ Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana - The Grijalva, Yorba, Peralta, and Sepúlveda Families
  23. ^ Photograph of María Encarnación Sepúlveda
  24. ^ José Francisco Ávila and María Encarnación Sepúlveda marriage record
  25. ^ Vicenta Sepúlveda de Carrillo
  26. ^ Vicenta Sepúlveda Yorba
  27. ^ De La Guerra Family Archived 2009-03-02 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ Exterior view of the Casa de Don Dolores Sepúlveda in disrepair, taken from the rear, ca.1933

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Further reading[edit]

  • Rudecinda Lo Buglio (1970) Sepulveda of Alta California: 1781-1822, Antepasados, vol. 1, no. 1, Los Californianos.
  • Rudecinda Lo Buglio (1976) Sepulveda of Alta California: 1781-1822, Antepasados, vol. 1, no. 4, Los Californianos.
  • Sepulveda's in California
  • Pio Pico Genealogy Database
  • Sepulveda Family
  • 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.

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