Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

(The Other) Francisco Lopez

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Death of a Pioneer.

Francisco Lopez, one of the oldest residents of Los Angeles, died late Thursday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M.S. de Cummings, No. 1700 Michigan avenue, in his eightieth year. The deceased was born in what is now San Diego county in 1820 and was [] a family of early settlers, his grandfather, Claudio Lopez, having come to this country during the last century with the priests who founded the San Gabriel Mission. Such was the service of this pioneer that after his death his body was buried inside the mission and a tablet in his memory is in the mission today.

Francisco Lopez was at one time one of the largest property-owners in this section of the country. His vineyard interests were very extensive and covered districts in this and surrounding counties. He married early in life and his family consisted of nine children, five of them survive him. They are Mrs. John Lazzarevich, Mrs. M.S. de Cummings, Miss Rose Maldenez and R. Bilderrain [sic] of the City of Mexico. His wife died in 1875. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock and the interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

Chart by Tricia Lemon Putnam. Click to enlarge.

• California Gold
• Lopez Discovery
• Placerita Post-Lopez
• San Francisquito
• Oak/Dream Dedication 1930
• Oak/Dream



Dissecting the Dream: Fact, Fiction & the Golden Oak, by Alan Pollack


New York Observer 10-1-1842


U.S. Treasury Voucher 1843


Abel Stearns Letter 1867


Francisco Lopez
• Baptism 1802

Pedro Lopez (Brother)
• Baptism 1805

Maria Felis (Wife)
• Baptism 1800

Maria Concepcion (Daughter)
• Baptism 1823
• Death 1825

Francisco Ramon (Son)
• Baptism 1825

Catalina (Pedro's Daughter)
• Baptism 1831

Francisco Garcia's Story 1896

Francisco "Chico" Lopez Obituary 1900


As Told by Jose Jesus Lopez


Sutter's Fort Error 1905


Prudhomme 1922


Engelhardt 1927


Francisca Lopez de Belderrain


Belderrain Story 1930


Who's Who, by Belderrain

• Story: Sutter, Marshall Knew They Weren't First

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