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Baptismal Data: (Chief) Primo/Leyva (SFR-B00703)

Mission: San Fernando Rey

Baptismal No. 00703

Spanish Name: Primo

Alias: Leyva

Native Name: [blank]

Baptism Date: December 11, 1802*

Type of Baptism: + (normal)

Origin: Piibit (Elderberry Canyon)

Status: Capitan de Piibit (Chief of Piibit village)

Ethnicity: Indio

Sex: M

Baptism Place: Yglesia de esta Mision (mission church)

Age: 90 years

Level: a (adult)


Name: Jose Maria Verdugo**


Officiant: Francisco Xavier Uria

Recorder: Francisco Xavier Uria


Mission: San Fernando Rey

Death No.: 00321

Burial Date: April 15, 1804

* Many new arrivals from Chaguayabit village (Castaic Junction) and Piibit (Elderberry Canyon) were baptized at the mission on this day.

** José María Verdugo (1751-1831) was a corporal in the Spanish army from Baja California who was assigned to the Presidio of San Diego and later to the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. In 1874 he received from Gov. Pedro Fages the 36,402-acre Rancho San Rafael (aka La Zanja). It was one of the 25 original Spanish land grants; most land grants, like the Rancho San Francisco, were Mexican land grants that came later. Verdugo's land stretched from the Mission San Fernando on the west to present-day Pasadena on the east and included the modern cities/communities of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose, Verdugo City, Atwater Village, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Highland Park and Mount Washington. In 1779 he married María de la Encarnación López, who gave him 11 children. In 1798 he retired from the military to become a rancher. In late 1802-early 1803, when many Indians were brought from Chaguayabit village (Castaic Junction) and Piru to the Mission San Fernando to be baptized, Verdugo — then an inválido (pensioner) del Real Presidio de San Diego — is on record as the godfather of most of them. It was customary for Spanish military men and/or their wives to serve in this capacity. It is not indicative of a familial relationship.

Source: The Huntington Library, Early California Population Project Database, 2006.

(Chief) Primo/Leyva
• Baptism 1802 age 90
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