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Baptismal Data:
Francisco Lopez (Gold Discoverer), SG-B03346.


Webmaster's note.

Placerita gold discoverer Francisco Lopez was born March 9, 1802. His son was born March 9, 1825. He discovered gold March 9, 1842.

Mission records show Francisco was baptized as a newborn at Mission San Gabriel. They don't show when he married Maria Antonia Felis. Francisco was not yet 21 when his daughter was born at the Santa Barbara Presidio, where he was stationed as a soldier. Before reaching age 2, the girl died at Mission San Fernando, where Francisco's military commission had been transfered. When Francisco and Maria's son came along several weeks later and was baptized at Mission San Gabriel, the couple was living in the Pueblo de Los Angeles.


Mission: San Gabriel

Baptismal No. 03346

Spanish Name: Joseph Francisco de Gracia

Surname: Lopez

Baptism Date: March 10, 1802

Type of Baptism: + (normal)

Origin: (unstated)

Ethnicity: Razon (Catholic)

Sex: M

Baptism Place: Yglesia (church)

Age: 1 dia (day)

Level: ni (niño = boy)

Legitimacy: L(egítimo)

Birth date: el dia antecedente (the previous day)

FATHER

Spanish Name: Juan

Surname: Lopez

Father's residential status: vecinos todos del Pueblo de los Angeles (in the vicinity of the people of Los Angeles)

Father's ethnicity: Razon

MOTHER

Spanish Name: Maria

Surname: Salgado

Mother's residential status: vecinos todos del Pueblo de los Angeles (in the vicinity of the people of Los Angeles)

GODMOTHER

Name: Gertrudis Valenzuela

Comment: vec's todos del Pueblo de los Ang's (in the vicinity of the people of Los Angeles)

GODFATHER

Name: Anastasio Feliz

Comment: vec's todos del Pueblo de los Ang's (in the vicinity of the people of Los Angeles)

OTHER

Officiant: Pedro de San Joseph Estevan

Recorder: Pedro de San Joseph Estevan


Source: The Huntington Library, Early California Population Project Database, 2006.
GOLD CATEGORIES:
• California Gold
• Lopez Discovery
• Placerita Post-Lopez
• San Francisquito
• Oak/Dream Dedication 1930
• Oak/Dream

LOPEZ GOLD DISCOVERY

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New York Observer 10-1-1842

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U.S. Treasury Voucher 1843

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Abel Stearns Letter 1867

MISSION RECORDS:
LOPEZ FAMILY

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


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As Told by Jose Jesus Lopez

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Sutter's Fort Error 1905

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Prudhomme 1922

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Engelhardt 1927

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Francisca Lopez de Belderrain

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Who's Who, by Belderrain

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


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

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