Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Espidon Garcia Family
1900 U.S. Census

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U.S. Census record, June 11, 1900, for the Espidon Garcia family of San Fernando Township.

In 1919, one of the children, Louis Garcia (1885?-1973), would be wed in Newhall to Mary Cooke (1901-1975), whose ancestors on her mother's side lived in the Tataviam Indian village of Chaguayabit (Tsawayung) at Castaic Junction prior to European contact in 1769. On her father's side, her great-grandmother was a California Indian born at the Mission San Gabriel. Mary would become the matriarch of the Cooke and Garcia families in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.

The reader should be aware that U.S. Census records can be inaccurate in spellings, dates, etc. This record gives the parents' names as Espidon and Caroline Garcia and indicates that Espidon was born in Mexico in March 1845 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1870. This may or may not be correct; in any event it conflicts with Louis and Mary's marriage certificate, which shows that Louis' father, "Epididon," was born in California.

According to this record, Espidon's parents were also born in Mexico. Espidon's occupation is shown as day laborer, and the census record says he owns his own house, free and clear.

According to this record, Caroline (full name Maria Francisca Carolina Soto, elsewhere shown as Carolin Ochoga), was born in California in April 1861, and her parents were also born in California.

While it's not quite correct (see below), this record shows that Caroline had 10 children, of whom eight were living as of 1900. Seven of them, ranging in ages from 6 to 19, and all unmarried, lived at home with their parents at the time the census was taken in 1900: sons Joseph (b. March 1881), Louis (b. May 1886) and Albert (b. April 1892); and daughters Frances (b. February 1883), Kate (b. November 1884), Beatrice (b. April 1888), and Jennie (b. April 1894). Louis, Kate and Beatrice had at least some formal education.

Different records give different birth dates for Louis. Here he was 14 years old and born in May 1886. His September 1919 marriage record doesn't give a date but says he was 32 years old, which would put his birth in about 1887. He gave June 21, 1888, as his birthdate on both his World War I and World War II draft registration cards. According to great-granddaughter Kathy Villa, family tradition says he was born June 21, 1885; this date appears in his wife's (Mary's) Bible that has been handed down, and 1885 is consistent with records in the Social Security Death Index and the California Death Index.

Again according to Kathy Villa's family information, Caroline was Maria Francisca Carolina Soto, and she had a total of 11 children, 3 of whom died in infancy:

(1) b. 2/1875, d. 4/1875

(2) b. 1/1877, d. 2/1877

(3) b. 2/1878, d. 11/1878

Villa's family records provide the following for the 8 surviving children:

Carmen, b. 6/1879, d. 1954

Joe, b. 5/1881, d. 1953

Francisca (Frances), b. 2/1883, d.?

Carolina (aka Catalina, Kate), b. 11/1884, d. 1908

Louis, b. 6/21/1885, d. 4/1973

Beatrice, b. 1/1888, d. 1948

Albert, b. 1892, d.?

Jennie, b. 1894, d.?

Unconfirmed information from Kathy Villa's family records:

Louis De Garzaga Garcia
born July 21, 1886, in San Fernando
died April 1973

Louis' father:
Espiridon Garcia
born 1862 in Sonora, Mexico
married (to Carolina) October 18, 1883, in Los Angeles
died about 1911 in San Fernando

Espiridon's father:
Jose Maria Garcia

Espiridon's mother:
Jamila Urias

Louis' mother:
Maria Francisca Carolina Soto
born January 1855 in San Juan Capistrano
died about 1913 in San Fernando

Carolina's father:
Lorenzo Soto

Carolina's mother:
Concepcion Ybarra
born November 29, 1838, in San Gabriel
died about 1911 in San Fernando

LDS Church records at provide the following unsourced information (no documents):

Carolina, aka Maria Francisca Carolina Soto

Born December 1854, San Juan Capistrano, Orange, CA

Christening (Baptism): April 7, 1855, San Diego, CA

Parents: Lorenzo Soto & Concepcion Ybarra

Louis de Garzaga Garcia

Born June 21, 1886, San Fernando, CA

Christening (Baptism): July 11, 1886, San Fernando

Parents: Espiridion Garcia & Carolina Soto

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Espidon Garcia Family (Louis), 1900 Census

Louis: WWI & WWII Draft Cards

Mary & Louis Marriage License & Cert. 1919

Daughter Caroline Francis' Birth Cert. 1923

Daughter Caroline Francis ~1940s


Daughter Katherine, GD Frances, ~1949

Garcia-Romero Family Outing, ~1950

Chief Mary, Louis Jr., Hearaldine ~1951

Chief Mary & Louis ~1951

GD Juanita Lopez Villa

GD Frances Lopez Burden

Daughter Mary Louise

Chief Mary & Louis

Chief Mary, GD Geraldine, GGS David Casarez Jr. 1973

Children Ted, Caroline, Dolores ~1997

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