Maria de los Angeles Refugio Castro

2 June 1834–18 March 1911 (Age 76)
California, United States

The Life of Maria de los Angeles Refugio

When Maria de los Angeles Refugio Castro was born on 2 June 1834, in California, United States, her father, Rafael De Jesus Antonio Castro, was 30 and her mother, Maria de la Soledad Cota, was 26. She married Nicholas Valencia on 4 November 1850, in Mission Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Santa Clara, California, United States in 1852 and Soquel, Santa Cruz, California, United States in 1860. She died on 18 March 1911, at the age of 76.

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Nicholas Valencia
Maria de los Angeles Refugio Castro
Marriage: 4 November 1850
Maria " Delphina" Valencia
Josephina Valencia
Antonio Antone or Antoine Valencia
Maria Aradela " Rafaela" Valencia
Francisco Xavier Valencia
Nicolas Encarnacion Valencia
Ismael Valencia
Estilda Valencia
Josefina Valencia
Clorinda Valencia
Joseph " Joe" Valencia
Jacob John Valencia
Adelaida Valencia
Joaquin Valencia

Spouse and Children

4 November 1850
Mission Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 14

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 23

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

Name Meaning

Galician, Portuguese, Italian, and Jewish (Sephardic): topographic name from castro ‘castle’, ‘fortress’ (Latin castrum ‘fort’, ‘Roman walled city’): in Galicia and also in northern Portugal a habitational name from any of various places named with this word; in Italy either a topographic name or a habitational name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Maria Valencia in household of Nicolas Valencia, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Maria De Los Angles Valencia, "California State Census, 1852"
  • Nicolas Balencia and Maria de los Angeles Castro, Marriage Record, "Early California Population Project" database, Huntington Library, 2006

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