Maria Francisca Micaela Higuera

10 May 1810–1 August 1843 (Age 33)
Mission San Miguel Arcangel, San Luis Obispo, California, United States

The Life of Maria Francisca Micaela

When Maria Francisca Micaela Higuera was born on 10 May 1810, in Mission San Miguel Arcangel, San Luis Obispo, California, United States, her father, Jose Antonio Segundo Higuera, was 22 and her mother, Maria Ambrosia Pacheco, was 16. She married Juan de Prado Mesa on 23 February 1827, in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 1 August 1843, at the age of 33, and was buried in Mission San Francisco de Asis, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States.

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Juan de Prado Mesa
Maria Francisca Micaela Higuera
Marriage: 23 February 1827
Jose Antonio de Jesus Mesa
Jose Ramon de la Cruz Mesa
Maria de Refugio Mesa
Francisco de Sales Mesa
Miguel del Refugio Mesa

Spouse and Children

23 February 1827
Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, United States


    Jose Antonio de Jesus Mesa


    Jose Ramon de la Cruz Mesa


    Maria de Refugio Mesa


    Francisco de Sales Mesa


    Miguel del Refugio Mesa


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (6)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 2

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 10

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name from any of numerous places named Higuera, from higuera ‘fig tree’ (Latin ficaria).

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

Sources (3)

  • Maria Francisca Micaela Higuera Mesa, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mission records from "The Huntington Library, Early California Population Project Database, 2006."
  • LDS film 1320538 - California Mission Records - Mission San Miguel

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