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  • DAVIS, Isabel S.

  • Los Angeles Times, July 10, 1943


    Funeral services for Mrs. Isabel Sepulveda Davis, member of the Los Angeles Sepulveda family, who died Thursday, will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at All Souls Chapel, Calvary Cemetery, under direction of Cunningham and O'Connor.  Mrs. Davis was born in Los Angeles in 1867, daughter of Juan M. and Jesus Alvarado Sepulveda.  A widow, Mrs. Davis lived at 728 S. Manhatten Place.  She leaves a son, Harry O. Davis; a brother, I. A. Sepulveda, and two sisters, Mrs. Ester S. Guirado and Mrs. Elvira S. Taylor.

    [NOTE:  Obviously, the mother's name is incorrect.  Checking Rootsweb databases, it appears that the parents of Mrs. Davis were Juan Maria Sepulveda and Maria de Jesus Alvarado, however the only sibling mentioned by the two Rootsweb contributors was George Sepulveda - no I.A., Ester or Elvira . . . - K. Everett]

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • DAY, Leonidas Sepulveda

  • Los Angeles Times, Nov 27, 1941

    Mrs. Leonidas Sepulveda Day

    Solemn requiem high mass for Mrs. Leonidas Sepulveda Day, 70, daughter of the late Don Juan Sepulveda, pioneer Californian, was offered yesterday by Rev. Owen Jinks at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Msgr. Francis J. Conaty, pastor of the church where Mrs. Day had been active in the Altar Society for many years, presided.  Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.  Mrs. Day, the daughter of Don Juan Sepulveda and Susana Ruiz, died Sunday at the family home, 229 E. 43rd Place.

    Los Angeles Times, Nov 25, 1941


    Woman, 70, Was Child of California Pioneer Who Owned Huge Ranch

    One of contemporary California's final links with a brilliant chapter of the West's early history was broken Sunday in the death of Mrs. Leonidas Sepulveda Day, 70-year-old daughter of Don Juan Sepulveda, late pioneer of the Golden State.

    Her passing at the family home, 229 E. 43rd Place, was believed to have been partially the result of grief suffered over the death four months ago of her husband, Arthur Wellington Day of the Los Angeles Railway Co.


    Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of Reed Bros., Tapley and Geiger Mortuary.  Requiem High Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Holy Cross Church, 4705 S. Main St.

    Mrs. Day was the daughter of Don Juan Sepulveda and Susana Ruiz.  She, like her parents and her three brothers and one sister, was born in Los Angeles.


    She was active in church work and was a member of the Altar Society of the Holy Cross Church.

    Her father, Don Juan Sepulveda, was born here in 1813 and was granted title to the vast Rancho Palos Verdes in San Pedro by Governor Figueroa of the Mexican government more than a century ago.

    DIED IN 1894

    The pioneer died in 1894.  Mrs. Sepulveda's only sister, Lola Sepulveda, succumbed in 1936.

    Mrs. Day leaves her two brothers, Andrew Sepulveda of Perris, Cal., and John Sepulveda of San Pedro, and a nephew, John J. Miehle of Los Angeles.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • DEL AMO, Senora Susana Dominguez

  • Los Angeles Times, Jan 19, 1931


    Daughter of Historic Dominguez Rancho Owner Will Be Laid to Rest Today

    Death yesterday took Senora Susana Dominguez Del Amo, daughter of Don Manuel Dominguez, owner of the historic Dominguez rancho. Dr. Gregorio Del Amo, her husband, was at the beside (sic) when she passed away at 6 a.m. at her home, 1119 Westchester Place. Senora Del Amo, for some time had been in failing health and her death was declared the result of sickness brought on by advanced age.

    Senora Del Amo was born in 1848 on the Dominguez hacienda, which included originally 52,000 acres. The Dominguez rancho once extended from the Los Angeles River to the Pacific Ocean and included what are now the cities of Wilmington, Torrance, Redondo Beach and Compton. Senora Del Amo was one of a family of eight daughters and two sons, born to Don Manuel Dominguez and Maria Alta Gracia Cota Dominguez.

    The Dominguez family dates back to the time preceding the Spanish Armada. In 17985 the San Pedro or Dominguez rancho was in the possession of Juan Jose Dominguez who owned about 1000 head of cattle. The rancho comprised ten and one-half leagues. After the death of Juan Jose, the property was granted by Gov. Pablo of Sola, on December 31, 1820, to Sergt. Cristobal Dominguez, nephew and heir of Juan Jose. His death three years later brought about another change in ownership at which time the estate came under the management of his son, Don Manuel Dominguez, then about 20 years of age.

    Don Manuel was an administrator as well a man of knowledge and culture. In 1855 the family rancho was apportioned between him and his brother, Don Pedro, and his nephews, Jose Antonio Aguirre and Jacinto Rocha. The portion assigned Don Manuel comprised about 25,000 acres and included Rattlesnake Island in San Pedro Bay. On this property he built his home and October 11, 1882, when 79, died. He was followed in death a few months later by his widow. Of the ten children born to them only six daughters were left.

    With the death of Senora Del Amo, only one direct descendant of the original Dominguez family remains alive. She is Mrs. John F. Francis of this city.

    In tribute to her parents, Senora Del Amo, two years ago, built on the Dominguez rancho the Dominguez Memorial Seminary. The homestead on which she was born adjoins this seminary, which is controlled by the Claretian Fathers, the same order that has the Plaza Church and the San Gabriel Mission. The land surrounding the seminary was given to the Claretian Fathers approximately five years ago by Mrs. Dolores Watson, Mrs. Del Amo and Mrs. John F. Francis.

    Senora Del Amo led a retired life. She kept only a small circle of intimate friends. She maintained a home in Spain and divided her time between this country and the home of her ancestors. She had lived at the Westchester Place home for approximately seven years before her death.

    Dr. Gregorio Del Amo, her husband, is a graduate of the University of Madrid and comes of a noted family. He distinguished himself recently when he presented gifts to the University of Madrid, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Besides her husband, Senora Del Amo leaves two sons, Carlos and Jaime Del Amo, both of whom she adopted. Funeral services, conducted by Cunningham and O'Connor, will be at the homestead at 9:30 a.m. today. Requiem mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. at the Dominguez Memorial Seminary, where the body later will be laid to rest in a crypt where space has been provided for both Senora Del Amo and her husband.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • DELLANINA, Frances Angelina [Bonilla Slade].

  • Salinas Californian, 8 March 1951

    Mrs. Dellanina Passes Away; Services Pending--Mrs. Frances A. Dellanina, 57, passed away early today at her home, 511 East Market street, following a long illness. She and her husband, Frank, formerly operated the Frank's Tamale parlor here,  having lived in this area 19 years.

    Mrs. Dellanina was a native of Pleasanton, Calif. Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Walter  Madeiros of Salinas and Mrs. George Bedner of Napa; two sons, Joseph Striplen of Bakersfield and Capt. Melborn Slade, Jr., stationed with the army in Korea; two sisters, Mrs. Russell Morrell of Dunsmuir and Mrs. Alice Lang of Salinas, and eight grandchildren.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at Struve and Laporte's.

    Salinas Californian, 10 March 1951

    Rites Still Pending For Mrs. Dellanina--Funeral services today still were pending at Struve and Laporte's for Mrs. Frances A. Dellanina, 57, who passed away Thursday at her home, 511 East Market street.

    Arrangements were being held up pending word from her son, Capt. Melborn Slade, Jr., who is with the army in Korea, the mortuary reported.

    Salinas Californian,  12 March 1951

    Services Set for Mrs. Dellanina--Funeral services for Mrs. Frances A. Dellanina, 57, will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. from St. Mary's of the Nativity church in the Alisal district, with Father Michael Buckley officiating. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories.

    Mrs. Dellanina passed away at her home, 511 East Market street, on Thursday. Born in Pleasanton, she is survived by her husband, Frank; four children, Mrs. George E. Bednar of Napa, Mrs. Walter Madeiros of Salinas, Joseph J. Striplen of Bakersfield and Capt. Mel G. Slade Jr., now serving with the 1st Cavalry in Korea; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Lang of Salinas and Mrs. Russel H. Morrell of Dunsmuir, and eight grandchildren.

    Mrs. Dellanina was a niece of the late Walter Bonilla, and the eldest daugher of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexandro Bonilla, and a great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Mariano Bonilla.

    Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. at Struve and Laporte's here.

    Salinas Californian, 14 March 1951

    Funeral Rites Held For Mrs. Dellanina--Funeral services were held from Struve and Laporte's yesterday for Mrs. Frances A. Dellanina, 57, of 511 East Market street, who passed away Thursday. Requiem mass followed at St. Mary of the Nativity church with the Rev. Michael Buckley officiating. Burial was at the Garden of Memories.

    Pallbearers were Walter Madeiros, George Bedner, Gene Gonzales, Don Griffin, William Martin and Louis Schwinkendorf.

    Submitted by: Gail Slade

  • DENNISTON, Carlota de Haro

  • San Francisco Examiner, 20 Sept 1880, page 3

    DENNISTON- In this city, September 19th, Charlotte, wife of I. V. Denniston, a native of California, aged 45 years.

    Submitted by: Julia Christy

  • DENNISTON, Josefa de Haro Guerrero

  • San Francisco Daily Morning Call, 30 Jan 1887, page 6

    DENNISTON - In this city, January 29, Josefa de Haro, relict of the late James G. Denniston, and mother of Victoriana Guerrero, Mrs. John R. Skelly and Miss Josephine Denniston, a native of San Francisco, in the sixty-second year of her age. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services TOMORROW (Monday), at 9 o¹clock A.  M. , from Mission Dolores Chruch, Sixteenth and Dolores streets, where a solemn requiem mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul. Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Julia Christy

  • DODERO, Domingo

  • Santa Cruz Surf, 14 Jan 1907, page 8


    Old Resident of Santa Cruz Passes Away.

    Domingo DODERO, who was a native of Santa Cruz, died on Saturday evening at the residence of his sister, Mrs. W. S. Ward, on Walnut Avenue extension. He was born in this city sixty-seven years ago, being a member of one the oldest and most highly respected families that resided before American occupation. He was a miner by occupation and for many years was in the mines at Virginia City, Nev., but of late has resided near San Diego.

    He was a member of the G.A.R. being an old soldier.  He enlisted here at the time of the war, being a member of Capt. Brown's company.  He was in a number of engagements against the Indians. He leaves in Santa Cruz, a brother (Louis Dodero) and four sisters (Mrs. Louis Ward, Mrs. Mary Patten, Mrs. Refugia Buelna, and Mrs. J. Rodriguez).

    The funeral will be held tomorrow morning from Holy Cross Church where a high requiem mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul.

    Submitted by: Pam Lewis

  • DODERO, Josefa

  • Santa Cruz Daily Surf, Nov 14, 1883, page 2

    Mrs. Josefa Dodero.

    The funeral of the late Mrs. Josefa Dodero was held at the Catholic Church yesterday afternoon, and was largely attended by the many friends and relatives of the deceased.  She was born in Mission Dolores in 1810, came to Santa Cruz in 1838, and has resided here ever since.  Her husband built the first grist mill in this county in 1838.  Mrs. Dodero was noted for her kindness and liberality to all travelers through this part of the county in "early days."  She leaves nine children, as follows: John B., Louis, Domingo, and Joseph Dodero, Mrs. R. Buelna, Mrs. C. Patten, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Sweeney, and Mrs. Rodriguez.

    [Note:  She was the mother of  Maria del Refugia (Dodero) BUELNA.]

    Submitted by: Pam in Fremont

  • DOMINGUER, Dona Felipa

  • Daily Alta California, San Francisco, 25 Sep 1851, page 2

    At Santa Ana, Los Angeles county, on the 7th inst., Dona FELIPA DOMINGUER, wife of Don Bernardo Yorva.

    Submitted by: Ron Filion

  • DOMINGUEZ, Senora Benancia de

  • Los Angeles Times, 23 Jun 1916


    Heirs of Senora Benancia de Dominguez Bring Suit to Recover Land Held Many Years by Catholic Diocese and Others for Plaza Church.

    The heirs of Senora Benancia Sotelo de Dominguez are seeking to recover fifty feet of land adjoining the Plaza Church on the south, in a suit filed yesterday through Attorney Frank A. McDonald for A. L. Abrahams, administrator of the Dominguez estate.  Senora Dominguez died June 15, 1865. She had large real estate holding in this city, and, it is alleged, made a verbal lease of the fifty feet in question, to be used as a burial ground until a permanent burial ground was obtained by the church.

    It is alleged that the church did acquire a burial ground in 1875, but it is claimed failed to turn back the fifty feet, under the terms of the verbal lease.  The defendants named in the suit are the Roman Catholic bishop of Los Angeles and Monterey, the Brunswig Drug Company, L. N. Brunswig, E. Castellano and others who allege an interest in the land.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • DOMINGUEZ, Josefa

  • Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct 1898


    Mrs. Josefa Dominguez, one of the founders of the pueblo of Los Angeles, passed away yesterday the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. S. de Sanchez.  Mrs. Dominguez was born in 1810.  In her youth she labored with the priests of San Gabriel mission for the uplifting of the people of Southern California. During her whole life she has been active in charitable affairs.  She leaves a large number of friends and relatives.  The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning.  The remains can be seen by friends after 7 o'clock Monday morning at Garrett's undertaking rooms.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • DOMINQUEZ, Don Manuel and Dona Maria Engracia

  • Los Angeles Times, May 13, 1888


    This afternoon at 4 o'clock will be blessed by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Francis Mora, the memorial bells, "Manuel" and "Maria Engracia," presented to the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, in memory of Don Manuel and Dona Maria Engracia Dominguez, by their daughters, the Misses Ma Reyes, Susana and sisters.  These bells were manufactured to order by the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Md., and weigh as follows  "Manuel," 2994, and "Maria Engracia," 1610 pounds.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • DON, Concepcion

  • Los Angeles Times, October 27, 1900


    San Jose, Oct 26. - Mrs. Concepcion Don, widow of Celestin Don and youngest daughter of the late Ramon Arguello, one of the wealthy pioneers of Santa Clara, died today, aged 28 years.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • DOUSLIN, Josefa Bandini

  • Los Angeles Times, Jul 3, 1931


    Mrs. H. B. Douslin, Scion of Old Spanish Family, Succumbs at Home

    Josefa Bandini Douslin, scion of one of California's foremost Spanish families died at her Los Angeles home, 154 North New Hampshire avenue, yesterday.  She was the granddaughter of Don Juan Bandini, one-time owner by grant of the King of Spain of much of the land now occupied by Los Angeles and a considerable amount of surrounding territory, especially that lying east of Los Angeles river and including Santa Fe Springs.

    Mrs. Douslin had been ill about seven months and the end came quietly yesterday about 8:15 a.m. with her daughter, Mrs. Jack Buchanan, and husband, H. B. Douslin, at her side.  It was due to cancer.

    Mrs. Douslin was born in San Diego sixty-three years ago.  She and her husband lived here about six months of the year, spending the other six months at his place in Rotorua, New Zealand.

    Her death leaves Juan Bernardo Bandini of Ensenada as the sole survivor of the family of Jose Maria Bandini and his wife, Theresa Arguello Bandini.  Jose was a son of Don Juan.  Mrs. Douslin was related to the Sepulveda, Dominguez and other old Spanish families.

    Funeral services have been arranged tentatively for Tuesday.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett