My family has been in eastern Ventura County (Fillmore and Piru) for six generations. We own a small citrus ranch purchased in a land grant at the turn of the century. I used to ask my grandfather (George W.) when his grandfather(Jesus) crosed over and where the family originated. His memory was not clear. He knew his grandfather was from Sonora but he could not be more precise than that. At his funeral about five years ago, one of my uncles pressed a piece of paper into my hand and said "This is where the Aguirres came from in Mexico."The paper said ' Pitiquito.' I've looked on the map and found it is located about 2-3hours drive from the Arizona/Mexico border. On the map, it appears to be on a rail line near the large city of Carborca. The Jesuit priest Father Kino built a mission in Pitiquito near the end of the 17th century. I want to drive down there and see if the church fathers will provide me with records about Jesus. He is buried on Rancho Camulos (near Piru) and I have seen his gravestone with birth and death dates.
Some interesting notes on Jesus Aguirre (my great-great grandfather). I checked the birthdates of his children and was astonished to find that he began fathering his family (9 children) in his mid-fifties. The last of my great uncles he fathered at the ripe old age of 73. This seemed counter-intuitive and I felt that some of the dates must have been inaccurate. However, I talked to a historian from San Jose State University and she told me that it was not unusual for men in Mexico to start families at a young age, simply wear out a wife with a large family, and with her death for him to simply abandon the children, move elsewhere and start over again. I think this might be a possible scenario for my great-great grandfather Jesus.
When did Jesus come to California? My grandpa used to say we were "pochos." Now he did not mean this the way most of my cousins defined it (Latinos acting white). He said that in Mexico there were small mountain bobcats with stubby tails called " pochos" and that the Aguirres were like pochos because we were cut off from Mexico and could not go back. This explanation made no sense to me at the time. I have a theory about this now. Have you ever heard this story? Want to hear my theory? I think it might explain when he may have arrived here.
>Sure!!! > >Thanks, > >David Campos > >(By the way, my great grandfather changed >his last name from Aguirre to Campos. > > >--- mark aguirre wrote: >> Are you still interested in finding out information >> about your family? My >> family (five generations back) is from Sonora and I >> have some info. >> >> Mark Aguirre >> >> > > >__________________________________________________ >Do You Yahoo!? >Make international calls for as low as $.04/minute with Yahoo! Messenger >http://phonecard.yahoo.com/