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The Early Life of Maria Carrillo

Maria Ygnacia de la Candalaria Lopez was born January 31,1793, probably at the Presidio in San Diego. Her father was Juan Fransciso Lopez, a soldier in the service of Spain. Her mother was Maria Feliciana Arballo, a widow (who came north) with the De Anza Expedition of 1776. Maria was the youngest child in her family. She watched her father being buried when she was only 7.

At the age of 16,on September 3, 1809, Maria married Joaquin Victor Carrillo, also 16, who was born in Baja, California, to a noble family with connections to Old Spain. Joaquin was a musician and soldier who left his family in Baja and came north to serve under his cousin Francisco Ruiz, Commandant of the San Diego Presidio.

Joaquin and Maria had 13 children. They lived in San Diego and moved to San Gabriel because the pirate Bouchard was raiding the California coastline. Six years later they moved back to San Diego. They lived in the Ruiz adobe where Maria had a large garden and orchard. She was known to be a kind and generous hostess. This adobe, known as "Casa de Carrillo" still stands today.

Her home in San Diego



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