This web site is a short history about Maria Carrillo, the
"Mother of Santa Rosa." She was a very brave women who built one of the greatest ranchos in Northern California. She raised 12
children by herself as one of the first Mexican settlers in
Sonoma County. To read more about her life, click the titles below.

Maria's Early Life

Maria's Children

The Move North 1837

Establishing the Rancho 1838

The Bear Flag Revolt 1846

The Adobe and Her Later Years

Read more interesting stories about her life and family.

See her family crest, her brand, and her signature.

Find more information and references.

Read about the author of this site.

This web site is part of my California history report for Mrs.Brigham's 4th grade class at
Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, California.
The illustration of Maria Carrillo was done by Alice Teegarden, a Sebastopol artist.