Vasquez Family

The VASQUEZ family are long-time residents of Monterey, going back to every census I can find. I believe that they are descended from a soldier from one of the Spanish conquests. I hope to substantiate that. Perhaps the most widely known VASQUEZ is the infamous California bandido, Tiburcio VASQUEZ, for whom the Vasquez Rocks in Southern California are named, home of many hundreds of movie westerns and TV shows to include Star Trek. But I digress. Tiburcio is not in my direct line, but he may be a relative somewhere down the line.

My great grandfather is Esperidion VASQUEZ, a horseman who loved the ranches and the golden hills of the Gabilan mountains between Salinas and Monterey. He married the widow of Joseph ANDRIETTA, Maria Josefa del Refugio ARTELLAN, who was the daughter of Frenchman Pierre ARTELLAN and Maria Antonia Dominga GARCIA. “Chavate”, as Esperidion was called, and Josefa had 9 children, of which Maria Rafaella was my great grandmother. It was she who married John PATE.

Vasquez Records

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Death Certificate of Espiridion VASQUEZ. My GG Grandfather

Death Certificate of Maria VASQUEZ PATE (1878-1924). My Great Grandmother

Death Certificate of Josefa ARTELLAN VASQUEZ (1846-1928). Wife of Espiridion. My GG Grandmother.

Vasquez Photos

Headstone of Espiridion, husband of Josefa, San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey CA, my GG Grandfather

Headstone of Josefa ARTELLAN VASQUEZ, San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey CA, my GG Grandmother

Headstone of Maria VASQUEZ PATE, San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey CA, my Great Grandmother

Headstone of Espiridion, brother of Maria, San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey CA

Headstone of Elvira VASQUEZ MARTINEZ, sister of Maria, San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey CA

Headstone of Pete, may be brother of Maria, San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey CA

Vasquez Rocks near Santa Clarita, CA. The hideout used by the bandit Tiburcio VASQUEZ.

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Updated 18 April 2008

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