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Notable People of Orange County, California

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  • William Newton Tedford (1826 - 1905)
    From OrangeCountyHistory.org : The Tedford Family A Story of Pioneer Life in Gospel Swamp [Walter B. Tedford (1854-1940) and his family were among the first settlers in what is now Santa Ana. The...
  • Gabe Allen (1819 - 1899)
    From CostaMesaCA.gov : Gabe Allen – was a pioneer of Costa Mesa. Mr. Allen fought in the Mexican war and acquired the Diego Sepulveda Adobe (AKA Estancia). He purchased the 2,760 acre parcel i...
  • Jan Berry (1941 - 2004)
    Obituary from RollingStone.com : Jan Berry, the creative force behind legendary surf rock duo Jan and Dean, died Friday after suffering a seizure at his Los Angeles home; he was sixty-two. The singer...
  • George Douglas Freeth, Jr. (1883 - 1919)
    From Wikipedia : George Douglas Freeth Jr. (November 8, 1883 – April 7, 1919) is often credited as being the "Father of Modern Surfing". Biography There is some confusion of where he came ...
  • Susanna Bryant (1880 - 1946)
    From PacificHorticulture.org : Every so often, one encounters an historical figure whose prescience is so startling as to suggest that she had the benefit of time travel. Such a figure is Susanna Bix...

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Mexican and Spaniard Pioneers

  • Don Juan Pablo Grijalva - original petitioner for Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana
  • José Antonio Yorba - awarded by the Spanish Empire the 63,414-acre (256.63 km2) Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana land grant. Covering some 15 Spanish leagues, Yorba's land comprised a significant portion of today's Orange County including where the cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach stand today.
  • John "Don Juan" Forster - born in England, became a Mexican citizen of early California and was one of the largest landowners in California. He lived in what is now Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
  • Juan José de Sepulveda - Francisco Xavier Sepulveda (1742 – 1788) was a Mexican colonial soldier and patriarch of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepulveda family in the early days of Las Californias and Alta California in present day Southern California, United States. Sepulveda's eldest son, Juan José Sepulveda (1764–1808), and his fifth son, Francisco Sepulveda (1775–1853), became progenitors of two distinguished branches of the family.

California's Only Pirate

  • Hippolyte de Bouchard - Raided San Juan Capistrano, taking food and ammunition as well as running amok.

Etcetera

  • Lewis Ainsworth - notable lumber businessman of Orange County
  • Charles Artz - former grocer in Tustin, CA. His former grocery store is a historic Tustin building, still in standing.
  • Jan Berry - part of music duo Jan & Dean who made popular "Surf City," what Huntington Beach is nicknamed.
  • Susanna Bryant (Bixby) - founded Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  • George Freeth - brought surfing to the mainland by Henry Huntington; surfed at the opening of the first Huntington Beach Pier.
  • Erolinda Yorba (Cota) - one of the last survivors of the "Old Rancho Life" of SoCal. Lived on the Yorba ranch for many years before her death.