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Notable People of Orange County, California

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  • Charles W. TeWinkle (1885 - 1962)
    From CostaMesaCa.gov : Charles TeWinkle came to Costa Mesa in 1920 with his wife “Goldie”. Mr. TeWinkle was a local businessman and a director of several local banks. He was elected the...
  • Erolinda Yorba (c.1853 - 1933)
    From Find a Grave : Birth: 1853 Los Angeles County California, USA Death: May 19, 1933 Hollywood Los Angeles County California, USA YORBA, Erolinda Cota Los Angeles Times, May 2...
  • José Antonio Andrés Sepúlveda (1803 - 1875)
    Regarding the Equestrian Painting (Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA) Equestrian Portrait of Don Jose Andres Sepulveda Henri Joseph Penelon (American, [b. France] 1827-1885) c. 1856 Oil on Canvas. B...
  • Francisco Sepúlveda (1775 - 1853)
    From Wikipedia (English) : Francisco Sepúlveda (1775–1853), one of the sons of Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda (1742–1788), was a progenitor of one of the branches of the promi...
  • Samuel Kraemer, Sr. (1857 - 1937)
    From Wikipedia (English) : Samuel Kraemer (1857–1937) was a rancher, farmer, and businessman who is who credited with much of the development of Anaheim, California during the 1920s. Later k...

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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 Sepúlveda (1742 – 1788) was a Mexican colonial soldier and patriarch of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family in the early days of Las Californias and Alta California in present day Southern California, United States. Sepúlveda's eldest son, Juan José Sepúlveda (1764–1808), and his fifth son, Francisco Sepúlveda (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.