About José Antonio Robles
Eight pobladores for the new pueblo were natives of old Mexico who, running afoul of its rigorous laws, were given choice of a term in the Guadalajara juzgado or going to California. Jose Antonio Robles from (Pueblo de Faltango) Guadalajara, b. 1776 arrived in Monterey May 12, 1797, with wife Gertrudis Merlopes. Traveled on the Concepcion to Monterey
Different source of information reports that Jose Antonio Robles married Maria Rosalia Gertruis Merlopes in 1797 at San Lorenzo River. It is reported that he did marry Maria but when she died suddenly he then married Gertrudis who was Maria's sister.
Viceroy Branciforte of Mexico offered Jose Antonio Robles a chance to go as a poblador (original settler) of a new city in Alta California. The offer was a hansome one, with traveling expenses, a five-year subsidy, land and a chance to buy tools and cattle on credit. The deal was too good to be true and when he got to Santa Cruz there was nothing but open fields and no money from Spain. He and his wife made an adobe home thatched with tule grass and lived in it with the children.
He had held his first public office in California when he was elected regidor in 1805 and by 1817 had been made comisionado. Twice, in 1827 and 1833 he had been picked by his fellow townsmen to be named jusz by the governor.
They had 13 Children...........
- 1. Ines Robles b. 1795 in Mexico
- 2. Jose Antonio Nieves Robles (Jose Antonio de los Nieves Robles), Male, b. 1798 d. 1822 (This is our family member connected to the Ekdahl's)
- 3. Eugenia Robles, Female, b. 1800
- 4. Rafael Robles, Male, b. 1802 served military as soon as sixteen or seventeen years old
- 5. Raimundo Robles, Male, b.1804 d.1837 served his ten-year military enlistment in the presidio company of San Francisco, married Perfecta Castro
- 6. Antonio Robles, Male, b. 1805 served military as soon as sixteen or seventeen years old
- 7. Secundino Robles, Male, b.1811 d.1890 served military as soon as sixteen or seventeen years old, Lived on Rancho Santa Rita near Palo Alto, California until his death in 1890.
- 8. Teodoro Robles, Male, b.1814
- 9. Avelino Robles, Male, d.1839, shot by soldier Felipe Espinosa on the order of Fransico Soto.
- 10. Maria Guadalupe Robles, Female, b. d. Facundo Rodriguez marries Guadalupe Robles 1841
- 11. Nicolaus Robles, Male b. d.1844, marries Lucia Soria has 3 children
- 12. Fulgencio Robles, Male, d. Feb 12, 1842, married Concepcion Salzar, shot by tithe collector Gil Sanchz
- 13. Estefana Robles, Female, b.? d.?
Reports are that Teodoro, Nicolas (killed), Avelino (shot dead) and Fulgencio (shot dead) either were against the law or got killed because they stole horses got drunk all the time and ran wild.
The Robles line crossed with the Moulton line and then the Ekdahl family line like so many other family lines. There are many who are related and are searching for their connection to this man or connection to his sons. There are streets and towns named after the area where Jose Antonio Robles lived and also in Rio Linda, California a Robles Elementary School where Joshua and Spencer Zimmerman, my sons attended. His son Don Secundino Robles has a park named after him in Palo Alto, California. Translated the word Robles in Spanish means oak trees and it is a regional name rather than an object name or reference name such as "Juan Diaz" means John Days. The Spanish name Juan Martinez is John Martin or John related to Martin. It is very interesting how names get started.
I have added a link is to a Youtube video of events leading up to the settlement of Monterey, Alta California.
In the video there is mention of the 8 sent from Guadalajara, Mexico. Don Jose Antonio Robles was with that first group that came from Mexico.
José Antonio Robles's Timeline
Zacatecas, Nuevo Reino de Galicia, Reino de Nueva España
California, United States
July 1, 1811
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States