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José Antonio Yorba, I

Also Known As: "Jose", "Antonio"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: San Sadurniño, GA, Spain
Death: Died in Alta California, Nuevo Mexico
Place of Burial: San Juan Capistrano, Orange, California, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Pablo Yorba and Rosa Yorba
Husband of Maria Gracia Feliz Feliz and Maria Josefa Yorba
Father of Pedro Antonio Yorba; Francisco Xavier Yorba; Diego Maria Yorba; Francisco Yorba; Tomas Antonio Yorba and 12 others

Occupation: soldier
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About José Antonio Yorba, I

José Antonio Yorba (July 20, 1743 – January 16, 1825), also known as Don José Antonio Yorba I, was a Spanish soldier and early settler of Spanish California.

Spanish Soldier

Born in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia (San Santurnino) in Catalonia, Spain, Yorba was one of Fages' original Catalan volunteers. He became a corporal under Gaspar de Portolà during the Spanish expedition of 1769. He was in San Francisco in 1777; Monterey in 1782; and in San Diego in 1789. In 1797 he was retired as inválido sergeant; and in 1810 was grantee of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana.

Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana

In 1810, José Antonio Yorba was 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.

Upon his death in 1825 he was buried at his request in an unmarked grave in the cemetery at Mission San Juan Capistrano. A cenotaph was later placed in Yorba's honor.


He married his first wife Maria Garcia Feliz in 1773. After her death, he married Maria Josefa Grijalva, daughter of Juan Pablo Grijalva, in 1782.

Throughout the American and Mormon migration period, descendants of the Yorbas continued to marry into other prominent Spanish families, including the Cota, Grijalvas, Perralta, and Dominquez families. Many of today's recognizable American names in the Southern California area, including the Kraemers and Irvines, also married into these Spanish families. In the early twentieth century, Samuel Kraemer, who had married the last of the "grand" Yorbas, Angelina Yorba, tore down the historic Yorba Hacienda after the city of Yorba Linda refused to accept it as a donation.

The legacy of the Yorba Family can be appreciated at the historic Yorba Cemetery, established in 1858, and currently surrounded by Woodgate Park.


Find Grave

Birth: Jul. 20, 1743, Spain

Death: Jan. 16, 1825 Santa Ana Orange County California, USA

Gasper De portola EXPEDITION OF ALTA CALIFORNIA IN 1769 also with portola in that important expedition was a young corporal named jose antonio yorba.He married Maria Josefa Grijalva in San Francisco on May 17,1782.Their first three children were born in the monterey area while Jose antonio was in the army.In 1789 the family moved to San Diego after he had been assigned to the presidio there.eleven more children were born to the family between 1789 and 1810.Jose Antonio retired from the army in 1797 and,with his father in-law,Juan Pablo Grijalva,he began grazing cattle on the land that was to become Rancho Santiago De santa ana.when Jose Antonio Yorba,along with his nephew,Juan Pablo Peralta,applied for thier land grant they were required to get permission from Grijalva's widow,Maria Josefa.On July 1,1810,Governor Figueroa granted the 62,516 acres to Jose Antonio Yorba and Juan Pablo Peralta.

Family links:

  • Maria Gracia Feliz Yorba (1753 - 1781)*
  • Maria Gracia Feliz Yorba (1753 - 1825)*
  • Maria Josefa Grijalva Yorba (1766 - 1830)*
  • Pedro Antonio Yorba (1774 - 1780)*
  • Diego Maria Yorba (1776 - 1806)*
  • Francisco Xavier Yorba (1776 - ____)*
  • Joseph Antonio de los Remedios Yorba (1785 - 1844)*
  • Tomas Antonio Yorba (1787 - 1845)*
  • Maria Raymunda Fermina Nepomucena Yorba Alvarado (1793 - 1851)*
  • Josef Domingo Yorba (1795 - 1796)*
  • Francisca Dominga Yorba Ortega (1797 - 1814)*
  • Maria De Las Nieves Yorba (1798 - 1798)*
  • Bernardo Antonio Yorba (1801 - 1858)*
  • Teodisio Juan Yorba (1805 - 1863)*

Burial: San Juan Capistrano Mission Cemetery San Juan Capistrano Orange County California, USA Plot: located curb side of center trail (the only headstone on side of trail)

Created by: Anonymous Record added: Jan 29, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 13161819

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July 20, 1743
San Sadurniño, GA, Spain
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