José Francisco Ortega

José Francisco Ortega


José Francisco Ortega was soldier and early settler of California.

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1734 Birth Ortega was born in 1734 at Zelaya, Guanajuanto, Mexico, where he worked as a warehouse clerk.


1755 21 Years Old In 1755, he enlisted and served at the Presidio at Misión Nuestra Señora de Loreto.
1759 25 Years Old In 1759 Ortega married María Antonia Victoria Carrillo, who was born 1741. … Read More


1769 35 Years Old Sergeant Ortega was on Gaspar de Portolà's 2nd land expedition to Alta California in 1769. … Read More
1771 37 Years Old Previously he was Acting Commandant from July 1771 in the absence of Pedro Fages. … Read More


1782 48 Years Old In the spring of 1782, Ortega was on the expedition that founded Mission San Buenaventura and the Presidio of Santa Barbara.


1784 50 Years Old Ortega became the first Commandant of the Presidio of Santa Barbara that year, and remained until 1784.
1787 53 Years Old During 1787 - 1791 he was Commandant of the Presidio of Monterey,and in 1792 the Commandant of the Presidio in Loreto. … Read More


1794 60 Years Old Ortega was given a Spanish "land concession" in 1794, which he named Rancho Nuestra Señora del Refugio (Rancho Refugio) near Santa Barbara. … Read More
1798 64 Years Old On February 3, 1798, Ortega fell from his horse and died at age 65 near the Indian village of Casil at Refugio Beach. … Read More
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