Greetings to all . . . I am a newbie at genealogy research. I just recently started to look up my g-grandmother's family in Baja California (they were all over the peninsula) through the book "Guia Familiar de Baja California" by Pablo L. MartÃnez. I've run into a few dead-ends, though. Here is my long-winded summary of what I have:
Collins and Robinson have interesting origins . . . apparently, John Collins and Peter Robinson were both English sailors on a whaling ship in the early 19th cent., and when they docked somewhere in BC Sur, they and a few other fellows deserted their crew. They all assimilated into Californio society; becoming Catholic, taking on Spanish names, and marrying Californian women. The former, born in London on June 24, 1796, was baptized as Juan Bautista MontaÃ±o (but mostly used the name Juan Colin), married Maria Loreto MarrÃ³n, had kids from around 1825 to 1853, and died in Miraflores in 1866. The latter became Pedro RÃ³binson, and married Vicenta GarcÃa (no record of her family so far...and GarcÃa must be one of the most common names anywhere, so I don't know where I'm going to find anything there...).
I haven't found any parents listed for Loreto MarrÃ³n, but I think she might be the daughter of Guadalupe MarrÃ³n and Thomasa Arce (whose names are also given as JosÃ© MarÃa MarrÃ³n and Tomasa VelÃ¡squez), because MartÃnez says that that couple was the source of the MarrÃ³n surname, and they came earlier than the "Egyptian" Francisco MarrÃ³n (who didn't get married until 1834). Their other daughter Alvara MarrÃ³n was born in 1799 and baptized at La PurÃsima, and I think Loreto was also of that generation, so they might be sisters . . . but it's still pretty unclear.
My gg-grandmother (born in Santiago in 1879) married into the Collins family, and her parents were Loreto Arballo and Valentina CosÃo (both from Santiago) . . . I don't know anything more about either of their families.
One of the confusing things about this book is that there are a lot of people who are given multiple names or spellings of their names in their respective entries . . . and I hate it when something like a dozen people have the exact same name, live during the same time period, and I can't tell who's who . . . (I found about 11 different 19th cent.-era guys named Francisco CosÃo this way!)
This message is getting really long, so I'll end it here. I hope something here looks familiar to somebody out there.
--jessica, who is also new to this website/message board, and hopes she is following protocol properly...