Don Juan María Osuna (1785-1851) native of san Vicente Ferrer and first alcalde of the pueblo of San Diego

  • Glenn Farris
    Associate State Archeologist California Deparment
Keywords: ancestors, mayor, born settler


This article explores various documents other sources of information regarding the life and origins of Juan Maria Osuna, who became in 1835 the first elected mayor of the pueblo of San Diego. There have been some questions as to Osuna's place of birth; the article attempts to resolve the problem.


ANONYMOUS. 1968. ''The Osuna Story". Journal of San-Diego History 14(2):5-17.

ENGELHARDT, Zephyrin. 1908. The Missions and Missionaries of California, Vol. 1, Lower California. San Francisco: James H. Barry Co.

MATHES, W. Michael. 1977. Las Misiones de Baja California. La Paz: Gobierno del Estado de Baja California Sur/Editorial Aristos.

MEIGS, Peveril, 3rd. 1935. "The Dominican Mission Frontier of Lower California". University of California Publications in Geography. Vo1.7. Berkeley.

MOYER. Cecil C. 1969. Historic Ranchos of San Diego. San Diego: Union-Tribune Publishing Co.

NORTHROP, Marie E. 1976. Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California: 1769-1850, Vol. l. New Orleans: Polyanthos.

OGDEN, Adele. 1941. The California Sea Otter Trade: 1784-1848. Berkeley: University of California Press.

OSUNA de Marron, Felipa. 1878. Recuerdos y papeles. Statement made to Thomas Savage, January 26, 1878, C-D 120. Bancroft Library.

ROBERTSON, Tomás. 1978. Baja California and its Missions. Glendale, Ca: La Siesta Press.

SP ANISH ARCHIVES. n.d. Expediente 72, Petition by Juan María Osuna for the San Dieguito Rancho in the district of San Diego, dated 1833. California State Archives, Sacramento.
Glenn Farris
Associate State Archeologist California Deparment of Parks and Recreation.