Father José María de Jesús González Rubio

Painting of priest with robe.
Painted portrait of the Very Reverend José González Rubio. University of Southern California Libraries, California Historical Society.
Father González Rubio was one of three Franciscan priests at Mission Santa Barbara when the Lone Woman was brought to the city in 1853. According to George Nidever, Father González received some of her belongings when the Lone Woman died seven weeks after her arrival. Nidever said that Father González sent her dresses, bone needles, and other items to Rome, with Nidever’s approval.

DATE OF BIRTH: June 6, 1804
PLACE OF BIRTH: Guadalajara, Mexico, New Spain
DATE OF DEATH: November 2, 1875
PLACE OF BURIAL: Santa Barbara, California, USA

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Last updated: November 16, 2018