Franciscan priest Pedro Cabot baptized a young Nicoleña, giving her the name María Magdalena in Los Angeles in 1836. Father Cabot was stationed at Mission San Fernando Rey and officiated in Los Angeles when Father Bachelot was away. At the time of her baptism, Father Cabot recorded María Magdalena’s origin as one of the southern Channel Islands, but did not specify San Nicolas Island.
DATE OF BIRTH: October 7, 1777
PLACE OF BIRTH: Buñola, Majorca, Spain
DATE OF DEATH: October 11, 1836
PLACE OF BURIAL: Mission San Fernando Rey, Alta California, Mexico
Geiger, Maynard. Franciscan Missionaries in Hispanic California, 1769–1848, a Biographical Dictionary. San Marino: The Huntington Library, 1969: 34–36.
Morris, Susan L., John R. Johnson, Steven J. Schwartz, René L. Vellanoweth, Glenn J. Farris, Sara L. Schwebel. “The Nicoleños in Los Angeles: Documenting the Fate of the Lone Woman’s Community.” Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 36, 1 (2016).
Father Pedro Cabot
Last updated: November 17, 2018