José Antonio Julian de la Guerra y Noriega

Spanish-born José de la Guerra y Noriega served in the Alta California military, holding positions in Santa Barbara and San Diego. As lieutenant in San Diego, 1813–1815, Guerra received letters from Guillermo Cota in Los Angeles about the capture of a Russian American Company hunting group in September 1815. Guerra sent the captives to Monterey, except for two hunters who remained in Los Angeles.

DATE OF BIRTH: March 16, 1779
PLACE OF BIRTH: Cantabria, Spain
DATE OF DEATH: February 18, 1858
PLACE OF BURIAL: Mission Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California, USA

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Morris, Susan L., Glenn J. Farris, Steven J. Schwartz, Irina V. L. Wender, and Boris Dralyuk. “Murder, Massacre, and Mayhem on the California Coast, 1814–1815: Newly Translated Russian Documents Reveal Company Concern Over Violent Clashes.” Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 34, 1 (2014): 93–94., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( accessed 16 December 2014), photograph, Mission Santa Barbara for Jose Antonio Julian de la Guerra y Noriega (1779–1858), Mission Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

Last updated: February 7, 2017