In her twenties, this Island Indian woman was baptized as Juana at the Los Angeles Plaza Church in March 1836. Because her baptism took place after the schooner Peor es Nada brought the Nicoleños to San Pedro it is highly likely that she was one of the Nicoleños on board. After the baptism, Juana appears to have lived with her godmother’s family until at least 1844.
DATE OF BIRTH: Unknown
PLACE OF BIRTH: The southern islands (baptismal record)
DATE OF DEATH: Unknown
PLACE OF BURIAL: Unknown
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).
Last updated: February 7, 2017