When she was about 45 years old, this Island Indian was baptized as María Aleja at the Los Angeles Plaza Church in July 1836. She is highly likely to be one of the San Nicolas Island natives who sailed from the island to Los Angeles in 1835. Her baptism occurred shortly after the arrival of the schooner Peor es Nada, which brought the Nicoleños to San Pedro.
DATE OF BIRTH: Unknown
PLACE OF BIRTH: The 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