María Magdalena

A San Nicolas Island native who may have been removed to San Pedro on the schooner Peor es Nada, this woman was about 22 years old when she was baptized at the Los Angeles Plaza Church as María Magdalena in April 1836. She died less than three weeks later and was buried in the Los Angeles Plaza Church cemetery. Her burial record clearly noted her origin as San Nicolas Island.

PLACE OF BIRTH: One of the islands to the south of this coast (baptismal record)/San Nicolas Island (burial record)
DATE OF DEATH: April 26, 1836
PLACE OF BURIAL: Los Angeles Plaza Church Cemetery, Los Angeles, Alta California, Mexico

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: November 17, 2018