According to Harrington’s notes, Melquiades, an older Chumash man from Ventura, California, went to Santa Barbara to meet the Lone Woman in 1853. He was not the native man named Melquiades who accompanied George Nidever to San Nicolas Island. The older Melquiades reportedly understood a little of the Nicoleño language, and the Lone Woman told him about her life on the island. Like many California people of the time, Melquiades was multilingual.
DATE OF BIRTH: 1784
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mission San Buenaventura, Alta California, New Spain
DATE OF DEATH: After 1852
PLACE OF BURIAL: Unknown
Schwartz, Steven J., Susan L. Morris, John R. Johnson. The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island: Her Story from Native American Sources. Presentation at the May 2018 meeting of the Santa Barbara County Archaeological Society, Santa Barbara, California.
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