Mystery and intrigue in early Los Angeles
This rather long blog is one such story ...
William G. Dryden: an early Los Angeles character
The Dryden girls: Julia and Virginia
How Julia and Virginia Dryden are related
Josefa Cota's husband is Antonio María de los Santos Pérez Nieto, son of Manuel Nieto. About two years after Antonio Nieto's death in 1832, Josefa had an hija espuria (out-of-wedlock) child with Luciano Grijalva. That child is Soledad Nieto, Virginia Dryden's mother. Since all of Josefa Cota's nine children with her husband, Antonio Nieto, carried the Nieto surname, Soledad was given the Nieto surname as well, even though she is not biologically related to Manuel Nieto.
William G. Dryden and his wife, Dolores Nieto, had three children between 1854 and 1860, one of whom is Julia Dryden; but then, beginning in 1862 and continuing until a few months before his death in September 1869, Judge Dryden and Dolores Nieto's half sister, Soledad, had four children, all illegitimate, one of whom is Virginia Dryden. Thus, the two Dryden girls, Julia and Virginia, are half-sisters who share the same mother, Josefa Cota. Judge Dryden's wife, Dolores Nieto, died in 1868.
As if that were not enough ...
One cannot make this stuff up; but neither can one discover things like this without an enormous amount of patience and hard work. Once invested, of course, all that hard work occasionally pays off and provides us with stories like this.
So if you have read this far, I thank you. And if you have a story about your own early Los Angeles family roots you'd like us to tell, use the Contact Us page to let us know. Be sure to provide as much detail as you can.