|Let There Be Light, by Frederick Whitaker. 1971.|
|LA Prefecture Records, Vol A, Page 47. Huntington Library Collection.|
It is not clear if Francisco owned land during his time in Los Angeles. Francisco moved back to Altar, Sonora in 1836. Borderman, the Memoirs of Frederico Jose Maria Ronstadt, includes some references to Francisco. He recalled that Francisco "studied for the priesthood, knew something about medicine, and finally decided to marry and learn the trade of jeweler and goldsmith. He knew an Indian who would come to town from time to time with gold nuggets and pieces of quartz encrusted with streaks of pure gold. He liked Mr. Suastegui and offered to take him to the place where the gold was. They started out on horseback, and when the Indian showed him the hill from where he got the gold, a few miles away, they were surprised by a band of Papago Indians and a volley of arrows. The Indian friend was killed, and Mr. Suastegui's life was saved by one of the Papagos who recognized him as a man who had befriended him and cured him at one time. This same Indian took him back to Altar. Mr. Suastegui had several arrow wounds from which he never recovered entirely." (Quoted from page 103 of the book, which I purchased via Google).
Francisco's daugther, Maria Concepcion Suastegui, later moved with her children from Altar to Los Angeles. She is featured quite heavily in the Ronstadt book. These early connections to California are fascinating and I will have more on her and her family in the next post.