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Soza family papers, 1892-2000 MS 436

Collection Number: MS 436

Creator: Soza, Edward, 1921-
Title: Soza family papers
Inclusive Dates: 1892-2000
Quantity: 3 linear feet
Abstract:Printed material and photographs, 1892-2000, (bulk 1990-1999). Bulk of collection contains correspondence, birth certificates, biographical information, photographs, and newspaper clippings on the Soza Family, Hispanic Arizona pioneers. The collection contains copies of primary materials as well as oversize materials of some maps, photographs and lithographs.
Identification: Collection Number: MS 436
Language: English
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

The Soza family was founded in 1746 by Jose Maria Soza I, a cavalryman in the Royal Spanish Army who was stationed at Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac in 1774 and was later transferred to the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, with his wife, Rita Espinosa, with whom he fathered one son and three daughters.

Jose Maria So Soza II was the Civil Administrator of the Tumacacori Mission during the 1830’s and was married to Dona Gregoria Nunes. They had eight children.

Jose Maria Soza III married Solana Mendoza in the early 1850’s. Their daughter, Manuela Mendoza Sosa married Michael McKenna, a Civil War veteran, and they created the McKenna branch of the family.

The descendants of the Manuel and Calistro Sosa branch included the families of Antonio Campa Soza, Placido Campa Soza, Nicolas Campa Soza and Juan Soza. The Juan Soza branch became early settlers of Tempe, Arizona and have roots with the Hayden family. They were later joined by the Placido Sosa branch.

The Antonio Soza branch of the family has long been associated with Tucson and the San Pedro River Valley, where Antonio homesteaded and was engaged in farming and ranching.

The Soza family papers were complied by Edward Soza. Edward Soza was born in Benson, Arizona on March 24, 1921 and lived briefly at the Soza ancestral homestead ranch at Redington on the San Pedro River. In 1925 the family moved to California. After attending public schools in Wilmington, CA, Edward returned to Arizona and graduated with the first graduating Class of 1940, North Phoenix High School.

Edward graduated from Pennsylvania State College (now University) in 1946 with a BA degree and was commissioned Ensign USNR. He married his wife Phyllis in 1947 and together they had 3 children. He has published extensively on Soza family genealogy.

For further biographical information on the Soza family please see Edward Soza’s publication New world odyssey, a search for roots: the Sosa, Soza families of Arizona. Altadena: E. Soza, 1995.

Scope and Content

Printed material and photographs, 1892-2000, (bulk 1990-1999). The collection primarily consists of genealogical materials and data compiled by Edward Soza on the Soza family and related family lines. The bulk of the material is comprised of correspondence, biographical information, photographs and newspaper clippings focusing on the Soza family. The collection includes materials on the McKenna and Yanez families, among others. The collection also contains printed material including family trees, family reunions, wills and probates, census data, homestead documents and land deeds. Various photographs include individuals and buildings, such as the Tucson Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum.


This Collection is organized into 5 series.
Series I: Biographical
Series II: Correspondence
Series III: Legal Documents
Series IV: Miscellaneous
Series V: Oversized Material


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Controlled Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Cisneros, Jose.
Soza, Edward

Family Name(s)
McKenna family.
Sosa family.
Sousa family.
Soza family.
Yanez family.

Corporate Name(s)
Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House (Tucson, Ariz.).
Tucson Heritage Foundation (Ariz.)

Arizona -- Genealogy.
Hispanic American families – Arizona – History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Soza family papers (MS 436). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series 1: Biographical
This series is arranged into three sections: family reunions, family trees, and individuals and families, the latter arranged alphabetically by last name.
11 Biographical: Family reunions 1975 1982
12 Biographical: Family reunions 1990
13 Biographical: Family reunions 1994
14 Biographical: Family reunions: 1975, 1982 2000
15 Biographical: Family reunions: Romero family reunion 1998
16 Biographical: Family trees: Soza family
17 Biographical: Family trees: Yanez family
18 Biographical: Individuals and families: Cuni/Sotelo families
19 Biographical: Individuals and families: Greer family
110 Biographical: Individuals and families: Hi Wo family
111 Biographical: Individuals and families: McKenna/Sosa family
112 Biographical: Individuals and families: Michalec, Charles Frederick
113 Biographical: Individuals and familes: Officer, James E.
114 Biographical: Individuals and families: Pacheco family
115 Biographical: Individuals and families: Rodriguez, Elena Soza
116 Biographical: Individuals and families: Soza, Albert, family of
117 Biographical: Individuals and families: Soza, Amalia 1975 1982
118 Biographical: Individuals and families: Soza, Baudelio (Bud)
21 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, Edward(1)
22 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, Edward(2)
23 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, Ezekeil
24 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, Fred
25 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, Jesus Moreno de
26 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, Maria Petra de
27 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, Robert Lee
28 Biographical:Individuals and families: Soza, William
29 Biographical:Individuals and families: Yanez family
Series 2: Correspondence
This series is divided into official correspondence and personal correspondence, each section arranged alphabetically by last name or organization name.
31 Correspondence: Official: Archivio General de Indias
32 Correspondence. Official: Arizona Historical Society
33 Correspondence. Official: Arizona State Land
34 Correspondence. Official: Bancroft Family
35 Correspondence. Official: Brown, Stanley C.
36 Correspondence. Official: Capilla de San Antonio – Soza Ranch – Redington
37 Correspondence. Official: Diocese of Tucson/Bishop Moreno
38 Correspondence. Official: Family History Library – L.D.S. – Utah
39 Correspondence. Official: Garate, Donald
310 Correspondence. Official: Halpenny, Philip
311 Correspondence. Official: Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York
312 Correspondence. Official: Library of Congress
313 Correspondence. Official: Nixon, Richard M.
314 Correspondence. Official: Solliday, Scott
315 Correspondence. Official: Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont Museum
316 Correspondence. Official: Soza Cemetery
317 Correspondence. Official: St. Ann’s Parish – Tubac, Arizona
318 Correspondence. Official: Tempe Historical Museum
319 Correspondence. Official: Tubac Historical Society
320 Correspondence. Official: Tucson Heritage Foundation
321 Correspondence. Official: Tumacacori National Historical Park
41 Correspondence. Official: University of Arizona
42 Correspondence. Official: U.S. Geological Survey
43 Correspondence. Official: Vasquez, Nadine
44 Correspondence. Official: Vinson, Mark C. – Historian
45 Correspondence. Official: Miscellaneous
46 Correspondence. Personal: Apodaca, Artemisa
47 Correspondence. Personal: Elwood, E. H.
48 Correspondence. Personal: Fontana, B. L
49 Correspondence. Personal: Gonzales, N. A.
410 Correspondence. Personal: Miscellaneous
411 Correspondence. Personal: Noble, Marguerite
412 Correspondence. Personal: Soza, Edward
413 Correspondence. Personal: Soza, Nicolas C.
414 Correspondence. Personal: Soza, Placido C.
Series 3: Legal Documents
This series is arranged into three sections: wills and probate, census data, and homestead documents and land deeds. Census data is arranged chronologically and the others are arranged alphabetically by last name.
51 Legal documents: Wills & probate: Soza, Antonio
52 Legal documents: Wills & probate: Soza, Jesus Maria de
53 Legal documents: Census data: Tubac Census of 1831
54 Legal documents: Census data: New Mexico/Arizona Census of 1860
55 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Blaisdell, Frank G., Homestead no.759
56 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Butler, Lemuel C.,
57 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Lynch, Francis P., Homestead no.1319
58 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: McKenna, Michael, Homestead no.79
59 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Montano, Leonides, Homestead no.1219
510 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Mungia, Jesus Maria, Homestead no.1625
511 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Antonio C., Homestead no.934
512 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Jose, Homestead no.2564
513 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Juan, Homestead no.48
514 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Juan, Homestead no.218
515 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Manuel M., Homestead no.03537
516 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Nicolas, Homestead no.759
517 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Placido, Homestead no.183
518 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Soza, Rosaura, Homestead no.3-03260
519 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Van Alstine, Anthony & family
520 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Walters, Daniel, Homestead no.185
521 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Declarations of Intention to Become U.S. Citizens
522 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Post Offices in Arizona
523 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Samples of declaratory statements
524 Legal documents: Homestead documents & land deeds: Misc. documents
Series 4: Miscellaneous
This series is arranged alphabetically.
61 Miscellaneous: Cisneros, Jose
62 Miscellaneous: City of Tucson Proclamation – 1975
63 Miscellaneous: Edward & Phyllis F. Soza Scholarship Endowment
64 Miscellaneous: Miscellaneous Family Documents
65 Miscellaneous: Newsclippings I
66 Miscellaneous: Newsclippings II
67 Miscellaneous: Newsclippings III
68 Miscellaneous: Photograph of Sosa-Carrillo Fremont Museum – Tucson, Arizona
69 Miscellaneous: The Settlement of the San Luis and Upper Santa Cruz River Valleys
610 Miscellaneous: Sosa Surname Documentation
611 Miscellaneous: Soza Surname Origin
612 Miscellaneous: Tempe’s First Families
613 Miscellaneous: Various Photographs
Series 5: Oversized materials
71 Certificates
72 Cinseros, Jose
73 Family Tree
74 Maps
75 Photographs
76 Miscellaneous