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STOKES, MANUEL JOSE (1842-1910) Calvary Cath. Cemetery 
(David Jackson Researcher)

Manual Jose Stokes was born in approximately 1842. On March 18, 1863 he enlisted in Co. A of the Native California Cavalry in San Jose. At the time of his enlistment his occupation was that of a ranchero, he was 21 years old and 5 ft 5 1/2 inches tall. His birthplace was Monterey and he was described as having a dark complexion, eyes, and hair. He deserted from the unit while at San Francisco, but later surrendered near Camp Low to complete his tour. He was mustered out at Drum Barracks on March 20 1866.

   On January 4, 1869 he married Maria Asuncion Alvarado.
   Manuel Stokes applied initially applied for a pension in 1892 and 1907.
   Manuel Jose Stokes died in Monterey County on February 7, 1910.


1823 November 7, Friday: At Misión de Ntra. Mdre. Santa Clara, María Juana de Dios Melchora Higuera and Joaquín Alvarado were married. The father (Juan José Higuera) of María Higuera was with Anza and her mother (Mariana Navarro) was at the founding of El Pueblo de Los Angeles in 1781. María Higuera was baptized on January 9, 1808, at Misión de No. Pe. Sn. Francisco. Joaquín Alvarado was the Regidor at Monterey 1831-2. A daughter, María Asunción (May 1838- Dec. 6, 1935) on January 4, 1869, married Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A]. (Northrop, 1:9)

1838 May 24, Thursday: María Asunción Alvarado, the future wife of Miguel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], is baptized at Misión de San Cárlos del Puerto de Monterey. (Northrop, 1:9)

1863 March 18, Wednesday: Manuel José Stokes enlisted at San José as private, Company A. (Clayes, 588) (Orton, 310)

April 3, Friday: Manuel José Stokes mustered in as private Co. A. At muster in the descriptive roll lists his occupation as a ranchero, and he was 21 years old and 5' 5 1/2" in height. Additionally the record indicated his birthplace was Monterey and his complexion was dark, his eyes and hair were black. (Bound records, 2/3) (Orton, 310)

May 29, Friday: Reyes Duarte [Duarta], Pedro Juarez, Manuel José Stokes, José Vasques, and Guadelupe [Guadalupe] Welsh, all privates from Company A, deserted at Presidio, S. F. (Clayes, 586-88) (Orton, 308-10)

1865 June 11, Sunday: Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], surrendered from desertion near Camp Low. (Orton, 310) (Bound records, 2/3)

1866 March 20, Tuesday: Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], mustered out at Drum Barracks, with Company. (Orton, 310)

1869 January 4, Monday: Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], married María Asunción Alvarado at Misión de San Cárlos del Puerto de Monterey. (Northrop, 1:9)

1892 December 28, Wednesday: Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], filed for a pension and again on March 12, 1907, and was issued Application No. 1,142,427 and Certificate No. 1,050,798, his widow, María Asunción née Alvarado, filed for a pension on February 15, 1910, and was issued Application No. 936,055 and Certificate No. 710,062. (PAF, Stokes)

1907 March 12, Tuesday: Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], filed again for a pension. (PAF, Stokes)

1910 February 7, Monday: Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], died in Monterey County. (CDRI, 10-4,269) (PAF, Stokes)

February 15, Tuesday: María Asunción née Alvarado, widow of Manuel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], filed for a pension and was issued Application No. 936,055 and Certificate No. 710,062. (PAF, Stokes)

1935 December 6, Friday: María Asunción Alvarado widow of Miguel José Stokes [PVT, Co. A], died at San Francisco. (Northrop, 1:9)

Manuel Stokes (Salinas Daily Index February 9, 1910) [obit #1]

An Old Soldier is Laid to Rest 
Many Sorrowing Friends attend the Funeral of the Late Manuel Stokes He Served in a Regiment of California Under Captain Pico.

The funeral of Manuel Stokes, a pioneer of this county, whose death occurred last Monday, was held at 9 o’clock this morning from his late residence on California street, and was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends and bereaved relatives. After the celebration of mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart, the remains were taken to the Catholic cemetery for interment.

In the accounts of the military career of the deceased, heretofore published, it was stated that he was a member of the forces of General Fremont. This proves to have been incorrect. The deceased was, however a soldier of the early days. He enlisted in the United States army at San Jose, March 1863, and became a private i Troop A, first battalion, regiment of native cavalry. He served under Captain Pico, being honorably discharged March 20, 1866 at Drum Barracks.

Mr. Stokes was one of a family of fourteen children, eight of whom survive him. The are as follows: Mrs. W.S. Johnson of Salinas, Henry Stokes a printer of San Francisco; Domingo Stokes of San Jose, William Stokes, justice of the peace at Guadalupe; Herbert Stokes of El Paso, Tex.; Mrs. George Winterburn of San Francisco, Mrs. Atherton of San Francisco and Mrs. Alfred Gonzales of Gonzales.

Among his brothers and sisters who passed before him were Rafael Cano of Santa Cruz, Nicholas Cano of Pajaro, James Stokes of Salinas, Mrs. Robert Forbes of Salinas and Miss F annie Stokes of Salinas.

The pallbearers at the funeral were W.H. Clark, W.A. Anderson, John Smith, Frank Morasci, J.M. Espinosa and Fred Berryessa.

Manuel Stokes (Salinas Daily Index February 7, 1910) [obit #2]

Another Pioneer Answer Summons 
Manuel Stokes, Man Who Fought With Fremont Dies After Long Illness 
Salinas Loses One of the Few Survivors of the Pathfinder’s Forces

Manuel Stokes, a well-known resident of this city, died at 10:30 o’clock this morning at his home on Soledad street. The deceased had led an active life up to about eighteen months ago. At that time his mental and physical powers began to decline and he had since required constant care and attention, being much of the time confined to his bed. Several times he was reported at the point of death and the members of his family were summoned to his bedside, but each time he rallied and grew temporarily stronger, even being able to come up town, attended by one of his sons, a few months ago.

Mr. Stokes formerly had the contract for sweeping the streets and followed that business for a number of years, relinquishing the contract when his health began to fail. since then he had not been able to work. His death was caused by artereo sclerosis. then first taken ill his mind became affected. He would frequently wander away from home and be unable to find his way back. later he lost the use of his limbs and lay in an apparently paralytic condition. He was unconscious and in that condition when death overcame him.

The death of Mr. Stokes marks the passing of one of the few Mexicans who fought with General John C. Fremont in the early days before California became a part of the United States. Mr. Stokes was born in the city of Monterey in 1839 of English and Spanish parentage. When very young his parents moved to Natividad then a thriving village on El Camino Real, and there Stokes was raised. He passed practically all his life there and in this city, moving to Salinas when Natividad began to decline.

He was a young man when Fremont came over the mountains to Natividad, and after the battle he joined the victorious American forces and accompanied Fremont’s army being assigned to the cavalry division under Major Pico. He was a member of General James R. Steedman Post, Grand Army of the Republic.

To mourn his passing he leaves a family of four sons and five daughters and numerous grandchildren, besides a large number of brothers and sisters.

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Researched and Compiled by : Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base