According to Josefa's petition, she left Altar, Sonora by wagon for the US on 25 November 1864. This is much earlier than I thought. Perhaps the family went to Arizona first, and then on to California. They were clearly in California for the 1870 US Census. One of the family photos of Maria Jesus Vasquez is dated 1864, so perhaps that was taken in California. By Josefa's statement, she had been living in Arizona since 3 May 1878 and continuously since 12 September 1910. Her occupation was rooming house keeper.
|1899 Tucson City Directory, via Ancestry.com|
Josefa's brother, Adolfo Vasquez, became a citizen on 2 July 1890. There's much more in the newspapers and records on Adolfo, which is where the story will follow next.