Pioneer family of Uvas- Morgan HilL

SURNAMES: Zepada, Martinez, Juarez,

A worthy pioneer of Santa Clara County who settled in the vicinity of Morgan Hill in 1873 was Antonio Montoya, whose activities as a rancher added much to the prosperity and advancement of his locality. He was a native of Old Mexico born near the frontier of the State of Sonoma on January 17, 1837. He was the son of Ygnacio Montoya, who was an extensive land owner and stockraiser, who lost his life in defense of his family and prosperity in one of the Indian raids in 1847. In 1849 Antonio made a trip to California and the Santa Clara Valley; but the following year he returned to Mexico to get a sister but was delayed returning to California on account of the cholera. In 1851 he returned to San Jose and worked as a farm hand; he was also engaged in hauling lumber from the mills in the Santa Cruz mountains to San Jose and to the New Almaden mines.

Mr. Montoya's marriage occurred on March 31, 1869, and united him with Miss Maria Pelar Placida Zepada, a native of San Jose, born October 6, 1853, in an adobe house at the corner of Market and Pierce streets. She is the daughter of Peter Zepada, a native of Mexico City, who had removed to Northern California in the early '40s; he finally located in San Jose and in time became a large landowner in the county. He married Miss Carmen Martinez, who died in San Jose, as did her husband. Mrs. Montoya was reared and schooled in San Jose grammar school and the College of Notre Dame. Mr. and Mrs. Montoya were the parents of twelve children; Antonio, at home; Charles, at home; William is married and has two children and they reside at Coalinga; Margaret is the wife of John Juarez and they have three children and reside in Los Gatos; Alfred is at home; Albert served six months  in the U. S. Army in the World War; and is at home; Alexander served in the U. S. Army six months,
and is at home; Virginia lives at home and is a devoted attendant to her aged mother. Daniel, David, Amelia and Charles all died in infancy. The sons all work together at ranching and running a hay press.

In 1873 the family removed to the Uvas Canyon near Morgan Hill, where Mr. Montoya acquired 197 acres in the forest of the Uvas, among the redwoods and madrone trees. The work of clearing and developing the land was gradually accomplished and thirty acres were planted to vineyard; a fine prune orchard has been planted and within a few years will be a profitable venture. In 1900 the residence was erected and has been the scene of many joyful gatherings of relatives and friends. Mr. Montoya passed away at the age of seventy-nine, February 13, 1916, as esteemed a respected citizen, a resident of this county for nearly half a century.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 412