HIstory of the Yorba Family
... work] Yorba Family: Prominent Landowners in Orange County INTRODUCTION This is the story of the Yorba family, one of the prominent landowners of Orange County in California, told against the background of the history of Spain, Mexico, and United States, or California in particular. Through a review of literature on the Yorbas, the story starts briefly from the late 1700s with Jose, the father, and his expedition; then leads on the Bernardo, the third son of the Don; and ends in the late 1800s with what happened to the last of the Yorba lands.
The Expedition. In July 1769, Gaspar de Portol lead an expedition through what is now called Orange County in California (Hallan-Gibson, n.d.). The e...