James Meadows

James Meadows was born in Norfolk, England, in 1817. He sailed on the whaling ship Indian in March 1835, and deserted in Monterey in 1837. He worked as a vaquero (cowboy) at several ranches including Rancho El Sur. He was a member of Isaac Graham's company of riflemen exiled to San Blas in 1840-1841.

In 1842 he married Loreta (or Loretta) Onesimo de Peralta, widow of Domingo Peralta, and a descendant of local Mission Indians. (Loreta was the sister of Anselma Onesimo who married William B. Post.)

They had five children:


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