Surprising Murrieta family connections

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In this photo circa 1887, from oldest to youngest are Alfred, Henry and Adelita. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rebecca Marshall Farnbach Special to Valley News There are unexpected elements in the makeup of Juan Murrieta’s family when adding in his wife’s ancestry and their daughter’s husband. Begin with a look at Juan himself. Juan Murrieta, a Spaniard and an eventual notable lawman, should not be confused with the legendary Mexican villain Joaquin Murietta. Juan Murrieta and his brother Ezequiel left their home in Santurce, in the Basque region of Spain when Juan was 17 years old to make their way to California. The first records for them are deeds in the San Simeon area of California in the early 1860s, near the present-day location of the Hearst Castle wher
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