Historic San Juan Capistrano family members, Jerry Nieblas, Frances Rios and Gigi Arce Nieblas gather to “break bread” together and share many good and old SJC memories. We represent our Pre-Old Mission SJC and Early Californio Rancho families. Our ancestors include our 6x great grandparents from the ancient pre-Mission villages of Sagavit and Putuidem, Zodut and Zoget. Their daughter, Maria Bernarda Chigilia is our 5x great grandmother from the ancient village of Putuidem. Chigilia was 14 years and witnessed the establishment of Old Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776. She was removed from her village and brought into the “new boundaries” of the newly established Mission — her life forever changed. 2 years later, in 1778, she was baptized, given the name Maria Bernarda and then several days later was married to a soldier, Jose Antonio de Cota, leather-jacket soldier with Portola. He was briefly assigned to the Mission. We also descend from the great Early Californio Rancho Yorba and Rios Families. We carry on with our traditions and heritage always honoring the great memories of our many ancestors!

Historic San Juan Capistrano family members, Jerry Nieblas, Frances Rios and Gigi Arce Nieblas gather to "break bread" together and share many good and old SJC memories. We represent our Pre-Old Mission SJC and Early Californio Rancho families. Our ancestors include our 6x great grandparents from the ancient pre-Mission villages of Sagavit and Putuidem, Zodut and Zoget. Their daughter, Maria Bernarda Chigilia is our 5x great grandmother from the ancient village of Putuidem. Chigilia was 14 years and witnessed the establishment of Old Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776. She was removed from her village and brought into the "new boundaries" of the newly established Mission -- her life forever changed. 2 years later, in 1778, she was baptized, given the name Maria Bernarda and then several days later was married to a soldier, Jose Antonio de Cota, leather-jacket soldier with Portola. He was briefly assigned to the Mission. We also descend from the great Early Californio Rancho Yorba and Rios Families. We carry on with our traditions and heritage always honoring the great memories of our many ancestors!