~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

Bio & History Page / Making of Rain Cloud / Continued - 1

The Making of Rain Cloud

The Indian History of

Lorraine "Rain Cloud" Escobar

Inam Mec Tanotc

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church and proved her father wrong. By the following year, something went terribly wrong and Maria and Miguel left their children as orphans in harsh times. One of those orphans was Maria Tomasa Manjarrez, a surviving twin. Upon the death of her parents, she went to live with her cousin. Tomasa later gave birth to a boy, known as Juan Tomas Parker.

It was Luigi Piazzoni, an Italian-Swiss dairy farmer who needed a maid to help him on his sprawling ranch, in Carmel Valley. Luigi brought Tomasa, and her young son, to his ranch in 1880. Afterwards, they had nine children of their own, one boy and eight girls. By 1903, Luigi found his adopted son, Juan Tomas, murdered by hanging. It is no wonder that Luigi and Tomasa told their children, "Never tell anyone you're an Indian.".

Although of the feminine persuasion, there was nothing squeamish about the girls' attitude when it came to doing the tough work or hunting. It was not unusual for these girls to ride their horses to Soledad for a dance as long as they arrived at home in time to milk the cows. They didn't just milk them;

~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

they rode them. It comes as no surprise that these girls became known for their participation in the Salinas Rodeo, since it's inception in 1911. One of the girls was Edith Rose Piazzoni, my grandmother. By 1917, she met a handsome young Spanish/Indian man, Anthony Theodore Escobar. (Keep reading, the first circle is only half finished.)

1st half of circle
My Grandfather's Story

In 1773, a very sick young Indian girl was baptized in her village of Tucutnut as Margarita Maria. When she recovered, she was re-baptized at the mission. Favored by Fr. Junipero Serra, Margarita married a Spanish soldier by the name of Manuel Butron by special arrangement. She was barely 14 and he was 46. As a dutiful guardian of the church, Manuel Butron, along with his wife, often stood up as godfather to the Indians coming into the mission. One of Manuels' first godsons was no other than Juan de Mata Mitchisan from Tucutnut.

The first of Margarita and Manuel Butron's two sons, Manuel Jose Butron, (Jr.) was baptized as the first "mestizo" [literally "half-breed"] at Mission Carmel, in 1776. Although Margarita and Manuel (Sr.) only had two children together, Manuel Jr. had at least fourteen children with his own wife, Maria Ignacia Rita Higuera, a Spanish woman. As pueblos and ranchos grew, the Butron family moved northward to San Juan Bautista and San Jose.

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