This collection contains papers from the Guassac family between 1895 and 1936, specifically related to Jose Dolores Guassac,
his children, grandchildren, and other relatives. This includes family birth records, personal and business correspondence,
legal and financial papers, documents related to tribal administration, and personal journals. The majority of the documents
are related to either Dolores Guassac or his sons Luciano and Sebastian Guassac.
Jose Dolores Guassac was born in 1857 in Mesa Grande, California, according to the online International Genealogical Index.
He was often called Dolores as a first name instead of Jose. Guassac had at least one brother, Pablo Guassac. Jose married
his spouse, Madelina, in 1891. The family name was alternatively spelled Wassac in addition to other variants. Guassac was
elected Captain of the San Jose tribe in 1898. He was also affiliated with the Mesa Grande Band, which along with many other
tribes has historically been grouped under the more general heading of Diegueño Mission Indians. Relatively few biographical
details about Guassac are available. The collection also includes papers concerning his sons, Sebastian and Luciano Guassac,
as well as other members of the family about whom even less is known. It appears that some, if not all, of Dolores’ sons were
sent away to boarding school to learn English and receive a higher level of education. Sebastian Guassac followed in his father’s
footsteps by serving as Captain of the Mission tribe in the 1930s.
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