Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo

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Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo

Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo

Doña Benicia came from a long line of strong women. Her mother was one of the first woman winemakers in Sonoma County.  At the age of 17, she traveled for four weeks by mule while pregnant to reach her husband, General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and  was the mother of 16 children of which ten survived to adulthood.
After the founding of Benicia, named after her, she began to go by that name instead of Francisca and was thereafter known as Doña Benicia.

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