VIE San Diego County Part VThursday, May 21, 1987 Action the he up in the two an had at pit for to 29 Hailing L.A.'s Unheralded First Families Mormon Couple Are Piecing Together Pedigrees of the City's Earliest Settlers and Their Descendants By PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer Marie Northrop is a genealogist with a dedication to giving credit where heritage is due. Her husband is Joe Northrop, a seafood broker just as interested in the value of ethnic links as in the price of abalone. Together, the Eagle Rock couple are building higher recognition for the overlooked settlers of Los Angeles ... by public marking of their memories and places and anniversaries, by weekend festivals for descendants and by scribing pedigrees for those with little or no idea of their ties to the pobladores (settlers), the soldados (soldiers) and escolta (escort) who set the first plats of the West's largest and richest megalopolis. "There are societies for descendants of those who arrived on the Mayflower, for sons and daughters of the American Revolution, even one for Pocahontas," Marie Northrop said. Severely Neglected In Los Angeles, she knows, there's a group called the First Century Families. It holds annual meetings to remember the city's first movers and shakers. The Sepulvedas. The Bannings. The Vails. The landed gentry. But for the pioneer Mexican dirt farmer of 1781, says Mrs. Northrop, for the Spanish soldier, the Indian interpreter, the black servant, the mulattoes and other mixes and now their 10,000 progenies, the neglect has been severe. . Even intentional. For when one's ancestors are non-white and far from pure Castilian, she says, the preference of prejudiced scions and popular historians is to ignore tangled roots. "I know some descendants who are Quin-teros," Northrop continued, "but they are reluctant to admit it and one went to the grave denying it." Because, she said, original settler Luis Quintero was black and wife Maria was mulatto. "Yet they were the people who came. These are the people who started Los Angeles. And these are the people I want to focus on because they're entitled to it." With annoyance translating to action, the Northrops are digging deep and often to keep this past from slipping any further. In 1981 ... in time for a Los Angeles Bicentennial they felt was ignoring the city's founding families, the Northrops formed Los Pobladores 200. The target was 200 descendants of the founding 44 (22 adults and 22 children) who migrated from Mexico to colonize Los Angeles in 1781. "To date, we've found 250," said Marie Northrop. Please see SETTLERS, Page 30 ' ' Ki PSt4 I ': lil-3e YEARS 08- Ai.r - x-" jitf- s. ' : : ' -: l -' '- ' ,v,. n o V" VL IRIS SCHNEIDER U Angelei Tlma Joe and Marie Northrop seek out descendants of L.A. colonists and recognition for settlers such as Dona Eulalia Perz, inset, who was reputed to have lived to 139.