Pioneer Society


The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society offers a Certificate of Recognition to be presented to descendants of early settlers of Santa Clara County.

Program Objectives

  • To identify and honor the memory of early settlers of Santa Clara County
  • To acknowledge the authenticity of the lineage of their descendants
  • To enrich the historical records of Santa Clara County available at the Santa Clara Central Library
Learn about applying for a Pioneer Certificate.

Pioneer Society

Following is a list of pioneer society members. We wish to recognize their efforts in successfully submitting their pioneer certificate information.

This list combines the names of the pioneer society members (the descendants) and their early settler ancestors. This list includes information on all certificates awarded through September 1, 2018.


Last Name Given Name Relationship to Pioneer
Aceves AdamsPascuala "Pansy"Pioneer
AdamsWilliam FrancisPioneer
AndersonCarol Joan CrawfordHoyt Descendant
AndradeJohn FerreiraCentury
BellMargaret JanePioneer
BerrisCraig EganAdams Descendant
CarothersWalterPioneer
CorpsteinJohn PeterPioneer
CritchfieldNancy ChristopherBell Descendant
CritchfieldNancy ChristopherCarothers Descendant
CritchfieldNancy ChristopherHansen Descendant
DaltonLeana CardozaSouza Descendant
EvansJosiahFirst Family
EvansCavy AnnFirst Family
FarrellAnnaPioneer
FerrariCostantinoCentury
FerrariLouisaCentury
FerrellRebecca J.Messersmith Descendant
FinniganCathy AnnCorpstein Descendant
Foye HolmesEmilyCentury
FredianiJacolynn JoanJones Descendant
FredianiJacolynn JoanMurphy Descendant
GioiaCarol MilazzoAndrade Descendant
GioiaCarol MilazzoTeixeira Descendant
GoldsmithChristine MartinJohnson Descendant
GoldsmithChristine MartinSmith Descendant
GrialouWilliam AnthonyPlyler Descendant
HallKristina KuhnHolmes Descendant
HallKristina KuhnHancock Descendant
HallKristina KuhnLake Descendant
HancockPriscillaFirst Family
HansenOle ChristopherCentury
HansenMary JessieCentury
HarrisonLaurie RobertsRaney Descendant
HigueraJose ManuelFirst Family
HolmesAhiraCentury
HolmesEmily FoyeCentury
HoytJohn E.Century
JohnsonElamCentury
JonesMaryPioneer
KestersonDeniceFarrell Descendant
KestersonDeniceWilliams Descendant
LakeCharlesFirst Family
LakePriscilla HancockFirst Family
LopesJoseph DomingoCentury
LopesMary Christiana MachadoCentury
MessersmithJohnPioneer
MitchellStanley LeonardMitchell Descendant
MitchellJohn H.Century
MorphyThomas RoachPioneer
MorphyMartha Elizabeth MartinPioneer
MurphyWilliam N.Pioneer
PlylerGabrielPioneer
RaneyFelixFirst Family
RedondoMaria Ignacia Antonia LimonFirst Family
RossPatti MichelleLopes Descendant
RossPatti MichelleMorphy Descendant
SmithIselone Mary BiggsCentury
SouzaJohnCentury
SouzaMary GertrudeCentury
StokesSharon ChristopherBell Descendant
StokesSharon ChristopherCarothers Descendant
StokesSharon ChristopherHansen Descendant
SwiftTheodore FranklinHiguera Descendant
SwiftTheodore FranklinRedondo Descendant
SybalskyJill MarciWilliams Descendant
TeixeiraVirginia GouveiaCentury
TophamRichard EugeneEvans Descendant
TownsendCharles WashingtonCentury
WatkinsLouise FerrariFerrari Descendant
WilliamsMichaelPioneer
WilliamsLuke MarkwoodCentury
WilliamsMary Pinkney GarrenCentury
YoungmanBradley P.Townsend Descendant