Joe Castatupe and Wife
[By Glen Villa Jr., Last Revise July 17, 2011]

There are no records of an Indian in Amador County named Joe Castatupe. However, there was Joe Bacigalupi who resided in Jackson who is most likely this individual.

Joseph Bacigalupi was born May 19, 1873 to Paul Bacigalupi, an Italian from Calaveras County, and a full blooded Indian from Calaveras County, Sallie Jack (Sallie Jackson on the Terrell Census).

Joe Bacigalupi married Georgianna Howard. Georgianna Howard was born March 15, 1871, to George Howard, a White man, and Mollie, a full-blooded Indian from Amador County. Mollie's mother was Eunice, a full-blooded Indian from Amador County. According to the 1900 Census, Georgianna Howard was residing with Sally Yellowjacket in Township 1, Amador County. Georgianna was listed as 28 years old in 1900. Georgianna’s occupation was weaving baskets.

In 1906, Samuel Barrett visited Georgianna in Scottsville and collected a Small bundle of unsplit carex root (1-9943), Roll of trimmed foundation or warp sticks; probably maple (1-9944), and Specimen, ethnobotanical. Acorn meats 1-9945.

According to the 1920 Census, Joe Bacigalupi and wife Georgianna were residing in Township 1 of Amador County. Virgil Daniels was nine years old at the time and was residing with Joe and Georgianna. Joe was listed as 52 years of age and Georgianna was listed as 50 years old.

By 1928, Georgianna adopted a son named Virgil Daniels, born December 19, 1908 in El Dorado County, son of Louis Daniels, 1/2 Indian and Ida Blackwell, a full-blooded Indian. Virgil was no blood relation to Georgianna but she raised him as her own since he was six years old.

According to the 1930 Census, Joseph Bacigalupi and Georgianna Howard were residing in the Electra and Aetna District of Township 1 of Amador County. Joe was 54 and Georgianna 59. Joseph was a laborer for wood cutting.

Georgianna Bacigalupi died on June 30, 1946 in Jackson due to coma due to gangrene right foot arteriosclerosis diabetes mellitus. Georgianna was listed as 85 years old at the time of death.

Articles Concerning Joe Baccigalupi

Joe Baccigalupi, a Half-Breed, takes a Shot at a Mexican
On Wednesday, Aug. 30th, Juan Luzania, a Mexican from Guaymas Mexico, who has been laboring in this vicinity, ran a narrow escape for his life, at the Indian camp, at Scottsville, near the Aeta school. Joe Baccigalupi, a half-breed Indian discharged a shotgun at Luzania's head at a range of 50 yards, and only failed in the usual results from such attempts, by the agile and timely disapperance of Luzania over the bank and into a prospect hole.

If Baccigalupi had been a better marksman or Luzania less successful in retreating from the line of fire, we would have another murder to chronicle in these columns, although the half-breed playfully alluded to his grim escapade as his humorous way of scaring Mexicans in general; a few shot more or less put in active circulation around their heads by modern powder, not affecting the shot market so much as tbe peace and dignity of the state of California.

The serious aspect of Joe Baccigalupi's case, however, arises from the fact that after perpetrating his little joke about frightening the Mexican wits out of Senor Juan Luzania, he then offered his victim five dollars not to let the sheriff's office and district attorney Vicini catch the least whisper of his tragic wit. Luzania does not believe in mortuary jokes, and puts no faith in laughing away such frenzied fun. So sheriff Norman and Gus Laverone went out to Scottsville and arrested the prisoner and placed him in jail, Thursday morning where he now languishes on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit murder. Luzania was a partner of "Johnnie Jack" and had his washing done by a squaw at the Indian camp. He was out to get his laundry when the facetious episode above recorded occurred.

The examination of Joe Baccigalupi, the Indian half breed, for assault with intent to commit murder upon Juan Luzania, a Mexican, is proceeding today, before justice of the peace Goldner.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1905
People vs Joe Bacigalupi—Information filed. Defendant arraigned on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon at the Indian camp, near Scottsville, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 18 months in Folsom prison.

Amador Dispatch
July 5, 1946
Georgiana Howard is Called By Death
Death came on last Sunday, June 30th, to claim the life of Mrs. Georgiana Howard Bacigalupi whose death occurred at the hospital in this city where she had been under medical care for several weeks. Her illness was of several months duration and became critical just before entering the hospital.

The deceased was a native of this county where she was born near this city. She was a member of the Miewouk tribe of Indians and while her exact age was a matter of conjecture she was believed to be about eighty-five years of age. During the latter years of her residence in this community she had been employed as a domestic and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.

In 1936 she married to Joe Bacigalupi whose death occurred two years later. She was the foster mother of Virgil Daniels whose death occurred recently in Buttecounty.

The funeral was held on Tuesday evening, twilight services being conducted from the chapel of J. J. Daneri and Son in this city. Rev. Alber E. Raugust officiated at the services. Interment occurred at the Jackson city cemetery.

Amador Ledger
July 4, 1946
Well Known Indian Woman Dies Here
Twilight funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 2nd, 1946 for the late Georgiana Howard Bacigalupi, in the Jackson City Cemetery, with Rev. Albert E. Raugust officiating. The funeral was under the direction of J. J. Daneri & Son.

Georgiana died at the County Hospital on Sunday, June 30th, after an extended illness. She had been in the hospital for the past month for treatment, but her advanced years and long illness combined to hasten her passing. She was a native of Amador County, and was about seventy-nine years old at her death. She was a member of the Miewouk tribe of Indians, and was well known for her handiwork as a laundress and basketmaker. She was a dignified Indian woman whose friendliness and thoughtfulness endeared her to all who knew her.

In 1936, she became the wife of Joe Bacigalupi with Indian wedding rites. Her husband died two years later. She was the foster mother of the late Virgil Daniels who died recently.