Granville Tribute

In Appreciation and Acknowledgment
of Granville W. and Nancy C. Hough

The Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR) is honored to publish and distribute Spain’s California Patriots in its 1779-1783 War with England, During the American Revolution. We appreciate Granville and N.C. Hough for their dedication to help in identifying descendants of Spanish soldiers that served during the American Revolution. The neglect of these contributions in the past resulted in a general misunderstanding about the historical Spanish presence, and the existence of countless direct descendants. At a time when the Hispanic population will soon be the largest minority group, it is imperative that the general population grasp the continuing history of the diverse Hispanics in the Americas. This understanding will benefit the entire nation and will surely lead to a stronger, more unified United States of America.

This great effort by the Houghs and the Sons of the American Revolution is already promoting an awareness of the Spanish military contributions in the colonization and development of the United States. On March 20, 1998, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, accepted as members for the first time two descendants from Spanish soldiers who served in Alta California during the Revolutionary war. The two were Peter David Hill of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and Stephen Darrell Machado of Monrovia, California. Their ascendancy can be found on the following pages: Peter David Hill descended from Jose Maximo Alanis, page. 33. Stephen Machado descended from Jose Manuel Orchaga y Machado, page 34.

Granville W. Hough, joined the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in 1990. He studied the categories of service which qualify descendants to join patriotic societies. He believes that those who served Spain after Spain joined in the War against England should be qualified as ancestors and thus open the door for their descendants to be accepted into the Sons of the American Revolution.

Granville Hough was born on 18 December 1922 in Smith County, MS and he died in Laguna Woods, CA on 3 March 2010. He and his wife are buried in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1946 and holds advanced degrees from USC and George Washington University, with a Ph. D. from the American University. In studying the records of the Spanish Borderlands from Florida to California, he uses 21 years experience as a Regular Army Officer and 21 years experience as a Professor of Management at California State University, Fullerton. He has been an amateur genealogist and family historian for over forty years. His collaborator and daughter, Nancy C. Hough, is a professional researcher who graduated from Carlton College, Northfield, MN, in 1973.

SHHAR’s goal is to assist researchers of Hispanic heritage. For further information, please contact us.
SHHAR, P.O. Box 490
Midway City, CA 92655-0490
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