The legend has it that, in 1846 the whole town buzzed with excitement over the entry of the American army into San Diego. Isidora, Juan’s youngest daughter, described by Lt. John McHenry Hollings worth as “the most perfect coquette I ever saw,” leaned so far over the balcony to watch the procession of the American Black Dragoons, sent to protect the California missions, that she fell from the balcony into the arms of Colonel Cave Johnson Couts.
Couts, “straight as an arrow, willowy and active, a perfect horse-man, with the natural instincts of a gentleman… .the soul of honor…. jovial and genial, fond of jokes, music and dancing, was born near Springfield, Tennessee, on November 11, 1821.
After this spectacular saving of Isidora’s life, Cave returned frequently to the Bandini home, and the “romance blossomed under the language of the eyes, since they did not speak the same language at that time.”
The two were married in 1851 and moved to Guajome Rancho in 1853, which had been given to them as a wedding present by Abel Stearns, Isidora’s brother-in-law. They had 8 children together and were married until Cave died in 1874. Ysidora lived until 1897.