Mota Singh was born on April 5, 1889, in the village
of Churchak in Punjab. He was part of the earliest influx of immigrants
from Punjab through Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay. The passenger
log of the S.S. Asia, a Japanese ship that carried many groups of
men from Punjab, lists him as "Moti" Singh, arriving on August 17,
He and two village mates worked in labor crews in central California,
and in 1920 he began farming in the Brawley area in partnership with
his village mate Harnam Singh.