1873-03-26: Arques Estate: Spanish Cousins Sold Interests in Rancho to Murphy

March 26, 1873 – Arques Estate: it appearing that all the non-resident heirs interested in said estate (Cousins in Barcelona, Spain) have sold all their interests in said estate to Martin Murphy a resident of the State of California; approved.

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1872-12-12: Murphy buys Half of Arques Estate 7,935 ac of Rancho Santa Ana & Hollister Lots from Spanish Heirs Before Distribution

Thursday, December 12, 1872 – José G. Arques Estate: from Spanish cousins to Martin Murphy.

José G Arques et. al. (cousins in Spain named in his will) granted to Martin Murphy their share of 7,935 acres of Rancho Santa Ana and lots in Hollister — before distribution — so Murphy becomes entitled to 1/2 the José G. Arques estate (the shares of the cousins in Spain) in this grant to Martin Murphy of Santa Clara for $24,000.

Book Deeds M. p. 457.

It refers to partition deed from Bolado to Arques of 6/8/1869, and a 11/11/1871 deed from Bolado to Arques.

1872-01-04: José G. Arques Estate: Will Filed.

Monday, January 8, 1872 – Jose G. Arques' will endorsed and filed by his brother Joaquin R. Arques.

José G. Arques' will (dated 17 Oct 1867 at age 28) described an estate valued at $32,000:

  • Lots in Hollister valued at $2000
  • (~7900) 7935.14 (see v2 p.282) acres in Rancho Santa Ana valued at the sum of $20,000
  • 2779 acres in Rancho Quien Sabe valued at $7000

Entitled to half of residue are 6 cousins living in Barcelona, Spain:

  • Jose Arques 35
  • Endalda Arques 33
  • Magdalena Arques 31
  • Filomana Arques 29
  • Teresa Arques 27
  • Maria Arques 25 (v.2 p.276, 304)

[note that Martin Murphy later bought their combined half share before distribution],

Entitled to the other half of residue are his 3 brothers:

  • Clemente Arques (20) (all brothers are of Santa Clara county)
  • Joaquin R. Arques [executor] (27)
  • Luis Arques [executor] (22)

Brothers get undivided 1/6th each of estate

v.2 p.271, 292