1860-05-01: President James Buchanan issues patent for Rancho Santa Ana y Quien Sabe

Tuesday, May 1, 1860 – President James Buchanan in Washington issues United States patent for the Rancho Santa Ana y Quien Sabe grant. The patent was issued for the combined ranch — and it described its boundaries — to Manuel Larios et. al (including the heirs of Juan Miguel Anzar: Frederick A. MacDougall, Anatolio Anzar, Juan Francisco Anzar and Policronio Anzar).

The grant was originally issued Monday, April 8, 1839 by Governor of Alta California Juan B. Alvarado to claimants Manuel Larios and Juan Miguel Anzar.

California State Map ID number: MC 4:4-574 Grant number: 237.

Book A Patents p 55-62.

“To all whom these presents shall come: Greeting”

Book 1 pp. 9-23

NOTE FROM THE BOLADO/ARQUES SUIT, V2 P. 253: THAT THE LANDS GRANTED INCLUDE ONLY A PART OF THE LANDS PETITIONED FOR, AND A PART ONLY OF THAT DESCRIBED IN THE DECREE OF THE DISTRICT COURT.

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/rancho.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan

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1856-12-12: Court substitutes MacDougall a party claimant instead of Maria A. Castro

An order was made by United States District Court substituting Frederick A. MacDougall a party claimant instead of Maria A. Castro and reviving said claim in the name of said heirs. 

Source: suit, v2. p.252

A decree of the said district court on said appeal affirming the decree of the commissioners was made. 

That said decree became final, survey was made of 48,822 60/100 acres as much of the public land was excluded from the exterior limits of the said Quien Sabe side as from those of the said Santa Ana grant. 

That the survey was finally approved by the surveyor general on the 3rd of May 1859 and the lands embraced in the survey are the same as in Patent. 

The decision to divide the combined Santa Ana and Quien Sabe as undivided halves to Anzar and Larios was appealed to US District Court in Southern District of California, undetermined until 12/12/1856.

That day, since Maria had died 5/30/1855, MacDougall and Anzar heirs became party claimant in place of Maria Antonia Castro de Anzar de MacDougall.

Abstract, v.2 p. 238-9, 252

That the quantity of lands granted was not ascertained until 12 December 1856 where the final decree of said United States District Court was made.

Bolado/Arques suit, v2. p.249-50   

1855-05-30: Court substitued MacDougall as party claimant in place of Maria Castro de Anzar de MacDougal

Sometime in 1855 or 1856: The U.S. District Court substitued Frederick A. MacDougall as party claimant in place of Maria Castro de Anzar de MacDougall – this happened before 12/12/1856.

1854-11-07: Bolado/Arques suit: Board of Land Commissioners: Anzar heirs substituted as claimants

Tuesday, November 7, 1854: Per the Joaquin Bolado/JG Arques suit:

BEFORE THIS DATE Juan Miguel Anzar's will entered probate

Abstract: v.2 p.237, 252 (it was documented as actually happening 2/3/1853 or 2/23 – Abstract v.2 p. 171)

ON THIS DATE, devisees were substituted as claimants by the Board of Land Commissioners with Manuel Larios – 11/7/1854:

The Board of Land Commissioners:

The joint Larios/Anzar claim (Rancho Santa Ana y Quien Sabe) was bounded: commencing at the northwest corner of a place called El Lomito del Corral Viejo (lomito means little hill) and running thence easterly towards the Cañada (gorge) des Pecachos in the line of the place called San Joaquin (Later entries say Rancho San Felipe; Abstact v.2 p.240) to the base of the range of the mountain called Quien Sabe, thence along the base of said mountains southerly to the Arroyo de Joaquin Soto, thence down said arroyo to its junction with the stream called Arroyo del Puerto del Rosario. Thence down said stream to a crossing of wagon Road to San Juan and thence by a place called Loma de en Media (?) to the place of beginning.

And said land was confirmed as one undivided half to Larios and the other undivided half to the Anzar heirs. (The 1848 Partition was disregarded). Abstract v.2 p. 238

Appeal was made to the District Court of the US in the Southern District, it was pending and undecided until 12/12/1856.

Abstract v.2 p. 238-9

1853-10-07: Per Bolado/Arques suit: Juan Miguel Anzar died.

Juan Miguel Anzar died testate leaving devisees.

(this is not correct; he actually died October 29, 1852 – but it was claimed per Bolado/Arques suit)

Abstract v2 p. 252

1848-02-13: Partition of Santa Ana y Quien Sabe Attempted

Partition was attempted: Quien Sabe for Anzar, Santa Ana for Larios.

Abstract v.2 p. 231 – per Bolado/Arques suit of 1869.

Executed in San Juan Bautista.

Agreements Book A, p. 63 and 67 (both in Spanish)

NOTE: v. 1 p.167 says it was Feb. 3, not 13th.

The dividing Line between Santa Ana and Quien Sabe was supposed to be:

v.2 p.230: From the creek called Arroyo del Pecacho running along the summit of the mountains or ridge which separated the two places in all the meandering of the said ridge passing by the place called Aguage (watering place?) del Clerigo, leaving in the side of Juan Anzar the place called Llanitos and there turning and running to a point called Puerto del Rosario.

1848: Francisco Serrano Surveys Santa Ana y Quien Sabe with Anzar and Larios

Juan Miguel Anzar and Manuel Larios engaged Francisco Serrano as a scrivener to go with them to the Ranchos take notes of boundaries and make partition and both went with him and and pointed out the line which they agreed upon as a dividing line.

This line corresponded exactly with the line described in the instrument hereinafter mentioned (describes line); all returned to the house of the Aromas rancho where Serrano made a rough draft of the agreement, read it to them, they agreed to it and aferwards Serrano reduced it to its present shape (as in complaint) and the instrument was kept by Serrano.

That before going to the Rancho, it was agreed that each should pay to Serrano 1/2 the value of his services.

That neither said anything about payment after they came from the Ranchos, no payment was made and no copy of original document delivered and said original was kept by the said Serrano until three or four years after the death of said Anzar when Larios sent his son to Serrano at the said town of Monterey to obtain the instrument and upon paying Serrano $100 for his services in and about the business, Serrano delivered the document to the son who gave it to his father and it has ever since been in the custody of Manuel Larios and his representatives.

That after the signing of the document and in 1848, the cattle and horses of Juan Miguel Anzar were gathered up and taken on to the Quien Sabe where corrals were built and houses for his servants and the cattle &c. of Larios were gathered up and taken on to the Santa Ana. The cattle of both roaming however over the mountain range at will, but separation was made and cattle marked at certain times.

That the Anzar house on Santa Ana was occupied by Hernandez to whom Anzar had let his cattle on Quien Sabe Rancho for 3 years and afterwards Anzar permitted the house to be occupied by a widow woman, and to this occupation by Anzar and his tenants Larios did not object. 

That Larios, during 1st year said premises were occupied, jointly took care of Anzar's cattle upon terms, and at end of year Larios Rodeo'd the cattle and separated Anzar's from his own and sent Anzar's to Quien Sabe pointing out to the Brothers Higuen who took charge of them the dividing line mentioned in said instrument. 

That ever since the death of Anzar, the said Rodeo line has been observed. 

Dividing Line between Santa Ana and Quien Sabe was supposed to be:
From the creek called Arroyo del Pecacho running along the summit of the mountains or ridge which separated the two places in all the meandering of the said ridge passing by the place called Aguage (watering place?) del Clerigo, leaving in the side of Juan Anzar the place called Llanitos and there turning and running to a point called Puerto del Rosario.

Abstract, v.2 p.230

1839-04-09: US District Court’s Interpretation of Grant of Santa Ana y Quien Sabe

A grant was made by the governor to Juan Miguel Anzar and Manuel Larios which vested in them jointly and in equal shares an inchoate and imperfect but equitable title in and to the lands called Santa Ana and Quien Sabe.

That said grant referred to said maps mentioned in finding No 14 but the grant does not otherwise specify either the extent or boundaries of the said Ranchos or either of them.

That the grant contains the usual conditions and reservations the surplus after making the juridicial measurement therein provided to be made to the nation and if any of the conditions be contravened that said lands may be denounced by another.

That said lands were granted as one tract.

That no juridicial possession was ever given or survey made until the making and final approval of the United States Survey hereinafter mentioned.

That the quantity of lands granted was not ascertained until 12 December 1856 where the final decree of said United States District Court was made.

Abstract, v2. p.249-50

1834-12-18: Francisco del Castillo Negrete adds Santa Ana to claim

December 18, 1834, Negrete presented to the political chief of California his petition for Santa Ana. A decree of concession was duly signed by Governor Castro.

The court later found that after this date, “no other further proceedings were had upon said petitions except as hereinafter mentioned in favor of said Negrete, nor was juridicial possession of either of said tracts ever given to either of these, nor were the boundaries of either of said tracts established by any competent authority under the Mexican law, nor were they occupied.

The Negrete (sic) abandoned their claims and the lands were subsequently denounced by Juan Miguel Anzar and Manuel Larios.”

Abstract, v2 p. 248

From: U.S. District Court. California, Southern District. Land case 370 SD, page 113; land case map D-1414 (Bancroft Library). Francisco del Castillo Negrete, clmt.

Diseños: (Original hand-drawn maps in the Bancroft Library)

http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/hb3p3004d4/

1834: Quien Sabe and Santa Ana Alta California lands were unclaimed

In 1834 there were two tracts of unclaimed lands, Quien Sabe and Santa Ana, unlimited in quantity.

Abstract: V2 p. 247 – U.S. District Court findings.