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




1840-05-21: Santa Ana y Quien Sabe Grant Approved by Departmental Junta

Thursday, May 21, 1840: The Santa Ana y Quien Sabe grant was approved by Departmental Junta of the Territory of Upper California.

Abstract V2. P. 250, v.2 p.230 v.2 p.230
(for $50.00)
V.1 p.41

San Benito County: District Court Files – Book N. Page 86 (46-86)

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

1839-04-08: Santa Ana y Quien Sabe granted to Larios and Anzar

Monday, April 8, 1839: Rancho Santa Ana y Quien Sabe was granted to Larios and Anzar by a concession declaring them owners by Governor Juan B. Alvarado, granting them equal shares.

That the extent of said lands granted is not mentioned but reference is made to maps accompanying same sources; traced copies are attached to findings and made a part thereof.

Built ranch houses and corrals. Estanislao Hernandez occupied Anzar house. Anzar and Larios entered into the joint occupation of said lands granted. Each built ranch houses about 200 yards apart also corrals for their cattle on the Santa Ana. Their cattle with their overseers roaming over the whole tract.

Abstract: v2 p.249-250 — v.2 p.230

(for $50.00)? v.1 p.41? —- 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

This grant was patented May 1, 1860 to Manuel Larios et. al.
Commission 022, Expediente 127, 48,822.60 Acres, District Court 258.
See also:

Pierce, Marjorie. "East of the Gabilans" Valley Publishers, c 1976 Library of Congress: 76-56566. ISBN: 0-913548-39-1. p. 118.

1839-03-20: Prefect reported to Governor that Santa Ana could be granted

Prefect Don José Ramón Estrada reported to Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado that the Santa Ana lands could be granted to petitioners Juan Miguel Anzar and Manuel Larios.

Abstract, v2 p. 249

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1839-03-12: Governor referred petition for Santa Ana to prefect.

Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado referred the petition for Santa Ana to prefect Don José Ramón Estrada.

Abstract. v2. P.249

prefect – governmental official during the Mexican Period, subordinate to the governor, who administered a prefectura.


1838-12-29: Rancho Santa Ana grant claimed by Manuel Larios & Juan Miguel Anzar

Saturday, December 29, 1838: The Rancho Santa Ana grant first claimed by Manuel Larios & Juan Miguel Anzar; Larios managed Anzar’s properties.

The petition was referred to the Ayuntamiento to which (sic) reported that the lands could be granted.

Abstract: v.2 p. 228?

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1835: Juan Miguel Anzar granted Aromitas rancho (Las Aromitas y Agua Caliente)

Juan Miguel Anzar, (who on December 29, 1838 would request the grant of Rancho Santa Ana with Manuel Larios) was granted Aromitas rancho (Las Aromitas y Agua Caliente).

Source: Memorial and Biographical History, Coast Counties Central California. Lewis Publishing Co. Biographies, 1893. p. 437.

Note: Frederick A. MacDougall, the Anzar guardian, ended up owning this in 1862.


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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)


1834-12-07 – Francisco del Castillo Negrete requests grant of Quien Sabe

From Californio Families, A Brief Overview

by Alexander V. King

“In 1834, Mexican authorities, motivated by political considerations as well as the Russian presence above the San Francisco Bay at Fort Ross, organized a hapless enterprise called the “Hijar-Padres Colony”. Recruited from Mexico City and the Valley of Mexico, among those that settled in Alta California permanently were Jose Abrego, Juan N. Ayala, Charles Baric, Mariano Bonilla, Jose Ygnacio Franco Coronel, Jose Maria Covarrubias, Nicanor Estrada, Zenon Fernandez, Gumesindo Flores, Francisco Guerrero, Auguste Janssens, Francisco Castillo Negrete, Jesus Noe, Francisco Ocampo, Simon O’Donoju, Agustin Olvera, Victor Prudon, Jose de la Rosa and Florencio Serrano. Jose Maria Hijar (the financier) and Jose Maria Padres (the organizer)”http://www.sfgenealogy.com/spanish/calfam.htm

Sunday, December 7, 1834, Francisco Javier del Castillo Negrete presented to the political chief of California (under Governor Jose Figueroa, who was Governor of the Territory of Alta California from January 15, 1833 to September 28, 1835) his petition for a grant of Quien Sabe and a decree of concession was duly signed by Governor Castro (September 29, 1835 – January 1, 1836).



He tried but failed to secure a grant.

Diseños & Court Case info:



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.