1849-06-26: Joaquin Bolado arrives at Monterey

Joaquin Bolado of Santander, Spain, arrives at Monterey California on Schooner Maria (aka Mary) after a voyage of 62 days from San Blas, Mexico.

1841-11: First Organized American Group Penetrates California for Settlement

…And in 1841, the first organized American group penetrated California for the purpose of settlement when Bidwell-Bartleson party crossed the Sierra. They were the vanguard of a different breed of men who were ready to take aggressive action to bring about American conquest. Vallejo, who had supported Alvarado in the Graham affair, now felt the need for more drastic measures. He petitioned the Mexican government to send a new governor, accompanied by a strong force of well-trained troops and a contingent of colonists, to counteract foreign immigration"

Fink, Augusta. Monterey: The Presence of the Past. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1972. p. 76


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.

1833: Juan Miguel Anzar comes to Alta California from Mexico (1839 Grantee of Santa Ana y Quien Sabe)

Juan Miguel Anzar came from Mexico with his brother Padre Jose Antonio Anzar, who was the last of the Franciscan Priests at San Juan Bautista.

Marjorie Pierce's book "East of the Gabilans." p. 116

December 29, 1838, the Rancho Santa Ana grant was first requested 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.

Monday, April 8, 1839, Ranchos Santa Ana and Quien Sabe were granted to Larios and Anzar by a concession declaring them owners by Governor Juan B. Alvarado, granting them equal shares. Source: Suit: v2 p.249-250

May 1, 1860: US Patent: Pres. James Buchanan in Washington "caused these letters to be made patent" Combined Ranch (stating boundaries): patented to Manuel Larios et. al California State Map ID number: MC 4:4-574 Grant number: 237 book A patents p 55-62