1872-05-23: Avy deeds 2+ acre strip to Southern Pacific Railroad

Thursday, May 23, 1872 – Charles Avy of Monterey county in consideration of benefits and advantages of construction of railroad and $1.00; and benefit of fences; conveys a 100 foot wide strip of land 1173 feet long; 2.69 acres to SPRR Co.

Deeds L. or D? p. 332

1868-12-09: Bolado/Arques vs. MacDougall et al.: Summons Returned, Defendants Not In County.

December 9, 1868 – Bolado Arques vs. MacDougall et al.  Summons returned not served. Sheriff of Monterey stating defendants not in this county.

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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.

1848-08: News of Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo reaches Monterey

"Finally, in August 1848, news of the peace treaty with Mexico reached Monterey."

 Fink, Augusta. Monterey: The Presence of the Past. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1972. p. 94

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1847-01-26: William Tecumseh Sherman lands at Monterey

William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), the future Civil War Union Army General, now junior first lieutenant of Company C, 1, Third Artillery, is stationed at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina.

Sherman leaves Fort Columbus (Fort Jay, Governor's Island, NY) July 14, 1846 for a 198-day trip around Cape Horn aboard the U.S. store ship Lexington to Monterey, Alta California, Mexico.
From his memoirs:

"We found the people of Monterey a mixed set of Americans, native Mexicans, and Indians, about one thousand all told. They were kind and pleasant, and seemed to have nothing to do, except such as owned ranches in the country for the rearing of horses and cattle."

"These fellows would work all day on horseback in driving cattle or catching wild horses for a mere nothing, but all the money offered would not have hired one of them to walk a mile. The girls were very fond of dancing, and they did dance gracefully and well. Every Sunday, regularly, we had a baile, or dance, and sometimes interspersed through the week."

February, 1847: " In the morning we crossed the Salinas Plain, about fifteen miles of level ground, taking a shot occasionally at wild-geese, which abounded there, and entering the well-wooded valley that comes out from the foot of the Gavillano. We had cruised about all day, and it was almost dark when we reached the house of a Senor Gomez, father of those who at Monterey had performed the parts of Adam and Eve. His house was a two-story adobe, and had a fence in front. It was situated well up among the foothills of the Gavillano, and could not be seen until within a few yards.

We hitched our horses to the fence and went in just as Gomez was about to sit down to a tempting supper of stewed hare and tortillas. We were officers and caballeros and could not be ignored. After turning our horses to grass, at his invitation we joined him at supper. The allowance, though ample for one, was rather short for three, and I thought the Spanish grandiloquent politeness of Gomez, who was fat and old, was not over-cordial. However, down we sat, and I was helped to a dish of rabbit, with what I thought to be an abundant sauce of tomato. Taking a good mouthful, I felt as though I had taken liquid fire; the tomato was chile colorado, or red pepper, of the purest kind. It nearly killed me, and I saw Gomez's eyes twinkle, for he saw that his share of supper was increased. I contented myself with bits of the meat, and an abundant supply of tortillas. Ord was better case-hardened, and stood it better.

We stayed at Gomez's that night, sleeping, as all did, on the ground, and the next morning we crossed the hill by the bridle-path to the old Mission of San Juan Bautista. The Mission was in a beautiful valley, very level, and bounded on all aides by hills. The plain was covered with wild-grasses and mustard, and had abundant water. Cattle and horses were seen in all directions, and it was manifest that the priests who first occupied the country were good judges of land.It was Sunday, and all the people, about, a hundred, had come tochurch from the country round about. Ord was somewhat of a Catholic, and entered the church with his clanking spars and kneeled down, attracting the attention of all, for he had on the uniform of an American officer. As soon as church was out, all rushed to the various sports.

I saw the priest, with his gray robes tucked up, playing at billiards, others were cock fighting, and some at horse-racing. My horse had become lame, and I resolved to buy another. As soon as it was known that I wanted a horse, several came for me, and displayed their horses by dashing past and hauling them up short. There was a fine black stallion that attracted my notice, and, after trying him myself, I concluded a purchase. I left with the seller my own lame horse, which he was to bring to me at Monterey, when I was to pay him ten dollars for the other. The Mission of San Juan bore the marks of high prosperity at a former period, and had a good pear-orchard just under the plateau where stood the church.

After spending the day, Ord and I returned to Monterey, about thirty-five miles, by a shorter route, Thus passed the month of February, and, though there were no mails or regular expresses, we heard occasionally from Yerba Buena and Sutter's Fort to the north, and from the army and navy about Los Angeles at the south. We also knew that a quarrel had grown up at Los Angeles, between General Kearney, Colonel Fremont, and Commodore Stockton, as to the right to control affairs in California."July, 1847: "The next day toward night we approached the Mission of San Francisco, and the village of Yerba Buena, tired and weary–the wind as usual blowing a perfect hurricane, and a more desolate region it was impossible to conceive of."





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1843-04-23: Julia Josepha Abrego born. (Married Joaquin Bolado in 1857)

Julia Josepha Abrego was born in Monterey. She would later marry Joaquin Bolado in 1857.
She was the daughter of Don José Abrego, a Mexican merchant (b. 1813) who came from Mexico to Monterey in 1834 on the vessel La Natalie.

Her photo, taken around 1875, is hosted in the Online Archive of California. It is labeled incorrectly as being a photo of Julia (Dulce) Bolado, who was her daughter with Joaquin Bolado, born in 1873.

Her Mother:

Her mother was Josefa Maria Casilda Aniceta Estrada de Abrego, born 04-14-1814 in the Officers’ Family Quarters in the Presidio of Monterey.

“A native California lady named Señora Doña Josefa Estrada de Abrego, half-sister of Governor Alvarado, resided at Monterey in 1842 at the time Commodore Jones raised the American flag over that city. She was one of the most beautiful and intelligent of her sex. Like all her people, she felt deep chagrin that the fortunes of war should bring about a change which would compel her to submit to the new order of things.”

http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/history/hb75yv.htm Source: Davis, William Heath. Seventy-five Years in San Francisco. 1929: San Francisco.


She married Joaquin Bolado Monday, February 2, 1857.

Pierce, Marjorie. “East of the Gabilans” Valley Publishers, c 1976 Library of Congress: 76-56566. ISBN: 0-913548-39-1. p. 123

A Memorial and Biographical History of the Coast Counties of Central California, Lewis Publishing Company, 1893, p. 345




1843-03: First Piano Landed in California Purchased by Don José Abrego

The following is the text of a clipping found in one of Julia Bolado’s scrapbooks of a letter to the editor that she wrote to the San Francisco Chronicle April 14, 1931.

. . .

Headline: “An Early Source of Seguidillas”

Editor the Chronicle:

Sir: The following inscription is written under the cover of the first piano that landed in California, purchased by my grandfather, Don José Abrego, a piano which I have in my house.

First Piano Shipped to California

“This is one of the first three pianos brought to California. Its history is as follows: In 1841 Captain Stephen Smith arrived with his vessel in Monterey and I engaged him to bring me a piano on his next trip to this country. In March, 1843, he returned to this city in a brigantine; he had three pianos on board. I bought this one of him for $600. He then sailed to San Francisco, where General Vallejo purchased another of the pianos. The third one was afterward sold by Captain Smith to [Eulogio F. de Celis] of Los Angeles.”

Dulce Bolado Davis (née Julia Bolado)

Tres Pinos, April 14, 1931

. . .


Memorial And Biographical History Of The Coast Counties Of Central California, 1893, p.79:REMINISCENCES OF MRS. ABREGO.

One of the most interesting personages now (1892) living in Monterey, is Doña Josefa Estrada de Abrego, widow of Don Jose Abrego. Although Mrs. Abrego was born in 1814, in Monterey, and has borne eighteen children; and although her eyesight fails her, so that she is only able to recognize her acquaintances by the sound of their voices, she is still as fair and youthful in her appearance as though she were only fifty-eight or less, instead of seventy-eight; and she moves about the various rooms of her spacious home in which she has lived ever since her marriage, fifty-six years ago, with the ease and precision of a maiden of twenty.

Her husband, Don Jose Abrego, was born in the city of Mexico, in 1813, and came to Monterey in 1835, with the colony, on the Natalia, a portion of the timbers of which historic vessel he had built into his house. [Mrs. Abrego’s father, Raimundo, and a brother, Mariano Estrada, were brought from Mexico when mere boys, by Governor Luis Arrillaga, who reared and educated them.] [The preceeding text was crossed out, followed by a handwritten note in the book, written by Julia (Dulce) Bolado, saying “All were born in California”]. Mr. and Mrs. Abrego were married in 1836, and moved at once into a part of the house (which he had built, and to which additions were afterward made), in which she has ever since lived, and in which all her children were born. Don Jose died some fifteen years ago. Of their children, only four sons and one daughter are still living. One daughter, the beautiful and accomplished Mrs. Bolado, died within the present year, 1892.

Mrs. Abrego has in her home one of the first pianofortes ever brought to California. A paper on the inside of it, written by Mr. Abrego, says:

“In 1841, Captain Stephen Smith arrived with his vessel in Monterey, and I engaged him to bring me a piano on his next trip to this country.

“In March, 1843, he returned to this city in a brigantine; he had three pianos on board. I bought this one of him for $600. He then sailed to San Francisco, where General Vallejo purchased another of the pianos. The third one was afterward sold by Captain Smith to E. de Celis at Los Angeles.”

The Abrego piano is a six-octave, made by “Breitkopt & Hartel,” “Leipzig;” “imported by Brauns & Focke, Baltimore.”



. . .

“In 1845-6 Stephen Smith of Bodega obtained a fifty vara lot on the southeast corner of Dupont and Washington streets where he built a wooden house. In 1846 he leased it to Sam Brannan who lived and published the Star there. Smith was a native of Maryland and came to California first from Peru in 1841. He obtained permission of Governor Alvarado to set up a steam saw-mill with a promise of land suitable for his operations. He brought the mill machinery from Baltimore in 1843, and with it also three pianos, the first steam mill and the first pianos in California. In 1844 he was naturalized and received from Micheltorena a grant of eight leagues of land at Bodega and there he set up his mill.”






Note: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seguidilla

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