This collection contains 25 pieces of correspondence, invoices, ledgers, papers, and stock certificates from Benjamin David
Wilson. Documents are dated from 1856-1872 and some have notations written on verso from 1936.
Benjamin Davis Wilson (1811, December 1, – 1878, March 11) was a California statesman and politician. He was known to the
Native Americans as Don Benito because of his benevolent manner in his treatment of Indian affairs. Wilson, a native of Tennessee,
was a fur trapper and trader before coming to California. He married Ramona Yorba, daughter of Bernardo Yorba, a wealthy and
prominent landowner, and purchased part of Rancho Jurupa in what would become Riverside County. Wilson was made Justice of
the Peace for the Inland Territory and was entrusted with the care of Indian affairs. He was also commissioned to deal with
the hostile Ute tribe over their cattle rustling and other crimes against the ranchers.
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