This collection consists of primary sources (mostly copies) and notes that Betty Forsyth (d. 2006) compiled on the Daniel
Freeman family, their Rancho Centinela, and local towns, such as Inglewood, California.
The Canadian businessman and lawyer Daniel Freeman (d. 1918) came with his family to Los Angeles area in 1873, where the Rancho
Centinela became the center of the family's fortune. His wife Catherine leased the Ranchos Aguaje de la Centinela and Sausal
Redondo from Sir Robert Burnett of Scotland in 1873--the name Rancho Centinela was that given to the combination of the two
ranchos under their joint ownership by Sir Robert. During Mexican rule in California the ranches had been owned by members
of the Avila and Machado families. After his wife's death in 1874, Daniel Freeman assumed the lease, eventually buying the
ranchos. The Centinela Adobe was the well-known ranch house of Freeman's rancho. From his rancho holdings came the foundation
of Daniel Freeman's business interests, and from them the town of Inglewood would also be birthed, with his indirect involvement.
8 archival document boxes; 1 oversize box; 7 flat files
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