Guide to the Flores Family Papers MS-03

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
215 East Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
(805) 966-5073
anne@sbthp.org
1840/1921


Title: Flores Family Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS-03
Contributing Institution: Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet 61 items
Date: 1840-1921
Abstract: This collection consists of twenty handwritten documents, twenty-five newspaper clippings, ten photographs, and three miscellaneous publications concerning Santa Barbara Presidio Commandant Gumesindo Flores and his wife Cipriana Llano Flores.
creator: Crespo, Angel
creator: Flores, Jose Ignacio
creator: Guerra, Pablo de la
creator: Quintero, Regina
creator: Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890

Biographical/Historical note

Gumesindo Flores (d.1860) was Santa Barbara Presidio’s last comandante, arriving in Santa Barbara from Monterey in 1842 where he had been in command since 1839. He married Cipriana Llanos Quintero in 1835 and they had ten children. They lived in a wooden house on the 900 block of Santa Barbara Street, built in 1818. The house was destroyed in the 1925 earthquake. Flores was murdered July 16, 1860 by an assassin and is buried at Mission Santa Barbara. Cipriana Flores was born in Mexico on September 27, 1818 and came to California in 1833 when she was 15 years old. She died at the age of 103 on November 23, 1921. The collection was compiled and preserved by Helen Nellie Hartnett Platz, who was given many of the documents by her mother Rose Noe Hartnett, the granddaughter of Cipriana and Gumesindo Flores.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward Platz, 1991

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers.

General note

The documents were transcribed and translated by Ruth C. Adams, Maria Powell, and John C. MacGregor from 1989-1990.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Copies of original documents are available for use by researchers.

Conditions Governing Use note

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for Historical Resources. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation note

Flores Family Papers, MS-03, Presidio Research Center, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of twenty handwritten documents, twenty-five newspaper clippings, ten photographs, and three miscellaneous publications. Among the holographs are several poignant letters to Cipriana Flores from her mother in Mexico during the mid 19th century and copies of legal documents employed by Cipriana to justify her claim to the Presidio comandancia to U.S. authorities. The certificates or testimonials by many of the men who knew Flores provide information on his military career in California, as well as the careers of the men who are testifying.
There are also several pages from an early Spanish cookbook and a prayer. Photographs are of Cipriana Flores and various family members, many of them taken at the Presidio. A scattering of genealogical notes accompany the photographs. Clippings include obituary notices of Flores family members and articles about Cipriana Flores and the Presidio dating from the early 20th century.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Flores Family
Flores, Cipriana Justina de Llanos, 1818-1921
Flores, Gumesindo
Platz, Helen Hartnett
Letters
Photographic prints
Santa Barbara Presidio (Santa Barbara, Calif.)--History.

 

Holographic Letters and Documents 1840-1921

Folder 1

Arias en honor de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores

General Physical Description note: 2 pages, no date

General note

Airs in Honor of Our Lady of Sorrows
Folder 2

Copies of certifications for Gumesindo Flores 1858-1885

General Physical Description note: 13 leaves, legal size

General note

Copies of certifications of testimony about Gumesindo Flores, taken, by order of Senora Dona Cipriana Flores, from originals she provided for this purpose. Certifications are from M.G. Vallejo, Pablo de la Guerra, Raymundo Carrillo, Ignacio del Valle, A. F. Coronel, Anastasio Carrillo, Andres Pico, Juan Camarillo, Agustin V. E. Jamsens, Manual Diaz, and D. Spence taken in 1858 and 1859 and copied by a public scribe on June 19, 1885.
Folder 3

Maria de Santiago, Jose. Copy of Baptismal Certificate for Cipriana Llanos 18 April 1921

General Physical Description note: 1 p.

General note

Certificate taken from Baptismal Book of Spaniards, Holy Metropolitan Church of Mexico City, dated 4 April 1826. Copied by F. N. Gutierrez in Santa Barbara on 18, April 1921.
Folder 4

My Great, Great, Great Grandmother's Cook Book

General Physical Description note: 8 p. folded

General note

Note, written in English, accompanying the cook book is dated June 8, 1[7]13, i.e. 1913?
Folder 5

Flores, Gumesindo. Copy of petition regarding ownership of his house on Canon Perdido Street 27 February 1858

General Physical Description note: 3 pages, legal sized

General note

Petition written by Flores' power of attorney, Antonio de la Palma y Mesa, 1 April 1858.
Folder 6

Coney, A. K. Letter to Cipriana de Flores 1 June 1885

General Physical Description note: 2 p. legal size

General note

Concerning her deceased husband's pension, which she believes she should receive.
Folder 7

Notes when my mother came to California

Language of Material: English
General Physical Description note: 2 p.

General note

According to the donor, these notes were probably dictated by Rose Noe Hartnett and written down by Helen Nellie Hartnett Platz.
Folder 8

Clipping of notice of Cipriana Flores' divorce published in the Santa Barbara Gazette. 8 August 1855

General Physical Description note: 1 p.
Folder 9

Crespo, Angel and Regina Quintero. Letter to Cipriana Flores 1 April 1842

General Physical Description note: 2 p.

General note

Letter written by Cipriana Flores' godfather for her mother Regina Quintero. The letter mentions that Don Manual Micheltorena will relieve her husband and take over as Governor and Commandant of the Californias. Several family members send along their greetings and hope that she and her family will return to Mexico soon.
Folder 10

Document about Gumesindo Flores' property c. 1858

General Physical Description note: 1p.

General note

Document not translated. Part of document may have been signed by Antonio Maria de la Guerra.
Folder 11

Crespo, Angel. Letter to Gumersindo Flores 2 February 1842

General Physical Description note: 1 p.

General note

Letter discusses military activities surrounding Governor Micheltorena--his attempt to form an army of 50,000 men in Mexico, his upcoming trip to Alta California with 1,000 men, and his intent to relieve Gumesindo Flores of his post at the Presidio in Santa Barbara.
Folder 11

Crespo, Angel. Letter to Cipriana Flores 2 February 1842

General Physical Description note: 2 p.

General note

Letter written by Cipriana Flores' godfather. The letter mentions that Don Manual Micheltorena will relieve her husband and take over as Governor and Commandant of the Californias. He says her mother may travel north with Micheltorena to see Cipriana, which Crespo does not advise. Several family members send along their greetings and all hope that she and her family will return to Mexico soon.
Folder 12

Quintero, Regina. Letter to Cipriana Flores 15 February 1841

General Physical Description note: 3 p.

General note

Letter from Cipriana's mother, written by Angel Crespo, giving news of her family in Mexico and asking for news from Cipriana in Alta California. She mentions that she has just received a letter from Cipriana, the first one in five years and discusses the problems with delivering mail back and forth.
Folder 13

Crespo, Angel and Regina Quintera. Letter to Gumersindo and Cipriana Flores 15 February 1843

General Physical Description note: 2 p.

General note

Letter, written by Angel Crespo for Regina Quintero, sends family greetings and mentions family members back in Mexico. Mentions that Gumersindo Flores will come to Mexico to take people back to Alta California.
Folder 14

Crespo, Angel. Letter to Gumesindo Flores 1 February 1844

General Physical Description note: 2 p.

General note

Acknowledges receipt of Gumesindo's and Cipriana's letters. Discusses the problem of Gumesindo finding relief for his post so that he can return to Mexico. Mentions news from several friends and family.
Folder 15

Moreno, Jose Maria. Letter to Gumesindo Flores 27 May 1840

General Physical Description note: 1 p.

General note

Letter not translated.
 

Photographs

Folder 16

Cipriana Flores

General Physical Description note: 3 3/8 x 4 7/8 in., oval sepia
Folder 16

Cipriana Flores in room with 4-poster bed in background

General Physical Description note: 3 3/4 x 5 in. black/white
Folder 16

Jose Ignacio Flores and Cipriana Flores in room with 4-poster bed in background

General Physical Description note: 4 15/16 x 3 11/16 in. black/white
Folder 16

Group photo in front of comandancia

General Physical Description note: 3 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. black/white

General note

Cipriana Flores seated (Lolita Sangster standing beside her) in front of (from left to right) Alwin Hartnett, Nellie Platz, Ignacio Flores, Rose Noe Hartnett and John Hartnett standing behind.
Folder 16

Cipriana Flores in wheelchair with John Hartnett, son of Cipriana’s daughter Rose Noe, standing behind

General Physical Description note: 2 7/8 x 3 15/16 in. black/white; 2 copies
Folder 16

Comandancia

General Physical Description note: 5 7/16 x 7 in. faded sepia

General note

written on photo in ink: Old home on Sta Barbara St.
Folder 16

Comandancia

General Physical Description note: 5 1/8 x 7 1/16 in. faded black/white
Folder 16

Cipriana Flores seated in chair on porch

General Physical Description note: 4 11/16 x 6 5/8 black/white
Folder 17-18

Newspaper Clippings and Miscellaneous Publications

General note

Includes a history of Santa Barbara during the time of Gumesindo Flores, written by his son, Jose Ignacio Flores.