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Guide to the Fitch Family Papers MS 25
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Family history and genealogy, undated

Includes:

Copies of Fitch family members’ birth and death records from family bible
Letter from the Fitch Family Association regarding Henry Delano Fitch’s family line
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Henry Delano Fitch (some in Spanish), 1815-1940, undated

Includes:

Certification of Henry Fitch’s U.S. Citizenship, 1815
Biographical sketches of Henry Fitch's life, 1885 and 1940
Letter from his mother, Sarah Fitch, 1848.
Henry D. Fitch’s original Will & Testament, January 1, 1849.
"Inventory of the rural and urban landholdings and other property belonging to the late Henry Fitch, by request of Josefa Fitch" (copy) (original encapsulated and in Oversize Collections D1). (Spanish)
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Josefa Carrillo Fitch (some in Spanish), 1831-1969

Includes:

“Dictation of Mrs. Captain Henry D. Fitch: Narrative of the widow of Captain Henry D. Fitch” (Spanish, with English translation) (Spanish copy courtesy of Bancroft library)
Copy of San Diego magazine article, “Josefa” by Mary Stewart, 1969
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Federico “Fred” Fitch diary, 1858 August 11-1860 June

Entries of interest:

Federico Fitch’s personal diary narrating the Survey of Sonora.
"On Brd [sic] Schooner 'Clara' Capt Aguilar from Guaymas to [illegible] (Surveying Cruise)."
On orders of Engineer Denton, begins trip to La Paz to buy another boat for the expedition (page 51), April 7, 1859.
Description of social encounters with aristocratic landowners in La Paz, including Don Jose Rosa Villavicencio and his daughters (pages 57-61), April 13-19, 1859.
Accounting entries for money Mr. Denton owed Fitch (pages 89, 108-10), August 1, 15, September 19, 1859 and May 11, 1860.
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Archivo Particular de la Senora Dona Josefa Carrillo de Fitch (Bancroft Library reproductions) Volume 1 (some in Spanish), 1827-1841

Includes:

San Diego correspondence between Henry Fitch and customers. (some Spanish)
Business accounting documents. (some Spanish)
Personal correspondence from Henry’s mother, Sarah Fitch (page 65), May 7, 1838.
Box-folder 3:1

Archivo Particular de la Senora Dona Josefa Carrillo de Fitch (Bancroft Library reproductions) Volume 2 (some in Spanish), 1841-1844

Includes:

Business correspondence and accounting. (some Spanish)
Correspondence from Sarah Fitch (page 283), July 1, 1841.
Box-folder 3:2

Archivo Particular de la Senora Dona Josefa Carrillo de Fitch (Bancroft Library reproductions) Volume 3 (some in Spanish), 1844-1847

Includes:

Business correspondence and accounting. (some Spanish)
Government documents and correspondence signed by Pio Pico (pages 594-96, 611-14), July 12, 1845 and October 10, 14, 1845. (Spanish)
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Archivo Particular de la Senora Dona Josefa Carrillo de Fitch (Bancroft Library reproductions) Volume 4 (some in Spanish), 1847-1856

Includes:

Business accounting. (some Spanish)
Public Notice to customers of Henry Fitch’s death, stating that Josefa Carrillo Fitch will be taking over the accounts (page 987), January 25, 1849. (Spanish)
Document from California Probate Court regarding the family inheritance of Henry Fitch’s property (page 1034), March 23, 1856.
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Henry and Josefa Fitch romance, 1831-1946

Includes:

Copy of San Diego Tribune article: “How Captain Fitch Won a Daughter of Spain” by Jeanne E. Francoeur, August 19, 1906.
Transcription of KGB Radio Program on Henry and Josefa Fitch romance, February 15, 1946.
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Fitch family property (some in Spanish), 1833-1888

Includes:

Deed for Fitch property in San Diego documenting sale of house in Mission San Luis Rey from Antonio Anzar to Luis Arenas (March 3 and April 1, 1833) and sale from Luis Arenas to Henry Fitch (April 2, 1835) (copy) (original encapsulated and in Oversize Collections D1). (Spanish)
Sale of house in San Diego Plaza from Petra Ponciano to Henry Fitch (August 18, 1845) and from Henry Fitch to Richard Freeman (February 10, 1847) (two encapsulations and in Oversize Collections D1). (Spanish)
Original deed to Block No. 24, Town of San Diego, Beach Lot, sold by Juan Maria Marran Alcadi to Henry G. Fitch, January 15, 1850 (encapsulated and in Oversize Collections D1).
Transcription of Legal Petition for recognition of land grant presented by Josefa Carrillo Fitch for “Parage del Arroyo” at Presidio San Francisco, 1852-1854.
Original hand-drawn plan of Fitch lot in San Diego, March 12, 1854.
California Fourth Judicial District Court Summons for Charles Fitch and Anita Grant, August 3, 1865.
Real estate documents signed by E.W. Morse from Morse, Noell & Whaley Real Estate Dealers, on behalf of Josefa Carrillo Fitch, 1858-1882.
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Fitch family business papers (some in Spanish), 1825-1857

Includes:

List of Henry Delano Fitch’s commercial voyages, 1825-1848.
Invoice from Henry Fitch addressed to U.S. War Department for California Battalion, October 27, 1846.
“Libro de los cueros de res” (Book of cow hides), list of commercial purchase and sale of cow hides, January-May 1848. (Spanish)
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Fitch map of San Diego (Spanish), 1845-1872