Inventory of the Guerra Family Papers, 1752-1955 (bulk 1806-1886)

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Inventory of the Guerra Family Papers, 1752-1955 (bulk 1806-1886)

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

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  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
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  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Guerra Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1752-1955 (bulk 1806-1886)
Creator: Guerra Family
Extent: 4,179 pieces
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The original collection from which these copies were made belongs to and is deposited in the archives of the Santa Barbara Mission. Xerox copies were made by permission of Father Maynard Geiger, O.F.M., Mission Library Archivist, who also supplied to the Huntington Library a copy of the descriptive calendar or list of the collection material with a brief description in English of the contents of each document. The list was given to this Library to facilitate the use of the documents by Library staff members and readers. FAC 667 (1190-1194)
Enclosed with the paper copy of this report is a copy of an article, "History of the Santa Barbara De la Guerra Family Documents," by Maynard F. Geiger, O.F.M., published in the Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly, Vol. LIV, No. 3, Fall 1972.

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

Publication Rights

Copies of selected documents may be made for reference purposes only, but it is understood that the Library should notify the Archivist at Mission Santa Barbara if a reader intends to publish a book or article, or write a thesis involving the use of this collection. Permission to quote from or publish any document or part thereof should be requested directly from Santa Barbara Mission.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Guerra Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biography

Facsimile copies of the personal, political, land and legal papers of José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega (1779-1858) and his descendants, who formed one of California's outstanding pioneer families. Don José Antonio went to Mexico from his native Spain in 1792. He entered military service as a cadet at an early age, later rising to the rank of captain. In 1801 he transferred to California where he was habilitado of Monterey and later of San Diego. He was comandante of the Santa Barbara Presidio from 1815 until his retirement in 1842. He also engaged in shipping, commercial and other business enterprises, acquired ranchos, and was influential in politics and government during his entire lifetime. In addition he was treasurer of the Franciscan missions in California and a close friend of the missionaries. He was married to Antonia María Juliana Carrillo, daughter of Raimundo Carrillo and Tomasa (Lugo) Carrillo. Of their 13 children, 9 survived their father. Of their sons, only Pablo became prominent in California public life.
The collection consists of the papers of Don José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega, of Pablo de la Guerra (1819-1875), who was active in politics and government during the early decades of the American period of California history, and of other members of the De la Guerra family. Most of the letters and documents are in Spanish.
A separate sub-collection is formed by the Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo papers (FAC 667, folders 1126-1188, Boxes 29 and 30). In addition there is a group of 20 documents, copies of photostates belonging to Father Joseph Thompson, the originals of which, at one time, may have formed part of the Guerra Family Collection (FAC 667, folders 1105-1125).

Subject matter

  • Accounts and business papers
  • Genealogical data
  • Hide and tallow trade, Pacific coast commerce (see list of Ships)
  • Indians: tribal, mission, presidial, uprisings
  • Land: development, grants, titles, legal matters pertaining to, ranchos
  • Legal matters: wills, probates, complaints, etc.
  • Missions and missionaries
  • Official documents: presidios, governmental, political
  • Politics and government: California, U.S., Mexico, Spain, Europe, South America
  • Miscellaneous subjects: earthquakes, droughts; epidemics--cholera; pioneer families; postal service; Russians in California; schools and education; social life and customs.

Important or interesting items

  • Bouchard Invasion:
    • 5 letters from José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega to missionaries.
      Date: 1818, Oct. 7,11 & Dec. 7,9.
    • Letters from Pablo Vicente de Solá to José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega.
      Date: 1815-1819.
    • Letters from José Señán to José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega.
      Date: 1813-1822.
  • Cañón Perdido Affair:
    • Revolt of the Californios.
      Date: 1848, Mar 11-July 4.
  • Frémont, John Charles:
    • 2 letters to Pablo de la Guerra,
      Date: 1851, Aug.15-Dec. 28.
  • Reed Family Murders:
    • 26 pieces, letters and documents dealing with (see Item 821)
  • Sherman, William Tecumseh:
    • Letters to Angustias (de la Guerra) Jimeno Ord and Pablo de la Guerra.
      Date: 1853, Nov. 6, and 1856, Feb.15 & Dec. 15.
    • 2 letters in the Cañón Perdido Affair papers.
  • Vallejo papers:
    • 5 letters from Juan Bautista Alvarado to Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo.
    • 81 letters from María Amparo (Ruiz) Burton to Vallejo. Very interesting. Knew President and Mrs. Lincoln. Discusses Ranchos Ensenada and Jamul.
    • Bear Flag Revolt: Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo to R. Augustus Thompson.
      Date: 1878, Sep.
      Describes personal experience.
    • Agoston Haraszthy to Vallejo asking for the hands of Natalia and Jovita Vallejo for his sons Atila and Arpad.
      Date: 1863, Mar. 9
      [was successful]

Correspondents represented by 5 or more pieces

Abella, Ramón
10 pieces,
Date: 1816-1838
Abrego, José
5 pieces,
Date: 1847-1856
Aguirre, José Antonio
24 pieces,
Date: 1834-1860
Ahumada, Tomás de
10 pieces,
Date: 1815-1818
Alemany, Joseph Sadoc, Apb.
28 pieces,
Date: 1851-1879
Altimira, José
8 pieces,
Date: 1820-1822
Alvarado, Juan Bautista
15 pieces,
Date: 1837-1881
Argüello, José Darío
19 pieces,
Date: 1812-1825
Argüello, Luis Antonio
30 pieces,
Date: 1818-1859
Argüello, María de la Concepción
6 pieces,
Date: 1818-1849
Argüello, Santiago
59 pieces,
Date: 1816-1849
Arrillaga, José Joaquín
38 pieces,
Date: 1801-1813
Arroyo de la Cuesta, Felipe
5 pieces,
Date: 1818-1829
Bancroft, Hubert Howe
12 pieces,
Date: 1875-1879
Bandini, José
5 pieces,
Date: 1819
Bandini, Juan
8 pieces,
Date: 1825-1842
Bellangé, Alejandro
7 pieces,
Date: 1855
Burton, María Amparo (Ruiz)
90 pieces,
Date: 1851-1887
Cabot, Juan Vicente
7 pieces,
Date: 1816-1819
Cabot, Pedro
7 pieces,
Date: 1815-1836
Carrillo, Anastasio
42 pieces,
Date: 1820-1860
Carrillo, Carlos Antonio de Jesús
25 pieces,
Date: 1818-1848
Carrillo, Domingo Antonio Ignacio
19 pieces,
Date: 1816-1835
Carrillo, Joaquín
23 pieces,
Date: 1835-1861
Carrillo, José Antonio Ezequiel
23 pieces,
Date: 1818-1845
Carrillo, José Gertrudis
5 pieces,
Date: 1834-1861
Carrillo, Raimumo
8 pieces,
Date: 1836-1861
Castro, José
5 pieces,
Date: 1840-1846
Cortina, Soledad Adalida de Gómez de la
5 pieces,
Date: 1874-1877
Cot, Antonio José
33 pieces,
Date: 1820-1850
Cota, Guillermo
11 pieces,
Date: 1817-1825
Covarrubias, José María
5 pieces,
Date: 1845-1861
Covington, Elam
12 pieces,
Date: 1851-1854
Danglada, Domingo
11 pieces,
Date: 1843-1856
Downey, John Gately
11 pieces,
Date: 1860-1861
Durán, Narciso
5 pieces,
Date: 1830-1845
Echeandía, José María de
17 pieces,
Date: 1825-1830
Ercilla, Antonio María de
16 pieces,
Date: 1834-1843
Estrada, José Mariano
20 pieces,
Date: 1816-1826
Estudillo, José María
44 pieces,
Date: 1814-1827
Fernald, Charles
14 pieces,
Date: 1854-1870
Fernández de Ulibarri, Román
13 pieces,
Date: 1819-1821
Gil y Taboada, Luis
10 pieces,
Date: 1816-1830
González, Pedro
14 pieces,
Date: 1815-1820
González de Ibarra, Francisco
18 pieces,
Date: 1821-1830
González Rubio, José María de Jesús
6 pieces,
Date: 1846-1860
Guerra, Antonio María de la
105 pieces,
Date: 1844-1872
Guerra, Delfina de la
5 pieces,
Date: 1893-1913
Guerra, Francisco de la
22 pieces,
Date: 1850-1872
Guerra, Joaquín de la
10 pieces,
Date: 1855-1865
Guerra y Carrillo, José Antonio de la
7 pieces,
Date: 1842-1860
Guerra, Juan José de la
11 pieces,
Date: 1826-1873
Guerra, Miguel de la
18 pieces,
Date: 1854-1860
Guerra, Pablo de la
210 pieces,
Date: 1839-1873
Guerra y Noriega, José Antonio de la
209 pieces,
Date: 1806-1858
Guerra Family documents
22 pieces,
Date: 1850-1860
Guerra Estate papers
47 pieces,
Date: 1875-1926
Gutiérrez, Manuel
7 pieces,
Date: 1822-1823
Halleck, Henry Wager
56 pieces,
Date: 1849-1861
Hartnell, William Edward Petty
49 pieces,
Date: 1823-1851
Hubert, Numa
5 pieces,
Date: 1851-1864
Huse, Charles Enoch
6 pieces,
Date: 1859-1869
Jaime y Guerra, Antonio
12 pieces,
Date: 1806-1822
Jimeno Casarín, Antonio
8 pieces,
Date: 1858-1863
Jimeno, José Antonio
9 pieces,
Date: 1840-1864
Jimeno, José Joaquín
20 pieces,
Date: 1833-1857
Jimeno, Porfirio J
18 pieces,
Date: 1861-1867
Jimeno Casarín, Manuel
15 pieces,
Date: 1839-1852
Larkin, Thomas Oliver
5 pieces,
Date: 1843-1855
Lataillade, Cesáreo
8 pieces,
Date: 1842-1848
Lies, Eugene
16 pieces,
Date: 1853-1869
Machado, Juan Nepomuceno
9 pieces,
Date: 1829-1844
Maitorena, José Joaquín
6 pieces,
Date: 1816-1822
Malagrida, Antonio
6 pieces,
Date: 1845-1853
Malarín, Juan
29 pieces,
Date: 1820-1845
Mancisidor, Juan Ignacio
16 pieces,
Date: 1822-1832
Martiarena, Juan Bautista de
17 pieces,
Date: 1828-1833
Martiarena, Juan de
6 pieces,
Date: 1814-1825
Martín, Juan
11 pieces,
Date: 1816-1821
Martínez, Ignacio
9 pieces,
Date: 1816-1829
Martínez, Luis Antonio
124 pieces,
Date: 1815-1830
Medina, José
11 pieces,
Date: 1819-1825
Menchaca, José Ramón jnt. author with: Martiarena, María (Pintado) de and Martiarena, Rafaela (Ticó) de
6 pieces,
Date: 1833-1836
Michetorena, Manuel
10 pieces,
Date: 1842-1844
Moraga, Gabriel
10 pieces,
Date: 1819-1823
Morán, Antonio
10 pieces,
Date: 1804-1820
Moreno, Juan
5 pieces,
Date: 1836-1839
Muñoz, Pedro
30 pieces,
Date: 1815-1818
Narváez, José María
11 pieces,
Date: 1814-1831
Noriega, José Antonio de
13 pieces,
Date: 1807-1810
Nuez, Joaquín Pascual
17 pieces,
Date: 1816-1821
Olbés, Ramón
10 pieces,
Date: 1815-1821
Ord, Angustias (de la Guerra) Jimeno
11 pieces,
Date: 1846-1880
Ord, James L. & Ord, Angustias (etc.)
42 pieces,
Date: 1858-1862
Ordaz, Blas
9 pieces,
Date: 1820-1837
Oreña, Gaspar de
28 pieces,
Date: 1842-1866
Payeras, Mariano
79 pieces,
Date: 1815-1822
Peachy, Archibald Cary
6 pieces,
Date: 1851-1871
Peyrí, Antonio
9 pieces,
Date: 1816-1829
Pico, Andrés
6 pieces,
Date: 1848-1863
Pico, Pío
17 pieces,
Date: 1844-1882
Pineda, José Miguel
26 pieces,
Date: 1815-1822
Ramírez, José
7 pieces,
Date: 1823-1826
Reed (William) Family
26 pieces,
Date: 1847-1850,
(papers dealing with murderers of...)
Ripoll, Antonio
15 pieces,
Date: 1815-1824
Robinson, Alfred
37 pieces,
Date: 1834-1873
Robinson, Ana María (de la Guerra)
7 pieces,
Date: 1838-1854
Rodríguez, Antonio Catarino
28 pieces,
Date: 1815-1824
Ruiz, Francisco María
54 pieces,
Date: 1810-1825
Ruiz, José Manuel
11 pieces,
Date: 1814-1823
Ruiz de Apodaca, Juan (Conde del Venadito)
7 pieces,
Date: 1817-1820
San Luis Obispo Mission
15 pieces,
Date: 1831-1836,
(re debt of Urbano Sánchez, owner of "Sta. Apolonia")
Sánchez, Francisco de Jesús
14 pieces,
Date: 1849-1861
Sánchez, José Bernardo
18 pieces,
Date: 1815-1829
"Santa Apolonia" (Ship)
12 pieces,
Date: 1822-1827
Santa Barbara Presidio. Comandancia Militar
21 pieces,
Date: 1815-1839
Santa Barbara Presidio, Compañía de Caballería Permanente
9 pieces,
Date: 1840-1842
Santa Barbara Co. (Calif.) Board of Supervisors
8 pieces,
Date: 1857-1863
Sarría, Vicente Francisco de
7 pieces,
Date: 1816-1821
Señán, José
69 pieces,
Date: 1813-1822
Solá, Pablo Vicente de
94 pieces,
Date: 1815-1823
Somellera, A. P.
11 pieces,
Date: 1854-1855
Sprague, Thomas
30 pieces,
Date: 1866-1874
Suñer, Francisco
5 pieces,
Date: 1820-1827
Thompson, Alpheus Basil
5 pieces,
Date: 1854-1859
Torre y Enterría, José Joaquín de la
6 pieces,
Date: 1801-1824
Ulloa, Gonzalo
7 pieces,
Date: 1817-1820
Uría, Francisco Xavier
99 pieces,
Date: 1815-1825
Urquides, Encarnación
8 pieces,
Date: 1824
Valle, Antonio
8 pieces,
Date: 1823-1824
Vallejo, Ignacio
9 pieces,
Date: 1818-1823
Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe
80 pieces,
Date: 1839-1885
Ver Mehr, Fanny
10 pieces,
Date: 1859-1872
Varela, Manuel
9 pieces,
Date: 1820-1829
Virmond, Henry Edward
6 pieces,
Date: 1829-1839
Vitoria, Marcos Antonio de
24 pieces,
Date: 1817-1835
Whittlesey, Elisha
8 pieces,
Date: 1851-1855
Yorba, Tomás Antonio
29 pieces,
Date: 1834-1836
Zaldo, Ramón de
7 pieces,
Date: 1874
Zalvidea, José María de
12 pieces,
Date: 1815-1824
Zestaje, Juan José de
7 pieces,
Date: 1808-1816

Bibliography on the de la Guerra Family

Geiger, Maynard F., O.F.M. "History of the Santa Barbara De la Guerra Family Documents", Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly, Vol. LIV, No. 3, Fall 1972.
Robinson, Alfred. The Letters of Alfred Robinson to the De la Guerra Family of Santa Barbara (1834-1873). Translated by Maynard F. Geiger, O.F.M., 1972.
Thompson, Joseph. El Gran Capitán: José de la Guerra. 1961

Arrangement of collection

Box 1-23

Personal and political papers and correspondence of José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega, Pablo de la Guerra and other members of the De la Guerra family. Arranged alphabetically by author as follows:

Box 1

1-54 Abella - L. A. Argüello

Box 2

55-97 M. Argüello - Blake

Box 3

98-140 Bonilla - C. Carrillo

Box 4

141-202 D. Carrillo - Convin

Box 5

203-247 Cot - Downey

Box 6

248-303 Dryden - Forrester

Box 7

304-350 Fortuni - Grim

Box 8

351-392 A. de la Guerra - J. de la Guerra

Box 9

393-419 M. de la Guerra - Pablo de la Guerra

Box 10

420-481 Pablo de la Guerra - José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega

Box 11

482-523 Guevara - Humana

Box 12

524-579 Huse - Leandry

Box 13

580-642 Leffingwell - Martiarena

Box 14

643-676 Martin - Micheltorena

Box 15

677-724 Miranda - Olivera

Box 16

725-769 Ord - Payeras

Box 17

770-820 Payot - Reading

Box 18

821-851 Reed - Rubio

Box 19

852-884 Ruiz - Santa Barbara Presidio, Alcalde's Court

Box 20

885-922 Santa Barbara Presidio, Comandancia Militar - Society of Friends

Box 21

923-951 Solá - Suñol

Box 22

952-999 Talamantes - Vallejo

Box 23

1000-1046 Varela - Zestaje

Box 24-26

Business papers, documents, land papers. Papers pertaining to ranchos owned by the De la Guerra family. Family Christmas Play.

Box 24

1047-1058 Monterey Presidio - El Cojo Rancho

Box 25

1059-1080 El Conejo Rancho - Simi Rancho

Box 26

1081-1092 Todos Santos & San Antonio Rancho - Christmas Play

Box 27

1093-1100 Miscellaneous personal papers. Genealogical records

Box 28

1101-1125 Notes, fragments, printed items

 

Guerra Family photographs

 

Letters and documents copied from photostats belonging to Father Joseph Thompson.

Box 29-30

Personal papers of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo:

Box 29

1126-1158 Elena [?] - M. del R. Ortiz

Box 30

1159-1188 Pacheco - Vallejo

Folder Manila Folder

1189 Guerra y Noriega Family Genealogical Chart

Volume 5 Binders

1190-1194 Subject Index and Descriptive Calendar

Ships mentioned in collection

 

Acción (brigantine) 642

 

Activo (brigantine) 657, 701, 860, 1045

 

Adriatic 735

 

Águila (Eagle) (schooner) 38, 634, 924, 880

 

Albatross 746

 

El Alción (brigantine) 663, 777, 924, 1001

 

The Alert 833, 836

 

Alfred 263

 

América 929

 

Americana (sloop) 688

 

Angola 703

 

El Kosak (Apolonia) 253

 

Asia 649

 

Atala (frigate) 841

 

Aurora (brigantine) 642

 

Ayacucho (brigantine) 203, 634, 668

 

Ballenera (frigate) 663, 852

 

Barbarita 640

 

Black Hanion 834

 

Blopomo (frigate) 492

 

California (frigate) 1, 749, 833, 836

 

Calypso 1133

 

Catalina (brigantine) 634, 640, 1017

 

La Cazadora 852, 923

 

Centro América 262

 

Cesáreo Lataillade 621

 

Chato (brigantine) 556

 

Claudine (frigate (Brit.)) 203

 

Cleopatra 199, 649, 685, 904

 

Concepción (frigate) 62

 

Constitution (frigate) 663

 

Coronel (brigantine) 279

 

El Cosak (see El Kosak & Apolonia) 279, 663

 

El Dorado 416

 

Dorotea (goleta) 83, 203, 613, 640, 1108

 

Los Dos Hermanos (brigantine) 458, 904

 

Eliot 841

 

El Eliza 203

 

Ester (brigantine) 56, 836, 1001

 

Ester María (see María Ester) 533

 

Europa (brigantine) 203, 277, 904, 924

 

Fama 574

 

Flora (frigate) 66, 586

 

Fremont (brigantine) 519, 735, 397

 

Golden Age 416

 

Golden Gate 351

 

Goliat(h) 416, 495

 

Guadalupe (goleta) 492, 701, 137

 

Guipuscuana 10, 473, 621

 

Harbinger (brigantine) 492

 

Hermosa Mexicana (frigate) 923

 

Héroe (frigate) 492

 

La Hora 1045

 

Ynca 492

 

Index 24, 1051a

 

Isidro 351

 

Isabel 620

 

Joven Dorotea (sloop) 753

 

Junio 492

 

El Kosak (see Apolonia) 279

 

Kutmoff 277

 

Kutusof 923

 

Leonor 262

 

Lidia 746, 826, 923

 

Macedonia 649

 

MacKinley (Maquinle) 397

 

Margarita 579

 

Maria Ester 255, 640, 133

 

Mary 640

 

Matamoros (sloop) 642

 

McKim (steamship) 217

 

Mercante Flora 569

 

Mercury (account book of) 1047c

 

La Mexica 720, 923

 

La Mexicana 720, 923

 

Monsoon (frigate) 833

 

Morelos (brigantine) 279, 642, 852, 1001

 

Natalia 1135

 

Nieves (sloop) 642, 663

 

Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles 642, 923

 

Ohio 416, 487, 397

 

Orizaba 937

 

Pacífico 7

 

El Pájaro 351

 

Panamá 203

 

Panther 622, 663

 

Paz (corvette) 66

 

Paz y Religión (corvette) 1045

 

Peabody (brigantine) 997

 

Pedlar 923

 

Pescuela (brigantine) 56

 

Pizarro (brigantine) 492, 622

 

Plant 492

 

Plopona (frigate) 492

 

La Preciosa 586

 

Primavera 614

 

Princesa (frigate) 66, 243, 657

 

Quijote (frigate) 976

 

Quintanilla 262

 

La Reyna de Los Angeles (frigate) 78, 277, 649, 242, 852, 586, 923, 66

 

La Rosa (see Tagle) (frigate) 203, 243, 569, 668, 749, 510

 

El Ruberto (see San Ruberto) 582

 

Roves 799

 

Sachem 484

 

San Antonio (brigantine) 923

 

San Carlos (brigantine) 66, 222, 242, 275, 276, 279, 622, 642, 649, 650, 701, 769, 792, 852, 857, 874, 904, 923, 980, 1001, 1045

 

San Francisco (brigantine) 133, 149

 

San Francisco de Paula

(see Sta.Apolonia & Los Dos Hermanos) (brigantine)
279, 314, 634, 685, 904, 924, 880

 

San Francisco Xavier 924

 

San José (El Señoriano) identity with El Señoriano not clear

 

San Ruberto (see El Ruberto) 923

 

San Telmo 13

 

Santa Apolonia

also called: Santa Polonia, Santa Margarita, Santa Magdalena, Dorotea, Águila, Apolonia
253, 635, 880, 829, 868

 

Santa Barbara (sloop) 640, 753

 

Santa Eulalia (brigantine) 47, 48

 

Santa Polonia (see Sta. Apolonia) 262, 634, 994, 1120

 

Santa Rita 582

 

Santo Tomás (brigantine) 51

 

Sarita 555

 

Seabird 351, 416, 487, 771

 

Senator 173

 

El Señoriano (also San José) 224, 582, 622, 642, 663, 649, 720, 904, 924, 1001

 

Soledad (brigantine) 785

 

Sultan 923

 

Superior 386

 

Tagle (see La Rosa) (frigate) 66, 569

 

Tehama 834

 

Thomas Nowlan (frigate) 653

 

Toren Corina 1001

 

Vandalia 833

 

Vaquero 929

 

Vancouver 177

 

Veloz Manuela (schooner) 203

 

Victoriana 640

 

Voluntario 492

 

Wrangell 492