Guide to the Fitch Family Papers, 1838-1878

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Guide to the Fitch Family Papers, 1838-1878

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 357

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Fitch Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1838-1878
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 357
Origination: Fitch family
Extent: Number of containers: 6 volumes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence and documents pertaining mainly to land claims, some to Rancho Sotoyomi. Also accounts of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Delano Fitch.
Languages Represented: English

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fitch Family Papers, BANC MSS C-B 357, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

The papers have come from several sources-T. W. Norris Collection, the Cowan Collection, documents found in the Vallejo family collection purchased from R. de Emparan in 1950, and elsewhere. They supplement the H. H. Bancroft Collection of Fitch material, and consist mainly of accounts, petitions for land, and some correspondence.
The key to arrangement follows.

Biography

Henry Delano Fitch, native of Massachusetts born in 1799, came to California as the manager of the Mexican brig, Maria Ester. He became a Mexican citizen in 1827, was baptized at San Diego as Enrique Domingo Fitch in 1829 and married that same year Josefa Carrillo. In 1832 he applied for lands north of San Francisco Bay. He was naturalized in 1833 and held various municipal positions. In 1841 he was grantee of Sotoyomi Rancho. He died in 1849.

Key to Arrangement

volume v. 1

Papers of Henry Delano Fitch

 

Correspondence and documents, 1838-1848 arranged chronologically.

 

Accounts, 1829-1850, arranged alphabetically. Shipping invoices and miscellaneous accounts at end.

 

Miscellaneous: undated lists of articles, receipts, home remedies, etc.

 

Papers of Josefa (Carrillo) de Fitch (Mrs. Henry Delano Fitch)

 

Correspondence, 1851-1876, arranged chronologically.

 

Legal Papers, 1851-1886. 1886 papers relate to Baja California property of Valle de las Palmas.

 

Accounts, 1849-1863, arranged alphabetically.

 

Papers of Henry E. Fitch

 

Correspondence, 1850-1858, arranged chronologically.

 

Accounts, 1849-1857, arranged alphabetically.

 

Accounts of Frederick Fitch, 1850-1853.

 

Accounts of William Fitch, 1852-1858.

volume v. 2

Account book of H. D. Fitch, 1846-1848.

volume v. 3

Letters and documents, bound into a volume.

volume v. 4

Photocopy of items in v. 3. Also included is photocopy of transcript in proceedings of land case 792, Cyrus Alexander vs. U.S., for part of Rancho Sotoyomi, with Fitch's deposition, and pictures of members of the Fitch family.

volume v. 5

Account book, 1838-1847.

volume v. 6

Ledger, 1848-1849, H-Z (presumed to be Fitch family) (on oversize shelf).

Partial List of Correspondents

 

Adler, Lewis, 1820-

 

Accounts, 1850-1851. Henry E. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Account, 1853. Frederick Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Alvarado, Francisco María

 

Promissory note, Mar. 31, 1850. Henry E. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Bandini, Juan, 1800-1857

 

Quit claim and power of attorney to Henry D. Fitch, Jan. 4, 1838. v. 1

 

Beale, Edward Fitzgerald, 1822-1893

 

Order to H. D. Fitch, n.d. v. 1

 

Boggs, Lilburn W., 1792-1860

 

Account, 1850. Henry E. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Brown, John

 

Agreement with Josefa Fitch and George Lyons, Feb. 5, 1851. v. 3, p. 7

 

Evans, William

 

Account to Josefa Fitch, Jan. 28, 1849. v. 1

 

Ferguson, Jesse, 1800-

 

Promissory note, Sept. 16, 1836. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Fitch, Henry Delano, 1799-1849

 

Draft of letter, ca. 1841.v. 1. Petition to Governor of Alta California, May 13, 1846, also signed by Francisco Guerrero. v. 1

 

Fitch, Henry E., 1830-

 

Letter, n.d., to his mother, Josefa Fitch. v. 1

 

Letter, n.d., to Mr. McDonald. v. 1

 

Promissory notes (2), 1850-1854. Henry E. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Fitch, Josefa (Carrillo) de, 1810-

 

Letter, May 27, 1863, to José Fitch. v. 1

 

Letter, Dec. 20, 1863, to José Fitch. v. 1

 

Forbes, James Alexander 1804-1881

 

Letter, Aug. 26, 1857, to Josefa Fitch. v. 1

 

Forbes, James Alexander, 1838-

 

Letter, Aug. 3, 1876, to Josefa Fitch. v. 1

 

Hamley, George W.

 

Power of attorney to H. D. Fitch, Feb. 6, 1847. v. 1

 

Howard, William Davis Merry, ca. 1819-1856

 

Accounts, 1843 and n.d. (2). H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Johnson, Charles R.

 

Account, Feb. 25, 1850. Josefa Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Larkin Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858

 

Account, ca. 1845? H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Lataillade, Cesáreo, d. 1849

 

Undated account. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Lyons, George

 

Account, Feb. 17, 1849. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

McDonald, Alex C., 1815-1880

 

Accounts (2), 1850-1852. Henry E. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Letter, Dec. 18, 1850, to Henry E. Fitch. v. 1

 

Account, May 9, 1851. Frederick Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Account, 1850. Josefa Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Mellus, Henry, 1815-1860

 

Undated account. Henry D. Fitch account, v. 1.

 

Moreno, José Matías

 

Letter to his cousin, Josefa Fitch, Sept. 22, 1850. v. 3, p. 6

 

Nye, Gorham H., 1802-1878

 

Undated account. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1.

 

Pacheco, Romualdo, 1831-1899

 

Letter, Jan. 30, 1858, to Henry E. Fitch. v. 1.

 

Phelps, William Dane

 

Undated account. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1.

 

Robinson, Alfred, 1806-

 

Undated account. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1.

 

Simmons, Bezer 1810-1850

 

Letter, Oct. 23, 1846, to H. D. Fitch. v. 1

 

Thompson, Alpheus Basil, 1795-1869

 

Account rendered to Fitch's estate, Jan. 11, 1850. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890

 

Account, Feb. 29, 1852. Josefa Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Letter to Josefa de Fitch, Sept. 19, 1878, re Las Palmas ranch. v. 3, p. 8

 

Vioget, Jean Jacques, 1799-1855

 

Account, Sept. 10, 1849. Josefa Fitch accounts, v. 1

 

Whiting, William J.

 

Account, Sept. 11, 1829. H. D. Fitch accounts, v. 1