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Robert H. Willey Legal Collection MSS.2013.04.30
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Series I: Wiggin's Family Records 1842-1890

Physical Description

5 Folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of family documents that include: legal records, letters, notes, ledgers, newspaper clippings, and one stock certificate. Several documents include information about the Guadalupe and Wiggins Mining operation. The records are arranged into four subject headings: Court Proceedings, Family Correspondence, Financial statements, Land/Property agreements, and Mining papers. A few non-translated Spanish documents and one transcribed letter are included within the series.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically by date.

Folder 1: Court Proceedings 1850-1880


Folder 2A: Family Papers 1851-1880


Folder 2B: Ms.Gracie Letter n/d


Folder 3: Financial Papers 1850-1880


Folder 4A: Land/Property Agreements 1861-1890


Folder 4B: Land Document 1842


Folder 5: Mining Papers 1850-1878


Series II: Robert Willey Legal Records Bulk, 1865-1880 1840-1911

Physical Description

4 Folders

Scope and Content of Collection

This series documents Robert Wiley's law practice in Monterey County. The records include: property deeds, land agreements, patent requests, court summons, money transactions, letters, personal notes, and client lists. The court documents primairly relate to land and property legal transactions. The patent documents within the series chronicle the effort and success of an official patent for the invention of a Baking and Glazing Apparatus. The United States Patent Office acknowledged the invention from Luke House and granted R.H. Willey two-thirds ownership rights of the patent.


This series is arranged by subject and by chronological date order.

Folder 6: Court Dcuments 1864-1877


Folder 7: Land/Property Agreements 1831-1907


Folder 8: Miscellanous Documents 1984,1900


Folder 9: Patent Documents 1908-1911


Series III: Petition to Colonel M. B. Mason, Governor Upper California, (circa 1847-1849) n/d

Physical Description

1 Folder

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consist of a hand written petition addressed to Colonel R.B. Mason, Governor of Upper California, and a typescript.The petitioner requests military protection of rancheros' located in San Diego, San Luis, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino from continued robbery of cattle, horses, and mules by Native American's and others. Applications for armed protection were made to the Military Commandant without result. The petitioner requests assistance from the Governor by providing a detachment of U.S. military officers to enforce the rule of law in the region.


This series is arranged into a single folder.

Folder 10: Petition to Colonel M. B. Mason, Governor Upper California, (circa 1847-1849) n/d