Sepulveda/Mott Collection

1837-1950


Descriptive Summary

Title: Sepulveda/Mott Collection
Dates: 1837-1950
Collection Number: GC 1027
Creator/Collector:
Extent: (Boxes: 3 legal, ½ legal, oversize folders)
Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Abstract: The collection consists of some 150 letters from various persons to Francisca Sepulveda de Carrillo (between 1845 and the 1890s), personal correspondence of Thomas Dillingham Mott and family (chiefly Ascension Sepulveda de Mott and Georgia Mott de Van der Leck). These letters are from such notables as Jose Antonio Carrillo, Antonio Maria de la Guerra, Ignacio Sepulveda, Alex Godey, Charles Crocker, Stephen White, Andres Pico, William Money, and several other figures. There are also about 225 pieces of business papers and correspondence, including promissory notes, deeds to houses, grocery bills, etc., from the 1840s and 1850s, as well as Jose Sepulveda's last will and testament.
Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian

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Preferred Citation

Sepulveda/Mott Collection. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Biography/Administrative History

Francisca and Ascension Sepulveda were sisters. Their father, Jose Antonio Andres Sepulveda (1803-1875) was landowner to a large swath of Los Angeles County, including parts of today’s Orange County. They were descendants of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family in the early days of Alta California in present day Southern California. Thomas Dillingham Mott (July 30, 1829 -February 19, 1904) married Ascension Sepulveda. He was the son of John Rogers Mott and Abigail Hathaway Dillingham. His brother was Stephen Hathaway Mott. Maria Ascension “Chonita” Jacinta Sepulveda (February 15, 1844–December 1923). She was the daughter of Jose Antonio Andres Sepulveda and Maria Francisca De Paula Avila. She was the mother of Georgiana Francisca Mott, Thomas Dillingham Mott, II and three other children (total number of children was eleven, but only five reached maturity.) Henry Van Der Leck – Son of Lorenzo Leck. Married Georgiana Mott. Raho, Padre (Father) Blas – Blas Raho, C.M. (1806-1862) In 1856, he “was named pastor of Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. He began at once to redecorate the church. Once commentator noted that “the historic edifice, so long unchanged, was practically rebuilt. The front adobe wall, which had become damaged by rains, was taken down and reconstructed of brick: some alterations were made in the tower; and the interesting old tiled roof was replaced—to the intense regret of later and more appreciative generations—whith modern, less durable shingles.”” Father Raho also aided in the marriage of Thomas Dillingham Mott and Ascension Sepulveda by calling out to them, in front of the many guest at a christening party, and asking if they wished he would marry them. Padre Raho, did this knowing that Sepulveda had already turned Mott down once before. Cited from Weber, Msgr. Francis J., (2001) Encyclopedia of California’s Catholic Heritage 1769-1999. Mission Hill; Spokane: Saint Francis Historical Society, Pg. 751; and Wittenburg, Sister Mary Ste. Therese. (1982) “A California Girlhood: Reminiscences of Ascension Sepulveda y Avila” Southern California Quarterly, Vol. 64. Los Angeles: Historical Society of Southern California, Pg. 137.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of some 150 letters from various persons to Francisca Sepulveda de Carrillo (between 1845 and the 1890s), personal correspondence of Thomas Dillingham Mott and family (chiefly Ascension Sepulveda de Mott and Georgia Mott de Van der Leck). These letters are from such notables as Jose Antonio Carrillo, Antonio Maria de la Guerra, Ignacio Sepulveda, Alex Godey, Charles Crocker, Stephen White, Andres Pico, William Money, and several other figures. There are also about 225 pieces of business papers and correspondence, including promissory notes, deeds to houses, grocery bills, etc., from the 1840s and 1850s, as well as Jose Sepulveda's last will and testament. Several of the business papers concern T.D. Mott's enterprises during the 1870s and 1880s and on through the 19th century. (One letter dated 4/1/1852 refers to cattle sold to pay Hugo Reid debt.-Box 2, folder 54). A genealogical chart for descendants of Francisco Sepulveda and Ramona Serrano to about 1950.

Indexing Terms

Los Angeles (Calif.)