Bernal Family Papers

Finding aid prepared by Anne M. Reid.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Bernal Family Papers
Dates: 1849-circa 1896
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Bernal Family
Extent: 67 items
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The chronologically-arranged documents demonstrate the range of legal, financial and real estate-related transactions initiated by or concerning the Bernal family and their associates. Included in this series are legal contracts, mortgages, leases, title deeds, promissory notes, tax receipts, and general accounting records. The series also includes personal and business letters to and by the Bernal family members and their associates. Two portraits comprise their own series. Both portraits were taken by San Francisco-based photographers, Charles Lake Cramer and George Daniels Morse, sometime during the last thirty years of the 19th century. Finally, ephemera are contained in the last folder of the collection. Subjects include H. W. Halleck, Joseph Mora Moss, real property in California, San Francisco, San Mateo County and Livermore, California.
Language of Material: The records are in English and Spanish.

Administration Information

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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

The Huntington Library purchased the collection from the Argonaut Book Shop in March 1949.

Biography

The Bernal Family resided in the San Francisco Bay area during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Carmen Sibrian de Bernal, who was born at San Juan Bautista Mission on April 14, 1804 (Early California Population Project baptism SJB 01300) married Jose Cornelio Bernal on June 26, 1819 at Santa Clara Mission (ECPP marriage SCL 01883). As these documents reveal, Carmen Sibrian de Bernal assumed a greater role in the family’s legal and financial matters after the death of her husband in November 1850 (ECPP death SFD 05614). The documents also demonstrate that the couple’s son, José de Jesus Bernal, born circa December 26, 1830 at San Francisco Mission (ECPP baptism SFD 06528c), also took an active role in the family’s dealings, particularly in real estate affairs. José de Jesus Bernal eventually married Geronima Rufino, whose family members also contributed to this collection. Other persons who had familial ties to the Bernals include members of the Vasquez and Higuera families. Other associates include members of the Italian and Euro-American communities in the San Francisco area.

Scope and Content

The papers consist of the following series:
  1. The chronologically-arranged documents demonstrate the range of legal, financial, and real estate-related transactions initiated by or concerning the Bernal Family and their associates. Included in this series are legal contracts, mortgages, leases, title deeds, promissory notes, tax receipts, and general accounting records. The series also includes materials created and / or signed by California-based administrators, most notably by Jacques Antoine Moerenhout. The Belgian-born Moerenhout served as consul for France in the United States and Tahiti and authored The Inside Story of the Gold Rush (Campbell 85). Also represented is Henry Haight, the San Francisco-based banker and uncle of the tenth governor of California, Henry H. Haight.
  2. The chronologically-arranged correspondence includes personal and business letters to and by the Bernal Family members and their associates. Many letters were directed to Geronima Rufino de Bernal, with a minority of letters directed to Carmen Sibrian de Bernal.
  3. Two chronologically-arranged portraits comprise their own series. Both portraits were taken by San Francisco-based photographers, Charles Lake Cramer and George Daniels Morse, sometime during the last thirty years of the nineteenth century. Only the sitter in Morse’s photograph was named and identified as Luis Ruffino.
  4. Finally, ephemera are contained in the last folder of the collection. These items include: a blank indenture form signed by Charles C Moore; a “Compromisos” (or Obligations) printed card, filled in with pencil; an empty envelope addressed to Carmen Sibrian de Bernal, postmarked Jan. 3, 1882; and two business cards, one for Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich and the other for Mr. and Mrs. Forbes.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Halleck, H. W. (Henry Wager), 1815-1872.
Moss, Joseph Mora, 1809-1880.
Bernal family

Subjects

Deeds -- California.
Landlord and tenant -- California.
Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- California.
Leases -- California.
Mortgages -- California.
Real property tax -- California.
Taxation -- California -- San Francisco.
Women -- California.

Geographic Areas

California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Livermore (Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
San Mateo County (Calif.)

Genre

Cartes-de-visite (card photographs).
Deeds California 19th century.
Leases California 19th century.
Legal documents California 19th century.
Letters (correspondence) California 19th century.
Promissory notes.


CONTAINER LIST

 

1849, Oct. 31. Contract between landholder (unknown) and Sebastian Rodrigues for a parcel of land on the rancho named Rincon de la Ballena (in Spanish). HM 70789.

 

1850, Nov. 1. Lease between Jacques Antoine Moerenhout and […]s Breck, Louis Hebrard, and Jos. Déprette for their use of twenty acres on Rancho de las Salinas, near Mission San Francisco (in French). HM 70790.

 

1851, Mar. 1. Lease between Jacques Antoine Moerenhout and A. Dodge & Co. for Dodge’s use of twenty-five acres of land on the property of Jose Cornelio Bernal. HM 70791.

 

1851, Mar. 7. Alcayaga, Manuel and Antonio Aguayo. Promissory note. Note: the relationship between the signed parties is somewhat unclear. The agreement appears to be between Alcayaga and Aguayo, with Carmen Sibrian acting as a witness. Damian Marchan’s role is not fully explained (in Spanish). HM 70792.

 

1852, Jan. 24. Lease between Carmen Sibrian de Bernal to Hollom Hutchinson for his use of land on Rancho de Jesus Marin, also known as “Potrero Viejo.” HM 70793.

 

1853, Oct. [Higuera, Lazaro]. Promissory note to [José de] Jesus Bernal. Note: date of month missing (in Spanish). HM 70794.

 

1853, Nov. 10. Higuera, Lazaro. Receipt for José de Jesus Bernal acknowledging his payment of 385 pesos for the purchase of Las Tularcitas (in Italian). HM 70795.

 

1854, Jan. 29. Higuera, Florencio. Promissory note to Ignocencio Romero with José de Jesus Bernal serving as the guarantor (in Spanish). HM 70796.

 

1854, Feb. 4. [Higuera, Lazaro]. Promissory note to Jacques Antoine Moerenhout (in Spanish). HM 70797.

 

1854, Feb. 7. [Higuera, Lazaro]. Promissory note to Giorgio Scarpa (in Spanish). HM 70798.

 

1854, Jul. 15. Higuera, Florencio. Promissory note to José de Jesus Bernal (in Spanish). HM 70799.

 

1855, May 20. 5. Gelich, Francesco. Receipt for José de Jesus Bernal acknowledging his payment of 193.12 ½ pesos on behalf of Encarnacion Higuera (in Spanish).  HM 70800.

 

1855, Jun 30. 5. Bernal, Carmen Sibrian de and [José de Jesus] Bernal. Promissory note to Pedro Real [Pietro Reale] (in Spanish). HM 70801.

 

1855, Jul. 7. 5. Mortgage between Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and José de Jesus Bernal and José Antonaegui, Esteban Garat, Miguel Gracian, and Pedro Altube (mortgagees) for a parcel of land on Rincon de Las Salinas y Potrero Viejo.  HM 70802.

 

1855, Aug. 14. 5. Ruffino, [Francesco]. Accounts of Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and Paula Santiago (in Spanish). HM 70803.

 

1855, Aug. 22. Bernal, Carmen Sibrian de and José de Jesus Bernal. Promissory note to Halleck, Peachy, Billings, and Park.  HM 70804.

 

1855, Sep. 1. Bernal, Carmen Sibrian de. Promissory note to Pietro Reale (in Spanish and Italian).  HM 70805.

 

1855, Dec. 26. Mortgage between Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and José de Jesus Bernal and Gustave Touchard (mortgagee) for a lot of land near Mission Dolores in San Francisco.  HM 70806.

 

1858, Jan. 26. Deed from Joseph Mora Moss to Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and José de Jesus Bernal for a parcel of land on Potrero Viejo.  HM 70807.

 

1858, Mar. 1. Promissory note to Paula Sibrianes (in Spanish).  HM 70808.

 

1858, Apr. 23. California District Court (3rd Judicial District). Joseph Scott, plaintiff, vs. Valentin Higuera, et al., Defendants. Note: Copy of summons.  HM 70809.

 

1859, Nov. 10. Lease between Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and José de Jesus Bernal and Gabriello Cecchettini, Andreas Cecchettini, and Stefano Cecchettini.  HM 70810.

 

1862, Apr. 22. Agreement between José de Jesus Bernal and Carmen Sibrian de Bernal with Jacques Antoine Moerenhout and his daughter, Emma Antonia Moerenhout de Crowly, concerning a parcel of land called San Ygnacio on the Rancho las Tularcitas in Santa Clara County (in Spanish). HM 70811.

 

1864, Apr. 15. Bernal, Carmen Sibrian de. Promissory note to Giacomo Brignardello.  HM 70812.

 

1864, Apr. 15. Mortgage between Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and Giacomo Brignardello (mortgagee) for a parcel of land on Rincón de las Salinas y Potrero Viejo. Also signed by Henry Haight (Sr.). HM 70813.

 

1864, May 2. Lease between Maria Alvina Hernandez de Vasquez and Maria Reyes Bernal de Vasquez and Sebastian Jara for Jara’s use of a parcel of land in and around Rancho de los Pilarcitos (in Spanish and English).  HM 70814.

 

1864, Jun [8]. Ruffino, Francesco. Receipt for Carmen Bernal, acknowledging her payment of 223 pesos (in Spanish).  HM 70815.

 

1864, Sep. 26. Lease between Luciano Vasquez and Sebastian Jara for Jara’s use of his land in and around Rancho de los Pilarcitos (in Spanish and English).  HM 70816.

 

1864, Oct. 11. Bernal, Carmen Sibrian de. Assignment of mortgage to Job M. Seaman.  HM 70817.

 

1865, Oct. 30. Lewis, John B. Transfer of real estate title to Carmen Sibrian de Bernal. HM 70818.

 

1866, Feb. 27. Bernal, Carmen Sibrian de. Promissory note to David C. Anderson. HM 70819.

 

1867, Oct. 22. Bernal, Carmen Sibrian de. Promissory note to William D. Brown. HM 70820.

 

1868, Apr. 27. Maze, M. and J.D. Marks. Request to A.H. Parker, County Surveyor of Santa Clara, to survey and map the Archuleta suertes; receipt for survey and map fees from J.D. Marks to M. Maze. HM 70821.

 

1868-1870. Three documents detailing agreements between Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and Sivilo Valencia; Tracy McDonald and Martin Barra; and Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and Martin Barra. HM 70822.

 

1869, Jul. 20. Lease between Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and Luigi Gaddi, Luigi Giusti, Giovanni Battista Daneri, Agostino Pitti, and Guiseppe Lotti for their use of her property along Islais Creek. HM 70823.

 

1870, Jan. 8. Fox, George W. Delinquent tax receipt received of Jesus Garcia. HM 70824.

 

1870, Nov. 8-19. Statement of Martin Barra, detailing his grievances against Sivilo Valencia and the cancellation of his agreement with Tracy McDonald for some property owned by Carmen Sibrian de Bernal (in Spanish and English). HM 70825.

 

1871, Nov. 20. Lathrop, Thomas W. Receipt for State and County taxes received of Carmen Sibrian de Bernal. HM 70826.

 

1873, Jan. 4. Edgar, John [C.]. State and County taxes, San Mateo County, 1872-’73; Half Moon Bay Township, Description of Real and Personal Property, received of C.H. de Bernal. HM 70827.

 

1875, Jan. 4. Edgar, John [C.]. Receipt for State and County taxes received of C.H. Bernal. HM 70828.

 

1876, Jan. 3. Edgar, John [C.]. Receipt for State and County taxes received of C.H. de Bernal. HM 70829.

 

1878-1879. Transfer of tenancy agreement from Carmen Sibrian de Bernal to Sebastian Jara; and J Debenedetti’s renunciation of the contract ceded between Bernal and Jara and himself (in Spanish). HM 70830.

 

1880, Jan. 5. Green, George W. Receipt for State and County taxes received of C. S. Bernal. HM 70831.

 

1880, Jan. 20. Green, George W. Receipt for State and County taxes received of C. F. Bernal. HM 70832.

 

1881, Sep. 17. Receipt for Carmen Sibrian de Bernal acknowledging her payment of $200.00 (in Spanish). HM 70833.

 

1886. San Francisco (Calif.). Tax collector. City and County of San Francisco, 1886, Personal property taxes assessed to Geronimo Bernal. HM 70834.

 

[Approx. 1895-1896]. Rents collected in Bernal Ranch for 1896 from Nov. 1, 1895 to Nov. 1, 1896. Note: recordkeeping ends on Dec. 4 [1895]. HM 70835.

 

[Undated]. Description of property in San Francisco. Note: Property may belong to Carmen Sibrian de Bernal and José de Jesus Bernal, as their names appear at the bottom of page 2. HM 70836.

 

[Undated]. Ruffino, [Francesco]. Accounts of Dona Paula (in Spanish). HM 70837.

 

1853, Nov. 21. Valencia, Tomasa. 1 letter to Geronima Rufino (in Spanish). HM 70838.

 

1854. Bernal, José de Jesus. 2 letters to Geronima [Bernal] (in Spanish). HM 70839-70840.

 

1854-1855. -----, Clara. 2 letters to Geronima Rufino (in Spanish and some English). HM 70841-70842. 

 

1856, Apr. 14. Garcia, Carmen. 1 letter to “Mi muy estimada madre” (in Spanish). HM 70843.

 

1859, Aug. 18. Leon, Lorenzo de. 1 letter to Carmen Sibrian (in Spanish). HM 70844.

 

1862, Jul. 31. Rufino, Pancha. 1 letter to Geronima Bernal (in Spanish). HM 70845.

 

1862, Sep. 3. Vignolo, Petrona. 1 letter to Geronima [Bernal] (in Spanish). HM 70846.

 

1870, Sep. 26. Moerenhout, J.A. (Jacques Antoine), 1796-1879. 1 letter to Carmen Sibrian de Bernal (in Spanish). HM 70847.

 

1871, Mar 13. “Para la Señora Livermore.” 1 note to [Josefa Higuera] Livermore (in Spanish and English). HM 70848.

 

1873. Bernal, José Cornelio. 2 letters to Geronima R. de Bernal (in Spanish). HM 70849-70850.

 

1880, Mar. 19. Jara, S[ebastian]. 1 letter to Carmen S. de Bernal (in Spanish). HM 70851.

 

[Undated]. Castro, Isabella. 1 letter to Señoritas Rufinas (in Spanish and English). HM 70852.

 

[After 1868]. Cramer, Charles Lake. “Portrait of an unidentified man.” 1 photographic print: albumen; cartes-de-visite. HM 70853.

 

[Between 1871 and 1891]. Morse, George Daniels. “Portrait of Luis Ruffino, 1844.” 1 photographic print; cartes-de-visite. Note: the photograph is possible a copy of a daguerreotype or ambrotype view. HM 70854.

 

Ephemera: 5 items. HM 70855.