Guide to the Francis Ziba Branch Correspondence and Papers, 1837-1874

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Guide to the Francis Ziba Branch Correspondence and Papers, 1837-1874

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 348

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Francis Ziba Branch Correspondence and Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1837-1874
Collection Number: Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 348
Creator: Branch, Francis Ziba, 1802-1874
Extent: Number of items: 111 items in box
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: A few family letters and personal memorandum books but mainly accounts for business and lands in San Luis Obispo Co. Early accounts with pioneer merchants and ships; some reflect hide and tallow trade.

A few papers, 1875-1876, of his son-in-law, H.A. Sperry, with the above.
Languages Represented: English

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[Identification of item], Francis Ziba Branch Correspondence and Papers, BANC MSS C-B 348, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Francis Ziba Branch's papers were placed in the Bancroft Library in 1943 by the Misses Eleanora and Margaret Branch of Arroyo Grande

Biographical Sketch

Francis Ziba Branch was born in upstate New York in 1802 and left his family at an early age to make his own way in the world. In 1830, after various experiences including sailing ventures on Lake Erie, he joined, at St. Louis, a trading party bound for Santa Fe. While there Branch joined the Wolfshill trapping party and came with them to California in the Spring of 1831. A few of the party decided to remain, Branch among them. He married Manuela Carlon in 1835 and he and his wife were granted land in the vicinity of San Luis Obispo. Later, by right of his own grant and two others which he claimed through his wife's family and by purchase, he became possessed of one of the largest land holdings in the county. His business prospered and in 1874 he died, leaving a large family to share in a considerable estate.

Key to Arrangement

 

Accounts

 

Thompson, Alpheus Basil, 1798-1869 1837-48

Physical Description: 6
 

McKinlay, James, 1803-1875 1841-1855

Physical Description: 8

Scope and Content Note

Include accounts for schooners, Juanita and Nimfa or Nymph
 

Miscellaneous 1842-46

Physical Description: 5

Scope and Content Note

Including accounts for bark, Tasso, receipted by Elliot Libbey and John H. Everett, order from Daniel A. Hill, receipted by Henry Mellus; undated hide and tallow account; receipt for hides and tallow from Scott & Wilson -i.e. James Scott and John Wilson
 

California (ship) 1842-47

Physical Description: 5

Scope and Content Note

Mainly accounts with W. D. M. Howard; one receipt from Curtis Clap
 

Huerta, José Antonio 1843?

Physical Description: 1

Scope and Content Note

Receipt for Carlon family debt.
 

Paty & Company 1843-47

Physical Description: 10

Scope and Content Note

Include accounts, bark, Don Quixote
 

Sterling (ship) 1845-46

Physical Description: 3

Scope and Content Note

Bills and receipts signed by Thomas B. Park, Frederick Teschemacher -for Henry Mellus, and by G. H. Vincent
 

San Luis Obispo tax bills 1850-67

Physical Description: 13

Scope and Content Note

City, county and state taxes
 

Surveying and legal accounts for lands 1851-58

Physical Description: 3

Scope and Content Note

Receipted bills from M. R. Hutton, D. F. Newsom and Hinchman & Hoar, legal firm
 

Howe, Elisha H. 1853-56

Physical Description: 4

Scope and Content Note

(Including tax receipts)
 

Miscellaneous 1884-68

Physical Description: 8

Scope and Content Note

Including promissory note to A. Blochman & Company
 

Sparks, Isaac J. 1858-65

Physical Description: 19 pieces

Scope and Content Note

Mortgages, notes, receipts and accounts -some in Albert Packard's handwriting
 

Tuition bills 1857-71

Physical Description: 3

Scope and Content Note

Receipted bills from Caroline McLeod, 1857-1858; from S. S. Harmon, Santa Barbara College, 1871
 

Miscellaneous ca. 1870-74

Physical Description: 9 pieces
 

Correspondence and miscellaneous Papers

 

Family letters 1852-54

Physical Description: 2

Scope and Content Note

From nephews, Francis G. Guild, 1852, and Ziba Branch Guild -written, 1854, for Huldah Branch who signed postscript on p.2
 

Hidden, N. H., M.D. 1855

Physical Description: 1
 

Sperry, H. A. Correspondence 1875-76

Physical Description: 7

Scope and Content Note

Includes letter, 1875, from his uncle, Austin Sperry, 1819-1881.
 

San Luis Obispo Co., Calif. Residents, Arroyo

Grande Road District, no. 1.
n.d.

Physical Description: 1

Scope and Content Note

Draft petition
 

Memorandum and note books of F. Z. Branch

volume vol. 1

Memorandum book 1859-63

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous accounts and daily entries -in 1889 pocket diary
volume vol. 2

Accounts with Blochman & Company 1864-66

volume vol. 3

Mill accounts 1865-66

volume vol. 4

Mill accounts 1868-71

volume vol. 5

Memorandum book 1868-69

Scope and Content Note

Stock record and some daily entries
volume vol. 6

Memorandum book 1869-70

volume vol. 7

Accounts (mainly labor) 1868-72

volume vol. 8

Accounts (miscellaneous) 1870-72

volume vol. 9

Accounts (miscellaneous) 1872-74

volume vol. 10

Memoranda and accounts 1871-73

volume vol. 11

Diary and accounts 1872