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Women’s Separate Property 1853-1889

Physical Description: 34 items

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of these items are documents entitled “Inventories of Women’s Separate Property.” In addition to inventories, this folder also includes other legal documents relating to female ownership of land and property including deeds of sale, wills and leases.
 

Certificates of Sale because of Taxes 1852-1854

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

These items document the loss of land by individuals who owed property taxes. Their land was sold at public auction by the Sheriff for a fraction of the value of the property.
 

Certificates of Sale because of Law Suits 1852-1874

Physical Description: 37 items
 

Certificates of Sale, Deeds to Properties 1855-1883

Physical Description: 20 items

Scope and Content Note

This folder also includes mortgage agreements, mortgage releases, inheritance and foreclosure.
 

Preemption Claims 1851-1854

Physical Description: 34 items

Scope and Content Note

The first half of the most numerous type of legal land document in this collection.
 

Preemption Claims 1855-1868

Physical Description: 39 items

Scope and Content Note

The second half of the most numerous type of legal land document in this collection.
 

Documents Relating to Del Valle, Pico, Stearns, and Temple 1852-1875

Physical Description: 28 items

Scope and Content Note

This folder includes legal land documents relating to some of the most famous individuals relating to Los Angeles history. While the documents of many significant individuals are included in this collection, this folder focuses on 24 items relating to Francis P.F. Temple, Abel Stearns, Pío Pico, and Ignacio Del Valle.
 

Miscellaneous Legal Documents 1850-1884

Physical Description: 33 items

Scope and Content Note

This folder various types of legal documents not included in other folders such as: affidavits, leases, and by-laws.
 

Oversized Documents 1861-1889

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes: maps and United States land grants.