Juan Bandini (1800-59) was one of the most prominent men of his time in Southern California. He amassed a fortune through
merchandising, farming, and stockraising. One of his daughters married the biggest land owner and rancher in Southern California
at the time. The collection consists of correspondence, legal papers, and business records of members of the Bandini family.
Juan Bandini (1800-59) was one of the most prominent men of his time in Southern California, amassing a fortune through merchandising,
farming, and stockraising; his landholdings eventually included fifty thousand acres extending from Rincon to Agua Manse;
one of his daughters, Arcadia Bandini (1825-12), married Abel Stearns (1798-1871), a Yankee merchant who later became the
biggest land owner and rancher in Southern California another of Bandini's daughters, Isidora, married Colonel Cave J. Couts;
Bandini's son, Juan B. Bandini (b. 1833) managed his father's ranch, worked at Abel Stearns's store, and later operated a
cattle business at Last Chance ranch.Juan Bandini, 1800-1859.
Daughter - Arcadia Bandini, 1823-1912.
-Married Abel Stearns in 1837 (Stearns was in business with Bandini). Stearns died 1871.
-Married Colonel Robert S. Baker, 1874.
-Arcadia had no children.
Daughter - Ysidora Bandini
-Married Cave Johnson Couts, also in business with Stearns.
Son - Juan B. Bandini, d. 1906.
-Married a Sepulveda.
-Daughter - Arcadia Bandini, married John T. Gaffey. their daughter is Margaret Gaffey Kilroy, donor of this collection.
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