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Sespe Rancho collection
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This collection includes material related to the history of Rancho Sespe, near modern day Fillmore, California.
Sespe is the name given to the area in the Santa Clara Valley of Ventura County near modern day Fillmore, California by indigenous inhabitants, allegedly by a tribe of that name. The first land owner of European descent was Carlos Antonio Carrillo. Carrillo gained ownership of the ranch after undergoing the Mexican Land Grant process from 1828 to 1834. Carrillo passed away in 1852 and for two years thereafter his brother Jose Antonio Carrillo underwent the process of proving to the State of California that Carlos Antonio was the legal owner of the Sespe Ranch. Thomas Wallace More bought the Sespe Ranch from the Probate court of Santa Barbara in 1854. That year More set off to defend his land claim on two fronts. The first was a legal battle that began in 1854 and continued for decades in which More tried to prove that the Sespe Ranch consisted of six leagues of land and not two. The second front was with a series of American squatters that sought land to claim as their own; they argued that the four leagues in dispute were government property. The legal battle was not settled until 1877 when the U.S. government decided against More. The conflict with the squatters concluded with the murder of More that same year. Aside from the missions on the coast, the Sespe Ranch was one of the largest settlements inland until it was overshadowed by the growth of the neighboring town of Fillmore in the 1880s. The ranch was purchased by M.B. Hull in 1888 and was inherited in 1895 by his son and daughter Eudora Hull Spalding, wife of Keith Spalding. Individuals related to this collection include: Carlos Antonio Carrillo (Carlos Antonio de Jesus Carrillo) (1783-1852), first owner of Rancho Sespe. Governor of (Mexican) Alta California 1837-1838. He was the son of Jose Raimundo Carrillo (1749-1809), father of Juan Jose Carrillo (1842-1916), brother of Jose Antonio Carrillo (1796-1862), and great grandfather of actor Leo Carrillo (1880-1961). Jose Antonio Carrillo (Jose Antonio Ezequiel Carrillo) (1796-1862), Son of Jose Raimundo Carrillo and brother of Carlos Antonio Carrillo. He served as mayor of (Mexican) Los Angeles three non-consecutive times between 1826 and 1834. Jose Raimundo Carrillo (1749-1809), born in Loreto Baja, California, he was part of first expedition to Alta California with Gaspar de Portola in 1769. Married by Junipero Serra in 1781 to Tomasa Ignacia Lugo. Carlos Antonio Carrillo and Jose Antonio Carrillo were among his four sons and one daughter. Robert Glass Cleland (1885-1957) professor at Occidental College. He published a book which made use of Sheridan's manuscript The place called Sespe: the history of a California ranch, 1940, and was provided with research notes by Keith Spalding and Howard F. Pressey.
1.29 Linear Feet (1 box)
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