The collection of Robert H. Willey contains records pertaining to Willey’s law practice in Monterey County from 1879-1916.
The first series consists of records documenting various Willey family legal transactions. Series two consists of a variety
of legal records that include: deeds, legal agreements, mining documents, financial statements, patent correspondence, court
documents and other legal records. Series three consists of a single petition and includes a typescript. The petitioner requests
Colonel R. B. Mason, the Governor of Upper California (1847-1849) for enforcement of protection of rancheros' located in
San Diego, San Luis, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino from continued robbery of cattle, horses, and mules by Native Americans
and others. Applications for armed protection were made to the Military Commandant without result. The petitioner requests
assistance from the Governor by providing a detachment of U.S. military officers to enforce the rule of law in the region.
Robert H. Willey (1852-1916) was born in 1852 in New York, New York, while his father was a temporary worker in New York and
following the end of his assignment, he and his family returned to their home in Yorkshire, England. At the age of seventeen
Robert Willey traveled to San Francisco with his father and from this experience he moved to Napa Valley to study law. While
in Napa Valley, Willey met and married Susie Clark. In 1879, the couple relocated to Monterey where Willey established his
law practice. Some years later Willey became Monterey’s City Attorney while continuing his private law practice. Willey died
November 30th, 1916 leaving behind a widow and three children.
(.417 linear feet)
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