Guide to the John C. Gore, Sr. family papers M1847

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: John C. Gore, Sr. family papers
creator: Gore, John C., Sr.
source: Gore family
Identifier/Call Number: M1847
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1833-1952
Abstract: Papers of John C. Gore and family, principally concerned with a property dispute in Rancho Pescadero (now Pebble Beach), California.

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], John C. Gore, Sr. family papers (M1847). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 2011. Accession 2011-140.

Scope and Contents

The Gore family lived on the 4400-acre Rancho Pescadero, California, (now Pebble Beach) and was involved in a land dispute with David Jacks and later the Pacific Improvement Company over this property. John C. Gore, Sr. had purchased the Rancho in 1852 from the widow of John Frederick Romie, who died while mining in Placerville in 1850. Romie had bought the land from Maria Madariaga four years prior. However, in 1860 Madariaga sold the land once more to investor David Jacks, who already owned the adjoining Rancho Aguajito. He also married the daughter of John Frederick and Maria Romie. Litigation over the two deeds to the former Mexican land grant began in 1860, made more complicated by Jacks' sale of the land to the Pacific Improvement Company in 1880. Included is a 150-page manuscript vellum-bound diary/journal, numerous manuscript letters, and notes dealing specifically with the dispute and subsequent legal proceedings between the Gore family and David Jacks, contemporary copies of pleadings and exhibits in the case, and a large quantity of other material related to the Monterey area, Rancho Pescadero, as well as family correspondence and documents.

Related Materials

Stanford Special collections also holds the David Jacks papers, 1845-1905 (M0068): as well as several collections on the Pacific Improvement Company, including JL001 ( and JL017 (

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Pebble Beach (Calif.)
Monterey County (Calif.) -- History.
Law -- California -- Monterey County -- History.
Rancho Pescadero (Barreto)
Gore, John C., Sr.
Gore family
Jacks, David, 1822-1909
Pacific Improvement Company


Legal papers

box 1, folder 1

Sworn Statement of Assistant Librarian of Congressional Library re David Jacks Naturalization Records

box 1, folder 3

Jacks v Gore: Affidavit, February 16, 1864, of John Gore

box 1, folder 4

Tompkins Estate (Copy of Will) November 24, 1872

box 1, folder 16

Gore v Jacks: Petition for Allowance of Appeal June 1904

box 1, folder 17

Bond/Edward Tompkins to Marinus Price

box 1, folder 18

Indenture/Elizabeth Jane, the wife of James Henry Thomas Vaughan Hughes Spectember 6, 1889

box 1, folder 23

Deed to J.J. O'Farrell, Alameda County January 10, 1896

box 1, folder 26

Supreme Court re Appeal of Circuit Court, October term, 1904. Gore and Howard v. United States, David Jacks, and Pacific Improvement Conpany, Defendants and Appellees

box 1, folder 33

Copy of Statement of Facts in Pescadero Case, as made by John C. Gore Sr.

box 2, folder 1

John C Gore Jr, and Hamilton Gay Howard, Complaints v the United States, David Jacks, and Pacific Improvement Company, Defendants. Case # 13,549: petition for Writ of Mandate, February 16, 1904

box 2, folder 2

Index to Exhibits of Bill of Complaints

box 2, folder 3

John C Gore Jr, and Hamilton Gay Howard, Complaints v the United States, David Jacks, and Pacific Improvement Company, Defendants. Case # 13,549: petition for Writ of Mandate, February 16, 1904: Dismissal and Final Decree

box 2, folder 4

Taxes for Ten Years, showing the Valuation of the Rancho Pescadero and the number of Acres it contained from 1853 to 1863

box 2, folder 5

B.F. Ankenys Receipts 1860

box 2, folder 6

Certification of Power of Attorney, John C Gore to Frederick Seymour 1903

box 2, folder 7

No. 39 Letters Supplementary to the Trade with Tompkins November 29, 1860

box 2, folder 8

Mortgage, Edward Thompkins to M Pierce, copy 1855

box 2, folder 9

The United States,Complaintant,v David Jacks, and Pacific Improvement Company, Defendants. Original Bill of Complaint

box 2, folder 10

Gore to Seymour: Correspondence, copy September 7, 1860

box 2, folder 11

Copy of Frederick Seymour's Discharge for Debt, 1862, Exhibit 75-A

box 2, folder 12

Estate of Mrs Vaughan Hughes, deceased, re W. Arthur Bennett Hale Gore's Legacy 1911

box 2, folder 13

John C Gore Jr, and Hamilton Gay Howard, Complaints v the United States, David Jacks, and Pacific Improvement Company, Defendants. Case # 13,549: Petition for Writ or Mandate [?]

box 2, folder 14

John C Gore Jr, and Hamilton Gay Howard, Complaints v the United States, David Jacks, and Pacific Improvement Company, Defendants. Case # 13,549: Hearing on Demurrers [?]

box 2, folder 15

American Bonding Company of Baltimore: Authorization of Business Charter February 1904

box 2, folder 16

Certificate of Title, Matilda Hale Gore, # 4117/Title 5842-77, Alameda County 1896

box 2, folder 19

Warranty Deed, William Barrett to John C. Gore August 1860

box 2, folder 22

Documents relating to taxes on Rancho Pescadero

box 2, folder 23

Documents regarding payment of 1862 Rancho Pescadero property taxes

box 2, folder 24

John C. Gore: Copy of original affadavit, March 20, 1861

box 2, folder 25

Miscellaneous legal documents


Legal exhibits

box 3, folder 1

Exhibits 1-6, 10-16

box 3, folder 2

Exhibits 17-21, 23-29

box 3, folder 3

Exhibits 30-37

box 1, folder 6

Jacks v Gore: Exhibit 38

box 1, folder 5

Jacks v Gore: Exhibit 39

box 3, folder 4

Exhibits 40-47

box 3, folder 5

Exhibits 48-62

box 3, folder 6

Exhibits 63-71, 73, 74, 86

box 1, folders 7-15

Jacks v Gore: Exhibits 75-83

box 1, folder 2

Jacks v Gore: Exhibit 85 March 27, 1864



box 2, folder 26

Miscellaneous correspondence

box 2, folder 21

Miscellaneous correspondence

box 2, folder 20

Frederick Seymour, Correspondence

box 2, folder 18

John C. Gore Correspondence

box 2, folder 17

John C. Gore and Fredrick Seymour: Correspondence/Documents


Arthur B. Gore

box 2, folder 29

A.B. Gore Hamilton college diplomas 1915

box 1, folder 22

Grant Deed to Arthur Gore, Gas and Water Easement, Pacific Grove property, some family information June 16, 1952

box 1, folder 24

Arthur B. Gore and Elizabeth S. Gore, Affidavit February 9, 1933

box 1, folder 25

Arthur Bennett Gore's handwritten Autobiography June 25, 1926

box 1, folder 28


box 1, folder 19


box 1, folder 34

Arthur Gore Poetry

box 2, folder 33

Dr. Arthur Gore- published poetry (newspaper clippings)

box 2, folder 34

Dr. Arthur Gore- manuscript drafts, poetry

box 2, folder 35

Dr. Arthur Gore- typescript drafts, poetry

box 2, folder 36

Dr. Arthur Gore- typescript drafts, poetry

box 2, folder 37

Dr. Arthur Gore fan mail



box 1, folder 20

Photograph Negatives

box 1, folder 21

John Gore family information

box 1, folder 27

Family papers

box 1, folder 29

Jack's School Work, 1927; and Jack's Senior Sweater Numbers, 1939

box 1, folder 30

Photograph negatives, Jack and Ruby

box 2, folder 27

John B. Gore diplomas etc. 1930s-1940s

box 2, folder 30

Miscellaneous ephemera and negatives (Jacks Wedding Pictures)


Other material

box 4, folder 1

Ephemera and correspondence, oversize

box 2, folder 28

John C. Gore National Academy of Design membership 1833

box 1, folder 31

Diary of John C Gore Sr. [vellum bound]

Box 4

Diary 2 of John C. Gore Sr. 1862-1864

box 1, folder 32

Masonic Papers 1883

box 2, folder 31

Clippings- obituaries

box 2, folder 32

Clippings - American presidents feature etc.