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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rancho La Ballona Property records
    Dates: 1868-1926
    Collection number: MS123
    Collection Size: 0.25 linear feet
    Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
    Abstract: This collection contains legal documents related to the ownership, transfer of title, and division of the property known as Rancho La Ballona.
    Physical location: Section H, Aisle 67, Row B, Bay 1, Shelf 6
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections may be subject to copyright. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Loyola Marymount University does not claim ownership of the copyright of any materials in its collections. The user or publisher must secure permission to publish from the copyright owner. Loyola Marymount University does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights held by the original author or artists or his/her heirs, assigns, or executors.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Rancho La Ballona Property records, MS123, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Albert V. Vela, P.h.D. Accession number: 2016.35.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Rancho La Ballona was a 13,920-acre Mexican land grant in present day Los Angeles County confirmed by Governor Juan Alvarado in 1839 to Ygnacio and Agustín Machado and Felipe and Tomas Talamantes. The Machados and Talamantes had already been given a specific Spanish concession to graze their cattle on this land in 1819.
    The cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War and the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo promised that the land grants would be honored. In 1854 the Machados and Talamantes registered their claim for Rancho La Ballona with the Board of California Land Commissioners and it was approved in 1857. In 1873, after the death of Agustín Machado, Rancho La Ballona was patented at 13,920 acres to the original four claimants.
    In 1857, Benjamin D. Wilson received title to one fourth of Rancho La Ballona on foreclosure of a loan he made to Tomas Talamantes in 1854. Wilson sold his undivided fourth to George A. Sanford and John D. Young, who in 1863 petitioned for the division of the lower Ballona Valley land. In 1868 a decree was issued that divided the land in question into 23 sections, with the largest allotment of the former rancho belonging to the Estate of Agustín Machado. This parcel was later further divided among the Machado’s heirs.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of legal documents related to John D. Young’s petition for the division of the rancho and subsequent ownership issues of his parcel leading up to the mid 1920s.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Land tenure--California--History.
    Rancho La Ballona
    Machado, José Agustín Antonio, 1794-1865
    Ranches -- California -- Los Angeles County.

    Related Material

    Rancho La Ballona Map (CSLA-11)