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Documents for the History of the Daniel Freeman Family and the Rancho Centinela.
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This collection consists of primary sources (mostly copies) and notes that Betty Forsyth (d. 2006) compiled on the Daniel Freeman family, their Rancho Centinela, and local towns, such as Inglewood, California.
The Canadian businessman and lawyer Daniel Freeman (1837-1918) came with his family to Los Angeles area in 1873, where the Rancho Centinela became the center of the family's fortune. His wife Catherine leased the Ranchos Aguaje de la Centinela and Sausal Redondo from Sir Robert Burnett of Scotland in 1873--the name Rancho Centinela was that given to the combination of the two ranchos under their joint ownership by Sir Robert. During Mexican rule in California the ranches had been owned by members of the Avila and Machado families. After his wife's death in 1874, Daniel Freeman assumed the lease, eventually buying the ranchos. The Centinela Adobe was the well-known ranch house of Freeman's rancho. From his rancho holdings came the foundation of Daniel Freeman's business interests, and from them the town of Inglewood would also be birthed, with his indirect involvement.
8 archival document boxes; 1 oversize box; 1 flat file
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