Daguerre Family Rancho Niguel Papers: Finding Aid mssDaguerre
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Title: Daguerre family Rancho Niguel papers
Identifier/Call Number: mssDaguerre
0.4 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1892-1964
Abstract: Materials related to the Daguerre family's ownership of one third of the Rancho Niguel from the 1890s until the 1950s, including
legal documents, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.
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[Identification of item]. Daguerre family Rancho Niguel papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Bill and Holly Gastil, March 2021.
Biographical / Historical
Jean Pierre Daguerre (1856–1911), a native of Hasparren, France, came to Los Angeles in 1874 with the French Basque Amestoy
family and worked on the Amestoy's ranch near Gardena, Californa. In 1882, Daguerre formed a partnership with Marco Forster,
son of John and Guadalupe Avila Forster. John Forster had purchased Rancho Niguel from his father-in-law, Juan Avila, who
was granted the property in 1842. In 1886, Daguerre married Maria Eugenia Duguet. After dissolving the partnership with Marco
Forster, Daguerre formed a partnership with Lewis F. Moulton, who had purchased Rancho Niguel in 1895, and subsequently enlarged
it. The Daguerre family continued to own a one-third interest in Rancho Niguel until selling it in the 1950s.
Scope and Contents
Primarly legal documents related to the Daguerre and Moutlon families' relationship concerning Rancho Niguel, including property
deeds, agreements, trusts, wills, appraisals, and audits. There are also legal documents related to the Daguerre family's
sale of the property in the 1950s, some photographs of the Daguerre homesite, a map and prospectus from land developers Laguna
Niguel Corporation, and newspaper clippings about the land sales and subsequent development of the property.
Processed by Kelly Kress in March 2022.
Arranged by type of material. Original folder titles have been maintained.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Land grants -- California
Laguna Niguel (Calif.)
Orange County (Calif.) -- History
Ranches -- California
Box 1, Folder 1
Daguerre - Moulton deeds
Box 1, Folder 2
Daguerre, Marie - original papers
Box 1, Folder 3
Daguerre Ranch sale documents
Box 1, Folder 4
Daguerre Ranch photos
Box 1, Folder 5
Laguna Niguel Corporation