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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
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  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Patton Family Property Papers,
    Dates: 1909-1938
    Collection Number: Consult Repository
    Creator: Grenier, Judson A.
    Extent: 1 box [.25 linear ft]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room 5039
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: This collection contains papers having to do with land plots in the Wilmington area of Los Angeles, California owned by sisters Maria Jesus De Shorb, Annie Wilson, and Ruth Patton. Included in the collection are declaration of trust papers, deeds and title papers, tax reports, receipts, statements, court papers, and correspondence.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], Patton Family Property Papers, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    Collection donated to CHUDH Archives by Judson Grenier in 2011.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Shannon Salcido in July of 2011. Materials were arranged by type of item and chronologically.

    [History or Biography]

    Maria Jesus De Shorb (1844-1917), Annie Wilson (1854-?), and Ruth Patton (1861-1928), are the daughters of Benjamin Davis Wilson, a prominent California statesman and politician during the 1800’s. Maria is the daughter of Ramona Yorba, the first wife of Wilson, and Annie and Ruth are the daughter’s of Margret Hereford, Wilson’s second wife. Southern California’s Mt. Wilson was named after Benjamin Davis Wilson.
    Maria Jesus De Shorb (Maria De Jesus “Sue” Wilson Shorb) married James DeBarth Shorb in 1867, they had eleven children. James worked for Maria’s father and developed much of the land in Los Angeles, including the cities of Alhambra which he named, and San Marino.
    Annie Wilson never married and lived with her sister Ruth and her family.
    Ruth Patton married George S. Patton Sr., a California politician. They are the parents of George S. Patton Jr., the famous World War II General.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of papers having to do with land plots in the Wilmington area of Los Angeles. The owners of the land are sisters Maria Jesus De Shorb, Annie Wilson, and Ruth Patton. In 1909 a trust was established by the Title Insurance and Trust Company of Los Angeles naming Annie Wilson and Ruth Patton the grantors and Maria Shorb the beneficiary. The collection contains preliminary trust papers as well as the declaration of trust (trust # 2010). Also included are tax reports, receipts, and statements from the trust from the years between 1909 and 1938, various deeds and title papers, court papers, and correspondences.


    Arranged in five series:
    • Series I. Declaration of Trust Papers (1909-1916)
    • Series II. Deeds and Title Papers (1909-1938)
    • Series III. Tax Reports, Receipts, and Statements (1909-1918)
    • Series IV. Correspondence (1914-1916)
    • Series V. Court Papers (1909-1917)

    Indexing Terms


    Land titles--California--Los Angeles County
    Deeds of trust
    Grantor trusts
    Trust companies

    Personal Names

    Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1856-1927
    Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945
    Shorb, James De Barth
    Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878

    Corporate Names

    Title Insurance and Trust Company (1893-1968)

    Geographic Areas

    Los Angeles (Calif.). Wilmington