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Guide to the Francis Ziba Branch Correspondence and Papers, 1837-1874
Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 348  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Sketch

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Francis Ziba Branch Correspondence and Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1837-1874
    Collection Number: Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 348
    Creator: Branch, Francis Ziba, 1802-1874
    Extent: Number of items: 111 items in box
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: A few family letters and personal memorandum books but mainly accounts for business and lands in San Luis Obispo Co. Early accounts with pioneer merchants and ships; some reflect hide and tallow trade.

    A few papers, 1875-1876, of his son-in-law, H.A. Sperry, with the above.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Francis Ziba Branch Correspondence and Papers, BANC MSS C-B 348, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Francis Ziba Branch's papers were placed in the Bancroft Library in 1943 by the Misses Eleanora and Margaret Branch of Arroyo Grande

    Biographical Sketch

    Francis Ziba Branch was born in upstate New York in 1802 and left his family at an early age to make his own way in the world. In 1830, after various experiences including sailing ventures on Lake Erie, he joined, at St. Louis, a trading party bound for Santa Fe. While there Branch joined the Wolfshill trapping party and came with them to California in the Spring of 1831. A few of the party decided to remain, Branch among them. He married Manuela Carlon in 1835 and he and his wife were granted land in the vicinity of San Luis Obispo. Later, by right of his own grant and two others which he claimed through his wife's family and by purchase, he became possessed of one of the largest land holdings in the county. His business prospered and in 1874 he died, leaving a large family to share in a considerable estate.