Finding Aid to the Antonio María Osio Papers, 1823-1853

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Finding Aid to the Antonio María Osio Papers, 1823-1853

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 833

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University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Antonio María Osio Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1823-1853
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 833
Creator: Osio, Antonio María
Extent: Number of containers: 1 portfolio and 1 oversize folder
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.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Antonio María Osio papers, BANC MSS C-B 833, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

These letters and documents, purchased from Warren Howell Books on January 11, 1962, relate for the most part to land transactions and litigation concerning Angel Island and other property in California and Baja California. A few items pertain to Mariano Soberanes' attempt to obtain payment for provisions taken by José Castro's troops in 1846. Some papers re the settlement of Osio's estate, 1878-1885, are also included.
Some items, upon being repaired were placed in oversize -the report is so annotated.

Partial list of correspondents, authors and signers of documents

Abrego, José, 1813-1878 Folder 15
Ahumada, Tomas de Folder 4
Alvarado, Francisco Javier, 1807- Folder 7
Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882 Folder 8
Botello, Narciso, 1810- Folder 7
Castañares, José María, 1807- Folder 12
Castro, José, ca. 1810-1860 Folders 15, 16
Castro, María de Jesús Folders 4, 5
Castro, Raimundo Folder 9
Clark, Smith Douglas Folder 11
Jones, James McHall, 1823-1851 Folder 17
Leese, Jacob Primer, 1809-1892 Folder 14
Malarín, Juan, d. ca. 1849 Folder 12
Mezes, S. M. Folder 18
Micheltorena, Manuel, d. 1853 Folders 12, 13
Muro, Miguel, d. ca, 1850 Folder 1
Osio, Antonio María Folders 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21?
Pesado, José Joaquín, 1801-1861 Folder 8
Pico, Pío, 1801- Folder 15
Real, José María del Refugio Sagrado Suárez del Folders 2, 6
Romero, Domingo Folder 7
Ruiz, José Manuel Folder 14
Soberanes, Mariano, 1796- Folder 15
Tomlinson, Thomas A. J. Folder 11
Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890 Folder 13
Vischer, Edward, 1808-1878 Folders 3, 19

Key to Arrangement

folder Folders 1-3

Letters to Osio

folder Folder 1

Muro, Miguel


Letter, June 28, 1843, re debt Osio owes the Mission of San José.

folder Folder 2

Real, José María del Refugio Sagrado Suarez del


Letter, July 1, 1852, written from Guaymas and concerning his trip and need for money.

folder Folder 3

Vischer, Edward, 1808-1878


11 letters, 1852-1864, concerning various land transactions in which he was involved for Osio. Some are translations only.

folder Folders 4-21

Documents (arranged chronologically)

folder Folder 4

Castro, María de Jesús


[Petición], Feb. 22, 1823. Request for land in San José (Baja California) with marginal reply by Father Tomas de Ahumada and confirmation by Father Pedro Gonzáles, and statement granting juridical possession by José Manuel Ruiz.

folder Folder 5

Castro, María de Jesus


[Petición], Dec. 28, 1828. Petition to the alcalde to deny José Antonio Gavarrayn's claim to her property. With translation.

folder Folder 6

Osio, Antonio María


[Petición], Dec. 11, 1833. Petition for a lot in what was formerly the old cemetery in Santa Clara Mission. With grant by Father Real. With translation.

folder Folder 7

Osio, Antonio María


[Petición], Sept. 9, 1835. Petition for a solar in Los Angeles. With grant by Domingo Romero; report of survey by Narciso Botello; and note that title to lot is being returned by Francisco J. Alvarado. With copy and translation.

folder Folder 8

[Papers re grant of Angel Island to Osio, 1838-1839]


Copy and three translations, Include letter from Pesado granting islands off the coast of California to Antonio and Carlos Carrillo, July 20, 1838, and grant by Juan B. Alvarado to Antonio María Osio of Angel Island, June 1, 1839.

folder Folder 9

Castro, Raimundo


[Petición], June 8, 1840. Request for a solar in San Jose, With grant of request by Vicente Ceceña (oversize)

folder Folder 10

San José del Cabo, Baja California. Juez de Paz


Sentencia, May 2, 1842. Sentence against Salvador Castro and others for having attempted to proclaim the "bases de Tacubaya". Contemporary copy.

folder Folder 11

Clark, Smith Douglas


[Pagaré], Apr. 28, 1843. Promissory note to Osio. Also signed by Thomas A. J. Tomlinson.

folder Folder 12

[Papers in litigation for property - Berri vs. Oslo. 1844]


Include drafts of opinions of the Fiscal José María Castanares and Juan Malarín; a copy by Malarín, dated Sept. 11, 1847, also including Micheltorena's order concerning the litigation, Feb. 24, 1844, as well as the opinions of Castanares and Malarín; also order for property to be surveyed, Dec. 28, 1844, enclosing copies of opinions of Castanares and Malarín (copy?) (oversize).

folder Folder 13

Osio, Antonio María


[Petición], June 12, 1844. Request for payment for money and cattle expended in 1830 for the San Francisco Presidio, With notation by Micheltorena, requesting statement from M. G. Vallejo, and reply from Vallejo declaring that Osio's affidavit is correct.

folder Folder 14

Osio, Antonio María


[Petición], Aug. 22, 1844. Request for permission to use a certain brand on his Rancho Punta de Reyes. Permission granted by Jacob P. Leese.

folder Folder 15

Soberanes, Mariano


[Petición], Mar. 3, 1846. Petition for payment for food, etc. provided to Micheltorena and Castro. With marginal replies by Pío Pico and José Abrego, and with note by José Castro.

folder Folder 16

Castro, José


[Certificado y petición], Apr. 7, 1846. Statement that Soberanes supplied his troops with 12 cows, and request that State Treasurer should pay Soberanes for them. With translation (oversize).

folder Folder 17

Osio, Antonio María


Convenio, Oct. 13, 1849. Agreement with J. M. Jones, concerning Santa Clara Mission orchard. Also signed by Jones. With translation.

folder Folder 18

Osio, Antonio María


Contrata, Nov. 14, 1850. Agreement with S. Sterrett Barr and S. M. Mezes re Santa Clara Mission orchard.

folder Folder 19

Osio, Antonio María


Convenio, Jan. 3, 1852. Agreement with Julius K. Rose concerning his property of Angel Island. With signatures of Julius K. Rose, A. M, Osio, Edward Vischer and John Hespeth.

folder Folder 20

Osio, Antonio María


[Petición], May 22, 1853. Petition for some land near Rancho Mesa de la Palma in Baja California. With translation.

folder Folder 21

Two fragments of Mss. re Baja California history. undated By Oslo?

folder Folders 22-26

Osio Estate Papers

folder Folder 22

Osio, Narcisa et al


Power of attorney to Beatrice Osio Williamson in transactions concerning Angel Island, Sept. 2, 1878. With copy, and translation into Spanish.

folder Folder 23

Osio, Narcisa Soto de


Deed for sale of her interest in two houses in San José del Cabo. Draft form.

folder Folder 24

Ortiz, Lorenzo, et al


Evaluation of two lots in San José del Cabo formerly belonging to Antonio María Osio, June 15, 1883. Copy. With this, on same date, deed of sale by administrator T. Maldonado to Gabriel Galindo. With translations of both documents.

folder Folder 25

Maldonado, T.


Liquidación, July 15, 1883 - Accounts liquidating estate.

folder Folder 26

U. S. Legation. Madrid


Letter to Beatriz Ozio de Williams, Mar. 2, 1885, by Dwight T. Reed. With copy.