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Guide to the Bale Family Papers, [ca. 1841-1899]
BANC MSS C-B 746  
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Box 1

General correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Major correspondents include:

Cooper, Juan Bautista Roger, 1792-1872


Letter, July 9, 1870


Hartnell, María Teresa de la Guerra, 1809-


Letter, Aug. 16, 1881


Peabody, Edward T.


Letter, n.d.


Business Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Addressed primarily to Mrs. Bale, her agents, or her attorneys. Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Major correspondents include:

Brooks, Benjamin Sherman, 1820-1884


17 letters, 1858-1877


Bruck, Louis


4 letters, 1859-1875


Greene, John L.


10 letters, ca. 1870-1879


Halleck, Peachy & Billings


2 letters, 1857


Krug, Charles


2 letters, 1869


Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858


1 letter, Feb. 17, 1854


Leese, Jacob Primer, 1809-1892


1 letter, Apr. 5, 1855


Shattuck, David O.


1 letter, July 28, 1853


U.S. Surveyor General


1 letter, Aug. 26, 1853


Family correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Primarily letters from her children and from relatives, arranged alphabetically by name of person. Included are letters from the following:

Pico, José Ramón


2 letters, 1891


Soberanes, Ezequiel


6 letters, 1880-1891


Soberanes, Mariano, 1796-1859


4 letters, 1872-1883


Soberanes, Victor


12 letters, 1869-1872


Vallejo, [José Manuel] Salvador


3 letters, 1847-1857


Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890


18 letters, 1860-1872


Bale, Edward Turner- Miscellaneous papers


Grant of Rancho Carne Humana from Governor Juan B. Alvarado, June 23, 1841

Additional Note

English translation

Tracing of Expediente for Rancho Carne Humana


Bills and receipts from John H. Everett; Hudsons Bay Co.; bark, Don Quixote; John C. Davis; William Hudson; Lilburn W. Boggs; W. H. McKee & Co.; John Greenwood; Samuel J. Gower, 1841-1849


Statement of salary due Dr. Bale, signed by José Abrego, Apr. 9, 1845


Photocopy of Bale's appointment as military surgeon for the California Battalion, Sept. 12, 1846


Receipt and note of contract, Thomas Kittleman and Edward T. Bale, for building flour mill, July 14, 1847


Copy of lease of parcel of land to Nathan Spear, 1847


Accounts with Thomas O. Larkin, 1847-1848


Agreements for renting houses, 1848-1849


Promissory note to Benjamin Mitchel, Aug. 9, 1849


Copy of will


Papers relating to the Bale Rancho - leases, mortg ages, agreements, deeds etc., ca. 1850-1877


Papers relating to John S. Cripps' management of the Bale property, 1850-1854


Papers relating to David O. Shattuck's management of the Bale property, 1852-1854

Box 2

Field notes, receipts, etc., for survey of the Bale Rancho, 1858-1867


Papers relating to the Bale saw mill, 1851-1854


Papers relating to Bale flour mill, 1850-1859


Miscellaneous bills and receipts for household expenses, clothing, food, farm implements, etc., ca. 1852-1871


Bills of sale, agreements and receipts for fencing, houses, livestock, pasture land, etc., 1858-1870


Tax receipts, Napa County, 1862-1873


María Ignacia Soberanes de Bale - Miscellaneous papers


Marriage contract with Edward T. Peabody, 1856

Physical Description: (copy)

Promissory notes, 1854-1875


Quit claim deed to Jacob P. Leese for Rancho San Cayetano, 1860


Accounts with the Bank of Napa, 1877-1878


Fire insurance policy


Release of all demands: Mariano G. Bale to Maria I. Soberanes, 1870


Revocation of her will, 1870

Physical Description: (copy)

Agreement, A. E. Bruck with M. I. S. de Bale, Mar. 17, 1883


Edward T. Peabody- Miscellaneous papers


Cuenta general de asuntos, Enero 1855


Pre-emption claim to land in Napa Co., May 1, 1857


Sight draft payable to him by Commission for the Survey of Sonoma, 1858


Information re his death in Guaymas, Mexico


Louis Bruck [son-in-law who assisted in managing the estate] - Miscellaneous accounts, receipts, power-of-attorney, etc., 1858-1860


John L. Green [attorney]- Legal papers, accounts, receipts, etc., 1868-1873


Papers relating to suits concerning the Bale Rancho


Papers relating to suit brought against María Peabody by Herman Michels


Papers relating to the education and care of the Bale children, 1852-1859


Charles Krug [son-in-law]- Miscellaneous accounts, receipts, etc., 1869-1888


Edward Bale [son] - Receipts for military stores, as officer, "Native California Cavalry," 1864; summons in a law suit, 1874


Miscellaneous papers


José Ignacio Soberanes.


Receipt for part payment on a lot sold to Thomas Thorn, Oct. 9, 1857


Complaint and summons in case: Francisco P. Pacheco vs. Mariano G. Vallejo et als.


Death notice for Mariano Soberanes


Affidavit (incomplete, p. 7-8 only) of A. A. Green in the United States vs. Heirs of de Haro, relating to survey of Laguna San Bruno


Material relating to the Bale Family (Gift of Mrs. Viola L. Warren).

Scope and Content Note

Includes a copy of an address given by Dr. Edward Bruck to a medical society about his great-grandfather, Edward T. Bale

Copies of legal documents relating to the Bale Family (Gift of Owen Duffy).

Scope and Content Note

Included: E T. Bale's will and marriage certificate; various deeds and leases, etc.