Guide to the Bale Family Papers, [ca. 1841-1899]

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Guide to the Bale Family Papers, [ca. 1841-1899]

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 746

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1968
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Bale Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1841-1899]
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 746
Creator: Bales Family
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes 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.
Abstract: Some accounts and legal papers of Dr. Edward T. Bale and papers relating to the establishment of his flour and saw mills in Napa Co., 1841-1849; personal and business papers of his wife, Maria I. Soberanes de Bale (niece of Mariano G. Vallejo), relating primarily to the management of their property, Carne Humana Rancho, Napa Valley, ca. 1850-1899.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bale Family papers, BANC MSS C-B 746, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Edward Turner Bale, surgeon on the English ship Harriet, came to California in 1837, practiced medicine for several years in Monterey, and in 1840 was appointed surgeon of the Mexican army. In 1841 he married María Ignacia Soberanes, the niece of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and was granted the Carne Humana Rancho in the Napa Valley. From that date until his death in 1849, he made his residence there and began his work as one of the early promoters of industry north of San Francisco Bay. Among his important accomplishments were the construction of a water-power flour mill in 1846 and the erection of a sawmill in 1848.

Scope and Content

The bulk of these papers was given to the Bancroft Library by Mrs. Stephen C. Clark and Edwin J. Bruck in 1952. They include a few of Dr. Bale's accounts and legal Papers and some material relating to the flour and saw mills, but consist primarily of the personal and business papers of his wife, who continued to live on the Rancho after her husband's death and managed the extensive property left to her. Additional material was given to the Library by Mrs. Viola L. Warren in 1967 and by Owen Duffy, courtesy of Miss Ivy M. Loeber, in 1968.

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.