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Greer family papers, circa 1839-1935.
BANC MSS 92/817 c v.1; BANC MSS 92/817 c box 1; BANC MSS 92/817 c box 1; BANC MSS 92/817 c v.1; ...
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Greer family papers, circa 1839-1935


Greer, John, 1808-1885, creator


Greer, Robert L., correspondent.


Greer, MarĂ­a Soto.


Greer family.


The collection relates mainly to ranches and other property owned and administered by the Greer family in the town of Mayfield (later Palo Alto), California, and in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Much of the property was inherited by Maria Soto Greer from the Soto and Coppinger estates. Also included are a group of letters relating to business transactions received by Capt. John Greer during his career as a merchant seaman. Other family correspondence includes letters from Robert L. Greer (a son) to his father and other family members, from Pachuca, Mexico City, and Zacatecas, with details of his mining career.
The bulk of the collection consists of documents relating to property rights and transfers, including leases, deeds, indentures, abstracts of titles, etc., plus a number of account books. Also includes wills and other papers re: settlement of family members' estates.
Oversize folder 1: legal documents relating to Rancho Canada Raymundo, 1866 and 1881; life insurance policies, 1901. Oversize folder 2: Supplement to the San Francisco Daily Herald regarding land grants, October 16, 1853; two maps of Ranco Canada Raymundo, 1863 and 1892; map of Rinconada, 1885. Oversize folder 3: map of San Mateo County showing Rancho Canada de Raymundo and Rancho Rinconada del Arroyo de San Franciscquito.


1839 (issued)


Coppinger, Juan
Land titles -- California -- Palo Alto
Land titles -- California -- San Mateo County
Land titles -- California -- Santa Clara County
Palo Alto (Calif.)
San Mateo County (Calif.)
Santa Clara County (Calif.)


COLLECTION STORED IN PART OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.
Greer family papers, BANC MSS 92/817 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1992.041--PIC).
Captain John Greer was born in Ireland in 1808 and died in 1885 at his home near Mayfield (later Palo Alto), Calif. At the age of 18 he went to sea and rose to command ships in the commercial trade. In 1849 he commanded a passenger vessel from Montevideo to California, whereupon he joined the gold rush and for a short time was located in Sacramento. In 1850 he married Maria Luisa Soto (1822-1883), daughter of a prominent California family and the widow of English officer John Coppinger. Capt. Greer served as Justice of the Peace at Woodside, Associate Justice of the Court of Session for San Francisco County, 1851-1853, and held the latter position in San Mateo County from 1858-1859.
Most items in English, some in Spanish.


Family papers.

Physical Description:

1 carton, 1 box, 1 volume, 3 oversize folders (1.47 linear feet)




BANC MSS 92/817 c v.1
BANC MSS 92/817 c box 1
BANC MSS 92/817 c box 1
BANC MSS 92/817 c v.1
BANC MSS 92/817 c oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 92/817 c oversize folder 2
BANC MSS 92/817 c oversize folder 3
BANC MSS 92/817 c Carton 1
BANC MSS 92/817 c
BANC MSS 92/817 c



Copyright Note:

COLLECTION STORED IN PART OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.