Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878

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Dates:
Birth 1811-12-01
Death 1878-03-11

Biographical notes:

Benjamin Davis Wilson (1811-1878), a native of Tennessee, was a pioneer California rancher and businessman who came to California from New Mexico in 1841 as a member of the Rowland-Workman party. He purchased the Jurupa Rancho (Riverside, Calif.) in 1843. In 1851-52 Wilson was elected the second mayor of Los Angeles, in 1852 he served as U.S. Indian Agent under Superintendent Edward F. Beale, and in 1855-57 and 1869-72 he served as state senator. He purchased Rancho de Cuati and adjacent land to develop his Lake Vineyard Ranch (part of present-day San Marino) and with John S. Griffin purchased Rancho San Pascual (which later became the city of Pasadena). Wilson planted vineyards and citrus groves and became active in business circles. In 1844 Benjamin D. Wilson married Ramona Yorba, daughter of Bernardo Yorba, a well-known land owner during the Mexican period. Their daughter, Maria de Jesus Wilson, known as Sue, married James DeBarth Shorb (1842-1896). They also had a son, John B. Wilson, who later committed suicide. After Ramona's death, Wilson married Margaret S. Hereford (d.1898) in 1853. Margaret had a son, Edward Sublette Hereford, also called "Judge," from her first marriage. Together Wilson and Margaret had two daughters, Anne (d.1931) and Ruth (d.1928), who married George S. Patton, Sr. (1856-1927). Ruth and George's son was General George S. Patton (1885-1945). They also had a daughter, Anne W. Patton (1887-1971). The Pattons and Wilsons were also related to the Banning family through George Patton Sr.'s half-sister Anne Smith, who married Hancock Banning, the son of Phineas Banning.

From the description of Collection of Benjamin Davis Wilson, 1836-1941 (bulk 1847-1894). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 767525959

Biography

Benjamin Davis Wilson (1811-1878), a native of Tennessee, was a pioneer California rancher and businessman who came to California from New Mexico in 1841 as a member of the Rowland-Workman party. He purchased the Jurupa Rancho (Riverside, Calif.) in 1843. In 1851-52 Wilson was elected the second mayor of Los Angeles, in 1852 he served as U.S. Indian Agent under Superintendent Edward F. Beale, and in 1855-57 and 1869-72 he served as state senator. He purchased Rancho de Cuati and adjacent land to develop his Lake Vineyard Ranch (part of present-day San Marino) and with John S. Griffin purchased Rancho San Pascual (which later became the city of Pasadena). Wilson planted vineyards and citrus groves and became active in business circles. In 1844 Benjamin D. Wilson married Ramona Yorba, daughter of Bernardo Yorba, a well-known land owner during the Mexican period. Their daughter, Maria de Jesus Wilson, known as Sue, married James DeBarth Shorb (1842-1896). They also had a son, John B. Wilson, who later committed suicide. After Ramona's death, Wilson married Margaret S. Hereford (d.1898) in 1853. Margaret had a son, Edward Sublette Hereford, also called “Judge,” from her first marriage. Together Wilson and Margaret had two daughters, Anne (d.1931) and Ruth (d.1928), who married George S. Patton, Sr. (1856-1927). Ruth and George’s son was General George S. Patton (1885-1945). They also had a daughter, Anne W. Patton (1887-1971). The Pattons and Wilsons were also related to the Banning family through George Patton Sr.’s half-sister Anne Smith, who married Hancock Banning, the son of Phineas Banning.

From the guide to the Benjamin Davis Wilson Collection, 1836-1941, 1847-1894, (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department)

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Subjects:

  • Missions
  • Businessmen--Southern California--Correspondence
  • Domestic relations--California
  • Wine industry--California, Southern
  • Frontier and pioneer life--History--19th century
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America--California, Southern
  • Land tenure
  • Domestic relations
  • Land tenure--California--Los Angeles County
  • Wine industry
  • Politicians--California--Los Angeles
  • Politicians
  • Fraud
  • Germans
  • Fur trade
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns--Personal narratives
  • Apache Indians--History--19th century
  • Ranches
  • Businessmen--Correspondence
  • Ranches--California, Southern
  • Viticulture

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  • Pasadena (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Los Angeles County (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • New Mexico (as recorded)
  • Southwest, New (as recorded)
  • Wilmington (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Pasadena (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California--Los Angeles (as recorded)
  • Southern California (as recorded)
  • California--Los Angeles County (as recorded)
  • New Mexico (as recorded)
  • San Marino (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • San Marino (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • New Mexico (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Wilmington (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California, Southern (as recorded)
  • California, Southern (as recorded)