Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878

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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

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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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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878. Collection of Benjamin Davis Wilson, 1836-1941 (bulk 1847-1894). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878. Some facts about Isaac Graham and John A. Sutter by a pioneer of 1841, ms., 1877 Nov. 30. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Brent, Joseph Lancaster, 1826-1905. Papers of Joseph Lancaster Brent, 1850-1939. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Downey, John G., 1827-1894. Papers relating to pre-emption claims for land in Los Angeles Co., Calif., 1853-1858. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878. Observations on early days in California and New Mexico : Lake Vineyard : ms.S, 1877 Dec. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Arthur M. Ellis Collection of Photographic Negatives, 1849-1923, bulk 1880s-1890s The Huntington Library
referencedIn Los Angeles County Prefecture Records The Huntington Library
creatorOf Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878. Benjamin Davis Wilson papers, 1855-1868. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Shorb, James De Barth. Papers of James De Barth Shorb, 1794-1957 (bulk) 1870-1910. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Ehrman, Sidney M. Escritura de venta de una casa a favor de D. Santiago MaKinly [sic], 1836-1844. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Patton Family Property Papers, 1909-1938 California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1856-1927. Patton family papers, 1856-1934. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Benjamin Davis Wilson Collection, 1836-1941, 1847-1894 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
creatorOf Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878. The Indians of Southern California : Los Angeles, Calif. : ms., 1852. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878. [Account of frontier life in New Mexico and California between 1833 and 1877] : typescript, [between 1901 and 1920?]. Newberry Library
referencedIn Ellis, Arthur M. (Arthur McDonald), 1875-1932,. Arthur M. Ellis Photographic Negative Collection [graphic], 1849-1923, (bulk 1880s-1890s) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Newmark, J. P. Receipt for Benjamin Davis Wilson, 1855, Oct. 1. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Granger, Lewis, 1819-1890. Papers of Lewis Granger, 1851-1874. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Patton Family Papers, 1856-1934 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
creatorOf Bradbury, L. L. Documents related to Hastings Ranch and Rancho Santa Anita, California, 1847-1889. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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associatedWith Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith Banning, Phineas, 1830-1885. person
associatedWith Beale, Edward Fitzgerald, 1822-1893. person
associatedWith Brent, Joseph Lancaster, 1826-1905. person
associatedWith Couts, Cave Johnson, 1821-1874. person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Ellis, Arthur M. (Arthur McDonald), 1875-1932, person
associatedWith Foster, Stephen Clark, 1820-1898. person
associatedWith Fremont, John Charles, 1813-1890. person
associatedWith Graham, Isaac, 1799-1863. person
associatedWith Granger, Lewis, 1819-1890. person
associatedWith Grenier, Judson A. person
associatedWith Griffin, John S. (John Strother), 1816-1898. person
associatedWith Gwin, William McKendree, 1805-1885. person
associatedWith Hayes, Benjamin, 1815-1877. person
associatedWith Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Honeyman, Robert B. person
associatedWith Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Newmark, J. P. person
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1856-1927. person
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945. person
associatedWith Prefecture of Los Angeles corporateBody
associatedWith Savage, Thomas, b. 1823. person
associatedWith Shorb, James De Barth. person
associatedWith Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880. person
associatedWith Temple, Francis Pliny Fisk, 1822-1880. person
associatedWith United States. Superintendent of Indian Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Warner, Jonathan Trumbull. person
associatedWith Warner, Jonathan Trumbull. person
associatedWith Wilson, John B. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Pasadena (Calif.)
California
Los Angeles County (Calif.)
New Mexico
Southwest, New
Wilmington (Calif.)
California
Pasadena (Calif.)
California--Los Angeles
Southern California
California--Los Angeles County
New Mexico
San Marino (Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
California
California
San Marino (Calif.)
New Mexico
California
Wilmington (Calif.)
California, Southern
California, Southern
Subject
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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Birth 1811-12-01

Death 1878-03-11

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