Leese, Jacob P. (Jacob Primer), 1809-1892

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Merchant, of Yerba Buena, Calif. (1836-1840) and Monterey, Calif., from 1849, where he also served as city treasurer; from 1840 to 1849 he lived on his land grant in Sonoma County, Calif.

From the description of Papers, 1836-1863. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 28419813

Calif. merchant and official. Born in St. Clairsville, Ohio in 1809; came to Calif. in 1833, settling in Los Angeles in 1834. Relocated to Monterey, 1836, and entered into mercantile business partnership with Nathan Spear and William Sturgis Hinckley in Yerba Buena (Calif.). Naturalized in 1837, and married Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo, sister of Gen. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. In 1841, Leese sold his Yerba Buena holdings in the Hudson's Bay Company and moved to Sonoma, where he served as alcalde. In 1846, Leese was one of the prisoners taken in the Bear Flag Revolt. Around 1849, he entered into a business partnership with Thomas Oliver Larkin in San Francisco. Leese died in San Francisco February 1, 1849.

From the description of Jacob P. Leese papers, 1836-1863. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122583461

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Early California merchant Jacob Primer Leese was born in St. Clairsville, Ohio, in 1809, and came to California in 1833 and again in 1834, engaging in trade in Los Angeles and later in Monterey. In 1836, Leese entered into a mercantile partnership with Monterey businessmen Nathan Spear and William Sturgis Hinckley, relocated to Yerba Buena (now San Francisco), and there opened a store. The partners ran a profitable business, trading merchandise for rancho products. Naturalized in 1837, Leese married Rosalia Vallejo, sister of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. In 1841, Leese sold his business interests to Hudson's Bay Company, and moved to his Sonoma ranch, still retaining extensive land holdings in Yerba Buena. Leese served as alcalde in Sonoma (1844-1845), and was one of the prisoners taken in the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt. Around 1849, he entered into a business partnership with Thomas Oliver Larkin in Monterey, traveling to China on the brig Eveline . Leese and his wife were also major land holders in Monterey County; among their claims was Rancho Sausal, deeded to Rosalia by her brother Mariano G. Vallejo. Leese left California in 1865, returning to the state in 1885. He died in San Francisco in 1892.

From the guide to the Jacob P. Leese papers, 1837-1862, (California Historical Society)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Biography clippings : GROUP folder 1883-2003. Monterey Public Library
creatorOf Leese, Jacob Primer, b. 1809. ALS, 1836 November 7 : Yerba Buena, to Nathan Spear. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Jacob P. Leese papers, 1837-1862 California Historical Society
referencedIn Poston, Charles D. Letter to [B.A.] Stephens, 1889 Nov. 8. Natural History Museum Los Angeles County Foundation, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
referencedIn Thomas O. Larkin papers, 1839-1856 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890. Papers of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, 1833-1888 (bulk 1844-1846). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Boggs, Lillburn W., 1792-1860. Lillburn W. Boggs letter : photocopy of ALS, [184?]. California Historical Society
creatorOf Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890. Documentos para la historia de California, 1769-1850. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Crawford, Medorem, d. 1891. Papers, 1843-1859. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Monterey County (Calif.). Sheriff's Office. Jail register, Monterey County, California [archives/manuscripts] 1850-1872 Monterey Public Library
referencedIn The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Fellom, Landon. Landon Fellom San Jose document transcriptions, 1791-1850. California State Library
creatorOf Spear, Nathan, 1802-1849. Nathan Spear papers, 1830-1849. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858. Thomas O. Larkin papers, 1822-1858. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890. Thomas O. Larkin collection, 1843-1943. California Historical Society
creatorOf Grimes, Hiram. Hiram Grimes papers, 1842-1850. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Documents pertaining to the adjudication of private land claims in California, circa 1852-1892 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858. Thomas O. Larkin papers, 1831-1859. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Dawson, James, d. 1844. James Dawson papers, 1844-1847. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Leese, Jacob P. (Jacob Primer), 1809-1892. Jacob P. Leese papers and accounts, 1837-1849. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Leese, Jacob P. (Jacob Primer), 1809-1892. Jacob P. Leese papers, 1836-1863. California Historical Society
creatorOf Leese, Jacob P. (Jacob Primer), 1809-1892. Papers, 1836-1863. California Historical Society
creatorOf Leese, Jacob P. (Jacob Primer), 1809-1892. Jacob Primer Leese papers, 1838-1865. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Gillespie, George A. Papers of George A. Gillespie, 1849-1899. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Spear, Nathan, b. 1802. Nathan Spear business correspondence : ALS, 1831-1849. California Historical Society
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associatedWith Boggs, Lillburn W., 1792-1860. person
associatedWith Crawford, Medorem, d. 1891. person
associatedWith Dawson, James, d. 1844. person
associatedWith Eddy, William M. person
associatedWith Eveline (brig) corporateBody
associatedWith Eveline (Brig) corporateBody
associatedWith Eveline (Brig). corporateBody
associatedWith Fellom, Landon person
associatedWith Frémont, John C. (John Charles), 1813-1890 person
associatedWith Gillespie, George A. person
associatedWith Grimes, Eliab, 1779-1848, person
associatedWith Grimes, Hiram. person
associatedWith Hinckley, William Sturgis, 1807-1846. person
associatedWith Hudson's Bay Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858 person
associatedWith Lataillade, Cesareo, d. 1849. person
associatedWith Mellus, Henry, 1815-1860. person
associatedWith Monterey County (Calif.). Sheriff's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Monterey Wharf Company. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Farrell, Jasper, 1817-1875. person
associatedWith Peck, Sherman. person
associatedWith Poston, Charles D. person
associatedWith Snook, Joseph. person
associatedWith Spear, Nathan. person
associatedWith Spear, Nathan, 1802-1849. person
associatedWith Spear, Nathan, b. 1802. person
associatedWith Thompson, Alpheus B. (Alpheus Basil), 1797-1869. person
associatedWith Thompson, Alpheus Basil, 1795-1869. person
associatedWith United States. District Court (California) corporateBody
associatedWith Vallejo de Leese, Rosalia. person
associatedWith Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California
Monterey (Calif.)
California
United States
Monterey (Calif.)
California
California
Sonoma County (Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
California--Monterey County
China
San Francisco (Calif.)
Rancho Sausal (Monterey County)
Yerba Buena (Calif.)
California
United States
San Francisco (Calif.)
California--Monterey
Rancho Sotoyome (Sonoma County)
Rancho Sausal (Monterey County)
Rancho Sotoyome (Sonoma County)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject
Chinese--United States--Legal status, laws, etc
Real property--California--San Francisco
Chinese--Legal status, laws, etc
Bonds
Chinese
Land titles--California--Monterey County
Chinese--California
Real property--California--Sonoma County
Real property--California--Monterey County
Land tenure
Occupation
Municipal officials and employees--California
Municipal officials and employees--California--Monterey
Merchants--California
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Birth 1809-08-19

Death 1892-02-01

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