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In 1844, Benjamin D. Wilson, second Mayor of Los Angeles, married Ramona Yorba, daughter of Bernardo Yorba, a well-known land owner during California's Mexican period. After Ramona's death, Wilson married Margaret S. Hereford in 1853. He was the father of one son and three daughters. Mariona Wilson married James DeBarth Shorb (1842-1896) and Ruth Wilson married George Smith Patton (1856-1927) (one-time District Attorney of Los Angeles and the first Mayor of San Marino) on December 10, 1884. Ruth and George sired two children, George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) or "Georgie" and Anne Wilson Patton (1887-1971) or "Nita." George Smith Patton, Jr., General in the United States Army, became famous in World War II as "Old Blood and Guts."

Patton and his family resided at Lake Vineyard, apparently built by Benjamin Wilson on 128 acres in the heart of present-day San Marino. This house, Lake Vineyard I, was torn down in 1910 to make way for a larger house, Lake Vineyard II, which was the site of planning sessions for the incorporation of present-day San Marino.

Ann Wilson, Ruth Wilson Patton's sister, lived with the Patton family at Lake Vineyard and may have been the photographer for the images in the first four boxes of the collection, and was the photographer and creator of the photograph album in Box 5.

The Patton and Banning Families, both prominent in the history of Southern California, shared a close relationship; Benjamin Wilson and Phineas Banning (founder of the Port of Los Angeles and of Wilmington, California) were business partners. George S. Patton, Jr., married Beatrice Banning Ayer.

From the guide to the Patton Family Collection of Negatives and Photographs, 1885-1945, (bulk 1895-1907), (The Huntington Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Patton Family Collection of Negatives and Photographs, 1885-1945, (bulk 1895-1907) The Huntington Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Banning family family
associatedWith Banning, Hancock, Sr. person
associatedWith Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927 person
associatedWith Lamson, Joseph Harrison, 1840-1902 person
associatedWith Patton, Anne Wilson person
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith) person
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945 person
associatedWith Patton, Ruth Wilson person
associatedWith Patton, Susan Glassell person
associatedWith Schumacher, Frank G., b. 1861 person
associatedWith Shorb family family
associatedWith Steckel, Geo. (George), b. 1864 person
associatedWith United States Military Academy corporateBody
associatedWith Virginia Military Institute corporateBody
associatedWith Westervelt, James D., b. 1844 person
associatedWith Wilson, Ann. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)
Wilmington (Los Angeles, Calif.)
San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.)
Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Tamalpais, Mount (Calif.)
San Marino (Calif.)
Wilson, Mount (Calif. : Mountain)
Sant Cruz (Calif.)
Long Beach (Calif.)


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