Benjamin Davis Wilson
1 Life in California
1.1 Rancho Jurupa 1.2 Big Bear Lake 1.3 Political activities 1.4 Rancho San Pascual
2 Legacy 3 References
3.1 Bibliography 3.2 Citations and notes
Life in California
Wilson came to California with the Workman-Rowland Party in 1841
seeking passage to China.
In 1842 Wilson bought a key portion of
Rancho Jurupa from Juan
Bandini, a section that would later be named Rancho Rubidoux.
Encompassing most of present-day Rubidoux, California, as well as a
significant portion of downtown Riverside, Wilson became the first
permanent settler in the Riverside area. In 1844 he married his
first wife, Ramona Yorba, whose father Bernardo Yorba, was the
prominent Spanish (Mexican) landholder of Rancho Cañón de Santa Ana.
Wilson gained esteem and was often asked to assist with Native
American affairs. Wilson accepted by becoming Justice of the Peace
of the Inland Territory.
Big Bear Lake
In 1845 he was asked to pursue a band of marauding Native Americans
led by an escaped neophyte from the San Gabriel Mission, who stole
horses from the local ranchers. The Indians drove the horses,
numbering in the thousands, up to the high desert near Lucerne. In his
pursuit, Wilson sent 22 men through the Cajon Pass and led another 22
into the depths of the San Bernardino Mountains. According to Trafzer,
the resident Serrano let Wilson pass through their territory in
pursuit of the raiders. Wilson, later sent his 22 men in pairs on a
bear hunt, gathering 11 pelts. On their return trip to Jurupa, they
gathered another 11 pelts. He named the place Big Bear Lake. The lake
today is known as Baldwin Lake, after Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, while
Big Bear Lake
Wilson about 1850
In 1873, Wilson and Griffin subdivided their land (with Griffin
getting almost 2/3 of the property, but Wilson retaining some better
land (east of current Fair Oaks Avenue), near his Lake Vineyard
property). Griffin then sold 2,500 acres (10 km²) of his
property to the "Indiana Colony," represented by Daniel M. Berry. In
1876, after the Colony had sold most of its allotted land and
established what would become the City of Pasadena, Wilson began
subdividing and developing his adjacent landholdings which would
become the eastern side of the new settlement.
Wilson lived out his days in present-day San Gabriel. He gave several
acres of property to his son-in-law James de Barth Shorb which he
named San Marino. Other parts developed as Alhambra. Wilson's first
wife died in 1849, after which time he married the widow Margaret
Hereford. They would have four children of which one daughter Ruth
would marry George Patton, Sr. and have a son who would become the
World War II General
George S. Patton, Jr.
Kielbasa, John R. (1998). "Flores Adobe". Historic Adobes of Los
Angeles County. Pittsburg: Dorrance Publishing Co.
ISBN 0-8059-4172-X. .
Read, Nat B. (2008). Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor:
Los Angeles 1841 - 1878. Angel City Press.
Google Bookshelf, The Pattons
Wilson, Benjamin D. (1852). Indians of
Citations and notes
^ Patterson, Tom. Landmarks of Riverside, and the Stories Behind Them. The Press~Enterprise Co., 1964, Page 19. ^ Wilson (1852) ^ Trafzer, Clifford. 2002. The People of San Manuel. San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Patton, California ^ Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials,1850-1938, compiled under direction of Municipal Reference Library, City Hall, Los Angeles (March 1938, reprinted 1966). "Prepared ... as a report on Project No. SA 3123-5703-6077-8121-9900 conducted under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration." ^ Supervisor Benjamin D. Wilson ^ Benjamin Wilson Gravesite at Find a Grave
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Mayors of Los Angeles
S. Foster1 Hodges Wilson Nichols Coronel S. Foster T. Foster S. Foster Requena2 Nichols Marchesseault Mellus Woodworth2 Marchesseault Mascarel Aguilar Turner Aguilar Toberman Beaudry MacDougall Cohn Toberman Thom Spence Workman Bryson Hazard Bonsall2 Rowan Rader Snyder Eaton Snyder McAleer Harper Stephens Alexander Rose Sebastian Woodman Snyder Cryer Porter Shaw Bowron Poulson Yorty Bradley Riordan Hahn Villaraigosa Garcetti
1 Prior to city incorporation 2 City Council president serving as acting mayor
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Members of the Los Angeles Common Council, 1850–1889
Cristobal Aguilar David W. Alexander David Anderson Cayetano Apablasa James Baldwin Pascal Ballade Peter Baltz Phineas Banning John Barre A.W. Barrett Joseph Bayer Samuel J. Beck Alexander Bell R.L. Beauchet Prudent Beaudry Martin V. Biscailuz O.H. Bliss John Bobenreith J.H. Book Edward C. Bosbyshell Dionisio Botiller Leonicio Botiller Narciso Botello J.G. Bower Andrew A. Boyle Levi Newton Breed Charles Brode Albert Brown John Henry Bryant S.H. Buchanan James D. Bullis Alfred Louis Bush Jesse Houston Butler Thornton P. Campbell Joseph G. Carmona George Carson Samuel Bradford Caswell Burdette Chandler Julian Chavez Caro W. Childs Ozro W. Childs Bernard Cohn Michael Thomas Collins T.B. Collins Antonio Franco Coronel Ygnacio Coronel Thomas J. Cuddy Eulogio F. de Celis Frank R. Day George Dalton Ygnacio del Valle William H. Dennison Henry Dockweiler Jose Maria Doporto Arthur McKenzie Dodson John Gately Downey Ezra Drown Bernard Dubourdin C.N. Earl James Edwards George Fall George O. Ford Stephen C. Foster John Frohling William Ferguson Simon A. Francis Jacob Frankenfeld Loring A. French Charles Gassen George Gephard Jacob F. Gherkins Edward A. Gibbs Ira Gilchrist Morris L. Goodman John Goller Thomas Goss Lewis Granger John Strother Griffin Joseph Lancaster Grant Elisha K. Green Jose Vicente Guerrero Ezra M. Hamilton Henry Hammel William S. Hammel, Sr. James Hanley Horace Hiller John Frederick Holbrook John Edward Hollenbeck Vincent A. Hoover Alexander W. Hope Charles E. Huber Joseph Huber, Sr. John F. Humphreys Joseph Hyans Arnold Jacobi Charles H. Johnson Charles R. Johnson Edward Wadsworth Jones John Jones John F. Jones John H. Jones Wilson W. Jones Matthew Keller Albert Fenner Kercheval George Kerckhoff John King Jacob Kuhrtz William Thomas Lambie William B. Lawlor Solomon Lazard Thomas Leahy Louis Lichtenberger C.C. Lips George R. Long John Lovell Obed Macy Oscar Macy Damien Marchesseault Luis B. Martinez Jose Mascarel Newell Mathews James Greer McDonald Daniel Michael McGarry Hiram McLaughlin Anthony McNally Lewis Meinzer Francis Mellus Jacob Metzger D.E. Miles Richard Molony William Norton Monroe Walter Scott Moore William Moore John P. Moran John Moriarty Moritz Morris Murray Morrison Elijah Moulton Joseph Mullaly Henry R. Myles John B. Niles Myron Norton Agustin Olvera H.K.S. O'Melveny J.B. O'Neil John Osborn William Osborn S.M. Perry William H. Perry William H. Peterson Nehemiah A. Potter James Wesley Potts David M. Porter Augustine Poulain William R. Rand Manuel Requena William Whipple Robinson Louis Roeder Andrew S. Ryan Frank Sabichi Tomas A. Sanchez William T.B. Sanford Milton Santee John Schaeffer Clifton S. Scheiffelin Charles W. Schroeder H. Schumacher John Schumacher Juan Maria Sepulveda Austin C. Shafer Philip Sichel Felix Signoret Hiram Sinsabaugh Ramon R. Sotelo Edward Falles Spence Abel Stearns George L. Stearns Robert Steere F. Tamiet Eli Taylor Matthew Teed Jonathan Temple John B. Thompson John S. Thompson Edward R. Threlkeld James R. Toberman John Turner August Ulyard Nathan Russell Vail Julian Valdes B. Valle Juan C. Vejar James Velsir Collins Wadhams D.V. Waldron Henry Wartenberg Jacob Weizel Otto G. Weyse John Ozias Wheeler George N. Whitman Cyrus Willard Benjamin Davis Wilson H.T.D. Wilson James Brown Winston Joseph W. Wolfskill Louis Wolfskill Wallace Woodworth Elijah H. Workman William Henry Workman Geronimo Ybarra
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