San Francisco History

Seventy-five Years in San Francisco


Eight or ten years since I prepared a list of the inhabitants of Yerba Buena, Mission Dolores and the Presidio in 1846, which comprised the district of San Francisco, and the same was published in the Morning Call. Shortly after the article appeared in print I met the late Hall McAllister on Montgomery Street one forenoon, and he stopped me to say that he had read the article referred to in the Call and had filed among his legal archives three of the newspapers as part of his large record of legal matters. The same are doubtless now in existence as part of the mass of records, the accumulation of many years of his brilliant arid successful practice in the profession that he loved.

The following is a similar list of names in the three villages above named on the 9th day of July, 1846, when the Mexican Eagle was displaced by the Stars and Stripes, by Captain Montgomery of the United States Navy. In the preparation of the names of the early residents at the time the government was changed I have been very careful to omit none of the people that lived in the district; and I have revised the published list:


Nathan Spear (retired from business on account of ill health), Mrs. Nathan Spear, two servants.
Mrs. Susana Martínez Hinckley, and one servant.
William M. Smith, auctioneer.
Captain Eliab Grimes, capitalist.
John Vioget, María Montero, his wife, two children and one servant.
José Benavides.
William A. Leidesdorff, merchant and real estate owner, and one servant.
Jack Fuller, Chona Linares, his wife, two daughters, two sons and two servants.
W. D. M. Howard, merchant, and three servants.
Henry Mellus, merchant.
Wm. R. Bassham, clerk to Mellus & Howard.
José Jesús Noé, last alcalde under the Mexican regime.
Doña Guadalupe, wife of José Jesús Noé, four sons and two daughters (who were all small children), and four servants.
Miguel Noé, son of ex-Alcalde Noé.
Francisco Ramírez (Chilean), trader.
Trinidad Moya (Mexican), trader.
Gregorio Escalante (from Manila), baker.
Juana Briones de Miranda, one of the first settlers in Yerba Buena, who is still living (1889) on her large tract of land in Mayfield, Santa Clara County, at the advanced age of four-score and ten years; two sons and three daughters—small children.
Apolinario Miranda (husband of the former), and three servants.
Sergei (young Russian), clerk to Leidesdorff.
Presentación Miranda de Ridley and one servant.
Robert Ridley (husband of the former), lessee of Vioget’s hotel.
John Evans, wife, three sons and three daughters.
Tomás Miranda.
John Baywood (known by the name of John Cooper), wife and son.
John Sullivan, wood cutter and dealer, and two very young brothers.
Peter Sherreback and his wife.
R. M. Sherman.
William Heath Davis, merchant, and two servants.
Josiah Belden.
Henry Neal, clerk to Mellus & Howard.
George Glidding, formerly clerk to bark Tasso.
Henry Richardson, formerly clerk to bark Sterling.
Josefa Benavides, daughter of Mrs. Vioget.
Josefa Montero, sister of Mrs. Vioget.
H. F. Teschemacher, clerk to Henry Mellus’ bark Tasso, and afterwards agent for the same vessel.
Joseph P. Thompson, clerk to Mellus & Howard.
Mrs. John C. Davis, wife of John C. Davis.
John C. Davis and one servant, William J. Reynolds (“Chino”), John Rose, John Finch (“Tinker”), shipwrights, housebuilders and blacksmiths.
Benito Díaz (customhouse officer), his wife, three small children and his mother-in-law.
John Thompson, blacksmith.
Mrs. Montgomery; afterwards married Talbot H. Green alias Paul Geddes.
Charles E. Pickett.
George Denecke, baker.
Vicente Miramontes, his wife and six children.
Francisca Vidal.
Charles Meyer, clerk to Leidesdorff.
Rafael Vidal.
Francisco el Negro, cook (Peruvian).
Juan el Negro, pastryman.
Carmel Tadeo, washerwoman.
Blas Tadeo.
Blas Angelino, wood cutter.
Juan Agramón, wood cutter.
Juan Bernal and Chona Soto, his wife.
Victor Prudon and Teodosia Boronda, his wife; Marcella Boronda, sister of Mrs. Prudon.
Antonio Ortega, Chica García, his wife.
Antonio Buhán (Peruvian), gambler.
Mary Bennett, husband and four children.
Daniel Sill, miller and hunter.
Charles Clein, proprietor of saloon.
Alexander Leavett, carpenter.
Juan Lara, shoemaker.
A. A. Andrews, builder, and Rosalía Haro, his wife, two children and one servant.
Thos. Smith (Smith & Co.), proprietor of saloon.
María Antonia Valle de Dawson, owner of land near the Blucher rancho.
Guadalupe Berreyesa, grantee of a large tract of land.
J. H. Brown, saloonkeeper.
William Johnson, owner of schooners in the bay of San Francisco.
John Ackerman, clerk to W. A. Leidesdorff.


Padre Real, of the Mission San Francisco de Asís.
Francisco Guerrero, subprefect of the district of San Francisco.
Josefa de Haro, wife of Francisco Guerrero, two sons and two servants.
Francisco de Haro, ex-alcalde.
Miliana Sánchez, wife of Francisco de Haro.
Francisco de Haro, Jun.
Ramón de Haro.
Natividad de Haro.
Prudencio and Alonzo de Haro, small children, and two servants of the household.
Tiburcio Vásquez, mayordomo, Mission Dolores.
Alvina Hernández, wife of Tiburcio Vásquez, eight children and two servants.
Candelario Valencia. (Valencia Street is named after him.)
Paula Sánchez, wife of Candelario Valencia, and two servants.
Eustaquio Valencia.
José Ramón Valencia.
Lucía Valencia.
Tomasa Valencia.
Francisco Valencia.
José Jesús Valencia and Julia Sánchez, his wife.
Rosa Valencia.
Amadeo Valencia.
Catalina Valencia, second wife of José Jesús Noe.
Leandro Galindo and Dominga Sotelo, his wife.
Nazario Galindo
Josefa Galindo.
Seferino Galindo.
Benerito Galindo.
Genaro Galindo
María Galindo.
Antonia Galindo.
Manuela Galindo.
Chino Sánchez and Jesús Alviso, his wife, five small daughters.
Isabel Sánchez.
José Gómez and Eusebia Galindo, his wife.
Guadalupe Gómez, female.
Bernardino García, married to Mrs. Hilaria Read.
Hilaria Sánchez Read, of Read’s rancho in Marin County.
John Read, of Read’s rancho, Marin County.
Hilarita Read, of Read’s rancho, Marin County.
Carmel Cibrián de Beroal.
Bruno Valencia and Bernarda Duarte, his wife, and four children.
Militón Valencia.
Felipe Soto.
José Santa María, secretary to subprefect Guerrero.
Agustín Dávila and Jesús Féliz, his wife, and two children.
Agustín Dávila, Junior.
Juliana Avila. Dolores Avila. Magín Féliz.
Toribio Tanferán (Peruvian) and María Valencia, his wife, and seven children.
José Cornelio Bernal, husband of Carmel Cibrián.
José Jesús Bernal.
Angel Alviso and Josefa Sotelo, his wife.
Ysidor Jalapa. Rafaela Jalapa.
Mariano Jalapa.


Doña Guadalupe Briones de Miramontes.
Candelario Miramontes, her husband.
Ygnacio Miramontes.
Rodolfo Miramontes.
Arciano Miramontes.
Raimundo Miramontes.
José de los Santos Miramontes.
Juan José Miramontes.
Doña Luz Briones, who is still living at the great age of more than a century with her sister Doña Juana Briones de Miranda, at Mayfield, Santa Clara County. (1889)
Dolores Miramontes.
Ramona Miramontes.
Manuel Peña (an old soldier of the Mexican army) and Guadalupe, his wife.
Dolores Peña.
María de los Angeles Peña.
Carmel Peña. María Peña.
Antonia Peña. Francisco Peña.
Eusebio Soto (an old artilleryman of the Spanish and Mexican armies, with the rank of corporal) and Martina Mendoza, his wife and three children.
Marta Soto.
Francisco Soto.
Joaquin Peña (an old soldier of the Spanish and Mexican armies, with the rank of corporal) and Eustaquia Mojica, his wife.
José de la Cruz Peña.

Source: Davis, William Heath. Seventy-five Years in San Francisco. 1929: San Francisco.

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