Rancho Los Carneros (Littlejohn)

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Rancho Los Carneros was a 4,482-acre (18.14 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Monterey County, California given in 1834 by Governor José Figueroa to David Littlejohn.[1] The name means "sheep". The grant was east of Elkhorn Slough and encompassed present day Elkhorn.[2][3]


The one square league grant was given to Scotsman David (Francisco Xavier) Littlejohn (1795–1847) who came to California in 1824 aboard a Hartnell ship from Peru. He married Francisca Antonia Higuera in 1826. Their daughter Maria Antonia Littlejohn (1827-) married Francisco Maria Castro 1851, and the other daughter Maria Elena Littlejohn (1833-) married Becinto Avila about 1852.

With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho Los Carneros was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853,[4] and the grant was patented to David Littlejohn in 1866.[5]

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  1. ^ Ogden Hoffman, 1862, Reports of Land Cases Determined in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Numa Hubert, San Francisco
  2. ^ Diseño del Rancho Los Carneros
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Los Carneros
  4. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 322 SD
  5. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886

Coordinates: 36°51′00″N 121°42′00″W / 36.850°N 121.700°W / 36.850; -121.700

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