Rancho Zanjones

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Rancho Zanjones was a 6,714-acre (27.17 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Monterey County, California given in 1839 by Governor protem Manuel Jimeno to Gabriel de la Torre.[1] The grant extended along the north bank of the Salinas River east of present day Chualar.[2]


Gabriel de la Torre, the Mexican government's chief administrator of Monterey, was granted the one and one half square league Rancho Zanjones in 1839. Juan Malarin acquired Rancho Zanjones.[3]

Juan Malarin (1792–1849), a sea captain from Peru, came to California in 1822, and was made a Lieutenant in the Mexican Navy. He made Monterey his home, and in 1824 he married Maria Josefa Joaquina Estrada, a daughter of José Mariano Estrada, grantee of Rancho Buena Vista. Malarin was grantee of the two square league Rancho Guadalupe y Llanitos de los Correos in 1833, and the two square league Rancho Chualar in 1839. When Malarin died in 1849, his son, Mariano Malarin, took charge of the family estate.[4] In 1859, Mariano Malarin (1827–1895) married Ysidora Pacheco (-1892), a daughter of Francisco Pacheco, owner of Rancho Ausaymas y San Felipe.[5]

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 Zanjones was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[6] and the grant was patented to Mariano Malarin in 1866.[7]

See also[edit]


  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 Zanjones
  3. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. 
  4. ^ A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California, Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893
  5. ^ Portraits of Isidora Pacheco and Mariano Malarín by Leonardo Barbieri
  6. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 108 SD
  7. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886

Coordinates: 36°33′00″N 121°29′24″W / 36.550°N 121.490°W / 36.550; -121.490