Rancho Cienega de los Paicines

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Rancho Cienega de los Paicines was a 8,918-acre (36.09 km2) Mexican land grant in present day San Benito County, California given in 1842 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado to Angel María Castro and José Antonio Rodriguez. [1] The name means "marsh lands of the Paicines" in Spanish. The grant extended along the San Benito River with Tres Pinos Creek on the east and the Cienega Valley on the west, and encompassed present day Paicines.[2][3]


The two square league Rancho Cienega de los Paicines grant was given to Angel María Castro and his son-in-law José Antonio Rodriguez. Angel María Dolores Castro (1794–??), son of Josef Macario Castro, was a soldier at San Jose and Branciforte and married María Ysabel Butron (daughter of Manuel Josef Butron and Maria Ygnacia Emigdia Higuera)(1796–1848) in 1812. José Antonio Rodriguez (–1853), son of Sebastian Rodriguez (grantee of Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro) and Maria Pacheco, was a guard at Mission San Miguel and married Hilaria (Elisaria) Castro (1817–), the daughter of Angel Delores Castro and Maria Ysabel Butron 1835.

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 Cienega de los Paicines was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853,[4] and the grant was patented to Angel María Castro and José Antonio Rodriguez in 1869.[5]

In 1867 Francisco Villegas sold the rancho to Alexander B. Grogan (-1886), a San Francisco land speculator and financier. Grogan had been Faxon Atherton's California business agent and later the executor of Atherton's estate. At one time nearby Paicines was named Groganville. In 1906, the ranch was purchased by A. Kingsley Macomber.[6]

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 Cienega de los Paicines
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Cienega de los Paicines
  4. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 220 SD
  5. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886 Archived 2013-03-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. 

Coordinates: 36°43′12″N 121°18′00″W / 36.720°N 121.300°W / 36.720; -121.300