Rancho Santa Manuela

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Rancho Santa Manuela was a 16,955-acre (68.61 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day San Luis Obispo County, California given in 1837 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado to Francis Ziba Branch.[1] The grant encompassed present-day Arroyo Grande.[2][3]


Francis Ziba Branch (1802 - 1874) came over land to California with Wolfskill party in 1831. In 1835 he married María Manuela Carlón, and in 1837, Governor Alvarado granted Branch, Rancho Santa Manuela.[4]

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 Santa Manuela was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and the grant was patented to Francis Ziba Branch in 1868.[6]

The Branch family lived on the land until 1879, when much of Rancho Santa Manuela was sold to Philip Biddle and his son John Biddle (1840-1891).[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 Santa Manuela
  3. ^ San Luis Obispo Mexican Land Grants
  4. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9.
  5. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 24 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886 Archived 2009-05-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Annie L Morrison and John H Haydon, 1917,Pioneers of San Luis Obispo County & Environs, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles

Coordinates: 35°09′00″N 120°29′24″W / 35.150°N 120.490°W / 35.150; -120.490