Santiago E. Argüello
He was granted the Rancho Melijo or Rancho de la Punta in 1833, located on the coast and extending from the Tijuana River Valley to San Diego Bay. He took part in the civil conflict against Alvarado in 1836-1837 and was a deputy in the assembly in 1845-46. Arguello was in charge of the Rancho Otay and Rancho San Antonio Abad for a time and then majordomo and landowner at San Juan Capistrano in 1841.
He aided the Americans in the Mexican American War serving as a captain of a company of Californio cavalry, suffering a leg wound in a skirmish with Mexican forces outside San Diego. Afterward he had a claim for $11,548 for damages to his property during the war.
Argüello was married to Guadalupe Estudillo, daughter of José Maria Estudillo and had two sons and several daughters. One daughter, María Antonia, married Alfred Henry Wilcox; and another, Refugia, married William B. Couts.
Santiago E. Argüello died October 20, 1857, at the Rancho de la Punta.
- [Hubert Howe Bancroft, Henry Lebbeus Oak, Frances Fuller Victor, William Nemos, History of California, Volume 20, History of California (1825-1840), History Company, San Francisco, 1886, p.612, note 7]
- William Hugh Robarts, "Mexican War veterans : a complete roster of the regular and volunteer troops in the war between the United States and Mexico, from 1846 to 1848; the volunteers are arranged by states, alphabetically", BRENTANO'S, (A. S. WITHERBEE & CO , Proprietors,; WASHINGTON, D. C., 1887. p.41
- William Ellsworth Smythe, History of San Diego 1542-1908, Vol I, The History Company, San Diego, 1908, p. 204-205
- Smythe, History of San Diego 1542-1908, Vol I, p. 163