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Rancho Barranca Colorada

Barranca - Spanish word for ravine or gulch. Colorada - Spanish word for red. Barranca Colorada, red ravine.

1844 December 22, Josiah Belden (1815-1892) in 1844 received 17,707.49 acres in Tehama County near Red Bluff as a Mexican Land Grant from Manuel Micheltorena. Belden did not live on the land and had an arrangement with William Brown Ide (1796-1852) to occupy the land on his behalf. The grant was on the west side of the Sacramento River, south of Red Bluffs, and bordered by the Rancho de las Flores grant on the south.~

1847 July 3, Californian - KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that I, Richard B. Mason, Colonel 1st Regiment Dragoons, United States Army, and Governor of California, by virtue of authority in me vested, do hereby appoint WILLIAM B. IDE LAND SURVEYOR, for and in, the Northern department of Upper California.

Done at Monterey, Upper California, this 7th day of June A.D. 1847 and the 71st of the Independnece of the United States.  (Signed) R.B. MASON, Col 1st Drag's, and Gov. of California.


1847 July 3, Californian - MARRIED - On the 17th ult. at Cash Creek by W.B. Ide, Esq., Mr. John S. Williams of Sacramento valley, to Miss Mariah L. Gordon late of Independence, MO.~

1847 October 27, Californian - WANTED - A young man acquainted with the use of the compass, will find good employment by applying to W. B. IDE (Sonoma, July 1847)~

1847 November 3, Californian - NOTICE - The undersigned will attend to such surveys as may be entrusted to his care, for $4 per mile for horizontal lines; establishing corners $1, for recording, copies of filed notes, executing maps, &c., the accustomary prices. Twenty-five per cent discount for cash down.

Letters addressed W.B. Ide, Sonoma, U.C., will meet attention.

WILLIAM B. IDE. Land Surveyor, in and for the Northern Department, U.C.~

1848 February 19, California Star - Marine Journal - Feb 18:  Brig Malek Adhel, Phelps, for Monterey - Passengers - Messrs. McNeis, Wm. B. Ide, James Gleason, R.M. Sherman, Lewin Dent, J. Frankford, H. Caldwell and Eli Southworth, Supercargo.~

Sonoma, July 1847      10-tf~

1852 April 21, Daily Alta California, U.S. Land Commissioners - Claims filed since our last report:  By Wm. B. Ide: No. 185, of himself, to rancho de la Barransa Colorado, in Colusa county. 1844.~

1853 November 1, Sacramento Daily Union - THE BEAR FLAG - The original Bear Flag of California was painted with the juice of the pokeweed, or common garget berry, on a piece of plain cotton cloth. The artist was Judge Ide, late of Colusa County, and now deceased.~

1855 October 12, San Francisco Bulletin (San Francisco, California) - Business Cards - Thomas O. Larkin, Josiah Belden Office - Upstairs, 123 Montgomery Street, corner of Sacrameto Street.~

1857 February 8, Wide West - Married - At the Luna House, Red Bluff, by E.W. Goodrich, Esq. on 8 January 1857, James M. Ide to Mrs. Lydia A. Holly.~

1858 January 20, Daily Alta California - BIRTHS - At Ide's Ranch, Jan. 10th the wife of Lucian B. Healy, of a daughter.~

1858 June 12, Daily Alta California - District Court of Tehama County - DIVORCE FROM A MORMON WOMAN - Daniel W. Ide has filed a complaint in the District Court for this county, against his wife, Azelia Ide, alledging desertion and unwomanly conduct on the part of the said Azelia Ide towards him (her husband), and praying for a divorce.

If ever mortal man had good grounds for a divorce, we think Ide has. They were married in Ohio, in the year 1850, and up to the time of her leaving him entirely in the latter part of  1857, when she went to Salt Lake to join the Mormons, she scarcely spoke to him except to tantalize him, telling him frequently that she knew he was rich, owned a grant of land and all that sort of thing, and that she only married him in order to get hold of a portion of his money, and that she intended to have it. There are also other counts in the complaint, which insomuch as they relate entirely to domestic affairs, we forbear to mention. - Red Bluff Beacon.~

1860 July 3- Patent Date for 17,707.49 acre Barranca (La) Colorada in the name of Ide. William B. Ide died in 1852. His heirs were on the granted land in Tehama County, California.~

1861 April 18, Red Bluff Beacon - Advertisement - Valuable Farms For Sale - The undersigned offers for sale in quantities to suit purchasers about FIVE THOUSAND ACRES of the well known grant "Ide's Ranch" or Rancho de la Barranca Colorado, situated about 3 miles south of Red Bluff; about 1,100 acres is under good fence, and almost 800 acres is now in crop.

This tract of land is equal if not superior to any land in the Sacramento Valley.

The title is unquestioned being a Patent from the United States. I will give warranty Deeds.

I will offer favorable inducements to actual settlers.

For further particulars, inquire of Messrs. Faril & Myrick, Red Bluff, or of the undersigned, on the Grant. - J.M. Ide

Ide's Ranch April 4, 1861 - 3 m.

1862 March 14, Red Bluff Independent - Strayed or Stolen - From the Rawson Ranch on Ide's Bottom, about the12th Inst., a Chestnut Sorrel Mare, has one white hind foot and one white fore foot, short mane, and strip of white in the face, about 15 1/2 hands high. A liberal reward will be paid for any informastion concerning the above by:  M.M. Tompkins, Red Bluff or, Rawson Bros, Ide's Bottom - Feb 18, "62.~

1892 April 25, New York Herald-Tribune- Obituary -Josiah Belden, who died at his home, No. 7 West Fifty First St.[New York City], on Saturday, was born in the town of Cromwell, Middlesex County, Connecticut formerly known as Upper Middletown, on May 4, 1815. He was a descendent from one of two brothers who settled in Wethersfield, Conn. in 1645. After receiving an ordinary common school education, he was left an orphan in 1829, and had to rely entirely upon his own exertions. Actuated by a spirit of adventure, he went west and in St. Louis met three other young men who were bound for the Pacific Coast. With these he joined his fortunes and the four went up the Missouri River to the town of Independence, where they found others who were preparing to go to California. Uniting their capital, horses, mules and oxen were purchased and on May 10, 1841, the little band began their adventurous journey. They joined the first party of overall and explorers, a company consisting of sixty men and one woman. One-third of the party were Roman Catholic missionaries who were going to establish a mission among the Flathead Indians near the headwaters of the Columbia River and who agreed to travel with the California party as far as Soda Springs on the Bear River. After six months of hardship, Mr. Belden and his three companions reached the foot of Mount Diablo, Cal., on November 4, 1841, two years before the arrival of General Fremont in that State. Making his way to Monterey, he there made arrangements with Thomas O. Larkin, who was afterward United States Counsel to California, to go to Santa Cruz and take charge of a branch store which was to be established there and from this time dates his successful mercantile career.

In 1842, when Captain Jones, of the American frigate United States took possession of California for the American Government, Mr. Belden was appointed Alcalde under United States authority, but when it was learned a few days later that Captain Jones had erred, and Monterey and Santa Cruz had to be restored to their former authorities, Mr. Belden had to haul down the American Flag, which he had with his own hands raised in California for the first time. In 1846 he went to San Francisco, then called "Little Landing Place," and also known as Yerba Buena. At that time it was a village of about twenty houses. His entry into the village was on Good Friday and Mr. Belden was promptly seized by the authorities and fined $20 for daring to ride a horse on that sacred day, in violation of the law. Early in 1848 he opened  a store in San Jose in partnership with Mellus and Howard of San Francisco, then the largest firm on the Pacific Coast, and in 1849 retired from all the active business, having acquired a fortune before the present California magnates had established themselves. He was the first Mayor of San Jose, being elected in 1850 and for many years he made that town his summer home. It was here that he made the great park in which his house stood and in which a few years ago was built the celebrated Vendome Hotel. During the War of the Rebellion he contributed largely to the Sanitary Fund, in which he took great interest.

At the time of his death Mr. Belden was a member of the Union League Club of this city and a director on the Erie Railroad. He owned a large amount of real estate in New York and San Francisco. Being fond of travel, he had made extended trips abroad, visiting on his last tour the Holy Land and ascending the river Nile. Mr. Belden was an unassuming man, thoroughly domestic in his tastes and preferring his home life to all other considerations. He detested and was quick to discover any shams or vulgar displays and bore a reputation for the highest integrity in all commercial relations. He leaves two sons, Charles A. Belden who lives in San Francisco, George F. Belden who lives in Cincinnati. Three married daughters also survive him. They are Mrs. Luis Emilio, Mrs. Lewis Morris Addings and Mrs. George Rutledge Gibson, all of whom live in this city.

The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at his home. The Rev. Dr. D.C. Eaton of the Church of the Divine Paternity will conduct the services. The burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.~

1917 February 16, Evening News (San Jose, CA) "Josiah Belden during the days when mining was at its height kept a small store where the Spanish came to trade and brought their sacks of gold. They had confidence in him and often they gave him their sacks of gold and never asked to have them returned. Belden became very wealthy." - from a series of articles When San Jose Was Young, No. 109, San Jose in Early Fifties.


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