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Rancho El Primo Canon or Rio de los Berrendos

Also listed as El Primer Canon, the first canyon, or Antelope Ranch.

1807 January 17, Job Francis Dye born to James M. Dye & Elizabeth Percival Dye in Hardin County, Kentucky.

1832-33 - Job F. Dye, trapper, came into California with the Ewing Young party through New Mexico. For a year or more Dye engaged in otter-hunting on the coast, and late in 1833 took charge of Captain Cooper's livestock at the Rancho del-Sur; from this date his name appears on Larkin's books; and he still made occasional otter-hunting trips. - Bancroft~

1835-40 - Job Dye established a distillery at Sayante near Santa Cruz, at first with Tomlinson, later with Majors, whom he bought out in 1840, having applied for naturalization in 1839. Met by Edwards in 1837, arrested but not exiled in 1840, being accused by Morris of taking part against the foreigners - Bancroft~

1839 - Job F. Dye married Ecolastica Rodriquez in Monterey, California. Four children born to this union.~

1841 - Isabell Dye born.~

1843 - In John Bidwell's words:

". . .Further on [after Deer Creek and Mill Creek] the next stream of water presented to our view not only its well-timbered borders but expanses of fertile and grassy plains, over which roamed innumerable herds of Antelope, and hence it was named for that magnificent creature [Antelope Creek.]" - John Bidwell, 1843

1844 May 27 - Job Francis "Francisco" Dye received the land that took in six leagues (26, 172 acres) from the east side of the Sacramento River up into the foothills from Hogsback south to Dye Creek. Antelope Creek was the main stream within the acreage granted by Governor Manuel Micheltorena.

1845 - James A. Dye born.~

1848 - Rebecca Dye born.~

1852 - Martha Dye born.~

1853 June 4, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE TO SQUATTERS - The Grant to the Undersigned, of six square leagues of land, commencing at the mouth of Antelope Creek, on the east side of the Sacramento, running up said river three leagues, thence running from the river in an easterly direction two leagues, having been confirmed by the U.S. Land Commissioners, all persons found trespassing on the same are hereby notified that they will be proceeded against according to law.  J.F. DYE. Antelope Ranch, March 10, 1853.~

1853 December 10, Job Francis Dye and Sarah A. Herrall married in Allen County, Kentucky. Four Children born to this union.~

1855 - Stanley Newton Dye born in Tehama County, California.~

1857 July 22, Red Bluff Beacon - Birth - On the 15 inst., the wife of Job F. Dye, Esq. of a son. [Charles H. Dye]~

1858 December 29, Red Bluff Beacon - DYE'S GRANT - Among the plats recently sent to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General of California, we observe that of the rancho El Primo Canon, or the Rio de los Berrendos, fianlly confirmed to Job F. Dye, situated in Township 26 and 27 north of range 2, west, and Township 27 north of range 3 west, and bounded by the Sacramento River, containing 26,571 acres. This grant, our county readers will recognize, as the well-known Antelope rancho, east of the Sacramento River, opposite this town. The issuance of the patent, which must necessarily soon follow this announcement, will be received with general favor, as it will enable Mr. Dye to give titles to such portions as he designs disposing of to settlers.~

1859 - Mary Dye born.~

1859 January 15, Isabell Dye married John Strange Butler in Tehama County, California.~

1860 - Amanda Dye born.~

1862 March 6, Sarah A. Herrall Dye, 35, died in Red Bluff, Tehama County, California.~

1862 July 6, Amanda Dye, 2, died in Tehama County, California.~

1871 February 28- Patent date for 26,637.11 acres in Tehama County, California granted to Job Francis Dye.~

1872 October 5, San Francisco Bulletin - The Sacramento Valley - ( Information for Land-Buyers Article) Re: "The Dye Grant lies east of and opposite to Red Bluff. It was originally a large grant, but has been partially subdivided. It contains some good bottom land, but iis mostly adapted to grazing."~

1878, Charles H. Dye, 21, died in Tehama County, California.~

1883 March 5, San Francisco Bulletin - Mortuary Notice - DEATH OF J. F. DYE - A Pioneer of 1832 and Probably the Oldest in the State - Editor Bulletin: Job Francis Dye was born in Hardin county, Ky. in the year 1803 and died near Corralitas, Santa Cruz county in this State, March 4, 1883, being about seventy-eight years of age.

Mr. Dye left his native state in 1830 probably without any particular destination or object in view further than the pursuit that wild adventure for which all the first settlers of this coast were noted. After experiencing the privations, hardships, and untold dangers of a two-years' experience in the Rocky Mountains and on the Plains as a trapper, hunter, and scout, he made his way to the shores of the Pacific, arriving at Los Angeles in 1832, a date beyond which there are very few, if any, now living who can fix the time of their arrival.

His first business enterprise after leaving off his nomadic life was that of merchandising at the town of Santa Cruz. He subsequently moved to Monterey, where he continued his business and added to it those of milling and a distillery. He was very successful in these pursuits until about 1845, when the difficulty between the United States and Mexico led to the confiscation of his entire estate by the Mexican authorities, being taken himself a prisoner. 

Having a great many influential friends among the natives, he succeeded in getting released, but most of the other Americans then in the country were sent to Mexico in irons. He held a large claim against the Government for this outrage, but it was never prosecuted to the result it might have reached in other hands. Having been bankrupted in this manner he turned his attention to stock ranching and in 1845, in company with A.G. Toomes, R.H. Thomes and S. G. Chard, was the first to locate in the upper Sacramento Valley, in what is now Tehama county. Mr. Dye obtaining a grant of 29,000 acres of as choice land as can be found in the State, known as the Antelope Ranch, as present owned by ex-railroad Commissioner Cone.

Without any apparent fault or lack of judgment on his part, any more than to fate itself, all this vast possession had passed to other hands, and left him, as been too often the case with men of his stamp, nothing but the husks of the corn he had gathered.

He was a man of the highest integrity in all his dealings, and in maintaining his honor was no doubt satisfied with his comparative poverty. He is the last one of the pioneers who first settled in the Upper Sacramento, all the others having died within the last few years. He leaves four children, Mrs. J.S. Butler of Oakland, Mrs. C.M. Hays of Silver City, Idaho, James and Newton Dye of Santa Cruz county. His remains will be taken to Red Bluff for burial. Mr. Dye was highly respected. and his death will be greatly deplored by his many acquaintances and friends. -  H. A. L.~

1888 September 15, Owyhee Avalanche (Silver City, Idaho) -MARRIED - At the residence of General John Shepherd of George's Creek, near Independence, Inyo County, by Rev. C. Mulholland, Aug. 15th, 1888, Thomas F. Butler of Tehama county and Miss Luella Shepherd, daughter of Gen. John Shepherd. Mr. Butler is a native son of Tehama county, having been born on Antelope Ranch when it was the property of his grandfather, Job F. Dye. "Frank" as he is familiarly known in Red Bluff, is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Butler of this county.

His bride is a beautiful and accomplished young lady, possessing in an eminent degree, all the graces and accomplishments necessary to make married life happy and a pleasant and contented home for herself and husband and visiting friends.

At the close of the honeymoon, a part of which will be in San Francisco, and Oakland, Frank and his young bride will return to Tehama County and reside permanently at parental home near Vina. Mr. and Mrs. Butler have the well-wishes of the Sentinel for long life, prosperity and happiness. - Red Bluff Sentinel.

The young man above named resided in Silver City in 1867-8, and was known as a small boy. He is the nephew of Mrs. C.M. Hays of Silver City, and is known here to all the old residents, who wish him and his a long and happy life and prosperity.~

1919 October 16, Stanley Newton Dye, 64, died in California.~

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