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Rancho Bolsa de San Felipe was a 6,795-acre (27.50 km2) Mexican land grant in present day San Benito County, California given in 1840 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado to Francisco Perez Pacheco. Bolsa means "pockets" and refers to pockets of land in the Tequisquina Slough. The grant was bounded on the north by Rancho Ausaymas y San Felipe and the south by Rancho San Justo, and encompassed Dunneville.[1][2]

History

The two square league grant was made to Francisco Pacheco, who was the owner of Rancho Ausaymas y San Felipe and Rancho San Justo. Francisco Perez Pacheco (1790-1860), born in Mexico, came to Monterey in 1819.[3]

In 1840, his daughter María Jacinta Pacheco (1813 – ) married Sebastián Nuñez, grantee of Rancho Orestimba. In 1850, his daughter María Ysidora Pacheco (1829–1892) married Mariano Malarin (1827–1895), son of the grantee of Rancho Chualar.[4]

A claim for Rancho Bolsa de San Felipe was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852. The district court, while upholding the Pacheco title, limited it to one square league.[5] Ysidora Pacheco de Malarin and Sebastián Nuñez, who were the executors of Francisco Pacheco's estate, appealed the district court ruling to the US Supreme Court. In 1863, the court validated a grant of two square leagues even though the original document had been altered, changing it from one square league to two.[6] The grant was patented to Francisco Perez Pacheco in 1871.[7]

James Dunne (-1874), who had come from Ireland to join the California Gold Rush, bought Rancho Bolsa de San Felipe and half of Rancho Ausaymas y San Felipe from Francisco Pacheco. In 1862, James Dunne married Catherine O'Toole Murphy widow of Bernard Martin of Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas.[8]

References

Coordinates: 36°54′36″N 121°25′12″W / 36.910°N 121.420°W / 36.910; -121.420

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