Case file for United States vs. William Wolfskill, Río de los Putos [Solano and Yolo County]. Includes transcript of the proceedings and related documents.
Granted by Alvarado May 24, 1842, to William Wolfskill; 4 leagues, by name. Claim filed by William Wolfskill May 17, 1852. Confirmed by the Board Nov. 7, 1854. Appeal dismissed by the District Court Mar. 10, 1857. Patent issued to William Wolfskill Dec. 18, 1858, for 17,754.73 acres. The patent is recorded in Fairfield, Solano County, and in Woodland, Yolo County. No. 87 General Land Office map. In Solano County 10,750.27 acres; in Yolo County 7,004.46 acres. The spelling of the name Putas, Putos, is somewhat indefinite in the various cases. In 612, Putas, 175 ND, it is uniformly written Putas in all the papers, while in 613, Putos, 74 ND, the title of the case is Putas but in all other papers of the case it is Putos. In the above case the title of the case and the petition to the Board write it Putas while all the other papers, the diseño and a map, all write it Putos; the patent writes it Putas. Professor A.L. Kroeber, University of California, knows of no Indian word of which this could be the Spanish spelling. Apparently the Mexicans intended two words. The valley in which this grant was located was also called Valle de las Flores. Bowman, J.N. Index of the Spanish-Mexican private land grant records and cases of California, I, 646 (shelved as BANC MSS C-R 17, Bancroft Library).
Associated Case Numbers: Toma 142, Expediente 281, Docket 230, 232 ND, GLO 87




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