Reyes Family Land Grant Maps, (Downtown) First Adobe Houses In LA. (90982)

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Reyes Family Land Grant Maps, (Downtown) First Adobe Houses In LA.   (90982)
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Two large framed documents (maps), expert framing. "map of a tract of land situate in the city and county of Loos Angeles, State of California, containing 28.33 acres occupied and claimed by Juana Maria Reyes, widow of Vicente Botiller, deceased, Surveyed on her request, Sept. 12th, 1868, by Capt. Wm. Moore, Asst. Aug. Assbrand, scale 2 chains per inch, var. 14 degrees 15 minutes E, True Courses. 33 x 36" Original pen and ink, red, blue, brown and black on buff paper. County Recorder stamp at upper right, filed July 8 1885, Book 6 Misc Records, p386. The map shows the subject parcel located on the east side of Main street at Spring and 8th St., with a creek flowing through the center of the property NE-SW. There is an old tape repaired tear at top center, visible in the photograph. This very important map is of a key parcel originally secured under a Mexican Land Grant to the Reyes family, specifically Vicente Botiller. Botiller and his father, Juan Francisco Reyes, came north from mexico with Father Junipero Serra. His voyage, and accompaniment is well documented. The family, in fact, were important Los Angeles community members well before the Gold Rush, as documented by Bancroft. The documents in this lot have been carefully handed down within the Reyes family through the last two centuries. Here, the LA County Recorder's office told the family in a memo that they have no record of this map (incorrect) (now Book 32, p2 Misc. Records). The Botiller name remained with this tract, and others, through time. Juan Francisco Reyes (1749-1809) was part of the 1769 Portola Expedition with Junipero Serra. He was Alcalde of the Pueblo de Los Angeles for three terms ( 1790, 1793-1795) and was the recipient of the Los Encino and Lompoc Land Grants. The Los Encino Land Grant was given to him in 1785, which was basically the entire San Fernando Valley. In 1802 he was granted the Lompoc Land Grant. He resided in the Adobes in Pueblo Los Angeles. The adobes are well described in the title documents and shown on the map. On the northern part of the tract were his dwelling and another adobe, a wood stable and some fruit trees. On the north side of the parcel was more Reyes property (heirs of J. F. Reyes), this group held vineyards. Inside this large frame is a death notice of Vincente Botiller de Ybarronde (1857-1921).

The second frame is 22 x 42", a "map of the Re Subdivision of the Widow Botiller Tract... 1888. This is an early blueprint map, originally filed in LA County in 1888, with County recorder's stamp at top. The map shows the Reyes tract cut up into residential lots, with one street bearing the historical Botiller name.

The importance of these maps cannot be overstated. They represent the earliest period of "occupation" of Los Angeles - a time before 1800 - when the Spanish and Mexicans moved north to occupy and Christianize the lands. These are among the very first buildings built in Los Angeles (1780's) and this original pen and ink map may be the last original document that shows their specific sites. As an original work, it is incredibly important. Today, the property subject of these maps is dead center downtown Los Angeles, one of the two most important cities in Western America, and represent its very beginnings. These maps come to us directly from the Reyes family, with impeccable provenance.

Country (if not USA):
State: California
City/County: Los Angeles