BARRON, William Eustace
BARRON, William Eustace (Almería, Spain 1822 - Oct. 25, 1871 SF), born in Spain, San Francisco resident, the son of William Leonard Barron (1791-1859) and Maria Candelaria Murphy [Morphy] Marti (1798- ), and nephew of Eustace Barron (1790-1859) of Barron and Forbes Company, Tepic, Mexico. William Eustace Barron had moved to Mexico in the late 1920s with his father. He lived mostly in Mexico until 1850 when he moved to San Francisco, California to represent Barron Forbes and Company’s interest in the New Almaden Quicksilver mine, discovered by Andres Castillero. Barron was the major player in the syndicate that controlled the New Almaden Mine between 1847 and 1863. He became a commission merchant in partnership partnered with James Bolton in the firm of Bolton, Barron & Company. The firm is listed in the San Francisco City Directory of 1852. They built an office building at Montgomery and Merchant streets that survived the 1906 earthquake.
A rift developed between the business partners, and Barron bought Bolton out, reorganizing the company as Barron & Company, taking in wealthy banker, Thomas Bell, as 25% partner. Barron & Co. is listed in the 1869 San Francisco Directory with a dwelling a 606 Stockton. One of the first stately homes built in today’s Menlo Park area was the 280-acre estate of William E. Barron. He vacationed there and hoped the climate would help to restore his failing health. (The home later burned to the ground under new ownership.) The 1870 census lists Barron, age 45, living with: Thomas Bell, 48, capitalist; a valet, a kitchen man, a cook and a steward.
Barron died at age 49 on October 25, 1871 in San Francisco. His funeral was said to be the largest San Francisco had seen to that date. He is now buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, established in 1887. (Approximately 40,000 of the San Francisco’s Calvary Cemetery remains were moved here over a span of many years.) He never married.
PARENTS AND SIBLINGS:
William Leonard Barron (1791-1859) = Maria Candelaria Morphy Marti (1798- )
1. Eustace Barron —brother in Madrid, Spain
2. WILLIAM EUSTACE BARRON (Cadiz, Spain 1822- San Francisco, CA 1871)
- OWNER OF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND BY DEED FROM ANDRES CASTILLERO DATED JUNE 21, 1857.
- ON FEBRUARY 16, 1869, BY DEED FROM WILLIAM E. BARRON, THE ISLAND PASSED TO:
3. Mrs. Katalina Avila de Barron—(1823-1899)
4. Phillip A. Barron—brother in Almeria, Spain = Maria del Carmen Scheidnagel
- 1. Emily
- 2. Mary [Maria] (1851-1935)
- 3. Guillerina (1852-1925)
5. Joseph “Pepe” Barron (1830-1884)=  Roberta Walkinshaw (1844-1918)
- 1. William Eustace Barron (1864-1902)= Maryanne ‘Minnie’ Christina Whyte (1873-1943)
- 2. Marie “Mary” Carlotta Barron (1865-1944)= John Charles Moore Grant ( -1938)9th baron de Longueuil
- 3. Eustace Joseph Barron (1867-1933)=Josephe Catherine Ann Marie Nitot (1895-1984)
- 4. Robert Barron (1869-1917)= Marie Louise Claire Pucherrier
- 5. Joseph “Pepito” Barron (1872-1947)= Jeanie Marie Isabelle Hutton (1859!-1926)
- Pepito lived and died Hutton house [1860 built] in Pau
In the News~
January 31, 1853 [Barnard Peyton, Jr. to John Parrott, Esq., New York]: “My dear Sir, …William Barron reached here two or three days after your departure bringing a letter from Barron, Forbes & Co., to say that they had explained their views relative to the New Almaden Mine, fully to him, and referring you to him for satisfaction. I called on him to ascertain what they would do, and was assured that all difficulties would be settled to our mutual satisfaction. Since then we have had no interview on account no doubt of his excessive occupation immediately after arrival, but will be enabled to give some positive information by the next steamer. The dividend has been declared—allowing $6000 to each Barron, and I have collected the balance of $2000…” (Jostes, Barbara Donohoe. Selected Papers of John Parrott (1811-1884), Consul. San Francisco: 1972.)
On June 21, 1857, the deed to Santa Cruz Island was transferred from Andres Castillero to William E. Barron. At the time, Barron was only 35 years old, and was considered a leading capitalist and prominent merchant. He developed a 280-acre estate with a 40-room mansion in Menlo Park in the early 1860s. Less than a year later after he acquired title to Santa Cruz Island on May 25, 1858 the following advertisement was placed in the Daily Alta California:
- May 25, 1858 [DAC]: FOR SALE: An island containing about 60,000 acres of land, well watered and abounding in small valleys of the best pasturage for sheep. There are no wild animals on it that would interfere with livestock. There is a good harbor, and safe anchorage.
In 1868 T. F. Cronise published in The Natural Wealth of California: “The Messrs. Barron of San Francisco, who own this island, graze about 30,000 sheep upon it.” Title to Santa Cruz Island was in the name of William E. Barron for twelve years, until February 16, 1869 when the deed was transferred from William E. Barron to the ten men who formed the Santa Cruz Island Company [Santa Barbara County Deed Book F]. The price paid was $150,000. March 29, 1869 Santa Cruz Island became subject to “a mortgage bearing the date Sixteenth day of February  to said William E. Barron, for the purchase money of said premises, to secure the sum of one hundred thousand dollars Gold Coin, which said mortgage the party of the second part assumes and agrees to pay” [Santa Barbara County Deed Book F].
William E. Barron was also an original members of Ralston’s Bank of California. He became one of the leading capitalists in California of the time. In the 1860s he built one of the first stately homes in what is now Menlo Park, as a vacation home on 280 acres, in hopes it would benefit his failing health. His gatehouse, built in 1864, is the oldest existing structure in Menlo Park. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The year of his death, 1871, Barron sold the property to Senator Milton S. Latham (after which the main house burned down), and moved back to San Francisco where he died on October 25, 1871 at the young age of 49. His funeral is said to have been one of the largest ever held in that city.
May 15, 1850 [DAC]: “Partnership. The subscribers, in connection with their friends Messrs. Barron, Forbes & Co., of Tepic, and Jecker, Torre & Co., of Mazatlan, have associated themselves under the firm of Bolton, Barron & Co., for the transaction of a general commission and exchange business in theis city, and are temporarily located at the iron store of Messrs. Everett & Co., foot of Sacramento Street. James R. Bolton, William E. Barron.”
November 1, 1858 [SDU]: “The Quicksilver Mine Injunction — The United States of America vs. John Parrott, H. W. Halleck, James R. Bolton, William E. Barron, John Young and Robert Walkinshaw — and now at this day, the motion made by P. Della Torre, United States Attorney, for a special injunction against the said defendants, and for the appointment of a receiver...“
January 13, 1859 [SFDEB]: “…The members of the New Almaden Company are Eustace Barron of the city of Mexico, Martinez Escandon, E. W. Barron, Wm. Forbes, the heirs of Walkinshaw, John Parrott, J. R. Bolton, Wm. E. Barron, and it is said, some English and South American mercantile houses. All of these persons are non-resident aliens but three—which three assert between them ownership to but two-twenty-fourths in the New Almaden Mine. Wm. E. Barron is an English-Mexican, and resides in San Francisco. He is a partner in the house of Bolton, Barron & Co., who act as agents for the New Almaden Company in commercial business, and the local manager of the prosecution of the company’s claim before the United States District Court. John Parrott was born an American, but has passed in trade in Mexico those years of his life in which commercial character receives its strongest impressions. He also has held the office of American Consul at Mazatlan. James R. Bolton, also, was born an American, received his education in Mexico, and once, in the absence of Parrott, acted as American Consul at Mazatlan.”
August 20, 1859 [DAC]: “Dissoulution of Partnership. The partnership hitherto existing between James R. Bolton, William E. Barron and Barron, Forbes & Co., under the firm of Bolton, Barron & Co., is this day dissolved by lapse of time. Bolton, Barron & Co. San Francisco, August 15th, 1859.”
August 20, 1859 [DAC]: “Dissoulution of Copartnership. The firm of Bolton, Barron & Co., having been this day dissolved, the undersigned shall continue in business in this place, in connection with the house of Barron, Forbers & Co., Mexico, under the firm of Barron & Co. William E. Barron, San Francisco, August 15th, 1859.”
July 16, 1861 [SDU]: “California Lloyds. Marine Insurance. Office Southwest corner of Washington and Battery Streets. The undersigned are prepared to issue Marine Insurance Policies, each being responsible for the sum written against his own name only and for himself, and not for the others or any of them. Policies on Treasure, with or without war risk. Losses payable in San Francisco or New York. John Parrott; George C. Johnson; N. Luning; James Phelan; Lafayette Maynard; James Donahue; William E. Barron; James Otis; James B. Haggin; J. Mora Moss.”
May 10, 1863 [DAC]: “Arrival of the Orizaba. The P.M.S.S. Co’s steamer Orizaba arrived last evening [in San Francisco] from Panama. Passengers A. C. Peachy, Wm. Barron, Eustace Barron, J. Barron…”
January 4, 1867 [SDU]: “We are pleased to notice that an organization has taken place at San Francisco embracing the portion of the California and Oregon Railroad which lies within the territory of this Statae, with the following named corporators and officers: Alpheus Bull, Thomas Bell, William E. Barron, C. Temple...“
July 1, 1867 [SFDEB]: “Marine Intelligence. Arrived. Schooner Eustace, [Captain] Furlong, 15 days from Santa Cruz Island, via San Simeon 5 days; wool to Barron & Company.”
September 2, 1868 [SDU]: “Incorporations — Articles of incorporation of the North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company were filed in the Secretary of State's office yeterday... Trustees for the first three months: Lester L. Robinson, S. F. Butterworth and William E. Barron.“
October 22, 1870 [SBP]: “The Santa Cruz Island Company, composed of Mr. Ohlmeyer and others, successors of Dr. Shaw and Messrs. Barron, are extensively engaged in the sheep business, and have large clips, in part Merino and in part long wool.”
August 17, 1871 [NYH]: “One of the most important cases yet brought before the Mexican Claims Commission was that of William E. Barron, surviving partner of the firm Barron, Forbes & Co., versus the United States, involving the ownership of the New Almaden quicksilver mines of California. The claimants are British subjects, but at the date of the treaty of peace with Mexico and the cession of California had a commercial council in Mexico, by virtue of which they contended they became entitled to all the rights and immunities of Mexican citizens. The case was referred to umpire, who decided against the pretension of the claimants to Mexican citizenship and dismissed the claim.”
October 26, 1871 [DAC]: “Died. In this city, October 25th, William E. Barron, aged 49. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend his funeral tomorrow (Friday), at 10 o’clock A.M. from St. Mary’s Cathedral, California Street, without further notice.”
November 14, 1871 [SFDEB]: “Will of William E. Barron. The last will and trestament of Wm. E. Barron has been filed for probate. It bears date October 24, 1871, and appoints Thomas Bell, D. O. Mills, and W. C. Ralston his executors, giving them authority, without any order of Court, to sell on such terms as they deem proper, for the purpose of paying the debts of the deceased, or paying the legacies mentioned, or for the purpose of investing the proceeds for the benefit of residuary legatee. The executors are directed to see that the business and affairs of the firm of Barron & Co., in which the deceased had a three-fourths interest, be settled as soon as possible without injuring the interests of the firm. The testator declares that all the real estate in his name is the property of Barron & Co., excepting only the Rancho Casiamayome, which was held in trust by the testator for the heirs of Wm. Forbes, late of Mexico, and the lot on Sansome Street, part of the 50-vara lot 203, which is held in trust for Francisco Martinez. Out of the first moneys coming into their hands the executors shall pay all just debts, and shall invest $10,000 in San Francisco bonds, or other good security, and keep the same so invested during the life of his brother Eustace Barron, of Madrid, Spain, and pay over quarterly to him the interest derived from the revenue of such investment, and upon the death of Eustace Barron, to deliver the securities to the residuary legatees. He gives to each of three nieces, Emily, Mary and Guillermina, of Almeria, Spain, daughters of his brother Phillip, $40,000. He gives to his brother, Phillip, a full release of all debts, and also the income of $50,000, to be invested by the executors as they deem proper, and upon the death of Phillip the securities are to go to the nieces aforesaid. He bequeaths to Mrs. Katalina Avila de Barron, his sister, for her own separate use, $15,000; and to Mrs. Francisca Price, the wife of Samuel Price, $10,000, to her own separate use; and to David M. Richards, of San Francisco, $5,000; and to Christian Gehrel, of San Francisco, $2,500. All the remainder of his estate is bequeathed to his executors in trust, to be invested as they may deem best, during the life of his brother, Joseph Barron, now in Spain, from the revenue of which is to be paid over $2000 per month; but if the net income should exceed $4000 per month, the remainder over one-half shall be applied to the education of the children of his brother Joseph. The legacy to the three nieces, Emily, Mary and Guillermina, to the brother Phillip, to Mrs. Francesca Price, to the sister Katalina, to David M. Richards and to Christian Gehrel are made upon an estimate that, after paying the legacies and all expenses of administration, besides all just debts, the residue of the estate will be $400,000 which is to be invested for the benefit of the brother, Joseph, and his children; but if said estimate should prove erroneous, and the value should be less than $400,000, then each of said legacies is to be proportionately reduced. All property not otherwise disposed of, is to go to the brother, Joseph Barron, and his children. The estate is said to be valued at from $560,000 to $800,000.”
November 14, 1871 [SDI]: “Dispatch from San Francisco, Nov. 13--The will of Wm. E. Barron, dated Oct. 24, 1871, was probated today. Thos. Bell, W.C. Ralston and D.O. Mills are administrators. The estate is valued at from $5,000,000 to $8,000,000. The testator declares that all the real estate standing in his name belongs to the firm of Barron & Co., except the rancho Caslamayome, which is held in trust for the heirs of Wm. Forbes, and part of a 50 vara lot on Sansome street, held in trust for Francisco Martinez. He bequeaths $10,000 in San Francisco bonds during his life time to his brother Erestace Barron, of Madrid, Spain, and gives to each of his 3 nieces, of Almeria, Spain, $40,000, and to this brother Phillip A., a release of all debts and the income during his life of $30,000, the principal to go to his nieces at his death; to his sister Senora Katalina Avela de Barron, $15,000; to Mrs. Francisco Price, $10,000; to David M. Richard, $5,000 and to Christian Gehrel, $2,500. The residue of his estate is to be invested and from its earning $2,000 per month paid to his brother, Joseph Barron; and in case the income exceeds $4,000 per month, the half is to be devoted to the education of his brother Joseph's children. After paying all, his estate is to be invested for the benefit of his brother Joseph and his children."
October 22, 1872 [SBWP]: “The Santa Cruz Island Company, composed of Mr. Ohlmeyer and others, successors of Dr. Shaw and Messrs. Barron, are extensively engaged in the sheep business, and have large clips, in part Merino and in part long wool…”
February 10, 1873 [SFDEB]: “Thomas Bell, D. O. Mills and W. C. Ralston, executors of the estate of William E. Barron, have filed their first annual account in the Probate Court. The cash receipts during the year amounted to $470,791.35 of which $193,751.10 was received from Thomas Bell, surviving partner of Barron & Co., capital put into the business at commencement of the partnership; $183,000. Barron’s share of profits of the business; $56,172.74, profits on joint transactions, apart from the business of Barron & Co., and $15,000 proceeds of a life insurance policy. The disbursements amount to $19,165.57; the principal items being $7,600 paid for assessments and $7954.57 for a lot and vault in Calvary Cemetery.”
June 6, 1885 [SFDEB]: “Judge Rearden has approved and settled the account of Thomas Bell as trustee of Mary Barron, William E. Barron, Eustace Barron, Robert Barron, Joseph Barron and Roberta Barron, under the terms of the will of the late William E. Barron. Mr. Bell was allowed $46,007.26 as commissions for his services, while his attorneys, Wilson & Wilson, received $1500 as their fee. The remainder of the estate, amounting to $113,579.74, was ordered paid to beneficiaries, share and share alike. Henry Fischoir, who was appointed expert and referee by Judge Rearden, testified to the correctness of the accounts of the trustee, as also did other witnesses.”