ROBINSON, Alfred

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ROBINSON, Alfred (1806-1895), Massachusetts born, he came to Santa Barbara in 1829 where became a prominent agent in the hide and tallow trade, and later the agent of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. In 1836 he married into the de la Guerra family. He was a friend, financial advisor and attorney to John C. Jones, owner of half interest in Santa Rosa Island. Jones and his family moved back to Boston in 1846, and Robinson and attorney Charles Fernald were left to represent Jones in his 1851 lawsuit against his brother-in-law partner, Alpheus B. Thompson over their Santa Rosa Island affairs. They prevailed in the courts on behalf of their friend and client.

» Robinson, Alfred Life in California San Francisco, 1846.


July 23, 1858: “This indenture this day made by and between John C. Jones of the County of Norfolk, State of Massachusetts, by his lawful attorney Alfred Robinson, of the city and county of Santa Barbara, State of California party of the first part and T. Wallace More, of the city and county of Santa Barbara, State of California, party of the second part, witnesseth: That the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the covenant and agreement hereinafter contained to be kept all and singular, by the said party of the second part, and in consideration of the sum of money hereinafter mentioned to be paid by the said party of the second part, has sold, transferred and assigned unto the said party of the second part all of the right, title and interest of the said party of the first part, of, in and to all of the horned cattle, sheep, horses and mares, or livestock of whatsoever there may be, more or less, now on the Island of Santa Rosa, in the channel of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara; and the said party of the second part in consideration of the promised covenant and agreed to and with the said party of the first part to pay him therefore, the full sum of $35,000 lawful currency of the United States of America, in payments as follows… The said party of the first part hereby gives and grants into the said party of the second part, the right to enter upon said Island of Santa Rosa for all necessary and lawful purposes connected with the rights hereby sold and transferred for the term of two years thereafter, in consideration of the sum of $250 per annum to be paid by the party of the first part in two equal payments in the months of July in each of the last two years… J. C. Jones per A. Robinson, Attorney in fact. T. Wallace More.” [Huntington Library, Stearns Collection, Box 87, Folder 12]