Following the general trend after secularization, during the large Cattle Ranch Era, the José Manuel Boronda family acquired the 6, 625-acre Rancho Los Laureles in Carmel Valley.
The Borondas were not the first grantees. The tract had first been bestowed on José Antonio Romero in 1835.
But, four years later, in 1839, it was re-granted to José Manuel Boronda and Vicente Blas Martinez, along with José Manuel’s son, Juan de Mata Boronda, who was about age 18 or 19 at the time.
The Boronda family, including José Manuel, his wife, Juana, and their 15 children, came to settle on the rancho. Thus, the Boronda family became the first permanent settlers in Carmel Valley.From: www.nelshenderson.com
"The Boronda Adobe" -Carmel Valley- By Percy Gray (1869-1952)