Marin County Genealogy

1850 Census Short Biographies

Hosted by permission of Cathy Gowdy of the Marin County Genealogical Society.


1850 Census Short Biographies in Alphabetical Order

#28-20 Jas. Agnue

Born: Ireland ca 1827
Occupation: A dairyman in the Tomales area in 1860.
Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., Ca. census
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#1-1 Joseph M. Alberes 
#27-28 Joseph Albin
#4-4 Joseph Allen 
#33-35 George W. Anderson

#4-4 W.C. Andrews

Born: June 16, 1826 in Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island, the son of Elizabeth Tyler and Weaver Andrews.
Immigration/Migration: He came to California to mine gold.
Married: On October 10, 1851, he married Juana Bernardo Feliz in San Rafael.
Occupation: He went into business with Charles Lauff for a while, then went to Mendocino
Death: William died in Hopland, CA on Feb. 17, 1867.

Children:
Richard - born on the Sanel Ranch in Hopland; married Catalina Sais; settled in Stockton where Richard died Sept. 3, 1918.

Source: Ancestry chart of Elsie Mazzini
Submitted by Jocelyn Moss
#50-52 James Baley

#35-37 A.J. Barnes (A. Jerome Barney)

Born: May 26, 1804 in Genoa, Cayuga County, New York. According to his obituary he was the son of a soldier, and one of 16 or 17 children. While a child, his family moved from Genoa to near Buffalo.
Married: 1831 Sophia Anna M. Rigby, born Feb. 8, 1809 Baltimore, Md. Followed her husband to San Rafael in the Fall of 1855.
Occupation: "Ai" Barney began his career as a teacher at age nineteen. He continued to study and qualified as a medical practioner; he followed that pursuit until he was 25 years old. He settled in Frederick, Maryland where he was a Justice of the Peace from 1832 to 1842. He was elected county surveyor in 1844 and served in that capacity until he left for California in 1849. He joined up with several other men and they formed the Baltimore and Frederick Trading and Milling Company; Barney was elected vice president. In April of 1849, the men sailed to the Isthmus of Panama aboard the schooner, Creole, and there chartered a brig, Corbiene, for San Francisco, arriving in the Fall of the year (one source says Sept. 10; another says Nov. 10). They had shipped mill machinery ahead of them, and after arriving in Marin County they built a saw mill in Baltimore Canyon. They also started a trading post. A short time later the store was discontinued and the mill sold to Benjamin Buckelew. Barney did a little mining in the Stockton area, and returned to Marin. In 1850, he gave farmer as his occupation; he served as Marin County’s second judge for seven years, the first judge having resigned after four months on the job. In 1858 he opened a butcher shop with Elisha Dubois. In 1861, he and his son, Jerome, began this county’s first newspaper, the Marin Journal. The paper was sold in 1872 to S. F. Barstow.

Children:
Alexander Luther - born February 1, 1832 and died September 30, 1852. Buried Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael.
Jerome Augustus -  born February 22, 1834 in Newmarket, Maryland; learned the printer’s trade in Maryland when young; followed his father to Marin County in 1853; occupation butcher in 1860; with his father, began Marin County’s first newspaper, the Marin Journal, in 1861; married Marcia Whitney of San Rafael in San Francisco on March 21, 1868; Jerome died in San Rafael on June 30, 1876 at the age of 42 years, 4 months, 6 days, and was buried in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. He and his wife had a daughter born March 29, 1869 in San Rafael.
John W. - born April 20, 1838 in Liberty, Maryland; died August 9, 1911 in San Francisco from heart failure; buried Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in the familylot where the stone gives his dates as April 20, 1837 - August 9, 1910.

"He was a descendant of a very old American family, many of the members of which took an active part in the war of American Independence in 1776, and in the war of 1812." John W. Barney came to California with his mother, but returned East and "at the breaking out of Civil War enlisted as an hospital steward. He served the colors faithfully for thirty years, and according to Army regulations was retired in 1890, in which year he returned to California. The value of his services in the Medical Supply Department of the army were so much appreciated that he was shortly afterwards employed by the officer in command at San Francisco in a civilian capacity and remained in the same position up to the time of his death."
According to his obituary, he was survived by his brother Charles S. Barney, a sister, Mrs. Annie M. Spiller, a nephew, C. R. Barney, and a niece, Miss Bernice (Barney) Holmes.
Charles Samuel - born May 2, 1842 in Maryland, came to San Rafael with his mother in 1855. He early engaged in the real estate and insurance business, which vocation he followed until his death. He married (1) Hattie E. Royce of San Rafael in San Francisco on Nov. 6, 1869. He married (2) Emma Fanning in San Francisco in May, 1896. In 1881, Charles bought a lot in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael; in it, he buried his mother, Sophia, followed by other members of the family. Charles died April 2, 1919 in San Rafael at the age of 77 years; he is buried in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, Emma, and a son, Lieutenant Charles Roy Barney who was in service overseas at the time of his father’s death.
Ruth Ann - born April 27, 1845,  married Nathaniel Weston on Nov. 28, 1867 in San Francisco. A son, Alden Jerome, was born Sept. 18, 1868 and died July 7, 1869 in San Francisco.
Mary Sophia - born April 2, 1847, died January 7, 1848 and is buried in the family lot in Mt. Tamalpais Cemtery, San Rafael

Death: Judge A. J. Barney died on Sunday, February 14, 1886 as a result of burns suffered when his clothing accidentally caught fire on the preceeding Friday. He was survived by two sons and a daughter. He was survived by two sons and a daughter. Burial was in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery; his name on the family stone is inscripted “A. I. Barney”.

Mrs. Sophia A. Barney died in San Francisco October 6, 1881, at the age of 72 years, 7 months, 28 days; buried Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael.

Notes: Mrs. Maria Knowlton, eldest sister of Judge A. Barney, died February 11, 1874 in Clymer, Chautauqua County, New York, at the age of 75 years. His brother, Milo Barney, died at the age of 71 years in Ellery, Chautauqua Co., NY on Jan. 12, 1882.

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin County censuses; Historical and Biographical Record of the Coast Counties; Independent Journal Century of Service, 1861-1961; Births, Marriages & Deaths from the Marin Journal, 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 74, 80, 84, 90, 92, 97; Births, Marriages & Deaths from the Marin Journal, 1873-1880, pg. 43, 119, 120; Newspaper Abstracts from the Marin Journal, 1881-1884, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 58, 59, 84; Marin Journal, August 18, 1910; Marin Journal, April 3, 1919; Marin County Cemetery Records, Vol. II, comp. by Catherine L. Gowdy; Family tombstone, Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#43-45 Charles Barne

#35-37 Saml. S. Beachtle (Baechtel)

Born: ca 1827 Maryland
Immigration/Migration: A member of the Baltimore and Frederick Mining Company, along with his brother, Henry, which left Baltimore in April, 1849 and sailed to Chagres, crossed the isthmus by boat and mule, and then took the English brig "Corbie" to San Francisco. They arrived in September, 1849. He and Henry built a sawmill in Corte Madera, and engaged in stock raising and farming in Lagunitas.
Occupation: farmer in 1850; first sheriff of Marin County. In 1855 he went to Mendocino County and selected a ranch site at Little Lake. He drove stock to Idaho in 1864, and since then has farmed, run a hotel, and raised sheep at his ranch.
Married: 18 October 1861 in Ukiah Miss Harriet Henry
Death: Samuel is buried in Little Lake Cemetery in Willits, Mendocino County; death date on tombstone is June 30, 1915. His wife, Harriett Elizabeth, is also buried here; she was born about 1841 and died Dec. 24, 1921.

Children:

Fanny E. - born February 24, 1863; died Aug. 1, 1864 at Little Lake, Mendocino Co., Ca.
Gordon - born April 25, 1864 at Little Lake; died 1942; buried Little Lake Cemetery in Willits, Mendocino Co., CA
William Henry - born 1866 at Little Lake; buried Little Lake Cemetery; stone says he was born 1868 and died in 1946.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) May is buried in Little Lake Cemetery; dates on stone: 1869-1945; 1870 census (taken August) gives her age as 8 months.
Luther Shelby buried Little Lake Cemetery; dates on stone: 1872-1935.

Others buried in Little Lake Cemetery are Alice H., Ann L., Annie Laurie, Eleanor H., Milene Potter, Richard S., Turberg S., and William E. Baechtel.

Sources: 1850 Marin Co., CA census; 1870 census Mendocino Co., CA (Little Lake Twp.); Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 185; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 5, 16, 28, 33, 51; Mendocino County History, 1880
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#26-27 Jas. C. Beck

#35-37 H.S. Beetel (Henry S. Baechtel)

Born: March 30, 1825 in Washington County, Maryland

Immigration/Migration: Sailed with the Baltimore and Frederick Mining Company for California along with his brother, Sam Baechtel, Dan Taylor, A. Barney, and others. They left April 26, 1849 and arrived Sept. 8, 1849.
Occupation: In Marin they operated a saw mill and lumber business for about a year, and when the Company dissolved, the brothers went into the stock business in Lagunitas. They also hauled lumber for the Bolinas Mill Company until 1854. Henry served as a Marin County Supervisor in 1852 and ‘53, and he was appointed Deputy Sheriff in 1854. The brothers drove cattle to Mendocino County and ranched at Little Lake valley.
NOTES: The 1860 census records the brothers farming in Mendocino County in Little Lake Township near Ukiah: Henry S., age 35, Samuel S., age 33, and Martin, age 28, all born in Maryland. Henry went to Idaho and mined on the Salmon River for three years. In 1865 he returned to Maryland and remained until 1876 being occupied in the foundry and machine business, then returned to Mendocino County to live with his brother. Samuel and Martin continued to live in Mendocino while Henry was gone.

Source: 1850 Marin County, CA census; 1860 Mendocino County, CA census; Mendocino County History, 1880
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss

#45-47 Margaret Belt

Born: ca 1815 in Maryland
Death: in Sausalito on Saturday, December 28, 1850.
Source: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Alta California, Jan. 4, 1851
Submitted by Jocelyn Moss

#30-32 H. Bennett

Born: Henry Holden Bennett was born about 1820 in Missouri. In 1850 he was recorded on the Marin County, CA census as single and involved in lumbering.

Married: He married Maria Maxima Ynitia, daughter of Camillo Ynitia, prior to the final distribution of the estate of Camillo in 1857, at which time Bennett was alive. He died and she remarried to Henry Harper Willard. (see #27-29).

Sources: 1850 census Marin Co., CA; Minutes of the Marin County Probate Court, page 146.

Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#11-12 William Blasdell [Blazedel/Blaisdel]

Born: ca 1804 in Maine
Occupation: carpenter on both 1850 and 1860 censuses
Married: Conseption ______, born California

Children:
Crisensu b. ca 1841 Ca. (child of another marriage?)
Christopher b. ca 1849 Ca.; a marriage license was issued in 1878 for Christopher Blaisdell and Maria de Jesus Alday
John b. ca 1853 Marin Co., Ca
Peter Jerome born May 10, 1855 Marin Co., Ca; baptized St. Raphael’s Church in San Rafael Sept. 30, 1855 (mother’s name given as Mary Laurenza) - sponsors were Joseph Briones and Lauretta Garcia
Locom - born abt 1858; died Dec. 1859, age 1 year.
male b. March 1860 Marin Co., Ca

Death: July 22/23, 1870 Bolinas, Marin Co., Ca
Obituary: "Died at Bolinas, July 23rd, William Blaisdell, aged 65 years."
"William Blaisdell, an old pioneer, and who was well known as the "fuste maker", died on the 22nd of July."

Source: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co. CA censuses; Births, Deaths & Marriages From the Marin Journal 1861-1872 by Carolyn Schwab, p. 109; Births, Deaths & Marriages From the Marin Journal 1873 - 1880, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 226; St. Raphael’s Catholic Church baptisms copied by Cathy Gowdy; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, page 219; 1860 Marin County Mortality Schedule
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#43-45 J. Blaket (Joshua S. Brackett)

Born: February 18, 1820 in New Market, Rockingham County, New Hampshire; at age 13 he moved to Methuen, Middlesex Co., Mass. and 13 months later to Akron, Summit County, Ohio. In 1840 he went to Lowell, Massachusetts for a year, then to Manchester, N.H., and in 1844 to Boston, Mass.

Immigration/Migration: On Jan. 27, 1849 he sailed on the "Vasalia" for California, arriving in San Francisco on July 27th.

Occupation: For a time he worked there at the carpenter's and joiner's trade, then went to Mokelumne Hill in Sacramento county for 6 weeks, returned to San Francisco and almost immediately went to Sonoma. In December, 1853 he boarded the ship, "Winfield Scott," which was to sail East. the steamer was wrecked on Anacopa Island and he returned to San Francisco. In January, 1854 he sailed on the "Oregon" to New York. In 1854 he returned to California, lived in Sonoma from May until December, and then permanently settled in Marin County on the Soljoula Rancho, twelve miles west of Petaluma. His occupation in 1850 was carpenter; and in 1860, dairyman.

Married: (1) in Petaluma on November 25, 1863 Fanny E. 'Batcheller

Children:
son born in Petaluma on August 4, 1867
daughter on July 13, 1870.

Fanny died at Salmon Creek on June 24, 1872 at the age of 45 years (she was born May 31, 1827).

(2) On February 14, 1882 Joshua S. Brackett and Annie C. Chamberlain, both of Petaluma, were married in San Rafael at St. Paul's Church.

Children:
Frank O.
Joshua B.
Fanny E.

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin County, CA censuses; Births, Deaths & Marriages from the Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 22, 72, 108, 136; Newspaper Abstracts from the Marin Journal 1881-1884, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 87, 88; History of Sonoma County, CA: Munro-Frasier, 1880, pg. 538-539
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#43-45 John S. Bradford

Born: June 9, 1815 in Philadelphia, PA.
Marriage: On July 15, 1841 he married Adaline M. Semple in Brandenburg, KY.
Children:

William
Oscar, married Mary E. Bobo July 3, 1883 Effingham Co., IL
Susan A.
Eugene S., married Vitulla Donovan May 20, 1883 Sangamon Co., IL
Andrew C.
Donald, married Esther Fox Sept. 27, 1888 Sangamon Co., IL

John S. Bradford started for California January 1, 1849 and arrived May 20, 1849. He went to Benicia. He was elected in 1851 to represent five counties in the legislature: Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Marin. He went to Springfield, Illinois in 1851 and served as the Sangamon County Superintendent of Public Instruction. He was a friend and neighbor of Abraham Lincoln.

His obituary appeared in the "Sacramento Union" newspaper on Jan. 29, 1892: "Captain John S. Bradford, U.S. Commissioner, died this afternoon, aged 76. He was appointed Commissioner in 1876. He was a California ‘49er. A Captain in the Mexican War and a former Mayor of Springfield. During the Civil War, he was Commissary with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel being the first officer commissioned by Governor Yates and stationed at Camp Yates."

Sources: Pioneer Card File, California State Library; Biography Letter File, California State Library; Diary of John S. Bradford, California State Library; Sangamon Co., IL Marriage Book 5, p. 449 and Book 6, p. 239; Effingham Co., IL Marriage Book 1, p. 92
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss

#27-28 George Brewer

Born: New York ca 1810
Married: Susana Loretta Martin, daughter of John Martin
Died: 1854; letters of administration on his estate were issued to his widow at the 23 May 1853 Probate Court.

His widow later married Ramon Mesa

Sources: 1850 Marin Co., Ca. census; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg. 144, 146-7, 160; Minutes of the Marin County Probate Court, p. 5
 
#45-47 George Brewer

#14-15 Gorgonia Brionis (Gregorio Briones)

Born: 1791 (or 1797, depending on the source) in Monterey, California, the son of Don Marcos Briones who accompanied Father Serra to Yerba Buena in 1776.
Occupation: In 1819 he entered the army and remained in it for eleven years. In 1822 at Mission Dolores he married Donna Ramona Garcia, who was born in San Diego in 1803; she was the sister of Rafael Garcia (see his biography). In 1830 Gregorio went to San Jose where he spent two years; then he went to Pinole (Contra Costa County) where he lived until September 5, 1837. He went to the Presidio in San Francisco and remained two years during which time he was alcalde of the place. Gregorio sent his son, Pablo, up to Bolinas in 1832 to look after the ranch he was claiming and where Pablo lived with his uncle, Rafael Garcia. The rest of the family followed in 1838 and Gregorio in 1839. He was granted two square leagues of land on Feb. 11, 1846 which was confirmed May 15, 1854.
Children:

Jose Pablo- born Jan. 15, 1823 at Mission Delores, San Francisco, CA; died Dec. 8, 1897; buried Bolinas Cemetery; married Rafaela Sotelo on Feb. 2, 1861. Childen: (some of these were not his, but nieces and nephews of Rafaela*) Othalena, born ca 1851, Paul, John, born ca 1853, Albert, Rose, Belle, Charlotte, Katie, Inez, Frank, Mary, and Fannie who died Dec. 30, 1883 in Bolinas, age 20.
Maria -  her marriage to Francisco Sebrean was celebrated May 20, 1850 in Bolinas with dancing and a barbeque; she married second to Charles A. Lauff on April 18, 1862. She died march 1, 1894. Children: Mary Adaline and John Sebrean; Joseph L., Charles A., Caroline, Valentine, Julia, Marcus A., Alfred V., Oscar B., George, Mary J. and Charlotta Lauff.
Joseph Jose - born ca 1837; living in Bolinas Twp. in 1860 with wife Mary, and children Joseph C. and an infant. Jose Jesus Briones had married Mary Atta Hassey on July 28, 1858; she was born in New South Wales and was 16 years old when they married.

Death: Gregorio died May 10, 1863. His obituary says:

"Don Gregorio Briones, a well-known California, departed this life on Saturday last at Bolinas, aged 66 years. He was in the military service of Ferdinand VII when this state was a Spanish province, and also attached to the Mexican army at the Presidio, San Francisco, previous to the American occupation. Mr. Briones was highly esteemed in this county for his many good qualities...".
On Dec. 9, 1876 Benancio Munoz, age 50, a native of Chili and divorced, and Mrs. Ramona Briones, "age 60" and a widow, were married in Olema. Witnesses were Juan Garcia and Paul Figueras.

*Charmaine Burdell researched the Pablo Briones family and discovered that the children born prior to his marriage in 1861 to Rafaela Sotolo were born to Quirina Sotolo Westgate, sister of Juan Sotolo; Quirina died in the 1850s.

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co. CA censuses; Marin County History, 1880, p. 264; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg. 133, 138, 140, 141; Marin County Cemetery Records, Vol. 1; Marin Journal, Saturday, May 16, 1863; Marin Journal, Saturday, Feb. 6, 1869; Marin Journal. Jan. 3, 1884; Marin Journal, Dec. 21, 1876; Last Stage for Bolinas, by Jack Mason; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, pages 3, 8, 292
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#27-29 William Brown 
#42-44 William Brown 
#41-43 W.J. Brown 
#15-16 A. S. Bruonis

#33-35 Gilbert R. Brush

Born: ca 1825 New York
Occupation: farmer in 1850
Died: January 19, 1859
Obituaries:
"Mr. Gilbert R. Brush was accidentally killed the evening of the 19 ult. at the rancho of Capt. H. S. Horton some twenty miles from this place by the accidental discharge of Colts pistols. The deceased was formerly a member of the legislature of this state but was recently engaged in mining in Arizona Territory."

"....on the breaking of the Mexican War, Mr. Brush immediately joined the Texas Rangers under Col. Jack Hayes and during the whole campaign rendered effective and valuable service to his country. He subsequently came to California in 1849. Elected to the legislature from Marin County in 1856."

Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Alta California, Jan. 26, 1859; San Francisco Herald, Jan. 28, 1859
Contributed by Jocelyn Moss
#30-32 A. Burrell 
#36-38 Jose Cannet 
#43-45 A. Carmeans (?)

#39-41 Richard Casey

Born: ca 1821 in North Carolina
Occupation: in 1850: farmer
Death: May 28, 1861 in Novato of epilepsy.
NOTE: Mr. August Berg of Novato Township reported to the newspaper that "A man by the name of Casey died very suddenly at that place on the 28th ultimo and was buried the same day. Mr. Berg thinks there is some mystery connected with his death."
Sources: Marin County Coroner’s Inquest Book #1, by Catherine L. Gowdy; Marin Journal, June 8, 1861
Submitted by Jocelyn Moss
#43-45 W. Caysey 
#26-27 S.C. Childs 
#41-43 Ching Chong
#33-35 Joel Clemons 
#33-35 William Cockbern 
#25-26 Parble Conto

#33-35 Henry Curry

Born: ca 1823 New York
Occupation: in 1850: brick layer
Death: 1875; buried San Rafael and reinterred in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery
Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Cemetery Records of Marin County, Vol. 2, #635
Submitted by Jocelyn Moss
#19-20 Chaper Cussier 
#43-45 William Cutter 
#52-54 William M. Daniel

#33-35 Joseph Daniels

Born about 1809 in Massachusetts, Joseph Daniels was farming in Marin County in 1850. He does not appear on the 1860 census for this place. An obituary was published in the Marin Journal on May 27, 1886: “Major Joseph Daniels died at his San Francisco home Tuesday. The gallant Major was a prominent figure in this county in early days. He had charge of the government sawmill on the Bickerstaff place, and is pleasantly remembered by many old residents.” William Bickerstaff did not appear on the Marin census in 1850 but was living in Marin in San Rafael township in 1860.
Sources: 1850 Marin Co., CA census; Marin Journal, May 27, 1886
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss

#7-8 John A. Davis

Born: circa 1808 in Pennsylvania.
Occupation: in 1850 given as ‘merchant’.
Died: intestate in San Francisco on August 20, 1859, although a resident of Marin at the time.
Sources: 1850 Marin County census; Minutes of the Marin County Probate Court, p. 190
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#30-32 J. Day 
#52-54 Asa A. Demmic 
#43-45 William Dougherty 
#13-14 Lester Doviea 
#28-30 Daniel Donley

#32-34 V.D. Dowb (Valentine David)

Born: ca 1829 Frederick Co., Maryland
Occupation: miner in 1850; sheriff in 1860; county clerk
Died: Sunday, July 8, 1877 Lakeport, Ca.
Buried: Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael
Obituary:
"Mr. Doub was a pioneer of pioneers, having arrived in Marin County in November, 1849. He was a member of the Baltimore and Frederick Trading and Mining Co., of which Judge Al Barney, D. T. Taylor, David Clingan, and Harry and Samuel Baechtel were also members. The Company built a saw mill, and started a trading post at Corte Madera, but did not long continue the business, the store being discontinued, and the mill sold to Mr. Buckelew. In the spring of 1850, Mr. Doub went to the mines, and was absent about two years. He returned to this county, and this has been his home ever since. In 1854 he was appointed Deputy Sheriff under J. T. Stocker. From 1855 to 1857 he was Under Sheriff to G. N. Vischer. He was then elected Sheriff for three successive terms. In 1870 he was appointed Deputy County Clerk, under John Reynolds, and since that term, he has been three times elected County Clerk, being in that position at the time of his death. To his ability and fidelity as a public officer, his long term of service, and his hearty re-endorsement by the people at each succeeding election, are more eloquent tributes than any words of ours. He undoubtedly was more extensively acquainted with the people of this county, than any other man who ever lived in it, and we think it no exaggeration to say that his personal friends were equally numerous. He was a privileged guest at the home of every old resident in the county, and his personal magnetism drew each member of the household, young and old, close to him.

The deceased leaves a mother, a sister, and brother, of Frederick City, Maryland. He was a member of Marin Lodge No. 191, F. & A.M., of Marin Lodge No. 200, I.O.O.F., of the Society of California Pioneers, and a Vice President in the Sonoma and Marin District Society of Pioneers.

His death resulted from disease of the liver. He has suffered greatly for several months, and about three weeks ago he went to Lakeport, in hope of relief and improvement, but the malady was firmly seated, and he gradually failed. He was kindly cared for by his brethren of the mystic tie during his stay there, and Mr. J. R. Cook, Grand Master of Hartley Lodge, No. 199, of Lakeport, accompanied the remains home."

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., Ca. censuses; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg. 107, 109; Births, Marriages, & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 158-160
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#26-27 G. Duell 
#43-45 Henry Ealy
#53-55 Robert Elferd 
#43-45 George Elliott

#22-23 Chapa Egaro (Josepha Ygara)

Born: ca 1823 California
Death: in San Rafael March 13, 1873, age about 50 years.(March 14, age 54 according to her death certificate) from consumption; she was a housekeeper and apparently widowed at the time of her death.

Children:
Mary G. - born ca 1836
Francisco - born ca 1838
Benjamin - born ca 1842
A. - born ca 1844
Frank - born ca 1849

NOTES: On February 16, 1859 Manuel Ygara and Josepha his wife sold a lot in the village of San Rafael (lot #3 in Block 26) with a house and improvements to Timothy Mahon for $2000. I imagine that Manuel was the Manuel Oyarzo who was working for the Marindo family in 1850. If so, Manuel was born ca 1827 in Valpariso, Chile.

Sources: 1850 Marin Co. CA census; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 6; Marin County Deed Book C, page 225
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#7-7 Falls, Peter 
#39-41 Michael Faridee
#33-35 Michael Flarety
#26-27 J. Flatt 
#39-41 Charles Fletcher 
#34-36 William Ford

#34-36 George W. Feelmeyer

Born: ca 1831 in Maryland. Sailed on the schooner “Creole” from Baltimore, Md. on April 24th, 1849.
Occupation: in 1850, farmer.
Sources: 1850  Marin Co., CA census; The Argonauts of California, by C. W. Haskins, 1890: p. 493.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#49-51 Manuel Forris (Torres)

Born: Manuel was born in Peru about 1825. He is said to have come to California on Stephen Smith'sship (his brother-in-law) arriving at Bodega in 1843 and working for a while at Smith's steam sawmill.
Married: Manuel's wife, Mariana Richardson, born April 9, 1826, the daughter of William A. Richardson and Maria Antonia Martinez, had been informally engaged to Francisco de Haro (a twin son of SF Alcalde/Mayor, Francisco de Haro) who was killed, along with his twin, by Kit Carson in San Rafael in 1846. Embittered toward American men, Mariana rejected William Tecumseh Sherman and future governor George Stoneman. She married Manuel on 13 Sept 1848 at Mission Dolores.
Occupation: Manuel was elected to the State Assembly in 1859 from Marin Co. In 1860 they were hotel keepers in Alameda County.

Children:
Manuel Santiago - born ca 1849; died 1897
Ruth Mariana - born 1852-1938; married F. E. Beck
Juana Agripina (Jane) - born 1854-1919; married George W. Davis
Refugio Alfredo (Alfred) - born 1857-1935
Carlos Evaristo (Charles) - born 1858-1928
Juan Alberto (Albert) - born March 8, 1865 at Smith's ranch, Sonoma County - died 1932

Mrs. Maria G. Torres, mother of Manuel Torres Esq., died in San Francisco on Sept. 21, 1867, age 70 years.

Mariana died January 11, 1908, Manuel on March 24, 1910 and they are buried in unmarked graves in St. Mary's Cemetery in Oakland.

Death: Manuel's obit reads as follows:

Marin Pioneer Dies in Alameda
MANUEL TORRES, who in the early days was a prominent personage in Marin County, died in Alameda, March 23rd. He was one of the old grandees associated with the chivalrous life of California.
Torres came to California lured by the chivalric reputation of life in "la California", whose praises sounded throughout Spanish America and attracted Spanish cavaliers from far and near.
He was born in Peru in 1826 and when 16 years old, came to this State in a bark commanded by Captain Stephen Smith in 1842. He entered the social life of early California and was so successful as to win the hand of a daughter of Captain Antonio Richardson, the second settler in Marin County, after whom Richardson's Bay was named. Torres' wife was a sister of Stephen Richardson of this city,who is the oldest native son in this county.
Torres was one of California's early legislators. He was elected to the assembly from this county and served during the session of 1858-9.
The surviving children are: Mrs. Ruth Beck, Mrs. Jennie Davis, Alfred I. Torres, Charles E. Torres and Albert I. Torres.
Source: Barry Spitz's "Mill Valley, the early years"; Dorothy Mutnick's "Some Alta California Pioneers & Descendants, 1776 - 1852;" "75 years in San Francisco" by Wm. Heath Davis; Captain Richardson, by Robert Ryal Miller; The Marin Journal, March 18, 1865 and Sept. 28, 1867; The Marin Journal, Thursday,  March 31, 1910, page 3; Early Marin, by Jack Mason.
Submitted by Julia Christy, with additions by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss

# 27-29 Daniel Frink

Born: Aug. 7, 1827, Chenango Co., New York, the son of Nathan and Eunice (Burdick) Frink.
Immigration/Migration: At age 19, Daniel enlisted in the First Regiment, NY Volunteers, which was raised to take part in the Mexican War. He was assigned to duty on the Pacific Coast, where he arrived by way of Cape Horn in 1847. He was quartered in San Francisco and discharged in 1848. He sailed to Chile and spent the winter of 1848-49 there. He returned and located in Marin County in 1849, establishing a mill in the town of Redwoods which he operated for about a year. In 1850 he went to the gold mines on the Yuba River.
Married: Pauline Reynolds Oct. 26, 1852 and was an Associate Justice of the Court of Sessions. For a time he was a part-owner of Rancho Nicasio; a sign in the area still marks Frink Canyon. He settled in 1859 in Santa Clara County where he had 400 acres of what was considered the finest soil in the county (located near what is now Mountainview). In 1879 he was elected to the State Legislature on the Republican ticket.

Children:
William Russell - married and had children
Pauline E.
Daniel Benjamin - married and had children
Henry R.
Stella H.
Edward E. - died young
Robert Allen - did not marry

Death: Mountain View in 1891.

Sources: History of Santa Clara County, 1881; Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World - Santa Clara; The Frink Family in America, by Peggy Frink Humphreys, 1971
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#40-42 Stephen T. Goodwin 
#29-31 J. Gordon
#32-34 George Gribble 
#54-55 John Gummis

#12-13 Rafell Gussiar (Rafael Garcia)

Born: 1791 at the Mission San Diego, then in Mexico
Occupation: farmer in 1850, stock raiser in 1860
Married: M. Loretta Altamirano, born ca 1810 in California

Children (ages per censuses):

Dolores - born ca 1835
John - born ca 1836
Jose - born ca 1838; died May 5, 1894 in San Rafael at the age of 56 of tuberculosis laryngitis; buried Holy Cross Cemetery. He was married at the time of his death and his occupation was cigar manufacturer.
Maria Domnina del Rosario - born 21 March 1840, baptized in Bolinas May 6; godparents were Teodor Miranda & Simona Sais*
Philip - born ca 1842
Mary - born ca 1844
Rafael - born ca 1846
Loretta* - born ca 1848
Equamea - born ca 1849
Felix - born ca 1849; died of tuberculosis 20 February 1900 in San Rafael; at the time of his death he was working as a butcher. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. His obituary appeared in the Marin Journal, Thursday, 22 February 1900 and reads:

FELIX GARCIA, one of the oldest Spanish residents, and a native of Marin County, died at his home in San Rafael Tuesday evening, aged about 65 years. At one time his father owned vast tracts of land extending from Olema to Point Reyes. The family is now penniless. He leaves a widow and children and a brother in San Rafael.
Eliro - born ca 1851
Thomas - born ca 1852; died in San Francisco 21 November 1873, age 21y 4m

NOTE: An officer in the Mexican army, he at one time served as alcalde at the mission of San Rafael. He had come to San Rafael to superintend the construction of the mission buildings. Garcia was granted two square leagues of land by the Mexican government in 1836 in gratitude for his military service. This land was in the Bolinas area.

* Ylaria, daughter of the late Don Rafael Garcia and wife of Jose de la Cruz Noriel, died at Olema Aug. 31, 1872, aged 24 years (so fully named Loretta Ylaria?). Probably buried in San Rafael at the Catholic Cemetery. Loretta was murdered in Olema by Ambrosia Carrero, possibly a rejected suitor, on April 17, 1873. She was buried on the 14th in the Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael.

Death: Sunday, Feb. 25, 1866 at his residence near Olema, aged 75 years, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery in San Rafael.

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., Ca. censuses; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg. 132, 142; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 50, 139; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 9-10, 31; Marin County Index to Deaths; *St. Raphael’s Church baptisms, LDS film #909236; The Marin Journal, Feb. 22, 1900, p. 7; Marin County Death Book 2-G
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
 
#20-21 Joseph L. Gussier 
#34-36 H. Hammond

#4-4 S.B. Harris (Simon Bolivar)

Born: ca 1825 Virginia
Immigration/Migration: Arrived in San Francisco Bay Oct. 6, 1849 on board the ship, "Glenmore" along with Jas. M. Harris (his brother), Seth Sheppard, and Thomas Meaux. They were part of the Virginia Company which sailed from Richmond, VA.
Occupation: Served as Deputy County Clerk in 1862. Did some prospecting in Humboldt in 1863.
Died: in San Rafael June 1, 1864 "in the 40th year of his age."
Buried: June 2, 1864 with Episcopal service conducted by Rev. Mr. McAllister of San Francisco.
Sources: 1850 Marin County, Ca. census; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 186; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 30-31; Marin County History, 1880
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss

#4-4 Jas. (Jos.) M. Harris

Born: ca 1825-1828 Virginia
Immigration/Migration: Arrived in San Francisco Bay on Oct. 6, 1849 on board the ship, "Glenmore", out of Richmond, Va., along with Simon Bolivar Harris, Thomas Meaux, and Seth Sheppard.
Occupation: farmer in both 1850 & 1860; Constable of San Rafael from 1860-62.
NOTE: Sold his house and lot in San Rafael and sailed east in April, 1866.
Sources: 1850 & 1860 censuses; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 186; Marin County History, 1880
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#30-32 B. Harvey 
#44-46 Dedrick Haye

#45-47 Olden B. Hill (Holden)

Born: ca 1802 in Rhode Island
Occupation: in 1850, carpenter
Death: August 17, 1851 in Sausalito as the result of striking his head on rocks above Sausalito. He "was in a state of temporary derangement from hard drinking." Depositions were taken from Charles G. Hill, Mrs. Mary Hill and Nathan Smith. Mrs. Mary Hill was the wife of the deceased Holden B. Hill.

Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Coroner's Inquest #2.

Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#45-47 Benjamin Hill

Born: Rhode Island about 1807


Occupation: in 1850: carpenter
Died: by January 6, 1851 when Ebenezer T. Whittelsey petitioned the court for letters of administration on his estate.

NOTE: Quite possibly a brother of Holden B. Hill with whom he was living in 1850.

Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Judgement Book 1, Marin County, CA Probate Court, p. 18
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#41-43 Charles G. Hills

Born: ca 1827 in New Hampshire.

Married: 1849-50 to Ruth ____, born ca 1834 in Tahiti.

On March 14, 1850 he paid Lewis Sajat $2000 for land in Saucelito that Sajat had purchased on January 25, 1850 from C. T. Botts. The land consisted of lots 17, 18, 19, and 20 in block D in Saucelito, each lot fronting 30 feet upon the water and running back 100 feet to first street.

Sources: Marin County 1850 census; Marin County Deed Book A, page 17
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#32-34 Frances J. Hoover

Born: ca 1810 in Maryland (probably Frederick County)
Occupation: in 1850 given as merchant
Death: 4 January 1864 in San Francisco, age 53 years
Obituary: "A Pioneer Dead: We are pained to have to annouce the death of Francis J. Hoover, Esq., an old resident of Marin County. Mr. Hoover was one of the company that came to California from Maryland in 1849 and located at Corte Madera. Subsequently, he removed to El Dorado County, where he has since resided. At the time of his death, he was stopping in San Francisco."
Sources: 1850 Marin County, Ca. census; Births, Marriages, and Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 24
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#27-28 Harry Howe (Henry [Harry] Howe)

Born: ca 1825 in Ohio according to the 1850 census; born 1820 New York per the 1860 census.

Married: (Maria) Angelina (Angela) Borjorques, daughter of Bartolome Borjorques.

NOTES: Residing San Antonio Township in 1860. Henry is thought by family historian, Roger Rehm, to have died in 1868 in the smallpox epidemic and to have been buried beside San Antonio creek. Angelina married second to Faustino Talamantes and she died May 7, 1901 in Santa Rosa.

Children:
Mary, born ca 1850
Elizabeth, born ca 1851
Henry, born ca 1853
Frank, born ca 1855
Charles, born ca 1857
Edward, born about February, 1860
George, married Louisa Feliz on November 23, 1891 at St. Raphael’s Church in San Rafael

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin County, CA censuses; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg.151-152; Marriages Performed at St. Rafael’s Church 1884-1904, by Catherine L. Gowdy, p. 11
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#8-9 J. Howse 
#43-45 William Hubberd 
#7-8 William Hughes 
#27-29 Benjamin Hutson
#43-45 Peter Jacobs
#39-41 George W. James
#30-32 W. Johnson
#34-36 John O. Johnson

#51-53 Peter Joice

Born: ca 1830 in Ireland.

Listed on the 1850 Marin County, CA census as age 22 and engaged in the lumber business. Listed on the 1860 Marin County, CA census in Bolinas Township as age 28 and a woodchopper.

Died: February 26, 1875 in Sonoma County, CA.

A notice of his death appeared in the newspaper:

“Cuffey’s  Cove, February 26, 1875, Peter Joyce, found dead in his cabin two miles east of Cuffey’s Cove in the woods, native of Ireland, aged 45 years.”
Sources: 1850 census Marin Co., CA; 1860 census Marin Co., CA; Russian River Flag, issue dated March 11, 1875
#40-42 Emeline Keer
#34-36 A.G. Kimball
#34-36 Henry Kimball
#47-49 James Kinney
#33-35 Bernard Kohler
#48-50 H.W. Lacey


# 4-4 Charles August Lauff

Born: Feb. 26, 1822, Strasburg, France, son of Jacob and Caroline (Ashelmann) Lauff, natives of Essex, France; he grew up in both France and New York, becoming a sailor at age 19 when he shipped on board the bark "Byron" for a cruise to the South Shetland Islands. At the end of 18 months the vessel was wrecked in a heavy snow storm; he was rescued by the crew of a passing vessel and landed at Cape Horn from where he shipped on the bark "Warren" for Sitka, Alaska, and the northwest whaling grounds. In six months he landed at San Francisco (the fall of 1844). He then went out on the "Tasso", a hide-droghing vessel, with Captain J. R. B. Cooper. Three months later he left this business and shipped on the "Pisquamma" for Callao. He came to Marin in 1845 and cut wood at Rancho Corte Madera del Presidio. He served in the war with Mexico, enlisting under Colonel Thomas McLane, and was honorably discharged in Los Angeles at the close of the war. In the fall of 1847 he was again in Marin County, this time at Ross Landing, as it was known then, working for James Murphy. He tried his luck in the gold country and was one of the first to go to Sutter’s Fort; he remained at Coloma for six months and then returned to San Francisco. Next he piloted ships on the San Joaquin River to Stockton. In the spring of 1850 he went to Bolinas to get out timber for the San Francisco wharves on a subcontract; he remained one year, then considered mining in the Trinity but instead took charge of Rafael Garcia’s ranch in Mendocino county. A year later he was in charge of a ranch owned by Benitz and Meyers at Fort Ross, Sonoma County. Next he joined the Kelsey expedition through the Coast Range mountains. In 1856 he was in charge of the Punta de los Reyes rancho, under Joseph McCorcle, and the next year he purchased a squatter’s claim near Olema, where he lived until 1862. On Apr. 19, 1862 he married Mrs. Maria J. Sebrun, dau. of Gregorio and Romona Briones of Santa Clara, and afterwards bought land in Bolinas and started a dairy business.

(Mrs. Lauff had two children by her first marriage: Mary Adaline and John)
Their children:
Joseph L. - born August 17, 1856 and baptized Dec. 11; identified in St. Raphael’s church records as the son of Charles Lauff and Adelaide Garcia;
died September 8, 1895
Charles A. (Lottie Lauff, daughter of Charles, died at Bolinas, July 30, 1878, age 2y 8m (buried Bolinas; stone says Charlotta died June 1878)
Caroline - born Jan. 24, 1864; married Leonard Nott on Jan. 5, 1887; children: Edgar and Sarah. Leonard buried in Bolinas cemetery but there is no stone
Valentine (twin of Julia) - born Feb. 16, 1868
Julia (twin of Valentine) - born Feb. 16, 1868 An obituary in the Marin Journal on Thursday, January 9, 1908 states:: “Deaths. In Bolinas, Sunday, January 5th, John Prunty, beloved husband of Julia Lauff Prunty, son of Mrs. Catherine Prunty, and brother of Mrs. T. J. Whaley, age 43 years and 5 days. The funeral took place at Bolinas Tuesday, January 11th. Father Lande officiated.”
Marcus A. - born October 16, 1870; a stone in Bolinas cemetery for him, but it has no dates
Alfred V.
Oscar - (Oscar B. Lauff is buried in Bolinas along with other members of the family; no dates on stone.)
George - died July 21, 1897 at Bolinas while trying to rescue a drowning man
Mary J. Lauff - died at Bolinas on Nov. 18, 1877, age 12 years (buried in Bolinas; stone reads died March 18).

Death: Mary J. Lauff died March 1, 1894 (death index; undertaker’s records say the 6th). Charles died July 24, 1917 in Bolinas, and was buried on July 26th. His obituary says he was 97 years of age, and California’s sole survivor of the Mexican war. He was survived by his children Mrs. Leonard Nott, Mrs. Edward Gosliner, Mrs. Julie Gieges, Oscar B., Alfred V. and Marcus A. Lauff.

Sources: Historical and Biographical Record of the Coast Counties, p. 1466; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 176, 205; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, page 10 [Note: her name appears to be written Jesus Cuorian]; Marin County Marriage Book B, page 112; Cemetery Records of Marin County, Ca., Vol. 1; Marin County Death Index; The Marin Journal, July 22, 1897, page 3; The Marin Journal, July 26, 1917, page 3; Marin County Coroner’s Inquest Book #1; Baptismal record, St. Raphael's Church, San Rafael, CA.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#47-49 Jas. C. Leighton 
#26-27 Thomas Lett

#4-4 Eliot Libey (or Libeg)

Born circa 1812 in Maine.
“In the winter of 1844-45 a little incident occurred which produced some local excitement. Captain Libbey of the bark ‘Tasso’ had made several voyages to the coast and had become enamored of a young California lady, who was also beloved by Chico Haro. Libbey was a good-natured man, but rather gross in his appearance. His attentions were not reciprocated by the lady. The two rivals met one day in Vioget’s saloon, which was kept at that time by Juan Padillo, who succeeded Hinckley as alcalde. They had embibed rather freely of California agiardiente which when newly made is very stimulating. Ramon Haro, the brother of Chico, the brothers Francisco and Ysidro Sanchez, uncles of the two Haros, were present and they all had drunk more or less. A drunken row ensued, high words were used, and during the melee Captain Libbey was stabbed by Chico Hara. His brother Ramon was supposed to be an accomplice in the matter. The Sanchez brothers were also more or less connected with it. This occurrence is mentioned because breeches of the peace were rare, disturbances of any kind being unusual.”
Listed as a merchant on the 1850 Marin County, CA census, he does not appear in Marin in 1860.
Sources: 1850 census Marin Co., CA;  “Seventy-five years in California,”  by William Heath Davis
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#26-27 Richard McGee

#4-4 Jas. MacRuver (McKeever)

James McKeever, born ca 1818 in New York, was living in Marin County, CA in 1850 and gave his occupation as farmer. He died in June, 1877 and an account of his life and death was given in the Marin Journal.
“Death of James McKeever
This singular character, formerly a well known resident of Novato, in this county, met a violent death in Idaho, last month. A correspondent of the S. F. Chronicle gives the following particulars, which will interest our readers:
Last month, while traveling through southern Idaho, I camped one night on Mud Creek, near Snake River. Nearby stood a hodink or cabin, occupied by two men of perhaps 55 or 60 years of age. They were partners in a mining claim, and having just received a couple of kegs of the “water of all evil” from Boise City, they were having a sort of blow out. Both claimed New York City as their birthplace. One of them William S. Maynard, had been a clerk in the New York Postoffice years ago, and ever since had been knocking around the Pacific coast. The other was known throughout Idaho as “Captain Jack, Chief of the Modocs”. He seemed to be a very intelligent man in his way, and related many incidents concerning the early history of California -- in fact he seemed to be better posted in regard to early times in the Golden State than any writer whose works I have yet run across. He claimed to have first landed in San Francisco in 1844; to have been one of the originators of the bear flag, and afterwards one of the first to hoist the stars and stripes. James McKeever, he said, was his real name, and that he had a wife and children still living at Santa Rosa, and a brother at New Bedford, Mass. The next morning I went off in the sagebrush about six or eight miles to hunt my horse, and when I returned, old Maynard came out of the cabin and volunteered the information that he had shot Capt. Jack saying that the latter drew his pistol on him, and that he (Maynard) then blazed away with his shotgun. I entered the cabin and found that Maynard had told the truth. There on the bed lay Captain Jack with the right side of his neck shot away, and his six-shooter lying across his stomach. Maynard claimed that Captain Jack started in to shoot him, and that he simply saved himself by getting in the first shot. A Justice of the Peace was summoned, who justified the shooting, and we gave Captain Jack as decent a burial as was possible in that isolated and uncivilized locality.”
Sources: 1850 census Marin Co., CA; Marin Journal, July 12, 1877
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#26-27 Timothy Mahon

Born: 1824 Canada
Occupation: in 1850, farmer; in 1860, merchant
NOTE: Bought Timothy Murphy’s adobe home after Murphy’s death.
Death: Nov. 23, 1905, aged 79 years 5 months, and was buried Nov. 26 in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael.

Obituary appeared in the Marin Journal on Thursday, Nov. 30, 1905 on page 3:

"Death of T. J. Mahon: One by one the old landmarks are pasing away. Timothy J. Mahon, who settled in this county about fifty-five years ago, breathed his last a 3 o’clock a.m. on the 23d inst. Hardly any of the very old residents of San Rafael or even of Marin county, can fail to remember him. In his early days here in San Rafael, he was quite a prominent figure. He became the owner of valuable real property, and at one time kept the principal country store in San Rafael. He was instrumental in having the old adobe mission church, which had fallen in ruins, replaced by a neat little frame church. Misfortune and financial disasters overtook him, however, and finally his mind becoming utterly unbalanced, he had to be sent to the state asylum."

"His remains were buried in Mt. Olivet cemetery, San Rafael, where the remains of his wife had been transferred many years ago from her resting place in the old San Rafael church yard, which many of the old residents who attended the Catholic church here in Father Lagan’s time, may remember as being a little to the west, and about midway between the church door and Fourth street. May he rest in peace."

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co. Ca. censuses; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 40; Undertaker’s Records of Marin County, California 1880-1906, comp. by Catherine L. Gowdy, p. 206; Marin County Cemetery Records, Vol. 1, comp. by Marin Co. Gen. Society; The Marin Journal, Nov. 30, 1905, p. 3
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#1-1 Tredo Marindo (Teodore Miranda)

Born: ca 1812 in California, the son of Juan Miranda and Luz Mesa.

In 1850 Teodore was living on the Rancho Arroyo de San Antonio which was located partly in Marin County and partly in Sonoma County. The land had been given by General Vallejo to Manuel Ortega (who had married Francesca Miranda), son-in-law of Juan Miranda, but it was Juan who lived on the Rancho. In 1843 Manuel went to Oregon, and Juan, believing the land abandoned, applied to the Governor for a grant to the Rancho. By the time Manuel returned and claimed the Rancho, Teodore had built a house there and was farming. The claims and counter claims, complicated by squatter’s claims, were not settled until 1874 at which time Miranda’s claim was upheld, but by that time the land had been sold and the family was no longer living there.

Wife: Anna _____, born ca 1815 in California
Children:
John
Francisco (Frank), born ca 1841; married Alta Gracia Goodfield on July 4, 1869
Esteban (Stephen), born ca 1844; he was working for James Black in 1860 in Bolinas Twp.; at the age of 33 he married "Altagrasia Gutifell", age 24, on April 22, 1877 - the county judge who married them, Jos. Almy, noted that she “was married before to Frank Miranda who is dead.”
Mariana, born ca 1845

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin County, CA censuses; History of Petaluma: A California River Town, by Adair Heig; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, pages 107 & 301
submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#37-39 Joseph Marshel 
#7-7 Richard Marendo

#9-10 John Martin

Born: ca 1787-8 in North Shields, Co. Northumberland, England, the son of Thomas and Mary (Smith) Martin - Called the "old Scotch carpenter"
Immigration/Migration: Arrived in California in 1822 on the whaler "Orion" that also brought William Richardson. He left the ship and in 1824 joined the church at San Juan Bautista and was baptized there. In 1826, he married a native woman, Maria Tomasa Antonia Dominga Cantua, at Mission San Carlos de Monterey, afterward settling at the San Francisco Presidio. By 1832 he owned a league of land in Sonoma at the junction of San Antonio Creek and Petaluma Creek; he built a house, farmed, and sold horses to the San Rafael Mission. Indian attacks caused him to move in 1837 to Corte Madera de Novato where he was granted two square leagues of land (Hicks Valley was a part of this grant).

Children of John and Tomasa Martin per 1850 census:

Susanna Loretta - born ca 1833; married George Brewer
Mary - born ca 1834
M. C. - born ca 1836
Forto - born ca 1841
Mary A. - born ca 1842
Narcho - born ca 1845
Alexander - born ca 1847
Carolina - born ca 1848

NOTES: On Oct. 23, 1852, John and Tomasa sold one square mile of this land to their daughter, Loretta and her husband, George Brewer. At the same time they granted a square mile to Loretta alone. In 1853 he sold more land, assuming the mortgage, and gave the rest to Brewer on the condition that he support him and Tomasa during their natural lives, and afterwards divide half the land and personal property among the four Martin children: Loretta, Augustina, Thomas and Alexander. Brewer died first, early in 1853. John Martin was apparently deceased by 1860. Tomasa remarried to Manuel Barra.

Sources: 1850 Marin Co., Ca. census; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg.143-147; Novato Township, by May R. Ungemach, p. 7; Marin County Probate Court Minutes
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#24-25 John Martin Jr. 
#26-27 Jas. Marvin

#4-4 Tho. B. Meaux

Born: ca 1820 Virginia
Occupation: farmer, in 1850
Immigration/Migration: Sailed from Richmond, VA. and arrived in San Francisco Bay Oct. 6, 1849 aboard the ship "Glenmore" along with James M. Harris, S. B. Harris and Seth Sheppard.
Sources: 1850 Marin County, Ca. census; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 186
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#35-37 William F. Mercer

Born: Maryland ca 1815. Aboard the schooner “Creole” which sailed from Baltimore, Md. April 24, 1849.
Occupation: in 1850, farmer.
Sources: 1850 census Marin Co., CA; The Argonauts of California, by C. W. Haskins, 1890; p. 493.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#3-3 Jane Meriner (Mariner, Merrill)

Born: ca 1813 Maryland (census); her obituary says she was a native of Virginia.
Married: [1] Mr. Short who died May 1, 1846 in Missouri. By him she had sons Jacob Short and John Orey B. Short (see their biographies)
[2] Mr. Meriner/Mariner or "Merrill" and had two daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth. The entire family came to California "via Fort Hall enroute to Sonoma and by the Spanish trail to Novato rancho, where they stayed until the fall of 1847, when they removed to the mission of San Rafael." They occupied one of the old Mission adobe buildings, repairing and adding on to it. In 1853 she and her sons leased land from Timothy Murphy and kept a large herd of cattle, which they fattened and sold to gold miners. The profits were used to build a large log house on what they called Bulltail Ranch, and to purchase land.
Death: Jane died July 13, 1892 at the age of 83 years; buried Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery on July 15th in the Gordon vault.

Children:
Elizabeth Meriner - born 1840 Mo., was married to Upton M. Gordon April 30, 1856 by Robert A. N. Maurice, pastor of San Rafael Mission Church; Elizabeth died Dec. 18, 1891, age 51y 7m 10d; buried Dec. 21st Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery.
Catherine Meriner - born ca 1843 Mo.; on Oct. 29, 1868 ‘Cassie M. Merriner’ married Benjamin F. Partee

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., Ca. censuses; Historical and Biographical Record of the Coast Counties, p. 652; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 85; Marin Co., CA Cemetery Records, Vol. 2: Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, by Catherine L. Gowdy, #405, #425; The Marin Journal, July 21, 1892, page 2; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, pages 2 & 99
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#46-48 George Mileswater (Mildwater)

Born: ca 1807 in England; Settled in Sausalito on a lot of land originally part of the Richardson Rancho
Occupation: farmer in 1850; ship carpenter in 1860
Married: Antonia ____, born ca 1820 in California

Children:
Clato - born ca 1839

Died: at Sausalito June 13 or 14, 1863, age 55 years; the Coroner’s report says he was born in "Jersey" and cause of death was a "visitation from God"

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin County, Ca. censuses; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 179; Births, Marriages & Deaths from the Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 19; Marin Co., Ca. Coroner’s Inquest Book #1, comp. by Catherine L. Gowdy; Minutes of of the Marin County Probate Court, Book A, p. 299
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#6-6 James Miller

Born: May 1, 1812, County Wexford, Ireland
Married: Sept. 1, 1834 Mary Murphy
Immigration/Migration: Went to Canada in 1828, and to Holt County, Missouri in 1841 with his wife and children. He came to California in a wagon train (over the plains from Wisconsin, according to his obituary) with Mary’s father and brother, Martin Murphy, Jr., in 1844, arriving at Sutter’s Fort on December 15, 1844. They came to San Rafael in 1845.
Occupation: He became friends with Timothy Murphy, who was also from County Wexford in Ireland, and bought 680 acres of land from him. He raised beef which he sold to the gold miners, making a fortune in the process. He built a mansion on his ranch north of San Rafael and called his home Miller Hall. He sponsored the building of the first school in San Rafael at 4th and A streets in 1849. He also gave money and labor to help build St. Vincent’s School. He gave land for the Dixie school that was erected in 1864 which was built from logs hauled from mills in Nicasio; this little schoolhouse still stands as an historic landmark on Las Gallinas Avenue in Marinwood. The Dixie School District received its name as a dare; it seems that some southerners helped build the schoolhouse and challenged James Miller to name it Dixie, and he did, even though most of Marin was pro-Union. James Miller was devoted to educational causes throughout his life and saw to it that his own children received a good education.

Children:
William J. - born June 2, 1836 in Frampton, Dorchester county, about 36 miles south of the city of Quebec; died in San Rafael March 15, 1916. He had served his district in the state legislature, was the president of the San Rafael Board of Trustees, and was also postmaster of San Rafael during the Cleveland administration. He married Belle M. Green, daughter of George W. Green. William was survived by sons, Alphonso and George Miller
Catherine A. - born December 21, 1838 in Frampton, Canada; married John Keys of Tomales on Feb. 14, 1860; she died January 16, 1910 in Tomales at the age of 71 years. Children: Elizabeth, Edith, Minnie, James and George Keys
Mary Annie - born ca 1840 Lower Canada; died June 15, 1909 in San Anselmo; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA on June 17th; married James Ross September 2, 1865 and living in San Rafael Township in 1870 (no children); he died April 22, 1875 at home in Ross and was buried in San Francisco; Mary A. married James Tunstead October 15, 1877.
Martin Van Buren - born ca 1842 Missouri; died Sunday, October 21, 1888 in Martinez; buried October 24th in the family plot at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. He was married but had no children. His obituary describes him as "a man of kingly stature and splendid physique, and his cheerful disposition and affability of mien made him a favorite in all the wide circle of his acquaintance. His executive ability was recognized by Gov. Perkins, who appointed him to the office of State Prison Director. Mr. Miller had bought a tract of land on Grizzly Island, where he has spent the last year or so..."
Ellen Independence - born July 4,1844 "Independent Rock Plains, Rocky Mountains" (Independence Rock was in Wyoming); "Nellie I." died Feb. 4, 1905 and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in the family plot. She is said to have beeen the first white baby to come into California.
Teresa S. - born ca 1845 in California; died unmarried March 14, 1936; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael on March 16th.
Julia Anna - born ca 1847 San Rafael, Ca.; died May 3, 1880; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Jane Frances DeC. - born ca 1849 Marin Co., Ca.; died in Florence, Italy March 22, 1903; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael April 23, 1903. Did not marry.
Bernard Thomas - born ca 1855 in Marin Co., Ca.; died March 6, 1927; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in family plot; survived by his widow, Mrs. A. Emma F. Miller, and five children: James E. Miller, Mrs. Adolph Leitz, Jr., Mrs. Catherine Nougues, Mrs. Frank Harp, and Mrs. C. Cryon Colt. He was also survived by two grandchildren, Mervin and Martin Miller. He was at one time a Marin County Supervisor. At his death, he owned a great deal of property in Marin, including 2500 acres of the original family land grant.
Josephine L. - born ca 1858; married Joseph Kirk September 1, 1888

NOTE: Mrs. Mary Murphy Miller died Dec. 26, 1882 at age 67 years 6 months; she was a native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery, in San Rafael, CA

Death: James S. Miller died Nov. 25, 1890; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael November 28th; tombstone gives age at death as 76y 7m 26d. His obituary describes him as "the pioneer of our pioneers" and goes on to describe him as "a genial, warm-hearted man, who retained the grace and spirit of the old time hospitality".

Sources: Historical and Biographical Record of the Coast Counties; 1850 & 1860 & 1870 censuses; Marin Co. Marriage Index; Marin County Marriage Book A, pg 40 & 327; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 79-81; Newspaper Extracts from The Marin Journal 1881-1884, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 141; Cemetery Records, Marin County, CA, Vol. 1; The Marin Journal. Oct. 25, 1888, page 3; The Marin Journal, Nov. 27, 1890, page 3; The Marin Journal, March 26, 1903, page 1; The Marin Journal, June 17, 1909, page 1; The Marin Journal, Jan. 20, 1910; The Marin Journal, March 16, 1916, page 1; The Marin Journal, March 10, 1927, page 4; The Independent Journal, July 17, 1976; Information sheet put out by the Dixie Schoolhouse Foundation
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#41-43 Thomas Miller 
#4-4 John Ming 
#55-58 George More
#30-32 D. Morgan 
#33-35 John Moss 
#28-30 Patrick Murphy

#26-27 Timothy Murphy

Born: 1800 in Coolaneck, County Wexford, Ireland
Occupation: Worked for a London meat packing house which sent him to Peru in 1826 and then to Monterey in 1828. Next he trapped and made a fortune dealing in otter skins.
Death: Timothy died January 13, 1853 at his home in San Rafael; buried first at the mission and then removed to Mt. Olivet Cemetery. John Lucas was a chief beneficiary of Murphy’s property. The Catholic Diocese was willed 300 acres of land for an orphan asylum; this became St. Vincent’s School for Boys.
NOTES: At the Presidio he made friends with the prominent men of the time: MarianoVallejo, James Black, John Cooper, William Richardson and John Reed. In 1838 he joined Governor Alvarado in opposition to Santa Ana. In 1837, the governor made him administrator of the mission and the Indian agent; he was also to be alcade at San Rafael. He never married. He brought his brother Matthew Murphy and his nephew John Lucas over from Ireland in 1849; Matthew died in 1852. Timothy is described as tall, six feet two inches, and muscular. He loved hunting and kept a kennel of dogs for this purpose. He was hospitable and enjoyed sharing his home and table. His home in San Rafael was located at what is now 4th and C streets in 1845; it served as the Court House for Marin County after California’s admission to statehood.
Sources: 1850 Marin Co., Ca. census; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg. 34-41; Marin County History, 1880; Bancroft’s Pioneers of California
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#35-37 William F. Murser 
#48-50 Stephen Neuton 
#36-38 John Night

#1-1  Manuel Oyarzo

Born: Manuel Oyarzo was born in Chiloe, Chile, in 1826.
Occupation: In Chiloe he worked as a huaso (cowboy) on a vast feudal estate. When he turned about 20, he worked in the coal mines of Concepcion. After marrying Carmelita Urevas Martinez of Concepcion, in 1849, he sailed from Valparaiso to San Francisco to try his luck in the gold fields of the Sierras. But, after the passage of the Foreign Miner’s Tax Law in 1850, a mass exodus occurred in the hills wherein “most of the 15,000 Chilenos in California packed up their belongings and returned home.” Manuel, however, by way of introduction from ranchero, Victor Castro, became the first Chilean in Chileno Valley in Marin County. He worked on the Rancho Arroyo de San Antonio, living with the Tredo Miranda family.

In 1852, Manuel moved to the Rancho El Pinole which was owned by the Martinez family (Victor Castro’s wife, Luisa Martinez, was their daughter). Before, 1853, he had enough money to send for his wife, Carmelita. They homesteaded 160 acres of Victor Castro’s land in El Sobrante  (pre-sently E.B.M.U.D. watershed land adjacent to Tilden Park). It was there that he tried his luck at coal mining as a business partner of Victor Castro. In addition, it was there that they had many of their thirteen children: Theresa (born March 13, 1854), Fidelia (born September 29, 1855), Clotilde (born September 2, 1857), Elena (born January 1860), Florinda (born September 3, 1862), Alejandro (born September 23, 1865), Joseph Manuel (born November 1866), Davido (born 1867), Benjamin (born October 21, 1868), Daniel (born 1869), Edward (born 1870), Molley (born 1871) and Manuel (born February 7, 1875).

In 1869, they sold their homestead and moved to the east side of the el Cerrito (Albany Hill), living very close to Victor Castro’s hacienda. In 1872, they moved to the Chilean community of Oceanview (presently west Berkeley) where he continued to farm for a couple of years.

Death: On November 23, 1874, he went with Peter Lassaret (the man who was living at that time on his old homestead near Tilden Park) to the Martinez Courthouse to fight for the ranchers’ water rights against The People’s Water Co. (later to be renamed East Bay Municipal Utility District – E.B.M.U.D.). On his way home that night during a heavy rainstorm, his horse slipped while crossing a raging San Pablo Creek and he drowned.

NOTES: From his obituary, we find that he came to California “with a large collection of valuable seeds of trees and shrubs from the Andes for propagation and introduction here.” Manuel spent his childhood years near a 52 million acre forest of Eucalyptus and Pine trees in Chile. The Eucalyptus oil was used by Chileans to fight influenza, scarlet fever, measles and typhoid. It was the most antiseptic herbal remedy known at that time and was also used to prevent swelling and open wound infections. Looking back at all of t he locations where Manuel Oyarzo lived (Miranda Rancho, El Pinole Rancho, Tilden Park, Albany Hill) ancient groves of Eucalyptus trees can be  found standing in tribute to a man who wouldn’t give up.

Sources: Marin County 1850 census; family legend; California Gold by Paul Rodman, Harvard University Press, 1847, p. 25; Contra Costa 1852 census; Contra Costa County Homestead Deeds, p. 75; Contra Costa County Deed Bk 9, pg. 327-329; Contra Costa 1870 census; obituary, Contra Costa Gazette, Nov. 25, 1874; death certificate for baby Manuel dated March 9, 1876 located in Oakland Library History Room.

Submitted by Bev Wanlin, Pinole, CA

#19-20 Ignacio Pacheco

Ignacio Pacheco was born on 8 March 1808, a son of Bartolome Pacheco and Maria Antonia Francisca Soto. He was christened at Mission Santa Clara. His parents had both been members of the 1776 expedition to found San Francisco Presidio, led by Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza. About 1833 Ignacio married Maria Josefa Higuera. They had one son survive, Salvador. Maria Josefa died on 29 June 1838. On 26 Feb 1840, at Mission Santa Clara, Ignacio married Maria Guadalupe Duarte y Peralta. Maria Guadalupe had been born in San Jose, on 12 Dec 1825. They had a son , Jose Ramon, and a daughter, Maria Antonia. Ignacio was again widowed and remarried Guadalupe's younger sister in 1851. There were six children born to this marriage. Mrs. Pacheco, later widowed herself, married widower James Black and then later, Vicente Velasco. Ignacio Pacheco and Maria Loreto Velasco are buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, along with many of their descendants. Ignacio liked the looks of Marin County and was granted "Rancho San Jose" in 1840. A portion of this grant still remains in family ownership today, as Pacheco Ranch Winery, in Novato. The adjacent town, Ignacio, CA has been incorporated into Novato's expanding city limits.

Birth:  8 March 1808
Death: 29 November 1864
Married [1]: about 1833 at Mission Dolores to Maria Josefa Higuera, born 21 May 1813 , died 29 Jan 1838

Children with Maria Josefa Higuera:
Salvador -  born 14 March 1834; died 16 Feb. 1905; married Vicenta Sais. Salvador’s obituary was published in the Marin Journal on Feb. 16, 1905 and says in part “ Salvador Pacheco died at his home here last Sunday. Deceased was 72 years of age and was a native California having been born here long before the advent of the   American. The death of Salvador Pacheco removes one of the last of the old-time Spanish gentlemen who did so much in the old days to make the name California synonymous with hospitality. To the very last he was straight as an arrow and the possessor of a courtly manner that distinguished and lent a charm to his personality.....he did not let his wealth slip away for he left several large ranches...deceased was the father of S. A. Pacheco and Mrs. Peter Crane...”
Married [2]: 26 Feb 1840, at Mission Santa Clara to Maria Guadalupe Duarte, born 8 Dec 1827; died 26 Dec 1891
Children with Maria Guadalupe Duarte:
Maria Antonia - born 11 June 1841; died 12 January 1865
Jose Ramon - born 7 May 1843; died 29 July 1916; married Anna Maria Scown
Married [3]: 27 Sept 1851 at Mission San Rafael to Maria Loreta Duarte (younger sister of wife #2, Maria Guadalupe Duarte)
Children with Maria Loreta Duarte:
Gumesindo - born 13 January 1852; died 28 June 1916; married Rosa Tanforan
Maria Theodora - born 20 May 1853; died 25 December 1873; engaged to Goldstein
Maria Catalina Carmen - born 25 November 1856; died 2 January 1913; married Francisco Valencia
Agusto Florencio - born 27 October 1859; died 13 November 1929; married Corina Clark
John I. - born 21 August 1861; died 29 March 1900; married Julia Tanforan
Benjamin L. - born 17 April 1863; died 3 September 1892. NOTE: The Marin Tocsin, in an issue dated 9 Jan. 1892, says: “Ben Pacheco was in Mexico at the time of the sad death of his mother, Mrs. Velasco. Earnest efforts were made by the family to communicate with him during his mother’s illness and since, but as yet his whereabouts have not been discovered.”
Notes: Salvador Pacheco and Vincenta Sais had 6 children, born from 1852 - 1864. Anna Scown was born in Australia. Whether she is related to Adolph Scown of Novato is unknown at this time. Ramon and Anna had at least 6 children, including one set of twins. Their daughter, Edith, married a son of Francisco and Catalina Pacheco Valencia. Rosa and Julia Tanforan were sisters, daughters of Toribio Tanforan and Maria Valencia. Catalina Pacheco married Francisco Valencia, a brother of Maria V. Tanforan.
Sources: Dorothy Mutnick's "Some Alta California Pioneers & Descendants, 1776 - 1852"; "Novato Township" by May Ungemach and tombstones at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael
Submitted by Julia Christy and Cathy Gowdy
#2-2 N. Pacheco

#47-49 Robt. A. Parker

Born: ca 1820 in Massachusetts
Married: Helen M. Vannevor
Died: October 21, 1865 in San Diego, California

Children:
Helen F., born ca 1843 Mass.
Sephia M., born ca 1845 Mass.
Olive G., married George C. Fabens of Sausalito on Dec. 15, 1870 in San Francisco
Robert A., Jr.
George V.

NOTES: Robert A. Parker arrived in San Francisco as supercargo aboard the Mt. Vernon. He entered a partnership with James C. Leighton and William Swasey. He had a store on Dupont street (S.F.); he kept the City Hotel and in 1849 was keeping the famous Parker House on Kearney Street facing the Plaza in San Francisco. He was a member of the Town Council in 1847 and the district legislative assembly in 1849. In 1850 he went to Sausalito and built a home and bowling alley; his was the second family to live there. He also built a steam sawmill and had a sash saw for ripping the logs. He died in San Diego after experiencing financial difficulties.

Sources: 1850 Marin Co., CA census; Bancroft’s Pioneers of California; Marin County History, 1880; Early Days and Men of California; Marin Journal, Dec. 17, 1870
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss

#4-4 William T. Parker

Born: ca 1827 in Virginia
Occupation: farmer in 1850; undersheriff in 1860; residing San Rafael
Died: March, 1861 at Metropolitan hotel in San Francisco
Sources: 1850 & 1860 censuses; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 1-2
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#48-50 Isaac Parsons 
#51-53 Joseph Penal
#30-32 Pedro Pentone 
#43-45 C.M. Perkins

#31-33 James Phenix

Born: ca 1805 England
Occupation: farmer
Married: in England to Sarah _____, b ca 1810 England

Children:

James - b. ca 1830 England
Robert C. - b. ca 1831 England
William - b. ca 1832 England
Emily - b ca 1841 England
Charles - b ca 1846 Australia
George - b ca 1848-9 Australia
Dorothy - b ca 1848-9 Australia

An old query in the Marin County research files claims that James F. Phoenix married Sarah Williams and had seven children. Their son, James Junior, died in a ranch accident on September 3, 1854, and son, Robert Chandler, died of “brain fever” on September 9, 1885. No evidence has been found in death, cemetery, marriage, birth, deed, coroner, undertaker or newspaper records to support this.

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co. CA censuses
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#39-41 William Philips  #26-27 Thomas Prandy 
#30-32 F.B.W. Reynolds

#4-4 J. L. Poindexter

Born: ca 1828 in Virginia.
Arrived in San Francisco Bay on the ship “Glenmore”, which sailed from Richmond, Va. on April 2nd, 1849 in company with other members of the Virginia Company.
Occupation: in 1850, farmer.
Sources: 1850 Marin Co., CA census; The Argonauts of California, by C. W. Haskins, 1890.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#30-32 William Reynold

Born in New York about 1835, he was living in Marin County in 1850 with a group of men engaged in lumbering, one of whom was F. B. W. Reynolds, born 1818 in New York. William was the brother of Pauline Reynolds who married Daniel Frink (see #27-29). Along with Daniel, William was a claimant to 2.5 square leagues of Nicasio Ranch, a claim which was upheld in 1855. William Reynolds does not appear on the 1860 Marin County, CA census.
Sources: 1850 Marin Co., CA census; History of Santa Clara County, 1881
Ssubmitted by Cathy Gowdy
#48-50 John Reynon

#38-40 William Richerson (Richardson)

William Richardson was born in London, England on 27 August 1795. Demoted from Captain, he was serving as First Mate aboard the British whaler "Orion" when he arrived in San Francisco Bay on 2 August 1822. He met the commandante of San Francisco Presidio, Ygnacio Martinez, and requested permission to stay in the area. William was christened Guilermo Antonio Richardson on 16 June 1823, became a Mexican citizen and was therefore eligible to own land. He married the eldest daughter of the commandante, Maria Antonia Martinez y Arellanes, 15 May 1825, at Mission Dolores, and then moved into the Presidio (the only housing at that time). Richardson received a lot in Yerba Buena where he pitched a tent and helped to lay out the first town lots; he built a house which was known as Casa Grande, sometimes called the first house in San Francisco. He was granted "Rancho Sausalito" 11 February 1838 (this was located in the Mill Valley/Sausalito area of Marin County). Following expansion and financial losses, Richardson died 21 April 1856. He was originally buried on the hill above his home but was later removed to Mt. Olivet Cemtery in San Rafael. His children Mariana and Stephen sold their interests at a huge loss to cover exaggerated debts, and clear title to the rancho was given to Samuel Throckmorton in 1879. Maria, wife of William Richardson, was born June 13, 1803 in Santa Barbara and died in San Rafael on April 4, 1887.

NOTE: Richardson Bay and Richardson Bridge were named for William Richardson. Maria, born June 13, 1803 in Santa Barbara, died in San Rafael on 4 April 1887.

Children:

Mariana de Jesus - 9 April 1826; married Manuel Torres (see Forris); died 1908
Francisco Antonio Ramon - born 18 August 1828; died young
Estevan de Jesus (Stephen) - born 3 August 1831; married Mary Jane Gordon January 19, 1870, from Mobile, Ala; died 28 November 1924 in San Francisco; buried 1 December Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. Children: Dorothy, William A., Thomas S. and Josephine. An obituary for Mary Jane Gordon Richardson follows:

Mrs. S. Richardson Dies Suddenly
The death of Mrs. Mary Jane Richardson, wife of Stephen Richardson, the oldest Native Son of California, died Tuesday, November 18th, which was a great surprise to many of her friends.
Mrs. Richardson  has been a resident of San Rafael for forty years and was well known throughout Marin county. Her father, Mr. Gordon, was at one time one of the largest land owners of this county.
The deceased was a kind devoted wife and mother and is survived by her husband, and two sons, William and Thomas, and two daughers, Mary and Josephine.
Miss Josephine has been living in New York, but will be here to attend the funeral which will be held next Monday at 10 A.M. from the late residence and thence to the Catholic church where a high  requiem mass will be held for the repose of her soul.
The deceased was a native of Alabama aged 60 years.
Source: Barry Spitz's "Mill Valley, the early years"; Dorothy Mutnick's "Some Alta California Pioneers & Descendants, 1776 - 1852"; Pioneer Record by Bancroft; Captain Richardson by Robert R. Miller; Early Marin, by Jack Mason; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, page 117; The Marin Journal - Thursday, November 20, 1913 - page 1
Submitted by Julia Christy, with additions by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#48-50 Saml. R. Rippley 
#45-47 Lorinzo R. Rob 
#33-35 John Ryan 
#29-31 Peter Rye

#10-11 Domingo Sais (surname also spelled Saens or Saez)

Domingo was christened on 22 June 1806 at Mission La Purisima, the son of Juan Maria Saez and Maria Dominga Valenzuela. He died 16 November 1853, and has a tombstone at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. He married Maria Manuela MIRANDA, a daughter of Juan Chrisostomo Miranda and Maria Luz de Gracia Mesa, on 26 November 1830 at Mission Dolores. Maria had been born 9 April 1814 and christened at Mission Dolores. In 1870, she was living in the village of San Rafael with Josephine Sanchez and others:

Manuella Sais, 55, keeping house, $8000/$5000, CA, cannot read/write

Maria died 6 September 1891 and has a tombstone at Mt. Olivet. (Also on the tombstone is Nasario Sais, died 5 July 1890 , age 77 years. This could be Domingo's brother, Nazario Justo Saez, born 5 Jan 1815.)

Children:
Jose Francisco - born Oct 1831; christened Mission Dolores, as were next 3 children
Maria Dolores - born April 1835 (married Juan Peralta, Marin 1860 census)
Vincenta Anastasia - born 23 Jan 1837; married Salvador Pacheco; died 17 Sept 1896
Jose Hipolito - born Aug 1838; died 10 March 1839
Maria Ygnacia - born 30 Aug 1839; christened Mission San Rafael; deceased by 1863
Jose Maria- born 24 Sept 1846; christened Mission San Rafael (Jesus Maria in probate records)
Maria de la Luz - born 15 Dec 1848; christened Mission San Rafael; married "Gregorio Ocana" on July 15, 1864 with the consent of her mother ( Maria Dominga in probate records)

Salvador Pacheco was appointed by the Marin County Probate Court in 1863 to act as guardian for the minor heirs: Maria Dolores, wife of Juan Peralto; “Bysenta” Sais, wife of Salvador Pacheco; Maria Ygnacio Sais, deceased; Jesus Maria Sais; Maria Dominga Sais.

Christening site of children at Mission Dolores and then moved to San Rafael in later years shows the trend toward settling what would become Marin County.

Sources: Dorothy Mutnick's "Some Alta California Pioneers & Descendants, 1776 - 1852;" Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California: 1769-1850, Vol. 1 by Marie Northrop, 1987; tombstones at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, page 28; Minutes of the Marin County Probate Court, p. 278; Sonoma Co., CA Marriage Book B, page 73; Records of Jeremy Nichols.
Submitted by Julia Christy with addition by Cathy Gowdy
#21-22 Frank Salvadoor 
#15-16 Poncus Savana 
#44-46 John Schwartze 
#44-46 Dederick Segelken

#4-4 J.H. Shelton

Born: ca 1825 Virginia
Immigration/Migration: A member of the Virginia Company that arrived in San Francisco Bay October 6, 1849 aboard the ship "Glenmore." He is referred to as Harper Sheldon on page 186 of Jack Mason’s book, Early Marin.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#48-50 Lonzon S_ _wick (Seuthwick?)

#4-4 Seth Shepperd

Born: ca 1823, Mathews Co., Virginia
Immigration/Migration: Arrived in San Francisco Bay Oct. 6, 1849 aboard the ship “Glenmore” along with James M. Harris, S. B. Harris, Thomas B. Meaux and other members of the Virginia Company, having sailed from Richmond, Va.
Occupation: farmer, in 1850; Served in the Confederate Army as a lieutenant
Death: 1866 of a disease contracted in a Texas prison.
Sources: 1850 Marin Co., Ca. census; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 186; Marin County History, 1880
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#29-31 W. Shipley

#35-37 Jas. A. Shorb

Born: ca 1798 Maryland
Occupation: physician
Immigration/Migration: Arrived in California in November, 1849 as one of the Baltimore and Frederick Mill and Mining Company; he was the president of the company.
Occupation: On July 13, 1850 he and William F. Mercer entered into contract with Rafael Garcia to build lime kilns, quary lime stone, and cut wood for burning in the kilns on land belonging to Garcia; Garcia was to furnish oxen carts and Indian labor to haul the lime burnt in the kiln to the embarcadero and to assist in its loading; he also granted them the use of 10 acres of land for gardening and for the grazing of the stock required for the operation of the business.

Shorb was elected the first judge of Marin County.

Married: Margaret___. Died Mrs. Margaret O. Shorb, widow of Dr. J. A. Shorb of Clairvaux, Frederick Co., MD, died Baltimore, MD on November 10, 1873 at the age of 73.

Children:
Dr. J. Cambell Shorb (of San Francisco in 1873)
J. Deborah Shorb (of Los Angeles in 1873)

Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Marin Journal, Nov. 27, 1873; Marin County Deed Book A, page 13
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#3-3 Jacob Short

Born: ca 1834 in Indiana, in the vicinity of Indianapolis, or in Illinois according to other sources. Brother of John Orey B. Short and son of Jane Short Meriner.
Occupation: In his early years he was actively interested in public affairs; he was elected to the Board of Supervisors and later accepted the office of City Trustee in San Rafael. For some time he was engaged with the bank of U. M. Gordon and Co. His latter years were spent quietly living with his brother, Ory, and his family, just outside San Rafael.
Death: Oct. 9, 1895 in San Anselmo at the age of 61 years; buried Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery October 11th in the Gordon Vault.
Obituary: His obituary describes him as "a man of splendid physique" and says that he had "the affable manners of the old school."
Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., CA censuses; Historical and Biographical Record of the Coast Counties, p. 652; Undertaker’s Records of Marin County, CA 1880-1906, by Catherine L. Gowdy, p. 110; Marin County, CA Cemetery Records, Vol. 2: Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, by Catherine L. Gowdy, #511
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#3-3 John Orey B. Short

Born: Jan. 10, 1828, Bourbon Co., KY, son of Jane Short Meriner
Immigration/Migration: Came to Marin 1847
Married: Nov. 11, 1855 Mary Miller, born Nov. 30, 1835, died Sept. 15, 1911 and buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael; she was the daughter of Mathew Miller.

Children: (only 2 of whom survived their father):
Frances - born Sept. 18, 1856 and died April 30, 1858, buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael; baptized at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church on Oct. 24 as Virginia Short
Josephine - born Sept. 16, 1858, died March 24, 1871, buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael
Walter E. - born Sept. 25, 1860, died Sept. 28, 1892, buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael
Alice - born Aug. 1, 1865, died May 18, 1896, buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael
Eugene - born Oct. 4, 1867 in San Rafael, died Dec. 29, 1886, buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Margaret - born in San Rafael April 2, 1875
Orey J. - born Sept. 21, 1877 in San Rafael

NOTES: Bought much of the south side of San Rafael and in 1868 divided it into lots which were sold; this was the first San Rafael subdivision and was known as "Short’s Addition." He and his brother, Jacob, also owned a ranch in San Anselmo.
Died: July 10, 1902; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael July 13, 1902
Obituary: published in the Marin Journal on Thursday, July 17, 1902, page 1:

Death of J.O.B. SHORT

"The pioneers are passing. J.O.B. SHORT, one of the first American settlers of Marin County, died at his home in San Rafael on Thursday evening, July 10, 1902. He had been sick for some months and for several weeks was confined to his bed. The death was not unexpected, as the relatives realized that it was only a question of a short time.

Mr. Short was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, January 10, 1828. In his infancy his parents moved to Illinois, and three years later they went to Missouri. May 1, 1846, the family started across the plains for California, the company consisting of about 120 men and 60 wagons. They were enroute for Sonoma, and came by way of the northern route. The Short family came from Sonoma to the Novato ranch in this county and later, in 1847, came to San Rafael, where they have since resided. Mr. Short and his late brother Jacob made some repairs on the old San Rafael mission, which was located near where the St. Raphael's Church now stands. For several years they engaged in the stock business, and at one time owned a large portion of the city of San Rafael, and at the time of Mr. Short's death he was a large property owner here. In 1868 the Short brothers laid out Short's addition to San Rafael.

He was married to Mary Miller on November 11, 1855, who survives him. There were several children, two of whom, Maggie and Orey Short, are still living, and were by his side at the time of his death."

Sources: Historical and Biographical Record of the Coast Counties, p. 652; Undertaker’s Records of Marin County, Ca 1880-1906 by Catherine L. Gowdy, p. 175; 1850 & 1860 censuses; Births, Marriages and Deaths from The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 44, 73; Births, Marriages and Deaths From The Marin Journal 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 76, 168; History of Marin County, 1880; St. Raphael’s Catholic Church baptisms copied by Cathy Gowdy; Marin County Cemetery Records.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#36-38 Hill Shushes 
#54-55 John Silver

#55-57 B.F. Simmons

Born: ca 1819 in Vermont, the son of Bezar J. Simmons.

Bezar Simmons, a native of Woodstock, Vermont, came to California in 1843 as the master of the whaling ship, Magnolia. He settled in San Francisco. He purchased land in the Novato Rancho on November 24, 1846 from Jacob Luse (Leese?) and wife Rosalia Vallejo and conveyed it for $3500 to his son, Benjamin Franklin Simmons, on Sept. 3, 1850. The deed was recorded on September 4th. Bezar died Sept. 26, 1850. On November 7, 1850, Benjamin and his wife Harriet sold the land to W.W. Parker, S. Needham and John H. Allen for $2000.

Married: Harriet ___ born ca 1823 in Massachusetts

Children:
Charles , born 1849, California

NOTE: Other apparent members of the family in the household in 1850 are Hannah and Oren Simmons.

Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Annals of San Francisco, by Frank Soule; Novato Township, by May Ungemach, pg. 13-15; Marin County Deed Book A, pages 9 and 30
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#55-58 Hannah Simmons

#23-24 Oliver Slave (Slade)

Born: ca 1817 in Massachusetts
Married: Mary _____, born California ca 1822

Children:

Susan - born ca 1843; Susanna Slade and Charles "Bohman" got a marriage license in Marin Co. on April 19, 1871; the "Bowmans" had a daughter on Sept.22, 1873
Sarylene - born ca 1845; "Miss Caroline Slade" and George W. Cozzens were married in San Rafael Nov. 15, 1865; they had a son Sept. 22, 1868
Stephen - born ca 1846

Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal, 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 46, 84, 128; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal, 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 24; Marin County marriage Book A, pages 53 & 137
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#45-47 Nathaniel Smith
Born: ca 1831 Maryland, mulatto
Occupation: recorded as a servant to Holden B. Hill on the 1850 census of Marin; operated a boat between Sausalito and San Francisco for about three years according to accounts of his life written in later years. Recorded as a stage driver in 1880 and as a fisherman on the 1900.

He removed to Mendocino County, California, in the 1850s, where he is recorded on the 1870 and later censuses. He had three wives: Caroline, a full Pomo Indian, Sarah Ann and Julia; and several children: Frances Ann born ca 1856, Emiline born ca 1857, Emma born ca 1860, Daisy born March 1882, Emily born June 1892 and Albert, born August 1894 (he died young).

Died: Mendocino County, California March 21, 1906 and said to be buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Sources: 1850 Marin County census; 1870 Mendocino County census; records of Arlene Zornes; www.cagenweb.com/lr/mendocino; www.sonic.net/nerikh/Nathanielwww.kindredtrails.com/CA_Mendocino.html; www.navarro-by-the-sea-center.org/longhistory2.html; www.stanfordinn.com/innlight/mendocino_history.html

 
#29-31 Nelson Smith

 #18-19 William Smith

Born: in New York ca 1804
Married: Maria Josefa Sais
Occupation: in 1850 farmer
Death: William died before the taking of the 1860 census and Josepha married second to John Shipply (spelled Shippy on the minister’s return) on October 24, 1864.

Children:
Daniel - born ca 1834
Mary - born ca 1836
Jose D. - born ca 1838
Jose Rafael - born 18 October 1840; baptized 24 October 1840 at the Presidio in San Francisco; godparents were Nazario and Ignacia Sais (Zaez)
Mary Ann (Maria Antonia) - christened at Mission San Raphael June 28, 1842. She was the second wife of Jose Ramon Hilario Valencia (son of  Candelario Valencia and Paula Sanchez). They were living in San Rafael at the time of the 1880 census. Mary Ann died July 10, 1925 in San Francisco and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael.
Jose Francis - born ca 1843
Joseph - born ca 1847
John - born ca 1849
Caroline - born ca 1851
Peter William - born 17 August 1854; baptized St. Raphael’s Church in San Rafael 24 May 1855 (mother’s name given as Sarah Smith)
Maria Josepha - baptized March 30, 1856 at St. Raphael’s in San Rafael; godparents were James and Maria Augustina Black She is probably the Josephine Smith, native of California, age 16, who married (with consent of parents) Jose de la Cruz Noriel on Jan. 21, 1873; one of the witnesses was Maria Antonia Smith.
Susan - born ca 1857; at the age of 15 and with the consent of her mother, she married John Canepi, a native of Switzerland and resident of Olema, on Nov. 30, 1873 in San Rafael.

Sources: St. Raphael’s Church baptisms [LDS film #909236]; 1850 & 1860 Marin County, CA censuses; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, pages 30, 164, 191; Obituary: Marin Journal, 16 July 1925; Mt. Olivet Cemetery records.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#47-49 John Smoke (?)

#36-38 W. H. Smith

Born: ca 1807 New York. Sailed to California from Richmond, Virginia April 2nd, 1849 aboard the ship “Glenmore”.
Occupation: in 1850, farmer.
Sources: 1850 census Marin Co., CA; The Argonauts of California, by C. W. Haskins, 1890; p. 493.
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#7-7 Moses Stafford (Stafford)

Born: ca 1824 in Pennsylvania.
Occupation: Listed as farming in 1850.
Immigration/Migration: Came to California with Colonel Stevenson’s Regiment. Lived in San Rafael and was the first postmaster. In 1862 he was a resident of Mendocino County, and was in Connor’s regiment during the war. He moved to White Pine, Nevada and was mining there in 1869.
Sources: 1850 Marin Co., CA census; Marin Journal, Feb. 6, 1869
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#33-35 Edward Stephenson 
#33-35 John E. Stephenson 
#50-52 S.A. Stewart

#42-44 William F. Stony* (Leonard Story)

Born: in England ca 1819 (obit), 1815 (1850 census), 1804 (1860 census)
Immigration/Migration: Came to California on February 28, 1849, arriving in Sausalito on Christmas Day. He used slabs of wood to create a shelter for his family. The next year he buillt what is said to have been the first house is Old Sausalito, the frame for which came round the Horn and cost $1000.
Occupation: In 1850 he ran a "public house"; he also ran a barge which took lumber cut in Sausalito to San Francisco. He 1857 he was the constable of Sausalito. On the 1860 census, he gives farmer as his occupation.
Naturalization: He was naturalized in San Francisco Superior Court on April 4, 1855
Wife: Maria Winifred Cavanagh, born ca 1817 in Ireland; apparently she was mistakenly recorded as *William F. on the 1850 census.

Children:
Eliza M. A. - born ca 1841 Portland Bay, Australia
Leonard - born ca 1846 Valpariso, Chile
John - born ca 1849 California
Martha - born 1853 California; married James C. Blair of San Francisco in San Rafael on Oct. 5, 1874; he says he was born in Scotland and is 36 years old on the marriage license (she says she is 21 and born Missouri)
William - born August 24, 1855 in Sausalito, California; died at Sausalito Nov. 18, 1863, aged 8y 2m

Death: in San Francisco on Sunday, February 1, 1903 "at 84 years of age"

Sources: 1850 & 1860 censuses; Marin County History, 1880; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, p. 180; Marin County Great Register of 1868; Marin Journal: Feb. 5, 1903; Nov. 28, 1863; Oct. 8, 1874; Baptismal records, St. Raphael’s Church, San Rafael, Ca.; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, page 241
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
 
#30-32 J. Swan

#17-18 John Swettaylo (fully named Mariano Jacobo Sotelo)

Born: April 25,1815 at Mission San Gabriel, California, the son of Jose Gabriel Sotelo and Cesaria Agustina Amesquita.

Married: November 28, 1840 at Mission San Rafael, "Joanna"/Juana Guadalupe Dolores Sais, born June 27, 1826, daughter of Juan Maria Sais y Sotelo and Maria Dominga Valenzuela y Alcantara. After Sotelo’s death, she married Jose Jesus Bernal and in 1860 she and her children by both husbands all appear with the Bernal name.
NOTE: Various records for John Sotolo and Jose Bernal seem to refer to the same man. Note that on the 1860 census the children are the same although the name of the father appears different. Church certificates for the children use either Burnell or Sotella/Sotelo for the mother.

Her obituary was published 17 December 1903:

Mrs. JOHANNA C. BURNELL, of San Anselmo, died on Sunday, December 13th, at the age of 77 years, 5 months, and 17 days. She was a native of California, born at San Diego, and was of Spanish decent, being related to many of the old time Spanish families in this county. The remains were interred at Mr. Olivet Cemetery by Undertaker Sawyer.

A second obituary appeared in the Sausalito News: "Mrs. Juana Bernell died at San Anselmo Sunday morning. She was a native of California, aged 77 years 5 months 7 days, and was the mother of Mrs. P. Briones, Mrs. S. Valencia of Millbrae, Mrs. Goodfield, Mrs. F. Garcia, John Satelow, Joseph Bernell, Antone Bernell, Mrs. W. L. Barnard, Martin Bernell and Mrs. L. Martinez."

Died: before April 18, 1852.

Children:
Rafael - born Oct. 7, 1841; married Jose Pablo Briones, born San Francisco about 1823, son of Gregorio, Feb. 2, 1861
Guadalupe - born 1843; died 1940; married Eustaquio Valencia
Augustina - born 1846; married 1) Theo. S. Woods Nov. 20, 1861 at the residence of James Black and 2) David Goodfield November 5, 1884 at St. Raphael’s Church in San Rafael. Augustina died June 22, 1927.
Delores F. - born June 5, 1847; she died Aug. 11, 1878 at the age of 30. She probably married 1) Antone J. Garcia by whom she had a son, Joseph A. Garcia who was born March 19, 1874. She married 2) a Mr. Valensuela.
Silvaria - born 1850; married Andrew "Erieson" March 25, 1868 at Las Gallinas, having consent of her step-father; after his death she married J. William Sais and also Felix Garcia.
John (Juan Maria) - born April 18, 1852; died August 30, 1927; buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Jose Jesus - baptized March 12, 1855 at St. Raphael’s Church in San Rafael
Joseph Antonio Bernal - baptized at St. Raphael’s Dec. 11, 1856; he married Margaret Shafer in San Rafael on Dec. 8, 1879.
Ecival - born 1856; this is the Belle (Isabel) Bernall who married John Flood in San Rafael on August 2, 1877; both were residents of Bolinas at the time. Witnesses were John Sotelo and Rosa Peralta. John Flood was born in Massachusetts and was age 21 at the time of the marriage; Belle was 19.
Leandro - born February 1860 (per census)
Martin Bernal -  born 1861, married Barbara Bachaz on November 5, 1884 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in San Rafael; Martin died July 4, 1908; his obituary mentions brothers and sisters using both the Sotelo and Bernal name as well as his widow and four children. It should be noted that in Marin County Marriage Book A, page 615 this marriage is recorded as taking place on April 20, 1884 and her name is given as Barhansoff or Barhausoff; it seems a Catholic ceremony took place at a later date.
Luci Bernal, baptized as Maria Epihamia on April 23, 1866 at Mission San Rafael; born March 20, 1866. She married Ladislau Martinez on June 28, 1899 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin county, CA censuses; Births, Marriages and Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 5, 80; St. Raphael’s Catholic Church baptismal records; Some Alta California Pioneers & Descendants, 1776-1852, by Dorothy Mutnick; Marin Journal, Aug. 9, 1877; Aug. 15, 1878; Dec. 11, 1879; Dec. 17, 1903, page 1; July 9, 1908; August 30, 1927; Marin County, CA Marriage Book A, pages 8, 425, 615; Marin County, CA Deaths, Book 3, page 162; Records of Charmaine Burdell; Sausalito News, Saturday, Dec. 19, 1903, page 3
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#43-45 Will (or Nels?) Swinney

#4-4 Alfred W. Taliaferro [Tilaford on 1850 census]

Born: ca 1825 Virginia
Immigration/Migration: Sailed from the James River in Virginia in 1849 on the ship, Glenmore, arriving in San Francisco October 6, 1849 . He was a member of the Virginia company.
Occupation: farmer in 1850; physician in 1860. He was foreman of the first county grand jury, first prison doctor (1874) and also in 1874 was elected to the San Rafael board of trustees. He served in the California State Assembly in 1853 and 1854, and also was a member of the State Senate.
Died: December, 1885 San Rafael (cemetery record says on the 1st, Jack Mason says on the 9th, and the undertaker’s records say on the 10th)
Buried: Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery Dec. 11, 1885 (cemetery records say the 13th)
Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., CA censuses; Cemetery Records, Marin Co., CA, Vol. 2: Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, by Catherine L. Gowdy, #214; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg. 186-7, 193; Undertaker’s Records of Marin County, California 1880-1906, comp. by Catherine L. Gowdy, p. 32; Marin Independent Journal, March 13, 1965
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss

#7-8 Daniel F. Taylor

Born: June, 1830 Maryland

Was one of a party of men from Baltimore, Md. (the Baltimore & Frederick Milling & Trading Company) who chartered a schooner to the Isthmus and then chartered a brig to complete the journey; they arrived in San Francisco Bay and sailed up Corte Madera Creek on Nov. 10, 1849, "just in time to share a dinner of venison and wild turkey with Timothy Murphy." They had shipped mill machinery ahead of them which they later sold to Benjamin Buckelew, together with the mill they built in Baltimore canyon.

Occupation: in 1850 was merchant, and in 1860 county clerk, a position to which he was elected in 1854 and which he held for 14 years; in 1870 he is listed as a real estate agent
Married: Elizabeth A. Simpton, born 1838

Children:

George S. - born ca 1856; died in San Rafael August 16, 1880, aged 24y 4m, after having been kicked in the stomach by a horse
Elizabeth A. - born ca 1858; married Charles S. Livingston at Duncan’s in Sonoma County, Ca. on July 3, 1881
Helen Maria - born April 1860; died July 22, 1861 in San Rafael, age 1y 2m 26d
Ada - born Sunday, June 22, 1862
Laura - born May 8, 1865 in San Rafael
Mary - born Monday, July 29, 1867
Daniel - born Nov. 17, 1869 in San Rafael
Emily - born in San Rafael on March 24, 1872
Henry C. - born in San Rafael May 11, 1877; died June 8, 1877, age 28 days.

NOTES: In his prime, Daniel Taylor is described as being six feet tall, "always modishly dressed, polished in demeanor and withal jovial". Mrs. Taylor died Aug. 11, 1878, age 41 years, in San Rafael and the funeral took place from the Episcopal Church, Rev. Mr. Ward, brother-in-law of Mr. Taylor, assisting. Daniel died on Saturday, April 29, 1916, and was buried at Mt. Tamalpais cemetery in San Rafael. An obituary gives his survivors as Mrs. C. S. Livingston, Mrs. Ada Donovan, Mrs. P. J. Elliott, Mrs. J. D. Robertson, Miss Emily Taylor, daughters, and Daniel I. Taylor, a son.

Sources: 1850 Marin County, CA census; Births, Marriages, and Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 3, 10, 41, 71, 97, 131; Births, Marriages, & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1873-1880, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 151, 156, 205, 295; Newspaper Extracts from The Marin Journal 1881-1884, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 36; The Marin Journal, May 4, 1916, page 3; Early Marin, by Jack Mason, pg. 185-6
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#30-32 J. Taylor 
#52-54 E. Tharp 
#49-51 Manuel Torres (see Forris
#4-4 William Urquhart
#36-38 Francis Vaca 
#32-34 Jas. P. Waite 
#33-35 S.L. Warner

#51-53 Eward Warrel (Thomas Waddell/Worell)

Born: ca 1828 in England


Occupation: in 1850 given as farmer
Died: March 7, 1859 in Marin County

 Sources: 1850 Marin Co., CA census; Marin Co., CA Minutes of the Probate Court
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy

#30-32 W. Warren (William?)

Born: ca 1825 in Missouri

Occupation: lumber business in 1850; carpenter in 1860; Living Bolinas area in 1860; Cannot be certain at this time that this is the same man on both censuses

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., Ca. censuses
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
 
#30-32 G. Warters

#34-36 Thomas Kerr Watson

Born: ca 1826 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation: stone mason in 1850; prison guard at San Quentin in 1860
Married: ca 1849-50; wife: Bridget born ca 1833-5 in Ireland

Children:
Jenette - born ca 1851
Anna - born ca 1854
Isabella - born ca 1855
Mary - born ca 1858
son - born April-May 1860 (unnamed at the time of the census); the child died August 2, 1861 at San Quentin
George B. McClelland - born October 18, 1864 at San Quentin
Charles - born 1867; died in Vallejo March 27, 1868, aged 7 months 2 weeks
daughter - born in Vallejo September 20, 1869

Death: Thomas Kerr Watson died in Vallejo June 16, 1883, aged 56 years 10 months

Sources: 1850 & 1860 Marin Co., CA censuses; Births, Marriages & Deaths From The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, pg. 4, 35, 81, 95; Newspaper Extracts From The Marin Journal 1881-1884, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 172
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#50-52 Thomas Wells 
#43-45 William Westcott 
#22-23 Frank Westgate

#16-17 Joseph F Westgate

Born: ca 1799 Massachusetts
Occupation: farmer
Married: Mary _____, born California

Children:
Joseph - born ca 1841
Prudence - born ca 1843
Ellena - born ca 1845
Phyllis - born ca 1847
T. C. - born ca 1849

Died: Olema Oct. 5, 1865, aged about 70 years.

Sources: 1850 Marin Co. CA census; Births, Marriages & Deaths from The Marin Journal 1861-1872, by Carolyn Schwab, p. 45
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy
#30-32 G. Wilson 
#30-32 William Wolf

#27-29 Henry Wollard (Willard)

Born: about 1827 in Otsego County, New York.


Occupation: He joined Stevenson’s Company of New York Volunteers (Company K) in 1847. In July of 1848 he went to the Placer county mines. When he returned he took charge of Rancho Corte Madera Del Presidio in Corte Madera for Hilaria Reed who was then a widow. In 1854 he registered his brand in Marin County, and served as constable in Novato from 1854 to 1856.
Marriage: He married Maria Maxima, daughter of Camillo Ynitia, following the death of her first husband, Henry Holden Bennett. Soon after the marriage, he moved to Mendocino County and bought a ranch of 1790 acres outside of Hopland.
Death: Henry died September 21, 1888 at the age of 61 years; he is buried in Hopland Cemetery.

Maria Maxima is also buried there.

Children:
Mary - born January 13, 1858 in Hopland, Ca; died September 2, 1938 at the McNab Ranch, at the age of 80 years 7 months 29 days. Her death certificate indicates that she was a widow at the time. Her remains were shipped to Hopland for burial; her stone in the Hopland Cemetery gives her death date as Feb. 2nd, 1938. Her married name was Prairie.
Henry - born ca 1860
Frank - born ca 1862
Ellen - born ca 1864
Charles -  born ca 1866
Robert - born ca 1868, buried in Hopland Cemetery.
Annie - born June 16, 1870; died June 18, 1964; buried Hopland Cemetery; married Frank Tindall.
Joseph - born May 24, 1874 and died May 22, 1903 per tombstone in Hopland Cemetery
Sarah
John

Sources: 1850 census Marin Co., CA; 1870 census Mendocino Co., CA (Sanel Twp.); Marin County Brand Book A; Marin County History, 1880, page 232; Pioneers of California, by Bancroft; Hopland Cemetery inscriptions
Submitted by Cathy Gowdy and Jocelyn Moss
#53-55 Thomas Worell

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