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Is a native of Suffolk County, New York. When eight­een years years old he shipped on a whaler coming to the Pacific Ocean in 1844, returning in 1848.  For two more years he continued to follow a sea-faring life, and then came to San Francisco in 1850.  He first settled at Don Pedro’s Bar, in September, 1850, where he mined.  He moved to the northern mines via San Francisco; thence to this county in May, 1851, settling at Woods’ crossing.  Here he took up a claim and continued working it until going to Australia in the Spring of 1853.  He soon re­turned to the old place, however, and engaged in mining until 1862, when he went into partnership with Mr. Gault in a store at Woods’ crossing.  He bought out his partner, and is now the sole owner of the business.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 355-356.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton