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This gentleman, one of the oldest settlers of Tuolumne County and this State, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on Jan. 13, 1814.  In early life he took up his res­idence in New York City, and on September 26, 1846, he sailed for this coast as a soldier in Stevenson’s Regiment. He arrived at San Francisco on March 5, 1847, thence going to Santa Barbara, where he remained until discharged, September 28, 1848. From Santa Barbara he proceeded to Weaver Creek, thence to San Francisco, and came to this, county March 10, 1849.  He located at Jamestown, where he remained, and was engaged in mining until May, 1849, when he went to Stockton, but soon returning, he settled in Sonora in March, 1850, where he has since resided.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 371.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton