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East Tennessee is the land of Mr. Major’s nativity, he having been born there on the 3d of May, 1832. Coming across the plains by the northern route in 1853, he first busied himself for a period of eighteen months in farming on Dry Creek, in the San Joaquin Valley. The next year    was spent near Folsom, when, organizing a cattle train, he         
proceeded then to Stockton via Sonora, remaining in the neighborhood of Stockton until 1857, coming at that time to Tuolumne, and purchasing his present property, near Sonora, where he has since resided, with the exception of three years spent in running the mill at the Ferguson mine, in Mariposa county.  Mr. Major possesses about four hundred and eighty acres of land. He was married to Miss H Ferguson in March, 1865.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 318.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton