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Is a Pennsylvanian, having been born in Alleghany County, of that State, in October, 1840. In 1851, he, to­gether with his parents, came to this State, by way of New Orleans and Panama. Living first on Sullivan’s Creek, the family moved thence to Brown’s Flat, there remaining until the Fall of ‘53, when they changed their residence to Soulsbyville, where ‘‘Ben” has since resided. Mr. Soulsby was the discoverer of the celebrated ‘‘Soulsby” mine, a claim that has enriched many, but which circumstances compelled the discoverer to part with. A veteran prospector, Mr. S. still evinces a most excellent judgement in mines, owning now an interest in a valuable claim a mile north of Soulsbyville, which he with his partner are in process of developing. Possessing also a well improved and valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres, upon which is a tiptop residence, the gentleman is well situated to enjoy life and to dispense an open-handed hospitality, as all who have experienced the latter may testify. Mr. Soulsby and his excellent lady have one child, Thomas by name.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 324.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton