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Turtle Gulch Cemetery

Submitted by Stephie Louise March 2011

 

Cottonwood, Shasta, CA. Location: Very back corner of Shasta County possibly bordering Tehama. Go out Gas Point Road, to what looks like the end, about 10 miles. Gas point turns right at Pinckney Cemetery and goes to Igo. Turn left on Foster Road. Stay on Foster about another 5 miles. Cemetery is on the right and hard to see. On what appears to be private property, road is bad. 
Information submitted by Dottie Smith

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Name Birth Death Comment
Aubery, Mollie ---- 1896  
Beall, Catherine V. 1797 1877 wf Thomas E. 
Beall, Thomas E.  1800 1890  
Bouquet, Fredrick  ----- 1891 from census 1870 age 45
Boyd, Blanch Mabel 1893 1941  
Boyd, Charles  1853 Dec-10-1940  
Boyd, Nettie Grace Sep-6-1862 Jan-24-1944  
Boyd, Robert E.  2-18-1889  8/8/1975  
David, Elizabeth  -----  Oct-29-1874  
Drew, Frank S.  1903 1972  
Drew, Isabelle R.  1862  1947  
Drew, James S. 1832  1910  
Duggins, Elizabeth (Smith) Mar-5-1823 Feb-00 b. KY; MIL of Henry James 
Duggins, Gracie Feb-4-1886  1887 dau of Henry & Serena 
Duggins, Moses  May-10-1818  May-3-1899 b. KY; FIL of Henry James
FitzHenry, Anna B.  1826  1911  
FitzHenry, Chas. S.  1866 1926  
FitzHenry, Enoch  1821 1907  
Gilbert, J. ---- ---- 52 yrs
Gotberg, Elizabeth Mar-28-1887 Feb-12-1972  
James, Henry J. Nov-26-1828 Aug-18-1913 b. KY; Buckles Cal. Vol. Ind. Wars
Kell, James G.  Mar-8-1828 Jan-3-1902  
Kell, Sammie J. Dec-28-1881 Aug-10-1883  
Marshall, John ----- 1886   from census 1870 age 35
Maupin, Baby (David?)  ---- ----  
Maupin, Chester May-29-1883  Mar-13-1936  
Maupin, Elizabeth cApr-20-1830 Nov-29-1874 wf of D. D.; b. MO
Maupin, Evelyn May-22-1842 Aug-22-1873 1st wf of Thomas
Maupin, Fred Nov-10-1877 Mar-2-1937 son of Thos; fa of Adin,Owen, Floyd, & Holly
Maupin, Susan  Aug-15-1855 Nov-10-1923  
Maupin, Thomas B. Apr-15-1869 Dec-15-1870  
Maupin, Thomas H. Sep-6-1839  Feb-23-1912  
Maupin, William L. Apr-10-1867 Apr-19-1868  
Metz, Jeannie Gray Sep-30-1899 Jul-13-1988 b. CA
Metz, Walter Jacob  Mar-11-1892 Aug-13-1973 US Army WWI
Nelson, Thomas  1890 1975 US Army 
Pierson, Julia Ann ----- Dec-11-1879 29 years
Rader, John ----  1871  
Rader, May  ----  1869  
Raglin, Albert Warren  Oct-2-1931  Sep-25-1985  
Raglin, Albert Warren  Oct-2-1931  Sep-25-1985  
Salizar, Florence ----  Dec-11-1949 36 yrs 5 mo. 13 days 
Street, John C.  Jun-19-1835 Mar-14-1881  
Stuck, Andrew J.  1863 1942  
Stuck, Bella Feb-20-1860  Sep-8-1954  
Thompson, Anna E.  -----  Jul-20-1864 2.6 years
Thompson, Ann   ----- Feb-5-1866 19 years
Traneis, Ruth Raglin -----  Dec-15-1948 53.9 years
Wixon, Sheppard ----- ----  
Wilson, Elizabeth Jun-19-1868  Feb-9-1937  
Wood, William B. ----- Mar-17-1881 52 years
Woods, Baby  ----  1891 dau of W. W. & Eliza

 

TUTTLE GULCH HISTORY

By Deborah Hamby

   Tuttle Gulch is located in the southwestern part of Shasta County on the north side of the Shasta-Tehama County line.  It is an area between Gas Point and Bald Hills.  Today this area of gently rolling hills is used primarily for grazing land and for cattle and sheep.  It is sparsely populated, and there are  no buildings other than homes for the few families who live there. 
   Although there doesn't appear to be documented evidence of the first exploration and settlement by white men of this area, according to the "History and Business Directory of Shasta County" written in 1881, there was a man by the name of French Tuttle, who in early 1850 with a group of about twelve white men crossed the North Fork of Cottonwood Creek and explored as far south as Beegum, which would have been west of today's Tuttle Gulch.   However, because the sketch notes of this trip were lost, it is possible that this group travelled as far east as Tuttle Gulch or that French Tuttle returned to this region at a later time. 
   From my study of the markers at the Tuttle Gulch Cemetery, I find that there were inhabitants in this region from the 1860's on.  There were several families: the Maupins, the Marx, the Drews, the Thomassons, and the Metz.  Several of these families held tracts of land into the 1960's. 
   Although farming was their common livelihood, some of these families also mined gold.  As described to me by Mrs. Frankie Morehead, who grew up in Tuttle Gulch, the families farmed and raised livestock for their simple, everyday needs.  However, when something special was wanted, some of the men would mine for gold.  She described their life as pleasant and simple and emphasized that amounts of money were not important to their lifestyle.  There is great evidence of hydraulic mining.  Mrs. Morehead told me that this type of mining was primarily done by Chinese who also lived in the Tuttle Gulch area.  There is no written evidence of the Chinese being there that I could find, but apparently they had a settlement on the hillside between what is now Foster Road and MacAuliffe Road. 
   From the 1860's to the turn of the century, schooling in Tuttle Gulch went through the eighth grade.  Students who wanted to further their education moved to Chico for high school.  Called Excelsior School, the school house in Tuttle Gulch was a white one-room building located on MacAuliffe Road.  This school was only for white students, as was the general practice of the times.  The Indians usually went uneducated, although some Indian families sent their children to a boarding school run by the U.S. Government. 
   Today all that remains of the past is Tuttle Gulch Cemetery and the washed-out gulches left by the hydraulic mining operations.