California Genealogy and History Archives
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
|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, Nettie Grace||Sep-6-1862||Jan-24-1944|
|Boyd, Robert E.||2-18-1889||8/8/1975|
|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|
|Gilbert, J.||----||----||52 yrs|
|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, 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, 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|
|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|
|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|
|Wood, William B.||-----||Mar-17-1881||52 years|
|Woods, Baby||----||1891||dau of W. W. & Eliza|
TUTTLE GULCH HISTORY
By Deborah HambyTuttle 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.