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Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA



Cameron, John H. 
1838 NS-7 August 1862
Co. D, 2 CA Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

Enlisted Sept. 14, 1861, San Francisco. Accidentally killed Aug. 7, 1862, at Fort Bragg, Cal., a wagon turning over on him (Richard H. Orton, Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867 [Sacramento, Calif.: 1890], 458).
Campbell, Alfred 
Co. D, E, 6 NY Cav.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah
Pension No. A-5-14-31

DIED SUNDAY – Funeral Services were held here yesterday afternoon for Alfred Campbell, Civil War veteran, who passed away late Sunday evening following a long illness. Mr. Campbell is survived by a wife and several sons and daughters. He was a man of exemplary character and was one of the last of the Civil War veterans residing here. Ukiah Republican Press 18 June 1930.

1930 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 23-21, p. 229-A (stamped), sheet 16, dwelling 365, family 380, J. Alfred Campbell; NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 177. Civil War veteran.
Carey, John 
ca. 1838 Ire.-28 Oct 1897
Co. D, 42 NY Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

John Carey, a cousin of Maurice Carey, who came to this coast in ‘71, died Thursday at the latter’s residence on Virgin Creek, at the age of 59 years. Deceased worked for many years in the logging camps on the Mendocino coast, and was well and favorably known. He was born in the city of Cork, Ireland, coming to this country when 14 years of age. During the Civil war he served with distinction on the Union side, being honorably discharged. The funeral took place Sunday from the residence of Mr. M. Carey, the remains being interred in the cemetery at this place, the funeral being largely attended. Fort Bragg Advocate, 3 November 1897, p. 3, c. 3.
Clay, James Walter 
12 Oct 1836-15 Nov 1908
Sgt., Co. C, 6 KS Cav. GAR
Potter Valley Cemetery
Pension No. 183,327
Clay, William B.  aka James H. Keane
1846 TN-30 Jan 1930
Battery I, IL Lt. Art.
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits
Pension No. 992,184

AGED WILLITS MAN IS SUFFOCATED – SPARKS FROM PIPE SET FIRE TO BED CLOTHING – UKIAH, Jan. 30. – William B. Clay, 80-year-old resident of Willits, died as a result of suffocation Thursday night. The aged man lived in a little cabin by himself at Willits and on Thursday night retired at an early hour. After going to bed he lit his pipe and started to smoke. He dropped off to sleep and the lighted pipe ignited the bedclothes. Smoke issuing from the cabin windows attracted the attention of a passerby who entered the cabin to find it a cloud of smoke from the slowly burning bedclothing. The aged man, though badly overcome was still alive and was hurried to the Howard Memorial hospital where efforts were made to resuscitate him but he could not be revived and passed away in a short time. Mendocino Beacon, 1 February 1930.
Cortez, Antonio (George) 
1845 Spain-6 Feb 1911
U. S. Navy
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

SUDDEN DEATH OF GEO. CORTEZ – We are called upon this week to chronicle the sudden death of Antonio Cortez, better known as “George Cortez,” a worthy pioneer of Mendocino County, who enjoying good health, was suddenly stricken down, and in twenty hours typhoid pneumonia cut off his life just as he was commencing to enjoy himself and take life easy, after years of hard work.

Mr. Cortez was around town Sunday until midnight. Shortly after he was taken seriously ill, and Monday at 10 P. M. he passed away.

Mr. Cortez was born in Malaga, Spain, 66 years ago, coming to Mendocino County with a party of surveyors in ‘64. When a young man he answered the call of our government for help and from August 21m ‘61, to ‘63, when he was honorably discharged, served as an able seaman on the warships Ohio and Kingfisher, and while in this service had his arm broken by being hit while after a blockade runner.

Coming to California when the State was practically a wilderness, he located in this county, engaging in various occupations, being one of its hardiest pioneers. He was a fine hunter, a dead shot and a woodsman far above the average, and when the Mendocino Outlaws in October ‘79, did such deadly work a short distance east of Mendocino City, Mr. Cortez volunteered his service, with several other brave Mendocino county men, and tracked the outlaws through the wilderness of the Noyo River, Ten Mile, Westport and hundreds of miles over mountains and through dense forests. He rendered valuable service in bringing the outlaws to justice, but never got the credit he deserved for the valuable work performed.

During the splendid administration of George Golden as City Marshal of Fort Bragg, Mr. Cortez served as Deputy Marshal and Nightwatchman most of the time, making a record that raised him high in the estimation of all law abiding citizens. When Mr. Golden went out of office he could remain, but would not. Since then he has been living a very quiet life, coming down town in the evenings and associating with a few old time friends.

A son George Cortez a daughter Mrs. George Gibbs, survive him and they have the sympathy of everybody in their sad and sudden affliction.

The funeral takes place tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, from the Presbyterian Church at 2 o’clock, Rev. John Barrett officiating. Fort Bragg Advocate, 8 February 1911, p. 3, c. 4.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River township south of Little River, ED 64, p. 293-B (stamped), dwelling 306, family 317, Geo Cortez; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ten Mile River, ED 77, p. 179-A (stamped), sheet 11, dwelling 222, family 222, George Cortez; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Fort Bragg City, ED 67, p. 286-B (stamped), sheet 15, dwelling 309, family 319, George Cortez; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.

Cowen, Robert 
1836-22 July 1900
Co. H, 110 PA Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 536,587

Robert Cowen died quite recently at Usal after an illness of about 15 months, suffering from paralysis. He was a veteran of the Civil War, leaving a wife and 12 children to mourn his loss. Fort Bragg Advocate, 15 August 1900, p. 3, c. 4.

JOHN W. COWEN, ...His father, Robert Cowen, came of Scotch parentage, was a farmer, and married Hannah J. Henchbarger. During the Civil war he served in the 110th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Regiment. He spent his last days in California and died at Usal... (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 906.)
1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Westport township, ED 80, p. 233-B (stamped), sheet 12, dwelling 231, family 231, Robert Cowen; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
Crawford, Henry M. 
27 May 1834 IN-25 June 1910
Co. M, 7 Provisional Enrolled MO Militia
Hopland Cemetery
Pension No. 727,447

PIONEER PASSES TO REST – Henry M. Crawford died Saturday evening at the home of his brother, John Crawford at Largo, after an illness of several months. The funeral occurred at the Hopland cemetery Monday. The deceased was born in Indiana 76 years ago and came to California in the early ‘60 but returned to Missouri where he remained until after the war. On his return he was a resident of this valley for a number of years but lately has resided at Hopland. The bereaved widow and three grown sons, Tom, Nate and Ed, survive him. Ukiah Republican Press 1 July 1910.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah, ED 57, p. 190 (stamped), dwelling 99, family 101, H M Crawford; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Sanel Township, ED 75, p. 136-A (stamped), sheet 5, dwelling 101, family 101, Henry M Crawford; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Sanel Township, ED 65, p. 239-A, sheet 4, dwelling 29, family 29, Henry Crawford; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army
Crowl, Edson G. 
5 June 1844-30 October 1922
Co. D, 2 OH Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (M-4, Lot 10, NW)
Pension No. 1,197,249

CIVIL WAR VETERAN DEAD -- Edson G. Crowl, a civil war veteran, died at the family home in this city Monday morning. The funeral service will be held today from the Crowl home in North School street, the Rev. Shelton officiating. Mr. Crowl was 78 years old and leaves a wife and son. The family has resided here for about three years. Interment will be in the local cemetery. Ukiah Republican Press 1 November 1922.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah, ED 126, p. 263-B (stamped), sheet 6, dwelling 154, family 162, Edson G Crowl; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 121.