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Elledge, John French 
1835 TN-23 March 1885 (Confederate)
Co. K, 4 TX Inf. CSA
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (P-8, Lot 19, NE)

AN HONORED CITIZEN DEAD – News was brought from Bartlett Springs early last Monday morning announcing the prospective death of our honored citizen, John French Elledge, who had been at the Springs for some weeks hoping to be benefitted. His brothers, William C. and Joseph, started there at once, but before they had reached his bedside, a telegram was received here announcing the unfortunate man’s death. The Masons, of which Order he was a worthy member, at once proceeded to make arrangements to bring his body home for the final burial ceremonies. J. F. Elledge was native of Cannon county, Tennessee, and at the time of his death was forty-nine years old. During the war of the rebellion he was a Confederate soldier and served the cause of the South with fidelity and courage to the close of that long and bitter struggle in a Tennessee regiment. In 1872 he came to California and joined his brothers in this county in the wool growing business, since when he has been a respected citizen in our midst. His health had been failing for two years. The funeral took place on Wednesday 
morning at ten o’clock under the auspices of Abell Lodge No. 53, F. & A. M., and it was largely attended by the numerous circle of friends and acquaintances of the deceased. Dispatch Democrat 27 March 1885.

1860 U.S. census, Giles County, Tennessee, population schedule, Southern Subdivision, Hammonds Store post office, p. 193 (stamped), dwelling 1333, family 1309, John F Eldridge; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1251.

1870 U.S. census, Limestone County, Alabama, population schedule, Atheens post office, p. 161 (stamped), dwelling 401, family 394, John Ellege; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 24.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah township, ED 57, p. 184-C (stamped), 
dwelling 24, family 24, John F Elledge; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.
 
Ellis, Wallace Johnson 
1843-7 October 1909 (Confederate)
Lowry’s Co., McLaughlin’s VA Battl’n Art.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (R-6, SE 1/4, Row K, sp 31)

ANOTHER PIONEER HAS PASSED AWAY – W.J. ELLIS, AFTER A LINGERING ILLNESS DIED AT HIS HOME IN THIS CITY LAST NIGHT – W. J. Ellis, one of the best known citizens of this community and an old pioneer of Mendocino county, died at his home in this city last evening at nine o’clock, after a lingering illness. Mr. Ellis was born in Missouri sixty-one years ago, but came to California when a young man and located in this city and established himself in the livery business. He was well and favorably known and was a good citizen. He leaves a wife and daughter and several sisters and a wide circle of friends to mourn his loss. The funeral will take place from the family residence in this city tomorrow afternoon at three o’clock. Dispatch Democrat 8 October 1909, p. 1, c .5.

OLD RESIDENT LAID TO REST – Funeral of Mrs Orlenia Ellis Held Saturday Afternoon – ...Orlenia Brown was born at Lexington Virginia, September 26, 1853, and was married to W. J. Ellis in 1875. They came to Ukiah immediately following their wedding and lived here three years and then moved to Oregon. They did not like Oregon and returned to Ukiah and this place had been Mrs. Ellis’ home since that date. Mr. Ellis was in the livery business many years and conducted a stable on Main street until the advent of automobiles. He died in 1909... Ukiah republican Press 7 February 1940.

1860 U.S. census, Monroe County, Virginia, population schedule, Peterstown post office, p. 917, dwelling 1002, family 978, Wallace Ellis; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1363.

1880 U.S. census, Umatilla County, Oregon, population schedule, Weston City, ED 111, p. 33-D (stamped), dwelling 160, family 159, Wallace Ellis; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1084.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 79, p. 219-B (stamped), sheet 17, dwelling 419, family 434, Wallace J Ellis; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
 

Emerson, Charles H. 
d. 7 August 1862
Co. B, 3 CA Cav.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

Enlisted Oct. 22, 1861, San Francisco. Accidentally killed by falling from wagon at Fort Bragg, Cal., Aug. 7, 1862 (Richard H. Orton, Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867 [Sacramento, Calif.: 1890], 537).
 
Evans, George W. 
12 May 1842-4 May 1895
Co. C, 16 ME Inf.
Studebaker Cemetery, Philo
Pension No. 677,922

Death of G.W. Evans – The subject of this sketch died of heart failure on Navarro Ridge, this county, on Saturday, May 4, 1895.
He was born May 12, 1842, and lived in the state of Maine until the Civil War broke out. He received a good, common school education, during the war he served with distinction in the 16th Maine regiment of volunteers. He lived in the state of Michigan from the close of the war until 1869, when he came to this state and county. He settled in Anderson valley, where he followed farming principally, and where he was married to Miss Mary Gschwend, one of the county’s most worthy and prominent citizens.
Soon after the destruction of the Gschwend grist and saw mill by fire in 1875, by which he suffered a severe loss, he moved to the southern part of the state, where he farmed for several years. He removed to Oregon where he was engaged in several business ventures. He was a man of much enterprise, but misfortune seemed to follow him, his greatest loss being his wife, who died April 30, 1891, at Ruby City, Wash.
He returned to this county three years ago, and resided here until his sad and sudden death. In their bereavement the sympathy of the community is extended to his children, two girls and three boys, three of whom are of tender age. Mendocino Beacon 11 May 1895
 
Fairfield, Edward F. 
5 September 1834-8 September 1884
Co. A, D, 7 ME Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah

A Veteran Gone – Edward Fairfield Fairfield, a native of Maine, and a cabinet-maker by trade, died at Ukiah Saturday last, aged 50 years and 3 days. Mr. Fairfield had been a citizen of this county since 1879, residing first at Caspar, on the coast. He was a quiet, unassuming, intelligent gentleman, who made friends wherever he went and of all with whom he associated. His career in life was full of variety intermixed with considerable spice, and while there was much of pleasure in it to him, there was also sorry, bodily afflictions, loss of property, and a never-ceasing struggle made necessary to keep himself up in life and in the estimation of his fellow-mortals. Although a native of Maine, at the beginning of the war he was a citizen of Knoxville, Tenn., and when it became necessary to show his true colors he took his family to Massachusetts, where his wife’s people lived, entered the Union army, and served his country in many hard-fought battles, in one of which he received a wound from which he suffered until a few months before his death. To secure relief from that wound, which was always running, he had traveled the world over, spending thousands of dollars and visiting many of the noted springs in Europe, and several springs in Africa not so well-known to the people of this continent. In the diamond fields of Africa he had been a successful miner, in the course of a few months taking out over two hundred thousand dollars in diamonds, but his labors there resulted in bringing on his wound troubles again and in shattering his health. Travel was recommended, and he cruised the seas over from South Africa to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the Mediterranean to Australia. Of the sights he had seen, of the life he had led, of the many different races he had associated with, of the animal life as it existed in the lands he had visited, he could tell much that was of interest to the inquiring mind; and he had a wonderful faculty of pleasing the children, and drawing them to him. He was an earnest temperance advocate, a member of the Independent Order of Good Templars, and also of he Band of Hope, of which orders he was a regular visitor during his twelve months’ sojourn in our midst, and he was as highly thought of here as we are informed he was thought of on the coast where he was still better known. After having been at the Vichy Springs about six months he could not speak in too flattering terms of the Springs, and he oftentimes assured us that the Vichy waters had done him more good than he had ever derived from ant treatment received, or from other springs his wound having entirely healed up for the first time. His death was caused by inflammation of the bowels. He leaves several children, who reside in Massachusetts, to mourn his loss. Rev. Jas. Kelsay, assisted by Rev. Chas. Luce, conducted the funeral services on Sunday last, and Mrs. Dr. McCowen, accompanied by the members of the Band of Hope, paid the last sad tribute to the dead. He was always prompt in obeying the orders of his superiors, and now, in obedience to the command of the Great General of the Universe, he has fought his last battle on earth, and awaits the final roll-call and general inspection in the better world. Peace to the veteran’s ashes. Dispatch Democrat 19 September 1884
 
Firebaugh, James B. 
18 January 1845 VA-26 October1930 (Confederate)
Co.H, 14 VA Cav. CSA
Valley View Cemetery, Covelo

JAMES B. FIREBAUGH PASSES – With the passing of James B. Firebaugh at the home of his son, Charles E. Firebaugh, on Sunday, October 26, Covelo loses an honored and esteemed citizen who went down to his grave rich in years.

Mr. Firebaugh was born near Cedar Grove Mills, Virginia, January 18, 1845. As a boy in his teens he served in the Confederate army through the entire Civil war, being a member of the Rockbridge Cavalry, 14th Regiment, Company H, under General McCausland. For one year of this time he was a military prisoner confined at Camp Chase in Ohio. After the close of the war he came to California to make his home, where in 1871 he was married to Miss Sarah Carden. His beloved wife preceded him a few years to the grave. Three children survive them, James W. of Craig, Colorado; Mrs. Eleanor Mulvahill of Newbridge, Oregon, and Charles E. of Covelo. One sister also survives from a large family group, Mrs. Virginia Bear of Burbank, California. While still a young man in his native state Mr. Firebaugh became a member of the Presbyterian 
church.Services were held in his honor Monday afternoon at the Baptist church, Pastor Moore officiating. Kindly neighbors assisting in the last rites included the pall bearers, J. G. Short, B. L. Hurt, S. W. Walter, E. H. Long, E. M. Durnford, and G. H. Ells; and the choir, Mrs. E. H. Long, Mrs. W. H. Ham, S. F. Gray and W. A. gray, with Mrs. G. R. Redwine at the piano. Floral offerings adorned the church and the beautiful grey casket. The body was alid to rest in the Masonic cemetery on the slope of our western hills. Willits News, 14 November 1920, p. 3, c. 1.

1860 U.S. census, Rockbridge County, Virginia, population schedule, 6th Dist., Lexington post office, p. 307, dwelling 791, family 791, Benjamin F Firebaugh; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1378.

1870 U.S. census, Tulare County, California, population schedule, Farmersville township, Visalia post office, p. 243, dwelling 50, family 50, James Firebaug; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 92.

1880 U.S. census, Kern County, California, population schedule, So. Fork of Kern River, ED 16, p. 539-A (stamped), 
dwelling 204, family 204, J B Firebaugh; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 66.

1900 U.S. census, Kern County, California, population schedule, 17th Judicial Dist., ED 33, p. 242-B (stamped), sheet 11, dwelling 178, family 194, James B. Firebaugh; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 87.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Round Valley township, ED 118, p. 126-A (stamped), sheet 3, dwelling 41, family 41, James B Firebaugh; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 121.
 

Ford, Abraham 
31 May 1829 VA-24 April 1919
Co. F, 6 IA Inf.
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits
Pension No. 1,141,951

Abraham Ford, who for the past 31 years has resided on a ranch near here, died April 24, aged 90 years. Fort Bragg Advocate News, 30 April 1919

Death of Abraham Ford -- Abraham Ford died at his home east of Willits, April 24th, and was nearly 88 years of age. He was one of the oldest persons living in this community and one of our most patriotic citizens.
Abraham Ford was born in Virginia, May 30, 1831. He moved to Iowa in his early youth and at the outbreak of the Civil War he volunteered and became a member of Company F, 6th Iowa volunteers. He served three years in the army until he was wounded at Jackson, Mississippi, and it was the result of these wounds that caused him to go blind in later years. He was totally blind for the last 21 years of his life.
After the war he moved to Arkansas and lived in that state for a number of years until he brought his family to Willits about 31 years ago.
He was converted and united with the Methodist church during his residence in Arkansas and had lived a consistent christian life since that time.
He was married to Mary McKinna in early life and eight children were born to them, three of whom are dead. The living children are Mrs. Ella Glass of Texas, and Henry, George, James and John Ford, all of whom live near Willits. Besides these and his aged wife he leaves 25 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. His brother Elam Ford also lives near Willits.
Funeral services were held at Watson’s undertaking parlors Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Chaplain G. H. Jones. The honorary pallbearers were veterans of the civil war and the acting pallbearers were young soldiers of the last war. Willits News, 2 May 1919

WILLITS VETERAN DEAD – WILLITS, April 29. Abraham Ford, a native of Virginia, died at his home a few miles east of Willits, April 24th. He was born May 31, 1829, and was therefore nearly 90 yars [sic] of age.He served four years in the union army during the civil war. He came to this valley with his family 31 years ago. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Dispatch Democrat, 2 May 1919.

1860 U.S. census, Clark County, Iowa, population schedule, Knox township, p. 447, dwelling 741, family 732, Abram Ford; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 314.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Little Lake Township, ED 61, p. 131-A, sheet 6, dwelling 35, family 36, Abraham Ford; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.
 
Ford, Alpheus H. 
April 1837 WV-3 June 1902
Co. D, 77 IL Inf.
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits

A. L. Ford an old and respected resident of String valley passed away at his home in that valley yesterday. Interment took place this morning in the local cemetery. Willits News, 4 June 1902

A. L. Ford, an old and respected resident of String valley, passed away at his home in that valley last Tuesday. Interment took place Wednesday morning in the Willits cemetery. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil war, and a member of the Willits post G. A. R. Ukiah Republican Press, 6 June 1902

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Little Lake township, Willits, ED 71, p. 92-A (stamped), sheet 6, dwelling 121, family 121, Alpheus H Ford; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
 

Foster, Andrew Jackson 
4 July 1842 MO-18 March 1928
Co. F, 2 CA Inf.
Valley View Cemetery, Covelo

Andrew (Pike) Foster, died at his home on Williams Creek, Sunday morning, Mr. Foster was the oldest man in our community. He was a Civil War veteran, Mr. Foster was past 87 years of age at the time of his death. Willits News, 22 March 1928, p. 3, c. 2.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Round Valley Township, ED 64, p. 210-A (stamped), sheet 8, dwelling 100, family 100, Andrew J. Foster; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army
 
Fraser, James 
10 December 1836 NS-5 October 1923
Co. H, 16 ME Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (M-4, Lot 9)

DEATH TAKES AGED SOLDIER – James Fraser, Grand Army Veteran, Answers Final Call – The funeral of James Fraser, a resident of Ukiah since 1900 was held at the Eversole Chapel Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, 1923, at three o’clock. Mr. Fraser was born of Scotch parentage in Nova Scotia Dec. 10, 1836. At the age of 16 years he moved to the United States and became a resident of Maine. During the Civil War he enlisted in the 16th Maine Infantry where he faithfully served until the close of the war. Mr. Fraser was with General Warren at the battle of Gettysburg and also present at the time of General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. At Sunday’s service American Legion men served as pall bearers nd the impressive ceremonies were conducted by Dr. W. W. Breckinridge of the Presbyterian church and Rev. B. B. Conner of St. John’s M. E. Church. Among the relatives present at the service were Thomas Stewart of Fort Bragg, brother of Mrs. Fraser and Mrs. George Rand and Mrs. Oscar Samuels, nieces of Mrs. Fraser from San Francisco. Ukiah Republican Press 10 October 1923

James Frasier Was Civil War Veteran – James Frasier, a resident of Ukiah for the past twenty-three years, died in this city last Friday. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, interment being in the Ukiah cemetery.
Mr. Frasier was born in Nova Scotia December 10, 1936. At the age of 16 years he moved to the United States and became a resident of Maine. During the Civil War he enlisted in the 16th Maine Infantry where he faithfully served until the close of the war. Mr. Frasier was with General Warren at the Battle of Gettysburg and also present at the time of General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
At Sunday’s service American Legion men served as pall bearers nd the impressive ceremonies were conducted by Dr. W. W. Breckenridge of the Presbyterian church and Rev, B. B. Conner of St. John’s M. E. church. Among the relatives present at the service were Thomas Stewart of Fort Bragg, brother of Mrs. Frasier and Mrs. George Rand and Mrs. Oscar Samuels, nieces of Mr. Frasier from San Francisco. Dispatch Democrat 12 October 1923.
 
Frazier, Lucas B. 
9 August 1843-1 November 1907
Co. C, 83 IL Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Y-4, Lot 5)

THE REAPER COMES WITHOUT WARNING – L. B. Frasier, a prominent real estate man of this city, was summoned by death Saturday afternoon while writing a letter in the lobby of the Palace hotel. He had apparently been in the best of health and was in his usual good spirits and his death came as a great shock to his friends and family. He was sitting at the writing table and fell over and before assistance could reach him, was dead. The cause of his death was given as a rupture of the heart.
The deceased was sixty-four years old and came to California early in the seventies locating at Fresno. Some twenty-two years ago he moved to Potter valley where he entered the sawmill business. Six years ago he came to this city and entered the real-estate business. During his career he was a very public spirited man and broadminded citizen. He was one of the men who could see a great future for Mendocino county in the culture of grapes and it was through his influence that large tracts of grapeland were sold and planted.
He was greatly instrumental in securing a depot for Calpella and had disposed of a great deal of grapeland in that neighborhood. A year ago he made a trip east and while there used his influence to secure a number of families for this section. His main thought was always for the best interests of Mendocino county.
The deceased was highly respected and leave a host of friends who extend their sympathy to the sorrowing family. The following children survive him: Fred and Frank Frasier of San Francisco; Vaughan, Charles and Will Frasier of Potter valley; Mrs. Laura Harvey of Potter; Mrs. Mertie Burris of Ukiah; Mrs. Lou Cochran of Wyoming and Mrs. Dashiells, of Sanhedrin. Ukiah Republican Press 8 November 1907.