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King, George R.  11 March 1847 WI-9 August 1919
Co. D, 4 WI Cav.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 1,690,795

GEO. R. KING, COAST PIONEER, PASSES – George R. King, a well known pioneer of this city, passed away Saturday, aged 72 years, 4 months and 29 days. The infirmities of old age were the cause of death.
Deceased was a carpenter by trade and had many friends hereabouts who will regret to hear of his passing. He leaves a wife, and several children.
Rev. W. A. Chapman officiated at the funeral services Monday afternoon, interment being in Fort Bragg Cemetery. Fort Bragg Advocate, 13 August 1919, p. 1, c. 2.

1910 U.S. census, Solano County, California, population schedule, Vallejo, ED 185, p. 61-A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 1, family 2, George R. King; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 108. Union Army
Kirtley, Napoleon Bonaparte 5 December 1844 MO-21 December 1904
Co. G, 1 MO Light Artillery
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (K-11, Lot 8)
Pension No. 607,999

WRITTEN HIS LAST COPY – Sudden Death Of N. B. Kirtley Ends an Eventful Life –
The entire community was shocked last Thursday morning to hear of the death of N. B. Kirtley which occurred at 11:30 Wednesday night.
The deceased was about town Wednesday in his usual health and attending to his business. After eating supper Wednesday evening he complained of pains in his head and side, with which he has suffered at intervals for several years. The usual remedies were applied but with no apparent relief. He gradually grew worse and a physician was called in, but the summons had come and at 11:30 p. m. he passed away and another pioneer, another one of those noble men who helped carry the starry banner to a victorious end, one of God’s noblemen had gone to his great reward in the presence of his maker. Heart trouble, with which the deceased had long complained of was the direct cause of his sudden death.
Napoleon Bonaparte Kirtley was born in Callaway, Missouri on December 5th, 1844, making him 60 years and 16 days old at the time of his death. His boyhood days were passed in his native town, attending public school there. In 1861, altho only 17 years of age, he answered the country’s call to arms, and joined the 5th regiment of Missouri serving in the artillery branch of the service during the entire four years. He was the youngest soldier of the 44,000 men that Missouri furnished to the government. He served under Grant, and was in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, and other big battles of that campaign. He also was with Sherman from “Atlanta to the sea.”
After the war, in 1865, he sought employment in his home, and there engaged in the newspaper and mercantile business. In 1868 he came to California, settling in the Sacramento valley at Yuba City where he engaged in farming and also in the newspaper business. In 1873 he was married to Miss Emma G. Kirk, who survives him. About six years ago he moved to Ukiah and engaged in the real estate business, and later on became the associate editor of the DISPATCH-DEMOCRAT, which position he held up to the time of his death.
The passing away of N. B. Kirtley has taken from our midst a true and noble character, one whose high ideas of man’s true estate should be followed by us all. We who knew him best can look back and say “that was a man.” No trust was ever betrayed by him, no breath of scandal, no tarnishing of honor ever reached his name.
His widow and two daughters survive him. He was a member of Kearsarge Post, G. A. R., and also the M. E. church, south. The funeral services will be held at the M. E. church, south, December 24th at 2 p. m. Dispatch Democrat 23 December 1904.
Knapp, James M. ca. 1818 OH.-9 July 1892
Co. C, 7 IA Cav.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena
Pension No. 388,302

Funeral of Mrs. Knapp. – Mrs. Martha W. Knapp, whose maiden name was Martha Lewis, died at the Smedley home, on Tuesday, September 8, 1908 about 10 p. m. She was born in Wayne county, New York, on October 18, 1837. With her parents when only six months old, she moved to Indiana, where her father died in 1852. In 1855, Mrs. Knapp, with her mother, a brother and two sisters moved to Iowa, where in 1857, she married the late James M. Knapp, who died near Iversen’s Landing on July 9, 1892. He was a widower, with several small children. When the war broke out, the husband went to the front, the husband serving in the 7th Iowa Cavalry. A grandson, Marion, was adopted by the grandfather but was unable to attend Mrs. Knapp’s funeral. In 1873, the family came to the coast, and for 7 years Mrs. Knapp has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. J. Smedley. Mrs. Knapp professed Christianity in early life, becoming a member of the First Day Advent church. Rev. Duncan Munro conducted the funeral services and the interment took place in the G. A. [R.] lot in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery on Thursday, where she was laid between her husband and sister. Messrs. Frost, Fox, Walker, Craig, Miller and Jarkell acted as pall bearers. Point Arena Record, 11 September 1908.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Arena toenship, ED 65, p. 305-B (stamped), dwelling 248, family 272, James M Knapp; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.
Knudson, Thomas Magnus ca 1825 Denmark-1 March 1862
Co. D, 6 U.S. Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 120,252

1860 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River township, Quarters Fort Bragg, p.842, dwelling 458, Thomas C[?]u[?]sen; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 60.
Lamprey, Oliver ca. September1836 MA-1911
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR plot)

AGED WAR VETERAN PERISHES IN JUNGLE – Oliver Lamprey, 70 years old and a veteran of the Civil war, was found dead by a searching party in Lake county last Sunday. He was a former resident of this city and was quite well known here among the older settlers.
Lamprey started out alone for a walk several days ago and when he did not return in the evening the neighbors became alarmed and searching parties were formed in an effort to discover his whereabouts. As he was quite feeble they thought perhaps he had fallen and was too weak to walk home.
Their efforts proved fruitless, however, until Sunday when several of the party discovered the remains lying slightly covered by the underbrush about five miles north of Upper Lake. They were about a half mile from the main road and he had evidently been dead five or six days when found. His clothing was badly torn and gashes had been cut in the flesh by wild animals and birds.
It is believed that he walked to Witter springs and had drank too much mineral water. It was very warm the day of his mysterious disappearance and after walking there from his home he was probably warm and the strong Witter water effected his mind. He had started home, but only preceded a short distance from the spring when he left the wagon road and started through a thicket of underbrush. After walking about a mile off the road he fell exhausted and died, being too far away to call for assistance.
About $40 in gold and silver was found in his tattered clothing, and several letters. The remains were taken to Upper Lake by the coroner, and then shipped to this city where the interment took place Tuesday afternoon. Ukiah Republican Press 8 September 1911.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 70, p. 383-A, dwelling 414, family 414, Oliver Lamprey; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.
Lane, Thomas Alexander  11 March 1841 TN-6 April 1924
Co. H, 16 MO Inf. CSA
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (M-4, Lot 6, SE)

OLD SETTLER CALLED – One Of The Pioneers Of The County Answered Last Call – Funeral services 
were held in Ukiah Monday, April 7, for Thomas A. Lane, pioneer resident of Mendocino county, who 
died at his home in Calpella early in the morning of April 6. Mr. Lane was one of the oldest pioneer 
residents of Mendocino county where he had resided for more than 58 years. He was at one time the 
owner of Lane Springs in Redwood Valley, now owned by Mrs. Requa Long, of Oakland. Mr. Lane 
discovered the famous mineral water trickling from the ground and excavated the present spring. He 
was born in Tennessee and was 83 years old. He served in the Civil war, later coming to California and 
locating in Redwood Valley on the present Long ranch. A wife and eight children, 12 grandchildren and 
five great grandchildren survive the aged pioneer. Ukiah Republican Press 9 Apr 1924.

1860 U.S.census, Sullivan County, Missouri, population schedule, Bowmans Mill post office, p. 634, 
dwelling 95, family 95, Enoch Lane; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 658.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Calpella township, ED 58, p. 215-A 
(stamped), dwelling 133, family 133, Thomas Lane; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah township, Calpella, ED 68, 
p. 317-A (stamped), sheet 18, dwelling 191, family 195, Thomas Lane; NARA microfilm publication T624, 
roll 88. Confederate Army.
Lindsey, Robert B. 5 December 1846 TN-3 June 1881
Co. D, 44 MO Inf.
Evergreen Cemetery, Manchester
Pension No. 314,786
Maddox, David Lambert 1822 WV-4 May 1898
Co. M, 2 MO S. M. Cav.
Evergreen Cemetery, Manchester
Pension No. 608,208

A Pioneer Gone. – On Wednesday night of last week David L. Maddox died at Willits. Deceased had suffered from a severe attack of la grippe and was recovering nicely when he had a relapse. His impaired constitution was unable to stand the second siege and the end came peacefully on the above date.
Mr. Maddox was born in West Virginia in 1822. He came to California twenty-five years ago, and was for many years a respected resident of Miller. He was a man of the strictest integrity and was esteemed bt all who knew him. He served two and a half years in the late civil war, and was a member of Fredericksburg Post, G. A. R., of this place, under whose auspices his remains were laid to rest last Sunday in Evergreen cemetery, Manchester. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, Rev. D. W. Calfee officiating.
Two sons and three daughters survive him – J. A. Maddox, of Fresno, Robert Maddox of Point Arena, Mrs. J. H. Shibley, of Miller, Mrs. Jackson, of Healdsburg, and Mrs. Geo. James, of Willits. Point Arena Record, 6 May 1898, p. 3, c. 3.

D. L. Maddox, a native of West Virginia, aged 77 years, died at his home in Willits last week. The deceased was a brave soldier during the war of the rebellion, and was a grand army man. He leaves five children, three of whom are citizens of this county – Robert Maddox of Point Arena, Mrs. Shibly of Miller and Mrs. George James of Willits. Ukiah Republican Press 6 May 1898.
Maddox, John Allison 21 January 1844 MO-7 March 1926
Sgt., Co. L, 13 MO Cav.
Evergreen Cemetery, Manchester
Pension No. 978,741

G. A. R. VET PASSES – On the morning of March 7 at 3 o’clock Mr. John A. Maddox passed away at his home at Miller, at the advanced age of eighty-two years.
Mr. Maddox was one of the well-known pioneer residents of the coast section having resided here for the past fifty years.
He was a native of Missouri, where he was born January twenty-first, 1844. He fought in the Civil War and was an honored member of the G. A. R.
Left to mourn their father’s loss are six daughters, as follows: Mrs. M. Iversen, Point Arena; Mrs. Anna Dobner, Miller; Mrs. Robt. Grant, Cloverdale; Mrs. Frank Dilling, Pine Grove; Mrs. Wm. Johnston, Bloomfield and Mrs. Walter Turnbull of Albion. Mr. Maddox also leaves three sisters and one brother, Mrs. J. H. Shibley of this city; Mrs. Susie Jackson of Healdsburg; Mrs. Alice James of San Rafael and Robert Maddox of Denney, California.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning of last week from the home at Miller and interment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Fort Bragg Advocate, 17 March 1926, p. 2, c. 3.
Marble, Francis Bascom 1847-1920
Co. A, 2 CA Cav.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (K-11, Lot 9, NW 1/4)
Pension No. 962,640

Pioneer Blacksmith Summoned by Death – Francis B. Marble, for many years a resident of this city and a pioneer blacksmith of Cahto, in the northern part of the county, died at his home here Saturday at the age of 73 years. He was born in Oregon in 1847 and after serving in the Civil War came to this county to make his home. His wife died several years ago and he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jessie Davidson of Willits, and a sister, Mrs. Dana Brown of Oakland. The funeral was held Tuesday and interment took place in the local cemetery. Ukiah Republican Press 30 April 1920.
Marshall, Asa Can.1841- 20 November 1911
Co. G, 21 MI Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 741,356

GOES TO HIS REWARD – Shortly before going to press, we were informed of the death of our old friend, Asa Marshall, a resident of the Pudding Creek district. We have received no particulars of the taking away of Mr. Marshall, which has spread a gloom over the community. He was one of our oldest residents, and for many years was filer in the mill here, and later bought a place close to town and went farming. A few weeks ago, he left for Los Angeles to visit some of his children there, partly for pleasure and the benefit of his health. The announcement of his death Monday came as a complete surprise and shocked the community. He was of a jolly disposition, over 70 years of age, and was liked by everybody.
Besides a wife here, he has two daughters in Humboldt county, Mrs. Semple of Samoa, and Mrs. Lawrence of Eureka, a son Jay in San Francisco, and two sons in Los Angeles, Asa and Clifton.
Mr. Marshall was an Odd Fellow and a Grand Army man. Fort Bragg Advocate 22 November 1911, p. 3, c. 4.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ten Mile River township, ED 66, p. 257-A (stamped), sheet 5, dwelling 106, family 106, Asa Marshal; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 88. Union Army.
Martin, Stephen Byron 3 January 1837 IL-15 September 1919
Lt., Co. K, 34 IL Inf.
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits
Pension No. 886,226

STEPHEN BYRON MARTIN. – The first call for volunteers in the Union army at the opening of the Civil war found Mr. Martin eager to respond. It is significant of the patriotic spirit of the family that not only he, but also five of his brothers, gave courageous service to their country in time of need. Previous to the Civil war he had lived principally in Illinois, where he was born near St. Mary’s mission, Edgar county, January 6, 1837, the third in order of birth in a family numbering nine children, seven sons and two daughters. The parents, Charles K. and Sarah (Basham) Martin, were natives, respectively, of Breckinridge county, Ky., and Botetourt county, Va., and became early settlers of Illinois, where both remained until death. The spirit of patriotism possessed by the sons came as an inheritance from their father, who was a brave soldier in the Black Hawk war.
Few advantages brightened for Stephen Byron Martin the drudgery of toil on the home farm in the years of his boyhood. At times he attended school in a cabin with a puncheon floor and slab benches, wholly destitute of equipment considered a necessity in schools of the present generation. At the outbreak of the Rebellion he was employed in Burlington, Iowa, and when the first call came for troops he enlisted under Captain Streator in Company E, First Iowa Infantry, for three months of service. During this time he took part in the battle of Wilson creek, where General Lyons was killed. After nearly four months of active service he was mustered out at At. Louis. Returning to Edgar county, two months later he volunteered in Company K, Thirty-fourth Illinois Infantry, and went to the front with the commission of first lieutenant. Among his principal engagements were those of Shiloh, Stone River and Chicamauga. After the last named battle he was detailed and placed in command of a guard of the First Ohio Infantry, whose officers had been captured by the enemy. Under his leadership the guard conveyed ammunition from headquarters to Chattanooga and Chickamauga. In the battle of Stone river he had been wounded in the right side by a shell and after a time he became so troubled by the injury that in 1863 he resigned on account of physical disability. For some time after leaving the army he remained in poor health, but gradually overcame the effects of the wound and regained his former rugged physical condition. The following years were spent in Missouri and Kansas, where he had various unfortunate experiences in farming and met with not a little hardship and privation.
Coming to California in 1885, Mr. Martin engaged in lumbering in Humboldt county. During 1887 he came to Mendocino county and took up timber land at Half-way House, where he remained until 1890. For ten years he operated a ranch eight miles northwest of Willits, and when he finally sold that property he retired from ranching and established his home in Willits. His marriage was solemnized in Holt county, Mo., and united him with Miss Jennie F. Minton, who was born and reared in that county, and is a woman of earnest Christian character and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her parents, John and Mary Ann (Noble) Minton, were natives, respectively, of Alabama and Pike county, Mo. The father, being taken from Alabama to Tennessee at an early age, removed from the latter state to Missouri in young manhood and settled in Franklin county on a farm, but afterward followed the same occupation in Holt county, where he died. His widow spent her last days with Mrs. Martin in California and died at the age of ninety-one. Mr. And Mrs. Martin were the parents of four children, three of whom attained maturity, namely: Mrs. Daisy Viola Moore, of Willits; John Wesley, also a resident of this town; and Clarence Byron, who remains with his parents. In fraternal relations Mr. Martin is a demitted Mason and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, while in politics he is a Republican of progressive tendencies. (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 737-738.)

Stephen Byron Martin, an old Civil war veteran, died at his home in Willits, Sept. 15th. He was a native of Illinois and was born January 3, 1837. Fort Bragg Advocate 17 September 1919.
Matthews, Beavin   ca. 1838 Can.-26 January1891
Watson Battery, LA Artillery CSA
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

DEATH OF MR. MATTHEWS – After many months of a long painful illness in this city, the spirit of 
Benjamin Matthews took its flight at 12:25 o’clock on Monday of this week. Deceased was a native 
of Canada, aged about 55 years, and had been in this State about three years. He leaves a wife to 
mourn his loss, who attended him during his sickness with heroic fortitude and devotion. He was 
buried from the Baptist Church yesterday afternoon, Rev. J.S. Ross officiating, and interred in the 
soldiers burial plot of out beautiful cemetery and now rests peacefully with the “boys in blue,” although 
he was of the “gray.” Fort Bragg Advocate, 28 January 1891.

1860 U.S. census, Tensas Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, St Joseph post office, p. 479, dwelling 
174, family 174, Beavin Mathews; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 426.
Maxey, George September 1824 KY-24 February 1903
Co. E, Mountaineer Battalion CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Baptist Cemetery)
Pension No. 1,001,767

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah township, Mendocino County Hospital, ED 76, p. 152-A (stamped), sheet 10, dwelling 215, family 219, George Maxey; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
Meech, Joseph Utley 1823 CT-14 September 1899
Co. F, 10 CT Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 505,952

DEATH OF J. U. MEECH. – After a long illness, J. U. Meech, an old and respected citizen of Fort Bragg, died Thursday of cancer of the throat, the funeral taking place Friday, members of the Grand Army acting as pall bearers, Rev. Mr. Hutchinson holding service at the house. During the war of the Rebellion, deceased served in the 10th Connecticut Infantry. Fort Bragg Advocate, 20 September 1899, p. 3, c. 5.
Mewhinney, John 3 December1836 IN-6 September 1919
Sgt, Co. D, 2 CA Cav.
Potter Valley Cemetery
Pension No. 885,237

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Funeral Of Potter Valley Pioneer Was Held Monday – John Mewhinney, a pioneer resident of Potter Valley, passed away at the family home last Saturday after a lingering illness, and was buried in the Potter valley cemetery Monday, the services being under the auspices of the Potter Valley Grange, of which organization he was a past officer.
John Mewhinney was born in Vigo county, Indiana, December 3, 1836. In 1842 his mother died, leaving three children, John being the oldest. The next eleven years were spent by the children with their grandfather at White Water, in eastern Indiana.
In the meantime his father had married, and to this union two children were born.
In 1849 his father came to California and returned to the States in 1852, assembled his family and took up a residence in Illinois. In 1855 the family, with the McCowen family, moved to Kansas, which was just thrown open for settlement, the two families settling on Otama creek.
During the border troubles, John and his brother Hugh, took an active part in the defense of Lawrence and other points, including the Battle of Black Jack, where they were with A.O. Carpenter when he was wounded. Fighting under Old John Brown, they assisted in the capture of a band of Missourians.
Owing to unsettled conditions, his father and family came to California. They spent the summer with ox teams an [on] the sandy sage brush plains. After prospecting for a time they settled in Potter Valley on what is known as the Mewhinney ranch, then a wild and unsurveyed country, in the winter of 1877-78 [1857-58]. In the summer of 1878 [1858] his half-sister Teresa, died, and was the first occupant of the Potter Valley cemetery.
In the fall of 1861 John and Hugh answered the call for volunteers. They enlisted with the expectations of being sent east to take part, but instead the regulars on duty here were sent back and the volunteers were assigned to detached duties. John was a sergeant with a small squad having charge of a mail station on the Mohave Desert near Fort Yuma, Arizona.
After his discharge from the army, he returned to Potter Valley to his farming and stock raising, and with his push and energy, made an eminent success of both.
After the death of his father and step-mother, he married Mrs. Alice E. Elliott, a former school teacher in this county. All went well till May, 1911, when he had a stroke of paralysis, disabling him from active duties. A little later he suffered another stroke, and another, until he was rendered entirely helpless.
During more than eight years, he has been cared for by his loving wife, almost without assistance. She, with his brother, Hugh, of Holland, Texas, with several nephews and nieces, are left to mourn.
He was a great lover of home and was deeply attached to the people of Potter Valley, and was highly respected by all. Ukiah Republican Press 12 September 1919

Moore, Benjamin Franklin  1838 VA-22 May 1913
Co. E, 52 VA Inf. CSA
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Anderson township, ED 54, p. 11-B 
(stamped), sheet 11, dwelling 109, family 109, Benjamin F Moore; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. 
Confederate Army.
Mowery, Henry 1830 PA-11 October 1892
Co. E, 8 CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR plot)

DIED SUDDENLY – Word was brought to town Tuesday night that Henry Mowry had dropped dead while out hunting near Low Gap that afternoon. Deceased was about 65 years of age, a native of Pennsylvania, and had been a resident of this county about 10 years. He had been employed for some time on the Bailey ranch, which is situated on the Navarro river five miles from Low Gap. Tuesday afternoon he and Wm. Conners went out hunting. Mowry had taken two shots at a deer and was just in the act of shooting again when he fell over dead. Tuesday night George Waslar and A. S. Bailey went out after the body, arriving in Ukiah on Wednesday afternoon. Deceased was a Grand Army man and was buried by Kearsarge Post, No. 119. Dispatch Democrat 30 Sep 1892.