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McClelland, Paul Hamilton Abt. December 1839-9 November 1899
Co. B, 8 CA Inf.
Hillcrest Cemetery, Mendocino
Pension No. 553,832

DEATH OF P. H. M’CLELLAND. – Another Pioneer Added to the List of Those Who Have Passed Away. – P. Hamilton McClelland passed away at his home in Mendocino Thursday, November 9th, after an illness extending over a period of five years.
Mr. McClelland was a native of Dublin, Ireland, and had his life been spared another month he would have attained the age of sixty years. He came to the United States when sixteen years old, and made his home for a while in Philadelphia. From there he found his way to California, where he enlisted in the United States volunteers and served four years, until the end of the Civil war.
Upon being discharged he returned to California, and for a time he worked in the Noyo woods. In 1870 he came to this place and engaged in tailoring, which he successfully followed up to 1896, when his health failed him.
Deceased was a man of sterling qualities, gentle in manners and charitably inclined. He was a citizen of much worth, and one which the town can ill afford to lose. He leaves a wife, sister and brother, besides a number of other relatives and a host of friends.
The funeral took place last Saturday morning. Services were held at the Catholic church, Rev. father White officiating. Mendocino Beacon, 18 November 1899.
McCombs, Albert Emmett 31 August1837 KY-6 December 1931
Co. C, 83 IL Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (M-4, Lot 1, SW)
Pension No. 660,294

LAST VETERAN ANSWERS CALL – A. E. McCombs, Aged 94 Died Sunday–Buried Tuesday – The last Ukiah valley member of the Grand Army of the Republic answered the final bugle call Sunday, December 6, when death took Albert E. McCombs, for 38 years a resident of Covelo and who for 22 years made his home in this city.
Was buried here Tuesday – Funeral services for Mr. McCombs were held from the First Baptist church in this city Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Claud Mosher officiating. Interment was in the Ukiah cemetery, under the direction of B. L. Cleland. Mr. McCombs was born in Kentucky more than 94 years ago. His advanced age made him an object of much attention.
Was in the Civil War – In his early life Mr. McCombs suffered the many hardships of the early settlers. Orphaned while young he enlisted in the Civil War shortly after the outbreak between the north and the south, in the Illinois Volunteers, Company C, Regiment 83. Ill health caused his honorable discharge and he came to California in 1863 and lived for a time in Yolo county, thence in Napa, and finally to Lake county. In 1871 he settled in Round Valley where he became a conspicuous figure in farming and stock raising. He is survived by two children, a son, Frank, by his first marriage, and a daughter, Mrs. Fred Luhman, by his second marriage. Mrs. McCombs passed away about two years ago in this city. There are also three stepchildren, Mrs. M. A. Cook and Charles and Henry Bucknell, and a number of grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Mr. McCombs was a member of the Baptist church for 40 years, 22 years of which he was affiliated with the Ukiah Baptist church. Ukiah Republican Press 9 December 1931.

Civil War Veteran Dies Here Sunday – Last Rites Held Tuesday at Baptist Church for Last Local Survivor of G. A. R. – Albert E. McCoombs, the last surviving Ukiah valley member of the Grand Army of the Republic, passed away at his home in Ukiah, on Sunday, December 6, 1931, at the advanced age of 94 years, 3 months, and 5 days.
Mr. McCoombs was born in Kentucky, August 31, 1837, and during his long life has witnessed the development of the country through nearly a century of progress.
He enlisted in the Union army shortly after the outbreak of the Civil war with Company C, Regiment 83 of the Illinois volunteers.
He was honorably discharged from the army on account of ill health.
He came to California in 1863 and located in Yolo county. He later moved to Napa and eventually to lake county.
He settled in Round valley in 1871 where he engaged successfully in farming and stock raising where he resided 38 years.
He has made his home in this city for 22 years where he has a host of friends who grieve at his passing.
His wife died January 18, 1930.
He is survived by two children: W. F. McCoombs by his first wife and Mrs. Fred Luhman by his second. Mrs. Luhman came to Ukiah to reside in order to care for her father during the last years of his life.
There are also three step-children. Mrs. M. A. Cook, and Charles and Henry Bucknell, and a number of grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Mrs. J. A. Gavin and Mrs. Clyde Foster of Potter valley are among the grandchildren.
Mr. McCoombs was a faithful member of the Baptist church for nearly half a century, 22 years of which he was affiliated with the Ukiah Baptist church.
The final rites for the Grand Army veteran were held from the First Baptist church of Ukiah with Rev. Claude Mosher officiating. Ukiah Dispatch Democrat 11 December 1931.
McCrillis, Albert Bickford 1829 VT-28 April 1891
Co. K, 6 CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR plot)
Pension No. 123,673

Albert B. McCrellis, a native of Vermont, aged 61, died in the county Hospital at Ukiah a few days ago. Fort Bragg Advocate 20 May 1891.
McFaul, Charles Arthur 3 January 1849 WI-30 April 1923
Co. A, 42 WI Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

CHARLES ARTHUR McFAUL. – A veteran of the Civil war, Charles A. McFaul was born in Appleton, Wis., January 3, 1849. His father, Elijah, removed from Canada and became an early settler of New London Mills, Wis., where he was engaged in contracting and building. He and his wife, Margaret, spent their last days with our subject and died at Bridgeport.
Charles Arthur McFaul was educated in the schools of New London Mills, Wis. At the age of fifteen years, August 24, 1864, he volunteered and enlisted in Company A, Fort-second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war, when he was mustered out and honorably discharged. After about a year he entered Eastman’s Business College, Chicago, where he was graduated in 1867 and then returned to his old home and taught school for one year.
From 1868 to 1872 he taught at the Calumet and Hecla mine, Houghton county, Mich., after which he engaged in manufacturing extract from hemlock bark at Clintonville, Wis., until the fall of 1875. In that year he made preparations for removing to California, and arrived at Little River, Mendocino county, in January, 1876. He entered the employ of Coombs & Perkins and for six years was in charge of the yards and shipping. In 1882, in partnership with Charles Keen, under the firm name of McFaul & Keen, he bought the mill at Bridgeport and engaged in the manufacture of lumber. Four years later, having sawed all the available timber they sold the mill and continued in general merchandise and tie business at Bridgeport. Mr. McFaul purchased a ranch of one hundred and twenty acres at Bridgeport, which he still owns but is now leasing.
In 1896 the Hardy Creek Lumber Company was organized with Mr. McFaul as manager. The wharf was built and he continued with the company until 1899, when he sold his stock and retired from the company. In that year, with his sons, he bought the present place and organized the Union Commercial Company and they built the Union landing and wharf. They engage in general contracting, getting out ties and tanbark, and they make and ship ties for the Los Angeles railway Company and the Pacific Electric Company to Los Angeles and also operate a saw mill for them on Alviso creek. This is the shipping point not only for the above named companies in schooners to Redondo and San Pedro, but for the output from Howard creek. The wharf and landing are well equipped for loading and shipping lumber, ties, and tanbark, and the business has grown to large proportions under his able management, he being assisted by his sons. They have built nearly all the roads in this vicinity and are now interested in building a road to Hollow Tree for an outlet for settlers there and in the Jackson valley country. Most of the work has been done at their own expense. They built the new grade from Union Landing to Alviso creek and so well was it built that the earthquake did not create slides. Since then other roads have been rebuilt and constructed with easier grades.
In Houghton county, Mich., Mr. McFaul married Mary E. Pound, who was born in Holland, Mich., and to them have been born five children, as follows: Wilsin E. resides in Fort Bragg. Charles W. and E. J. are partners of their father. Stella, a twin sister of E. J., is the wife of E. H. Dean, of Fort Bragg. Arthur P. is still at home. Mr. McFaul has always been interested in the cause of education and has been an active member of the board of school trustees in the district. He has resided and is now clerk of the board of trustees in the Rowena district. Politically he is a staunch Republican. Mr. McFaul has had many ups and downs and adversities, but he has overcome obstacles and been most successful. He is liberal and kind hearted, but his charities are all accomplished in an unostentatious manner, and his career is well worthy of emulation. (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 544-547.)

PIONEER COAST LUMBERMAN & CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES – Charles A. McFaul, pioneer coaster and well-known lumberman, died at his home at Union Landing las Monday aged 74 years. He had been ill for some time and the end was not unexpected.
Charles A.. McFaul was born at Appleton, Wisconsin, January 3, 1849. When a mere lad of 15 he entered the U. S. Army in 1864 and served to the close of the war. Securing a very good education, he taught school at his home town and later he taught in Michigan. He came to California in 1876 and located at Little River, where he entered the employ of Coombs & Perkins and for six years had charge of the yard and shipping point at that place. In 1882 he entered into a partnership with Chas. Keen and bought and operated a mill at Bridgeport. He gave up the mill business for a time to engage in ranching at Bridgeport, but in 1896 the Hardy Creek Lumber Company was organized and he became the manager. Later he retired from the company and with his sons established himself at Union Landing where they established a wire chute and yard and entered into the business of getting out tanbark and ties and shipping them. He continued in this business up to the time of his death.
Mr. McFaul was a man of great energy and unusual ability, and well-known and highly respected throughout the county. He is survived by his wife, three sons, Wilson, Charles and Arthur, and one daughter, Mrs. Ed dean. These have the sympathy of many friends.
Funeral services were held at Fort Bragg Thursday afternoon. Mendocino Beacon 5 May 1923.
McMurphy, Ira A. 1831 IL-3 September 1921
Cpl., Co. E, 42 WI Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 935,784

IRA McMURPHY DIES ON ALBION RIDGE – Ira McMurphy, at one time a resident of Fort Bragg, died at the home of his son, George McMurphy, on the Albion Ridge after a short illness. He was close to ninety years of age and made this coast his home for the past thirty years or more, residing in Fort Bragg, Mendocino and Albion
Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and took great interest in the Decoration Day gatherings. He was a man of a genial, kind disposition and will be missed by a large circle of friends.
Three sons survive – James of Stanford University, Dave residing in Oregon, and George of Albion Ridge.
Mr. McMurphy was an old member of the G. A. R. Post of this city.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning from Cannarr’s undertaking parlors, Rev. Howe officiating, interment being made in the G. A. R. plot, Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg Advocate, 7 September 1921, p. 4, c. 1.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Albion Town, ED 59, p. 110-A (stamped), sheet 21, dwelling 278, family 278, Ira McMurphy; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Albion Pct. North, ED 112, p. 50-A (stamped), sheet 5, dwelling 78, family 78, Ira A. McMurphy; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 121.
McQuade, James P. 1847 PA-24 February 1893
Capt., Co. I, 198 PA Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

John McQuaide, an old resident of this coast, a carpenter by trade, and about 62 years old, died at the White House Friday night and was buried Sunday, Rev. Mr. Fisher officiating. The members of the Grand Army Post attended in a body, as he was an old Union soldier, having the fingers of one hand shot off during an engagement. Mendocino Beacon, 4 March 1893, p. 3, c. 5.