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Submitted Apr 2011 by Ronald Cannon, MA



Ramsdell, George H. 26 March 1844 MA-25 January 1932.
Co. H, 1 OR Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 1,175,035

TAPS SOUND FOR CIVIL WAR VET – (Fort Bragg Advocate and News) Taps have sounded for another veteran of the Civil War, and the name of George H. Ramsdell has been stricken from the Roll Call. At the advanced age of 88 years, Mr. Ramsdell laid aside the cares of this earthly existence and has passed into eternal rest.
Amid the comforts and loving care at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. F. Thompson, in Santa Rosa, wher he had resided for the past two years, he passed away Monday, January 25th.
Mr. Ramsdell was born in Salem, Mass., March 26th, 1844, and at the age of 21 enlisted on February 6, 1865 in the U. S. Army and was attached to Company “H” First Regiment, Oregon Infantry, and thus saw service during the strenuous times that existed during the last year of [t]he great struggle to maintain the Union.
At Stockton, California, on December 11th, 1876, Mr. Ramsdell was united in marriage to Miss Mary B. Brakeman, and shortly thereafter they established their home at Elko, Nevada, where he engaged in the photograph business and continued his studio there until 1915, when he moved his family to Westport, this county. For a couple of years Mr. Ramsdell successfully conducted a studio there, until his advanced years caused his retirement from active work. Mrs. Ramsdell passed away on July 15th, 1930.
He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Kyle Stottler of Raymond, Wash. Mrs. A. E. Longmate of Berk[e]ley; Mrs. L. F. Thompson of Santa Rosa; Mrs. Alex cameron of Fort Bragg and Mrs. Edna Houston of Seattle, Wash.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from the Cannarr Funeral Home, with Rev. J. L. Kent of the Presbyterian Church officiating, and will be under the auspices of Sequoia Post No. 96, American Legion. Interment will be in the family plot in Rose Memorial Park. Mendocino Beacon, 30 January 1932, p. 8, c. 6.
Randall, Amberzine (Ambrozine Randall), ca. 1846 ME- December 1900
Co. H, 24 MA Inf.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena

Amazene Randall, familiarly known as “Jack” Randall, succumbed to the injuries he received while chopping on the ranch of C.M. Phillips at Manchester, mention of which was made in our last issue, on Friday.
Deceased had been on this coast for thirty years, and was well and favorably known by a large circle of Friends. He was born in Cutler, Maine, fifty-four years ago. He served in the Union army during the civil war, receiving an honorable discharge. The funeral took place Sunday in the presence of a large concourse of people, the remains being laid away in the G.A.R. lot in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. D. Munro officiating, the few veterans remaining here having charge of the interment. It is believed that a sister of the deceased still lives in Massachusetts, and two cousins – Mrs. G.W.C. Huntley and Mrs. A.C. Jenks – live here. Point Arena Record 28 December 1900.
Rasmussen, Rasmus d. 27 January 1899
Little River Cemetery

At Littleriver Friday, Rasmus Rasmussen died at the age of sixty years. Deceased drew a pension, being a veteran of the civil war. Fort Bragg Advocate, 1 February 1899, p. 3, c. 3.
Reamer, Thaddeus S. (Charles) ca. 1844 NY-June1921
Co. B, 14 U.S. Inf.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena
Pension No. 1,903,514

VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR IS DEAD AND MOURNED – Thaddeus S. Reamer, an honorably discharged soldier, died last week and was buried at Point Arena. The dead man’s discharge papers showed his conduct was “excellent in engagement with the regulars in the various battles at Bull Run, Sucker’s Gap, Chancellorsville and Mine Run, Va.” Mr. Reamer served for three years of the war. For some time deceased had lived at the Vallenti ranch on the coast and his sterling character caused everyone who was acquainted with Mr. Reamer to respect and admire him. Ukiah Republican Press 29 June 1921
Richmond, Charles Henry 27 March 1846 MO-13 January 1929
Little River Cemetery

MENDOCINO CITIZEN PASSES AWAY SUNDAY – Charles Henry Richmond, for many years a resident of Albion Ridge district and Mendocino, passed away at his home in Mendocino, Sunday, January 13th, at the age of 82 years.
Deceased was born in St. Louis, Mo., March 27, 1846. After serving his country with honor during the four years of the Civil war, he began to vision the Golden West and accordingly in the year 1874 started for the Pacific coast, going across the Isthmus of Panama to Portland and thence to California. Locating on a ranch on Albion ridge, he farmed it successfully until about 15 years ago, when he took up his residence in Mendocino and devoted his declining years to less arduous tasks.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Richmond, of Mendocino, two sons, Harry of Greenwood and Walter of Mendocino, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Dodge of Crescent City and Mrs. William Conkey of Mendocino.
Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church in Mendocino, Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock, Rev. Geo. A. Proctor officiating. A wealth of floral offerings attributed the esteem in which the family was held by their many friends.
Interment was in Little River cemetery under the direction of Cannarr & Cannarr. Fort Bragg Advocate News, 16 January 1929.

CHARLES RICHMOND ANSWERS LAST CALL – CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AT ADVANCED AGE – Charles Henry Richmond passed away Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, January 13th at the advanced age of 82 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Deceased was born in St. Louis, Mo., March 27th, 1846. He entered the Civil war at the age of 16 in 1862 being quite tall for his age and served four years with honor. Coming west he crossed the Isthmus of Panama in 1869 taking passage on a sailing schooner to Portland, Oregon. Later he came to California and located on Navarro Ridge, where he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Gorrell, on December 27th, 1876. Here he farmed successfully until about 15 years ago when he took up his residence in Mendocino, living here until he passed away last Sunday.
He leaves a wife, two sons, Walter of Mendocino and Harry of Greenwood. Two daughter, Mrs. Charles Dodge of Crescent City and Mrs. Wm. Conkey of Mendocino.
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church in Mendocino at 2:00 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. George Proctor officiating. The floral offerings were large and beautiful, showing the esteem in which the deceased and his family were held.
Interment was in Little River cemetery under the direction of Cannarr and Cannarr. All the relatives were there except Mrs. Chas. Dodge of Crescent City, who was confined to her home by serious illness and therefore unable to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Richmond celebrated their Golden wedding only 2 years ago in December 1926. Mendocino Beacon, 19 January 1929.
Riley, Peter 1827-ca 1896
Co. F, 1 MN Heavy Art.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena
Pension No. 442,077

Mr. Riley, who has long been a sufferer from paralysis died at his home in this place last Saturday morning. Deceased was fifty-seven years six months, and twenty five days old. He leaves a wife and three daughters. He was a member of the Grand Army. The remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Sunday afternoon, rev. G. M. Meese officiating. Mendocino Beacon 29 February 1896.
Robinson, James Oscar M.D., 3 August 1840 OH-2 August 1891
156 OH Inf. (National Guard)
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits

J.O. Robinson, M.D., Was born in Ohio, August 3, 1840. When he wa twelve years of age his parents moved to Lexington, Kentucky, when young Robinson went to Cincinnati and entered a drug store, where he remained five years. He then studied medicine, and graduated in 1861. In June of that year he entered the army as assistant Surgeon, which position he held thirteen months. He was then promoted to Captain-Surgeon, which position he held till July, 1865. He then located in Louisville, where he practiced his profession for six years. In the spring of 1872 he went to Nebraska, and spent the summer. He returned to Cincinnati and spent the winter. In the spring of 1873 he went to Philadelphia, and attended lectures for one year. In the spring of 1874 he came to California and located in Nevada county, and practiced there till the fall of 1876. He then visited the Centennial, and during the winter took a full course of lectures at the Sterling Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio. He received his diploma in February, 1877, and immediately came to Mendocino county, and after spending a year at Little Lake, he located at Ukiah, where he has since resided. Married, October 29, 1878, Miss Cornelia G. Brown, a native of Virginia. They have one child, Minnie E. (Lyman Palmer, History of Mendocino County [San Francisco, Cal.: Alley, Bowen & Co.,1880], p. 666)

Obituary. – Dr. J. O. Robinson, of Willits, died last Saturday evening. Deceased had been ailing for some time, having been confined to his bed a number of times during the past year. On Wednesday of last week he was taken quite ill, but rallied, and was able to leave his house and walk as far as his office the next day. He had a relapse, however, on Friday and continued to sink rapidly until he died at about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
Deceased was a native of Ohio, and had he lived two more days would have been 51 years of age. He came to California in 1877 locating in Nevada county. In 1874 [sic] he came to Mendocino county, and located at Willits. After remaining there one year he removed to Ukiah, and a few years ago returned to Willits where he has since lived. In 1878 he married Miss Cornelia G. Brown, of Ukiah, who, together with two children, survive him. The sympathy of the community will go out to them in their bereavement. Mendocino Dispatch Democrat, 7 August 1891, p. 3, c. 2.
Rogers, Newton Porter 1830 MO-7 June 1905
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits

DEATH OF N. P. ROGERS – A pioneer Passes Peacefully to His Last Sleep – This community was greatly shocked yesterday to learn that Newton P. Rogers had passed away the night before. On Monday he was out on his range to look after stock, and not returning in due time, the family became alarmed, sought and found him where he had fainted from over-exertion or overheating. The next day he appeared to have entirely recovered but died suddenly that night at his home, about one mile from Willits on the Fort Bragg road.
During the civil war he served in Price’s command west of the Mississippi river. He and J. M. Painter fought together in the battles of Pea Ridge, Cross Hollow and in all thirteen battles but neither knew the other at the time, nor until years after when they met and became acquainted in this state.
Mr. Rogers was an upright and honorable man, a good neighbor, a useful citizen, and a kind husband and father. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
Deceased came to California from Missouri in 1875 and lived in this community until the time of his death. Besides a wife he leaves five sons, H. J. and Henry Rogers of Ukiah, Newton of Santa Barbara, William who lives in Shasta county, Robert, and a daughter, Mollie, who live in Willits.
The funeral took place this afternoon from the family residence, and there was a large gathering of friends and neighbors to pay their last respects. Willits News, 15 June 1905, p. 1, c. 4.

Another Pioneer Gone. The sudden death of N. P. Rogers, a pioneer resident of this city, was a great shock to his many friends in this city. Up to the day of his death, which occurred Thursday, he had been in the best of health, and had been attending to his business on the farm. His death was no doubt due to over-exertion, for, while an old man, he was exceedingly active, and seemed to imagine himself a boy, and capable of youthful exertion. He was greatly beloved by those who knew him, and was affectionately termed “Uncle Newt.” The deceased was a native of Missouri, and was born in 1830, and bore his years well. He came to this county in 1876 with his wife, to whom he was married in 1851. He was a veteran of the civil war and served throughout that momentous struggle. He was constable of Little Lake township and took a prominent part in the pursuit, capture and conviction of the Mendocino outlaws.
He leaves a wife and six children – H. A., Hiram, N. J., J. B., B. L., Mary and Robert. The deceased was an active man, and in his death the community loses a most excellent citizen. Little Lake Herald, 17 June 1905, p. 1, c. 2.
Roseberry, Washington 24 May 1834 MO-22 May 1930
Co. E, 1 CO Cav.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah
Pension No. 845,253

CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES – Washington Roseberry, a civil war veteran, died here yesterday. He has lived here for some time and has been making his home with Freddy Daubeneck.
The remains were taken in charge by E. A. Eversole and will be held until directions for their disposal has been received from a son in Arizona. Dispatch Democrat 24 May 1930.

Civil War Veteran Died Here Friday – The fast-thinning ranks of Civil War veterans was further depleted Friday by the passing of Washington Roseberry, for some time a resident of this vicinity who was 96 years old. The service for the aged ex-soldier, was held Sunday at 1:30 o’clock from the Eversole Mortuary under the auspices of Lewis White Post of the American Legion. Taps were sounded over the grave in the Legion section of the cemetery reserved for Civil War veterans. Ukiah Republican Press, 28 May 1930.

1920 U.S. census, Napa County, California, population schedule, Calistoga, ED 4-3, p. 65-B (stamped), sheet 3, dwelling 82, family 83, Washington Roseberry; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 122.
Russell, William (Robert Illson), April 1842 Ire.-19 January 1903
U. S. Navy
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

Wm. Russell, an old veteran and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, was found dead in bed at his home on the other side of Hare Creek on Tuesday evening of last week. The inquest was held by F. A. Whipple and the post mortem by Dr. Reese, the cause of death being acute pneumonia. The funeral took place Friday afternoon under the auspices of the G. A. R. Fort Bragg Advocate, 28 January 1903, p. 3, c. 1.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ten Mile River Township, ED 77, p. 175-A (stamped), sheet 7, dwelling 133, family 133, William Russell; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 93.

Isaac S. Sampson, September 1842 ME-13 July 1901
U. S. Navy
Westport Cemetery

A Sampson was found dead in his cabin near Westport Saturday, the cause of his death not being known. We understand he tried to commit suicide about 15 years ago. Fort Bragg Advocate 17 July 1901, p. 3, c. 5.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Westport Township, ED 80, p. 223-A (stamped), sheet 2, dwelling 14, family 14, Isaac S Sampson; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.