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Thompson, Harlow Harris 26 June 1847 ME-18 June 1923
Co. H, 15 ME Inf.
Howard Ranch, Westport
Pension No. 788,266
THOMPSON, IRA . – the fifth oldest of seven children born to Harlow H. and Althea (Miller) Thompson, natives of Washington county, Maine. The father was born in 1847 and in 1864 enlisted in Company H, Fifteenth Main[e] Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. In May, 1875, the family removed to Cuffey’s Cove, Mendocino county, where he was in the employ of different lumber companies. His wife died in Greenwood in 1888 and he now makes his home with his son Ira, where he is surrounded by many comforts and is enjoying the afternoon of his existence... (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 948.)
Titus, Lewis 31 December 1834 VT-19 June 1921
5 Indpt. Battery WI Light Artillery
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena

SOUTH COASTER DIES – Lewis Titus, for 27 years a resident of this section of the State, died at the home of his son, Ernest L. Titus on Brush Creek, Sunday.
Mr. Titus was born in Vermont, Dec. 31, 1834. – Record. Fort Bragg Advocate, 22 June 1921, p. 4, c. 2.
Trout, Cornelius D. 15 June 1833 PA-9 July 1915
Band Co., 96 PA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (J-12, Lot 4, NE)
Pension No. 972,364

CORNELIUS TROUT BURIED TUESDAY– Cornelius D. Trout died on the 9th at The Oaks ranch about three miles south of this city. Interment was in the Masonic cemetery from Hutchison & Roeder’s funeral parlors Tuesday. The deceased was born in Pennsylvania on June 15, 1833, and came to this valley about ten months ago to reside with his daughter, Mrs. A. U. Hoffman and her husband. He was a civil war veteran, having served in the 96th Pennsylvania and a member of the G.A.R. During his residence in this valley he came to be highly regarded by the friends he made and the family share their sympathy.
The deceased came here from Salt Lake City where he had been living with another daughter, Mrs. H. E. Dewey. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey came to attend the funeral. His other sons and daughters are: Mrs G. P. Norton, Mrs. Gay Smith and C. H. and N. O. Trout, all of whom reside at Salt Lake. The deceased was an old friend of the Thomases and Maxwells. Ukiah Republican Press 16 July 1915
Vestal, Thomas Jefferson 1847 VA-10 June 1928
Co. H, 37 VA Inf.
Rawles-Babcock Cemetery, Boonville

ANDERSON VALLEY – BOONVILLE, June 12. – T. J. Vestal, for many years a resident of the valley, passed 
away Sunday evening after a long illness. Although he has been ain a serious condition for some time 
Mr. Vestal had not been confined to his bed and last Friday while walking about his room he slipped and 
fell, breaking his hip. Since that time he has been sinking rapidly. Mr. Vestal was a native of Virginia and 
as a boy served in the Confederate army. He came to California about 45 years ago and has resided in 
Anderson valley most of that time. Deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Rawles and 
Mrs. H. J. June, and a son, Burnham, all of this place. He leaves many friends who join the family in mourning 
his passing. Dispatch Democrat, 16 June 1928.

1860 U.S. census, Washington County, Virginia, population schedule, Western Dist., Abingdon post office, 
p. 486, dwelling 896, family 859, Jefferson Vestal; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1383.

1880 U.S. census, Morgan County, Missouri, population schedule, Moreau township, ED 197, p. 265-A 
(stamped), dwelling 39, family 40, Thomas J. Vestal; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 705.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Anderson township, ED 64, p. 5-B 
(stamped), sheet 5, dwelling 113, family 114, Thomas J Vestal; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Anderson township, ED 54, p. 9-A 
(stamped), sheet 9, dwelling 70, family 70, Thomas J Vestal; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Anderson township, ED 107, p. 10-A 
(stamped), sheet 10, dwelling 244, family 245, Thomas J. Vestal; NARA mocrofilm publication T625, roll 121.
Weldon, Dayton E. 1832 NY-23 March 1913
Co. K, 3 IL Cav.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Z-7, Lot 6, NE)
Pension No. 918,450

D. E. Weldon Dead – Dayton E. Weldon died at his home in Ukiah last Sunday after an illness lasting for several weeks. He was a very old man, having been born in New York in 1832. He has resided for many years in this place and Potter valley and had many friends in both places.
The funeral was held Tuesday from the Baptist church and interment was in the Ukiah cemetery.
He leaves a widow, three daughters and two sons yo mourn his passing. Dispatch Democrat 28 March 1913.
Wells, Edward Wether 20 January 1849 IL-28 January 1912
Co. F, 33 IL Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (T-6, Lot 12)
Pension No. 1,086,315

FORMER RESIDENT DIES AT VALLEJO – Edward W. Wells died in Vallejo Sunday morning and the remains were brought to this city Monday night the funeral being held from St. Johns M. E. church at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was born in Winchester, Ill., Jan. 20, 1849, and for a great many years was a resident of this city. Some years ago the family moved to Vallejo where Mr. Wells, who was a painter accepted a position in the navy yard.
He had been ailing for several months and death came as a relief to his suffering. Besides the bereaved widow and three sons, Clyde, Bert and Eddie, a brother and a sister, Postmaster E. H. Wells of Willits and Mrs. W. H. Southard of this city, survive him. The funeral was held under the auspices of the Knights of the Maccabees of this city, The deceased having long been a member of that society. Ukiah Republican Press 2 February 1912.
Wells, Ellis H. 4 March 1827 KY-23 August 1886
Cpl, Co. C, 28 IL Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (T-6, Lot 12)

Major E. H. Wells Passes Away – After months of sickness Major E. H. Wells died last Monday morning, a 1 o’clock, at the residence of his son-in-law, W. H. Southard, surrounded by his sons and a daughter, their wives and husband. Major Wells descended from good old Virginia stock, his parents having emigrated from Winchester, Va. to Louisville, Ky., at an early day, where he was born on the 4th of March, 1827. They afterwards moved to Illinois, where he grew up to manhood and was married. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted as a volunteer private in the United States Army, and served as a non-commissioned officer of Company C, 28th Illinois Infantry, till the latter part of 1862, when he became permanently disabled and was honorably discharged. He was the father of seven children, four sons and one daughter still living to mourn his loss. At the time of his death he was 59 years, 5 months and 19 days old. The funeral, which took place on Monday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, was largely attended, and was under the direction of the Order of Chosen Friends, of which he was an honored and beloved member. At the Residence Rev. S. L. Sanford read several passages from the bible and offered up a prayer, and at the grave P. K. Faulds and Mrs. S. M. Haskett, officers, read the beautiful funeral services of the Chosen Friends, while at both places the choir, consisting of Mrs. J. H. Seawell, Mrs. W. L. Bransford, Mrs. P. K. Faulds and S. H. Rice, sang appropriate pieces. Dispatch Democrat 27 August 1886.
Wetzler, Joseph Samuel 1 September 1844 PA-30 March 1930
Co. G, 22 WI Inf.
Hopland Cemetery
Pension No. 265,022

Civil War Veteran Is Dead At Hopland – Edward J. Eversole, of the Eversole Mortuary, will be in Hopland today to conduct services for J. S. Wetzler, veteran of the Civil War and father of Mrs. William Sierck, who passed away at the Sierck home Sunday. The service will be at 2:30 o’clock from the Hopland Methodist church with Rev. Warren Bonner officiating. Mr. Wetzler was 85 years old and a native of Pennsylvania. He is survived by a son, two daughters and several grandchildren. Ukiah Republican Press, 2 April 1930, p. 1, c. 5.
Wilkinson, Orville C. Jr., 3 September 1843 NY-17 September 1907
Co. A, 114 NY Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (BB, Row C, no. 40)
Pension No. A-3-27-28

Death Calls Another – Orville Wilkison [sic] died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday from the Catholic church. The deceased hd been in poor health for some months past. A widow survives him. Ukiah Republican Press 20 September 1907.

Death of O.C. Wilkinson – Orvill C. Wilkinson died at his home in this city last Tuesday morning. The deceased was born in New York September 3, 1843, and was 64 years old. He was an uncle of J.W. Johnson and was held in high esteem by all that knew him. The funeral took place Wednesday morning from the Catholic church at 10 o’clock. Dispatch Democrat 20 September 1907.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 79, p. 212-B (stamped), sheet 10, dwelling 242, family 250, Orville Wilkinson; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
Willey, Charles Morris 2 May 1845 IL-20 May 1917
Co. D, 95 IL Inf.
Hopland Cemetery
Pension No. 1,017,641
George Washington Williams, ca. 1827 PA-9 July 1903
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

DEATH OF GEORGE WILLIAMS. – George Williams, an old timer around town, died at the hospital Thursday and was buried Friday afternoon in the G. A. R. plot in the cemetery, many of the old veterans turning out to attend the funeral.
While working in McFaul’s tie camp at Hardy Creek, he fell a distance of about eight feet, hitting on his back. After the accident he was taken to camp, where he remained until Tuesday of last week when he was brought to the hospital here. His injuries were of a serious nature, and being well advanced in years, he gradually failed, dying Thursday evening.
Some years ago he was proprietor of the White House Hotel. Later he engaged in making ties and cord wood on the other side of Pudding Creek, and finally went up to Hardy Creek to work, where he met with the accident which caused his death. Fort Bragg Advocate, 15 July 1903, p. 3, c. 4.
Willits, Reuben Hiram 15 June 1839 IL-18 August 1912
Fifer, Co. F, 140 IL Inf.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena
Pension No. 947,580

Sudden Death – Another of Point Arena’s pioneers, old veteran and a good citizen has passed away. On Sunday morning the friends of R.H. Willits, familiarly known to all, as “Rube,” were shocked to hear that he had been found dead in bed by his daughter Elva, having been stricken by an attack of apoplexy during the night, and tranquilly, as in a sleep, passed beyond.
Rueben Hiram Willits was born June 15, 1839, in Mercer county, Illinois, where he spent his earlier days, and at the time of his death was 73 years, 2 months and 3 days old. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Willits enlisted with the 140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, and served his country faithfully from 1861 to 1864, when he was mustered out. He saw active service and was with General “Pap” Thomas at the battle of Lookout Mountain, one of the famous and hardest fought battles of the war. Deceased was among the last of the surviving member[s] of the G.A.R. Post of this place, now thinned by removals and death, there being seven left, five of whom acted as pallbearers at the funeral.
Mr. Willits was a resident of Point Arena for 39 years, coming here in 1873, and for twelve years conducted a barber shop in the building now occupied by E.F. Willford. He was married Sept. 2, 1876, to Miss Martha Ferguson, who died some years ago. By this union, there were five children who survive him – one son and four daughters, Mrs. Ed Malinoff, Mrs. David Cohn; of San Francisco, and Mrs. Walter White, Miss Elva and Fred Willits of Point Arena.
The funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon from the family residence on Mill street, Rev. D. Munro conducting the services, and was attended by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who paid their last tribute of respect to a pioneer, old soldier and a good citizen. The interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
Wilson, Charles Abt. 1842-6 June 1892
U. S. Navy
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Point Arena

Charles Wilson, Comrade of James A. Garfield Post No. 34, G. A. R., of San Francisco, a native of Norway died in Manchester, June 6, 1892. The deceased was about 59 years old. He was buried by Fredericksburg Post Point Arena, June 8. Point Arena Record, 10 June 1892, p. 3, c. 3.
Wilson, William Moore 31 August 1838 IL-26 September 1914
Corp., Co. E, 1 Battalion NV Cav.
Potter Valley Cemetery
Pension No. 788,657

PIONEER RESIDENT PASSES TO REST – William Moore Wilson Is Called After a Well Spent Life Here – William Moore Wilson died at his home in this city last Saturday after a few days illness and the funeral occurred at the Potter Valley cemetery Monday afternoon. The deceased was born in Illinois August 31, 1838. He served two years in the Indian wars, being a corporal in Company E, 1st battalion, Nevada cavalry. In 1861 he located on the Feather river in Grass Valley and in 1870 he came to Ukiah where he engaged in the merchandising business, moving to Potter two years later where he was engaged in merchandising and farming. In November 1873 he was married to Mrs. Susie Holbrook, who survives him and with their family they moved back to Ukiah in 1892, where they have since resided.
The deceased was the father of Mrs. Katherine Donohoe of this city, a son, W.L., having died several years ago. He was also the stepfather of County Recorder E.E. Holbrook. J.L. Wilson of Nome, former county clerk of this county, and Mrs. Lizzie Streeter of Lompoc, brother and sister, survive him but were unable to be present at the funeral. The deceased was a deputy county clerk for two years under his brother. He was a member of the G.A.R. and was a devout Christian, having united with the Christian church in early manhood.
The deceased had led a very exemplary life and had a very high sense of honor, both in business and private life. He was kind and charitable and always tried to live by the golden rule. Probably no man in Mendocino county had more friends or was more highly regarded by those who knew him. Death came to him at the close of a well spent life and he had maintained his faculties until almost the very last.
The funeral was well attended by Ukiah and Potter Valley people and a feeling of genuine regret and sympathy prevailed. Rev. W.T. Adams preached the funeral sermon and Geo. P. Anderson, Claude van Dyke and Joe Thomas sang several appropriate selections. The services were held under the shade of some giant oaks in the cemetery. The pall bearers were: W.B. Hopper, M.R. Bevans, Jim Eddie, G.W. Pickle, H.C. Brookes and L.H. Neil.
Mrs. Charles Burkhalter of Oakland and Mrs. J.F. Hoadley of Martinez, sisters of Mrs. Wilson, were present at the funeral. Ukiah Republican Press 2 October 1914.
Yeary, Andrew Jackson 8 September 1846 VA-11 July 1918
Co. M, 16 MO Cav.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 867,255
YEARY, GEORGE . – ...the son of A. J. and Susan E. (Smith) Yeary, both now making their home in Fort Bragg and natives respectively of Old Virginia and Missouri. For many years the father carried on farming in Missouri and was among those who, during the trying times of the Civil war, laid down the implements of peace and went to the front in defense of their country. When he was only nineteen years old he volunteered his services, being assigned to Company M, Sixteenth Missouri Cavalry, and gave valiant service to the Union cause until the term of his enlistment expired. Since 1902 he has made his home in Fort Bragg and is employed in the Union Lumber Company... (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 427.)

PIONEER VETERAN PASSES TO REST – Andrew Jackson Yeary, a veteran of the Civil War, and for 16 years a highly respected resident of Fort Bragg, died Thursday afternoon. Apoplexy was given out as the cause of death.
Deceased was a native of Virginia. When a young man he moved to Missouri, where he was married 52 years ago and remained until he moved here in 1902.
A widow, and son and daughter survive: George Yeary of Humboldt County, and Mrs. Wm. Bartley of Navarro.
Funeral services were conducted at the home Saturday afternoon by the Rev. W. A. Chapman, interment being made in the Fort Bragg Cemetery. Fort Bragg Advocate, 17 July 1918, p. 1, c. 2.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Fort Bragg, ED 67, p. 279-A (stamped), sheet 8, dwelling 172, family 176, Andrew J Yeary; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.
Young, Eugene Morgan 3 November 1846 OH-11 June 1925
Co. H, 23 IA Inf., 29 IA Inf.
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits
Pension No. 966,869

TAPS SOUND FOR ANOTHER WAR VETERAN – Impressive Military Funeral for Late Eugene M. Young. – Eugene M. Young, an old pioneer of Willits and surrounding country and a Civil War Veteran, passed away at his home on Flower street, on June 11, after a short illness.
The deceased was born in Perry county, Ohio, on November 3, 1846.
He was married to Mary Compton, a native of Indiana, in Iowa in 1866. Six children were born to them, five of whom are living, as follows: Clarence Young, residing at El Cerito; Dr. L. H. Young of San Francisco; Fred Young of Willits; Mrs. Henry Ford of Willits, and Mrs. C. Braskett of Lindsay, Tulare county. He is also survived by thirteen grand-children and six great-grand-children.
Mr. Young and family came to California in 1884 and have resided in this vicinity for the past 41 years, being one of the earliest settlers in Mendocino county.
Mr. Young enlisted in the 29th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, August 10, 1864. He saw active service in the capture of Fort Blakely, Fort Spanish and the operations around Mobile Bay. He was with General Banks in his Red River expedition, and was given an honorable discharge from the army in Louisiana in August, 1865.
The funeral services were held at Watson’s chapel, Monday afternoon, Chaplain Jones officiating. A full military funeral was given him in honor of his army service, under the auspices of the American Legion, assisted by the Willits band, who accompanied the remains as far as the bridge on South Main street. The interment took place in Sawyer’s cemetery.
The casket was draped with the Stars and Stripes and the band rendered solemn funeral music as the procession wended its way to the departed one’s last resting place. At the graveside a squad from the American Legion fired the salute and sounded taps.
The pall-bearers were Frank Whitney, Jim Sacry, J. J. Carey, Alex. Hellesoe, H. A. Fowler and Carl Lightfert. Willits News, 19 June 1925, p. 1, c. 5.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Little Lake Township, Willits, ED 71, p. 91-B (stamped), sheet 5, dwelling 113, family 113, Eugene M Young; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Willits, ED 195, p. 168-B (stamped), sheet 15, dwelling 271, family 275, Eugene M Young; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Willits, ED 115, p. 104-A (stamped), sheet 14, dwelling 342, family 345, Eugene M Young; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 121.