California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
CHARLES HENRY BIXBY, Civil War Veteran of the California Column. 7th
California Infantry Company G.
H. Bixby was born in the state of Michigan according to his obituary and
in Livingston County, New York from the local biographical profiles on
April 26, 1837. His mother was the cousin of President John Quincy
Adams; other biographical sketches indicated it was President James K.
Polk. His father was William Bixby. During the Civil War he served as a
Corporal in the 7th California Infantry in Company G. His
service dates were 10/18/1864 – 6/28/1866. He enlisted out of
Placerville and was mustered out in San Francisco. He later engaged in
the Stock business in Healdsburg, in 1868 he arrived in Monterey County.
His obit had indicated he arrived in California in 1872 which was an
After his service Charles Bixby became a large land owner of
coastal property just north of Big Sur, being the most instrumental
pioneer to open up passage ways through the Sur Coast line. He
accumulated eleven hundred acres. He married Martha Sammons in 1875.
He sold the majority of the land to the Monterey Lime Company in
1905. He retired to the new family home at 517 Madison Street, Monterey,
Ca. In his later years, he enjoyed hauling the US Mail from Monterey to
the residences of Corral De Tierra. He also had the nick name of
“Uncle Charley “.
He had a reputation of being very generous with his wealth,
especially when friends were in trouble. At 6pm on May 5th,
1915, Charles Henry Bixby passed away. Chas Bixby was a member of the
Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #179. He is
buried in the El Encinal Cemetery (aka The Monterey Cemetery, aka the
Protestant Cemetery) in Monterey next to Lake El Estero, it also borders
with the San Carlos Catholic Cemetery. The headstone is a traditional
Military headstone (white marble, inscription embossed in a union
shield); it is flatted down on its backside. It is located 20-30 yards
north of the cemetery office next to the curb side of the road.
NOTE: on Highway one, about 19 miles south Carmel, 5 miles north of Big Sur, one of the most famous Bridges in the nation is named after him, “ The Bixby Bridge” , go to any search engine and type “ Bixby Bridge, California”, and you will see multiple sites.
Daily Cypress May 6, 1915)
Daily Cypress May 8th, 1915)
Daily Cypress May 13, 1915)
Submitted by Tim Reese Aug 2009
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