Home Civil War Index

Contacts

 

California Genealogy and History Archives

Civil War Veterans

 

CPL CHARLES HENRY BIXBY, Civil War Veteran of the California Column. 7th California Infantry Company G.

Charles 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 error.  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. 

 

(Monterey Daily Cypress May 6, 1915) 
Charles Bixby Passes to Reward Charitable Resident of this City Claimed by Death A kind husband, a good father and a charitable man, Charles H. Bixby, a resident of Monterey country for many years and of Monterey for the past eight years, passed away at his home, 517 Madison street, shortly after 6 o’clock last evening. Mr. Bixby was aged 78 years, 11 months and 13 days when he breathed his last. Born in Michigan April 22, 1837, he came to California in 1872 and settled almost immediately at Sur, south of this city, where he engaged in farming. Bixby Landing in that vicinity was named after him. Until two years ago he was driver of the mail stage between Monterey and Corral de Tierra in both of which localities he claimed a host of friends. He was noted for his love of befriending those in trouble and was always looked upon as a benefactor of the poor and distressed, who knew him familiarly as “Uncle Charley.” Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Martha Bixby; a son, George O Bixby; and a daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Gregg of Sur. Mr. Bixby fought during the Civil war and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made but will be announced some time today.

(Monterey Daily Cypress May 8th, 1915) 
Last Sad Rites for Chas. Bixby Funeral Conducted by G.A.R. Veterans and Sherman Circle Escorting the remains of the deceased comrade, Charles Bixby, some thirty members of Lucius Fairchild Post, G.A.R. paid their last respects to the memory of the veteran, who has heard the call of “taps” for the last time. the funeral services, simple but impressive were conduced at both the home of the deceased and at the Protestant cemetery. Chaplain Murray officiated at the family residence at 517 Madison street at the G.A.R. services, which were immediately followed by those of Sherman Circle, No. 41, about twenty members of the Ladies auxiliary attending. Services were conducted by the G.A.R. at the cemetery, during the burial by Chaplain [Rev] A. Murray . The pall bearers, under the charge of Officer Lang, were as follows: Comrades Fisher, Oliver, Werts, Noble, Mixter and Disbrow. 

(Monterey Daily Cypress May 13, 1915) 
Chas. H. Bixby’s Will Yesterday Hudson, Martin & Jorgensen filed a petition for R.E. Gorham for the probate of the will of the late Charles H. Bixby, who died on the 5th inst., leaving an estate valued at $3000, with his widow and two children. Mr. Gorham was named in the will as executor- Salinas Journal.

Submitted by Tim Reese Aug 2009

(click on photos for larger view)

bixby-charles-headstone.jpg (183014 bytes)

bixby-charles-obit-1.jpg (183853 bytes)

bixby-charles-obit-2.jpg (194537 bytes)

bixby-charles-will.jpg (56210 bytes)

Headstone Obit #1 Obit #2 Will Notice