It occurred to me that as I did lookups for people, and typed out the replies, that it was a shame to not share the information and make it readily available to others. So here they are! Starting in 2003, when I receive a request, I'll post the question and answer here for all to see, though I will keep the requestor's information off line. All information shared is from The History of Nevada and the Index to History of Nevada unless otherwise noted.
James Fenimore, aka Old Virginia, aka James Fenmore, aka Fenny
P. 31 - When the the Reese party reached western Utah, not over six miners were at work in Gold Canyon; but some twelve of those accompanying him joined the sic, among whom were two of the teamsters, named Joseph Webb and James Fenimore, the latter known as “Old Virginia.”
P 51. - The search for gold during the year was prosecuted further up the canyon above Johntown, and H. T. P. Comstock, after whom the great lode was named, passed the season operating with poor success, working the Pah_utes in the American Flat Wash. To the north, in Six-mile Canyon, a number of parties worked, among whom were Fenmore, known as “Old Virginia,” after whose nickname Virginia City was christened, . . .
Page 55 has a bit of the Gold discovery in which Old Virginia again is mentioned several times, including a share of the land in the area of Gold Hill. 56 Talks about Emanuel Penrod who got a bill of sale form Fenny for his plot of land.
P 59 - Dr. O. H. Pierson in August 1870 wrote a letter that included in it
. . . I saw the mine, and formed the acquaintance of
Mr. Comstock, the man whose name is perpetuated wherever
the mines are known, throughout the world; and Old Gentleman
Virginia, whose name lives in the mineral lots, and for whom
the city is named; . . .
I am trying to locate a John W. Jones in White Pine area, also Eureka County.
Jones, John W.: Mason, 240 Lander Lodge, No. 8 - Its
dispensation was granted on the twenty-fifth of March, 1864; and on
the third of June following it begun work with the following officers:
. . . John W. Jones, Secretary . . .
Would you have any information on my wife's relative; Father Joseph PHELAN, who was a Catholic priest in Austin, Nevada around 1895?
Pages 205-6 - The Rev. Father Monteverde, now of Eureka,
established in 1864, St. Augustin’s Church in Austin, now in
charge of the Rev. Father Joseph Phelan, and afterwards, during the
White Pine excitement, built a church at Hamilton. . . . In 1872 a
church was organized at Belmont, of which the Rev. Father Monteverde
had charge; and in 1874 a church edifice was built at a cost of $3,000.
There has been no priest stationed there, and they have never had
regular services. The Rev. Father Phelan, of Austin, now visits Belmont
once or twice a year. . . . Those that are officiating today [being
1881 when the book was published] . . . the Rev. Joseph Phelan, at
Austin; . . .
Walker, John: 388 - Lemoille Valley - The first settlers were John Walker, Thomas A Waterman and --- McClain, who came from Austin in 1864 and located in this valley. None of the gentlemen are residents of the place at the present time, the last one moving away in 1875.
Jake Maxwell provided the following clipping:
Elko Independent Newspaper - August 5, 1898
Canfield, Fred E. 300. Is a native of New York. He commenced his journalistic career on the Sacramento Union in 1864, and was traveling correspondent for the paper for two years. Eventually he became connected with the Eureka Sentinel, where he had been engaged for about eighteen months, when he took charge of the Leader. After leaving this paper he returned to New York, and is now with the North American Mining and Development Company, of New York City.
Canfield, N.H. 163. Was one of a party of seven that went down the Truckee River the day after the Pyramid Lake Battle and were never heard from again.
Canfield, R.B. Canfield Outrage, 342, 347 On April 17, 1867 at Belmont, Nye County, a gang of drunken ruffians seized R. B. Canfield, General Agent of the Silver Bend Mining Company, and, putting him astride a rail, rode him through town. Lewis M. Bodrow, interefered and was killed. J. P. Dignon, one of the aggressors, was also killed. Dignon was the first white person born at Galena, Illinois.
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