Location: Mariposa County CA

Biography of Hon. Michael Carey

Hon. Michael Carey, a member of the Idaho state senate (session of 1899), and one of the leading mine-owners of the commonwealth, now residing at Ketchum, Blaine County, is a native of the Emerald Isle. He was born December 12, 1844, a son of Michael and Mary (Tracy) Carey, both of whom were natives of Ireland, whence they crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1850, bringing with them their family of seven children. They settled in Keweenaw County, Michigan, where the parents spent their remaining days. The father was a man of intelligence and a surveyor by profession. Both he and his wife were members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Carey departed his life in the sixty-fourth year of his age, and his wife passed away in her fifty-sixth year, both being buried in northern Michigan. Senator Carey is their youngest child, and was only six years of age when the family arrived in the United States. He acquired his education in the public schools of northern Michigan, and at the age of sixteen years began to earn his own livelihood by working as a miner in Houghton County, Michigan, where he remained until 1864, when he went to California by way of the Isthmus route and mined in Mariposa County for six years. On the expiration of that period he went to Silver City, Idaho, and...

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Biography of John H. O’Bryant

JOHN H. O’BRYANT. – We esteem it a privilege to be permitted to chronicle for the history of our county a brief review of the substantial and prominent citizen, whose name is at the head of this article, and who has wrought in the pioneer’s life so well and faithfully for the opening of this and adjacent counties and for their development and advancement for over one-third of a century, while his life of constant adherence to right and the principles of truth and uprightness, together with manifestation of sagacity and sound judgment, has placed him in a most enviable position of esteem and prominence throughout the entire county. John H. O’Bryant was born to Elias and Sarah O’Bryant on July 10, 1830, in Blount county, East Tennessee, and at the age of seven years he was brought by his parents to the city of Springfield, Missouri, where they settled on a claim. At the age of fourteen our subject was called to mourn the loss of his father and from that time until he was twenty-(?) years of age he was constant in labor on the farm for his mother and the other members of the family. When he had arrived at the age of twenty-four, others had matured to be able to shoulder some of the responsibilities of life, and John H. followed the desire that the...

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Breshears, John H. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon John H. Breshears, 64, of Hayward, Calif. and formerly of Elgin died May 20. A graveside services in Elgin will be announced at a later date. A memorial service in Hayward will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday June 4. Machado’s Hillside Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Breshears was born Aug. 1, 1941, to James and Edith May Martin Breshears in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1960 and served in the Navy. He was a sheet-metal worker for Simpson Strong Tie of San Leandro, Calif., for 36 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing motorcycle riding, watching the 49er football games and betting with his friends on the games. He was also a member of the Moose lodge and the Klampers. Survivors include his wife Karen of 43 years of Hayward; children and their spouses, John Henry Breshears Jr. and Michael Leigh Breshears, both of Hayward, and Cynthia Jean and Thomas Lee Prime of Tracy, Calif.; three grandchildren; two sisters and spouses, Mary Ann Martin of Milton-Freewater and Audrie Lea and Derrill Chandler of Elgin; and other relatives. A brother, Jimmy Breshears, died earlier. The Observer, Week ending June 3, 2006 Contributed by Dixie...

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Goshorn, Annamarie Elisabeth – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Annamarie Elisabeth Goshorn, 82, of La Grande died Nov. 12 at her home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Goshorn, known as Anne, was born June 10, 1924, in Portland to German immigrant parents, Gottfried and Emilie Peters Brockmann. German was her first language; she learned English from the neighborhood children. She spent one year in Germany as a child. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland and entered the Nursing Program at Emanuel Hospital, attaining R.N. status in January 1945. She met Frank McClure Goshorn on a blind date while he was on leave in Portland during World War II. He proposed to her by letter while he was stationed in England in 1944, and they were married in Portland Oct. 21, 1945. After the war, they moved to Hayward, Calif., where she worked as an R.N. until they moved to La Grande in 1950. In 1957 the family moved to a small farm in the Mount Glen area, and in 1959 to a farm in Summerville. She took endless delight in the beauty of the natural world and the wildlife around her there. The Goshorns were proud to provide meals composed solely of their own farm produce. In 1998 the couple moved to La Grande. She worked most of her adult life. She retired from...

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Biography of Seneca LaRue

Seneca LaRue, one of the horticulturists of the Riverside colony, came to Riverside in 1876 and located on Arlington avenue, where he purchased a claim of forty acres of Government land for which he eventually secured a patent. Immediately upon his purchase he commenced his horticultural pursuits, first planting a vineyard and some deciduous fruits as well as oranges, but later his experience led him to uproot the deciduous trees and replace them with citrus fruits. His orange grove is about twenty-two acres in extent; fifteen acres, being above the canal, is not irrigable. The older trees are seedlings, but the greater part of his trees are budded, and vary in age from those planted in 1878 to trees planted a year ago. Mr. La Rue has engaged somewhat in raising nursery stock, from which he has made selections to stock his own orchards. His groves contain a fine class of trees with substantial bodies well pruned. He has just reason to be proud of his success. In 1888 his bearing trees produced a crop that brought over $300 per acre. The improvements on his place which constitutes his home are first-class, consisting of a substantial and well arranged two-story residence, commodious out-buildings, etc. He has added much to the comfort and beauty of his home by hedges, ornamental trees and floral productions. Mr. La Rue is not a...

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Biography of Fenton M. Slaughter

Fenton M. Slaughter is one of the well-known and prominent men of San Bernardino County. A brief review of his life is one of interest in the annals of Southern California. Mr. Slaughter was born January 10, 1826, a descendant from an old colonial family of Virginia, who emigrated from England in 1616. His father, Robin Lewis Slaughter, was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, April 25, 1779, the son of Robin and Ann Slaughter. October 25, 1803, he married Miss Elizabeth Gillem, a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia. He died in 1834, leaving a family of eleven children for his widow to care for. In 1835, when the subject of this sketch was nine years old, his mother moved the family to Missouri and located in Callaway County, and in 1842 settled in St. Louis. Previous to this date Mr. Slaughter had spent his time in agricultural pursuits, receiving at the same time such schooling as was afforded by the common schools. Upon the arrival of the family in St. Louis, he entered the shops of McMurray & Dorman, to learn the trade of mechanical engineer, and after serving an apprenticeship was employed as an engineer upon river steamers between St. Louis and New Orleans. Upon the first call for volunteers for the Mexican war in 1846, Mr. Slaughter abandoned his work and enlisted for a year’s service in...

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Biography of George W. Suttonfield

George W. Suttonfield was born at Fort Wayne, Indiana, February 14, 1825. His father, Colonel William Suttonfield, a native of Virginia, was in the regular army, under General Harrison, in the Black Hawk war. He built the first house in Fort Wayne and lived there until his death, which occurred in 1841. His wife, Laura (Taylor) Suttonfield, was a native of Connecticut. They had six children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the fourth. He attended Wabash College at Crawfordsville, Indiana, for four years, and in 1849 came to California. He started from Fort Smith, Arkansas, in April, and in October of the same year arrived in San Francisco. Mr. Suttonfield can tell some interesting stories of how they had to eat dried pumpkins and beans for many days at a time. Their train was a wealthy one from the South. They had some very fine stock, but lost heavily and arrived on the coast with almost nothing. Many of them were afoot and out of provisions. At one time all that Mr. Suttonfield had was but a pint of green coffee. He crossed the Colorado Desert afoot and followed a trail to San Diego. From there he went to San Francisco on a coal bark, and didn’t have a cent of money when he got there. He knocked around all day and got very hungry. At...

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Biography of Joshua S. Beam

Joshua S. Beam, a native of North Carolina, was born in 1826, the seventh of a family of twelve children. His parents, Peter and Ann (Long) Beam, were both born, reared, lived and died in North Carolina. John T. Beam, a weaver by trade, one of the ancestors, came from Germany and worked seven years for a man who paid his passage to America. The subject of this sketch went to Arkansas in the spring of 1850 with his brother-in-law. In April 1852, he started to cross the plains with an ox team, and arrived in California in September of the same year. After his arrival on the coast he worked in the mines and quartz-mills for two years. He spent five years in Mariposa County. In 1857 he moved to Monterey County and remained five or six years. In the fall of 1863 he came to San Bernardino County and purchased twenty-five acres where he now lives. He has made several additions to his original purchase, and now owns a fine farm just east of the city, on which he has erected a very commodious two-story house, containing some fifteen or twenty rooms. He raised alfalfa, etc., for fifteen years, but has recently turned his attention to the dairy business. While in Monterey County, in 1859, he was married to Miss Ellen R. Craw, born in Pennsylvania, the...

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Biography of Benjamin B. Harris

Benjamin B. Harris, attorney at law, City Clerk of San Bernardino, and treasurer of the Society of California Pioneers-of San Bernardino County, was born in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1824. When seventeen years of age he went to Nashville, Tennessee, and was there educated, graduating at Nashville University in 1845; studied law in a private office in that State, and was admitted to the bar of Tennessee. In 1847 he went to Panola County, Texas, expecting to remain there permanently, but the climate being malarious he suffered with liver troubles, which necessitated a change in his purposes. After the discovery of gold in California, he resolved to emigrate to the new El Dorado, and in March, 1849, started with a pack mule train of fifty-two men, to cross the plains, coming by the way of old El Paso, Chihuahua, Santa Cruz, Mexico, through Tucson and Yuma, Arizona. They had some trouble with the Apache Indians, who dogged their trail for days, and with whom they had a bloodless skirmish or two; the Indians knowing the superiority of the emigrants’ fire-arms, kept out of range of their guns. On crossing the Colorado river, where Yuma is now situated, they found it swollen by the melting mountain snows, to the width of 1 500 feet, and it was found necessary to improvise a ferry-boat in which to bring over their party,...

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Biography of John Hartley Smith

John Hartley Smith, the founder and president of the First National Bank of San Bernardino, and one of the most thorough business men and experienced bankers in Southern California, was born in Jackson County, Virginia, in 1835. He came to Ohio at the age of fifteen, and in 1853 he came to California and spent two years in the gold mines, chiefly in Mariposa County. He was quite successful, and in 1855 returned to Ohio with considerable money and a fund of experience which has proved of great value to him in his subsequent business career, as well as fraught with pleasant memories. Coming he sailed from New York by way of Panama, crossing the Isthmus on foot. He returned by the same route, but the railroad had been completed across the Isthmus in the interval. For many years Mr. Smith was extensively engaged in steam boating and operating barge lines on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, he superintending the business, in which there was $250,000 capital invested. After the war he was also interested in the banking business for a number of years in Meigs County; and was actively and largely identified with coal mining and the manufacture of salt in south-eastern Ohio. The daily output of the coalmines was 10,000 bushels, and the salt works turned out 500 barrels a day. The labor and nerve force necessarily...

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Mariposa County, California Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Mariposa County California USGenWeb Archives Aqua Fria Cemetery Briceburg Cemetery Givens Cemetery Hogan Family Cemetery Mariposa Cemetery District Pioneer Cemetery Sarah Priest Cemetery Santa Cruz Cemetery Cemeteries Photos hosted at Mariposa County California Transcription Tombstone Project Hogan Cemetery Hornitos Cemetery Hornitos IOOF Cemetery Cemeteries hosted at Mariposa County California Find A Grave Aqua Fria Cemetery Bear Valley Cemetery Bear Valley Odd Fellows Cemetery Brewer’s Green Mountain Cemetery Briceburg Burial Plot Catheys Valley Cemetery Coulterville Public Cemetery District Cemetery Dudley Cemetery Givens Cemetery Granite Spring Cemetery Green Mountain Cemetery Hornitos Cemetery Hornitos Odd Fellows Cemetery Hunters Valley Cemetery J J Lord Speaker Cemetery John Lord Cemetery Lord Speaker Family Cemetery Mariposa District Cemetery Mariposa Masonic Cemetery Mariposa Odd Fellows Cemetery Masonic Cemetery Nutter Ranch Cemetery Odd Fellows Cemetery Pate Cemetery Pea Ridge Cemetery Peterson Ranch Pioneer Cemetery Preston-Probasco Family Cemetery Public Burial Ground Quartzburg Cemetery Saint Catherine’s Church Cemetery Saint Josephs Catholic Church Cemetery Santa Cruz Cemetery Sarah Priest Cemetery Thorn Family Cemetery White Rock Cemetery Yosemite Cemetery Volunteers to take cemetery photos Cemetery Photo Volunteers  ...

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Woods, George “Bud” – Obituary

George “Bud” Woods, 67, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Oregon Health & Science University at Portland from complications of leukemia treatment. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. March 18 at the Portola Station Baptist Church in Portola, Calif. Private interment will be at Likely Cemetery in Likely, Calif. Bud was born on Feb. 9, 1938, at Likely, Calif., to George and Lita Zollig Woods. His parents were originating partners in the Gibson Stage Line to Reno, Nev., and Veteran Service officers. Bud attended school at Woodland, Calif., from 1943 to 1953. The family then moved to Lodi, Calif., where he graduated from Lodi High School in 1956. Bud spent his summers from 1952 to 1956 working on his Uncle Elmer Williams’ ranch at Termo in Lassen County, Calif. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army in February 1957. He served at Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Gordon, Ga., and Fort Lewis, Wash. While serving at Fort Lewis, he was a member of the Fort Lewis Pistol Marksmanship Team. On a return trip from Southern California, he met his future wife, Anne M. Otter of Roseville, Calif. They were married at Roseville on May 1, 1960. While living at Sacramento, Bud went to work for PG&E. In 1961 he went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a trapper for...

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Biographical Sketch of Lysander Utt

Lysander Utt a retired merchant of Tustin, is a , “49er.” He was born in Wythe County, Virginia, June 1, 1824. His parents, John and Mary (Criger) Utt, were both natives of the Old Dominion, had a family of thirteen children, and moved to Jackson County, Missouri, in 1840, where the father died, in 1849. The subject of this sketch, the third child in order of birth in the above family, worked at farming until the year named, when he came to California across the plains with an ox team. In Mariposa County he followed mining for two years, and then for twenty-three years he was engaged in teaming and farming in Placer County. Two years ago he retired from active business, and will spend the evening of life on his fruit ranch near Tustin. He has been very successful in his business pursuits, and is widely and favorably known. Politically he is true to the principles of the Democratic party, and his genial disposition and cordiality are such as only the true “Southern spirit” can manifest. In 1864 he married Miss Arvilla E. Platt, and they have one son, Charles E., who is now his father’s successor in the mercantile business at the old stand at the corner of Fourth and D streets in...

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