Location: Orange County CA

Biography of F. E. Kellogg

F. E. Kellogg farmer and stock-raiser near Anaheim, was born in Morgan County, Illinois, April 31, 1822. His parents, Elisha and Elizabeth (Derrick) Kellogg, were natives respectively of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and of Scotch descent. They settled first in western New York, where most of the children were born. They emigrated to Morgan County, Illinois, in pioneer times, where Mr. Kellogg built the first house in the county. Elisha Kellogg was a prominent politician in his day, serving as county judge and sheriff of Genesee County, New York. He died in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, in 1844. The subject of this sketch left Independence, Missouri, in May, 1846, and came overland with teams to California, arriving in Napa County in November, before gold was discovered. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now His journey was a very tedious and troublesome one. He enlisted in Fremont’s army and served six months, being discharged at Mission San Gabriel, in April, 1848. He still receives a pension of $8 per...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of Jacob Maggard

Jacob Maggard residing near Anaheim, was born in Caldwell County, Kentucky, August 12, 1815. His parents,. Jacob and Susan (Bright) Maggard, natives respectively of Virginia and Tennessee, had ten children, he being the fifth. At the age of twenty years he started out in life for himself by working by the day in Scotland County, Missouri, whither his father had moved fifteen years previously. He was reared principally in Randolph County, Missouri. He continued in his calling as a farmer, in which he was successful, until about twelve years ago, when he came to California and purchased property in Sonoma County. More recently he purchased his present residence, where he will spend the evening of his life. He and his wife have long been earnest workers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and are exemplary in their conduct as Christians. Mr. Maggard was married in Missouri, February 11, 1841, to Elizabeth Myers, a native of that State, and a daughter of Henry and Catharine Myers. Theirs was the first recorded marriage in Scotland County. They have five children: Irvine J., M. D., of Oxford, Kansas; James A., M. D., of Denver, Colorado; William F., M. D., of Corning, California; Emma, wife of Sidney Holman; and Sarah Frances,...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of J. D. Chaffee, M. D.

J. D. Chaffee M. D. of Garden Grove, was born in Campton, Kane County, Illinois, November 5, 1843, and received his literary education at the Methodist Seminary at Mt. Morris, that State. His health failing, he came to California in 1875, and purchased a ranch at Garden Grove, intending to give his time to outdoor pursuits; but his love for study still grew upon him, and, having in great measure regained his health, he went to San Francisco and took a course at the Hahnemann Medical College, where he graduated in 1887. Since that time he has given his whole attention to the practice of medicine at Garden Grove and vicinity. He has built up a large and lucrative practice, his professional ability being recognized far and wide. He has a beautiful home among the orange and cypress trees, where his grounds are fragrant with the breath of roses. Dr. Chaffee was married in Illinois, September 29, 1868, to Miss E. M. Bradley, of Dundee, Illinois. Her father, W. S. Bradley, was a pioneer of that State, a successful farmer, and died in California in July, 1888. Both the Doctor and Mrs. Chaffee are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their neat church building at Garden Grove stands as a monument of their Christian zeal and enterprise. The society was organized in 1879, with the following named members:...

Read More

Biography of John H. Garner

John H. Garner veterinary surgeon, Santa Ana, was horn in Ogden City, Utah, June 26, 1850, the fourth son of John and Olive (Rossen) Garner, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Missouri. His father was one of the pioneers who crossed the plains to California in 1851 with ox teams, locating in San Bernardino, where he followed farming for a period of twenty-eight years. He died at the age of sixty-one years. J. H., our subject, at the age of twenty-one years started out in the world for himself. He had previously, at the age of fourteen years, mastered many of the principles of the profession which he has so successfully practiced ever since. He was naturally a student, and at the age of eighteen years he was a proficient veterinary surgeon. At this time he was given the responsible charge of race horses. He began business by buying lame and diseased horses, curing them and selling them at advanced figures. This he followed until 1870, when he teamed for a year on the desert. After this he put teams on the construction of the railroad to Spadra, and ran the veterinary business along-side. In 1878 he moved to Newport, where he followed farming until he was washed out by the floods. In 1884, with a sick family and being $800 in debt, he...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of W. Head, M. D.

W. Head, M. D. of Garden Grove, was born in West Tennessee, in 1840. His parents, Dr. Horace and Mary (Brown) Head, were natives respectively of Virginia and Tennessee. He received his literary education at Obion, Tennessee, and his medical education at Nashville, and in 1866 began the practice of his profession, in company with his father. After sustaining this relation for ten years, he came to California and bought land near Garden Grove, where he has since given most of his attention to stock-raising and farming. In political matters the Doctor is a zealous and able advocate of Democracy. He was in the Confederate army four years, serving for a time as a Captain in the Ninth Tennessee Regiment. Near Greensboro, North Carolina, he received two wounds, and in 1865 surrendered to Sherman. In 1882-’84 Dr. Head represented Los Angeles County in the Legislature, and was a faithful worker for the late county division. Socially he is a Master Mason. He was married in August, 1869, to Miss Maria Caldwell, a native of Tennessee and daughter of Waller Caldwell, a wealthy planter. They have an interesting family of seven children, namely: Horace, now a student of the State University; Percie, Flora, Maggie, Bessie, Clare and...

Read More

Biography of Leopold Goepper

Leopold Goepper proprietor of the Brunswick Dining Parlors, Santa Ana, is a native of the Buckeye State, and was born October 10, 1856. His parents, Herman and Magdalena, were both natives of Germany, and came to America with their parents when quite young. The subject of this sketch, the eldest of their six children, left the common schools at the age of thirteen years. He was brought up on a farm and came with his father to California in 1870, locating in Santa Clara County, where they followed agricultural pursuits for six years. Then they came to Santa Ana. At the age of twenty-one years Mr. Goepper started out in life for himself, and has by his own efforts worked his way up to the position he now holds as a business man. In 1877 he began work as a waiter in the hotel kept by James Layman in Santa Ana. Afterward he was employed in the lumber-yard and then at blacksmithing. In 1879 he went to San Jose and, as times were dull, he went to work as waiter in the Lick House, and next he was night clerk in the St. James Hotel; next he was employed as steward in the Ogle House, the first hotel in Fresno. In 1880 he returned to Santa Ana, and followed house painting, with success, until 1887, when he went into...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of George Hough

George Hough a prominent citizen of Garden Grove, Orange County, was born February 5, 1855, in Lewis County, New York. His parents were Burage and Mary (Alexander) Hough, natives respectively of Connecticut and New York. The father removed with his family to De Kalb County, Illinois, in 1837, and died there, at the age of sixty-five years. Mr. George Hough, our subject, was the second in a family of twelve children. He returned to New York State in 1838, and was there married, in Lewis County, to Miss Hester A., daughter of David and Polly (Puffer) Tiffany. In 1842 Mr. Hough removed again to De Kalb County, Illinois, where he was a successful farmer until 1881, when he came to California and bought a residence in Garden Grove. In 1878 his wife died and July 20, 1887, he married Mrs. Harriet Walker, whose parents, Daniel and Melissa (Peck) Hoag, were natives of New York State. She had two children by her former husband Theodore and Charles. Mr. Hough’s children are: John J. and Calvin, living, and the deceased are Daniel, Albert, Clinton, Henry, Helen, Mary, Elizabeth and Levantia. Mr. Hough is a sincere Christian gentleman, and is enjoying the evening of life in his quiet home at Garden...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of M. D. Halladay

M. D. Halladay one of the members of the city council of Santa Ana, was born in Vermont, May 8, 1830. His parents, David and Nancy (Carpenter) Halladay, were both natives of Vermont and moved to Michigan in 1843. They had eight children. M. D., our subject, engaged in the lumber and saw-mill business, and in 1874 came to California for his health; and so rapidly did he improve that he determined to make this country his home. He accordingly purchased thirty acres of land within the town limits of Santa Ana, which he improved, and for several years had one of the best-paying vineyards in the valley. In November, 1887, he built a very fine residence on the corner of Chestnut avenue and Halladay street. Most of his land has been divided into town lots and sold. Mr. Halladay is a member of the Baptist Church. He has been school trustee three years, and is a member of the city council. He was married March 23, 1863. to Miss Celia Halladay, daughter of William and Sebrina (Whitney) Halladay, and they have had four suns, viz.: Daniel S., a graduate of Berkeley College; William D., deputy surveyor of Los Angeles County; Guy and...

Read More

Biography of Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson, a prosperous farmer of Garden Grove, was born near Ottawa, Canada, in 1827. His parents, Isaac and Margaret (Moses) Robinson, were natives of Ireland, moving to Canada in 1821. The senior Robinson was a shoemaker by trade and also owned a large farm. He died in Canada in 1843, leaving a family of nine children. Richard, the third in the family, received a common-school education and entered business when very young, having to help in the maintenance of the family until 1852, when he started for California by way of Cape Horn on the bark Fanny Major. He landed in San Francisco in September, 1852, and first followed mining for eight months on the Yuba river; then for six months he drove a truck from San Francisco; then followed mining two years in El Dorado County. Next he followed farming two years in Sonoma County, and again sought the mines. In May, 1858, he went to British Columbia and followed mining there for a year and a half; then he was engaged in mercantile business two and a half years at Kempville, Canada. In 1862 he came again to California, by way of the Isthmus. Until 1872 he followed farming in Sonoma County, and then three years near Colusa City; next for two years he kept a college boarding house at Santa Rosa, and in this lost...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of Alex Gardiner

Alex Gardiner general farmer and fruit-raiser near Fullerton, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1838, the fourth son of William and Mary Gardiner, who came to America in 1855, in a sailing vessel, landing in New York; thence they immediately sailed to Charleston, South Carolina, and thence they proceeded to Knoxville, Tennessee, locating ten miles south of Knoxville at Rockford. William Gardiner was a cotton spinner by trade. The subject of this sketch served five years as a machinist in Scotland, leaving school at the age of twelve years. In 1869 he came overland to California, starting from Knoxville, Tennessee, September 21, 1869, and arrived at Watsonville, this State, October 6. He hunted along the coast for a home, and December 6 found him in Los Angeles. Directly he purchased 160 acres two miles and a half northwest of Anaheim, where he has since resided; was one of the first settlers there, buying of the Los Angeles and San Bernardino Land Company. Out of a barren waste he has made a fruitful farm, and as a general agriculturist and horticulturist he has been successful. Mrs. Gardiner, whose maiden name was Susan M. Reeder, was born in Blount County, Tennessee, and her parents, Majors and Jane (Williams) Reader, were natives of Virginia and had ten children. Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner were married in East Tennessee in 1864. Their children are:...

Read More

Biography of Robert Parker

Robert Parker vineyardist near Anaheim, was born in Beverly Township, 1 .. Wentworth County, Canada, March 18, 1838, the third in a family of thirteen children of Robert and Ann (Stalker) Parker. He was brought up to steady work on a farm, with but limited schooling. In 1868 he came to California by steamer, followed mining a short time and then bought a Government title to 500 acres of land in Mariposa County. In 1871 he bought fifty-five acres where he now lives, a mile and a half north of Anaheim, and for several years he prospered in grape culture, until recently, when the vines died, and he is now devoting his attention to the cultivation of oranges and walnuts. Mr. Parker is a man of considerable experience and good judgment. He is a member of Anaheim Lodge, No. 85, A. O. U. W., and of the Presbyterian Church; was one of the foremost in building the Presbyterian house of worship at Fullerton. Politically he is a zealous and able Prohibitionist, while his wife is an active worker in the W. C. T. U. at Fullerton, being now superintendent of the department of juvenile work. Mr. Parker was first married in 1863, to Henrietta Patterson, a Canadian, by whom he had five children: Robert F., Donald, George, Mary M. (wife of Joseph Nichols of Santa Ana), and Louisa, who...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of Rev. Jonathan B. Tombes, D. D.

Reverand Jonathan B. Tombes, D. D. Anaheim, was born in Albany, New York, attended Oberlin College three years, and graduated at Madison University in 1845, in the literary course. He also graduated in the regular course in theology. In 1870 the degree of D. D. was conferred upon him. He was ordained to preach in 1848. For some time he was pastor of the Fourth Baptist Church at Richmond, Virginia; then had charge of Meadville Academy. In 1859 he took charge of Liberty Female College at Liberty, Missouri; but in 1864, on account of the war, wherein he was a true friend of the Union, he Ieft his family there and went East, lecturing on the issues of the day. Soon after he was called to take charge of the North Baptist Church in Philadelphia, where he served as pastor for several years; next he was pastor of the Berean Church at Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Subsequently he edited and published a church paper at Charleston, West Virginia, called the Baptist Record; afterward took charge of Carlton College for a term of five years. In April, 1875, he came to Southern California. Here, near Anaheim, he is engaged as a horticulturist and has a beautiful home and orange trees and all other kinds of fruits and flowers. Still he does some professional work. He was mainly instrumental in organizing the Central...

Read More

Biography of W. M. McFadden

W. M. McFadden a public-spirited business man and rancher at Anaheim, was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, February 19, 1840, and is a son of John and Rachel (McCormac) McFadden, being the oldest of eight children. He was educated at the public schools, the People’s Academy at West Pitts, the Curry Normal Institute at Pitts, the Beaver (Pennsylvania) Academy in 1860, and at Bryant & Stratton’s Commercial, at Louisville, in 1861. After this he kept books for a year in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and taught school in Aberdeen, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He came to California in 1864, by way of the Isthmus, landing at San Francisco, June 29, and within nine days he was teaching school in Alameda County. Here he continued four and. a half years, for one year being principal of the San Leandro Grammar Schools, two years and a half of the Alameda Grammar Schools, and one year at Pleasanton. He came to Los Angeles in December, 1868, and was for two terms County Superintendent of schools in this county. Altogether he was engaged in educational work twenty years. He bought a ranch of forty-six acres, four miler northeast of Anaheim, in 1869. This he improved while he was at the same time teaching school. He was one of the seven who organized the Canon Irrigation Company, and completed the great canal at an expense of $100,000, and...

Read More

Biographical Sketch of R. H. Gilman

R. H. Gilman superintendent of the Semi-tropic Fruit Company at Anaheim, was born in New Hampshire, left home in 1862, to follow the sea, and in the next year he ran away from the ship Wild Rover and for some time traveled. He afterward worked seven years at the tanner’s trade, and then followed ranching in Lake, Napa, and Sacramento counties. In 1872 the Semi-tropic Fruit Company was organized by L. M. Hoult, R. H. Gilman, I. N. Chapman and. others. They have 106 acres, most beautifully located and in a high state of cultivation. There are twenty-five acres in orange trees, ten acres in walnuts in bearing, and the rest in young oranges and walnuts. Mr. Gilman, who has been superintendent of the company since its organization, has practically demonstrated what can be done in a few years with the rich soil in this part of Orange County. He has also been practically interested in irrigation, being president, vice president and director of companies for this useful enterprise. He is a...

Read More

Biography of George W. Sponable

George W. Sponable horticulturist at Fullerton, was born in Eden, Seneca County, Ohio, November 3, 1825. His parents, Christopher and Sarah (Lawrence) Sponable, were natives respectively of New York and Vermont, and of German and English origin. George W., the third of his parents’ eleven children, started in business for himself in 1849, by coming to California. His father had moved in 1836 to McHenry County, Illinois, where he was an extensive farmer until his death in 1854. Mr. Sponable followed mining and lumbering in California from 1849 to 1855, and then returned to Illinois, where he followed farming until 1879. He then moved to Nuckolls County, Nebraska, and bought 480 acres of land, which he cultivated until 1883, when he again made his advent to the Golden State and bought a fruit ranch a mile and a half northeast of Anaheim, and there he is spending the last years of his life in the pleasures of horticulture. Mr. Sponable fought for the Union three years. Entering Company A, Ninety-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, as corporal, he was at the battles of Vicksburg and Guntown, Mississippi, and in the expedition against Shreveport, etc. At Vicksburg he was wounded. He was discharged as a Sergeant, at Springfield, Illinois, in 1865. He is now a member of Malvern Hill Post, No. 131, G. A. R., of which he has been Quartermaster two...

Read More


Free Genealogy Archives

It takes a village to grow a family tree!
Genealogy Update - Keeping you up-to-date!
101 Best Websites 2016

Pin It on Pinterest