Mariposa County California Queries-CALIFORNIA
History and Genealogy Research


Jennifer Nixon- June 8, 2005
J.W. Downing   b. 3/19/1868, d. 1948

I am interested in finding out more about my great grandfather, J.W. Downing, who moved to Mariposa Country from 1871 to March 1874 at the age of 3 with his family from Nova Scotia, Canada. His father, whose name I don't know but would like to find out, worked on the narrow gauge railroad connecting Monterey and Salinas, and the family moved from Mariposa Co. to Salinas in early fall of 1874. I have an autobiographical letter he wrote at the age of 76 describing these dates and moves. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Gail Harms Baker- June 2, 2003

The family lived in Bear Valley, Mariposa, Rose Whale was married to
Edmund Margrave they are interned somewhere in Mariposa. Family history
says Rose worked for General Fremont at one time. But I have been unable
to prove or disprove this.

Gilbert Gia- April 10, 2003


VALENCIA. This family came from Mexico, lived briefly in Los Angeles County
until 1848 then returned to Mexico. The following year they again came to
California. The Valencias moved to West Point in Calaveras County, acquired
land, and mined. Ygnacio Valencia's family lived at Angels Camp but by 1875
had settled in Hornitos. The Fresno Genealogical Society lists laborer Jesus
Valencia, born 1819 in Mexico, as having registered to vote in Hornitos on
July 21, 1888.

FARIAS. This family was from Mexico and settled in Humboldt and Mariposa

Eleanor Gribbin- April 5, 2002

Surnames: LORTON

James Thomas LORTON was born in Warren Co. Kentucky 1832;

          Came to California at age 16 with relatives in a covered wagon to take part in the Gold Rush; He lived in several places in California, and ultimately went to live in Coulterville on the North Fork of the Merced River. I have information as to the fact that he and his wife (2nd) were living in 1909.  Where were they buried? I would also like the names of his wives.  I would greatly appreciate any information at all.

Jennifer Heer Norman   February 24, 2002


John Christian HEER/HERR (b. abt.1828-?) was born in or near Bietigheim, Baden, Germany, came to the US with his father(John Christian HEER), step-mother(Christinia HAUSH), and brother's Henry, and Peter, as well as his step-brother/sister; Christinia HEER NEUSCHWANGER, and David HEER.  He came in 1840 to Buffalo, NY, then to Jo
Daviess cty, Galena, IL in 1842.  His family stayed there, and he left to 'go' to CA after the 1850 census there.  He served in the Civil War from Bear Valley, Mariposa cty, CA, in the 7 CA Inf Co H as a private.  He was mustered out there also. I am looking for any further info on him. I have nothing after he served in the war.

Also, looking for info on the above mentioned David HEER'S son James Henry HEER, (b. 1863-d.1954) he lived at Galena, IL until about the late 1890s (after he divorced a 1st. wife-possibly with name ELAM, and their 2 kids died in infancy in WI).  He went to Suger Pine, CA as a railroad engineer, and lived after at Raymond, CA.  He married Louise
SPECKERMAN and had 6 kids.
Thanks for any help,
Jennifer L. HEER-       website:

Susan White
January 2, 2001


 William 'Bill' THOMAS was the son of William (b.1829, Sithian, Cornwall,
 England) and Mary Ann Thomas. Their children were Bessie, Isabelle,
William (Zoara's father), John, Joseph, Sarah Ann (b.1866), and Annie (B.1871).

 Other family connections in the Mariposa County area in the early 1900's
 were William LAITY,(husband of Sarah Ann THOMAS), William John LAITY and
 William Henry LAITY, (2 different generations). They had been tin miners in
 Cornwall, England.

 William John LAITY came through Ellis Island in 1904 and was to join his
 brother in law William THOMAS in Whitlock (?), Mariposa Co., California.
 William Henry LAITY came through Ellis Island with the destination of
 Hornitos and his Uncle William THOMAS listed.

Marnell Morton Hansen
November 9, 2001

John Peard came with his parents Thomas & Grace Peard to CA in early 1850's.
He married Martha Margaret Branson, daughter of Isaac Branson and Eliza Peery.  They
were married in Mariposa on 25 Dec 1873.  They were the parents of 12
children.  Martha's sister Phoebe married La Touche and had several children inc, Isaac and William.

November 8, 2001

William Lawrence ROCHELL, miner, listed in the 1850 Census of Mariposa Co., aged 30 (birth 1820) in Virginia. Died, Jan. 22, 1883 at County Hospital, a native of Va. aged 64 years. Does anyone have information on him, where in Va. did he come from; and was there any other family in Ca. Thanks.



October 16, 2001


Samuel and Eliza (JUSTHAM) GOMMO lived in Hornitos from about 1886 - 1900.  Samuel GOMMO owned a blacksmith shop in Hornitos and also did mining.  Their children:  Samuel, William, Richard, Albert and Ernest GOMMO attended the small red schoolhouse in Hornitos.  The boys Richard, William and Albert GOMMO sang in a quartet in Hornitos.  Ernest Gommo was buried at the old church on top of the hill in Hornitos.

After Eliza GOMMO's husband passed away of black lung diseas she lived for sometime with William GOMMO who was an agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad and ran the Hornitos Hotel (1900).


Sept 3, 2001

Searching for any descendants of William Bowden PHILLIPS, b. 1809, Redruth,Cornwall.  William came to America around 1832 and settled in Iowa County,Wisconsin.  There he married Catherine LEAN, also of Cornwall.  The PHILLIPS family was active in the formation of the Methodist Church at Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

The Family moved to Mariposa County in 1849/1850 where William was employed as a trader and miner.  Catherine Lean PHILLIPS died sometime between 1851 and 1857.

William remarried Amelia HARRIS, a widow, also born in England and once living in Wisconsin and Illinois.  The family, consisting of William's and Amelia's children from their previous marriages, lived at various times in
Hornitos, Mariposa, and Hites Cove.  Amelia Harris PHILLIPS ran a boarding house in Mariposa in 1857.

William PHILLIPS died sometime between 1872 (Lived at Hites Cove) and the 1880 census.  His widow, Amelia, moved to the town of Merced with some of her children by both her first marriage and her marriage to William Phillips.  The family is shown in the 1880 census for Merced County.

It is believed that William PHILLIPS is a brother to John W. PHILLIPS, b.1800, Redruth, Cornwall, who ran a hotel and ferry service near Merced Falls between 1851 and 1857.

Children of William Bowden Phillips (1809-1888)

 By Catherine Lean (1814-ca. 1852)

Joseph Lean Phillips, b. 23 Jul 1838--Mineral Point, WI; d. 24 Jun 1875--Visalia, CA; Spouse: Mary Bacon
Sarah Jane Phillips, b. abt. 1839--Mineral Pt, WI; d. 27 May 1896--Tuolumne, CA; Spouse: Thomas W. Marshall
Caroline Phillips, b. abt 1842--Mineral Point, WI; Spouse: J.F. Gesenmir (spelling may be in error)
Elizabeth M. Phillips, b. abt. Mar. 1849--Mineral Point, WI; d. aft. 1916--Berkeley, CA; Spouse: Joseph A. Sterne
William L. Phillips, b. Aug. 1851--Mariposa, CA; d.  14 Jan 1914--Oakland, CA

 By Amelia Hosking Harris (1820-1888)

George Phillips, b. 4 Jul 1856--Mariposa, CA; d. 20 Jun 1875--Merced, CA; Never Married
Lavinia Phillips, b. Oct 1858--Mariposa, CA; d. 9 Nov 1931--San Francisco, CA; Never Married
Frederick H. Phillips, b. Sep 1862--Mariposa, CA; d. 23 Jan 1922--San Francisco, CA; Spouse: Julia McClenahan

 Stepchildren (by Matthew Harris and Amelia Hosking)

Emily Harris*, b. 1839--Wisconsin; d. bet. 1911-1922--California; Never Married
John F. Harris, b. abt. 1840--Wisconsin; d. aft Aug 1911--California
Matthew Harris, Jr., b. abt 1842--Wisconsin; d. 16 Aug 1911--San Francisco, CA; Spouse: Amanda Moore
Thomas Harris*, b. abt. 1844--Wisconsin; d. 1897--Merced, CA
James A. Harris, b. abt. 1845--Galena, IL; d. bet. 1911-1931--California
Charles Harris*, b. Jun 1850--Galena, IL; d. 17 Mar 1932--San Francisco, CA; Spouse: Alice Slater

Living with Amelia Phillips in 1880 Merced County Census.

I would like to make contact with any descendants of the above listed
persons to share information.


Faye Caynor
Aug 11, 2001

Would like to find addition information on the couple listed in the following article.

February 4, 1893 Mariposa Gazette

CAYNOR- COOP- At Madera, January 26th, 1893, Mr. John W. CAYNOR and Miss Belle COOP.
Both the high contracting parties of the above ceremony are well known in Mariposa, the groom having
spent most of his life amid our mountains, while the bride was born and raised within a few miles of the
village. Mr. CAYNOR is now a resident of Fresno, of which city he is one of the moneyed men. Many friends here in his old home wish him and his fair bride a happy life.
Faye Caynor

Jill Graham
May 17, 2001


Looking for any information on John Holland Tatman who married Elizabeth A. Wingfield (Harrison?).  They possibly married in Mariposa County in the early 1850's.  Their two sons,  John B. Tatman and Charles A. Tatman were born here in 1853 and about 1855.  John and Charles later married sisters by the last name of West.

Any information you may have on this couple or their children is greatly appreciated!
                                                    Thank you.

Jim and Kathy White
May 8, 2001


Looking for any information on Michael Maher and his family.  He was married to Mary Catherine Griffin.  They were both born in Ireland abt 1840 and settled in Plainsburg, Mariposa County, California.  We have a letter dated 1880 from Plainsburg and another from 1914 from Merced.  They are both signed by Michael Maher.  We believe their children's names to be; John, Lawrence, Vincent, J.J., Mary Catherine, Leonore, Thomas, and William.

Marian Coleman
April 21, 2001

Looking for information regarding my great grandmother, Nora Herrera(a), married to Louis V. DeRoin.  Nora was born in Hornitas on December 25, 1886, and died in 1952.  No other information is known.

April 17, 2001
I am looking into my family history and they were located in the
Mariposa/Coulterville area in the early 1900's. There were my grandparents.
Their names: Milton Stanley Fraser and Minnie Madeline Lewis-Fraser. They
were both postmasters of Coulterville in the time period starting in 1929.
Any information, would be greatly appreciated.

Howard McKinney
April 17, 2001 UPDATED- May 3, 2001
Looking information of James M. McKinney who was in Mariposa Co. on Oct.19, 1857 when he signed a document regarding the land he had received as a result of service in the war with Mexico. He had served from Panola Co.
Mississippi. He was born in Surry Co. NC,1815, the family moved to Lincoln
Co. TN about 1830 and he had gone to Panola Co. MS about 1845. I have no
record of a marriage and have not found him in the 1850 Census.   Howard
I found an Obituary for James M. McKinney.
He died 23 June 1871, according to a news item from the Mariposa Free
Press, posted on the Obit list by William Disbro.  James M. McKinney came
to Mariposa County in 1851, in 1866 he was elected Supervisor of Mariposa
District and in 1867 he was elected Treasurer of the County.

Since he came in 1851 he must have been apart of the Gold Rush, the obit
does not say if he had been a miner, if he struck it rich, or what had
prompted his seeking elected office. And there is no mention of a family.

I am delighted to have found this much information, but there is much I
still would like to know about him and would welcome any data any one could
provide.  Thank you! Howard McKinney

Pam Jeans
March 2, 2001
James Kenneth Lindsay I  born 1835 Dodgeville, WI married to Martha AE.
Howeth.  We believe that both died in Coulterville, CA and are buried

Pam Jeans
March 2, 2001
Nicola Pendola born 1824 Rapallo, Italy died 1891 Bear Valley, Mariposa,
CA. Married Maria Vedova born 1833 Rapallo, Italy and died 1910 in Bear
Valley, Mariposa, CA

 Nancy Munson
February  18,2001


William J. MC CANN (born in Ireland in about 1829) married Mary E. LYNCH (born 6-12-1849 in New London CT) on 12-3-1865 in Mariposa.  They were both residents of Mariposa Co. at the time of their marriage.  Their children were Katie born about 1867, Annie born about 1869, Willie born about 1871, John born about 1873, Mary (Tonamay) born 2-16-1875, Ella born about 4-13-1877, Edward James born 11-24-1879, Grace born 12-10-1881 and Viola born 3-5-1887.  This family was listed on the 1880 Census (except the two youngest daughters) as living in Mariposa where William was a Saloon Keeper.  The Index of the 1872 Mariposa Great Register shows William as a clerk at Green's Store.  Through information from the Mariposa Gazette it appears that Kate married a Geo. W. STORY 5-26-1890.  The Gazette showed a William MC CANN died 11-2-1893 in Mariposa.  Then the Gazette shows a Mrs. Mary A. M'CANN marriage to a G. M. GALE on 12-31-1894 at Episcopal Church Fresno.

Edward James MC CANN (my grandfather) married Laura Nelson of Kingman, AZ; they lived in Richmond CA where he died on
4-2-1920.  Mary MC CANN married a FELTON and lived in San Francisco.  Grace MC CANN married C. Dennis Benson and lived in San Bernardino.  Viola MC CANN married Wollard DOLAN and lived in San Francisco.

I am interested in corresponding and sharing with any descendents of this family.

 Nancy Munson, Waco TX

Roberta Richards Peeples-  6 Feb 2001

Researching family of Richard W.THOMAS, born Feb 1849 in Sithney Parish,
Cornwall, England and wife Eveline JOSE, born Oct 1869 in New Jersey.
They lived many years in Hornitos & ran a restaurant & saloon on Main
Street, after Richard was crippled in a mining accident. Eveline died in
1902 of TB & Richard died soon after. Their children were raised by
Richard's brothers. Children:

Richard THOMAS b.Oct 1887
Merle THOMAS b.Mar 1891
William J.THOMAS b.Sep 1892
Ruth Bernice THOMAS (LINDVALL) b.Jun 1896
Arthur C.THOMAS b.Feb 1900

Richard W. THOMAS was nephew of William THOMAS of Sierra & Nevada Co.and Joseph Henry THOMAS (my gr-grandfather) of Amador Co.

Glen Snider

NEW 1-2001- see website:

The STOCKIRD family history- A Mr. STOCKIRD married a Cordella "Della" STRONG (born 1860), daughter of James Madison STRONG and Polly Ann POOL, around 1880. They had at least four children- Harry, Alice, Bessie and Stanley. He developed a ranch on the Merced River near Hopton and Snelling. In "Mariposa Marriages" there is an entry that a Edward J. HAMILTON married a Laura F. STOCKIRD , both of Merced Co., on Sept. 7, 1876. This could be a daughter of my "Mr. STOCKIRD".

Hugh Brodie Jan 31, 2000


Charles Owen BROWN &Ysabel CASSILLAS in 1857 sold lot 82 Block 7 in Hornitos to Bartholomew PITT, Rosa PITT his wife and Jasper PITT. At this time they had a 1 year old son Charles O BROWN who I believe they left with another family. The son later returned to Hornitos with wife Theaodora CAROANTES, they raised a family and both are buried in Hornitos.

Lorie Hernandez -January, 2000

       John Wesley SMITH married Sarah Appleton JENNER , October 27 1867.  Sarah died Jan 23, 1873 and is buried in the Coulterville Cemetary.  Sarah may have been married to a Greeley before she married John.  Am looking for information on them as well as their son Geoge Wesley ,aka Wesley George.

Sharon Dulcich 2000


I am researching the above names in the Mariposa areas of Hunter's Valley and Hornitos. Specifically: DULCICH, George b. 1842 in Yugoslavia and his wife Eliza Adelaide SPAGNOLI b. in Canton Ticino, Switzerland unknown date. Their son John DULCICH b. 9 July 1883 Hunters Valley.

Carole Jan 10, 2000


My grandmother was a Trabucco (Eleanor), my grandfather a Westfall (Paul), my ggggreat grandfather an Ashworth (David C.) and gggrandfather (David Marion), Mary E. Preston (gggrandmother), ggrandmother (Elizabeth J. Day). Looking for more information on families, especially the Trabuccos and the Westfalls.

Ray Thompson September 9, 1999


Joseph A THOMPSON, born abt 1837 in NY, cacme to California via wagon train in 1858, arriving in Placerville("Hangtown"). He continued on alone to Coulterville where he was received by his "cousin Bill" and "Uncle John" and families. Looking for descendents of the THOMPSON, SACKETT, RUSSELL families in the Coulterville area.

Joseph lived in Coulterville until 1861 and the outbreak of the civil war. He enlisted in the California Valunteers in Coulterville on October 15th of 1861 with many other Coulterville men.

Gary September 9, 1999


Seeking information on my PRESTON ancestors who settled in Mariposa County area in 1857. The 1954 Centennial Edition of the Mariposa Gazette has the story of the "Pioneer Families of the Oakvale District"page 11. Also a booklet obtained from the tourism board mentions the Old PRESTON Ranch south of Mormon Bar and Bootjack on the Raymond Road. James and Robert PRESTON were brothers of my GG Grandmother Margaret. Margaret married William GASH.

Kathleen September 9, 1999


Searching Hornitos area for info. on Cary Willis BURGE. He was born in Lake Co.,CA. B.D. 6-10-1865. Married his second wife Stella ADAMS probably in Nevada. He had 6 kids with this wife ( Carey JR., J. Nevada, Porter Weston, Willette, Rachael Thelma, and Jeannie) all were born in Nevada. I've been told he mined in Midas and Hornitos. He was buried in Hornitos at the age of 86, so @ 1951. Looking for any info. on him and his family. Thank you.

Barbara Tuck


Looking for information on Nathaniel LEE and Frances M. PATE. They married 3 Oct. 1867 Hornitos, CA. She was born 1853, Mariposa County and her parents were Francis Marion Pate and Lurinda Benge Pate.

Mary Cornell April 21, 1999


George Walter CORNELL, born in 1822. Where? Kentucky? He came to Mariposa County in the 1850's--lived in Coulterville. He married Susan Counts in Mariposa on 7/2/1863. George CORNELL died 7/22/1868. He was the County Recorder. His father-in-law, George COUNTS, was the Mariposa County Treasurer.

Gilbert Gia March 4, 1999


Ignacio and Jose Maria Valencia mined in the area. Any informatin appreciated.

Gilbert Gia March 4,1999


Ricardo Mattley was born about 1835 in Sonora, Mexico and came to California in the early 1850s. During the gold rush, Juan Martarell left Sonora, Mexico for California, and lived for a time in a California city of the same name. Between 1868 and 1869 Mattley and Alsalio Herrera were working as assistants for Juan Martarell at his saddle shop in Hornitos where the first Visalia Saddle originated. His friends and partners there, Alsalio Herrera, Jesus Salazar, and Ricardo Mattley "were all good friends from their boyhood days in Sonora, Mexico," according to Salazar’s daughter Mrs. Edith Madrid.

John PayneFebruary 3, 1999


Looking for information on William PAINE (PAYNE) who was born in Buncombe Co., North Carolina 17 November 1829, the son of John and Mary BRADBURN PAINE. He married, about 1859 to Elizabeth _______, who was born in Alabama ca 1835. William PAINE died in Fresno in 1882. He is said to have been some sort of law enforcement offical, and was supposed to have been killed in a gunfight. This is from a family memoir left by his brother. CHILDREN: (1) Martha T. PAINE, B. ca 1861 in Mariposa Co., CA; (2) William E. PAINE, B. ca 1863 in Mariposa Co.; (3) Robert L. PAINE, B. ca 1866 in Mariposa Co.; 4) Sarah A. PAINE, B. ca 1868 in Mariposa Co.; (5) Rebecca Jane PAINE, B. ca 1870 in Mariposa Co.; (6) Rachel M. PAINE, B. ca 1873 in Fresno Co., CA; (7) John Thomas PAINE, B. ca 1875 in Fresno Co.; and (8) Charles Edgar PAINE, B. ca 1877 in Fresno Co. Any information about this family would be appreciated.

Leon Rowland MooreFeb 1, 1999

Seeking information on Herman FREUCHTNIGHT b. c1900 m Grace RYAN dau of Robert and Augusta Usibbie RYAN nee FITZE. Herman may have been the 2nd husband of Grace. Her other marriage was to Authur STERLING. Arthur and Grace has one son Arthur.
Jackie Ryan, Jan 18, 1999


My great grandfather, Peter Joseph GIRARD, was born in 1840 at St. Joseph, MO. According to his obituary, he migrated to California in 1860 and along with a brother discovered what was later to be known as "Moor's Kangaroo Mine". Trying to find information such as the names of Peter's parents and/or his brother.

Warren B. Carah December 18, 1998

Seeking information concerning Thomas MARSHALL who came to Hornitos Village before 1861 and worked as a miner. Thomas was born around 1836 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He married a Sarah (Mason?) who was born ca. 1840 in Wisconsin. His seven children were all born in California: Elizabeth Marie, b. 11 Feb 1861, d. 12 Feb 1944; George, b. ca. 1863; Anna, b. ca. 1864; Laura, b. ca. 1868; Cora, b. ca. 1870; Kate, b. ca. 1872; and Ella, b. ca. 1874. Any information on the family appreciated.

Patty December 4, 1998

JACINTO--Searching for decendants of Joseph Jacinto who died in Mariposa County 1909 to see if he is related to Lizzie Jacinto Cordoza of Santa Cruz Co.

Harriet Sturk, Aug 13, 1998


Nicolasa HERRARAS (Garcia), born 1816 in Tubac AZ. Died 1900 in Madera CA.Geronimo OROSCO, husband of Nicolasa, last heard of in Tubac AZ. Nicolasa HERRARAS travelled overland in the early 1840's from Tubac AZ to Hornitos CA. In a mining town outside of Mariposa she settled down. She had several children who accompanied her. Her daughter Raphaela, married my Great Grandfather Ralph Wood BARCROFT. They had 8 children: Raphael, Fred, Louise, David, Mary Caroline and my grandfather Joseph Zolio BARCROFT.

Terry (STINNETT) King July 10, 1998


I'm looking for the parents of Florence Lydia ELLIOTTE b. about 1893 probably in Mariposa or Merced Co.. She m. George Winfield STINNETT in 1909 in Merced Co.. Florences' parents owned a store on the stage route from Raymond to either Bootjack or Awahanee, perhaps called Ellis Corners or similiar. George was the stage driver and that's how they met. The 1910 census says her father was born in VA and her mother in AR (?) so they immigrated to CA sometime before her birth in 1893. After George's death in 1945 she remarried a fellow by the last name of LEACH. Appreciate any info regarding the ELLIOTTE's, STINNETT's or the Stage Route.

PAT CAREY May 22, 1998


Marquis A. (Mark) WYATT b: 1833 Kanawha Co WV m: ? Kanawha Co WV to Rebecca A. HASTINGS b: 1838 Kanawha Co WV. Lived in Mariposa by 1870 @ P.O. Wyatt's Store. Children were: Caroline b: 1860 in WV, L. R. and T.K. (twins) b: 1864 CA, Abigail b: 1867 CA and a male b: 1869 CA. I would like to have death dates and burial info and communicate with anyone about these folks. Thank you, Pat Carey Tulsa OK

Dennis J. Sheets May 2, 1998 revised June 1, 1998

SURNAMES: SORRELLS /LOZIER /ELDRIDGE. I would be happy to share and hear from anyone researching these families. The SORRELLS came to CA in 1854. They were early pioneers in Tulare County. Then came to Mariposa in 1860. Soon after arriving a son was born but died soon after birth. Location of burial unknown. A daughter was born in 1862. The family moved back to Tulare. Mary Olive ELDRIDGE married Allen Richard SORRELLS in1895 . They moved to Mariposa in 1902. He worked in the Princeton Mine, lived in the midpines area on 144 acres until his death in 1935. His wife died in 1953. Both are buried in the Mariposa Cemetery.

Nora February 8, 1998


The Mariposa Census contain these PROBASCOS: 1870Census :1870 John W. & Charlotte Probasco .1880 Census: Henry & Sarah Probasco and Jacob & Annie Probasco. 1900 Census : Charles & Rhoda Probasco, Henry & Edith Probasco, Jacob & Sarah Probasco ,John E. & Loretta A. Probasco. 1910 Census: Edith M. Probasco as Head with her brothers and sisters. 1920 Census: Calvin & Ruth Probasco and Sara Probasco. I would like to be intouch with anyone from these families.

Stacie, January 15, 1998


Paul Landis, born 28 February 1885. He registered in Mariposa County for the WWI draft registration. That is all that is known.

Mary Phelan, Monday, January 12, 1998


I am the great gradaughter of David C ASHWORTH and grandaughter of Joel B ASHWORTH and Alice HODGSON. I have quite a bit of info on the Ashworth line but have nothing for the Hodgson line. Census states her mother was born at sea. Would appreciate any help.

Jerry Morrison Monday, November 17, 1997


MORRISON, McHenry and Susan TITCHENAL were married 24 Dec 1857 in Hornitos, Mariposa County, CA. Died in 1905 and 1910 respectfully in Santa Ana, CA. I have no information about them in between. W.H.TITCHENAL, Susan's father, moved to Santa Ana, CA in 1869 and was apparently very wealthy at that time. He is reported as having built the first dwelling house in the city of Santa Ana. Listed in the Great Register of Mariposa County (probably 1856, as McHenry born in 1833) is a McHenry MORRISON 23, Laborer and John MORRISON 28, whose occupation was Stage Driver. I would like to find out if they were related . Any crumb of information about any of these people will be appreciated.

Edna Clack Sunday November 2, 1997


Charley JOHNS married Lamira Catherine CLACK in TN. Mr BUSTER married Margaret Francis CLACK also in TN. Both couples were living in Mariposa County prior to 1875. Would like to hear from anyone researching these names.

Tom Hilk Sunday Sept 28, 1997


Looking for information on George PRICE and Margaret TAYLOR PRICE. They lived on Pea Ridge, Mariposa CO, on one of the ranches owned by Thomas James PRICE(father of George). Thomas was from Plainsburg, CA. George is the brother of James David PRICE, of Cathey's Valley(my great grandfather). Would love to find pictures of this family. Happy to share.

Alfred Ray Cannon, Jr. Wed Sept 24, 1997


William Frederick CANNON, my grandfather, born in Gertude Mine, Mariposa on Sept 18, 1881, died Seven Oaks, San Bernadino, June 30,1945. Lived in Los Angeles from 1895 til his death. Father of William was Alfred CANNON born in Tuolomne Co. Looking for any records of this family in Mariposa County and other family from this area.

Carolyn Feroben Wed Sept 17, 1997 Update 4/99-due to the death of Bob Norris, I am taking the information and passing on to his family.

NORRIS/MATTINGLY GGrandfather John Richard NORRIS, b 3/27/1827, Culpeper, VA, d 3/10/1909, Orcutt, CA. Drove ox team from Independence, MO to Mariposa in 1849. He was in Sonoma 1851 to 1852.Married Mary T MATTINGLY in Sonoma in 1852then returned to Mariposa to teach school until at least 1867. He may have built the schoolhouse there. Children of John and Mary born in Mariposa: Robert Brent NORRIS (b.1854-my grandfather), Alex W NORRIS (b.1856), Mary B NORRIS (b 1858), Emma J NORRIS (b 1860), Nettie M NORRIS (b 1862), Eliza A NORRIS (b 1865) and Edward T NORRIS (b 1867). One child later born in Monterey and one in Pine Grove CA. Imterested in all information re this family while in Mariposa, including arrival date ,and evidence of arriving before 1850 ,and info regarding the building of the Mariposa schoolhouse in the early 1850's.

Glen Snider Wed Aug 21, 1997

NEW-1/2001-see website:

James Madison STRONG, cotton rancher, Snelling area, Representative to the California Constitutional Convention from Merced/Mariposa Counties. Born 12/30/1830 in Clark Co GA, died 11/19/1878 in Sacramento buried in Merced. He married Polly Ann POOL of Hornitos 5/12/1875. Polly was born 1/8/1839 died at unkown location 7/20/1919. They had 7 children.

A Mr. STOCKIRD married Cordella "Della" Strong (born 1860), daughter of James Madison STRONG and Polly Ann POOL, around 1880. They at least four children- Harry, Alice, Bessie and Stanley. **SEE STOCKIRD QUERY-MAY 2000

Looking for ancestors of James Madison STRONG and Polly Ann POOL- Phone 209-667-9237

Cynthia Nichols Wed Aug 21, 1997


Molly HOWELL, nurse, married Walter NICHOLS, photographer in Los Angeles in 1915? They went to Yosemite and had two sons, Walter Jr and Albert. Walter Sr died and the young family was left to fend for themselves. Molly became an Indian agent for the Tule River Reservation Indians (Tullare) following them as they were pushed out of Yosemite. She stayed there until about 1930. Molly was my great grandmother. I am researching her experience with the No Cal Native Americans. Any info appreciated.

Carol Ferrari Tuesday Aug 20, 1997


Researching my paternal family. Giovanni Battista SEMORILE settled in Hornitos around 1860. He worked for D. Ghiradelli Company then opened his own store. He lived in Indian Gulch and had a store there as well. My ggrandfather, Lorenzo SEMORILE, was postmaster of Indian Gulch, 1879-1884. A brother, Bartolomeo SEMORILE may also have been a storekeeper in Indian Gulch. I am interested in infor on Indian Gulch and Toledo (or Tolito).

B.PierceWed Aug 6, 1997  website:


I am descended from and researching these Mariposa families.

J.Girard Sun Jun 22 19:33:43 1997
I have information that my ggrandfather, David J. GIRARD settled in Hornitas, CA (Mariposa county) where he followed mining for a number of years. This would probably have been somewhere between 1875 and 1882. After a few years he moved to Dows Prairie, Humboldt County where he farmed. During his residence in Humboldt County, he was active in politics and was receiver of the US Land Office from 1907 to 1915. I am looking for evidence of property ownership (deeds, land grants,tax records, etc)church attendance, political involvement newspaper items, town clerks's minutes,etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

John V. Reeb UPDATED 8/5/97
Seeking any information from Mariposa County Records to help document the genealogy of George REEB who lived with his family in Mariposa County from sometime before 1870 until almost 1900 or after. This George REEB was born in 1831 in Zutzendorf, Bas-Rhin, France and was joined in Mariposa County by his brother Michael REEB who died there at age 20 years. Their parents and other siblings lived and died in Humberstone, Welland, Ontario, Canada. I have the ancestry of the REEB family back to the mid 1600's and will gladly share with descendants. Church, Cemetery, Civil records, and/or any other informaiton.

E. Kergan Bruck Fri Mar 21 07:58:55 1997 THIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS STILL ACTIVE- 7/08
I am trying to find a death date for Ann M. Ridgway and location of her burial. It is believed that she died in August 1903. She was married to Jarret Ridgway. The family arrived in Mariposa in 1849 from Texas. Their daughter, Elizabeth Ann married Calvin Stiner. The daughter of that union, Hannah Anna, married George Van Gorden.

Troy B. Goss
Looking for pioneers of Coulterville/Greeley Hill, Mariposa County with a special interest in CONVERSE, GOODWIN, and GOSS, among others.

William Disbro Mon Dec 30 08:54:36 1996 UPDATED November 6, 1998

UPDATE:I am researching the Trabucco family , although only a collateral line for me I'm quite interested in this family . Louis Trabucco came to Mariposa from Italy in 1851 , was a successful miner and opened up stores in the Bear Valley area. Interested in corresponding and sharing with any of the descendants of this family.

I'm researching the ASHWORTH,WASS,PHILLIPS surnames in Mariposa county and would like to connect to any that are researching these surnames.I'm a great grandson of Carl Reuben PHILLIPS .

Sunni Bloyd Sat Nov 23 21:40:42 1996
LEONARD LEMUEL CRANFORD, 18 May 1883- 10 July 1952. My great-grandfather, L. L. Cranford, was living on a small farm in Cathay, Mariposa County, when he was injured in an automobile accident. While in the hospital, he suffered a fatal heart attack. I have obtained a copy of his death certificate and a small article about his accident, but no further information about his life in Mariposa County and no obituary. Would appreciate any further information about him or his wife LAURA HENRIETTA ELENORA (SCOTT) CRANFORD. TIA

James V Collett Tue Nov 5 19:40:36 1996  NOTE- THIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS NO LONGER WORKING- 7/08
Looking for James Henry WOOD (my greatgrandfather) b.1841 d. 1886 we feel he died in Mariposa County and was buried in Tulare County. He was married to Levina Elizabeth Murray of Arkansas.

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