John C. Frémont
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John Charles Frémont or Fremont (born January 21, 1813) is an American military officer, explorer, and politician who became the first candidate of the anti-slavery …
J. Neely Johnson
John Neely Johnson (born August 2, 1825) is a lawyer and politician. He was elected as the fourth governor of California in 1856 and is a member of the "American Party":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_Nothing, an anti-immigrant group also called the …
Chabot was raised on a farm in La Presentation, near Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. He was one of sixteen children and the son of a farmer. When he was sixteen years old, he left home, eventually settling in California in 1849.
He began working in …
Immediately upon graduation from medical school (in 1850) Hunt decided to go to California via the Isthmus of Panama, and upon arriving in California, he headed for the mines on an ox team from Sacramento to Nevada City, arriving about May 1, 1850. He was …
Searls, whose last name is also sometimes spelled as Searles, was born in Coeymans, New York. His father, Abraham Searls (born 1802), of English descent, worked as a farmer. His mother, Lydia Niles, was of Scottish descent.
When the family moved to …
Ephraim Willard Burr
Burr was born on March 7, 1809 in Warren, Rhode Island. As a young man, he worked for a whaling company which sent him west. After losing his crew while docked in San Francisco—many sailors were lured away by the prospect of finding gold during the Gold …
Joshua Abraham Norton
Norton was born in England in 1818 and immigrated with him family to South Africa in May 1820. South African genealogies suggest his parents were John Norton (d.1848) and Sarah Norden. Sarah was a daughter of Abraham Norden and a sister of Benjamin Norden …
James W Marshall
James Wilson Marshall, of English descent, was born to Philip Marshall and Sarah Wilson in New Jersey. James left New Jersey in 1834 and headed west.
After spending time in Indiana and Illinois, he settled in Missouri (in an area created by the Platte …
John Augustus Sutter
Johann went to school in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and later joined the Swiss army, eventually becoming captain of the artillery. At age 23, Johann married Annette Dübold, the daughter of a rich widow. He operated a store but he was more …
Brannan was born in Saco, Maine, about a year before its independence from Massachusetts. When he was 14 years old, he moved with his sister to Kirtland, Ohio, where Brannan learned the printer's trade. There, he joined the Church of Jesus …
Pierson Barton Reading
Pierson B. Reading, was born in New Jersey. He came across country to California with Samuel J. Hensley as a member of the Chiles-Walker party in 1843. In 1844, Reading entered the service of General Sutter as a clerk, explorer, and chief of trappers. He …
Buchanan was born in a log cabin in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County, on April 23, 1791, to James Buchanan, Sr. (1761–1821), a businessman, merchant, and farmer, and Elizabeth Speer, an educated woman (1767–1833). His parents were both of Ulster …
Thomas Bard McFarland
McFarland appears "off-camera" as the prosecutor who handles the fallout from the [[Chapter 2 - The Sheriff and the Widow | Vedder shooting]]. He generally believes the PCs told the truth and nothing but the truth - but is not so …
Richard "Rattlesnake Dick" Barter
Richard Barter, best known as Rattlesnake Dick, was born in Quebec, Canada, the son of a British officer around 1833. Though little is known of his early history, he was said to have been a reckless sort of boy. During California’s Gold Rush days, he …
James Capen Adams
John "Grizzly" Adams (b.1812) is a famous California mountain man and trainer of grizzly bears and other wild animals captured for menageries, zoological gardens and circuses.
Born and raised in Medway, Massachusetts, Adams started as an apprentice …
William Chapman, her father, raised her to become an actress and entertainer. As a child, she made her acting debut in 1829 at the American Opera House. In 1831, her father moved the family on a riverboat on the Mississippi River which became "Chapman's …
Charles Hackett & Charles Parker own the Hackett Hotel, on Third Street in Sacramento.
They are famous in the town as prominent in the black community. This community is small, but politically very well organized. In a state where most whites were …
Edwin G. Waite
Edwin G. Waite (b. circa 1832) is newspaper man, author, and (former) gold miner. Waite is owner and publisher of the Nevada Daily Transcript (The Nevada Journal) - the official newspaper of Nevada City, California.
He was a member of California's …
Ellen Clark Sargent
Ellen Sargent (b. 1826) is the wife of prominent Nevada county attorney & businessman [[:aaron-a-sargent | Aaron Sargent]]. They meet as teenagers in Newburyport, Massachusetts at the Methodist church.
Aaron moved to California in the early gold rush, …
George Hearst (b. Sep 1820) is described as "almost illiterate” and having a taste for poker, bourbon and tobacco. He has an interest in books, but can barely read. His manner and dress were often described as rough, disheveled, and crude, as he appeared …