The subject of this short narrative is a veteran of the Mexican War, having served under Taylor, in his very im­portant campaign, belonging to the Tennessee Cavalry. After two years and four mouths of continuous service with Taylor, he went to Vera Cruz, and was afterwards detailed as one of the party that located the forts on the route to this side of the continent, returning home at the end of his service only to start westward again, traveling to California for the second time, in1849, with a pack train.  His first occupation in this country was as teamster for the noted Sam Brannan, transporting goods from Sacramento to Amador County.  Later on he came to Calaveras County, and thence to Columbia, “The Gem of the Southern Mines,” as Coffroth styled her. Here he mined three years, and, changing his location to Springfield, put in two years more with the pick and shovel. At a later date he lived in Sonora, exchanging to Soulsbyville, where he remained until 1873, when he located upon his present comfortable ranch of two hundredacres, on which he farms and raises stock.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 326.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton  mmelton@rcsis.com