Mr. Kephart began this life in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, on the twenty-fifth of August, 1821. He was brought up to habits of industry and application, be­ing set to learn the trade of forgeman—a trade which he followed in various parts of his native state until 1848, when he went to Iowa and from there to Indiana; there working at his trade until the breaking out of the ‘‘ Gold Fever,” when in the Spring of ‘50, he started for the Pacific Coast across the Plains, arriving in Georgetown, El Dorado County.  Travelling through the different mining districts until the fall of ‘51, he then settled at Shaw’s Flat, there to follow placer digging for three years, at the end of which time he removed to Campbell’s Flat, and from there to Blanket Creek, and a year later to Turnback Creek, where he has since remained, pursuing the occupa­tion of a miner, with the exception of short periods in other localities.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Pub’d by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 336-337. 

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton