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Jemina Mary Murphy

Birth Place: Ireland
Pioneer Father: Matthew Murphy
Birth Place: Ireland
Date of Arrival in California: 1852
Pioneer Mother: Elizabeth Kinsella
Birth Place: Ireland
Date of Arrival in California: 
Both parents dead

Remarks: I was married to the late David Murphy October 1st 1868 and lived on a dairy ranch 15 years in Marin County and have lived in San Francisco for thirty years. I am the niece of the late Don Timothy Murphy of San Rafael. He was my father’s oldest brother. Timothy Murphy came to California from Peru S.A. in 1828. When I came to California in 1866 I lived with my cousins John Lucas at the family home Santa Margarita Valley, Marin County. Have been employed in the school department for 22 years past in this city.

Elizabeth Grace Wilson

Birth Place: California
Pioneer Father: Francis Stebbins
Birth Place: Massachusetts
Date of Arrival in California: October 1850
Pioneer Mother: Grace Edward Stebbins
Birth Place: England
Date of Arrival in California: 1849
Father: January 30, 1891; Mother: Dec. 1, 1894

Remarks: My father came to California via Cape Horn from Boston, Mass. My mother crossed the plains from Galena, Ill. traveling the entire distance with ox teams during the memorable year of 1849. My father came around Cape Horn in an old Brig. The voyage lasted many months and several times they were nearly lost. After great hardship they arrived in San Francisco in the fall of 1850 they landed at what is now Montgomery Street. It was then the beach. San Francisco then consisted of a few canvas tents and many open accommodations. Father secured room in a tent with a miner. It was large enough for them to sleep edgeways. In the spring of 1850 a great rush of gold miners commenced. Father went to Sacramento sometime in the spring and then he met my mother. They were married in that city July 17th, 1857. When my mother crossed the plains all her people were with her except an older brother. He had left England when my mother was a child. I do not know what route they came to California. My mother arrived in Sacramento in 1849 accompanied by one of her brothers. After father and mother were married they remained for some time in Sacramento they were engaged in the hotel business not only in Sacramento but several places. They were the parents of four children, Anna, Frank, Charles, and Elizabeth.

Violet Fleming Lawrence

Birth Place: San Bernardino, Cal.
Pioneer Father: Arthur Fleming
Birth Place: Carlisle, Pa.
Date of Arrival in California: Dec. 20, 1852
Pioneer Mother: Anna V. Fleming
Birth Place: Livermore, Pa.
Date of Arrival in California: July 16, 1870
Father: In S.F. July 15, 1901

Remarks: My grandfather George Fleming emigrated to the state of California by way of the plains, leaving March 19th, 1849. He settled in Alameda County in 1853 on a farm in San Lorenzo where he resided until his removal to San Leandro in 1863. He served as associate judge of Alameda County. He died October 8th, 1865 in San Leandro and was buried in Mt. Edna Cemetery. My grandmother Margret Fleming was one of the first white women in Alameda County. My father enlisted at the opening of the Civil War at Stockton. He served throughout the Civil War and at its close received an honorable discharge from the army.

Eloise Cornell Baker

Birth Place: Centerville, Cal.
Pioneer Father: Chauncey Cornell
Birth Place: Canandaigua, N.Z.
Date of Arrival in California: May 1852
Pioneer Mother: Charlotte Hanley Cornell
Birth Place: Birmingham, Eng.
Date of Arrival in California: May 1852
Father: SF 1891; Mother: Oakland 1910

Remarks: Mr. and Mrs. Cornell came to California via the Isthmus of Panama. Mrs. Baker writes “ My mother wrote a little history of some of the interesting events of her life at the age of 72 years ( she lived 92 years) extracts of which I will be pleased to read later if I have the honor of becoming a member of the Pioneer Women of California. Mrs. Baker passed away in San Francisco Dec. 1925.

Catherine E. Gordy

Birth Place: Missouri
Pioneer Father: James H. Millie
Birth Place: Tennessee
Date of Arrival in California: 1852
Pioneer Mother: Rosanna Gann
Birth Place: Virginia
Date of Arrival in California: 1852
Death: —

Remarks: Father and Mother crossed the plains in 1852. Father died in Mendocino County in 1890 and my Mother in 1894.

Mary Frances Bender

Birth Place: San Francisco
Pioneer Father: Jerry J. Collins
Birth Place: London, Eng.
Date of Arrival in California: 1850
Pioneer Mother: Hannah Collins
Birth Place: St. John’s, N.B.
Date of Arrival in California: 
Both died in San Francisco

Remarks: —

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