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Amy Ella Little

Birth Place: Stockton, CA
Pioneer Father: John H. Dutch
Birth Place: [illegible], England
Date of Arrival in California: 1849
Pioneer Mother: Ellen Abernathy [illegible]
Birth Place: England
Date of Arrival in California: 1849
Mother: San Francisco 1887; Father: Philadelphia 1914

Remarks: My parents were married in Melbourne Dec. 10, 1839. Came to California in 1849 at the time of the gold excitement. Mother has often said she had seen two cities grow – San Francisco and Melbourne. My father left the Fremont Hotel in 1850, which at this time was the largest building here. Was named after the premier path-finder Gen. Fremont and was head-quarters [sic] of the sea captains. Father and mother came to California by sailing vessel by the Pacific Ocean. Mother attended the annex ball in 1850. Tickets $25. My father was the first to import paint and old supplies from Melbourne and England. The first I attended was in 1858 in San Antonio near [illegible] Ave. in E. Oakland. It a female school-house and the only one there at that time. Several pioneer ladies attended the same school at the same time. We had to travel by boat to San Francisco. The [illegible] which was Clinton and San Antonio. Was married in 1872. Raised three children, one daughter and two sons. At the time of the Spanish-American War one son saw service at Manila, and [illegible] [illegible] would [illegible] my youngest boy. Both returned safe and sound. 

Katherine W. Cooper

Birth Place: San Francisco, CA
Pioneer Father: F.O. Wakerman
Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
Date of Arrival in California: 1850
Pioneer Mother: Mary E. Wilson
Birth Place: Fayette, Missouri
Date of Arrival in California: December 1849
Mother: Santa Cruz 1897; Father: Philadelphia 1914

Remarks: My grand-father Gen, John Wilson was naval agent at San Francisco. He and his family came over land by government train to take this position, approved by Zachary Taylor. He was soon a member of the first board of education of San Francisco. I know so much of the early history of San Francisco that this paper would not suffice. 

Catherine Victory Brown

Birth Place: San Francisco
Pioneer Father: Thomas Brown
Birth Place: Colgan Co. Louth, Ireland
Date of Arrival in California: February 1852
Pioneer Mother: Anne Victory
Birth Place: [illegible], Ireland
Date of Arrival in California: July 1856
Mother: Dec. 1915; Father: 1901


Mary Adelaide [illegible]

Birth Place: Sacramento, Cal.
Pioneer Father: Robert La Mar
Birth Place: Harrisburg, Penn.
Date of Arrival in California: 1854
Pioneer Mother: Catherine Palmer
Birth Place: Scotland
Date of Arrival in California: 1850
Mother: June 1917; Father: August 1901

Remarks: My grand-mother, mother and my aunt Mrs. M. Pendergast came to San Francisco by way of the isthmus, Cape Horn. My father by way of the isthmus. 

Elizabeth Howard Corcoran

Birth Place: Roseburg, OR
Pioneer Father: John H. Howard
Birth Place: Kentucky
Date of Arrival in California: 1847
Pioneer Mother: Nancy Eddings
Birth Place: Fayette, Missouri
Date of Arrival in California: never in California
Mother: Aug. 20, 1900 in Roseburg, OR; Father in Westfall in Eastern Oregon in 1908

Remarks: Dad came to Oregon in The Covered Wagon from Kansas City in 1844. Then in 1847 to California. My mother crossed the plains with an ox-team in 1852. I am much flattered to join the Association of Pioneer Women of California. My only claim to the honor is the fact that my grand-father [sic] James Howard came here in the days of gold with his family of six children of which my father was the eldest. I [illegible] a memo-paper clipping which came to me on the very day this application blank was received and which I need return to them so I need ask you to return it to me when you have finished with it.  

Mary McBride McRae

Birth Place: Dixon in Solano Co., CA
Pioneer Father: Samuel McBride
Birth Place: Sandusky, Ohio
Date of Arrival in California: Aug 26, 1853
Pioneer Mother: Catherine [illegible]
Birth Place: Wilkes Barre, Penn
Date of Arrival in California: Aug. 26, 1853
Father: 1893; Mother: 1896 July

Remarks: With a train of emigrants, my father left Council Bluff with his family consisting of wife three small children, has his yoke of oxen and wagons, also [illegible] [illegible] they travelled [sic] with-out any trouble from Indians. Only stopping at [illegible] Camp near Salt Lake where a little daughter was born. Father had to go back about ten miles for a mid-wife, also one of the party. Her name was Martha Jane Shelles. So the [illegible] baby was named Martha Jane and little Martha liked travelling [sic] so much that she cried every time they stopped until they started again. Two days stop was made at [illegible] Swamp when the last of the train caught up. So my father moved up rather than wait longer until another train would come, as it was safe to leave alone, however they had no trouble with the Indians and arrived safely on farm land near Dixon where they both lived until they died never wanting to change. 

Sophie McCarthy

Birth Place: San Francisco
Pioneer Father: Charles Shaffield
Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
Date of Arrival in California: Nov. 1848
Pioneer Mother: Amy Shaffield
Birth Place: Manchester, England
Date of Arrival in California: July 10, 1851
Mother died at Clayton Contra Costa Co.; Father May 1, 1914


Mrs. Mary Basila Agnes Henry (85)

Birth Place: San Francisco
Pioneer Father:
Patrick Donahue
Birth Place:
Cavan, Ireland
Date of Arrival in California:
June, 1851
Pioneer Mother:
Mary Mulligan
Birth Place:
Westmeath, Ireland
Date of Arrival in California:
Aug, 1855
Mother, Mar [illegible] 1905. Father, Jan. 31 — 1896


Laura W. Peckham

Birth Place: San Francisco
Pioneer Father: Stewart A. Winall
Birth Place: Lewisburg, Virginia
Date of Arrival in California: 1851
Pioneer Mother: Mary A. Winall
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Arrival in California:
Mother: Oct. 11, 1897; Father: Oct. 23, 1907

Remarks: Parents arrived in California by Isthmus of Panama

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