Taking a California Homesteading class at the SoCal Genealogy Jamboree leads me to discover that my husband’s California pioneer 2nd great-grandfather received a homestead patent in Mariposa County.
All my husband knew about his 1st great grand uncle is that he drove a snow plow in Yosemite. My father-in-law confirmed this, and told me that he thought his grandfather’s brother George had also been a miner in Madera. So when I saw the “plowing through” theme for this year’s 52 Ancestors project, I decided to try to find out a bit more about 1st great rand uncle George.
My husband’s 3rd great grandfather served time in San Quentin State Prison in the late 1880s for larceny and something involving a public jail. The prison record I found provides a very detailed account of his physical description.
When visiting the gravesite of my husband’s 2nd great grandparents this July in Maricopa, California, we came across some nearby headstones that we thought might be for people related to us. One of those was for Walter S. Gann, brother of my husband’s 2nd great grandmother Pauline Adeline Gann.
Is 3rd great grand uncle Andrew Jackson Gann one of the Ganns from Gann’s Meadow on Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway? Gann’s Meadow is an abandoned settlement and venture located off historic Highway 4 in the Sierra Nevada range.
By 1880, Jeff’s Harless ancestors moved from Stanislaus County, California to Mariposa County. This July, we traveled to old town Mariposa to visit more family history spots and find the headstone of Jeff’s 2nd great grandparents.
My husband’s 2nd great grandmother Pauline Adeline Gann was allegedly born on 4 December 1860 in the mining town of Jenny Lind (Calaveras County), California, which was located on the road between Stockton and the southern mines. We recently visited Jenny Lind.