Continuing to piece together the life story of my husband’s great-grandmother Laura Mae (Fields) Pace, who died tragically young. This time focusing on her childhood through census documents, and then her migration around Texas following marriage and motherhood.
The 1860 U.S. Census is the first federal census that records the family living in California (16 June 1860), roughly two years after following the old emigrant route through Ebbetts Pass. The Harless household resided in Castoria Township (San Joaquin County), also known as French Camp. Jeff and I recently visited French Camp.
This July, my husband and I took a road trip retracing the high Sierras pass and emigrant route that his 2nd and 3rd great grandfathers (and 3rd great grandmother) took in 1858 when the family emigrated from Missouri to California. We got to actually walk on stretches of the old route.