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Goldrush (#47418713)
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I am able to send photos of grave markers in the Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys, CA if you need them. I also will do genealogical look-ups for people searching for ancestors who were in Calaveras County in the 1800s or later.
I follow the Findagrave rule on transferring memorials so please make sure you are a direct descendant, within 4 generations, before making the request.
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Sharon M. Bledsoe
Calaveras County 1800's pioneers
I sent the following message to the Calaveras County Historical Society. I am sending to you since I read your message on your profile page in hopes you might help me.

I am researching the Henry Baldwin Read. I found the following newpaper article in the Virginia Historical Society historical files on Henry Baldwin Read:

Death of a Richmond Gentleman in California "Died at Altaville November 9 1871, of consumption, Henry B Read a native of Richmond, Va. aged about 48 years.

"The deceased was one of the early pioneers of California, having arrived in that state in 1849. He resided in Stockdale until 1854, when he removed to Altaville, where he lived until the day of his death, being one time elected Supervisor of Calavaras County. From his upright character and gentlemanly manner, it may be truely said of him, he seldom lost a friend or made an enemy.

The above was taken from a California paper. Mr Read was well known in this city.

Henry Baldwin Read born 12 Nov 1823 in Richmond, Va the son of Jesse Read and Frances Baldwin who came from Vermont and Connecticut respectively. He married 9 Aug 1821 in Richmond. Disappointed in love, Henry went to California in Jan 1849 and with a friend opened a Store in San Francisco, in the ten city on the beach. Henry had been employed in a mercantile establishment in Richmond prior to leaving for California. Some sucess attended the venture, also some catastrophies; fire burned them out once, and either there or at Angel Camp Henry was robbed.

Henry Read was a deeply spriitual man and had great influence overyoung men. Hating the overindulgence in liquor he saw among them, he started "the Sons of Temperance" in Richmond. He was very musical, had a fine tenor voice, and was quite a poet.

I would appreciate any help locating any information on Henry Baldwin Read. The location of his grave would also be welcomed

Thanking you in advance for any assistance you can provide me.

Sharon M. Bledsoe
Added by Sharon M. Bledsoe on Jan 12, 2016 2:57 PM
Veronica Jordan
RE: Alvin O Berryessa
Thank you very, very! much for taking the time and making the effort to help me with my search. It was very generous of you and deeply appreciated.

If you ever have any research you need done in Santa Clara County, please let me know, I would be so grateful for the opportunity to return the favor. I know many of the place to look here for our family and ancestors.

Veronica J
Added by Veronica Jordan on Nov 04, 2015 10:54 AM
Cecellia M Rogers
Frank R Cockerton, Born 1894
I see that his grave marker says he was born in 1898, but he was enumerated in the 1895 Iowa State Census (dated January 1, 1895), age 0. He and his twin, Flossie, were actually 6 months old at the time. This date of birth is consistent with census data in 1900, 1905 (Iowa again), 1910, 1915, and 1920. It is not until the 1925 South Dakota census that he is reported as 2 or 3 years younger. I sincerely believe the headstone to be in error.
Respectfully submitted,
Cecellia Rogers
Damascus, Maryland
Added by Cecellia M Rogers on Oct 29, 2015 5:25 PM
Veronica Jordan
Alvin O Berryessa
Hi! Thank you so much for creating this memorial. I read on your page that you were willing to do genealogical lookups in Calaveras County.

I believe that this person was "Alvino" Berryessa, son of Alvino and Dominga Berryessa who were originally from New Almaden where there families were quicksilver miners. After layoffs in the late 19th century, many of the Almaden mine families went to Calaveras County. Dominga Berryessa was my Great Great Grandmother's aunt. I was wondering if you might be able to find anything on these Berryessas? Alvino Berryessa Sr. was born about 1850 and Dominga Avila Berryessa was born in 1857.

There was an Alvino Berryessa who died at the county hospital in 1904, I think that was Alvino Sr.

Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Or pointers on where to look myself.

I really appreciate the work you do on Calaveras families. You had also done some enteries on the Cabrera family, to whom I am also related. You've been a big help to me on finding my Almaden families after they went to Copperopolis.

Thanks again,

Veronica J
Added by Veronica Jordan on Oct 29, 2015 12:40 PM
Diane & John
Re: McCormicks
You sent this message: "I noticed you have made Catherine McCormick the mother of the children of James and Mary McCormick by mistake (Etta A.; Cecilia W; Ella B.; Julia R.; Daniel; Clara C.; William Washington; John Gilmartin; Edward Parnell and all the children of James and Mary McCormick. If you look at the age of Catherine you can tell she would be their grandmother not their mother)"

It seems some of these links have been corrected to show James & Mary as parents. Three of them, however, Julia #95076597 (created by Connie Saculla), Clara C. #95028447 (created by Connie Saculla), and John Gilmartin #73985270 (maintained by J), I can do nothing about, since parent links have to be added from the children's page. I did not create those 3, so you will have to contact the creator of them.

If there is something else you need for me to do, let me know.

Added by Diane & John on Sep 02, 2015 4:01 PM
Raymond Malispina
Malispina of Altavile (plot C1-42)
I have now found the information on "Unknown" in our family plot C1-42 in Altaville Catholic Cemetery. I also believe that I can now identify all seven individuals interred in the site from 1901 to 1949. How do I contribute the information to make it a permanent part of the record?
Also, I should note that the name originally embedded in the site was a misspelling. The entrance to the plot shows Malespino. While the original spelling from Camposasco Italy should be Malaspina our family history has always shown Malispina.
I note from a prior posting on the site that a record addition was completed on 30 September 2011. If the person who compiled the information at that time is available to discuss his/her resources I'd love to hear from them.
I'm 80 and have been stumbling my way through this for some 40+ years and need all the knowledge I can dig-up on the family. I am dead ended in search for my great grandmother who is in this plot simply as "Mother". I have her death certificate, and obituary census data and another piece of information and none show her place of birth, place of marriage and I have three different years of birth from 1841 to 1847. Her name was Teresa Podesta Malispina. Death was 11/2/1921.
If anyone can help I'd be very greatful.
Added by Raymond Malispina on Aug 08, 2015 7:50 PM
Erica Malaspino
Mokelumne Hill Malaspino family
Hi Goldrush thanks so much for the Murphys photo of the Batten headstone. I have a pretty accurate picture now of how the Malaspino/Malaspina/Malespino clans are linked and where they originated from in Italy. The Malaspino plot in St Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in Moke Hill are all my immediate family. If you would like to transfer them to me you are welcome to. Any additional information on any of the clans that you have I would very much appreciate too. I have had a tough time getting access to newspaper articles and marraige records. I don't have time to sit in the library, etc. in Calaveras County and dig through it getting additional historical nuggets.

Thanks so much for your time and commitment to family history. :)

Erica Malaspino
Jackson, CA
Added by Erica Malaspino on Apr 24, 2015 12:01 PM
Marcia Hall
Gold Rush Cherokee
Hi, I am a member of the Calaveras Historical Society. I contributed some info on Clem Vann McNair. I am a relative of McNair, Blythe etc.

I am a historian/ researcher of Cherokee History and I have been working on the Gold Rush Cherokee for a long time. It may take me 2 more years to finish.

I live in L.A. County. My email is

Marcia Hall
Added by Marcia Hall on Dec 12, 2014 9:48 PM
Bernie Shelley
RE: Sarah Prutzman Murphy
Well Maureen, we are family, that's great. Thanks for sharing your information with me. Dad (age 92 1/2)said the last contact he had with your uncle Jack was in 1936, at that time he was known as A J Murphy or Al. Your uncle worked at the Pennsylvania Hotel in NYC in 1935 as a transportation clerk. Shortly after Sally's death he lost contact with her family, around August of 1936. Hope we can put the missing piece together.
Added by Bernie Shelley on Dec 10, 2014 4:02 PM
Bernie Shelley
RE: Sarah Prutzman Murphy
Thanks for your prompt reply. I'm visiting my father in PA and will be returning home to CA tomorrow. My father is Sally's brother, he was 13 when she died. Dad said your uncle Jack came to my grandmother's house for a while after Sally died then went his own way. Sadly, we have no information about his second wife and daughter.

I've contacted the Marcy cemetery in hopes of locating the exact location of Sally's grave. My grandmother, Elise, died in 1962 and was buried on top of Sally. Apparently there's some family history and my grandmother was moved to another location in Marcy cemetery. My father may still know members of your uncle Jack's family.
Added by Bernie Shelley on Dec 10, 2014 11:43 AM
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