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John Malchi
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Birth: Jun. 25, 1847
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 1920
Solano County
California, USA


John Malchi was born in Lansingburg, Rensselaer County, New York on June 25th, 1847. His family moved to the Sandusky area in Erie County, Ohio in 1855 where they took up farming.

According to the Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio, John Malchi enlisted as a Private in Company B, 117th Infantry Regiment Ohio on his 16th birthday in 1863. (Note: Veterans records show his age at the time of enlistment as 18 however birth records prove that he was actually 16.) He mustered out on 12 Aug 1863 and transferred to Company B, Ohio 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment. He mustered out from Company B, 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment Ohio on 25 July, 1865 at Knoxville, Tennessee. (source: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio)

In 1875 he bought 164 acres three miles northeast of Suisun in Solano County, California. He farmed this land until 1892, then purchased acreage to raise stock in Lagoon Valley (Vacaville, CA) while continuing to farm his land outside Suisun. In 1910 he moved his family to an eight acre homestead one mile south of Vacaville where they grew crops.

John married Elizabeth Newton in 1876 and they had a baby girl, Mary A. Malchi (later Mary A. Loraine of San Diego). John's first wife, Elizabeth, died in 1880 and three years later John married Nancy Newton (from Douglas County, OR), his first wife's sister. Together John and Nancy had three children: Grace Evelyn, Edith Helen, and Viola.

At some point John Malchi took up residence in Vallejo (Solano Co.) California and appears in the 1904-'05 Kingsbury's Directory of Vallejo City and Solano County, California. His occupation is given as Farmer.

According to California Biographies of Napa & Solano Counties, John Malchi served as clerk of the board of school trustees in Solano County, CA. He was made a Mason in Carson Lodge No. 1. F. & A. M., state of Nevada, and was a member of Suisun Lodge No. 55. He was also a member of Solano Lodge No. 43, R. A. M., and with his wife and two daughters was a member of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythias and Gen. Sol. Meredith Post, G. A. R. of Fairfield, California.

This quote comes from "History of Solano and Napa Counties, California: with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the counties, who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present time" (Los Angeles, Calif.: Historic Record Co., 1912): "Mr. Malchi was a man who has won his way in the world by his perseverance and courage in the face of obstacles, and in so doing has won the respect of his fellows."

John Malchi is buried alongside several family members in the Masons section of the Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield, California (Solano County).

Note: this biographical information is derived from family sources, online source materials from CA GenWeb, census information, Civil War records, birth/marriage/death records, cemetery records, and city directories. 
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  Elizabeth Newton Malchi (1850 - 1880)
  Nancy Newton Malchi (1857 - 1932)*
  Mary A. Malchi Lorraine (1877 - 1960)*
  Viola Glenbrook Malchi Maher (1891 - 1962)*
  Edith Helen Malchi (1895 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery
Solano County
California, USA
Plot: section 146, grave 8
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Record added: Jul 02, 2006
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