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This respected citizen of Tuolumne, whose portrait appears herein, was born in Rockland, Knox county, Maine, April 19, 1831.  At the early age of nine years, he left home and went to sea.  Step by step he rose from a cabin boy to the position of master of a vessel.  This position he was filling when he sailed to California, letting go the anchor in the bay of San Francisco in the Fall of 1850. He at once came to this county, bought a three eighths interest in the Campo Seco Water Company, and located at Woods’ Crossing.  This business he followed during the years ‘51-2, then going to mining at Campo Seco and at Humbug Hill. At the latter place Mr. Long operated the first hydraulic mine in the county, in the years 1856-7.  In 1850, he returned to his native home, and there married Jennie Linekin, bringing her to Sonora.  He ran for Sherriff of this county, but was defeated by John Bourland. During the Winter of 1872-3, he represented Tuolumne, Mono and Inyo counties in the lower house of the Legisla­ture, and in 1875-6, he was appointed Revenue Collector.  He once owned and opened the Golden Gate mine, and has been identified with several large mines and mining inter­ests in this county.  Although Mr. Long’s family reside at Hayward’s, California, he claims Sonora as his home, and has done so since his coming in 1850.  The names of his children are Willietta, Charles S., Percy, Robert, Jennie and Willie.


“A History of Tuolumne County, California” B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 375-376.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton






It was who broke open the barricade which a creditor— Mayor Patrick—had placed before the entrance to his church; and afterwards withdrew from his charge because the Superintendent of his Sabbath School, and the bell-ringer, the senior deacon, and other high dignitaries of his church, would play pedro, drink whisky, and attend bull the fights on Sunday.


“A History of Tuolumne County, California” B.F. Alley, 1882.  Pg. 394.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton






This gentleman, one of the oldest settlers of Tuolumne County and this State, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on Jan. 13, 1814.  In early life he took up his res­idence in New York City, and on September 26, 1846, he sailed for this coast as a soldier in Stevenson’s Regiment. He arrived at San Francisco on March 5, 1847, thence going to Santa Barbara, where he remained until discharged, September 28, 1848. From Santa Barbara he proceeded to Weaver Creek, thence to San Francisco, and came to this, county March 10, 1849.  He located at Jamestown, where he remained, and was engaged in mining until May, 1849, when he went to Stockton, but soon returning, he settled in Sonora in March, 1850, where he has since resided.


“A History of Tuolumne County, California” B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 371.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton






Was born in Paris, France, July 29, 1834, and came to California in 1852.  Landing at San Francisco, he went to Tuolumne County, associating himself with his father, Hugues Lyons, in general merchandising.  In 1864 he removed to San Francisco, selecting the wine trade for his vocation, and is identified as a prominent merchant in that city.


“A History of Tuolumne County, CA” B.F. Alley, 1882.  Appendix Pg. 3.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton


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