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Biography of Larkin S. Bunyard of El Monte California

Biography of Larkin S. Bunyard of El Monte California

Well know and highly respected, and remembered especially for his sterling character and benevolent nature, Larkin S. Bunyard, early El Monte pioneer, was born in the blue grass state, November 11, 1812. In about the year 1835, Mr. Bunyard was married to Miss Frankie Stewart, a native of Tennessee.

Biography of Barney S. Bryant of El Monte California

Biography of Barney S. Bryant of El Monte California

El Monte’s first constable was Barney (“Bud”) Bryant who came to California in about 1854 and who was among the first pioneers of this district. He was born in Milan County, Texas, December 19, 1840, accompanying his parents to California when in his early teens.

Biography of Charley Blackley of El Monte California

Biography of Charley Blackley of El Monte California

Another El Monte Pioneer of the covered wagon days was Charley Blackley, who was born in England in 1830. Coming to the United States when a small boy, his parents settled in Illinois, where Charley Blackley was educated in the public schools. In about the year 1857, Mr. Blackley was united in marriage with Miss Minerva Johnston, a native of Arkansas, whose parents were El Monte pioneer settlers of the early fifties.

Biography of Moses Clinton Cuddeback of El Monte California

Biography of Moses Clinton Cuddeback of El Monte California

Bearing the distinction of being the first white child in El Monte, Moses C. Cuddeback was born January 22, 1853 or 1854. At the time, his parents were living with the family of Nicholas Smith on Valley Boulevard in an adobe house. Moses C. Cuddeback was the son of Grant P. and Almira Cuddeback, their native state being New York. History tells that the family came to California in 1850.

Biography of Grant P. Cuddeback of El Monte California

Biography of Grant P. Cuddeback of El Monte California

Among the first settlers in El Monte was Grant P. Cuddeback. He was born in New York State July 1, 1820, the son of Peter and Clarissa Cuddeback. At El Monte, February 2, 1852, he was married to Miss Elmira Hale, of whose parents there is no record available. To Mr. and Mrs. Cuddeback were born six children.

California Genealogy is designed to help you to find online genealogy data for California. We hope this website will assist you in establishing your California family history.

At present we have a series of pages devoted to identifying the various genealogical resources online. You can access this list from every page on the site, as they’ll always appear on the right side.

We will be updating these pages frequently with additional California genealogy and historical data, so please visit often.

Please take some time and read books we have put on line for you research:

  • 1876-1878 Pacific Coast Business Directory
    The triennial business directory, containing the name of each merchant, manufacturer, and professional in the States of California, Oregon, Nevada, the Territories of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona, and Alaska, and the Colony of British Columbia.
  • Membership Roll of the Pioneers of Los Angeles County
    Provides pioneers name, birthplace, occupation, year arrived in Los Angeles county,  town of residence,  and when arrived in state.
  • Register of Officers of the National Guard and Naval Militia of California
    This book provides some insight into the National Guard and Naval Militia in California in 1917. We have listed only the people who served and not the structure of the military. In some cases there were blank lines where it was thought there should be another officer, they were removed. The book does not provide information as to the dates after the names, we can only guess it is the date of the start of their service.
  • Cemeteries of California
    A list of all cemeteries in California, first by name, county and location.  A great tool to help with cemeteries that have the same name within the state.
  • 1922 Householders’ Guide of the City of Watsonville
    Alphabetical listing of names, including address
  • 1948 Directory, Alturas, Modoc County
    A listing as of June 1948 of the citizens of Alturas
  • Death Valley In ’49
    Autobiography Of A Pioneer, Detailing His Life From A Humble Home In The Green Mountains To The Gold Mines Of California; And Particularly Reciting The Sufferings Of The Band Of Men, Women And Children Who Gave “Death Valley” Its Name.
  • The Adventures of a Forty-niner
    An Historic Description of California, with Events and Ideas of San Francisco and Its People in Those Early Days, By Daniel Knower. Daniel went to California in 1849 during the start of the gold-rush days. This manuscript provides sketches on events and ideas that he saw, as well as detailing his trek to the gold rush town of Coloma.
  • Old Mission Stories of California
    In these quiet, unpretending stories the writer has attempted to give a faithful picture of life among the Indians and Spaniards in Nueva California during the early days of the past century.
  • La Baja California
    Very soon after the conquest of Mexico the attention of Cortez was attracted by certain stories told by some of the conquered tribes regarding a mysterious but wonderful country, lying far to the northwestward. This land they called Ciguatan, or The Realm of Women; and they declared that it abounded in gold, in pearls, rubies, garnets, turquoises, and many other products, rich and precious.

We are also the hosts of California Gold Rush Most Wanted, if you have a ancestor lost in California during the time of the Goldrush, 1840s-1880s, you will want to make a “brick-wall” post here.

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