The Madera County Historian, Volume 2, Issue 1

The Madera County Historian documents the history of Madera County and was published by the Madera Historical Society beginning in 1961. This is issue 1 of volume 2, was published in January of 1962 and totaled 8 pages. This issue starts out with the Mordecai family of Madera County who descend from Augustus Mordecai and Rosina Young of Richmond, Virginia. After the Civil War, and after their father’s death, the youngest, John Mordecai headed West by ship with others from the area in Virginia and settled in the San Joaquin Valley. His descendants would settle upon the Ranch they called the Refuge in Madera County.

An additional article discusses some of the early families of Madera County whose names were recorded on the old Madera Yosemite Hotel register.

Finally the issue closes with a report from the President for 1961 outlining the Historical Society’s accomplishments and engagements during the year and then a list of current members for the Society in 1961.

Table of Contents:

  • The George Washington Mordecai Family as related to Nathan C. Sweet by Louise and Brooke F. Mordecai
  • Some Early Families of Madera County by Mildred M. Eaves
  • President’s Report for 1961
  • 1961 Membership Roster

Digital Book:


Original: Various authors, The Madera County Historian, quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 1, January 1962; Madera California: Madera County Historical Society, 1962.
Digitization made possible by Sierra Historic Sites Association and California Revealed. Files hosted at InternetArchive.

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