Words To Remember

"The truth is this--genealogy is our living, and we are busy every minute, [and we] could use more hours." --Jane Wethy Foley, 1942

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Arms for the Californians

From the Columbia Missouri Statesman
Columbia, Boone Co., MO
published March 8, 1850

"On the 14th March 1849, the Secretary of War caused to be published the following notice, which is of interest to California emigrants:

"War Department, March 14, 1849

"The following regulations will govern in issuing arms and ammunition, under the resolution of Congress, approved March 2, 1849:

"1. Each applicant must send to the War Department an affidavit that it is his bona fide intention to emigrate to Oregon, or California, or New Mexico, as the case may be, and must state distinctly what arms and ammunition he requires.

"2. On receipt of an application and affidavit, as above stated, a sufficient supply of the arms and ammunition designated by him, to arm and equip each applicant, may be delivered to him or his order, on payment of the cost thereof; provided the Government has such arms, and the same can be sold without detriment to the public service; and if not, then the applicant may receive such other arms and ammunition as he shall select, on the same conditions.

"3. Arms and ammunition, furnished as above, will be delivered to each applicant, or to his authorized agent, at the nearest and most convenient arsenal where the arms may be.  The place of delivery desired by the applicant, should be designated." 

"These regulations, we presume, are still in force. At all events we have no knowledge of their repeal.

"Last spring Maj. Wm. Bell, the officer in command at the Arsenal near St. Louis, was authorized to issue arms and ammunition, the above requirements being first complied with by the applicant. We suppose the same officer has the same authority now."

News to Californians

From the Columbia Missouri Statesman
Columbia, Boone Co., MO
published March 8, 1850

"We propose furnishing news from Missouri to the miners in California. Our ability to do so has been demonstrated, and this too during a period of great embarrassment and difficulty in mail transportation. These difficulties, heretofore occasioning delays and failures of the California mails, are now vanishing. Agents have been put upon the line between New York and Chagres [once the chief Atlantic port on the isthmus of Panama--ed. note], to see that mail matter goes forward; and doubtless, the same regulation will exist in a short time between New Orleans and Chagres. The connection then will be unbroken and reliable. The evils complained of at the Isthmus are also effectually remedied.

"Capt. McLean, U.S. Mail Agent for the Pacific mail service, has announced that henceforward there will neither be obstructions nor delays in the transmission of the mail across the Isthmus. Mail service for the interior of California is also in process of improvement. Hence news papers mailed her for subscribers at San Francisco, Sacramento City, Stockton, San Jose, Coloma and other points, whether on the coast or in the interior, may be expected to reach their destination with reasonable certainty.

"What Missourian, and especially what resident of Boone or the counties adjacent, two thousand miles away delving for gold in the valley of the Sacramento or the San Joaquin, can estimate the value of a newspaper received weekly from home?

"Friends write but seldom while the paper is mailed to them weekly. Another important consideration is, that even when friends do write they cannot if they would give the intelligence a paper contains. Single letters cost 40 cents postage each, while the paper containing more news than twenty letters will [sic] coast but three or four cents.

"That the Statesman reached California during the past year, and with reasonable regularity, is abundantly shown by Mr. Russell’s letter published last week.  No fears need be entertained on that point. Many who propose emigrating this spring have already sent in their names.  Those who leave families behind them have ordered two copies---one for their families at home and one for themselves in the mines; for remember, we will give news from California as well as to California.  We suggest to out-going emigrants that one copy of the paper to each mess, although infinitely better than none, is not the best arrangement.

"In nine cases out of ten, messes are disbanded on reaching the mines and the members scatter all over the country. Each man therefore who wants the news had best make sure work of it by subscribing for it "on his own book,” A copy to each man---that’s the doctrine!

"California emigrants throughout the State, who wish to hear from home every week, are invited to send in their names to us, or to either of our agents in the prospective counties, stating the post office in California to which they desire their papers sent.

"Other citizens remaining at home, and wishing to hear the latest news from California and all other quarters, are also invited to become subscribers, for a “good time is coming.”

"To Californians----John S. Jones, of Georgetown, Mo., gives notice that he will furnish provisions and ammunitions to eighty teamsters, for their services across the land route by Fort Hall, to California, and give them one month’s provision after they are discharged in the gold diggings; They are to be discharged as soon as they get there.  Their services to commence on the 25th of April, or sooner if the grass will permit."

Boone County (MO) Californians

[The only changes I have made to this list is to append the term (Dr.) to the end of the person's name rather than at its beginning and to re-alphabetize a stray name or two.] 

From the Columbia Missouri Statesman
Columbia, Boone Co., MO
published March 8, 1850

"We are endeavoring to prepare a full list in alphabetical order of the emigrants who will go to California from Boone County this spring. As yet the list is incomplete, and we would esteem it a favor were our friends to aid us in supplying the deficiencies. Such as are not reported in the list now published will please call either at our office, or at Crow & Jackman’s, Rocheport [Boone Co., MO], or at Sidney Maupin’s, Buena Vista [CA], and leave their own names and those of their messes and neighbors.


H. C. Anderson
James Austin (Dr.)
John M. Angel
John Armstrong


Samuel W. Berry
Mac Brink
William T. Berry
Thomas Barns
Benjamin Barns
Hubbard Barns
George Bradford
James Boyce
Stephen Bedford Jr.
W. C. Bugg
James H. Bennett (Dr.)
George Bright
R. E. Bondurant
William H. Booker
Jessee Bugg
Franklin Burnett
John M. Black
Madison Bradley
J. L. Buster (Dr.)
Lee Burruss
Nimrod Bishop
John Barkwell
John Baley (Dr.)
Robert Baley
William Breyman
Joseph G. Berry
John Bysfield
William Beazley
Jefferson Bentley
Elijah Brink
Lawrence Bass
Albert Barnett
John Booth
Peter Booth
Carr Booth
James Benedict
Greenbery Baker
L. G. Berry


T. H. Cox
Montgomery Cowden
Richard Carter
W. Carter
Mac Culbert
John Carlisle
William Clarkson
John Clarkson
James T. Connerly
Sanford Connerly
Thomas Caldwell
Nelson Carter
Viley Collins
Ogel Campbell
Charles Campbell
William Campbell
Merit Cave
Dudley Clark
Franklin Clark
William Carpenter
Thomas Chandler
...... Chapman
A. J. Challass
Milton Crews
...... Clatweller
Samuel Caldwell
James Caldwell


John Dickinson
...... Dooley
Alex Duncan
Martin Duncan
J. M. Doneghee
James M. Downey


James Eastin
Green Edwards
Moss Easley
William Evans


James Fulkerson
Andrew Fenton
W. H. Fawcett
Thomas Farthing
John Fortner
Wary Fortner
Charles Finley
Columbus Finley
Sherrad Faddis
Wiley Ferguson


James Grant
John M Gordon
William J. Gordon
Henry Gatewood
Odon Guitar
Rueben Gosling
Robert Galloway
James Gentry
Sidney Gentry
Joseph Graves

Thomas Hulen
David Hulen
William Hulen
James Hulen
B. B. Hunter
Levi Hern
S. T. Hart
Cicero Houston
John Hall
George Hersh
J. Hardin
James Hamilton
Staunton Hume
L. B. Hunt
Durret Hubbard
John Hubbard
William Hickam
John Hadden
James Hern
Harrison Hawkins
J. Harvey Hill
Birch Hunt
Hensly Hudson
John Harris
John Hopper
Sidney Hopper
Thomas Hancock
Rice Hern
Madison Hern
George Hickam
William Holmes
M. N. Heaston
George Hubbard
Ambrose Hulen


Thomas Jackson
Slocumb Jackson
James Jones
Thomas Jones
Harrison Jones
Greenberry Johnson


W. D. Kelso
George W. Kimbrough Sr.
George W. Kimbrough Jr.
Robert Kimbrough
John Kimbrough
John W. Kimbrough
Alex Keene
Thomas Keene
Charles King
Henry Kite
Richard Keone


Claiborn F. Laforce
Richard H Lawson
John Lampton
Joshua (Cap) Lampton
Richard Leonard
Ambrose Lythe
Jacob Langston
George Langston
William Laforce
James Langston
James Lowry
Franklin Lowry
Perry Lynes
Slater Lenoir
M. J. Lamme
James Little
Benjamin Lane
R. Lowry
John Lynch
Kirtley Lynch


Isaac B. Monday
Sidney Maupin
Cornelius Maupin
Job Marsh
Orvil McCready
Ed McCutchen
B. McCalister
William McClintock
...... McMickle
Joseph McDaniel
John Martin
Robert Martin
Tyre Martin
Nathan Martin Jr.
James Melloway
Franklin Melloway
Wallace Maxwell
...... McGowen
Thomas C. Maupin and family
...... Mead
Ab Marsh
Jeptha Marsh
David McQuitty Jr.
David McQuitty Sr.
David McBride
William Monroe


B. F. Nichols
Samuel Northcutt
Elvin J. Nichols
Amos Nichols
George Nelson
John Northcutt
Elman Nash
William Norris


B. F. Orear
William Orear
J. Belt Orear
Robert Orear


Young A. Purcell
Hiram Philips Jr.
Augustine Philips
James Pigg
Thomas Parker
Prather Parker
Thomas Parker
Thomas C Philips
Thomas Palmer
John G. Provines
Robert R. Provines
Josiah Parker
Henry Parsons
Bloomfield Philips
W. C. Philips (Dr.)
Mitchel Pulliam
William Pulliam
James B. Persinger
Stephen Pettis
Quincy Pitcher
J. C. Payne (Dr.)
James H. Parker


Elcanah C. Reed
...... Redderford
...... Redderford
John P. Royall
Orace Ridgway
Alonzo Richardson (Dr.)
James Richardson Jr.
David Richardson
Wesley Rice
John Rocheford
Thomas Rocheford
F. T. Russell
John M. Robards
Thomas Roleson
Thomas Roberts
Finley Roberts
John Reed
James Ryan
William Ryan
W. Riley
John Ridgway
Elijah Rogers
William Reyburn
James Riggs
Zadoc Riggs
John Riggs
Samuel Rowland
Thomas Rowland
W. W. Rowland
G. W. Roland
John Rowland
W. F. Roberts
Charles T. Reed


Alex Schooler
Wharton Schooler
Rice Schooler
J. Sprinkle
Caleb S. Stone
T. R. H. Smith (Dr.)
Job Slocumb
Robert C. Slocumb
...... Shackleford
...... Spiers
James Starke
Charles Starke
John Smith
James Smith
Alfred Slack
Philip J. Selt
Brown Searcy
Samuel Spence
B. R. M. Spence
W. R. Spence
James Smith
John Stephens
J. H. Stephens
W. Smith
W. South
Newman Suttle
Varner Skinner
Thomas Short
Rice Short
Franklin Seymour


----- Thomas (Dr.)
James B. Tucker
Jefferson Turner
Thomas Turner
Samuel Tuttle
R. C. Threlkeld
John Threlkeld
G. Turner
...... Tucker
Thomas S. Tuttle
Win Tuttle
Dr. E. C. Taylor
Abram N. Turner
Richard Turker
Mordica Turner
J. R. Tiffee
Jessee Turner
James Turner
Richard W. Turner


William H. Victor
J. D. Vanhorn
John Vanlandingham


Harvey Wright
A. B. Weldon
Dudley Wainscott
James Wainscott
Alfred Wainscott
John Warnock
William E. Wilson
H. H. Wilkerson
George S. Waters
R. J. Wade
Allen White
Wesley Wright
W. Wright
Joseph Wright
William White
John Wade
John J. Weir
James Wilcoxon
Hern Williams
Peter J. Wright
Alex Wright
R. P. Waters
William Wells
Sampson Wilhite
James M. Wilhite
William Wirt
James Wirt
William Wiggam
George Woodson
Joseph Waters
William Waters
William Wade
L. Withers
Walter W. Wilson
William Williams
John E. Willis

Whole number of emigrants whose names are published above---353."