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Deaths recorded in diary of William Dugay Cruikshank

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Deaths recorded in diary of William Dugay Cruikshank Reply with quote

The following was submitted by Nancy Hargiss []:

My grandmotherís cousin, William Dugay Cruikshank, was a gold miner in the Los Burros Mining District of Monterey County, California. He kept a diary for many, many years before he died in 1937, and one of the things he recorded was when he heard of the death of one of his neighbors or friends. The following dates are in most cases not the date of death but the date that Will heard of the death, unless otherwise noted. The information was extracted by my mother while transcribing the diaries, and they are not in perfect chronological order. I hope that someone some day will find something useful for their research:

First, the good news - two births:
8 Jun 1897 To the Gillis family, a son
11 Dec 1899 ďOda had 11 pound boy born on the 7th [in Jolon]Ē [Momís note: This may have been Oda Dutton.]

The deaths:
9 Jan 1896 Mr. Whittaker died at San Simeon
28 Feb 1896 Mrs. Dutton died on this date
25 Jun 1899 Mr. Phillips died out to Tidbullís [Jolon] a couple of days ago
Nov 1909 Pete McKenna was found dead in his camp
20 Sep 1899 Heard of the killing of Sheriff Farley today
21 Dec 1898 Mr. Hill [?] died in Jolon three days ago
10 Mar 1910 Rowley died in Jolon a few days ago.
29 May 1910 Old Mrs. Freeman died last night.
19 Mar 1900 Williamson who was prospecting at the Lionís Den [Momís note: Will ďrode all nightĒ to try to save this manís life though they were strangers. He was probably from Watsonville.]
5 Jan 1901 Notice of Mr. Butterfieldís death in the Chronicle today. He died Dec 291900 in San Francisco
21 May 1903 Mr. Hitchcock and Junior Garcia both died a week or ten days ago
10 Jul 1901 Hugh Marshall drowned in San Francisco bay a few days ago
9 Oct 1901 Mr. Williamson was accidentally killed
7 Feb 1903 Aunt Mary [Elizabeth Anthony Cruikshank] died on the 2nd of this month
10 Jan 1903 John Klamman [disappeared?]
30 July 1903 Mr. Spencerís wife died Monday the 27th
19 Dec 1903 Found Klamanís body
29 Jun 1904 Rev. Hoge committed suicide in Monterey a few days ago
10 Aug 1904 Emylyn Dutton was buried yesterday in Jolon. Old resident of the county gone.
17 Aug 1904 Mr. Murry died in Jolon yesterday. Another old settler gone.
22 Aug 1904 George Gillisí little boy died a month or so ago
28 Dec 1904 Jim Krinkleís mother in law died
31 Jan 1905 One of Marion Plaskettís little girls died
3 May 1905 Edward Robles died in Jolon yesterday
5 July 1905 Jimmie Plaskettís little boy died last Monday from the measles
4 Aug 1905 They found Madrans dead on the trail. Well, he was an old man.
13 Aug 1905 Pony Webb was dead. Old timers are going off one by one. Will soon be none of them left. [My note: This is probably Ponez Webb b. 1837 New York as shown on the 1880 census for San Antonio, Monterey County, California - 1880; Census Place: San Antonio, Monterey, California; Roll: T9_69; Family History Film: 1254069; Page: 266.4000; Enumeration District: 58; Image: 0534]
18 Oct 1905 Jim Mansfield was dead. Killed in a [---?] accident
2 Nov 1905 Ed Duttonís baby died last Monday night [Momís note - Oct 30, 1905]
20 Nov 1905 Dr. Taylor died in San Francisco Oct 8
21 Nov 1905 They buried George Huston today here in Jolon
21 Oct 1913 Mrs. Earl died in Jolon
23 Jan 1912 Luis McCormack died. Was buried in Pleyton [?] Feb 1
19 Sep 1912 Mr. Thomas found dead in his room in King City a day or so ago
1 Oct 1914 Mr. Preston, Hornishís step father died a few days ago
22 Aug 1917 Dunbar died Ė was buried yesterday
25 Jul 1921 Ed Dutton died [Momís note: Will went to the funeral in Jolon on July 27]
21 Mar 1922 Mrs. Reed died very suddenly and was buried March 24
11 Nov 1923 John Harboltís son in law died
10 Mar 1930 Jim Trickle died
18 Dec 1932 George Gillisí son Ted died 3 or 4 days ago
7 May 1934 Received word of death of Winnie Dutton
3 July 1935 Received word of John Harboltís death. [My note: John Harbolt was a very dear friend of Willís. Will is buried in King City in the same grave as John Harbolt. Terry Johnson, if you are out there, please contact me!!]
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