|Male/Husband} Samuels, Edmond*||Family History} Hancock|
|Female/Wife} Gregory, Mary Myrtle||Relationship Type} Marriage|
|Marriage: Date} Fam 12 Dec 1844||Place} , Marshall, Alabama|
|Ended: On Date} Fam May 1872
By} Death of husband
|1st Household No.}|
|Notes: *Given name conflict: Edmond Samuels was also known as Edward
or Edwin Samuels. See Edmond Samuels
for further information.|
Edmond and Mary were married in 1844 in Alabama when Edmond
| was about 22 years old and Mary was 15. Their first child, Elisha
Cornelius, was born there in April 1846.|
Edmond and Mary moved in 1847 to Tishomingo County in the northeast corner of Mississippi. They purchased farming land which had been recently ceded by the Indians. Daughters Elizabeth Jane and Angeline Melinda were born in there in 1848 and 1850. In the early spring of 1852, probably because of the California gold rush, Edmond and Mary sold their land, animals, and furnishings, and began their great trek to California.
Edmond and Mary and their three children travelled to St. Joseph, Missouri, by river steamer. There they purchased a covered wagon, a team of oxen, and provisions. They joined a wagon train where leaders were elected and rules and regulations were adopted. The train members had to endure incredible hardships, the first of which was river crossings. Many animals and wagons were lost and some people were drowned. At some ferries the rates were exorbinant. In addition to the oxen, train members had animals that had to be fed, sometimes including mules, horses, beef and dairy cattle, and sheep. Cholera was common and the trail was lined with victims' graves. Indians harassed many of the wagon trains.
The trail led up the Platte River to Fort Laramie, detouring to Salt Lake City to let the wagon trains obtain fresh animals and provisions. After following the Humboldt River in Nevada, the trail went through the dreaded Humboldt Sink, a fifty mile stretch of barren desert. There water was critical necessity. Many animals perished and the heat was oppressive, making travel by night essential. Next they climbed over the Sierra Nevadas by the new Carson River Pass — since the Donner Pass was regarded with dread. Fortunately, Edmond and Mary and their children survived this ordeal and were California pioneers.
The family settled on 160 acres in the Gordon Valley — which is 10 miles east of the city of Napa and at a southeastern corner of Napa County. There were similarities between the Gordon Valley and Alabama life styles. The family was almost self-sufficient with their gardens, fruit trees, and a smokehouse. They had up to 36 hogs and always had a good supply of bacon. It is told that a grizzly bear came one night and carried off a pig.
Eight more children were born to Edmond and Mary in Napa County: Mary in 1854, Nathaniel in 1855, Jonathon Jasper in 1857, William Henry in 1859, George Washington in 1862, Martha Belle in 1864, Amelia Florence in 1868, and Amanda in 1871.
In the 1860 U.S. Census, Edmond and his family's Gordon Valley residence were listed as part of Napa County's Yount Township. Their post office was located at Sebastopol — the name, until May 1867, of the place now known as Yountville, California. But by the time of the 1870 Census, they were officially part of Napa County's Napa Township. Their post office was then located in the city of Napa.
The marriage had lasted for about 27 years when Edmond passed on in May 1872.
|Children:||Total # of Children} 11||Seq. # of Primary} 8|
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