Obed Fosdick Alley

Obed Fosdick Alley was born on June 4, 1824 in Massachusetts. He married Phebe Ray Bunker (1928) on July 18, 1950 in Nantucket, MA where he was a mariner in […]

Beverly R. Holliday

Beverly Richford Holliday was born on December 22, 1823 in Warren County, Kentucky. Holliday came to California to look for gold. Not finding enough to live on, he became a […]

Hardy McClellan

Hardy McClellan was born 1815 into slavery in Virginia. In the 1870 US Census, Hardy (age 50) is listed in the David McClellan household as a farm laborer (received pay) […]

Josiah and Eliza Smith Sturgis

Josiah Sturgis was born on April 23, 1817 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. His wife, Eliza was born on April 26, 1819 in Virginia. Josiah married Eliza Smith in Nantucket, Massachusetts on […]

George W. Bailey

Updated information was found from the January 1873 articles in the San Francisco Examiner and the Contra Costa Gazette. On Monday, January 20, 1873, George W. Bailey, his wife Nellie, […]


The original content of this post was taken from the previous website and updated for republishing in 2021. Haußmann/Tavan were local philanthropists. Money from their estates was put in a […]

Hiram Mills

On May 2, 1874 a jury was picked for the trial of Mary Gersbach, a 29 year-old woman from New York who was accused of murdering her husband, Martin, with […]

Capt. Daniel Hooker

As of this writing, Capt. Daniel Hooker’s headstone is the oldest existing marker in the Alhambra cemetery (1856) after the area became an official cemetery in 1854. However, there is […]

James Rankin

James Rankin was a Scottish immigrant who came to the United States in 1865. He was born on April 25, 1848 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland. According to the 1861 Scotland […]

Caroline Holpin, a.k.a. Papinta the Flame Dancer

Caroline Holpin known as “Papinta the Flame Dancer” was born Alice Caroline Hipple on March 16, 1868 in Ramsey, Anoka County, Minnesota. Her husband, William, who was originally from Wisconsin, […]