|In 1850, Stephen Sherwood (#3) was a miner on the South Fork of the American River in El Dorado County, California. He was close to Coloma where gold was originally discovered in 1848. |
July 31, 1851--Stephen probably left California on the ship "Oregon." Stephen was not listed on the 1852 Census in California (so he had left by that time).
January 6, 1853--John F. Sherwood son of Stephen and Sophia Sherwood born
January 21, 1853--Sophia Parker Sherwood died. She was buried in Antioch, Lake, Illinois. His first wife, Maria Hubbell, had died January 19, 1839. Sophia and Stephen had five boys under thirteen years of age (Oren, William, Wellington, Daniel and John).
September 24, 1853--Stephen married to eighteen year old Elizabeth Denick for this third wife. She is twenty three years younger than Stephen, the oldest daughter of Laura Denick.
August 24, 1854--Birth of Lewis B Sherwood
January 10, 1857--Stephen's son, Henry (a son from Stephen's first wife Maria Hubbell) married Sarah Denick, the second daughter of Laura Denick. Sarah was a teacher in the local school.
September 11, 1858--George W. Sherwood, the youngest son of Stephen and Maria Hubbell Sherwood, died. This son may have been in California in 1853 (see letter of October 6, 1853). After he died, another son would be named for him born in 1863.