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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Map of California with Yuba County
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Since (?) your Letter to T you wished me to send you to send me some money I am sorry to say that I am not able to comply with your request as I have not got any on hand nor have I since I done your business for you here The mining Business is pretty well dried up and it is hard getting money in Cal but I still feel __hope to get a little of the _____ yet times have changed very much Since you left here before I left Hangtown i rote to Mr Frances of Sacramento requesting him to send enough money to his Brother at Kenosha to redeem the place with what (?) I have already forwarded to my wife and paid out for you here but I did not hear from him before I came here nor have i since I rote to Eugene to go and see Mr Frances and if he had not sent any money to forward (?) his wages as soon as possible but I have not heard from him on the subject and I cant say what the ____is but I hope for the best if I ___ of known of the situation of affair
A.T. Maltby (Alanson T. Maltby). in 1860 was listed with his wife Susan and their three children in Goodale, Lake, Illinois adjacent to where Stephen Sherwood's home was located. They were likely acquainted and involved in business dealings in California. In 1870, he is listed in Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa with his wife and two children. He died there in 1875. He was born about 1809 in New York.
Eugene was likely A.T.'s oldest son from his first wife Priscilla. He may have been living in Goodale with his step mother, Susan, and children when his father wrote him to go and see Mr Frances (at Kenosha). Apparently this brother had another brother of Sacramento (see letter).
The husband of Laura (Dennick) Francis was Artius (Aretas) Francis. Stephen married Laura's daughter, Elizabeth Dennick, after his second wife, Sophia died. They were married shortly before this letter was written (September 24, 1853). They were both buried in Bristol, Kenosha County about seven miles over the border in Wisconsin. Kenosha is about twenty miles from Antioch. So there seems to be a connection between the Frances, Maltby, and Sherwood families mentioned in this letter.
Eugene (1832-1917) was in Siskiyou County, California when the 1880 and 1900 Census was taken. He was in Butte County, California when the 1910 Census was taken. He had a sister, Julia Ann Maltby who married Charles Simons. They may have been in Sacrament about 1850. Julia died about 1858. I believe Eugene and Julia were children of the first wife of A.T. Maltby, Priscilla.
Old Placerville (Hangtown)
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October 6, 1853
Dutch Bar El Dorado Co
The three towns mentioned here are Dutch Bar, Hangtown, and Diamond Spring. They are all near Coloma, where gold was discovered in 1848. Dutch Bar is about seven miles west of Coloma. Hangtown is nine miles southeast of Coloma, and Diamond Spring is about three miles south of Hangtown (Placerville). It is difficult to tell from the writing if the person who wrote this letter is the same person mentioned as being with Stephen in his letter of March 1, 1850 to his wife.