Helping hands helping one another with our family history & genealogy research.
I am in Ireland and I am searching for any information on Thomas Kelly born in Ireland in 1834. He immigrated to California in 1853 and returned to Ireland in the second half of 1870. He married in Ireland in April 1871.
I have searching Californian records for him for some time and I presumed I had located him in the census of 1860 in Goodyear’s bar in Sierra County working as a miner age 25. Now I have a reference to another Thomas Kelly age 25 working as a miner in Township no 2, Tuolumne County. This Thomas Kelly has personal assets of $1000.
My first question is what is meant by personal assets. Is it money in the bank?
I have been unable to locate him anywhere else. He is supposed to have worked for time on the railway. There is no record of him in the Railway Museum that I contacted. He had land in California which he sold before returning to Ireland. He was granted US citizenship in 1868. There is no record of him obtaining a passport. The land he farmed was in San Joaquin valley. I had the land records of Sacramento and Costa contra Counties searched. I am awaiting a reply from San Joaquin Historical Society. I asked for help in locating him in land records. I have written also to the Recorder in Tuolumne County hoping they might have information on mining in the County.
He seems to have been missed by the 1870 census. But, I have copy of gold bank graft drawn on the British Bank of North America San Francisco, its dated 2nd July 1870. I also have copy of receipt from Wells Fargo. He converted his bank draft to bonds on the 20th July 1870 for shipping to Ireland by the Wells Fargo European Express.
My second question is there any easy way of getting the land records searched and are there any other sources that I could search.
First the record on $1000, that would be the total of money's , property etc that he owned.
also he wouldn't have needed a passport that early in time.
sooo lets see if we can find him
Well so far I am comming up with nothing, however you might try emailing the following:
Anonymous, An Illustrated History of San Joaquin County, California, 1890- Jeannie
Tinkham, George H., History of San Joaquin County, California, 1923- Jeannie
Winchell, Lilbourne Alsip, History of Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley, 1933- Jeannie
California Genealogy and History Archives
Please let us know if you learn anything from your other emails..