The tune of "The Five Jolly Welshmen" is unknown to me and I don't seem to find it on "YouTube." There is another tune I can't get out of my head that I will now curse you with. I was always fascinated by the opening theme of the TV show "Bonanza" with the map of the Ponderosa Ranch straddling the California/Nevada line bursting into flames for some reason.
It was the Old West at its finest or at least for a boy who had been on family vacation to Virginia City, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. And I have always loved maps. Here's a version of the fictional Ponderosa map that is at least somewhat properly oriented:
|"Map of Ponderosa Ranch". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_Ponderosa_Ranch.PNG#mediaviewer/File:Map_of_Ponderosa_Ranch.PNG|
And about that time, John Reese (good Welsh name, there), led a group of Mormons to settle in Carson Valley on the east slope of the Sierras. They also happened to find a few gold flakes in nearby streams. But it wasn't until 1859 after the Utah War, that the mountain of silver known as the Comstock Load boomed. By 1857, Brigham Young had already called back the settlers in Carson Valley and other far-flung areas because of looming threats from the U.S. Government. But they didn't all go. . . .
This now requires the necessity of finding important records in shifting jurisdictions. Let me demonstrate the shift with this wonderful graphic:
|Utah Territory 1856 mapCC BY 3.0|
Diltsgd - Own work. Modified from a map found in Deon C. Greer, Atlas of Utah (Ogden, Utah: Weber State College, 1981), 164.
And Utah Division of Archives and Records Service comes through with this on Carson County, Utah!
|7[93-8]||County Court Docket, 1860-1861 (??); County Court Journal Index, 1855-1861 (not in index); County Court Minute Book, 1855-1861 (p. 317); County Court Records Index, 1860-1861 (not in index); County Court Record Book A, 1860-1861 (p. 238); County Court Minute Book, 1861 (p. 350); Probate Court Docket, 1860-1861 (p. 336); Probate Court Record Book, 1855-1861 (p. 328); Probate Court Minute Book, 1855-1861 (p. 329); Probate Court Minute Book, 1861 (p. 346); U.S. Marshal Record Book, 1861 (not in index); Road & School District Record Book, 1855-1857 (not in index); Clerk & Treasurer's Ledger, 1860-1861 (not in index)|
Now the problem being as State Archives Office has such limited hours, I'm going to have to take some vacation leave to dig out any info that I may need.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
I have been to the State Historical Archives for Utah. They are always friendly and helpful there. Unfortunately, the records didn't "pan out." No evidence of Abednego Johns and a marriage to Jane, and no evidence of Eleanor or "Ellen" nor of John Lewis. So, no answers yet to our questions from the 1860 Census for Carson County