From: Rich Wharff
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 05:45:20 -0500
Subject: GOLDRUSH MOST WANTED - David WHARFF
David WHARFF, born 31/12/1828, Gloucester MA, died 16/9/1918, San Francisco (buried in Cyprus Hill, Petaluma CA). Started to California from Boston 16/2/1849 on "Cristina", arrived San Francisco 16/8/1849 after traversing South America (David kept a log/diary and we have contents of the voyage and subsequent activity). Left within 2 hours for Sacramento and Sierra Nevada's to rush gold. Mined large nugget in Middlecreek, July 4 1850, which may still be in the WHARFF family. David returned to Boston 1852, married Olive DENSMORE (b. Maitland Nova Scotia 25/11/1827). David/Olive had 6 children, Mary Lissie (b. 31/3/1853, d. 7/11/1864) , Lucy Denning, (b. 11/12/1854 d. 16/4/1940), Nathaniel Prentice Banks, (b. 12/5/1857, d. 10/12/1920, Los Ojitos ranch CA), Belinda Copeland, (b. 7/6/1859, d. ?/?/1944), Carrie L. (b. 25/4/1863, d. 7/2/1878), Hattie H. (b. 4/12/1868, d. 20/6/1875), and Eppie A (b. 31/10/1870, d. 13/2/1878). We trace David WHARFF (and sister Mary Jane WHARFF) to Nathaniel WHARFF and Rebecca MACKWORTH WHARFF to 1644, when they came from Yorkshire, England to Gloucester, MA. David is my Great-Great-Great Grandfather. The children of David/Olive WHARFF are originators of what we believe to be the existing WHARFF line in California. Attempting to fill out details and would appreciate any information regarding mining by David WHARFF in/around Middlecreek on/around 1849-52. Photo of David circa 1852 in mining garb. Anyone with additional information please respond.
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