From: Lisa Spellenberg
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 21:37:23 -0800
Subject: Gold Rush Most Wanted (SPELLENBERG)
I am looking for information about Johann George Spellenberg (aka) George Spellenberg. George, a native of Heidenheim Germany, was born August 30, 1828. He was married in Sierra County on 4/19/1855 to Mary Ann Quigley. Mary Ann was Irish. They had five children, Catherine (Kate Wells), George Frederick, John Cary, Patrick Henry, and James W. Spellenberg. Records indicate they lived around Pike City on a piece of property called "Clerkin's Ranch" On August 30, 1878 at age 50, George was killed in a mining accident in the Boston Shaft at Moore's Flat. He was/is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in North San Juan. Around 1884, records show that Mary Ann and the children moved to Humboldt County and lived in Arcata and/or Eureka. This may have been because Kate had married and moved there. John, Patrick and James later moved back to Sierra City around 1996 or so. A newspaper article about Mary Ann indicated she died while visiting a sister, Bridget Carey in Cherokee, Nevada County. I believe this was around 1909. We have been unable to find cemetery records which indicate where she is buried. Newspaper articles provide conflicting information. Some say she was buried in Arcata, Ca and other say North San Juan. Inquires to the North San Juan Cemetery District failed to show records of burial there and so did the Arcata Cemetery records. I am the great-grand daughter of Patrick Henry. Patrick Henry married Ida Mae Fischer on August 14, 1898. Ida May was the daughter of Louis and Wilhelmina (sp) Augusta Fischer. They lived for a time is Sierra City, Ca and later moved to Arcata California. I would like to contact anyone who might be a descendant of these people. Also, does anyone have information about the "Boston Shaft" at Moores Flat?
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