From: Myrt Townsend
Date: Thu 2/5/2004 4:34 PM
Subject: GOLDRUSH MOST WANTED
THOMAS MANLEY RAMSDELL, b 1800-1801, Rutland, VT, Disappeared first time approx. 1828, Norfolk, St Lawrence Co., NY. In approx. 1841 turned up in Circleville, OH accidentally running into his son, Thomas Manley Ramsdell, Jr. Told his son he fought in a war in Canada in approx.1838. He said he fought on the losing side, and there was a price on his head, so he decided to go back to the USA. Disappeared again after less than a year of being reacquainted with his son, who was at that time teaching in the Circleville College, never to be seen or heard from again by family members.
1860 California Census shows him living in Downieville, CA, occupation, Public Administrator, still living alone. Can’t find records in Downieville as to when Thomas Manley, the First, arrived in Downieville, or in CA. Anyone know what a “Public Administrator” was in those days?? Census Image shows him listed directly before another person whose occupation was “Public School”. Perhaps related jobs? How to find if he perhaps was a miner there before he found a more stable job??
If anyone knows of this man or where I should look to further my search, I would appreciate ANY help.
Myrtle Ramsdell Townsend
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