After a couple of years of doing genealogy research and organization my stuff I found I was missing having someone to share my progress/excitement with. So enters the San Joaquin County Genealogical Society (sometimes shortened to SJGS). I joined and it was just the fix I needed. I have met wonderful friends who have encouraged me and shared in my excitement over land deeds and death certs, etc.
old was discovered there in 1849.
After a very nice visit and discussing a potential day trip in the spring to do some genealogy research we each went on our way. Here's where it gets it really really good! The next day I receive an email from Harvey stating the following: I am happy to report that I have found evidence (text and pictures) of many of your relatives in the book Vallecito History. You can just imagine how exciting this is for me! This email came during a very hectic two weeks so I wasn't able to connect up with him, but I will see him this Saturday at a FREE genealogy seminar SJGS is hosting at University of Pacific. Harvey has 2 copies of the books and is going to lend me one so I can pilferage what I can from it. WHOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!
The oldest relative I'm aware of from Vallecito is Moses Saunders. He came to California in 1850 from Rhode Island. I'm not sure of when he first arrived in Vallecito but I do have a original land deed from 1865 where Moses has purchased 160 Acres. I don't believe I have any pictures of Mose yet, but that may soon change. :-)
Summary of the deed below is: Otis Hodgkins of the city and county of San Francisco CA is the first party and Moses Saunders of the 9th Township, Calaveras County the 2nd party. Moses is paying the sum of $300.00 for a parcel of land (160 acres) known as the Hodgkins Ranch. It's is located on the on '?' Flat about one and half mile southeast of the village of Vallecito.
I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn from the Vallecito book.