Nathaniel Newton Nuckolls, Sr

Being a Master Mason of the Cambria Lodge, the funeral services were in charge of the Masons; burial in Cayucos Cemetery, Calif. Nathaniel Nuckolls moved to Mo. 1845, from VA., taught school; m. 1845, Cass Co., Mo., to Sarah Fine, b. Jan. 16, I828, d.1889, buried in Paso Robles Cemetery, California. Nathaniel's first trip to California was made in 1849 by sea around Cape Horn, South America, during the Gold Rush days in Calif.; he mined gold in Placer, Butte, Lassen, and other Counties along the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Returned to Mo. 1851 via Isthmus of Panama, Gulf of Mexico, and the Mississippi River. He left Independence, Mo., Apr. 1852, with his family of wife and 2 sons, in ox-drawn covered wagons across the plains to Calif. Following the trail along the North Platte River to Wyoming, crossing the state to Independence Rock, located in the southwest corner of Wyoming. where the long wagon train spent 2 days repairing wagons and resting the stock. There on July 4, 1852, little Margaret Nuckolls was born. Crossing Nevada via Humbolt Sink, Nev., then on through the Truckee Pass (south of Reno, Nev.) to California, their long 6 months journey was ended Oct. 1852 in Sonoma Co., Calif., which borders on the Pacific Ocean, at the ranch of John Swift (a relative). Nathaniel Nuckolls was the first County Assessor of Sonoma Co., and held this office for a number of years. Of the 16 children: Holt, Mary Virginia, Frederick and William were born in Sonoma Co.; their next move was to Marin Co. Ranch: where George, Jeffie, Thomas, Maria, Sena and Flora were born. A 600 acre ranch in San Luis Obispo County. on Old Creek was the next move of this large family, a distance Of 300 miles, taking 4 weeks' time with many large wagons of belongings, horses, and cows, crossing the San Francisco Bay on flatboats, arriving Oct. 1869. So life began again on Old Creek, where a large house, big brick dairy barn, huge horse barn were soon built; they were kept busy making cheese and butter, and a lot of farming. The last 3 of the I6 children were born here, Creed, Hugh and Jake. Finding the burden too great to operate the ranch, it was sold; Nathaniel and his remaining family moved to Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo Co., Calif., Aug.1, 1889. 'The doors of the Great Beyond were opened ' and on August 13, 1889, a very great man and father passed through.

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