|James T. Lorton|
Two of the locations were in Yolo County where he tried his hand at farming. It seems that his wife passed away about the time he left Yolo County and headed south to Ventura County. He married for a second time in Ventura County. In the 1890s at the age of sixty-two, he headed back to the Sierra foothills to try mining again. His wife did not travel with him. (He stayed several years and even served a term on the school board.
I don't know if he moved frequently because he was just a wanderlust or he was unsuccessful at the various jobs that he held.
- 1849 - Arrived in California by way of the Lassen Trail
- 1851 - Letter waiting in Sacramento
- 1852 - Another letter waiting
- 1850s - Lived with miners who taught him to 'read and rite'.
- 1860 - Worked on a ranch in Butte County
- 1862 - Married and worked in Calaveras County, near Copperopolis
- 1869 - Lived in Bird Valley, Yolo County
- 1870 - Farmed in Grafton Township, Yolo County
- 1874 - Homesteaded Land in northern Yolo County
- 1876 - Registered to vote in Sespe, Ventura County
- 1880 - Lived in Saticoy, Ventura County
- 1881 - Married a second time
- 1888 - Bought land in Saticoy, Ventura County
- 1896 - Registered to vote in South Coulterville, Mariposa County
- 1900 - Mined for gold along the Merced River
- 1912 - Registered Voter in Harper, California
- 1919 - Died in San Pedro, Los Angeles County
- 1919 - Buried in Harbor View cemetery, San Pedro - no known marker
See the map below for the different residences in California. The red pins are placed based upon known land records. The orange and yellow pins are based on records where the location is less accurate.