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berland. Moulton Hall in Wilberton, now in ruins, was once the property
of Sir Thomas. Dugdale says : "Here was an old hospital for poor people,
(led'! ited to St. Leonard, which w^as given with the manor A. D. 1230 to
the Knights Hospitalers by Sir Thomas de Moulton, Knight." Prior to
1571 the Moultons bore arms with devices differing in minor details but
alike in the main. The following is a description of the coat of arms granted
in 1571 : Moulton argent: three bars gules, between eight escallop shells;
sable three, two, two and one. Crest on a fillet, a falcon rising, argent.

As many as seven Moultons were in America at an early day, one in
the Jamestown settlement in 1635. John and Thomas Moulton emigrated
from Norfolk county to Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1638, and their names
appear in the list of first settlers. In October, 1637, John and Thomas
were inhabitants of Newbury, Massachusetts. In November, 1637, "Certain
inhabitants of Newbury, Massachusetts, were moved to leave this planta-
tion ; the court did grant them Winniscourt, now Hampton, to have six
miles square; and those who shall remove within one yeare shall have three
yeares immunity from taxes, beginning March i, 1638." A company was
formed by the Rev. Stephen Bachiler, and with this company John and Thomas
Moulton went to Winniscourt and aided in tuunding the. settlement, now
Hampton, in 1638. From Thomas in direct line of descent is General Jona-
i.han Moulton, of Moultonsborough, on the shore of lake Winnepesaukee,
^vhere the General had holdings of eighty thousand acres north of the lake.
It was from General Moulton that Dwight Augustus Moulton, of this
review, is descended. The line is traced down from Thomas de Moulton,
the signer of the Magna Charta, to Thomas Moulton, who located in Hamp-
t(in. New Hampshire, in 1638, and on through Milton Moulton, who mar-
ried Ruth Russ. Their son, Harvey Moulton, wedded Anne Turner, a
daughter of Elijah and Hannah (Clark) Turner. Charles Harvey Moulton,
a son of Harvey and Ann (Turner) Moulton, was the father of our sub-
ject. He was born January 2, 1835, and died June 10, 1867. His wife bore
the maiden name of Emeline Elvira Reed. She was born January 4, 1836,
and is now living in Ash ford, Connecticut. Her parents were Daniel Bar-
dine and Armenda (Knowlton) Reed. The former was born in 1801 and
died in 1884. His parents were Daniel (born in 1779) and Augusta (Fen-
ton) Reed, and his grandfather w-as Matthew Reed, born in 1742. His
father, Daniel, w-as born in 171 6, a son of Daniel, who was born in 1680, a
son of Daniel, born in 1655, a son of John, born in 1598 and came to America
in 1638. Matthew's wife was a daughter of Jonathan and Viah (Sanger)
Knowlton. Her paternal grandparents were Thomas and Martha (Marcy)
Knowlton, and Thomas Knowlton was a son of John and Margery Knowl-
ton, of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Thus it will be seen that on both the paternal
and maternal sides the families from which our subject is descended have
been long connected with the history of New England, and their representa-


tives have been prominent factors in many of the events wliich have formed
the history of the nation.

Dwight Augustus Moulton, now one of the leading citizens of Sacra-
mento and the efficient deputy state treasurer, was born January 23, 1861,
in Windham, Connecticut, and at the age of twelve years removed to Mas-
sachusetts. He attended the public schools and was graduated in the high
school of Brookfield, Jilassachusetts, in the class of 1878. During the fol-
lowing winter he taught a country school in Connecticut and then pursued
a course of instruction in Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie, Xew
York. In May, 1879, he entered the employ of the Willimantic Linen Com-
pany, spool-cotton manufacturers of W'illimantic, Connecticut, as office boy.
He was promoted from year to year, holding successively the positions of
invoice clerk, shipping and entry clerk and bookkeeper in the corporation
store. In June, 1885, he left the employ of the linen company and came to
California, arriving in San Bernardino on the 27th of June of that year.
Mr. Moulton spent the winter of 1885^6 in Bear Valley in the employ of
the Bear Valley Irrigation Company, tabulating meteorological data upon
the company's record books. In May, 1886, he entered the employ of Porter
& Burt, lumber manufacturers and dealers of San Bernardino, in the capacity
of bookkeeper, occupying that position until the sale of the plant to the
West Coast Lumber Company, in the spring of 1887. He then became a
partner in the San Bernardino Fuel & Lime Company and was connected
with the enterprise until June i. 1891. at which time he entered the employ
of James G. Burt, hardware dealer, as confidential clerk and bookkeeper. On
the death of ]Mr. Burt in 1893, he became one of the executors of the estate,
and as such continued the business until December, 1894. when the stock
was sold. In January. 1895. he was appointed deputy county clerk of San
Bernardino county and also acted as clerk of the board of supervisors, which
position he held until January i. 1899. at which time he was appointed deputy
state treasurer under Hon. Truman Reeves. He is an able, trustworthy and
incorruptible public ofificial. and in his present position has already won high
commendation by his prompt and faithful discharge of duty.


In preparing the history of Placer cnunty we would certainly leave the
work incomplete if we failed to mention Edwin F. Wright, who is now serv-
ing as district attorney and is one of the younger members of the bar. A
native of Xew Jersey, he was born in Bloomfield on the 20th of Septem-
ber, 1866, and is of Scotch and English ancestry. His father, J. J. Wright,
was born in Hudson. Xew York, and when he had attained his majority chose
as a companion and helpmeet on life's journey Miss Ann Rose. Both par-
ents died when our subject was a child and consequently he knows very little
about the family history. He resided with his half sister and was educated
and reared to manhood in Xew York city, receiving his intellectual train-
ing in the public and private schools of the eastern metropolis, .\fter com-

Keystone Gold Mine and 40 Stamp Mill,
Amador City, California.
Produced over $13,000,000. In operation since 1850.


ing to California in 1887, lie read law with L. L. Chamberlain for liis pre-
ceptor for five, years and was admitted to the bar in 1895. He was the city
attorney of Auburn for two years and in i8g8 was elected district attorney
of Placer county.

Mr. Wright votes with the Republican party, believing firmly in its prin-
ciples. Socially he is connected with the Masonic and Knights of Pythias
fraternities and is a member of the Order of Red Men. He has a wide
acquaintance throughout Placer county and is rated as one of the prominent
members of the bar, having met with very gratifying success in the handling
of intricate legal problems, and he possesses a spirit of perseverance which
enables him to become thoroughly familiar with his suit, leaving unnoticed
no detail which may advance his cause in the slightest degree, yet at the
same time he gives due prominence to the questions upon which the decision
of the case finally turns.


William A. Prichard is a mining man of marked enterprise and executive
abilit}'. His residence is Amador City, where he is superintending the Key-
stone gold mine. The Keystone is famous for having produced gold contin-
uously since the first quartz-mining was done in California, in 1850.

Mr. Prichard was born February i, 1873, at Ironton, Ohio, in the heart
of the iron and coal mining district of southern Ohio. He is a descendant
of one of the two Prichard brothers who came to America, from Wales, in
1700. The family were early residents of New York and participated in the
Revolutionary war. The grandfather, Anthony P. Prichard, was a native of
the Empire state, who became one of the pioneer settlers and prominent mer-
chants of Granville, Ohio, where he conducted business for many years. Will-
iam W. Prichard, the father, was born in Granville. Ohio, in 1845. He was
married to Olive Channel, a native of Newark, that state. For.many years
he was engaged in the gas. and electric light business at Port.smouth, where he
was residing at the time of his death, in Octol^er, 1899. His wife and six
children survive him.

Wililam A. Prichard, the oldest son, ac(|uired his preliminary education
in the public schools of Ironton, Ohio, which was supplemented by an engin-
eering course in the Leland Stanford University, in California, at which insti-
tution he graduated in 1898. While pursuing his college course, Mr. Prich-
ard acted as the editor of an engineering journal. He took an interest in
athletics at the University and was a foot-ball manager during his senior year.
Prior to entering the university, he had been associated with his father in the
gas and electric business and had also been engaged in the railroad tie busi-
ness in Kentucky and West Virginia. He was later employed as a cashier in
a wholesale house. This business training, as well as a natural mechanical
ability, stood him in good stead. While at college he more than earned his
entire support by repairing and selling bicycles. With the extra advantage
of a technical education, he has lieen able to fill, with unusual credit, his present


position in mining. Before graduation, Mr. Pricliard was appointed assist-
ant United States geologist. He assisted Waldmar Lindgren in making geo-
logical maps and reports of the Wood river mining district, Idaho, as described
and illustrated in Part 111 of the Twentieth Annual Report of the United
States Geological Survey.

He entered the service of the Ke3-stone Consolidated Mining Company,
as assayer, in December, 1898, and was appointed superintendent in August,
1899. His management of tlie Keystone has been very successful indeed.
The methods of mining and milling have been changed and systemized, v.-ith
a resultant large reduction of working costs and an increase in output and
dividends. Furthermore, he has made a bright future for the mine, by opening
up new ore reserves. Even the old ore bodies have been made valuable by
more economical working. The Keystone has a forty-stamp mill, which will
soon be enlarged. It has produced over thirteen million dollars' worth of the
precious metal.

Mr. Prichard was married on the 21st of January, 1899, to Jean De
Forest, a fellow student of Stanford University. She is a native of San
Francisco c'.nd the daughter of Joseph De Forest, a gold miner of '49. Mr.
De Forest, who is a native of A"ew York, is a business man of San
Francisco and is a member of the Society of Californa Pioneers. Mr. Prich-
ard is a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to Aurora Lodge, No. 48, F. & A. M.,
at Portsmouth, Ohio, and to Sutter Chapter, No. 11, of Sutter Creek, Cali-
fornia. His son, William De Forest Prichard, was born in San Francisco,
June 6, 10.00.

Mr. Prichard's ambition and ability will undoubtedly insure his con-
tinued success.


Joseph ^^'esley Sibole, a prominent citizen of lone, has been a resident
of California since 1864, having been brought to this state when but a year
old by his parents, John W. and Martha E. (Wilson) Sibole. The father \vas
a native of Virginia, the mother of Ohio, and their son Joseph Wesley was
born in Missouri, on the 14th of September, 1863. The following year they
crossed the plains with oxen, spending the winter in Austin City, Nevada.
While they were en route their stock was stolen. The company divided when
on the way and the other part was never afterward heard from. After a long
and arduous journey of six months the company with which the Sibole family
traveled arrived at Mokelumne Hill, and thence the parents of our subject
came to the lone valley, the father rentinp- land at Muletown. He also engaged
in mining and in 1880 he removed to his present home, purchasing two hun-
dred acres of land, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation and
which yields to him a golden return for the care and labor he bestows upon it.
There he and his wife are residing, surrounded by many of the comforts of
life. In their family are two sons and a daughter, all yet living. The brother
of our subject, Francis Marion, is a resident of lone, and the sister, Louisa J.,
is the wife of Miles E. Forest.


Joseph Wesley Sibole, the youngest of the family, attended the schools
of lone in his early youth and continued his education at Mount Echo, where
his parents now reside. Throughout his entire life he has been engaged in
farmnag and stock-raising and is now following those pursuits. His earnest
prosecution of this business brings to him creditable success and he is now
one of the substantial residents of the community. In 1894 he was appointed
superintendent of the farm at the Preston Boys' School, the institution being
organized about that time. He has since remamed in charge, having the entire
management of the farm, the improvement of the grounds and the care of
both the agricultural and horticultural interests. He is a most accurate and
efficient ofncer and has placed the farm under a high state of cultivation, so
that the fields, gardens and orchards bring a good i-eturn.

On the 25th of July, 1893, occurred the marriage of Mr. Sibole and i\Iiss
Alfreda Kiilner, a native of San Francisco. They have three children, Erwin,
Ida and Cora. I\Ir. Sibole is a representative of the Knights of Maccabees
and in politics he is a Republican. He is a man of marked business ability and
executive force, and his indefatigable energy has brought to him desirable suc-
cess in the conduct of his business affairs. He is widely known and is recog-
nized as a popular citizen of the county in which he has spent the greater part
of his life.


The orange groves of California have a world-wide reputation. Their
fruit is found upon the Atlantic seaports, in the Mississippi Valley and in the
far northern states, and the annual export from each grove adds materially
to the prosperity of this commonwealth. Extensively and successfully engaged
in the cultivation of his fruits, David Emart is well known among the repre-
sentatives of the horticultural interests of Stanislaus county. He owns a
fine farm and handsome residence, which are pleasantly situated a mile and a
half west of Knight's Ferry.

Mr. Emart was born in Wayne county, Ohio, on the ist of April, 1834,
and represents one of the old Pennsylvania Dutch families. His father,
George Emart, was a native of the Keystone state, and both he and his wife
died when their son David was a small child. He then went to live with Anthony
Wagener, with whom he remained until his twelfth year, when he became an
inmate of the home of John Emerson. They resided in a wild frontier district
in the midst of the forest and he had small opportunity to attend school, but
acquired a fair education through reading, observation and experience, and is
now an intelligent and well informed man who is successfully following
farming and fruit-raising. In the east he married Miss Nancy Shafer, and in
Iowa he followed farming until 1864, when he was induced to dispose of his
good property there, taking in exchange nine hundred dollars in cash and a
mine in ^Monterey county, California; but the latter proved to be worthless. He
and his brothers, Joseph and John, and his father-in-law and his family
all came together to California, crossing the plains with horse teams. They


were six months on the journey and spent the first winter in Napa, where j\Ir.
Emart learned that his mining property was worthless. As it was necessary
for him to immediately engage in a paying business in order to provide for his
family, he purchased a threshing machine and followed threshing, in the San
Jose Valley, for a number of years.

In 1886 Mr. Emart purchased his present farm, comprising two hundred
acres, which is pleasantly located one and a half miles west of Knight's Ferry.
There he has a splendid orange grove and is also engaged in raising wheat
and alfalfa, the fruit which he raises being of an excellent quality, finding a
ready sale in the markets, and he has no trouble in disposing of his other crops.
His residence and grounds are most attractive in appearance, the place being
characterized by an air of neatness and thrift which indicate the careful super-
vision of the owner, while in the home are many conveniences and evidences
of the refined taste of Mrs. Emart. One child was born to them in Iowa, Jacob,
whom they brought with them to California, and here two sons and a daughter
have been added to the family, namely: John, Charles^ and Lillie, the last
named being now the wife of William Murry, by whom she has two daughters.
Charles is also married. Jacob is in Stanislaus county and John and Charles
are farmers in Stanislaus county, living two miles northwest of Knight's
Ferry. The family is one of high respectability, the members occupying lead-
ing positions in social circles. Mrs. Emart is a valued member of the I^Iethod-
ist church, and Mr. Emart affiliates with the Democrats, but has never sought
or desired public office, his attention being fully occupied with his business
aft'airs, in which he is meeting with signal success, carrying on operations in
lines of industry and honesty that never fail to bring a desirable reward.


Those will I ha\(.' opened the way for civilization in our land, as the star
of the empire has taken its way toward the sunset gates, have been men of
strong character, вАФ courageous, hardy, tenacious of purpose and willing to
endure hardships and privations for the sake of making homes for themselves
and posterity. All honor has been paid the pioneers who blazed their way
through the sylvan wilderness of the middle west in past generations, while
not less is the homage due to those whose fortitude led them to traverse the
plains, invade the mountain fastnesses and do battle with a dusky and treach-
erous foe in the great empire of the far west. Among those who are to be
numbered as sterling pioneers of central California is William Mansfield, one
of the leading citizens of Columbia, whose residence in the state covers a
l)eriod of forty-eight years. He was one of the early pioneers of the water
system that has done so much to advance the business development of the state.
He became a stockholder of the company and since 1856 has served as its

Mr. Mansfield was born in Slatersville. Rhode Island, on the 3d of
November, 1829, and is descended from an old England family that was
founded in Middletown, Connecticut, at a very early period in the development


of the colonies. His father, Henry Stephen Mansfield, became a prominent
representative of the business interests of Slatersville and was an agent for the
Slatersville Manufacturing Company. He was a scythe-manufacturer and for
many years held the important position of cashier of the Slatersville Bank.
During the war of 181 2 he was on a ship that was captured by the English
and with others was taken to Halifax, where he was incarcerated for some
time as a prisoner of war. His eldest son became his successor as the cashier
in the bank and occupied that position for a number of years. Henry Stephen
Mansfield was the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land, where Chi-
cago now stands, but in some way the title was lost. He was united in mar-
riage to Aliss Elizabeth Buffon, who was born in Rhode Island, and there was
reared and educated. This union was blessed with nine children, seven of
whom reached years of maturity, but only two now survive. A daughter,
Mary S., occupies the old homestead in Slatersville, while Mr. Mansfield, of
this review, makes his home in California, the two living representatives thus
being divided by the breadth of the continent. The father was a prominent
Mason in the early days and did all in his power to promote the work of tlie
order. He died in the sixtieth year of his age, while his good wife attained the
very advanced age of eighty-four years. In religious faith he was an Episco-
palian, while his wife adhered to the doctrine of the Congregational church.
Reared amid the refining influences of a Christian home, William Mans-
field, of this review, was well trained in his youth. He attended a boarding
school in Rhode Island and when he became a young man he managed a farm
owned by his eldest brother. He was in the t\\ enty-third year of his age, when,
on the nth of December, 1851, he sailed inv LahtMniia un the old steamship,
Ohio, which bore him to the isthmus of Panama, and un its western coast he
took passage on the Golden Gate, then on its second voyage in the Pacific
waters. He arrived in California in January, 1852. His brother, Jared, came
with him, but the latter afterward returned to the east in 1870, and died in
Massachusetts. Mr. Mansfield engaged in mining on his own account, first
at Camp Seco, in Tuolumne county, where he met with a fair degree of suc-
cess. He and three companions paid fifty dollars each for a pile of dirt and
when they washed it out it proved to be worthless. Some such experience
met all the pioneer miners, but the most of them were successful if they but per-
severed, and Mr. Mansfield was of this class. On leaving Seco he and his
brother came to Columbia with eight hundred dollars and purchased an interest
in the ditch. Since that time Mr. Mansfield has done some mining, but has
always remained as a stockholder in the water company which has been such
an important factor in the development of the resources of California, fur-
nishing a water supply for mining and agricultural interests. Of the company
he has long been a director and one of its most reliable officers, and his capa-
ble management of its business interests has met the approval of the patrons.
The corporation has acquired wealth through the legitimate channels of trade,
and has built an electric-light plant with which the town is lighted, also some
of the mines, and on occasions the electric supply has furinshed illumination
for Sonora. Mr. IMansfield throughout the passing years has been connected


to a greater or less extent with mining at a number of places, and on the hill,
on his own land, he has engaged in mining for ten years, taking out between
nineteen and twenty thousand dollars, while there is still a large amount of
unworked mining territory of much value.-

In 1857, in Columbia, Mr. I\lansfield was united in marriage to Miss
Sally Ann Burt, a native of Massachusetts, who came to Columbia in Jan-
uary, 1857, her father, J. P. Burt, beiyg a prominent pioneer of this state.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield were born five children, of whom four are liv-
ing, namely: W. B., who is foreman of the water company; Lillie P., now the
wife of George Craig, teller of a bank in Middletown, Connecticut; Mary, a
graduate of the State Normal School and a successful teacher and vocalist of
ability; and Fanny Rebecca, who also is a graduate of the State Normal and is
now the wife of Dr. R. Innis Bromley, of Sonora. The family reside at
their pleasant home in Columbia, where Mr. Mansfield owns a tract of seven-
teen acres of land, a part of which constitutes his rich mining property. On
this place, in the vicinity of his home, he also has a splendid orchard which
he himself planted, raising many varieties of fruits. He has pears, apples,
plums, grapes and figs, and is literally living under the shadow of his own
vine and fig-tree. Mrs. Mansfield is still spared to him, and one of the daugh-
ters is at home with her parents. The family is one of the most highly
respected in the community, enjoying the warm regard of a very large circle
of friends.

In his political views Mr. Mansfield has been a stalwart Republican since
the organization of the party and has always kept well informed on the issues
of the day, as every loyal American citizen should do, thus being able to uphold
his position by an intelligent understanding of the questions which affect the
weal and woe of the nation. The cause of education has ever found in him a
warm friend and he has labored earnestly and effectively for the best interests
of the schools. For fifteen years he has been a school trustee and for a number
of years the clerk of the school board. Since 1870 he has been identified with

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