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Names From the 1850 Journal of John BAILHACHE
Compiled by Sandy Wilbur
December 2000

 

John BAILHACHE left Alton, Illinois, 29 April 1850, on his trip West to the California gold fields. He went by boat up the Missouri River to Weston, Missouri, arriving 8 May. Setting off overland in the party of "Cap tain HALL," he reached Ash Hollow 11 June, Chimney Rock 14 June, Fort Lar amie 17 June, Devil's Gate 26 June, South Pass 1 July, Raft River 18 July, and Tragedy Springs in the Sierra Nevada 22 August. He reached the Sacramento Valley 27 August 1850. His complete journal was published in the Napa [California] "Sunday Journal" in 1952, in weekly installments betwee n 2 March and 20 April.

In my opinion, Bailhache's journal is "above average" for descriptiveness, and it is an enjoyable read. He gives a number of surnames for people in his party, but few Christian names. Several people he met along the way are identifed. Perhaps the most valuable part of his narrative is his documentation of recent graves along the trail. At the time of his travels, cholera was wreaking havoc on the emigrants, and people were dying daily. He apparently made a note of every recent grave he passed.

Listed below are the named members of his party, people he met, and graves he saw. Pretty much all the useful information on these people as recorded in the journal is provided below. If one of deaths is of particular interest to you, drop me a note, and I may be able to tell you the general location of the grave.
 

Members of Captain Hall's Wagon Train
ALBERT

ALLEN, Felix - died of cholera 4 June 1850; age 17, from Scott Co., MO; son of Col. ALLEN of Benton, MO.

ALLEN, William - brother of Felix; died of cholera 7 June 1850.

BALLINGER

BLUMM - native of Switzerland; had smallpox, and they apparently expelled him from the train.

COFFIN

EWING

FERGUSON

FRY, George

GALE

HALL - Captain of the train

KING

MARTIN

McCUTCHEON

MOORE

MORAN

MORELAND

MORSE

RITCHIE - from Cape Girardeau, MO; died [apparently cholera] 25 June 1850

ROWLAND

SEARCH

SWAN

WALKER - from Benton Co., MO; died 8 June 1850

WEST

WILKINSON
 

People on the Way

KELLY, John - visited with Bailhache in camp at Weston, MO, 16 May 1850, before the wagon train crossed the river.

HART, Henry

RICKARD, Dick

STILLYS, "Messrs." - Hart, Rickard and the Stillys wer e in camp near Big Sandy, Wyoming, 3 July 1850, and Bailhache stopped to visit with them for awhile before catching up with his own wagon train.
 

New Graves along the Way

ACTON, C - from Boone Co., MO; died 7 June 1850

ARMSTEAD, Levi - from Pike Co., MO; died 10 June 1850

BAKER, Jim - from Ray Co., MO; died 6 June 1850

BEST, Alexander - from Illinois; died 20 June 1850

BLANKENSHIP, B. - died 26 June 1850

BULLOCK, William - age 20, from Jefferson Co., IL; died 22 May 1850

BURY, C. - age 21, of Missouri; died 9 July 1850

CAPLINGER, J. - age 77, from Cedar City, MD; died 1 June 1850

CLARK, Ebenezer - age 45, from Linn Co., MO; died 4 June 1850

COALS, Emily - 3 month old daughter of E. A. COALS; died 17 May 1850

COFFRIN, ___ - from Brookfield, LaSalle Co., IL; died 18 May 1850

DRUM or DUNN, T. - from Hazel Green, WI; died 15 June 1850

ENGLES, H. - from Seneca Co., OH; died 27 May 1850

FARRIS, ____ - age 21, from Missouri; died 6 June 1850

FRANKLIN, Samuel - from Will Co., IL; died 13 May 1850

GABBERT, Gordon D. - from Buchanan Co., MO; died 26 May 1850

GITTINGS, B. A. - from Indiana; died 4 June 1850

GOODMAN, Dr. William - from Coles Co., IL; died 3 June 1850

GRAVES, N. - from Cass Co., MO; died 7 June 1850

GRAVISON, I. S. - from Lincoln Co., MO; died 10 July 1850

GROOMS, I. M. - from Greencastle, IN; died 10 June 1850

GUTGEY, George - from Ohio; died 5 June 1850

HARSHAW, William - from St. Louis, MO; died 28 June 1850

HICKS, John - from Ray Co., MO; died 6 June 1850

HILL, Jefferson - from Cape Girardeau, MO; died 11 June 1850

INGE, Maj. ___ - funeral at Weston, MO 16 May 1850

JOHNSON, James - age 47, from Pike Co., IL; died 4 June 1850

KNOWLTON, M. S. - from Erie Co., OH; died 26 May 1850

LANERS, ____ - age 50, from Missouri; died 6 June 1850

LEWIS, Samuel - died 15 June 1850

LOCKHART, Dr. A. L. - died 26 June 1850

MALONE, Robert - from Randolph Co., MO; no death date given - accidently shot himself in the head

MARKS, Frederick - from St. Louis, MO; died 12 July 1850

MASON, Luisas - member of Dr. Knox' train from St. Louis, MO; died 6 June 1850

McCARTY, ___ - from Cape Girardeau, MO; died 13 June 1850

METHINY, William - from Orford, OH; died 6 June 1850

MILLER, James - from Johnson Co., IA; died 15 June 1850

MILLER, Smith - from Orford, OH; died 6 June 1850

MILLER, W. S. - age 60, from Missouri; died 6 June 1850

OLIVER, Samuel - from Wisconsin; died 2 July 1850

ORR, D. S. - from Indiana; died 26 June 1850

PALMER, Steve M. - from Missouri; died 13 June 1850

PARKER, John - from McHenry Co., IL; died 27 June 1850

PHILPS, S. - from Wisconsin; died 1 June 1850

RANDLE, William C. - from Missouri; died 11 July 1850

RICMAN, ____ - a member of Capt. COR__ train; died 21 May 1850

ROBERTSON, James E. - from Rushville, Scuyler Co., IL; died 5 July 1850

SHUEY, I. - from Elkhart, IN; died 6 June 1850

SMITH, Birden G. - age 33, from Decalb Co., MO; died 30 May 1850

SMITH, S. - from Lewis Co., MO; died 15 June 1850

SNEAD, Sarah A. "and child" - from Cass Co., MO: di ed 7 June 1850

STOKES, I. - from Marion, OH; died 4 July 1850

TEAGUE, F. M. - from Lincoln Co., MO; died 5 July 1850

THOMPSON, William - from Lawrence Co., MO; died 30 June 1850

UTTERFIELD, A. L. - died 6 June 1850

WAGNER, Jacob - from Cass Co., MO; died 10 July 1850

WATERS, W. - from Marshall Co., IN; died 16 June 1850

WOOLSEY, N. N. - died 6 June 1850


 


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