Born in South Milford, Massachusetts, in September 1828, Charles Daniell (1828-1861) was the eldest son of
Josiah Daniell, a drygoods retailer in Boston, and Sarah Hutchinson Penniman
Daniell. Charles P. Daniell sailed from Boston to San Francisco around the Horn in
1849-50. While in San Francisco he took part in a sequence of business arrangements
to retail hardware, including operating other proprietors’ stores and managing his
own. For a brief period of time, he worked at the U.S. Customs House. He also made
at least one excursion into mining territory to “see the Elephant." Daniell returned
to Boston in 1854 and again in the late 1850s, where he married Henrietta Spring, a
close friend of his sister Lucetta, in 1860. They returned to California, but he
died May 1861 at the age of 33. Subsequently, his brother William traveled to
California to take care of his affairs. Charles’ only daughter, born posthumously,
died as an infant.
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