The Thomas Mitchell family left Pennsylvania and came to Coloma, California, in the 1850s,
they and their six daughters were active participants in the life of El Dorado County. One
daughter, Elizabeth, married George W. Kinney, an accountant and mining agent in San
Francisco. Another daughter, Mary, married William J. Forbes, editor, printer, and
journalist whose humor appeared under the pen name of "Semblins." Forbes established the
first newspaper in Humboldt County, Nevada, and later set up a saloon in Treasure City,
White Pine County, Nevada, with William H. Taylor, who had married another Mitchell
daughter, Eliza. After 1875 the Mitchell family lived in San Francisco, where the sisters
kept a boarding house.
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