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Cushing (John Morland) Memoir
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This file contains a 30 page typed memoir written by John Morland Cushing who journeyed from New York, via Panama, to San Francisco on board the ships "Crescent City" and "Niantic" arriving finally in 1849. He stayed some three months in Panama, waiting for a ship to enable him to complete his journey. His date of sailing is unclear, but he left his home for New York, February 1, 1849 and arrived in San Francisco July 3, 1849. Records at the Society of California Pioneers have his date of arrival as October 5, 1849. He would depart from San Francisco shortly after his arrival for the gold fields in Colma.
John Morland Cushing was born in Salem Massachusets on July 16, 1825 to John Dean Cushing and Angelina B. Stuart. He married Anne Mary Kennedy (1829-1923) of Moortown, County Meath, Ireland, on August 10, 1903. They had five children: Alice Gray Cushing, Lizzie Morland Cushing, Oscard Kennedy Cushing, Chalres Stuart Cushing and Caroline Morland Cushing. John sailed from New York for San Francisco in February of 1849, and arrived in San Francisco on either July 3, or October 5, 1849 - sources differ. He served an apprenticeship at the printing business with his father until 1849, when he left for California, partially in search of gold, but principally of health. Three of his children were born in San Francisco (Alice, Lizzie and Charles), and of the other two, Oscar was born in Virginia City, Nevada, and Caroline was born in Harris Valley, Monterey, Californina. Cushing was last known in Oakland, California and employed with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Some of this information was taken from the Society's Biographical Files, and also from Cushing's institutional records. (See related materials below.)
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