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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

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I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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Submission TitleLate in April, 1854

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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

NameJames Reeves

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Late in April, 1854

I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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Submission TitleLate in April, 1854

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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

NameJames Reeves

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Late in April, 1854

I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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Submission TitleLate in April, 1854

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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

NameJames Reeves

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Late in April, 1854

I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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Submission TitleLate in April, 1854

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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

NameJames Reeves

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Late in April, 1854

I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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Submission TitleLate in April, 1854

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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

NameJames Reeves

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Late in April, 1854

I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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Submission TitleLate in April, 1854

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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

NameJames Reeves

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Late in April, 1854

I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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Submission TitleLate in April, 1854

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Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

NameJames Reeves

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Late in April, 1854

I’ve always had a love for family history. I did not write the following but wanted to share it. John Bracken Mankins was my 3rd great grandfather. After living near Carson City, Nevada for a while, he moved on to Visalia, CA. There’s a small park in CC named after him.

Typical Old West Description - Arrival of John Mankins Clan to California.

See history of Tulare and Kings Counties California with Biographical Sketches of
The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who Have Been Identified With Their Growth and Development From the Early Days to the Present History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge Illustrated Complete In One Volume
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY Los Angeles, California (1913)
The following is quoted from the description of the entry of a party of pioneers into Visalia in 1854, written by one of them-- J. H. Mankins.
"Late in April, 1854, had one been standing on Main Street, Visalia, he would have witnessed the entry of a unique cavalcade. There were ten riders traveling
in single fille-- your humble servant one of them.
"That broad-shouldered man, weiging above two hundered and twenty pounds is "Dad". He is always in the lead and is dressed throughout in smoked buckskin with fringes up the legs, and a hunting shirt, also fringed roundabout. Add to the costume a very high plug hat, imagine him then with a mop of raven black hair falling over his shoulders, with coal black piercing eyes, seated on a large dapple gray horse. A hunting knife is at his girdle, a six-shooter on either side of the saddlehorn and he carries a "sharp-shooter" rifle in front. Such was J. B. Mankins, forty-niner and pioneer of pioneers.
"After Dad came next two boys, nearing manhood, one girl of eleven, a young Indian boy, two Jews and then three boys aged fourteen, eight and six. We were all, except the Jews, dressed wholly in buckskin, well fringed. For hats we wore bearskin caps.
"We pitched our camp just across Mill Creek, north of Visalia. The tules then came very close to town and the mosquitoes were very numerous. The town consisted of one store, kept by John Pemberton, a blacksmith shop and a tavern. O. K. Smith was sheriff and Judge Louis Van Tassell, undersheriff.
"I remember quite well Mrs. John Keener, Sr. She had gotten sight of us and perceived that we were sadly in need of repairs, for you see, we were half=orphans. So she had Dad get some cloth, and she made us up some clothes, for it became necessary for us to conform to the usages of civilization."

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