Person:William Greenwood (35)

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William S. Greenwood, "Gold Rush" Miner
b.1817 England
  • HWilliam S. Greenwood, "Gold Rush" Miner1817 - 1891
  • WMary Hardmanabt 1817 - 1878
m. April/June 1840
  1. Mary Ann Greenwoodabt 1843 -
  2. Jane Greenwood1845 - 1870
  3. Emily Alice Greenwood1847 - bet 1905-1910
  4. John Greenwoodabt 1851 -
  5. Rafe 'Ralph' Greenwood, Miner/Prospector1856 - aft 1900
  6. William Greenwoodabt 1858 -
  7. Alexander Greenwoodabt 1860 -
  8. James Greenwoodabt 1861 -
Facts and Events
Name William S. Greenwood, "Gold Rush" Miner
Gender Male
Birth[4][5] 1817 England
Marriage April/June 1840 Bolton, Lancashire, England to Mary Hardman
Burial[5] 1891 Old Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Placer County, California
Death[4][5] 10 December 1891 Auburn, Placer County, California


About William Greenwood

William Greenwood was born 1817 in England. He married at age 23 to Mary Hardman sometime between April and June of 1840 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. William and Mary had three children together in England before William forged off on his own (in advance of the rest of the family) and came to America on the ship "John Ravenel", which sailed from Liverpool, England and arrived in New York on 1 April 1848. It must have taken William a while to get established in his new home, as he must have sent for his wife and children some two years later - they set sail from Liverpool, England and arrived in Boston on the ship "Hope" on 27 Jul 1850. The Greenwoods were living in New Jersey in 1851 when their fourth child John was born.

As with many immigrants, the Greenwoods certainly must have heard of the new riches in California during the "Gold Rush" of the 1850's, and William Greenwood and his family headed west and were in California by February 1856, when their fifth child, Rafe Greenwood was born. The Greenwoods made Placer County, California their home, located in the heart of "Gold Rush Country". William Greenwood's occupation is listed a "Miner" in the 1860 and 1880 Census, and to make ends meet, his wife kept a "Boarding House", and took care of their growing family (three more sons were born between 1858-1861). William's wife Mary passed away in 1878 when her youngest son was just 16 years old. It must have been difficult on William, who had to raise his family without his wife, but his three older daughters undoubtedly took over many of the chores for their departed mother. William Greenwood lived another 13 years after his wife Mary's passing - he died as a result of falling from a pile of wood, on 10 December 1891 in Auburn, Placer County, California, the place that the Greenwood's called home for over 35 years.

Emigration Information

Probable Emigration of William Greenwood: (William appears to have first come to America in advance of his wife and three daughters, as evidenced by the following ship records):


William Greenwood, arrived 1 Apr 1848, age 29, male, from Liverpool, England to New York, NY, on ship "John Ravenel". [Ancestry.com Immigration Records].


Emigration of Wife and three children:

Mary Greenwood, 33
Mary Ann, 7
Jane, 5
Emily, 3
Arriving in Boston from Liverpool, England, on 27 Jul 1850 on the ship "Hope" of Duxbury; G.B. Weston, Master [of ship].
[Source: Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943, from actual handwritten pages of ship's passenger list].

Records in Placer County, CA

From Census Information:
18 June 1860: Resided in Michigan Bluffs, Placer County, California. Age in 1860:42; he was a 'miner'; his wife kept a boarding house; 5 children.
18 August 1870: Resided in Township 6, Placer County, Califirnia. Age in 1870: 53 Kept a Hotel; three sons at home (in school?)
10 June 1880: Resided in Forest Hill, Placer County, California. Age: 63; Miner, Marital Status: Widower; Relation to Head of House: Self


From "The Placer County Herald", Auburn, California, December 12, 1891:
Local Siftings--William Greenwood died at the County Hospital on Thursday evening. Death was the result of a fall he received last Monday from off a pile of wood, striking on his head. Deceased was a native of England, aged 74 years. He was well and favorably known throughout the county. Mr. Greenwood was the father of Mrs. B. D. Dunnam. The funeral will take place at 2 PM this afternoon from the residence of his daughter.
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References
  1.   United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    1860 United States Federal Census
    Name: William Greenwood
    Age in 1860: 42
    Birth Year: abt 1818
    Birthplace: England
    Home in 1860: Michigan Bluffs, Placer, California
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Michigan Bluffs
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    William Greenwood 42
    Mary Greenwood 43
    Emily Greenwood 12
    John Greenwood 9
    Rafe Greenwood 5
    William Greenwood 3
    Alexander Greenwood 4/12
    John Paul 26
    Robert Tarner 30
    Martin Buman 28
    James Clark 30

  2.   United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    1870 United States Federal Census
    Name: William Greenwood
    Age in 1870: 53
    Birth Year: abt 1817
    Birthplace: England
    Home in 1870: Township 6, Placer, California
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Bath
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    William Greenwood 53
    Mary Greenwood 53
    Ralph Greenwood 15
    Alexander Greenwood 10
    James Greenwood 9
    James A Grant 30
    John C Jones 26
    William Moss 48
    William H Jackson 46
    Lancelot Robson 27
    William Downard 33
    Henry Dods 30
    William Heaton 42
    Sing Wing 20

  3.   United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: William Greenwood
    Age: 63
    Birth Year: abt 1817
    Birthplace: England
    Home in 1880: Forest Hill, Placer, California
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    Marital Status: Widower
    Father's Birthplace: England
    Mother's Birthplace: England
    Occupation: Miner
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    William Greenwood 63
    Rafe Greenwood 24
    James Greenwood 18

  4. 4.0 4.1 Ancestry.com/Ancestry Family Trees: Public Members Trees.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Find A Grave.

    William S. Greenwood

    Birth: 1817, England
    Death: Dec. 10, 1891
    Auburn
    Placer County
    California, USA

    Admitted - Placer County Hospital
    July 17, 1889
    Resident of Foresthill
    Buried in I.0.0.F. cemetery

    .
    WILLIAM GREENWOOD

    William Greenwood died at the County Hospital on Thursday evening. Death was the result of a fall he received last Monday from off a pile of wood, striking on his head. Deceased was a native of England, aged 74 years. He was well and favorably known throughout the county. Mr. Greenwood was the father of Mrs. B. D. Dunnam. The funeral will take place at 2 PM this afternoon from the residence of his daughter.

    [Placer County Herald, Auburn, 12-12-1891]

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=109934085

  6.   California, United States. Great Registers, 1866-1898.

    Name: William Greenwood
    Residence Year: 1874
    Residence Place: Placer, California
    Age: 56
    Birth Year: abt 1818

    Name: William Greenwood
    Residence Year: 1879
    Residence Place: Placer, California
    Age: 61
    Birth Year: abt 1818

    Name: Wiliam Greenwood
    Residence Year: 1890
    Residence Place: Placer, California
    Age: 73
    Birth Year: abt 1817

    Name: Wiliam Greenwood
    Residence Year: 1890
    Residence Place: Placer, California
    Age: 73
    Birth Year: abt 1817

  7.   Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 2006).

    U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

    Name: William Greenwood
    Arrival Year: 1855
    Arrival Place: Sacramento Co., California
    Source Publication Code: 6001.16
    Primary Immigrant: Greenwood, William
    Annotation: Date and place of naturalization. Extracted from Sacramento, California, newspapers. Country of nativity is also provided. Date of original newspaper is sometimes provided.
    Source Bibliography: "NATURALIZATION." In Root Cellar Preserves (Sacramento [CA] Genealogical Society). vol. 15:2 (January 1993), pp. 59-60; vol. 15:3 (April 1993), pp. 93-94; vol. 17:2 (January-February-March, 1995), pp. 61-66.
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