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Book details
  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:North America
  • Language:English
  • Pages:284
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543985092


The life and travels of an American pioneer

by Gerald W. Mead

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Originating from the genealogy written by the the subject himself in the 1880's, the author has researched the path of this pioneer as he and his family made their way. Across the Oregon Trail, the deserts of California, the Sierras, they struggled to the the sleepy little village of Yerba Buena. There, within two years Amariah prospered in real estate in what became San Francisco. Disturbed by the decadent lifestyle of the 1850's gold seekers, he decided to move his family again purchasing land in Texas before the Civil War and living out his life in the turbulent times that followed. The book list many references for the work, and a four generation chart of Amariah's descendants.
This text sketches the obstacles that faced many pioneers of the early west. Leaving his home in Ohio in the 1830's to find his way across many roadless stretches of the midwest. Beset by floods, blizzards, starvation, and dehydration this family endured the full spectrum of mother nature's impediments. Death was a constant companion, fear of the indians, fear of the unknown and one's own ability to overcome, was in their thoughts daily. With stops to replenish funds, learn the best trail, and rest a weary family it was not a short Journey. This book will appeal to the history buff, western migration study, and to any reader that would learn more about the settling of the West. It should appeal particularly to those who are descendants of Amariah and want to know more about his life.
About the author
Gerald W. Mead is retired marketing and technical sales professional. He is a history buff and Genealogist with over 50 years of study of family history.