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McAFFEE, Henry Hoover, was, in Directory of 1859, in the insurance banking business (December, Denver City), but held prominent place in the Provisional Government, having been elected Superintendent of Instruction in October, and being delegate to the convention to form a government such as that most necessary one, and was a delegate to the first provisional legislature.

McAFFEE, Joseph, was an arrival of 1858, of original Russell party from Lumpkin County, Georgia.

McALLISTER, William, was in the first wagon, Lawrence Party 1858. He was also a member of an expedition to carry supplies to the miners in the gold fields at a later time.

McALROY, E. P., an arrival of 1859, said to be a resident of South Park.

McBRIDE, R. E., of Mountain City and elected Rocky Mountain Ranger in 1859. This was a society for proposition of good government and punishment of criminals, etc. In other words, a vigilence society.

McBRIDE, W. G., grantee, Aug 23, 1859 City of Denver lots from H. P. A. Smith of Denver.

McBROOM, Isaac E., born Indiana Apr 22, 1830. Removed to St. Joseph, Missouri early in life, and to Iowa 1850. Arrived Colorado 1859, and settled on a farm near Denver.

McBROOM, John, wagon master, accompanying Capt. Marcy’s command to Colorado 1858. He camped on site of Denver in this year, and in 1859 settled there, and later went upon a farm where he lived 30 years. This was on Bear Creek, one half mile south of Loretto Academy. Cabin still there in 1901. He built a good comfortable brick house later. In 1866 he married Emma J., daughter of William Bennett of Terre Haute, Indiana. He died 1891. He was a native of Floyd County, Kentucky, born Jul 26, 1822. His arrival in Colorado occurred May 9. He had formerly lived in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and after coming west served in campaigns against the Indians. He had four children.

McCABE (McCade?), Dr. J. W., a resident of Nevada Gulch in 1859. Was in this year councilman elect from the 5th District.

McCALLUM, David, (thought by Mr. William Allen of Arvada to have been an arrival of ’59). He lived at one time on Wadsworth ground, and Mr. Allen thinks he built the “Wadsworth Cabin” now in City Park of Arvada. (?)

McCAMENT, William, of Tarryall Diggings 1859, mentioned in list of miners.

McCANNON, John (List in Hall’s Colorado History), born Jan 9, 1830, Pennsylvania, arrived Colorado May 1859, and in 1890 (date of 2nd Volume of Hall’s Colorado History), lived Leadville.

McCARROLL, James, died Dec 27, 1859, aged 56 years. Late of Acconium, Iowa. Nashville, Tennessee, and Burlington, Iowa papers please copy. He died in Colorado City (RMN, p. 3, Jan 11, 1860)

McCARROLL & COMPANY, mining, Russell’s Gulch, summer of 1859 with four men.

McCARRON, D., arrived Apr 23, 1859, from St. Louis, Missouri, residence later near Long’s Peak, at Jefferson Trading Post. He is also of Boulder Creek Diggings in this year. Miner and prospector.

McCARTNEY, W. H., of Leavenworth, Kansas, arrived from that place by Platte Route, 21 days in journey, said he passed 700 wagons below Fort Kenny and met 1500 wagons going back to the States. The following clipping is from RMN of 1862: “W. H. McCartney, aged 24, died a victim of consumption at Rainsville Canada-West. He was, for some time, bookkeeper for Jones & Cartwright of Denver. He left here in fall of ’61, for his father’s home in Canada, where he died.”

McCARTY, D., arrived with party of E. Doty’s Lightning Express Train of 10 wagons, in Wagon 9, with the following companions: D. McKinney, S. R. Moore, M. McCarty, J. Kennedy, E. Kennedy, of Illinois, and E. Kelly of Pennsylvania, May 22, 1859. (RMN, May)

McCARTY, M., arrived with D. McCarty, above, May 22, 1859. (See.)

McCARTY, William, arrived Sep 22, 1859. Member Colorado Pioneers’ Society 1907, was in that year a resident of Rawlins, Wyoming.

McCARTY, William P., (of Arapahoe County) Gentleman, grantor to John Audlem, all his right in lot 9, block 37, Cheyenne Street, City of Auraria, Jan 6, 1860. He was in Denver City as early as May 1859, for was witness in land transaction and later, again in November.

McCASLIN, ---, original stockholder in City of Auraria, 1858.

McCASLIN, Matthew L., was a pioneer, over land, to California 1849. Was born Butler County, Pennsylvania 1822. Then emigrated with father to Iowa, became river pilot and in 1855, after six years in California, emigrated Auraria with saw mill in autumn of 1858, later mining and working mill at Gold Hill in Boulder County. In 1862 preempted farm on St. Vrain Creek (near Longmont site), and in 1880 was a very prominent farmer, quite wealthy. He married in 1856 before coming to goldfields, Miss Miranda Hagerty of Pennsylvania (see History Boulder Valley, published 1880). In 1859 M. L. McCaslin “of Auraria” Sep 27, was grantor to A. O. Holbrook of same place lots in Auraria on St. Louis Street, with all buildings, etc. (75 feet from the southeast side of lot 11, block 34.)

McCAULEY, Thomas, together with William Newman, claims 160 acres land where Dry Creek empties into Ralston Creek Nov 24, 1859.

McCAULEY & COMPANY, mining, Russell’s Gulch 1859, six men.

McCERRAN, Robert, his death given in RMN as follows: “At Fountain City, Kansas Territory, Apr 9, 1859, Robert McCerran, formerly of New Orleans, from the effects of freezing and exposure. He was a most pleasant and agreeable companion, and an estimable young man, and his loss is deeply felt by many sympathizing friends. His age was 23 years.” (May 7, 1859)

McCLAIN, (firm of Heffner, McClain & Cooper), mining, Russell’s also in Rocky Mountain City.

McCLEERY, C. A., owner, with D. McCleery, of McCleery’s Ranche on Clear Creek 1859. (See.)

McCLEERY (McCleary?), Daniel, a very prominent and most popular pioneer of 1859, living first in Auraria, then in Golden where he was in 1860 assessor, also Mayor, and on May 9 was on Board of the first Presbyterian Church. He was one of the members in 1859 of Auraria Lodge, A.F. & A.M., his home lodge being the Pacific of California. He built the first bridge over Clear Creek in Golden, 75 feet long, 20 feet wide, with sidewalk 4 feet wide, connecting Ford and Green Streets. While he was Mayor, he had a fine banquet at the Jefferson House, Golden, described in papers of the day (Jul 1860). He went to Golden Gate City, and had a restaurant there, and built road up Chimney Canon. He was a stirring character; had fine ranche three and a half miles west of Denver, on Clear Creek, six miles from Jefferson Bridge across Platte River, and eight miles east of Golden. His partners in this business were C. A. and J. B. McCleery. (See these.) The ranche was much advertized in papers in autumn of 1859. It was on the road to Boulder and Shiann Pass, and advertized to herd stock, and furnish fine corrals. McCleery is said to have arrived from Ohio. He married 2d, Mrs. Harriet Williams of Golden (1860), and his daughter by first wife, Mary, (Anna?), married Thomas Corwin Brainerd of the Hotel of that name in Boulder, so it is said. In Jul 1860 he is living at Golden Gate, for he is accredited as the sole agent of the Western Mountaineer in that City. Dan McCleery disappears into parts unknown about 1861. Whether he returned to Trumbull County, Ohio, whence he came, is not mentioned in the papers of his day.

McCLELLAN, ---, a pioneer of the Cache la Poudre, 1859.

McCLELLAN, W. O., arrived Denver Aug 1859. Member Colorado Pioneers’ Society, born Ohio Apr 18, 1835.

McCLELLAND, J., member Colorado Pioneers’ Society, an arrival of ’59 living in 1920 in Wagon Wheel Gap. J. C. McClelland is same person, said to have arrived Jun 26, 1859, born Pennsylvania Apr 22, 1829. Lived Wagon Wheel Gap 1890-1907. (This could be another pioneer, a relative?)

McCLELLAND, William, arrived 1859 and was associated with Larimer and Major J. S. Filmore in 1860 in the Post Office work in Denver.

McCLING (McClery?) (McClurg?), Comfort A., (notice C. A. McCleery), located claim on Clear Creek, Jefferson County, Jul 1859. (Jefferson County Land Records, Liber A, p. 22)

McCLINTOCK, Ed, was in 1859 associated with Ford Brothers and Ed. Chase in Golden City. They operated in a large tent it is said.

McCLURE, W. H., arrived spring of ’59 from Georgia. Another account states that W. N. McClure was from Clayton County, Georgia, in party of 10 arriving by Santa Fe Route, May 30, in that year and being two months enroute. (RMN)

McCLURE, W. P., was an arrival of 1858 and a member St. Charles Town Company in this year, also in 1859. In June of the last mentioned year he sells lots for William H. Parkinson in Denver City. He is a delegate from Denver in July to the first Constitutional Convention. He witnesses a deed in Auraria in same month, and again in July, and has duel with R. E. Whitsitt (RMN, p. 2, Oct 27). He is an attorney, and in 1860 has office on corner Larimer and B. Streets. (Advertized in Rocky Mountain Herald.)

McCLUSKY, William P., grantee Aug 23, 1859, from H. P. A. Smith, some Denver lots. McClusky & Company mentioned in RMN summer 1859 as mining in mountains.

McCOMBER, William H., a Director of Colorado Pioneers’ Society arrived May 29, 1859. He dealt in Real Estate in Denver and lived there 1890-1907, although his residence was in British Columbia 1899. He was a capitalist. Was born Massachusetts May 28, 1839.

McCONNELL, William M., in Jun 1859 was one of the founding members of Auraria Lodge (Masonic), his former membership having been with Mount Pelia Lodge, No. 177, of Tennessee. On Dec 1, this year, he is grantee in Auraria of lot 9, block 26, in that city from W. A. Smith.

McCOOK, Edward Moody, Territorial Governor of Colorado, arrived site of Denver Aug 6, 1859. In 1890 was living Ft. Hamilton, New York. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio, Jun 15, 1833, son of Dr. John and Catherine Julia (Sheldon) McCook. Irish grandfather, George McCook. He was a soldier, and had been Lieut. Col., then Brig. Gen. in 1866-9 was U. S. Minister to Hawaii, and Grant gave him appointment as Governor of Colorado Territory. Gov. McCook died 1909. His first wife was Miss Mary Thompson, daughter of a distillery owner of Peoria, Illinois, Sylvanus Thompson. She had an older sister who married Militia Gen. Charles Adams of Colorado Springs about 1889, and a German by birth, named Karl Adam Schwanbeck. This name he changed to Adams. His wife was so very aristocratic that few persons were admitted to her notice in Colorado Springs. Mrs. McCook and Mrs. Adams had a cousin, a clerk in the Treasury Department at Washington, D. C. 1869 and earlier, Miss Louise Knowlton, who boarded at same place with this compiler’s father when he was in Congress and who afterward visited the family of Gov. McCook in Denver, about 1871. The Trail has a very good article about Sylvanus Thompson in issue of Aug 1924. Maj. James B. Thompson, Mrs. McCook’s brother, furnished the material for the account, and he had been Indian Agent among the Utes, and had been Gov. McCook’s Secretary 1869. His portrait is included in the article, which is very interesting. He lived 1923 in Denver at 57 Grant Street.

McCORMICK, J. L., arrived site of Denver Jul 27, 1859. Born Ohio, was deceased before 1890. Lived Denver part of time at least.

McCOWN, D., was an arrival of 1858, and a builder.

McCOY, Henry, was Secretary of the first convention to consider the forming of a new Territory, or a state government (which many supposed possible) on Apr 11, 1859, before the arrival of that chronicler, the RMN, with Mr. Byers. He “lived” at Fountain later in the summer, and was a delegate from this place to the convention, and was appointed on a committee to prepare an address to citizens. Gen. Larimer being President of that convention.

McCOY, William, was of Gregory Diggings in 1859. He died of pneumonia at the Planters Hotel, Denver, Sep 18, 1863, as mentioned in the paper at the time. His native State was Vermont, and he was aged 34 years. Was brother of Mrs. Maria Irwin, and Mrs. Fannie Hernandez, recently from Chicago, where he was in large mercantile business. He left a wife and three children, but probably not in Colorado very long.

McCRACKEN, Joseph, died at Mountain City Jul 3, 1859, of bilious fever, aged 25 years. “There was found in his pocket or satchel, a school certificate dated at Washington, Davis County, Indiana.” (RMN)

McCUBBIN, Joseph L., was a stockholder of Denver City Town Company ’59, but came the previous year, 1858, to the place. Was first Commissioner of Arapahoe County, Kansas, the name then belonging to the district, and is said to have come out in discharge of his duties in the autumn of that year. He mined also, of course, in Russell’s and other camps, and at Virginia Canon where he was still abiding as late as 1880. In the old time records of Arapahoe County, he is noted as having been grantee of 10 lots from the Auraria Town Company in Aug 1859, which he transferred to George W. Black in same year. Again, he has lot on northeast corner Lawrence and D., Denver (50 feet of this).

McCURLEY, R. M., grantor farm claim in Platte River, Nov 25, 1859. He conveys same to B. F. Jeffries, and the place is described as “land opposite to J. J. Minter’s ranche.”

McDONALD, E., owner of Claim No. 7, in McLeod & Company Lands of Fork of Plum Creek on Divide, Oct 1859. (Lands for pineries, etc.)

McDONALD, J., member first Constitutional Convention from Shiann Pass 1859. Also in lists of this body of citizens as a delegate from Colona, which had C. Raymond also as a delegate. (May be two persons?)

McDONALD, James, was a founder of Golden City, and Secretary of the Town Company in Nov 1859. He was advertized in RMN as their especially authorized agent in Golden, and was elected Justice of the Peace in November of same year. He was a delegate from Golden to the first Constitutional Convention, and was marrying couples in Golden as Justice of the Peace in Feb 1860.

McDONALD, John, had Claim No. 21 in McLeod & Company plat (see) on Divide at mouth of Plum Creek Oct 1859.

McDONALD, Miss Nannie, ward of John Melvin of Fort Smith in the State of Arkansas, beneficiary, by will of Hickery Rogers of Denver in Nov 1859. (Non-resident?)

McDONALD, Robert, grantee, 20 or more lots Denver, Nov 22, 1859.

McDONOUGH, Patrick, receives Donation Lots from Town Company 1858, with his agreement to build hewed log house.

McDOUGAL, George, a Denver City stockholder of 1858. He was a brother of Gov. McDougal of California, it is said, and had emigrated to Pike’s Peak District to keep trading post on Adobe Creek. He is also said to have been one of the first white members of the first Cherokee expedition to the gold fields. He was a member of first Constitutional Convention from Fountain City, (June).

McDOWELL, ---, was of Cache la Poudre 1859.

McDOWELL, Dr. Drake, in Denver City Directory 1859 had office in Denver. He was also a delegate to convention in June for forming new government. He was said to have been a son of Dr. Alexander McDowell of St. Louis. He attended Mr. McClure’s duel with R. E. Whitsitt during that year. He is among those starting the Episcopal Church in Denver Feb 19, 1860.

McDUFF, William, received Donation Lots from Denver Town Company with agreement to build hewed log house. Later he is grantor of house and two lots on McGaa Street, between C. and D. Streets for consideration of $110.

McDUFFEE, C. J., (same as one above?), firm with George Aux. (see) also R. C. Deane, A. Miller, C. Wiltze, at Mountain City, Sep 30, 1859, record claims on Hyatt Lode. (Gregory Record, p. 21, Claims) Later in Nov 7, McDuffee claims to have “staked off a quarter section land for ranche and Trading Post, on Denver and Auraria Wagon Road, and Platte Valley at a point staked off.” This claim was staked Oct 27.

McDUFFEE, Charles, resided Mountain City 859.

McDUFFEE & ACKLEY, were the experts furnishing the music for the grand Christmas Ball, opening Loveland’s New Hall, Golden City, 1859.

McELROY, E. P., (same as McALROY, see), member Society Colorado Pioneers, arrived Jun 1859. Born in Missouri Jun 12, 1835, lived in Husted, Colorado 1890. (Name in Hall’s list)

McFADDEN, A. M., was a Territorial Representative elect, under Provisional Government, late 1859. In 1866 he is one of earliest members of the Colorado Pioneers’ Society (included only arrivals of 1858-9).

McFADDING, William, one of the most prominent in his brief life in the gold fields, arrived 1858, having joined Russell, it is said, in Kansas. He was an original stockholder of Auraria, and President of the Town Company, having been chairman at the first meeting of citizens to form the town, in 1858, and in December the year following was elected President of the Company. Soon after his arrival, in Oct 1858 when food was scarce in Auraria, he was sent, with others, to Fort Garland for supplies. He lived in Gregory Diggings in Jun of ’59, for he was a delegate from that camp to the first Constitutional Convention. He bought lots sometimes, Jul 18, he and William H. Parkinson execute a long deed to some Denver City lots. (Arapahoe County Land Records, Liber A, p. 13) On Oct 25, same year, he is “of Auraria” again, and on Nov 14 with John Easter he grants to H. A. Hoover, south ½ of lot 3, block 7, Auraria. He was alive and acknowledged deed in Auraria as President of the Town Company on Dec 31, 1859. On Jan 15, 1860 is signed his Will or Letter of Administration, giving Power of Attorney to J. O. Russell, D. P. Wallingford, W. H. Parkinson, and W. M. Slaughter to pay all debts, and collect all moneys, and turn same over, equally divided between McFadding’s half brother and half sister, Philip Wesley Humphreys and Minerva Narcissa Humphreys, without having application to any probate court, they “having jurisdiction in the premises as fully as though I were living.” (Arapahoe County Land Records, Liber D, p. 83, old) On Jan 23, his estate is being sold by his executors to Henry Basye, south 1/2 of lot 5, block 33, fronting on Ferry Street, Auraria. “Through the Last Will and Testament of William McFadding,” etc. He was a member of Auraria Lodge, early in its history, one of the founders most probably. The RMN, Apr 8, 1889, states that he, with D. D. Hoage, Mr. Green, James Winchester, Henry Allen, Robert B. Willis, Andrew Sagendorf, met at the cabin of Dr. L. J. Russell in Auraria on Ferry Street, just below Blake, on an evening in Dec 1858 when for the first time Masons met together in solemn council in the Pike’s Peak Region. Only three of all this company were living in 1889. McFadding was buried with all the honors of Masonry, Jan 17, 1860, in that bleak spot known as Mt. Prospect Cemetery. The hour was one O’clock. No knowledge of his previous Lodge membership seems to have been known to them, or to us. A description of the funeral is in Square & Compass, p. 34, Apr 1895. A Committee was appointed to procure horses and wagons for the procession, also a committee to procure aprons. The Marshall, pallbearers and committee on condolence were also appointed. Jan 17, 1860, the Lodge met and conducted the funeral ceremonies and passed resolutions. He had died Jan 16, aged 35 years, and the place of his death was Auraria, Kansas Territory. There is a very good obituary of McFadding in RMN, p. 3, Jan 25, 1860. (See this in full, copied into Portrait & Biography Index of this work.) He was succeeded as President of the Town Company by Charles Dahler. Some of his property was sold as late as May by John Easter, only surviving partner of the firm of McFadding & Easter.

McGAA, William, a famous old Indian Trader, trapper and guide, who in 1858 was a stockholder in St. Charles City, and in whose cabin in Auraria the Denver City Town Company was formed Nov 22, 1858. Was said to have been educated in Dublin, Ireland and to have been a son of an Irish baronet. It is said that he loved the free life of the Rocky Mountains, and took such an interest in its young cities that it almost broke his heart when the name of McGaa Street was changed to Holladay for an honor to Ben Holladay. He was called “Jack Jones” among the Indians whom he particularly loved. He married an Indian wife, of the half blood, her mother being a Sioux, and her father said to be John Adams, a prominent frontiersman. Afterward her mother married Alphonse La Roque, a French trader, and later lived in South Dakota. McGaa and this Indian consort had a son William Denver McGaa, born Mar 8, 1859 at southeast corner of 14th and Lawrence Streets, the site later of the Lawrence Street Methodist Church. He was also a stockholder of Auraria Town Company 1859, and had several transactions in City lots, before and after the arrival of his son, Denver. He owned the Ferry at Auraria City, and sold this for $400 to Thomas Pollock Jan 17, 1859, and before this grants had been made to him by Auraria Town Company Nov 8, 1858. As late as Jan 9, 1860, he filed on a farm claim, described as southwest ¼, Section 11, township w, S.R. 5 East of the 7th meridian, “Taken and recorded before.”

Biographies and notices of McGaa are in all the histories of early pioneer life, and the following is from the RMN of Dec 16, 1867: “Died, in this city, yesterday, in the morning, Dec 15, William W. McGaa, better known as “Jack Jones,” in his 45th year. The deceased had been a resident of the Rocky Mountain regions about 28 years, the companion of Beckwourth, Bridger and other mountaineers of note. He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, and a very fair education. Generous to a fault, and a steadfast friend. His remains were buried yesterday evening in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, followed by a few of the old friends who first knew him here in the spring of 1859.” “Peace to his Ashes.”

McGARGILL (McGargle), James, one of the noted Cibola Minstrels at ApolloTheatre, Denver City 1859, was of “Auraria” Jan 29 of that year. He sells on this date to Hampton Boone some Denver lots that is a share in the Denver Town Company and some lots in Auraria. His name is spelled several ways, and it seems he also had an initial M, as he is called Jas. M. McGargill in part of his transactions. He transfers Share No. 255 in Denver Town Company, the same granted him Aug 23, 1859 to Ming & Cooper, for valued received. On Nov 21, same year, he grants for $100 lots 11-12, block 38, on Blake Street, Denver City, to B. F. Jeffries and this deed was filed for record in 1860.

McGASKILL, Harvey, mining in Pleasant Valley, with seven men, summer of 1859, mentioned in RMN mining intelligence.

McGAVRAN, Thomas, Esq., is mentioned by the Commonwealth of Denver, Apr 30, 1863, on the occasion of his death: “Many of our people will be pained to hear of the death of one of Denver’s best citizens, Thomas McGavran. The deceased was a man who had lived through many years, and endeared himself by his kindness to many friends. He rests from his labors and his works do follow him.” Another account stated that he had lived many years in Denver, so was probably one of the very earliest arrivals.

McGEE, J., was resident of Denver and Auraria 1859 and afterward. (Clipping from newspaper)

McGINN, Patrick, arrived in early part of 1859 (spring) with B. B. Stout. (See under this name).

McGIVEN, Charles, “of County of Arapahoe” appears as grantee of Denver lots in Land Records of 1859.

McGLASHIRE, in 1858 had contract to build a boat for the Auraria Ferry, conjointly with William McGaa, sold Apr 15, 1859.

McGLOSKIN, E. P., resident of Mountain City 1859.

McGLOTHLIN, Dudley F., and wife Mary Jane, accidentally killed, mentioned in RMN p. 2, Sep 3, 1859. The family was from Harding County, Illinois, “now of Golden City.”

McGREGOR, Mr., of Davenport, Iowa, arrived May 5, 1859. (RMN)

McGREW, Alexander O., name in list of members of the first Constitutional Convention 1859, delegate from Mountain City. Later Clerk of the Probate Court of Arapahoe County. During year he appears as having Donation Lots with agreement to build in Denver, and Sep 19, is grantor of lots to Orson A. Chaffee, and is grantor again in December of this year.

McGUGIN, Henry, located Jan 5, 1860, ranche claim in Jefferson County, in Casto Gulch, “beginning at northwest corner of David A. Williams’ claim.” (Liber A, p. 30, recorded in Golden.) (160 acres)

McGUINNESS, Capt., mentioned in RMN during summer 1859 as being “late of Indianapolis” and having “returned to the States.”

McGUIRE, name among arrivals of summer of 1859 in RMN. He was from De Soto, Nebraska. (Patrick McGuire)

McILHENY, E. W., his land claim boundaries filed for record in Denver, Jun 10, 1859, the land lying next that of David Gregory and located May 28 of same year, west of the Table Mountain, west of the road leading to Gregory’s and about one mile north of Clear Creek. (Jefferson County Land Records, Liber A, p. 48)

McILVOY, D. D., grantee of land in Golden City from James Whittier Oct 10, 1859. Witness James McDonald. Filed for record in Golden in Jan 1860. (He is said to have been born in Covington, Kentucky, 1824, son of a farmer or planter. He emigrated to Missouri then made overland trip to California with ox teams about 1850, returning by the isthmus, married in 1854, and in 1859 came to Colorado settling at Missouri Flats, engaging in mining there and in Central.)

McINTYRE, ---, had ranche claim “near Town” (Denver) Jan 10, 1860 and the firm of McIntyre & Company, with seven men are reported in the files as mining at Russell’s 1859.

McINTYRE, Douglas, arrived Colorado 1859, and was of Central City. Rose as a miner to wealth, died in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York, very suddenly, on Wednesday, Feb 13, 1867 of conjestion of the brain. (RMN, Feb 18, 1867)

McINTYRE, J. W., name in stockholder’s book as shareholder 1859 in Golden City Association. This name also appears in 1866 files, Jun 22 as a pioneer attending a meeting of the Society (a first meeting) and is mentioned as of Denver.

McINTYRE, John, miner, Russell’s Gulch, on committee Oct 21, 1859 to take steps to stop merchants of Denver and Auraria from reducing the price of gold dust by a combination. (RMN, Nov 10)

McINTYRE, John W., was appointed County Judge of Saratoga County until his successor was elected, by Gov. Steele, Dec 1859, the next election to be held the following Jan 1860. (Files)

McINTYRE & McCLEERY, company building wagon road from Old Fort St. Vrain to South Park, via Golden City, Bergen Park, Cub Creek, etc. This was begun in Dec 1859 or earlier, but not finished until Apr 1860. (Files of ’59)

McINTYRE, SMITH & COMPANY, mentioned in files of 1859 as mining in Illinois Gulch, and at Missouri Flats.

McKAY, Mr., arrived in 11th wagon of the Lawrence Party 1859.

McKAY, Miss A. B., arrived Jun 24, 1859 with her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McKay. (Western Mountaineer, File)

McKAY, Sheldon, arrived Jul 4, 1859 (name and note that he is deceased in list of Pioneer Society of Gilpin County).

McKAY, W. J., one of the founders of Golden City, and the papers of his time state that he furnished the elegant refreshments on the occasion of the opening Ball, on Christmas Eve when Loveland’s new Hall was dedicated in 1859. His own large building was opposite to the new one, and had been completed early in the month. This Ball was a very grand occasion indeed, and included many ladies from Denver, Auraria, Central (or Mountain City), Arapahoe Diggings and Golden Gate City. McKay was a resident of Denver in 1920 and member Colorado Pioneers’ Society. Said to have been born in Nova Scotia, Apr 12, 1825. His arrival in the gold fields was Jun 24. (William J. McKay)

McKENNY, N., Civil Engineer. (Name in list in Business Directory of 1859. Denver City.) (Notice McKinney)

McKEOUGH, came up Missouri River in 1854, crossed plains, and is said to have camped on site of Denver in 1857, and washed for gold succeeding winter in Cherry Creek.

McKIMM, was a witness, Denver City, Aug 6, 1859, sale of lots or land. (John E. McKinn – or McKim)

McKIMMENS, William, original stockholder in Auraria City 1858, was from Georgia, and joined Russell Party in Kansas. In Dec 1859 he is living in Auraria for he is a witness in sale of lots Dec 30. Auraria in Aug 8, he bought lot 1, block 35. (Arapahoe County Land Records, Lliber A)

McKIMMEY or McKINNEY, N. M., surveyor of ranche claim of N. L. Witcher, Clear Creek, Jul 19, 1859, again a farm in Sep 22, in Arapahoe County. His name appears spelled several ways, and with one, also with two initials. (?)

McKIMMEY, Nathaniel, is grantee from Charles H. Blake, of Denver “out lots.” He is said to be “of Harrison County, Indiana.” He is most likely a resident in 1859 of Denver or Auraria. (See below.)

McKINNEY, from Illinois, arrived in Wagon 9 of E. Doty’s Lightning Express train of 10 wagons, May 22, 1859. His wagon companions: S. R. Moore, M. McCarthy, D. McCarthy, J. Kennedy, and E. Kennedy of Illinois, and D. Kelly of Pennsylvania. (D. McKinney)

McKINNEY, George, Sr., and George Jr., arrived from DeSoto, Nebraska Territory ’59. (RMN, Files)

McKINNEY, M. W., of Georgia, arrived with W. T. McKinney by Santa Fe Route, with nine others, all from Clayton, Georgia, May 30, 1859. (RMN)

McKINNEY, W. T., from Georgia. (See next above.)

McKINSY, George Sr., also George Jr., arrived 1859. See under party with D. D. Stout.

McKINZIE, Aaron, mentioned as being at the O. K. Ranche 1859. (RMN, Files)

McKNIGHT & COMPANY, mining in Russell’s Gulch, summer 1859, eight men. (RMN)

McKOUS, John E., sworn as a witness to deed, Sep 29, 1859, land on Clear Creek, Jefferson County.

McKOWNS, J. E., entry of survey of ranche claim, south bank Clear Creek, Sep 22, 1859 – 160 acres. (Jefferson County)

McLAIN, J. H. AND COMPANY, 21 men, arrived from Missouri by Santa Fe Route, Jun 1, 1859. (RMN)

McLAIN, L. B., is grantee, Oct 29, 1859, from W. D. McLain, Auraria lots, consideration $489, the lots being the same ones W. D. had purchased the previous August. (Arapahoe County Land Records, Liber C, p. 8 old)

McLAIN, W. D., was a member of the first Constitutional Convention representing Auraria, 1859, and name appears in lot transfers during year. The same name appears in files of RMN as being a miner at Hill Difficulty. In list of stockholders of Auraria, his name appears (William D. McLain) list of 1858. He is said by Miss Isaballa Steck to be a brother of Mrs. Andrew Sagendorf. (See.) In Aug of 1859 he was a notary public, and for $500 buys share of E. P. Stout’s lots to be drawn in the drawing in Denver (Apr 8, 1859). He also has about 22 lots in Auraria. He is a miner in Gregory District, late in the season, when he “leaves for the States” as announced in the RMN.

McLAUGHLIN (also spelled McLachlin), Duncan, first appears in Denver and Auraria Land Records, Apr 2, 1859, as witness in transaction between St. James, grantor, and Stephens Herman & Butts, grantees. He has four Donation Lots in Denver City Town Company, later, and the certificate of his lots on Aug 23 of this year may be found in Arapahoe County Land Records, Liber D, p. 185 old. In this month he is administrator of the estate of Edward Hay, deceased, of Denver or “Arapahoe County,” whose Denver lots he transfers Sep 9 to Peter Marcellus of Washington County, Nebraska Territory. In November of the year he is a grantee in lot in Auraria City, the south half of lot 2, block 3.

McLAUGHLIN, Enos, listed in Directory of 1859 as keeping a boarding house on Larimer Street, Denver. He is mentioned in Larimer’s Reminiscences, p. 161, as having arrived in spring of this year with his wife and child from Leavenworth. They took over the Larimer cabin, boarding the Larimers who were tired of “batching” and who esteemed very much Mrs. McLaughlin’s cooking (Mrs. Mary Jane).

McLAUTHLIN, Cyrus H., his advent in Denver hailed by the RMN summer of 1859, as follows: “C. H. McLauthlin, Esq., a co-publisher of the Leavenworth Herald arrives in the City.” He is in later times a printer with the same paper in Denver. Born Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Apr 22, 1827, arrived goldfields Sep 1859. (For his portrait see RMN, p. 7, Dec 5, 1899.) He died 1896. He was a printer and said to have resided in 14 states and Territories, following this trade. He was a messenger for the firm of Jones & Cartwright on his first entrance into Denver, then mined in Central (walked there from Denver), took to the East with him 11 sacks of gold dust. Speaker of the House later, in 1867, in the Territorial Legislature, later engaging in ranching and real estate business. Alderman, also candidate for Mayor of Denver. Was Grand Master of I.O.O.F.

McLARY, D., (McCleery?), was member of the first Constitutional Convention, 1859, a representative from McLary (Precinct).

McLEAN, George, appointed Col. of Rocky Mountain Rangers by Gov. Steele in 1859. Another record of him states that he was elected Sergeant of this body in Mountain City.

McLEAN, Col. Sam, addresses a miners’ meeting held at Gregory Diggings to protest against reducing price of gold dust. He had been a miner in California and said that the gold dust there was of inferior quality to that obtained here, for which over nineteen dollars per ounce was realized at the Mint, upon an average. (RMN, Nov 19, 1859)

McLEAN (McLAIN), William D., 1858 was stockholder in Auraria City Nov 1. Jun 1859 was delegate from there to the first Constitutional Convention. The name of W. D. McLean occurs in Mining Record Book, p. 15, of Gregory District Oct 1, same year as a witness, his residence Mountain City.

McLEOD, A. & COMPANY, list of claims taken up and known as A. McLeod & Company, engaged in bringing saw mills to this Territory, and in farming and grazing. Said claims were taken up, surveyed, marked and numbered on 24, 25, and 26 of Oct 1859 as follows: Commencing for outside bounds at a stake on bank of Plum Creek, at Forks of said Creek, etc., each individual member of said company holding his claim individually for purpose mentioned.

  • A. McLeod (No. 1)
  • H. Horton (11)
  • John McDonald (21)
  • Diamond Green (No. 2)
  • Thos. Parks (12)
  • Simon Brown (22)
  • B. Burnside (3)
  • E. Stanton (13)
  • Jas Nelson (23)
  • John McLeod (4)
  • Thos. Robinson (14)
  • John Nelson (24)
  • Finley McLeod (5) 
  • Abner Hall (15) 
  • John Greene (25)
  • James Fitz (6)
  • Albert Hall (16)
  • Jno. Campbell (26)
  • E. McDonald (7)
  • Anthony Davis (17)
  • (F. Abbott (27)
  • Wm Maloney (8)
  • James Davis (18)
  • (taken off)
  • Albert Frazier (9) 
  • A. D. Davis (19) 
  • J. Nelson, Jr. (28)
  • Thos Campbell (10)
  • David Hawley (20)
  • John Nelson, Jr. (29)
  • John Greene 2d (30)


The above names are indexed separately as probably Fiftyniners, or at any rate land owners. The papers were received at Denver at 2 P.M. Oct 29, 1859, and are in “old” land books. The following is a sketch of the plat accompanying them:

Plat of A. McLeod & Company Lands
South 30 Deg. East
North 30 Deg. West


McLEOD, A., had Claim 1, McLeod & Company (see above).

McLEOD, Finley, had Claim 5, in McLeod & Company (see above).

McLEOD, John, had Claim 4, in McLeod & Company (see above).

McMURRAY, Dennis, in 1859 an express package was advertized for him. (RMN)

McNAUGHT, William, witness Oct 1, 1859, sale of claims in Gregory Diggings, recorded at Mountain City, in Gregory Record, Claims.

McPHAEDER, A., name in list of incorporators of Cibola Hydraulic Company, Dec 1859. (RMN, files)

McPHERSON, M. P., is party to deed to lots in Auraria, Dec 6, 1858, with agreement to build hewed log cabin (another note connects name of P. McPherson in same sort of contract).

McQUINTON (McQUISTON), H., with five others arrived from Ohio by Smoky Hill Route, Jun 3, 1859. (RMN

McRAW, W. M., expressman, of Jackson Diggings, held up by robbers in mountains Aug 10, 1859. He made so good a fight that his assailant was beaten. (Files)

McWHIRT, J. T., was appointed by Gov. Steele, County Judge of Jefferson County, under the Provisional Government (Dec 1859). He lived in Golden City. There is, in Golden record office a plat of land or ranche claim taken up by J. T. McWhist, probably the same man, on Jan 10, 1860. The following copy shows location:

160 acres

H. J. Hawley’s claim

S 57  Deg           W 160    R

McWhist’s Claim 

Golden City

 Clear Creek


McWHIST, See above under McWhirt.

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