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James D. McCormick
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Birth: Sep. 22, 1811
County Dublin, Ireland
Death: Dec. 20, 1892
Placer County
California, USA

Placer Herald
Dec 24, 1892

Death of James McCormick
One of the Sturdy Pioneers of Placer Passes Peacefully Away

James McCormick, ex-sheriff of Placer County, died at his home in Auburn last Tuesday evening, the 20th instant, at the ripe old age of 81 years, 2 months, and nine days. Old age had been gradually creeping on and showed its impress in his tottering gait and feeble voice. He grew gradually weaker and weaker, but only for the last few weeks had he been confined to his home and bed. Mr. McCormick was a man of naturally strong constitution, and he was as sturdy and rugged in his honesty and manhood as in his physical frame. Square in all transactions with his fellow man, genial in disposition and accommodating by nature, he was naturally very popular, and in all his various pursuits he never lacked for warm and earnest friends. He was a native of Ireland but came to America when quite a young man. He lived a while in New York and then moved to Kentucky where he resided until attracted to the West by the gold fever in California. In Kentucky he knew Henry Clay and other distinguished men who have long since passed to their own. He was a pioneer to this state, and very early in the fifties he came to this county and settled at Michigan Bluff. There he followed mining and subsequently merchandising, being in business in the Bluff at the same time that Senator Stanford was a merchant of that town. He often spoke of his familiarity in early days with the man who is now the possessor of millions and who holds a seat in the Senate of the United States. In 1871 he was elected District Collector on the Democratic ticket, a position he filled with honor and fidelity. In 1873 he was elected Sheriff of the county and so well filled the trust that he was re-elected to the office of Coroner and Public Administrator. His public acts like his private life were free from criticism. He was married twice. Mrs. J. M. Jacobs is a daughter of his first wife. His second wife, a most estimable lady, and six children by her, survive him. They are Mrs. Kenison, Mrs. Kirby, Mrs. Mulligan, Mrs. Adams, and Thomas and Dollie. The last two are unmarried. The funeral, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, took place Thursday afternoon and in spite of the bad weather was largely attended. He was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Few men are allotted to longer life than was enjoyed by James McCormick, and few live to a better purpose.

Posted by: Glenda Ragan

James McCormick was born 1811 in Ireland. He married in New York in 1835. Wife name unknown, maybe Ann. She died. They had 5 children. Emma Frances, John Robert, Margaret Matilda, Hester Jane and Annie Catherine McCormick. He placed them in Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky before he went to California. Started a new family there.

contributor: Betty Shown - Hester was my great grandmother.
Thu, July 21, 2011 7:21:23 PM

Research verification done: June Ragan - researcher for the Auburn Cemeteries.

James D. McCormack, b: 22 Sep 1811 Dublin, Ireland. First wife was Ann Prentiss, second wife they have listed as Honora Ellen Farrell, I think it was Honora Ellen Murphy... either way it shows her b: Sep 1828 Ireland, d: 25 Mar 1909 Placer, California

Came to state in 1850, to Placer County in 1851


Find A Grave contributor Betty Walker
Wed, October 19, 2011 6:41:00 PM

James D. McCormick was my husbands great great grandfather. His daughter, Hester Jane "Hettie" McCormick was his great grandmother. Hester Jane married John White. Hester and her only child, George Prentice White, started to Texas in about 1876 and settled in Georgetown, Williamson Co. TX Hester Jane died before reaching Texas and was buried "somewhere along the way". George was raised by his mom's sister, Margaret and her husband, George U. Steadman. James D. McCormick was married 3 times -- first to Ann (5 children), 2nd to unknown (2 children) and 3rd to Honora Farrell (7 children) After James placed his 5 childlren in the Shaker Village in Mercer Co KY in 1852 and sailed for California, he never returned to his first family. It was years later that the siblings discovered each other. The 4 girls remained with the Shakers and many records exist of their 12 years they were there. John, their brother, left after 4 years. Hester Jane and his sister Annie Catherine were married 3 June 1866 at John's home in Arkansas County AR. 
Family links: 
  Hanora Ellen Farrell McCormick (1828 - 1909)*
  Margaret Matilda McCormick Steadman (1841 - 1906)*
  Annie Katherine McCormick Hicks (1848 - 1878)*
  Ella McCormick Jacobs (1854 - 1898)*
  James D. McCormick (1856 - 1883)*
  Mary McCormick Kenison (1861 - 1927)*
  Emma Frances McCormick Kirby (1866 - 1947)*
  Thomas Frances McCormick (1870 - 1898)*
  Hettie Agnes McCormick Adams Dunnam (1872 - 1960)*
  Evelyn McCormick Reeves (1874 - 1946)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Auburn Cemetery
Placer County
California, USA
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Record added: Apr 13, 2011
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- V
 Added: Aug. 4, 2016
My husbands great great grandfather ~~ down to his daughter, Hester Jane "Hettie" McCormick White to her son, George Prentice Whiteto his daughter, Wiley Louise White,to her son Ed Walker
- Betty Lang Walker
 Added: Aug. 3, 2015
Has anyone been able to do research and follow back to Dublin and get any information?Patti Parker--Downline From John Robert Mccormick
- Patti Parker
 Added: Oct. 5, 2014
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