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Robert Colbert Fugate
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1830
Fugates Hill
Russell County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 1913
Placerville
El Dorado County
California, USA

Died at 83 years of age. Information from the Presbyterian Funeral Records. There is no headstone.

Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA), Sat July 12, 1913:
"DEATH OF A FAMOUS 49'ER
The death of Robt. Colbert Fugate, which occurred Monday at the County Hospital, where he had come three weeks ago from Gold Hill, having to give up on account of illness, his chosen calling of mining, which he had followed since arriving in this county in 1850, removes a man who took a prominent part in one of the celebrated Hangtown trials of the early pioneer days.
The following sketch is taken from "Pioneers of El Dorado County" by Charles Elmer Upton: "R.C. Fugate was a native of Fugate, (named for his parents) Virginia, and crossed the plains in an ox team in March, 1850. When within 200 miles of his destination a band of Indians stole his team and he made the rest of the distance on foot, reaching here in August of the same ear, and began his career as a miner at Ringgold. We was well informed in the law, and when in April, 1852, one Duncan had stolen $600 from "Scotch Jimmie," a miner of Live Oak, and it ie said, bing chased by a mob, had thrown the gold into the American River. Fugate was retained to defend him and handled the case so well that Duncan, instead of getting a severe penalty, was sentenced to the whipping post, thirty-nine lashes to be administered by a man named Tom Stratton. After the whipping he was given a salt water bath, escorted to Coloma, across the bridge over the American River, and turned loose with a warning not to set foot upon El Dorado County soil again."
Fugate was one of the oldest pioneers of the county and his taking off at the age of 84 years removes about the last of the picturesque figures of "early days" in this vicinity. His friends at Gold Hill had the remains brought back to his old home, where the interment took place last Wednesday, Rev. E. E. Clark conducting services. Ed Hancock, Dan Akin, John Kirk and the Sweeney and Veerkamp Brothers, acting as pall bearers. Interment was in Cold Spring Cemetery.
Mr Fugate is survived by a niece, Mrs. Mary Delay, of Tiny, Missouri."

 
 
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 Parents:
  Martin Fugate (1786 - 1866)
  Nancy Bert Hobbs Fugate (1794 - 1883)
 
 Siblings:
  Nancy Fugate (____ - 1858)*
  Unity "Eunice" Fugate Mullen (1813 - 1898)*
  Catherine Fugate Holladay (1815 - 1895)*
  John Wesley Fugate (1817 - 1888)*
  Mary L. Fugate Wear (1820 - 1909)*
  Isaac Quincy Fugate (1820 - 1895)*
  Elizabeth Jane Fugate Monk (1825 - 1918)*
  Robert Colbert Fugate (1830 - 1913)
  David Jesse Fugate (1833 - 1908)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cold Springs Cemetery
Cold Springs
El Dorado County
California, USA
 
Created by: Paul & Sherida Hodel
Record added: Jul 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55096391
Robert Colbert Fugate
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