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Pvt John "Juan" Scollan
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Birth: 1820, Ireland
Death: Aug. 24, 1892
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

John Scollan aka: Juan Scolan is the only veteran
interred at Cieneguitas Catholic Cemetery that is known to have served in the Mexican-American War.

From the book "California As I Saw It: First Person Narratives of California Early Years 1849-1900, Gold & Sunshine, Reminiscences of Early California, by James J. Ayers, American Memory Library of Congress: [December 1849]
"As we marched along I was enabled to see that the Chileans numbered about sixty, whilst we were thirteen captives. They were very careful to see that our arms were securely bound behind us. They marched us to the south fork of the Calaveras, near a trading store kept by Scollan & Alburger Company. John Scollan was a regularly appointed alcalde. He had come to California with Stevenson'sregiment and the firm had stores at various points in the southern mines. Several of the Chilean leaders proceeded to the store, and I learned afterwards that they tried hard to get Judge Scollan to give a tone of legality to their murderous proceedings by certifying to our attest by the authority of & warrant that had been issued by Judge Reynolds, of Stockton, Judge of the Fifth Instance. It seems that Dr. Concha had gone to Stockton and secured such a writ from Judge Reynolds, and then prevailed upon the latter and his Sheriff, whose name I have forgotten, to authorize his people to serve it. Alcalde Scollan refused to have anything to do with the affair. He advised them to release their prisoners at once, and told them they would be held criminally responsible for their acts. Some of these facts I learned long afterwards. John Scollan died in Santa Barbara in 1892. He had been for many years a much respected citizen of that country, and he and I have often recalled the incidents of the eventful night in December, 1849, at the South Fork of the Calaveras."

Per The California Military Museum, Stevenson's Regiment: First Regiment of New York Volunteers, by Captain Jim Balance, California Center for Military History, California State Military Reserve, http://www. militarymuseum.org/Stevenson's%20Regiment.html:
"Colonel Jonathan D. Stevenson of New York City, a colonel of militia, and a member of the New York Legislature was selected by President James K. Polk to raise a regiment of New York volunteers for service in California. Secretary of War William L. Marcy, and General Winfield Scott, the Commanding General of the Army thought the appointment a good one and assented to it. Stevenson was granted official permission to raise the regiment on June 26, 1846. Secretary Marcy's instructions were that the regiment should be composed of unmarried men, of good habits and varied pursuits, and such as would be likely to remain in California or adjoining territory at the close of the war. Colonel Stevenson was informed that it was desired that he start early in August, 1846. In a communication dated June 39, Stevenson wrote to Silas Wright, the Govenor of New York, for the necessary permission to raise a regiment in the State. To this the Governor graciously consented Seven Companies were recruited in New York City; three were recruited outside of New York City, one each at Albany; Bath, Stueben County, and Norwich. The recruiting officers were, for the part, those became commissioned officers of the respective companies. No secret was made of the regiments destination and prospective service. These companies were, on the 1st of August 1846, gathered together in general encampment on Governor;s Island, New York Harbor. Here, on the same day, the regiment was mustered into Federal service by Colonel Bankhead, commanding the 2nd U.S. Artillery as the "Seventh" New York Volunteers. The uniform of the regiment was designed by Major James A. Hardie. The pantaloons were of dark, mixed grey, with scarlet strip or cord up the seam of the leg, blue coats with scarlet trimmings, and a new style of French cap. During the summer of 1848, an order was received by Colonel R.B. Mason, commanding Tenth Military Department, from the War Department, directing that Colonel Stevenson's Regiment should be designated thereafter the "First Regiment New York Volunteers" instead of the "Seventh" as heretofore. This fact was never generally known outside California, and the regiment, subsequently organized and commanded by Colonel Ward B. Burnett, which served in Mexico, has always been known as the First Regiment, New York Volunteers, when it should have been designated as the "Second," and was so designated in an official order by the War Department in 1847. There were two regiments in the State of New York during the Mexican War. Many ex-members of Stevenson's Regiment joined the California militia thereby providing a source of trained personnel for the newly admitted State's military force. Some of the more prominent members were the following:
1. Capt. Henry M. Naglee became the first Commander of the First CA Guard, Light Artillery
2. Capt. Theron R. PerLee became the first Adjutant General of CA
3. Lt. Thomas E. Ketchum became Capt, Third Regiment, CA Volunteers during the Civil War and later served as a Brig. General in the CA National Guard
4. Lt. Palmer B. Hewlett became a Brig. General in the CA National Guard
5. Capt. Joseph Folsom, quartermaster, became a prominent California citizen who is memorialized by the City of Folsom
6. Mjr. General Thomas Jefferson Green was the first of four Major General's elected by the CA State Legislature at San Jose April 11, 1850

Per San Francisco Genealogy, Soure the Argonauts of California by A Pioneer, C.W. Haskins, 1890,
http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/gnl/argoreg.htm:
"By the kindness of Mr. F.D. Clark, I give the names of the surviors of Col. Stevenson's regiment. This regiment sailed from the city of New York in the fall of '46, and arrived in California, March 6, 1847. Col. Stevenson is now eighty-eight years of age and a resident of San Francisco. [J. Scollan is mentioned]

Per 1850 U.S. Federal census John Scollan is living in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, born abt 1815 Ireland Shoemaker Boarder [in the household of Henry Carnes and Eugene Scollan, born abt 1836 CA Son]

Per 1860 U.S. Federal census John Scollan is living in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, born abt 1819 Ireland Lightkeeper Boarder [in the household of Vicente Ordaz and Eugene Scollan, born abt 1840 CA Son]

Per 1870 U.S. Federal census John Scollan is living in Township 2, Santa Barbara, California, born abt 1821 New York [Ireland] Head Widowed Real Estate Agent

Per 1880 U.S. Federal census Juio [Juan] Scollan
is living in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, born abt 1822 Ireland Head Widower
Inspector of Customs, both parents born IRE

"Per the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library [BK2, Pg. 118, B-616] regarding the Cieneguitas Cemetery of identities and burials of known veterans of the Mexican and Civil War who lived or died in Santa Barbara: John Scollan was buried 25 August 1892, age 72 years. There is a marker [memory stone] at Cieneguitas Cemetery."


 
 
Burial:
Cieneguitas Catholic Cemetery
La Patera
Santa Barbara County
California, USA
Plot: No Plot #'s @ Cieneguitas
 
Created by: Terry Chaffee
Record added: Sep 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29901190
Pvt John Juan Scollan
Added by: Terry Chaffee
 
Pvt John Juan Scollan
Added by: Terry Chaffee
 
 
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 Added: Apr. 26, 2011
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