|Birth: ||1829, England|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1889|
John William Guest was born in England in 1829 or 1830. He migrated to the United States circa 1850 and settled in the State of Ohio, where he worked as a miner. There was an explosion in the mine where was working and, as the story has it, he was one of the fortunate men who survived the blast and as he exited the mine dazed and with his clothes burning, a young woman, Elizabeth Tracy, wrapped him in a blanket to smother the burning material and gave him assistance.
On April 10, 1853 at Athens, Ohio, John Guest and Elizabeth Tracy were married. While still in Ohio, the young couple had three sons, John William II, Thomas Matthew, and Philip Benjamin. About 1859, with their young sons, John and Elizabeth left Ohio and sailed, via the Horn of South America, to California. The family settled in Bear Valley, Mariposa County, where John resumed his occupation as a miner, except this time it was for gold. He worked as a quartz miner in partnership with Eli Hunt and Birmingham D. Walton on the Bear Valley mine.
They had several more children that survived to adulthood, Lucy, Lillian, Annie and Mary. Unfortunately, Hannah and Elijah died as children.
After Elizabeth's death, John married the widow of another pioneer, Sarah Condray, who died in 1913.
John William Guest I, as so many of the miners, including his sons, suffered from "miners consumption" or more specifically pulmonary tuberculosis. The disease eventually claimed his frail body. He died at his home on North Carolina Street, Bear Valley on November 15, 1889. He was a long time member of the Oso Lodge number 110 of Independent Order of Odd Fellows and his funeral was conducted by that Order on Noverber 16 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. His remains were interned, presumably near his first wife Elizabeth and their children Hannah and Elijah, at the IOOF cemetery in Bear Valley.
By Clayton John Guest
Elizabeth Tracy Guest (1833 - 1874)
John William Guest (1854 - 1922)*
Hannah Guest (1860 - ____)*
Bear Valley Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Record added: May 07, 2010
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