|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1807|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 1883|
Aged 76 yrs 6 mos 17 days
Born in Baltimore, Md., Aquilla M. Hope learned the trade of millwright, which he subsequently followed in conjunction with farming in Kentucky for fifteen years. Removing with his family to Scotland County, Mo., in 1844, he was there actively engaged in many industries working as millwright, farmer and stock-raiser, and as tanner. In 1852 he came across the plains with his family, in an ox-team train, and located in Santa Clara County, where he had the distinction of grinding the fist sack of flour made in the Santa Clara Mills. Removing to Contra Costa County in 1853 he remained there two years, being employed in milling and stock raising. The following year he spent in Amador County, and then removed to Westpoint, Calaveras County, where he was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits from 1856 to 1873. Coming then to what was at that time, Fresno County with his family, he bought a ranch of one thousand two hundred and fifty acres of land, which is now included within the limits of Madera County, and here followed his free and independent occupation until his death, at the age of seventy-six years. He made a specialty of wheat raising, although for six years he was a sheep raiser and dealer, carrying on an extensive business in that line. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Graham, was born in Virginia, the granddaughter of a Revolutionary soldier. She died at the homestead in Madera County, at the age of seventy-nine years, and her body was laid beside that of her husband in the family burying-ground, on the home ranch. She bore her husband ten children, and of those two sons are California farmers, namely: S. D. of Merced, who owns a ranch of three hundred and twenty acres in Madera County; and Edgar G.
Guinn, J. M., History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 1282.
Sarah H Graham Hope (____ - 1890)
Edgar Graham Hope (1841 - 1913)*
Sarah Florence Hope Patterson (1854 - 1905)*
Arbor Vitae Cemetery
Plot: Blk 2 Row 26
Maintained by: Rose
Originally Created by: Linda Creamer Furr
Record added: Jan 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64429740