|Birth: ||Nov. 19, 1815|
Nova Scotia, Canada
|Death: ||May 6, 1888|
South Dakota, USA
When farming in Frankfort, Waldo Co., ME with his wife, Sarah Abigail (Norton) Rushton and 6 children, James Rushton, Abraham (Abram) Norton (Sarah's brother), Lambert Littlefield, and James' younger brother, Stephen Rushton, collectively took a ship to the Isthmus of Panama in 1851, walked about 50 miles across the Isthmus, and boarded the steamship "Oregon" on 30 Oct 1851 to join the California Gold Rush. On 17 Nov 1851, they arrived in San Francisco and traveled to the placer mines to mine gold near Ione, Amador Co., CA. In addition to mining gold, James Rushton logged pine trees and ran a sawmill during much of his time in California. Letters written from California indicate James Rushton planned to return to his family in Frankfort, ME in June or July 1856.
After he returned to Maine, the family traveled to Tama Co., IA and then Farnhamville, Calhoun Co., IA where he farmed. After his wife died, James joined his youngest son, Joseph Chesley Rushton (my ggrandfather), on his 160-acre land grant near White Lake, Aurora Co., Dakota Territory. He died in Lake Township in Aurora Co., but is buried by his wife, Sarah Abigail (Norton) Rushton, in the Reading Township Cemetery near Farnhamville, Calhoun Co.,IA.
Sarah Abigail Norton Rushton (1819 - 1885)
Joseph Chesley Rushton (1857 - 1915)*
Created by: Alan McGie
Record added: Feb 02, 2007
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