Caleb Waddams

Stephenson County, Illinois, USA
Death 1898 (aged 59–60)
Chapmantown, Butte County, California, USA
Burial Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Memorial ID 198031027 · View Source
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Born at Wadams Grove, Stephenson County.
Occupation, gunsmith.

Caleb Waddams Rank/Grade: Private Commission or Enlistment Date: 9 Feb 1865 Commission or Enlistment Place: Oroville, California, USA Film Number: 981533 Film Location: MF4:1 Record Group: Volunteer Registers Volume: v. 07 - 08, Enlisted Men, 1861 - 1865. Source Information: California, Military Registers, 1858-1923 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

Marriage on 10 Mar 1873 at Oroville, Butte County to Florence Eliza Case.

Weekly Butte Record, Volume 21, Number 20, 7 March 1874: Removal. Caleb Waddams, the gunsmith of Chico, has removed his shop to more commodious quarters, on Main street, opposite the new brick store of Zwisler & Broyles. Caleb is equally at home among complicated machinery as among guns and pistols. The repairs of a printing press, or any other machine, is as much in his way as the hair trigger of a dueling pistol. His work is always well done.
Caleb Waddams Age: 42 Birth Date: Abt 1838 Birthplace: Illinois Home in 1880: Chico, Butte, California, USA Street: Main Dwelling Number: 170. White Male Brother Widower. Father's Birthplace: New York Mother's Birthplace: Vermont Occupation: Gunsmith. Household Members: William H. Waddams 39/Esther A. Waddams 24/William A. Waddams 8/Lucy A. Waddams 5/Caleb Waddams 42/Daisy Waddams 3. Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Chico, Butte, California; Roll: 63; Page: 134A; Enumeration District: 001.
Weekly Butte Record, Volume 29, Number 21, 11 February 1882: An Interesting Instrument A Curious Pistol Found in the famous Modoc Lava Beds.

Mr. Caleb Waddams has on exhibition in the gunsmith shop, on Broadway, an old pistol that has excited considerable interest in town. The pistol is an odd and ugly looking thing, and has not the least comparison with the pistols of this date. It was found by Mr. Waddams in the lava beds of Modoc county in 1874, and persons who lived there said the weapon belonged to Captain Jack, but of this there may be some doubt. The barrel of the pistol is twelve inches in length, and is handsomely engraved; the sights are prominent, and are made like those on a rifle; the stock is small and round; the hammer and trigger are also like those on a rifle; the pistol has a rifle bore. It will shoot truer, Mr. Waddams says, than any pistol or revolver he ever shot. He says that he can hit a four-bit piece in the center at 30 steps every time. The weapon is thought to be an English make, and is the style of a century ago. Mr. Waddams has some buckskin clothing that was made and worn by the Modocs, and shows that they understand tailoring first rate. He also has many other interesting trinkets once owned by the great Modoc tribe, and which he prizes very highly. He has some beautiful beads made of bone and shell, and for which he has refused a large amount of money.

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