Capt Charles Bennett

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Capt Charles Bennett

  • Birth 11 Aug 1811
  • Death 7 Dec 1855
  • Burial Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 6254280

Oregon pioneer of 1844. Captain of Co. F of the Oregon Mounted Volunteers during the Yakima Indian War, in which he lost his life. Partner of James W. Marshall in a Coloma, California mill that was the site of the January 24, 1848 gold strike - the credit when to Marshall but it was Bennett who recognized the metal as gold. This strike lead to the California gold rush.
Stone reads: Captain Charles Bennett was the discoverer of gold in California and fell in the defense of his country at Walla Walla.”


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  • Created by: RB
  • Added: 12 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6254280
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Charles Bennett (11 Aug 1811–7 Dec 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6254280, citing Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by RB (contributor 45982754) .