San Joaquin Genealogical Society
First Families of San Joaquin County
 
The San Joaquin Genealogical Society and The San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum have partnered to offer the First Families of San Joaquin County Certificate Program.
 
We hope to identify early residents and pioneers and to honor their lasting contributions to the history of San Joaquin County by recognizing their descendants who submit genealogical information. 
 
One 8½" x 11” certificate will be issued for each qualifying ancestor. The certificate will be inscribed with the name of the ancestor, the date that ancestor settled in San Joaquin County, and the name of the applicant descended from the ancestor. Certificates were redesigned in September 2018 (sample), and they are numbered, signed, and suitable for framing. 
 
We hope that you will join in our effort to enrich our historical records and preserve the rich lineage of San Joaquin County.
 
For a list of all the First Families certificates issued to date, click HERE.
 
Categories of First Families
  • Founding Families – Settled in San Joaquin County before 1860
  • Pioneer Families – Settled in San Joaquin County between 1860 and 1880
  • Century Families – Settled in San Joaquin County at least 100 years ago
Application Process and Fee 
 
Anyone with the appropriate lineage ties to San Joaquin County may apply for a First Families certificate; applicants do not need to be current County residents. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be processed throughout the year. A separate application is required for each certificate requested.
 
The application fee is $10 for members of the San Joaquin Genealogical Society or the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum, and $15 for non-members. The application fee is non-refundable.
 
Incorrect or incomplete applications cannot be processed. You will be notified if you need to provide corrections or additions. Applications not approved will remain “Pending.” You may reactivate a pending application without additional fees in the future if you provide the additional documents needed for approval.
 
To download the application and instructions for completing it, please click HERETo expedite the application process, please provide your e-mail address, if you have one.

Submitted Materials
 
All applications and documentation become property of the San Joaquin Genealogical Society and the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum. All material submitted will be housed in the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum's Research Library, both to preserve your family's history and to assist members of the public with their research. In the future, either organization might include and/or reproduce the submitted lineage information in any of its publications, digitization projects, website database projects, or unknown future technologies.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Vital information (dates and places of birth and marriage) of living persons will be kept confidential.

Important Instructions
  • Certified copies of vital records and other supporting documents are not required. “Informational" copies are acceptable. 
  • Do NOT send original documentation! Please send photocopies of any records needed to establish lineage.
  • Always use the maiden names of female members of your lineage.
  • Circumstantial evidence WILL NOT be accepted as proof unless supported by primary or secondary evidence and/or a written proof argument. Oral, written, or published family traditions may be in error and CANNOT be accepted as documentation. Printed or manuscript genealogies, genealogical records or compilations, family group sheets and charts, family reunion records and similar material are not considered proof on their own. All of the above must be submitted with additional documentation to support the claim.
  • County histories or biographies and published transcriptions of records must include copies of page(s) establishing the fact claimed, and a copy of the title page that includes the name of the publisher and the date of publication.
  • Please feel free to submit photos and biographical narratives of your ancestors in addition to the required lineage documentation.
  • Documentation you submit to the SJGS will not be returned, so please make a copy for your records if desired.
 
List of San Joaquin County Pioneers
(First Family applications and certificates have been prepared for the names shown in bold)
 
Name of Pioneer
Name of Spouse(s)
Place of Origin
Year Settled
Henry Adams
Sarah Judkins
Edith Spiller
Louisa Brown
New Hampshire
1842
Charles Weber
Helen Murphy
Germany
1847
Martin Cahill
Margaret Keane
Ireland
1848
George Gordon Belt
Bebiana Ascorca
Maryland
1848
Nathaniel Siggons Harrold
Elizabeth Smith
Pennsylvania
1849
Joseph Hale
Mary Poole
Massachusetts
1849
Alonzo McCloud
Lillie Carter
Massachusetts
1849
Charles A. L. Grunsky
Clothilde Camerer
Fredericka Camerer
Anna Wurster
Germany
1849
Charles Dewitt Benjamin
Elizabeth Cunningham
New York
1849
Thomas Savery Wood
Elizabeth Algeo
Massachusetts
1849
Daniel Isbell
Elvira
Kentucky
1849
Adolphus W. Hunsucker
Nancy Jane Wilson
North Carolina
1849
William T. Hart
Maria Gaines
Tennessee
1850
Moses Hammond
Abby Marble
Massachusetts
1850
Daniel Livingston Isbell
Elvira Whitten
Kentucky
1850
Daniel Merhtan
May Ann Poppe
Germany
1850
John Henley Tone
Mary Alice Walsh
New York
1850
John Minges
Philipena Leicht
Germany
1850
Dr. Samuel Josiah Smith Rogers
Mary Belcher
Connecticut
1850
James M. Hogan
Judia
Vermont
1850
William Robison
Flora Pitz
Gloucester Co., Virginia
1850/51
Dean J. Locke
Delia Hammond
New Hampshire
1851
Dr. William Reed Kerr
Frances Brown
Scotland
1851
William Inglis
Catherine Mackey
Scotland
1851
John Perryman
Ann Draper
England
1851
Benjamin Snow
Elizabeth Myers
Ohio
1851
Bernard Poppe
 
Germany
1851
Milton Miller
Sarah Maxwell
Missouri
1851
Lemuel Josiah Dougherty
Lydia Meeker
Maryland
1851
Joseph Hansel
Emma Driesman
New York
1852
John Lyman Beecher
Hulda Alling
Massachusetts
1852
Alymer Francis Drullard
Elvira M. Dodge
Canada
1852
Madison J. Drais
 
 
1852
Edward M. Drais
Rose Gann
Missouri
1852
John Chatten Thompson
Caroline Rutledge
Virginia
1852
George West
Ellen King
Massachusetts
1852
John George Gilgert
Sybilla Martenstein
Bavaria
1852
Henry Koontz
Clemance Hay
Illinois
1852
Ernest Wagener
Anne Petter
Germany
1852
Frederick Cook
Caroline
Germany
1852
George Jacob Leffler
Fredericka Hecker
Germany
1852
Cutler Salmon
Janet Reynolds
Wisconsin
1853
Richard Condy
Elizabeth Bray
England
1853
Rev William Campbell Curry
Mary Moore
Arkansas
1853
William Moore
Elizabeth Miller
New York
1853
Terrance Columbus Tull
Mary Wall
North Carolina
1853
Patrick Talbot
Margaret Curry
Ireland
1853
John Emil Gross
Barbara Minges
Germany
1853
George Sumner Harkness
Mary Ann French
New York
1853
Henry Beckman
Margaret Toni
Germany
1853
Christopher Beckman
Marie Langhorst
Germany
1853
William Beckman
Louise Remnart
Germany
1853
Mary Woodman Kimball 
Sherman Driggs
Elisha Averet Rhodes
Grafton County, New Hampshire
1853
Florence Caroline Hunsucker
Charles Edward Isbell
Born San Joaquin County
1854
Thomas Barnes Parker
Margaret Givens
Kentucky
1854
James Webb
Anna Jones
Kentucky
1854
John Hammond
Emma Ray
Rhode Island
1855
Peter McQueen
Jane
Ireland
1855
John Jackson Durham
Hanette Josephine Holden
Kentucky
1856
Rufus Stedman Swift
Anna Elizabeth Burke
New York
1856
Emanuel Lewis
Maria Clark
Pennsylvania
1856
George Lincoln Mosher
Martha Ann Klock
New York
1857
Freeman Mills
Minerva Grace
Bradford County, Pennsylvania
1857
Demas Avery
Mary Reed
Iowa
1857
John Mohr
Marie Panz
Germany
1857
Guiseppe Antonio Peri
Catherine Delmotti
Switzerland
1857
Leopold Paulo Selna
Josephine Galgiani
Switzerland
1857
Gottfried von Lutzow
Marie Otte
Wurttemberg, Germany
1857
Samuel Hewlett
Ann Jeannette McCloud
New York
1858
Joseph Miner Fowler
Sarah Bromley
Massachusetts
1858
Patrick Hefferman
Ellen Murphy
Ireland
1858
Thomas Lytle Wylie
Harriet Johnson
Ohio
1858
Edmund Elliott
Sarah Smith
New Hampshire
1858
Albert DeLosse Sayles
Sarah Jane Comstock
Rhode Island
1859
Lorenzo Marion Morse
Sarah Elliott
Maine
1859
Rufus Franklin
Elvira Lynch
Arkansas
1860
Morgan Crawford
Marietta Castle
Illinois
1860
David Watson
Catherine Hemphill
Ireland
1860
David Lewis
Mary Medlin
Vermont
1860
Benjamin Franklin Pope
Rebecca Eddlemon
Tennessee
1861
James Henry Pope
Salmona Avery
Arkansas
1861
William Simms Moss
Mary Choate
Caroline Buttrick
Virginia
1861
Christopher Stephens
Melissa Walker
Lavinda Potts
Kentucky
1861
William Samuel Buckley
Minerva Crawford
Virginia
1861
James Jones
Rebecca McCutchan
Wales
1863
Richard White Williams
Amanda Jane Ireland
Tennessee
1863
Joseph Martin Barber
Catherine Jane Ward
Canada
1863
Charles Edwin Hurd
Emma Kerr
New Hampshire
1864
William D. Isbell
Jane Valentine
Scotland
1864
John D. Murphy
Bridget Vizzard
Ireland
1864
Andrew Harshner
Mary Garver
Ohio
1865
George Gilespie Jack
Susan Jane Foster
Tennessee
1865
Daisy Elaine Anderson
James Franklin Salisbury
Born in San Joaquin Co.
1865
Benjamin Eseck Brown
Lucy May Dean
New York
1866
Daniel Adam Learned
Gennis Davis Hall
Massachusetts
1866
James Ford
Nellie Bryne
Ireland
1866
Claus Schlictman
Anna Van Der Leith
Germany
1866
Jann Yee
Ah Tim
Heungshaw District, Guangdong Province, China
1867
Edward John Fitzgerald
Margaret Healey
Massachusetts
1867
Jeremiah M. Posey
Elizabeth Lucas
Alabama
1867
Alfred Day Wardrobe
Rebecca Macy
Born in San Joaquin Co.
1867
Daniel Moore Doan
Annie Hefferman
Canada
1867
George Minges
Birdie Williams
Born in San Joaquin Co.
1867
Albert Stokes Thomas
Sarah Lewis
North Carolina
1867
Henry Finck
Lena Rhode
Germany
1867
Robert Ray
Ann Elizabeth McKee
Pennsylvania
1868
Andrew McKee
Elizabeth Tittle
Pennsylvania
1868
Thomas Thomsen
Ida Bresa
Germany
1868
Henri Rohrbacher
Caroline Leffler
France
1868
Frederick Beckman
Dora Weller
Germany
1868
Frederich H. Kincaid
Anna Mary Johnson
Iowa
1869
Henry Adams
Susan Peck
Ireland
1869
John Daves Growell
Evaline Fine
Illinois
1869
Darius Goodwin
Laurinda Shedd
Maine
1869
Benjamin Goodwin
Mary Eleanor Clapp
Vermont
1869
Joshua Barr Gersbacher
Laura Gross
Pennsylvania
1869
Johann Gaedtke
Maria Kuhlbrun
Germany
1869
James Jory
Elizabeth Tretheway
England
1870
Emil Pahl
Pauline Dietrich
Germany
1870
Wiley Wenton Mayberry
Joanna Hunting
Iowa
1870
Charles Louis Ferdinand Jordan
Mary Morin
Germany
1871
Natale Galgiani
Catherina Peri
Switzerland
1872
Noah Clapp
Louisa Stickney
Massachusetts
1873
John Thompson
Catherine Shank
Pennsylvania
1874
Andrew Gomes
Charlotte Leetzow
Santa Clara Co., California
1875
Rebecca Bunds
Reason McConnell
Born in San Joaquin Co.
1876
Patrick Scally
Mary Dowd
Ireland
1876
Jacob J. Bischofberger
Anna Toni
Switzerland
1877
Gottfried Leetzow
Marie Otto
Germany
1877
George Hamilton Barber
Caroline Potter
New York
1877
Lawrence Lee Miller
Nellie May Goodwin
Born in San Joaquin Co.
1878
Walter Wilson Lemon
Rufina French
Canada
1878
Eugene Winsor Drury
Mary Louise Lloyd
Massachusetts
1879
George H. Messer
Meta Von Bremen
Germany
1880
Charles Augustus Page
Laura Brown
Angels Camp
1880
Samuel Henegar Tindell
Mary Ellen Hay
Tennessee
1880
Eli H. Ridenour
Delilah Harris
Pennsylvania
1880
Luigi Gatto
Mary
Italy
1880
Eric Oleson Brandstad
Marit Vike
Norway
1881
John Krohn
Sophia Schlictman
Germany
1881
Domenico Pambianco
Argentina Podesto
Italy
1882
Warren Bryant Ambrose
Alice Stephens
New Hampshire
1882
Charles F. Wakefield
Mary Emma Watson
Maine
1882
Thomas David Lewis
Caroline Case
Calaveras Co., California
1883
Thomas Benton Green
Atta Beatrice Tindell
Arkansas
1884
Fred Clifton Allen
Ora Viola Hatch
Maine
1884
William Newman
Dora
Born in San Joaquin Co.
1884
Christina Annie Rapps
John Daniel Gilgert
Wisconsin
1885
Alexander Drunsfield
Jane Anderson
Scotland
1885
John Ohm
Anna Catherina Dethlef
Germany
1886
William Henry Boyden
Allie Thomas
North Carolina
1886
Joseph Rodgers
Isabel Roza
Pico, Azores
1886
Silas Elmer Wright
Isabell Ruffner
Wisconsin
1887
Pleasant Hay Tindell
Fannie Doggett
Married in San Joaquin Co.
1888
John David Pampel
Minnie Bales
Iowa
1888
William Tretheway
Ellen
England
1889
Domenico Leonardini
Maddalena Stagnaro
Italy
1890
Frank Munroe Kaplan
Margaret Battalion
Austria
1891
Guiseppe Botto
Flora
Italy
1892
Clement Darrah
Ann Woods
Ohio
1892
Charles Lever Van Buskirk
Angie Bertha Crocker
Canada
1893
William Walter Shannon
Eleanor Fisher
Lucy Packard Day Smith
Ohio
1895
John Manuel
Maryann Williams
Mary Malispina
England
1895
Mary Ann Bowdin
William Manuel
England
1895
Wilhelm Columbus Hieb
Charlotta
Russia
1897
Melinda Hughes
Charles Hild
Mariposa Co., California
1897
Peslegrino De Vecchio
Vittoria Parmini
Italy
1898
Thomas Uriah Stroup
Annie Hansel
Stanislaus Co., California
1898
Arthur Leslie Hall
Henrietta Collins Monroe
Stanislaus Co., California
1912