David Lanfear

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David Lanfear was born about 1795/1796 in New York. He died about Sep 1869 at about age 74 near Galt, Liberty township, San Joaquin, California and is buried there.

  • On 29 Jun 1817, he married (1) Cynthia Bosworth in Benson, Rutland, Vermont. She was born about 1801 in Vermont. She died 10 Feb 1846 at about age 45 in Hampshire, Kane, Illinois.
  • On 16 May 1846, he married (2) Jane Harris in Deerfield, Kane, Illinois. She is the daughter of James Harris and Jane German. She was born about 1800/1801 in Ontario, Canada. She died in 1861 at about age 60 in Homestead, Breckenridge, Kansas.
  • In 1850, David married (3) Lucretia Mainard Gibbs.

Children of David Lanfear and Cynthia Bosworth:

  1. (male) Lanfear was born about 1818 in New York.
  2. Maria Lanfear was born about 1820 in Ticonderoga, Essex, New York. On 27 Oct 1841, she married her cousin, Lucien Baldwin, in Vermont. Maria died 2 Jun 1895 at age 75 in Kane County, Illinois.
  3. Sarah Lanfear was born 22 Sep 1821/1822 in Ticonderoga, Essex, New York (or possibly Benson, Rutland, Vermont). She married Aaron Gibbs Allen. Sarah died 3 Feb 1898 at about age 76 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois and is buried in Hampshire, Kane, Illinois.
  4. (male) Lanfear was born sometime before 1826 in New York and died there sometime before 1840.
  5. Carlos Lanfear was born 20 Jun 1830 in Ticonderoga, Essex, New York. On 19 Mar 1854, he married Almira Bowen in Will County, Illinois or Hampshire, Kane, Illinois. He died 27 Sep 1907 at age 77 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California and was buried there on 29 Sep 1907.
  6. Mary A. Lanfear was born about 1833 in New York.
  7. Smith Lanfear was born about 1837 in New York and died about 1850 at about age 13 in Grundy County, Illinois.
  8. David Luther Lanfear was born 1 Aug 1837 in New York. He died 16 Aug 1846 at age 9 in Kane County, Illinois and is buried in Hampshire, Kane, Illinois.


Judith Eisenhauer, a descendant of David Lanfear, quotes from her grandfather's reminiscences of David:
"Grandfather Lanfear was a man of a very kindly nature. He never accumulated much property, and was of a timid disposition. I can remember a great deal about him, just how he looked. He was a man of small stature, thin, his face lined with care and old age and hard work. He was of a religious nature, was a man of the strictest integrity, and of good habits.... Grandfather had a great desire to come to California and visit his daughter Mary Cummings whom he had not seen for many years, but he was very poor and found it difficult to get the money needed to pay the high railroad fare between Illinois and California. But mother [Sarah LANFEAR Allen], Aunt Maria [LANFEAR Baldwin] and Uncle Carlos [LANFEAR] in some way made sacrifices and got the money together, and it must have been about the year 1870 that he traveled from Illinois by the Chicago & North Western, Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads for California. The Pacific railroads had only been completed a year or so before, and the fare was then about $180. Grandfather then was about 73 years of age, old, feeble and somewhat timid. His destination was Galt, but the railroad officials in some way carried him by that station, and it excited him so much, that he took a severe cold. He was taken back to Galt, and to Aunt Mary's farm home, where he died after four days with her. That was a tragedy to me, and my dear mother grieved a great deal about it. His grave is in a cemetery near Galt, Calif."


David: Marriage to Jane from the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763 - 1900.

Carlos: Marriage from the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763 - 1900 which gives the place as Will County.

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