"I became interested in the people of the northern San Mateo County who settled there after the gold rush and statehood. During my 38 years of employment with the City of Daly City, I observed that most of the written history of this era was of those people who settled in the central and southern part of the county. Thus I began a project of researching many of the settlers of the northern part of the county.......
"The basis of my information came from the records of San Mateo County, the California Digital Newspaper Collection (internet) for nineteenth century and very early twentieth century newspapers, and the main library of San Francisco for city directories and newspaper microfilms.
"I have referenced Deeds and Official Records in the footnotes on each page. Footnotes without the note [not transcribed] have been transcribed by me.
"Each family faced different challenges, and it has been interesting discovering these events in their lives."
Future blogs will list other families in the collection. You will also find links on the San Mateo County Genealogical Society Website. From the Research tab, click on First Families and page down to The Pioneers. Click on a name to access a PDF file that may range from 6 to 80 pages.
But back to the Beplers..... Russ's history starts with Justus's birth in Germany about 1826 continuing with his purchase of land in San Francisco in 1854. The 24 page document includes numerous land documents, a timeline of family and area history, and a spectacular collection of maps.
There is documentation of the death of Louise in 1869 at the age of 33, shortly after the birth of twin sons Edward and Louis. Edward died later that year. Justice died in 1875 leaving three sons Frederick, David and Louis.
You will find references to his probate as well as census records for family members. But rather than spending a lot of time reading this blog ... read the original
A Chronological Account of Their Lives from
the Records the County of San Mateo,
the California Digital Newspaper Collection
and other sources
Russell Brabec 2015