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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SMC Families - J.C. Maynard

John Cringan Maynard was born 26 Jul 1837 in Richmond, VA, the son of Stith Maynard and Lucy Hylton. 

His first wife was Samuella Gwin, (SMCGS Blog 14 Apr 2015) one of the first women to be listed in the San Mateo County Sole Traders register. One always wonders what triggers such filings.  In this case John and E.S were probably newly married, so this might have just been a move to protect her significant estate.  I found another reason why they might be concerned.  In  spring 1856 John, Wm. H. Werth, Austin E. Smith and H.C. Logan were indicted by Grand Jury for assault with a deadly weapon. (SF Bulletin 1 Apr 1856 v1 issue 149 pg 2)  Perhaps they were anticipating some liability in the case.

Most likely it was within the next few years that J.C. wrote A New revelation : the title to the San Mateo Rancho explained ; plates showing the true boundaries as defined by the Mexican government, and the fabricated boundaries, as claimed by the grantees.  This fifty page manuscript is available in UC Berkeley's Libraries.

During the civil war John served in the Quartermaster's Department of the Confederate States of America with a rank of Major. According to a newspaper article written in 1937 he served as Superintendant of Libby Prison which was located in the Confederate capital of Richmond.  His obituary verifies that he returned to Virginia in 1862 and returned to California at the end of the war.  A couple of notices in the Richmond Dispatch verify his presence there.  "Major John C. Porter Provost Marshal of the City, with Godwin commanding eastern half and John C. Maynard the western half." (Richmond Dispatch, 3/13/1862, p. 2, c. 3) and "John C. Maynard, Capt. AQM Camp of Instruction, taking bids for construction of frame chapel at post." (Richmond Dispatch, 11/12/1862, p. 1, c. 5).   The Stranger's Guide and Official Directory for the City of Richmond (No. 1 Oct, V.1, Geo P. Evans and Co 1863) lists under Various Duties, "Major J. C. Maynard, purchases and forwards forage, fuel and lumber, and superintends local transportation. Entrance to office, on 9th st., near Main".  Further research in Confederate records for Libby Prison might verify his actual assignment there.

John married Kate Heth on 5 Oct 1863 in Richmond Virginia.  Although the family was living in San Francisco at the time the 1870 census was taken, they had moved back to San Mateo County by 1880. 
Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner

John, from then on commuted to San Francisco to conduct business.  He was appointed as California Insurance Commissioner in 1878, serving at least until 1880 as that is the occupation listed in the census that year.

San Mateo Times 17 May 1937

A couple of newspaper articles written in 1937 give a bit of insight into the character of J.C, the second notes that he "seems to have been a man of considerable influence."  He served on many commissions and committees and at one point was Superintendent of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.    The article was about a book from his library.  It notes that the book was one of about 450 volumes purchased by the municipal library.

San Mateo Times 24 Feb 1937

 John died 30 Jun 1893 in San Mateo. Kate died 1 Dec 1912 in Richmond Virginia where she was living with her son Joseph Stith.

John and Kate had three children:

Estelle bn. 13 Jul 1864 and d. 7 Oct 1887.  She is buried in St. John's cemetery. (FindAGrave85676931)
Joseph Stith b. 13 Apr 1866 
John Heth b 28 Oct 1867 d. before 1912

Schellens Collection Index
  • J.C. 1866 Mechanics Liens 1 37.2 130
  • J.C. 1859 Agricultural Society 2 38.1 8
  • J.C. 1856 county affairs 2 39.1 29
  • J.C. 1859 lost mare 3 41.1 19,34
  • J.C. 1866 road 6 47 104
  • J.C. 1866 new road 6 48 1
  • J.C. 1882 residences 7 49 159,222
  • J.C. 1876 on dance committee 14 58.2 191
  • John 1850 Belmont history 6 47 22
  • John C 1883 History of Newspaper Publishing in RC 1 6.2 44,47,66,128
  • John C. 1889 Redwood City Club Notes 1859-1971 1 16 282
  • John C. 1891 Electric RR 2 40.2 125
  • John C. 1856 Oak Hill Ranch 3 41.1 8,10
  • John C. 1887 death of Estelle Maynard 7 49 187,188
  • John Cringan 1888 Great Register 7 49 201
  • John Heth 1888 Great Register 7 49 201
  • Joseph Stith 1888 Great Register 7 49 201
  • K. [Mrs.] 1889 directory 7 49 222

  • 1870 San Francisco Ward 8, San Francisco, Roll: M593_82; Page: 427A 
  • 1880 San Mateo, San Mateo, California; Roll: 80;  Page: 384D; Enumeration District: 237 


  • Maynard J.C. 9 Sep 1859 1M 326 to 327 Mortgagor
  • Maynard John C. 15 Jan 1857 1M 37 to 38 Rancho Canada Raymundo Mortgagor
  • Maynard J.C. 9 Sep 1859 Mort1 326 thru 327 Mortgagor
  • Maynard John C. 10-Nov-1868 P1 269 22-Oct-1870 patent from United States Government
  • Maynard John C. 15 Jan 1857 Mort1 37 thru 38 Mortgagor Rancho Canada Raymundo 
  • Maynard John C. 23 May 1857 D1 144 thru 145 grantor
  • Maynard John C. 24 Jan 1856 D1 41 grantor
  • Maynard John C. 26 Jun 1858 D2 52 thru 53 grantor 
  • Maynard John C. 4 Feb1860 D2 251 thru 252 grantor
James Crowe Register
MAYNARD John C. 62 4 9 Virginia 6/30/1893 San Mateo Married M White Geul Amassara??? Henry B. Lalbrook St. John's, San Mateo 7‐1‐1893 James Crowe

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