Biography of Millington P. Goforth
Calpella Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Millington P. Goforth. Whose portrait appears in this history, was born in North Carolina November 29, 1827. His mother died in 1842. He and his father resided here on a farm until 1850, when they moved and settled on a farm in Georgia, where they lived together for five years. The subject of this sketch then left his father and came to California, via Panama, arriving at San Francisco March 16, 1855. He spent the first year mining in El Dorado county; then went to Placer county, where he followed mining until May, 1858, when he went to Fraser river, where he spent the summer. The following is his own description of his trip to Fraser river: "It was about the 23d of May, 1858, I took passage on the old Panama for the mines on Fraser river. After being out some two or three days, the ship took fire from the cook's galley. Like the by that 'stood upon the burning deck,' I stood on the hurricane deck and saw the flames ascend twenty feet above my head; but the fire was soon subdued, and on the seventh day we arrived at Whatcom, Bellingham bay, Washington Territory. From here I went out and helped to construct a trail across the Cascade mountains. While in these mountains, the engineer, Captain Delacy, went out and failed to find a pass through to the open country beyond, which caused a delay and many of our party became disheartened, and went back. I saw that something had to be done; so I persuaded a young man to go with me for company. I took a few pounds of jerked beef, and we set out to search for a pass, promising to return within two days; but we were out five days before returning. The men in camp became uneasy about us, and had been searching for us, and failing to find any trace of us, suspected that we had been murdered by the Indians. Captain Vale came out just at the time the men were hunting for us, and supposing that we had been killed by the Indians, sent in a dispatch to that effect, which was published in the Whatcom papers, and republished in the Sacramento Union and other papers, until it reached my father in Georgia. But I found an easy pass, and posted notices clear through to the open country; so, the men gave me the honor of finding the pass, which the Hudson Bay Company and Captain Delacy failed to find many of the men remarking that history would never know it; but a few days work brought us into the open country. Then we pressed forward for the mouth of Thompson river. Buried several bodies we found on the way that had been murdered by the Indians. Reached Fraser river, at the mouth of Thompson, in time to take part in the war betwixt the miners and Indians, in which the latter were driven back to the mountains. I remained here till the 10th of October, prospecting, when after many hardships, perils and disappointments, I returned to Placer county, California, by the way of Victoria, crossing the gulf of Georgia in a canoe." On his return to Placer county he followed mining until July, 1865, when he settled in Sonoma county, near Petaluma. There he followed farming until the fall of 1870, when he came to Mendocino county and settled in the foot hills of Potter valley, where he followed stock raising until 1878, when he moved to Porno, where he now lives, being engaged in farming stock raising and wool growing. Married, October 24, 1867, Miss Sarah E. Edsall, a native of Missouri. They have four living children: William H., Jefferson M., Francis M., and George W.; and have lost one, John B.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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