Eighteen-year-old Nancy Kelsey trod nearly 2,000 dangerous miles west from the border of American civilization at the Missouri River, holding her two-year-old daughter Martha Ann in her arms for much of the way
According to one account the “Belle of St. Louis,” teenaged Fanny White came to California in a covered wagon with her family during the gold rush, accompanied all the way by an ardent, and determined, suitor named Edward J. C. Kewen.
When John Sutter dispatched James Marshall into the Sierra Nevada foothills to build the sawmill Sutter needed for his many improvements projects, he sent a crew of 18 white and Indian men to assist Marshall,
Not content to simply speak out for civil rights, Mary Ellen Pleasant personally advanced the cause in California, following the Civil War. “I am a whole theater to myself,” she reportedly said in her later years, boasting of her many successes.