Hello Ruth , I am interested in seeing whether you can help me find the family of the first owner of my beautiful little home in Vallejo, California. Charles E. (Edwin?) Dallyn (1846-1928) is listed in the US 1880 census as born in Canada with English-born parents.
Charles was living in Vallejo by 1870, working as a wheelwright at a carriage manufacturer's.He married Grace B. Dallyn, (1842-1904) born in Scotland. Mrs. Grace B. Dallyn 'and son' are listed among passengers sailing on the steamship 'Rising Star' from New York to San Francisco on October 1, 1872. By the time of the 1880 census Charles and Grace had two daughters, Lavina b. 1873 (whose occupation is listed as 'going to school' and Bella b. 1879. No further mention of the son.
The family are buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, just a few minutes' drive from their old home. Charles is recorded on a 1900 map as the owner of Lots 22 and 23, two of the so-called 'Ten Acre Lots' offered for sale by Good Templars to finance the building of their large orphanage in 1869-70. My current house stood on Lot 23.
You can trace Charles' career working as a blacksmith, carriage maker and travelling salesman through the San Francisco and Vallejo directories.
Hope this might tie in with your research. Best, Kay