Does anyone have any information at all about T.W. Taliaferro's life as a gold miner and alcalde (Mexican-law justice of the peace) in Calaveras County, California, in 1849?
I believe he presided over the trial in April 1849 of Dr Henry Freund for shooting to death Roderick Moselely Morrison, a cousin of my wife's, on or near the Carson Creek gold diggings.Both Freund and Morrison were mustered-out veterans of Jonathan Drake Stevenson's Regiment of New York Volunteers who sailed to California in 1846 to occupy and colonize it when the Mexican War ended.Dr Freund was acquitted on the ground of self-defense.
T.W. later appears as a justice of the peace in San Francisco, and it also appears that his son of the same name became a California state assemblyman around 1899.
I thought perhaps some of you California Taliaferros might have papers or anecdotes that deal with T.W.'s activities, especially anything relating to the death of Lieutenant Morrison and the trial of Dr Freund.The archives of Calaveras County contain a reference to a T.W. Taliaferro as an alcalde prior to California's statehood and the official creation of the county in 1850, but no other information.He appears in the 1850 California-Calaverascensus as a 29-year-old miner from Alabama.