Thomas Arthur Galbraith

Thomas Arthur Galbraith, son of Andrew Larkins Galbraith {1228} and Orlena McCraw was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee on 28 August 1835. He was married twice. The first wife was Sabella Vivion a native of Moniteau County, Missouri her death occured in 1878 and the second wife was Nancey J. Martin, a native of Illiniois who was born 20 May 1848. She died in 1942 at the age of 94 years. Children of the first marriage: 1. Early F. Galbraith 2. Della Galbraith, married Arthur Braxton Gage 1. George Galbraith Gage2

CHILDREN OF THE SECOND MARRIAGE 3. Grover Cleveland Galbraith, born 28 May 1886, died 3 August 1943 was married twice second wife Florence Minnage1 1. Janette Galbraith, married a Tarke 1. Carol Annette Tarke, 1 Sandra Janette Tarke Ward, maried a Seat 1. Kristina Janerre Seat 2. Paul Robert Seat 2. Jeffery Robert Ward 4. Charles Martin Galbraith 5. Belle Martin Galbraith

1 Acording to E-Mail from Lawrence Jaeger 2 Acording to E-Mail from Richard Condrey

The brief biography of Thomas Arthur Galbraith, detailed below, is taken from A HISTORY OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, by Prof. J. M. Guinn, published by Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1906.

“Thomas A. Galbraith was born in Hawkins County, Tenn., August 28, 1835, and was a boy in his early teens when his father removed to Missouri, making the journey in wagons, and he afterward remained at home until he was 21 years of age. In 1857 he came to California, driving an ox-team across the plains to pay his expenses and bringing with him in the drove of cattle owned by the train he came with, ten head of young cattle, five of which he lost on the way. The Campbell train with which he came had no trouble on the journey, but the Holloway train which followed them was nearly annihilated by the Indians.

“Mr. Galbraith came direct to Sacramento Valley, Sutter County, where he worked for $30 per month until the spring of 1860, when, in partnership with two other men, he bought a squatter’s right on the tules, where they fenced in a large pasture and took in stock to graze, also cutting and hauling tule hay to Marysville. This business paid them well and Mr. Galbraith continued it for three years, when on account of high water he gave up the business and in partnership with T.M.Mackey, purchased a ranch of three hundred and twenty acres six miles southwest of Yuba City. There they engaged in general farming for three or four years, when Mr. Galbraith sold his interest in the ranch and rented for one year, later purchasing another ranch of three hundred twenty acres upon which he raised good crops for one year, and then sold for a good increase on his investment.

“After a year spent in looking over the country, he engaged in raising sheep and also in farming near Maxwell, Colusa County, where he bought a squatter’s right to a claim and proved up on it. After raising one crop he rented the place and returned to Sutter County and in the fall of 1870 purchased four hundred and eighty acres of land near his present home place, which he kept until 1873, when he sold that and purchased six hundred and three acres six miles northwest of Yuba City, where he now resides.

“In the fall of 1880 Mr. Galbraith leased his home ranch and went to Texas, where he engaged in raising sheep and cattle, owning seventy five hundred acres of fenced land in Burnet County. He continued in this business until about 1897, making about thirty-six trips back and fourth to look after his interests. Selling his interest in the business, in 1898 he returned to his home in Sutter County, which at the present time consists of fine farming and grain land and is leased to his son. Earley F. Galbraith. In addition to farming they have from two to four hundred sheep on the place.

“Mr. Galbraith has been twice married. His first marriage, which occured February 29, 1872, united him with Miss Sabella Vivion, a native of Moniteau County, Mo., from which state she came to California in 1871 to reside with a brother; her death occured in 1878. Of this union four children were born, two of whom died in infancy. Those living are Early F., who married Emma Garrett, a native of Llano County, Tex., and resides on the home place; and Della wife of Arthur B. Gage, a rancher in Sutter County.

“Mr. Galbraith’s second wife was formerly Nancy J. Martin, a native of Illinois and to them has been born one son, Grover Cleveland.

“Mr. Galbraith is a Democrat. but has never cared for political preferment. Fraternally he is a Mason, being a member of Lodge No. 70, F.&A.M., of Yuba City. He is a self made-man and one who has been quite successful in his business life, a man of high standards in his community, and although seventy years of age is hale and hearty and in the full enjoyment of Life”


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