U.S. States: California: Tehama County
Viola; I looked at the papers on small cemeteries of Tehama County, there are a lot of them; but I found no John Mecum. Paskenta Cemetery was not listed, nor were the other cemeteries still in use. I found a list of twelve Mechum's in the Lingenfelter History of Tehama County. It notes that there were two others, giving a list of their two children but their names were not known. Their is one Jonathan Nelson (Wilson) Mechum. "Born Pennsylvania 1808 (1813). Father was born New Jersey, mother born Germany died Paskenta Aug 28, 1888 married Lucetta Cole born Pennsylvania 1817, father born New York mother born New Jersey. Paskenta chair maker 1876. Paskenta 1880 census, farmer." Sorry but lack of punctuation makes had to guess who he meant in 1888. Two children are mentioned: "Charles Wesley Mecum born Michigan 1842 (1852). Paskenta 1876 laborer"
and Robert Jefferson Mecum born Michigan 1852 married Tehama County 25 Jan 1880 Rosena Thomas born California 1860, daughter of Lewis Thomas born Kentucky and Maria (*)born Ohio. Lowery farmer 1880" [a few miles north of Paskenta, now a ghost town.]
I should explain about this history. Mr Lingenfelter died befor completing the history. It remained in manuscript form a California State University, Chico, CA for several years; where it was typed. An attempt was made to raise enough money to publish the book(s). The VFW post bought a copy for the local museum; The VFW Auxiliary, bought a copy for the Los Molinos Branch of the Tehama County Library, and the Corning Library Friends purchased one for the Corning branch of the Tehama County library and the Tehama museum purchased on for their use. I assume Chico State purchased on for their own use. Needless to say not enough copies were sold to publish the book(s). The university sent each purchaser an unbound box this typed manuscript. We talked to the head librarian at the main (Red Bluff) branch of Tehama County. They had overlooked the book and had not purchased one. The museum had two so the VFW Post gave their copy to the Red Bluff library. The Red Bluff collected all of the copies and sent them to Denver to be bound. It was bound as six Volumnes. It wasn't checked for puncuation etc. but the data is the best we have. I copied the entire page of Mecum's if you want it. I don't have a scanner, but it is possible I could get it for you. Betty