I am looking for information my GG grandfather, Bela Whipple Jencks, born in NH around 1827 and apparently left for the gold rush in about 1850. He went to Orleans, Klamath California where he was known as B. W. Jencks. He become a county clerk and is also listed as a lawyer. He apparently married a Klamath indian woman. I would like to know more about her -name unknown. In the 1880 census he is listed as a widower living with his 11 year old daughter Maria (my gg grandmother) who is listed as Indian. Is his father Bela Whipple Jencks born in 1785 in Newport NH and died in Sullivan NH in 1860? Maria Jencks married William Wike, a miner from Illinois and they lived in Sawyers Bar, California with their children, John Striker Wike (my Grandfather), Ruth and Helen. Ruth married two times - Cramer and Markon. My grandfather, John or Johnnie as he was known died in Boston from his injuries in WWI. He met my grandmother Mable Cox when he was in the Chelsea naval hospital. CAn anyone provide any infromation on any of these people? If so, Iw ould appreciate it very much.
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