Gail, actually I am interested in further collaboration. The Carson Valley is where Allen Van Fleet started out when he came from New Jersey. He is on record in Army documents as participating in the Indian Wars in Inyo County 1861-1865. He (according to family legend) married in Genoa Nevada (probably in the late 1860s) He married Sophronia Ellen Hopkins. I have found Allen and Sophronia in the 1870 Census in Siskiyou County Ca (Surprise Valley Township)Allen worked hunting game to feed the crews that were constucting a railroad in that area. In addition Sophronias parents Aaron and Mary Ellen Hopkins were in Surprise Valley Census in 1870. From Surprise Valley they all headed south to Inyo County. Allen died in Inyo County but his widow and grown children relocated back to Nevada when Los Angeles took all the water from Owens Valley Inyo County. They were all farmers and with out water...well need I say more! The family went back to Carson Valley -bought a place near Yerington. Allens grandchildren worked on the Wiley Ranch, and ran cattle on the Sweetwater Range. One of Allen's grandaughters married a Wilson son ( of Wilson Canyon near Yerington) Interesting, one of Allens gr grandsons lived in Minden and he often talked of the Van Sickles. He related a story to my Dad about (now I hope I have it right...if not I will recheck with my Dad) Apparently somebody in Virginia City had a grudge with VanSickle and set out to murder him. Instead Van Sickle killed this guy in self defense. Why my uncle would know or care so much about this story further reinforces that maybe there is a connection between the VanSickles and Van Fleets. Unfortunately my uncle passed on in July 2000 in Minden- so I will have to rely on my Dad's memory of the story.
Pardon my rambling...maybe somewhere we will find that ever elusive connection.
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