Imus Family History

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  • ID: I32
  • Name: Charles C. Imus
  • Given Name: Charles C.
  • Surname: Imus
  • Suffix: Captain
  • Sex: M
  • Title: Captain
  • Note:
    1846, Year of Decision
    Overland Trail
    Captain Charles Imus and the Aram Party
    Emigration to California; Charles and Charles A. Imus in the
    party of Joseph Aram, 1846, Adna Hecox, Margaret's memoir.
    Year of Decision. With the Donners between Goose Creek and
    Springs Valley.

    Aram, Joseph. "Across the American Continent in a Caravan." Journalof American History. 1 (1907) 617-32.

    Bancroft, Hubert Howe. History of California. [Vol. 5, p. 529 note:"And with them--or possibly a little in advance, as Oct. 1st is givenas the date of arrival at Johnson's---was Joseph Aram's party of 12wagons and over 50 persons, including the Imus, Isbel, White, Berry,and Hecox families. San Jose Pioneer (July 8, 1882; Cal. Christ.Advoc. (July 2, 1863)"].

    Bowman, Mary. "The Pre-Discovery of Gold." Land of Sunshine (April1895). [Refers to the "Aram-Isbell Party"].

    California Pioneer Register and Index 1542-1848. Extracted from TheHistory of California by Hubert Howe Bancroft. Baltimore: RegionalPub. Co., 1964. [p. 197: Imus (Chas), 1846, nat. of N.Y. who cameoverland from Ill., being capt. of a party, and accompanied by hisnephew, Chas. A. Imus, v. 529. Both are said to have served time inthe Cal. Bat. (v. 358); and later were stock-raisers on the S.Joaquin. Their parents came to Cal. in '50. The capt. died at Sta.Cruz in '56, and the nephew was perhaps still living in '77.]

    Elliott, Wallace W. Life of Adna Hecox.? or is it Santa Cruz Co.,Calif.? San Francisco, 1879. [p. 16, Adna Andress Hecox (1806- ) +wife & 3 kids in 3 wagons + oxen, in train with Joseph Aram + 3 kids,Charles Imus, Charles A. Imus, Edwin Shaw, John & James Taggert, leftIllinois April 1, 1846; joined by 7 wagons & 4 families at theSheridan river. Av. Sacramento valley Oct. 1, 1846. Or Koch, orRowland]

    Faragher, John Mack. Women and Men on the Overland Trail. New Haven:Yale, 1979. [Charles Imus, pp. 32-3]. "In 1846, for example, CharlesImus, an early settler along the Apple River in northwestern Illinois,organized a party of neighbors to emigrate to California. Included inthe company were Imus's nephew, the families of Joseph Aram, AdnaHecox, Charles Isbell, his brother James Isbell, the Savage family,and several single men. All twenty-two members had lived within a fewmiles of each other and knew each other before the trip." n.56.

    Hecox, Margaret M. California Caravan, The 1846 Overland Trail Memoirof Margaret M. Hecox. Ed. Richard Dillon. San Jose: Harlan-Young,1966. [Excerpted by Dillon from the unpublished MS of Bertha M. Rice's"Pioneer Mothers of California," ca. 1903-04, presumably in the SutroLibrary. An earlier version is in the interview by Marie Valhasky,published in Overland Monthly (May and June 1892).]


    "He [Charles C. Imus] was the captain, or wagon-master of theImus/Arcan Wagon Train, sometimes called the Arcan/Isbell Party thatmigrated from Illinois to California in 1846. They left Apple River,Illinois, traveled southwest across Iowa to St Joseph, Missouri,crossed Indian Territory to Ft Laramie. There they met the DonnerParty and traveled with them to Goose Creek and then left themsomewhere between there and Springs Valley. They were guided over theSierras by Chief Truckee to the Yuba River and arrived at Ft Sutter onOctober 1, 1846. Capt Imus acted as interpreter when Indians were meton the trip, and he was the intermediary when Bannock Indians, in warpaint and feathers, stopped the party to purchase guns from them."[Evergreen Cemetery Association information].

    Members of the party, according to various sources:
    Aram, Joseph [Bancroft, Aram, Hecox]
    Arcan [Evergeeen]
    Berry [Bancroft]
    Elder [Gilbert]
    Imus, Charles; Charles A. [Hecox, Bancroft, Gilbert, Faragher]
    Isbell, Charles, his brother James [Gilbert, Faragher]
    Pyles [Gilbert]
    Rhodes [Gilbert]
    Hecox, Adna [Hecox]
    Savage [Faragher]
    Shaw, Edwin [Elliott]
    Taggert, John & James [Elliott]
    White [Bancroft]

    12 wagons [Bancroft]
    22 original members [Faragher]
    50+ persons [Bancroft]

    Ranching on the San Joaquin
    A Wild Horse Scheme
    California Pioneer Register and Index 1542-1848. Extracted from TheHistory of California by Hubert Howe Bancroft. Baltimore: RegionalPub. Co., 1964. [p. 197: Imus (Chas), 1846, nat. of N.Y. who cameoverland from Ill., being capt. of a party, and accompanied by hisnephew, Chas. A. Imus, v. 529. Both are said to have served time inthe Cal. Bat. (v. 358); and later were stock-raisers on the S.Joaquin. Their parents came to Cal. in '50. The capt. died at Sta.Cruz in '56, and the nephew was perhaps still living in '77.]

    Census of 1860: Imas, Edwin San Luis Obispo 007; Imas, Hiram SantaCruz 624; Imas, Hiram Santa Cruz 603; Imas, William San Luis Obispo007; Imass, Charles San Luis Obispo 007;

    Gilbert, Col. F. T. History of San Joaquin County. S.F.: Thompson &West, 1879. Rpr. Howell-North. "It was during that year [1847] thatCapt. Charles Imus undertook to carry out a "Wild Horse scheme." Heselected a point on the San Joaquin river, where San Joaquin City nowstands, which he considered favorable, and then went into themountains west of the valley and commenced cutting timber, to build acorral, into which he proposed driving wild horses, and there tocapture them; when Pico, on whose grant he was cutting timber, put astop to his visions of corraling the 'untamed steed of the desert,' bysinging to him the pathetic song of 'Woodman, Spare that Tree,' andthe Captain, not caring to verify the old saw of 'a nod is nae sa goodas a kick for a blind horse,' folded up his tent like the Arab anddeparted into lower country. Captain Imus was the leader of the partythat crossed the plains in 1846, of which the Pyles, Isbels, Elders,and Rhodes were members." p. 20.

    Santa Cruz Daily Sentinel. (Aug 20, 1881) Capt. Imus, first wagon thrumountains

    "The John Fisher family told of a morning when [Tiburcio] Vasquez rodeinto their ranch demanding breakfast. After he had eaten he rode awayon a beautiful white horse they recognized as belonging to and highlyprized by Charles Imus, from whom it had been stolen. The horsebearing the C.I. brand was in his possession when he was finallycaught and taken near Los Angeles." Paso Robles Daily Press 5 Oct1979. [This must be Charles A. Imus, although the same story is toldabout Edwin's horse] Check: Eugene T. Sawyer. The Life and Careerof Tiburcio Vasquez. Oakland: Biobooks, 1944, and Probert.

    The National Archive Land Records include the following: 40 USA 40Office of the Commissioner of Pensions. Under the Act of 28 Sep 1850granting Bounty Land to soldiers in the military service of theU.S., Charles C. Imus, private in Capt. Stevenson's Company, IllinoisMilitia Black Hawk War is entitled to locate Forty Acres at any Land Office of the U.S. 22 Apr 1853. No. 86927. 120 USA 120 Dept. ofthe Interior, Office of the Commissioner of Pensions. Under the Act of3 Mar 1855, Charles C. Imus, Sergeant, Cap.t [Grenville] Swift'sCompany Illinois Volunteers, War with Mexico, is entitled to locate120 acres at any land office of the U.S. 5 Feb 1857. No. 90309.State of California. County of Santa Cruz, December term of ProbateCourt, Monday, 17 Jan 1859. Estate of Charles C. Imus, deceased 13May 1855, petition for letters of administration by Hiram Imus.Inventory: (1) Warrant for 120 acres, value $96
    (2) Warrant for 40 acres, value $48
    (3) Certificate for 3 months' extra pay under Act of 19 July1848, No. 20413, value $39;
    total $153. Granted.
    Further Probate court documents record the signing over of thesewarrants to Hiram's daughter Lucy M. Rice for $100 for (1) on 23 May1864, $40 for (2) on 23 May 1864, witnessed by Henry and Minerva Rice;She then signs them over to Charles H. Haley for $75 for (1) and $25for (2) on 4 Feb 1866, witnessed by Thomas W. Wright and John Haines.

    Hiram A. Imus died 22 July 1864 at age 94. For Lucy M. Rice? [SeeBlackhawk\Rice Family]
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  • Birth: ABT 1802 in Cayuga, Cayuga County, New York
  • Death: 13 MAY 1856 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California
  • Burial: MAY 1856 Evergreen cem., Santa Cruz, California
  • Event: Military BET 1832 AND 1847 3



    Father: Hiram Abiff Imus b: 27 JAN 1771 in New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut
    Mother: Ruth Palmer b: ABT 1776 in Ballston, Saratoga County, New York

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Faragher
      Title: Women and Men on the Overland Trail
      Author: John Mack Faragher
      Publication: New Haven: Yale, 1979
      Text: In 1846, for example, Charles Imus, an early settler along the AppleRiver in northern Illinois, organized a party of neighbors to emigrateto California. Included in the company were Imus's nephew, thefamilies of Joseph Aram, Adna Hecox, Charles Isbell, his brother JamesIsbell, the Savage family, and several single men. All twenty-twomembers had lived within a few miles of each other and knew each otherbefore the trip. pp. 32-3 (notes cites Aram, Hecox, & Kett).
      Page: pp. 32-3
    2. Abbrev: Morgan
      Title: Overland in 1846: Diaries and Letters of the California-Orgeon Trail.2 vols.
      Author: Morgan, Dale, ed.
      Publication: Georgetown, CA: Talisman Press, 1963
      Text: July 5, 1846, a letter from B.F.E. Kellogg to Preston G. Gesfordreads: 'Platte Crossing, 15 miles from Ft. John. I have found severalof my old acquaintances here since we stopped. Elam Brown, Abertoreand others. Imus and Hecox are 8 days before us.'
    3. Abbrev: Bounty Land
      Title: "Northern California Bounty Land Grantees under Acts of 1847-1855"
      Author: Lingenfelter, Keith
      Publication: NGSQ 68:2, p. 154
      Text: Imos, Charles C., deceased, Sgt. Capt. Swift's Co. ILL. Vols., Mex.War and Sgt., Capt. Stevenson's Co., ILL. Militia, Black Hawk War.Granted to his sole heir, Hiram Imos, Solano Co.
      Page: p. 154

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