Notes for Zachariah S Gibson: In September, 1850 with brothers, Robert and Isaac, joined brothers William, James and John in California. The brothers decided that there was more money to be made driving cattle across the plains from Missouri to California than panning for gold. They made several such trips in the 1850's and a great deal of money.
1866--Brother William and his family arrived in Helena, Montana. I(John)Watt) had not seen him for six years--since he and Brother Zack left me at home in 1860 to care for father while they went back to California to look after the cattle. I had heard little from our ranch and our cattle in California, but was hardly prepared to learn that war times had been so bad there. From William I learned lawlessness prevailed in California and that our cattle had been shot and driven away and that long before the war was over William and Zack had nothing left but their families. They went to Idaho and mined awhile, and then on to Montana. While in Idaho, Brother James, who had escaped prison in St. Louis--and a death sentence also had managed to join them with his family. James and Zack had bought a drove of cattle and had them in another portion of Montana.
From "Recollections of a Pioneer" by John Watt Gibson
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