The Valley of Heart's Delight

Marshall of Alviso, 1851

Surnames:  Gallager, Martin
contributed by jchvanar


The subject of this sketch was born in New York City, May 4, 1831. He sailed for California, in the bark John W. Canton, via Cape Horn, October 18, 1848, and arrived in San Francisco, March 14, 1849. Two weeks after, he purchased the launch Mary and Catherine, but sold her when he had made a few trips to Sonoma. He now proceeded to the mines, at Sullivan's Camp, Tuolumne county, but at the end of four months, removed to Santa Clara county, obtaining employment in the redwoods, but only remaining there four weeks; then he commenced teaming between that point and Alviso. He next commenced the occupation of freight carrier, from Alviso to San Jose and Santa Clara, a business he pursued for two years, when he became clerk in the warehouse at the first-mentioned place.

About this period he commenced farming on his present ranch, going to reside there in June, 1853. In 1850, Mr. Gallager was elected Constable of Washington township (now comprised in Alameda county); in 1851, was chosen to the position of Marshal of the town of Alviso; while he has severally held the offices of a School Trustee and Roadmaster. Married, at Alviso, September 26, 1852, Maria Remonda, daughter of John Martin, who died May 31, 1879, by whom he has had fourteen children. The following are the names and dates of the birth of those living; Martha, born May 1, 1855; Andrew T., Jr., born March 17, 1857; Edward E., born December 26, 1860; Richard, born August 10, 1863; George F., born September 18, 1865; Bascaleseria, born July 13, 1867; Alford, born April 5, 1869; Charles W., born June 7, 1871; William, born June 16, 1873; Mabel S., born November 18, 1875.

Page 664 History of Santa Clara County, California; Including its Geography, Geology, Topography, Climatography and Description, Illustrated. San Francisco; Alley, Bowen & Co, Publishers, 1881.

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