I've been looking at the different places this family lived in California, first Columbia, then Copperopolis and finally Sutter's Creek before they headed south to the Bay. While reading about Columbia, I came across this lovely video of the Catholic Church built there in 1856, making it the oldest brick church west of the Rockies.
This is the church Uncle Edward would have attended, he would have actually sat in those pews and his daughter Winifred would have been baptized there! Probably from the very same marble font shown in the video. I can almost picture Edward and Sarah walking up Kennebec Hill with their infant daughter, their three older children from ages seven to three alongside them, and through the doors. It makes me feel so connected--to him, to my faith, to the past.
It distresses me that twenty five years ago I spent a day in Columbia while vacationing in California and had no idea of my family's history there. I doubt I'll ever get back, New York is a very long way from California, but at least I have this beautifully done video to enjoy.