MRS. MARGARET E. EMSLIE


On the roll of the honored pioneer women of the Golden state is found the name of Mrs. Emslie, who resides on her valuable homestead a few miles from Lockeford, San Joaquin county, her farm comprising three hundred and twenty acres. She was born in New York city, October 4, 1826, a daughter of Daniel and Mary D. (Tripler) Post, both also natives of that city. Her grandfather, lawrence Post, had his nativity in pennsylvania, while her mother's father, Christian Tripler, was a native of England.

On the 4th of February, 1847, in New York city, Mrs. Emslie gave her hand in marriage to James J. Emslie, by whom she has had nine children, seven now living, as follows: Orrin W., who resides near Chinook, Montana; Christian T., who makes his home with his mother in San Joaquin county; James J., of Sacramento, California; Mary J., a resident of Seattle, Washington; Eric W., of San Joaquin county; Carrie, the wife of Dr. C. L. De Vinny, of Stockton, California; and Charles C., also of San Joaquin county.

James J. Emslie was a highland Scotchman by birth, and was reared in his native country until his twentieth year, when he bade adieu to that home and friends of his youth and sailed for America. He was a well educated man, having attended an English college for a time, and after coming to America learned the trade of brick-laying, plastering and general masonry, including all kinds of ornamental work in that line, and became an expert mechanic in his line of work. Much of his time until marriage was spent in New York city, but in 1849, via New Orleans and Mexico, Mr. Emslie crossed the country to California, and ten months and two weeks elapsed ere they arrived in San Francisco. He was one of a party of about one hundred and fifty men who left New York city for the Golden state, but all did not complete the journey, and for a short time after his arrival Mr. Emslie was engaged in gold mining. Subsequently, however, he returned east, arriving in New York city on the 4th of February, 1851, but, after two years there, again turned his face westward, arriving in California via the isthmus route. Locating in San Francisco, he was there joined by his wife, who made the journey in company with her two sons, and arrived on the 14th of November, 1855. While residing in that city Mr. Emslie was an active worker in the vigilance committee, and was a typical and representative old forty-niner of California. In 1860, with his family, he came to San Joaquin county and located on the ranch where his widow still resides, they being among the first settlers of this locality, and here this honored pioneer spent his remaining days, being called to the home beyond on the 2d of September, 1894. For a time he was associated with the Patrons of Husbandry, which had their headquarters at Acampo, and was a Republican in his political affiliations. In his death the community lost one of its valued citizens, his neighbors a faithful friend and counselor, and his family a devoted husband and father, but those who knew him still cherish as a sacred treasure the memory of his friendship. Mrs. Emslie is a member of the Congregational church, and her true womanly qualities of mind and heart indicate that she has the spirit of Him who came to minister unto others.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine


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