Cornwall, England William and Elizabeth B Harper
My story begins with my father Richard B Harper telling my sister and I about his Grandfatherfrom Cornwall , England. His name is capt. Richard B Harper . The stroy goes that Richard and his brother William are sent to South American to work in mines. When the get to Cape Horn they just ship and walk to New Mexico. THrew my reach. I cannot fine a William Harper who was Richard Brother. Richard took a steamer from Cape Horn to San Francisco,Ca. Cap Richard B Harper an mining engineer. Capt Richard B Harper lived and married and was a mining engineer in Santa Clara,California. He lived there 57 yrs. In The historial Presevation of Santa Clara,Cal online talks anout him and his life. Capt Richard B Harper had three children . A son and two daughter. The son William Harper also a mining engineer was emplyed in Yuma,AZ. He married Maria Denton and they had William, Jr , Richard(which is our father),Emma, Margaret, Ben,JamesHarper. My father as passed on. Questions are William and Jr are they the same people or is it William jr and my father told me that William did not come from Yuma,AZ. Our father Richard was born in Yuma,Az 1915. I have tried to fine a record of William. I did fine a record of a baby names Johnnie who did in 1917 in Yuma,AZ.
I think the story my father told us was something that was told to him. Why I do not know. May Capt Richard B Harper did have a brother but I cannot fine any accounts of that and nor can I find William my father brother. Why they would leave him behine.
I loved your show on PBS. I have watched all of them. My father was a machinac auto and his father also moved from Yuma,Az to Pacific Grove,Cal and was an auto Machinac. My sister and I grew up in Pacific Grove,Ca. Thanks very much Elizabeth Harper-Ray