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Although he never struck it rich, James Marshall is linked forever to the story of the California gold rush as the man who verified Sutter's find as gold. Though they tried to keep it a secret, the word spread quickly, and triggered the California Gold Rush of 1849. Some 80,000 immigrants poured into California.
James Wilson Marshall, of English descent, was born to Philip Marshall and Sarah Wilson (married 1808) at the family homestead in Hopewell Township, New Jersey (then part of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, currently part of Mercer County) on October 8, 1810. He was the oldest of four children, and the only male.
Marshall died in Kelsey on August 10, 1885. Buried, James Marshall Monument, Coloma, CA.
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