Through my research I came across information in the Lingenfelter Archives (http://www.csuchico.edu/lbib/spc/lingenfelter/M/ling_m2.pdf
) for James S. McDonald (page 2).
I believe this is my 4th great-grandfather. I am descended from his daughter (Mary Jane of Jersey City, NJ). My research indicates James lived in Jersey City with his family until after 1860, when he disappears from the records. I have found several voter registration records suggesting he lived in Shasta around 1875. The archives indicate he died in Red Bluff in 1885.
Is anyone familiar with this archive, or knows how I can research more for him in this area? The archive lists that there was a will. I am very unfamiliar with this area and would appreciate any local assistance.
Best of luck with your personal research,
Allison (NJ & PA)