Ancestry.com. William Manley, Life in Death Valley, California, 1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999.Original data:
Library of Congress. California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years. Vol. 107. [database on-line] Washington: Library of Congress, 1999. Manly, William Lewis. Death Valley in '49. San Jose, CA: Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894.
Moving with his family from Vermont to Michigan in 1828, William Manly set out for California in 1849 in search of gold. This database is his account of the journey west and life in the territory. It provides detailed descriptions of the Sierra Mountains of California, Stockton, Sacramento, and Death Valley. Researchers will find helpful information regarding the Mariposa mines and prospecting on the North Fork of the Yuba River. For those seeking to better understand the life of a typical prospector in California, this can be an interesting and informative narrative.