Ancestry.com. William Taylor, Preaching in California, 1849-56 [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. 109. [database on-line] Washington: Library of Congress, 1999. Taylor, William. Seven Years' Street Preaching in San Francisco. New York: William Taylor, 1857.
In addition to the countless seekers of gold and fortune, the California gold rush brought a number of Christian missionaries to the area. This database is a reprint of the memoirs of William Taylor, a Methodist minister, originally published in 1857. Traveling by ship to San Francisco in 1849, he remained for seven years to aid the members of his flock. Researchers will find descriptions of his voyage to the West Coast, his family life, and church history in San Jose, Santa Cruz and Sacramento. For those wishing to better understand the ministerial life of an early California resident, this can be an interesting and informative narrative.