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A historical novel and much more...

Living in the mining camps during the 1849 California Gold Rush was dangerous and risky-but our author’s ancestors were there! Sophia Thomas came to the gold fields as a teenager with her parents and married Isaac Desler in 1856. After Sophia’s death in 1875, their teenaged daughter Jennie Desler was devastated when she was sent to live with her aunt in North Bennington, Vermont. Jennie fell in love with a dashing young man named James Gray Atwood and married him. They were blessed with two children, George and Mabel Atwood.
Through my Joyce Coil’s new book, California Gold: My Family’s Story, you follow the Thomas family as they leave the East Coast and travel to the mud and gold of a mining camp called Jacksonville. They and their family help to transform the mining camps and bring lawfulness to a society where hangings, stealing and murder were daily events. It was a joy to find actual letters written by Sophia Desler in 1863 in Tuolumne County Museum and these letters are reproduced in the book, as are Jennie and James Atwood's marriage announcement. James Gray Atwood’s death is described by the presiding Coroner. This story covers the years from 1849 to 1885.
Numerous people suggested to Joyce that this captivating story be published as a commercial book. Presented as a historical novel, each fact, character and event is filled with action and life. You will get to know these folks and understand the legacy we all have inherited from them.

California Gold 1849: My Family’s Story

  • paperback
  • Published in 2005
  • 6.5"x9.5"
  • 128 pages
  • ISBN 1-932252-48-7
  • Initial run of 75 copies published in 2005

Services provided by Creative Continuum
  • Editing and assistive ghostwriting
  • Multiple internal photographs
  • Custom text formatting
  • Comprehensive cover design with complex image compositing
  • Full-color paperback cover
  • Limited-edition, short-run color