Lloyd, I recently found out that my great-great grandfather James F. Shuler was involved with the Gassaways. In 1864 he (J.F. Shuler) was sentenced to 10 years in San Quentin for highway robbery. At the same time, U.T. Gassaway was also sentenced to 10 years, U.S. Gassaway (age 61) sentenced to 6 years, and Charles Gassaway (age 19) sentenced to 3 years. The other man involved in the same robbery, James A. Stores, escaped before the trial and was later recaptured, obtained a change of venue, then was tried & acquitted.
We obtained my gg-grandfather's prison file from the California State Archives, and it includes a letter he wrote to the governor in 1870 asking for a pardon. We also looked in the Oroville, CA newspaper on microfilm, and found some newspaper articles describing the stagecoach robbery, etc. My mom has posted these online, you can see them at http://www.rootcellar.us/shlrjf01.htm
Could you please tell me more about these Gassaways? What were their full names? I found them in the 1880 census in El Dorado County, CA and learned they were from Missouri and were gold miners, but that's all I know about them. Were they involved with the secret society "Knights of the Golden Circle" who were committing robberies in order to raise funds for the Confederacy ?? Anything you could tell me would be greatly appreciated.