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Re: Palen Mine,Riverside County California
Posted by: Susan Wyckoff Date: October 20, 2000 at 12:26:33
In Reply to: Re: Palen Mine,Riverside County California by John D. Palen of 160

Thank you for your response. Since posting this query, I have learned much about Palen Mountain and how it relates to my ancestor, Mathew Palen. It is written up in

Gunther, Jane Davies. Riverside County, California Place Names, Their
>Origins and their Stories. Rubidoux Printing Company, Rubidoux
>(Riverside) California: 1984.
>
>"PALEN DRY LAKE, MINE, MOUNTAINS, PASS, WELL. In the absence of
>verifiable information it must be assumed that these desert features
>were named for Mathew Palen, a miner, as he is the only one of that
>name known to have mined in what is now Riverside County. Palen, a
>native of Ireland, received his naturalization papers at the age of
>34 in San Bernardino in 1875 (SBC Great Register 1866-1880), but is
>known to have been mining in the Mojave Desert regions as early as
>1863. He also mined in the Cajalco area and in the hills around what
>are now Riverside and Arlington with Daniel Sexton and others in 1873
>and again in 1876 (SBC Misc. Bk. A pp.475, 477, 478, Bk. B pp.
>195-197."

There is more discussion in the book about Mathew Palen, stories, etc. If you are interested, I can send you the entire article. Mathew married the daughter of Daniel Sexton, Anna, in 1776 and had four children: Mathew, Neola, Daniel and John. Mathew died in 1889 at Colton, San Bernadino County, California.

I am looking for information regarding Mathew's parents, siblings and descendents. He was reportedly born in Lisburn N. Ire. in 1837, '39 or '41, emigrating to Ontario Cannada when young. He mined in California and Arizona during the 1860s-70s. Any information would be appreciated.


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