|1847 • A rescue effort, called the First Relief, leaves Johnson's Ranch to save the ill-fated Donner Party. These California bound emigrants became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846–1847, and some had resorted to cannibalism to survive.|
Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada ⇓
His God Father and baptism sponsor was John McCarron, probable brother of Margaret McCarron. His God Mother was Mary (McGinnis) Ferguson, wife of John Ferguson and John McGinnis Sr's sister.
|1887 • Dorr Eugene Felt receives the first U.S. patent for his comptometer.[http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=-FxEAAAAEBAJ U.S. Patent No. 366,945], filed July 6, 1886; second patent granted October 11, 1887: [http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=TptMAAAAEBAJ U.S. Patent No. 371,496], filed March 12, 1887.|