ID: David Fairfield tombston (Gen. 8: John-Walter-Wiliam-Skipper-William-David-Jason-David)
Inscription: David Fairfield, born February 2, 1829, Pomfret, CT, died March 10, 1897, Hollister, CA. Beloved ancestor and argonaut.
Source: IOOF Cemetery, Hollister, California. Headstone placed by descendant Ted Fairfield in 2004.
Notes: David was the son of Jason and Hannah (Chandler) Fairfield. When he was about 20, he moved with his parents to Williamsburgh (now Brooklyn), New York, where his father was employed as a ship's carpenter. Undoubtedly, David was familiar with the shipyards and heard tales from adventurers returning from the Gold Rush in California. David's brother, Charles C. Fairfield, and uncle, George Fairfield, sailed from New York to California in 1851. Three years later, David also went west to seek his fortune, traveling with his cousin, Wellington Burnett. In the 1860 census, he is located in Long Bar, Calif., a mining community. On June 9, 1864, he married Ann Tate in Napa. He and his wife and children moved to Hayden Hill in Lassen County for several years during the 1870s, operating a gold mine there. In 1880, the Fairfield family was residing back in Knights Valley. In 1886, David moved his family to San Francisco to settle the estate of Ann's father, Robert Tate. His later years were spent in Hollister (San Benito Co.), where he died March 10, 1897 (source: Free Lance newspaper, Hollister) . He is buried in the IOOF cemetery in Hollister (headstone placed in 2004 by his descendants).