|African welcome for Dauphin
Thompson's carbine, Sunnyvale
Public Library, March 07, 2012.
(right) Mick talks with Thomas Libby
of San Francisco, history columnist
for California Lawyer Magazine and
photos by Bill Noyes,
South Bay Civil War Round Table
Special guest: Mick Konowal of Microsoft
Corp., with Dauphin Thompson’s Model
1853 Sharps Carbine carved with Annie’s name
artefact photos by the owner, Mick Konowal
|Dauphin Thompson, who died at the bayonets of U.S. Marines in
the enginehouse at Harpers Ferry on October 18, 1859. His
brother Henry was the husband of Ruth Brown; his sister Bell
was the wife of Watson Brown, also killed in John Brown's slave
liberation attempt in Harpers Ferry.
William Thompson, their brother, also came to free the captives
in bondage and died at Harpers Ferry on October 17, 1859.
Photo from the Featherstonhaugh Collection, Library of Congress.
|Lions and tigers and giraffes, oh my -- and Civil War re-enactor Debbie
Grace who works at the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco by
day and chases cannon for fun on weekends. Display by Pan African City
Alive! Peter and Keisha Evans, proprietors
|Historian John William Templeton of San Francisco
talked about the Underground Railroad in Santa
Clara County, the site of the first recorded fugitive
rescue in California in 1850.
Peter Williams Cassey, a
Gold Rush Abolitionist, was the founder of a school
for African Americans in San Jose in 1863.
He became a deacon in the Trinity Episcopal Church
on 2nd Street San Jose in 1866
|Mary Brown and Her Daughters
September 25, 2012
Homecoming to Saratoga,
at Hakone Gardens
|Tom Calarco April 2012
Interview with Jean Libby about
Mick Konowal, antiques
collector, who recently
purchased one of the Sharps
rifles that was used Brown’s
men at Harpers Ferry.
Mrs. Libby is the creator of the
Chronology and the companion
book. Mr. Konowal is a senior
attorney with Microsoft.
|research article in Manuscript Fall 2012
Vol. 64 No. 4
This is a story about inscriptions on a gun and the
manuscripts which helped validate the inscriptions and
Dauphin Thompson, one of John Brown’s men, during
establish the gun’s provenance as a weapon used by
the raid at Harpers Ferry. The manuscripts and gun’s
inscriptions also provide evidence to support a rumored
close relationship between Dauphin Thompson and
John Brown’s daughter Annie.
author: Michael J. Konowal
|"The Guns of October"
by Hannah N. Geffert
and "The Woodlands
of Maryland" by Allies
John Brown Mysteries
revised and online in
pdf in 2012 for
|Weddings of County
Inez Pacheco and James R.
Lowe, Jr., 1861
new publication by Jean Libby in
the Santa Clara County Historical
and Genealogical Society Journal
|Weddings of County
Pioneers at Trinity Church
Sarah Massey and Jacob
new publication by Jean Libby
in the Santa Clara County
Historical and Genealogical
| San Jose Public Library
Bronze sculpture by Emil Seletz, M.D.
Santa Clara County Civic Center lobby,