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Elbert P. Jones

1814– 1852

Native of Kentucky; traveled overland to San Francisco in 1846; lawyer by training; served as first editor of San Francisco’s first newspaper, the California Star, published by Sam Brannan; second proprietor of Portsmouth House, a local hotel; married former Brooklyn passenger Sarah Kittleman in 1847; moved to Charleston, South Carolina, prior to 1852, where he died. (See Bancroft, History of California, 4:694; Ellsworth, Journals of Addison Pratt, 338–39; GQC journal, Nov. 4, 1850.)