Heinrich Thomann

(Jeff’s 4th Great Uncle)

Passed: Napa 1883

  • Arrived in Sutter’s Fort 1846 prior to the Donner party, employed by John Sutter
  • Took play in California’s first gold mining 1848, he had experience from the river Aare in Switzerland his native country where he had practical experience in washing the sands.
  • 1852 purchased land from John Sutter and planted one of California’s first wine producing vineyards
  • 1856 first vintage
  • Saloon proprietor in old town Sacramento
  • Was in Sonoma with General Guadalupe Vallejo (possibly during the Bear Flag Revolt)
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