- At the age of 31 he left Va. and went to California during the 1849 Gold Rush. He left behind his wife and one son. Dr. TARTER set up residence in Tehama California, then returned to Va. picked up his wife and son, visited his mother who was at the time living with her youngest daughter Elizabeth in Hawkins Co. Tn., then moved to Tehama California.
Wife name came from Tarter book p. 18
The Darter-Tarter Book pg 73, states
Nicholas Darter 111 studied medicine and became a physician. He went to the gold mines in Ca. in 1849 and was there at the same time of his brother Robert. Strangely enough neither brother knew that the other was there and their paths did not cross. Dr. Nicholas Darter established residence in Ca. in the town of Tehame, and then returned to Va. He is reported to have visited his mother , Sallie Spurlock Darter, who was at this time a widow living with her youngest daughter, Elizabeth Hounshell, in Hawkins Co., Tenn. Returning to Va. Dr. Darter rejoined his wife, Mary Emily Jones, to whom he was married before he left for Ca. and his son Thomas A. Darter, born in 1843. The little family then returned to Tehama, Ca. where a second son, William Riley Darter was born on Feb 2, 1857.