James "Grizzly" Adams

James "Grizzly" Adams

Mountain Man
Born 1812
Died Oct 25, 1860

John "Grizzly" Adams (1812–1860) was a famous California mountain man and trainer of grizzly bears and other wild animals that he captured for menageries, zoological gardens and circuses. When Theodore H.

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1812 Birth His Find-a-Grave memorial shows his first name to be John, his birth date October 22, 1812. and his date of death as October 25, 1860, age 48 years. … Read More
1813 1 Year Old …  Information on his Massachusetts death record (Vol. 139, p. 225) also indicates that his name was John and gives an estimated birth year of 1813, based on age at death (48 years).


1836 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1836, James married Cylena Drury and they had three children: Arabella, Arathusa, and Seymour.


1849 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1849 with the California Gold Rush in progress, John invested his life savings of over $6,000 to buy a large supply of footwear, and had it shipped to St. Louis, Missouri. … Read More


1852 - 1853 2 More Events
1854 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1854, Adams retrieved a pair of two-week old male grizzly cubs from the den of their mother near Yosemite Valley. … Read More
Ben saved John's life a year later in 1855, when a mother grizzly attacked Adams. … Read More
1856 44 Years Old In 1856, John retrieved all of his animals from Howard's Ranch near Stockton, California where he had left them to be cared for while he was absent. … Read More
1858 46 Years Old By 1858, he was referred to as the "Barnum of the Pacific," in a San Francisco newspaper. … Read More
1859 47 Years Old In 1859, due to such over extensions, he lost his museum building to creditors. … Read More
On January 7, 1860, Adams and his menagerie departed from San Francisco on the clipper ship Golden Fleece on their way to New York City via Cape Horn, a three and one-half month voyage. … Read More
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