Dedicated to Emma De Boom Witzel
How do we know that Cornelius De Boom was looking for business opportunities in 1849, not gold, when he sailed his own ship into San Francisco Bay? Only because Emma, his nephew’s youngest daughter, was fiercely proud of her family – both past and present. She saved hundreds of “precious family documents,” photographs and paintings which form the basis of this website, dedicated to her memory.
Her Ancestry of the Witzel Brothers provides the single best overview of the Witzel and De Boom family histories, while the Napa Daily Register of August 27 1885 article she preserved summarizes many of Cornelius De Boom’s accomplishments as a California pioneer. She also documents the business acumen and bravery of Cornelius’ brother, Peter Romain De Boom, for whom De Boom Street was named.
To family and friends – please continue to send comments, corrections and additional materials. While Emma saved a lot of documents (those who knew her know how true that is!), her collection is only a beginning. Internet search tools have enabled De Boom, Marsily and Gerhardi relatives living in France, Belgium and the UK to find and enhance this site. Emma would be so pleased, and amazed. The correspondence continues!