Main Documents

The history of the Kelsey Brothers, and the various names of Kelseyville are summarized in Kevin Engle's two papers:



Citizens for Healing Presentations



Media Coverage

There are two recent (March, April 2022) articles on the proposed renaming of Kelsyville:



Other Background Information


They were some of California's most brutal slave owners: Their deaths sparked a massacre - San Francisco Chronicle.

The ACLU (Northern California) has a series on "Gold Chains - The hidden history of slavery in California". Of particular interest are:

Bloody Island Massacre As many as 200 Pomo were killed on the island and in the surrounding area. Many women and children were stabbed with bayonets. One of the few survivors was a 6-year-old girl named Ni’ka, later known as Lucy Moore, who hid in the bloodied waters and survived by breathing air through a reed. The seeds of this bloody conflict can be traced back to 1847 when two white settlers, Charles Stone and Andrew Kelsey, bought a cattle ranch where they kept several hundred local Pomo men as slave laborers. 

Rosa: Kidnapped, Sold, and Killed Rosa was between 10 and 12 years old and was believed to be from either the Yuki or Pomo tribe. In the winter of 1862, she was beaten and left to die in a snowstorm by a woman who had been granted legal custody of her under the law. 

A History of Napa and Lake Counties - By Lyman L. Palmer 1881 This is rather old, but does represent a contemporary view.