The Petaluma Journal and Argus Sept. 21, 1865 Pg. 2, Col. 3. Election day was Sep. 6th, 1865. The following comprises the Constables and Roadmasters chosen at the recent election:
Petaluma--James H. Knowles' and Frank Adel.
Research Courtesy Raymond L. Owen.
Petaluma Constable Frank Adel
Appointed Constable 1865, 1867, 1869, 1873
Appointed Deputy Constable 1872
Born 1835 in Pennsylvania
Frank Adel slowly moved west and ended up in California between 1857 and 1860.
He moved to Sonoma County between 1860 and 1863. He probably married Annette in that same period, as it appears that he may have been single while in Butte County, but was certainly married by the 1863 draft registration in Sonoma County.
He was a plasterer at least until 1863. We know from what you have found that he was a Constable in Petaluma by 1866. So, he moved from Healdsburg between 1863 and 1866 and became a Constable.
He had retired from being a Constable by 1880.
It appears that he was dead by 1889, as his wife is listed alone in Forrestville. I can find no record that they had any children.
Research by James Christian
We have a book here at the Library called Oaths of Public Officials, Bonds, 1854-1894. This is an idex to original documents of appointments to county offices, certificates of election, revocation of appointment, appointments of deputies, oaths of office. The dates for Frank Adel as constable of the Petaluma Township are 1865, 1867, 1869, 1873. He was appointed deputy constable in 1872.
The volunteer who tracked this information down is Ray Owen.
Katherine J. Rinehart
Sonoma County Library
History & Genealogy
I have found two references to Frank Adel in our collection. Neither answers your question as to when he was appointed/elected. In each reference his name is spelled Adel.
In the 1866 Great Register, the voter rolls, his occupation is listed as Constable, he is a resident of Petaluma, his age is 31 and he is a native of Pennsylvania.
In the 1877 Historic Atlas of Sonoma County his occupation is listed as Constable and Collector, he is a resident of Petaluma. It says he came to the state in 1859 and to the county in 1862.
John Benanti Researcher Petaluma Museum May 12, 2011
Petaluma Newspaper - May 24, 1866, Crazy - A man named Abner Heath from Vermont, and who has been working in Big Valley for some time past, was arrested in this city, Saturday evening last and taken to Santa Rosa by Constable Adell for examination touching his lunacy. He was sent to Stockton on Tuesday morning.
1870 Sonoma County, Petaluma Township Officials
Justices: A. MORSTADT, Joshua SNOW, Petaluma.
Constables: Frank ADELL, J. H. KNOWLES, Petaluma.
Daily Record-Union Sacramento, Cal.
Tuesday, January 1, 1878 Pages 6 & 7.
Shooting Affray at Petaluma, and Constable Frank Adel and a Chinaman dangerously wounded.
1856 Iowa State Census, Delhi, Delaware County, Iowa
Frank Adel, age 21, born in Pennsylvania, occupation of Plasterer, member of the militia.
1857 (21 Sep) Minnesota Census, Township 36, Benton, Minnesota
Frank R. Adel, age 23, born in Pennsylvania, occupation of Mason.
1860 U. S. Census, Kimshew, Butte County, California
Frank Adel, age 25, born circa 1835 in Pennsylvania, occupation of Saloon Keeper.
1863 Draft registration records for the Northern District of Sonoma County, California.
Frank Adel, age 28 on 1 July 1863, residence of Healdsburg, born in Pennsylvania, married, occupation of Plasterer.
1870 U.S. Census, Petaluma, CA
Frank Adell, born circa 1835 in Pennsylvania, occupation of Constable
Annette Adell, born circa 1840 in New York, occupation of dressmaker
1880 U. S. Census, Petaluma, California
Frank Adel, born circa 1836 in Pennsylvania, occupation of working in or owning a Coffee Room. Father and mother born in Holland.
Annetta Adel, born circa 1842 in New York, occupation of keeping house. Father and mother born in New York.
1889 Bradford Brothers Wines and Vines Peninou's History of the Sonoma Viticultural District.
A Mrs. Frank Adell living in Forrestville.