James M. Owens
James M. Owens
James Montgomery Owens (1878-1955) was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He served with the 9th Cavalry, Buffalo Soldiers, in the Philippines (1896-1898) during the Spanish-American War. He came to Vallejo in 1903 and became an active member of the community by helping to establish many civic and fraternal orders including Vallejo’s NAACP chapter and Firma Lodge. He was also one of Vallejo’s first African-American building contractors. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Our Projects

Over the years, GSVB members have engaged in projects to enhance our ability to collect data for our members and to the public, near and far.
  • Obituaries: A collection of current obituaries from the Vallejo Times-Herald and the Benicia Herald. 
  • Cemeteries: Surveys of local cemeteries to identify who is buried there, and when.  In some cases, no other entity is available to provide this information. 
  • Surname Index: GSVB maintains an index of the surnames being searched by our members.