I'm trying to find information on my 3rd great grandfather, Joseph F Westgate, born in Massachusetts around 1799. He moved to California before 1836 and was baptized in a mission there where records show he named his parents as Thomas Westgate and Helen Clay. He stated that he lived in Connecticut prior to moving to California, but in the 1850 census he states his state of birth as Massachusetts.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Maybe someone is aware of a Joseph Westgate in their family who disappeared after 1830.