The following is abstracted from the Marin Journal. The Marin County Genealogical Society has published a series of books with abstracts from the paper from 1861 through 1890. Each book has a full name index. If you are interested in researching your ancestors in these publications, please contact Cathy Gowdy (cylgowdy at aol dot com).
December 7, 1882
On Point Reyes, November 15, 1882, G.W. Stinson, father of A.H and N.H. Stinson of this county.
He was born in New Jersey, October 6, 1799, and moved to Michigan in 1847. In November of 1869 he made a journey to California, to visit his son Nathan, and returned to his home in June of the following year, with health much improved. He again visited California in 1875, and returned in May 1876. He came to this state the third time, arriving November 7, 1882.
He was taken sick on the 10th, and died on the 15th, at the house of his son Amos. He had been with his sons but a few hours more than one week before death took him from them. It was 6 o'clock Tuesday evening when he arrived, and he died at 6 o'clock Wednesday morning of the following week. His age was 83 years, 1 month, and 9 days, and he leaves an aged wife at his home in Fentonville, Michigan.
The attendance at the funeral was large, every ranch on the Point being represented at the schoolhouse where the services were held. The neat and pleasant schoolhouse of the Point was arranged with white drapings about the desk, and just in front was a raised platform of white, upon which the coffin rested. Vines and flowers tastefully disposed showed that in this last sad tribute to the dead, there was much sympathy from the people.
The remains were interred in the Pt. Reyes cemetery. While the body was being lowered to its rest, "Rock of Ages" was softly sung, and then the beautiful burial service of the M.E. Church was read.
Source: Schwab, Carolyn, compiler. Newspaper Extracts From The Marin Journal, San Rafael, Marin County, California, January 6, 1881 to December 25, 1884. Marin County Genealogical Society. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2003.