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January 04, 2017
Sandy Hart

Iím looking for more information about my GGGreat Grandfather, Preston Findley Logan. He lived in Lakeport in Lake County in the 1870s and then moved to nearby Centerville Village in Capella Twp by 1880. He lived in the boarding houses/homes of the Chapmans and then Henry and Elizabeth Baker. He was a widower, living alone, born in KY ca 1813, working as a carpenter or mechanic.

He presumably moved to the area to be near his son, James Taylor Rogers who operted a law practice in Ukiah for several years. Preston Logan had allowed neighbors in Jackson Co MO to raise and then adopt his youngest son Taylor Logan following his wifeís death shortly after Taylorís birth. [the boy's adoptive parents changed his name from Taylor Logan to James Taylor Rogers]

His 1st cousin Samuel Hays Hulet Logan also moved to CA from MO. He and his wife Sarah Jane Hopper married in Healdsburg and settled in Calpella Twp by 1880.

By 1886, his son JT Rogers moved to San Francisco where he became the private secretary of Mayor Sutro, was nominated for Congress, and eventually established his own law practice.

I have been unable to figure out what happened to Preston Findly Logan. Did he remain in Lake or Mendocino Co and die there? If so Iíve been unable to find any record. Or, did he move to San Francisco, again following his youngest son, and die there? If so, Iíve been unable to find any record of him there either.

Any information would be most welcome.

August 22, 2015
Reed Barnes

I am looking for any family history, newspaper articles etc. for Thomas and Lydia Barnes, They lived in Lakeport 1860's through 1900's They were my great great grandparents.
I have not had much luck learning about their lives or history.
Thank you Reed Barnes Lebec,Ca

March 11, 2015
Jamie Helquist

My family...1920 Census California Lake County:
Rosa Ferrenz & Andrew Bentz -birth about 1875 (children - Rosa and Katherine) - boarder in their home was Paul Scheuer.

1930 Census California Lake County:
Paul Scheuer & Rosa Scheuer (children - Rosa Bentz, Katherine Bentz, and Leopold P. Scheuer - half brother)

I am looking for Katherine. Birth about 1914. She is my father's mother. He never knew her. I do have his birth certificate with her name on it. I am looking for any record for her. Or her family members. I have info for Paul and Rosa. I am looking for more on Andrew. I'm hoping someone will see my post who knew Katherine.

A sincere thank you.

February 03, 2012
W. Patrick Vick

I am researching family members belonging to the "Vick" surname for Lower Lake, ca. My grandmother was Jesse H Vick born in 1909, I am trying to find out all that I can about Jesse, especially the name of my grandfather, marriage records etc.
Below is my Lineage:
Jesse H. - Grandmother Born 1909; died 1987 she had two sons William A. Vick & George F. Vick both deceased. William was my father.
Thank you,

September 25, 2011
Alton Christie

I am searching for information and/or a burial location for Merle M. (Reid) Pearce that died in Lake County, California. She was the daughter of Eleanor Milburn and Unk Reid. Census records show she married an Unknown Klinn, John C. Matlack b. abt 1899 in Michigan, and a Pearce as evidenced on her death record in Lake County, California. If you have any info contact me @ Thanks, Alton P. Christie in Lake City, FL

March 31, 2011
Susan Olson

Info on Peter Anderson Sears (ggrandfather) b Kentucky 1822
m: Mary Francis Kirby
d: Lake County, CA
Parents of Peter: Mary Hendricks, David Sears
Information to Thank you!

September 20, 2010
Margaret Walker

I am a relative of Baker and Wilmans families. Earliest Wilmans on my tree if Frederick Augustus Wilmans, born Germany 1773, buried Fairfield, Ill. His sons went to the Gold Rush in about 1848. Daughters decided to go too. One married a Baker, then Post: This is Helen Wilmans Post, co-founder, with Mary Baker Eddy, of the Christian Science movement. I have the family Bible.

June 7, 2010
Marty Restivo

I am looking for information on the family of Benjamin Burke born 1828 Tennessee. He was married to Mary J. Woolley in Franklin Co. Il.
Thanks, Marty Restivo

May 25, 2010
Judy Root

I would like to contact "Jo" who was looking for the descendants of William Woodward. Her post was May 22, 2001. I have tried to contact this person but have been unable to do so. Evidentally she has changed her email address. We are looking for the same family.

If anyone has any information on William and Susanna Woodward I would like to share notes. Their children were: Charles Wesley Woodward, Samuel Morrison Woodward, Theophilus Woodward, Melissa Woodward, Lycurgus Woodward, and Fidelia Woodward. My husband is a descendant of Lycurgus Woodward.


March 08, 2010
Arnim A. Nicolson

I am Arnim A. Nicolson. I am trying to find a death record for my Uncle William or (Bill) Lundquist married Aug.29,1935 in Southern California to Ellen Nicolson. He lived in Lake County in the late sixities untill his death some time in the last thirty years. There was a second marriage to a Dorthy or Dorthiea. who may or may not have passed on. She was still living and in her 90"s a few years ago. We lost touch.
my e-mail address is

September 20, 2009
Linda D. Taylor

I am searching for information on all my relatives that were early settlers in Lake County. Any and all information would be appreciated.
Sara Jane Sylar, RSV Quigley, William J. Butler, John Frederick Kirkpatrick and all relatives and descendents.

September 02, 2009
Kari Scott

Came across Aug 18, 1996 query from Alan Klein for surnames Scott, Pearson Christopher...The info he presented is a part of my husband's family tree..Is Alan still out there? He might want to pick up a recent book: Play of Colors The Legend of Opal Whiteley by Germaine A. Cross. This book has more info in it about the Scott's. Alan, how do you fit into the family? Let me know...Thank you...Kari Scott

August 23, 2009
Steve Held

I am looking for information about my father's relatives who lived in lake County in the 1920's & '30's

George & Mary Held were my father's aunt & uncle. Their children were Roselle, Alan & Dorothy. Roselle & Alan may have been born before the family moved to Lakeport, but Dorothy was born in Lake County in 1932.

Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

July 4, 2009
Bonnie Koehler

Looking for any information on my motherís family. Her name was Betty Jean Manchester, born February 8, 1926. She was married to a John Keith, and another man with the last name Graves. She married my father, Clyde Taylor, in 1959.

Her father was Mariner Goodwin Manchester, and her mother was Jessie May Marsh, and later Jessie May changed her name to Gay Wilson. Brothers were Lake Marion Manchester, and Mariner Goodwin Manchester Jr. Sister was Bonnie Jo and we think Bonnieís husbandís name was Tom Ford.

Betty was born in Pullman Washington. They also lived in California. I believe Jessie May might have been born or lived in Lake County.

Any info is appreciated.

August 6, 2008
Michelle Reynolds

Looking for information on George Heuser, a resident of Middletown at one time. Need to locate where he is buried and if there are any next of kin. He was married to our good friend Dodie Duerkson's mother who is now deceased. There is a place for him to rest by her in a cemetery Oakland, California, but we are told he was buried in a cemetery in Lakeport in the section where Masons & Shiners are buried. He was 79 and died in 1981.

Best regards,

Michelle Reynolds

July 23, 2008
Walter Moore

Looking for a Felix Perry born 1878 in louisiana and moved to california and died on April 26,1972 in clearlake.need any information on him.

walter moore

June 30, 2008
Katey Ellen Price

I am looking for information on a resort operated by Doc Callahan in the late 1930's. What was the location of the resort, and is it still in operation? In 1936 or 1937 there was a young woman named Norma Bates working at the resort where her sister Vera and husband Doc Callahan lived. Vera died in a boating accident on the lake. Any pictures or information about this resort, please contact me.

Thank you, Katey.

November 27, 2007
Adeline Brown

I am looking for any descendants of Bill Graves, Lydia Sleeper, Hensley Thompson, or Ed Anderson from Lake County. My family is researching our history and cannot find anything beyond Ed Anderson and Noona Mitchell. They are supposedly from Upper Lake, but we have been told Scotts Valley, Robinson, and Alturas. Bill Graves is supposed to be the son of William C. Graves of the Donner Party, but we do not know who the mother was.

Thank you, Adeline

November 17, 2007

Would like information on finding grave spot in cemetery.   Lower Lake Cementery on Lake St. Lower Lake, Ca.    I was there 11-12-07 but its so big and unable to walk around.   The grave we are looking for is George E. Redfield b. 12-02-1892 Neb. / d. 1-1-1953 Lake co. Ca. Vet, Flag 37

Any information would be helpful.

Thank You.   Cheryl

October 23, 2007
Dustin Helquist

I am searching for any information on my Grand-mother Katherine Bentz (parents Rosa and Andrew Bentz). Katherine's mother Rosa married Leopold P. Scheuer who was a boarder in their home. I obtained this information from the 1930 Lake County California census. Any information on the Andrew Bentz family would be helpful. I am Katherine's Grand-daughter(her son James is my father) although I never knew her.

Thank you, Jamie

September 08, 2007
Gary Dabbs

I am searching for any information on my Grandparents, George L. Nobel also known a Len Nobel. My Grandmother was Mildred also known a Millie. They owned Nobles Bar, Liquor store and Restaurant In Middletown California. My Grandfather died I believe in 1958 or so. My Grandmother died in 1970. Any Information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much. Gary Dabbs

January 12, 2006
Paul Barker

Any info on the Barkerville Eastside School, and, the school at Hough Springís ĎCivilian Conservation Corpsí -- next to George Ableís home -- will be greatly appreciated. Several of Ephraim and Mary Barker's 18 children attended both schools -- 1934-1944.
Jean Nelson taught at the Hough Springs School until it closed. And later on, the Eastside School was established next to Seaton G Barkerís home. Mr. Vale was the teacher.
I was wondering if any pictures of this Lake County vicinity still exist and are available for public perusal. I spent thirteen years growing up in that mountainous area and witnessed the establishment of Barkerville.
I remember playing on the iron pipe fence that encircled the King Cemetery, and the great flood that took Mrs. Saylorís life. I remember the Turner family, Mae Whitney, and the ill-fated Saylor children.
I am mentioning several names in hopes of jogging some old-timerís memory. Seeking any-and-all information, please help if you can.
Paul Barker - Oroville Ca.

December 06, 2005
Lyman deCamp

I am trying to identify the descendents, if any, of Thaddeus Johnson who is said to have been the Superintendent of Schools in Lake County for many years. He was b. 3 Jul. 1896 and d. 5 Jul. 1976 in Kelseyville. He was a widower in 1930, but is believed to have remarried. I am seeking descendents, if there are any, to offer the ancestry of his mother's family line, which traces back to Morris County, NJ and the surname De Camp. If anyone can contribute the name of his second wife and whether they had any children, I would be sincerely appreciative.
Lyman S. deCamp

September 13, 2005
Fred Dorris

I am trying to locate descendants or relatives of Rexford Murray Kemp born April 14, 1950 in San Joaquin, CA -died March 17, 1975 in Napa. A copy of his obituary may have information. I believe he has a son, Rexford M. Kemp, who lives in Clearlake, CA but I have been unable to find an address or phone number. I have pictures and family items I would like to pass on to his son.
Thanks for any help .

August 31, 2005
Linda Smith

I am looking for any information for a John Caldwell Baker, born in Kentucky about 1816 and moved to California in the mid 1850's. He first resided with his wife in Suisan Township, however, is listed in the 1870 and 1880 Census in Lake County, Lower Lake. He was a physician who moved to California with his wife Helen Wilmans. They had several children. I have a feeling he died in Lower Lake and am trying to find out any history of him. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

July 28, 2005
pam vanderhoof

Looking for information about the family and death of David "Ferris" Green. He died September 1949 in Lake County. The Green family moved to Lower Lake from Texas in the late 1930's. Melville(father), Vera(mother), and children---Virginia, Melville Jr, David "Ferris", and Nanette. Nanette lived/boarded with Sallie Glasgow/Webster. Sallie's father, Nathaniel Glasgow, was a practicing dentist in the area during the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's.


May 03, 2005
Judy Rudolph

Leanah J. (Riffe) Maxwell, was my husband, Robert A. Rudolph`s, GGG.Grandmother. She and Jesse W.Maxwell`s daughter, Sarah Frances (Maxwell) Marshall, was my husbands GG.Grandmother. She and Arthur Marshall's son, Aretus Marshall, was my husband's Grandfather. Samuel Campbell Helm, wife Lucy, was Arthur Marshall`s sister. Samuel Campbell Helm, was the son of Isiah and Margaret Jane Helm.
Contact me at--, I have info: on Sarah Frances (Maxwell) Marshall and the rest of her family from there.

April 18, 2005
Rudy Joenk

I would appreciate any information about my granduncle Lloyd C. LEWIS; born in Missouri 16 July 1883, mother's maiden name Miller, died in Lake County 22 June 1963.
Rudy Joenk
2227 Canyon Blvd. #462
Boulder, Colorado 80302-5680, USA
1-303-541-0060 (no fax)

(an obituary has been sent to him)

April 12, 2005
Norman Davis

I am looking for information on the following family that lived in Lake Co., California:

James Alford BRASHER was born March 11, 1902 in Oklahoma, and died January 30, 1988 in Lake County, California. He married Hassie Malissa WRIGHT, daughter of ROBERT WRIGHT and MARY HANCOCK. She was born September 22, 1911 in Oklahoma, and died February 01, 1999 in Lakeport, Lake County, California. James & Hassie Brasher are buried in Upper Lake Cemetery.

Children of James BRASHER and Hassie WRIGHT are:

i. Mildred M. BRASHER, b. Abt. 1925, Oklahoma

ii. Della M. BRASHER, b. Abt. 1928, Oklahoma

iii. Kenneth L. BRASHER, b. Abt. 1930, Texas

iv. Robert Eugene BRASHER, b. August 02, 1946, Arizona; d. October 10, 1995, Lake County, California

v. Leslie BRASHER.

Also, I am looking for information on (Mary) Mollie HANCOCK. She 1st married Robert Wright in Oklahoma. She was born February 14, 1891 in Mississippi. She died August 27, 1966, Lake Co., California. She is buried as Mollie Brassfield in the old section of the Upper Lake Cemetery. Looking for name of second husband.

March 20, 2005
Dan Durbin

Looking for information on Donald HIGGINBOTHAM. SSDI shows him deceased 1981 in Clear Lake. California Death Index shows death date as 25 Oct. 1981. DOB is 27 July, 1917 in Oklahoma. Parents s/b Samuel Ebbon and Myrtle (AKEMAN) HIGGINBOTHAM. Would like to make contact with any surviving family members to share Higginbotham information. An obit would be very useful. Thanks for any help. Dan Durbin

January 18, 2005
Stephen & Christy Straub

I am searching for information on the John Lee Jackson family. The 1880 Census places him and his family in Lake Co.

John Lee Jackson was born in London, KY, on 13 Sep 1835 and died on 12 Jul 1916.
Eliza Brown (wife) b. 17 Oct 1846 in Junior Furnace, OH
Nellie M. Jackson b. About 1864
Hattie A. Jackson b. About 1866
Wallie B. Jackson b. About 1866
Harry L. Jackson b. About 1868
John S. Jackson b. About 1870
Mary L. Jackson b. About 1872
Katheryn May Jackson b. 23 Oct 1876

Our family line goes back through Katheryn May Jackson, but I am looking for information about John S. Jackson, also known as Stonewall Jackson (not the Civil War general!) and was suspected to be a gang member and subsequently hanged on July 4th, around 1890 or 1891. Is there a connection between this Jackson family and that of Gen. Stonewall Jackson of West Virginia?

Please contact Christy Straub at if you have any info on this family. Thanks!

December 20, 2004
Mick Nicholson

My great aunt, Winnifred Nicholson left some newspaper clippings of family events. One of them says:
JOHNSON - Upper Lake, California on the 7th inst., Mary Emily, wife of A. W. Johnson and daughter of W.H. Renwick, Bewick Road, Gateshead.   It was dated June 7th 1896.  I believe A.W. stood for Alfred William and W.H. for William Henry. This would have been clipped from one of the local papers but I am not sure which one.

Looking at your births list they seem to have had a male child born 14 July 1894. From the limited research I have done Alfred William Johnson seems to have previously married Mary Emily Renwick's older sister Eleanor Ward Renwick so there may be other relatives in the Upper Lake area.

I am related to the Renwick family line and I would be interested to know if anyone else knows anything else about these people.

Mick Nicholson, Knaresborough, England

November 17, 2004
Mike Hardester

I am researching quicksilver (mercury) mines/miners in >both Lake and Napa Counties, and would like to connect to other researchers.

August 29, 2004
Byron Strawn

Hello, I am looking for information on Marshall Strawn Dodd who was born May 5, 1889 in CA and died Jul 4, 1954 in Lake Co., CA according to the California death record.   I am trying to find the name of his wife and/or children. His mother was my great grandfather's sister. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Byron Strawn

August 19, 2004
Pat Graham


July 18, 2004
Peggy Contreras

I would like to contribute some family data in the hopes that I might get people to contact me and so I can learn more about this family. Thank you.

Descendants of Blanche
Blanche was born 20 February 1898 in Kelseyville, Lake, CA, and died 12 September 1979 in Kelseyville Cemetery. Kelseyville, CA. She married Luther Rees. He was born 24 July 1890, and died 26 March 1971 in Kelseyville, Lake, CA.

Notes for Blanche:
Social Security Death Index-
Name: Blanche Rees
Last Residence: 95451 Kelseyville, Lake, California, United States of America
Last Benefit: 95628 Fair Oaks, Sacramento, California, United States of America

Notes for Luther Rees:
Social Security Death Index
Name: Luther Rees
Last Residence: 95451 Kelseyville, Lake, California, United States of America


Woodard, Fay E.   Block 83 L1;   Row 30;   Birth 1890;   Death 1977;    Inscription   Mother 1890-June 6, 1977 (Fay Woodard is the aunt of Priscilla Wright Rees (1872-1967) of Portland, Oregon according to Priscillaís obituary.)

Rees, Blanche    Block E 13;   Row 6;   Birth 1898;   Death 1979;    Inscription Mother 2/20/1898-9/12/1979

Rees, Luther    Block E 13;   Row 6;    Birth 1890;   Death 1971;   Inscription July 24, 1890-Mar.26,1971

Here are the names of Wrights in this cemetery
Alma 1912-1990
David 1960-1972
Emma 1869-1941
Jennie 1902-1982
John 1907-1990
Norma 1923-1997
Otis 1900-1977
Ruby 1917-1998
Wesley 1905-1985

June 22, 2004
Peggy Contreras

Seeking any family information on Fay Woodard b. 24 July 1890, possibly in OR. Died June 1977 Kelseyville, Lake, CA. This data is from the SSDI and an obituary of my family member, Priscilla Rees Wright of Portland, OR.

June 10, 2004
Debian Marty

Lee/Snow/Vann Families - Would like to exchange information with others researching the Samuel Winters Lee/Francis Lucinda Snow family. Sons George S & Luther M., both born in CA. Sam's sister Hannah married Jesse Smith Vann and had 13 children. Sam & Hannah are my ggg-grandmothers' first cousins. Our branch of the family came to Sacramento, CA in 1929.
Thank you,
Debian Marty

February 20, 2004

Searching for any information regarding my ggrandfather James Polk Berry AR-CA , M: Susan Jane Sears.
J. P. Berry died in Lake Co. 30 Jul 1888. His wife died 19 Oct 1945 in Santa Cruz. I would like to know his parents' names as well as his Date of Birth, Place of Birth and how he died.

I would, also, like information regarding Peter Anthony Sears b: 7 May, 1822 KY d: 30 Jul 1888 Middletown, Lake Co. m: Mary Francis Kirby in 1849. I think his father was David Sears and that Peter divorced Mary at some point.

Thanks for any information you can provide.

December 12, 2003

Who where the parents of Delia H. Adams? She married to Jessie Carroll Doty about 1890. Family lived in Lake and Colusa Counties.  Born 9 Jab 1869-/.70/72.   Died 26 Dec 1953 in Butte County.   Found a family in the 1880 Census for Lake County.  Found a Joseph W. Adams there.   In the house was a Delia Shoemaker.   Could she be either a step daughter or foster child or some other relative?
Any help will be great.

October 1, 2003
Kathy Barbee

I am seeking any family history on the Farmer family 1858-1900 in the town areas of Guenoc, Lower Lake, Middletown. I am seeking all infomation/family stories on William M. Farmer (early Lower Lake Postmaster and member IOOF Lodge), Lucy Ann (Fowler) Farmer and their children: Nancy Lucinda Farmer (my G.Graandmother), Colorado William (Dode) Farmer (occupation, Barber, Middletown); his wife Belle (Parriot) Farmer> and Olive V. Farmer, (Nurse, Middletown).

Also, any information on Samuel Fowler, 1849-1863 Lake County area and John Fowler; Father of Lucy Ann Fowler/Farmer and Samuel Fowler. Any and all history/oral stories passed on Guenoc (the early town) Coyote Valley, Middletown and Lower Lake. Also, any information on Frank G. Jeffers late 1890's in the area of Middletown/Lower Lake, Lakeport, Kelsyville: possibly in logging, mining, agriculture (pears/walnuts). Charles Frank Jeffers of Kelsyville, son of Frank Jeffers and Nancy Lucinda Farmer (my G.Grandmother). Charles was born 1901 in Lincoln, Placer Co. He returned to the area of Kelsyville as an adult and remained until his death in 1977. Thank you to all who can contribute.

July 31, 2003

I have been trying to find a lead to my mother's cousin. I think I may have found him in the CA death index. Here is the information I found:
Darrell Warren Benton
born 16 Sep 1918 in TX
died 9 Feb 1993 in Lake Co CA
Mother's maiden name was Abbott

I would like to contact any of his descendants and share information. Thanks so much. Ellen in Tucson AZ

June 5, 2003

I have some info on the HURD family of Witter is

May 20, 2003
Kim Jones

Im trying to locate any of LaVon Godwin's descendants for Genealogy purposes.

Phone- 479-639-9010

April 05, 2003
Robert Lyons

George Ottis HALL. We are attempting to gather whatever information we can about him. My mother, who is now 83, is his only child as far as we know. George passed away in 1982 after living in Clear Lake for around 20 years. We think he ran a motel and may have been connected with the fire department to some extent. He is buried in the Lower Lake cemetery in the veterans addition, so he was in the military at some point. You can contact me at
October 03, 2002
Clem G Cantil

Looking for information on Earl Bertram Ehrgott. This is my grandfather, whom I met once.

September 2, 2002
Colleen Gatewood

Looking for Nellie Etta Lownes, Parents Charles H & Julia E Lownes. Husband Stanley D Olmstead.   Possibly remarried between 1934-1938.


May 21, 2002
Julie Carrico

I am researching the Smythe family. I know that Richard Lewis Smythe (mother's maiden name is Testermen) lived in Lake County in 1920 and died in Lakeport in 1953. His wife's maiden name was Greeves (I have also seen Gleaves and Greaves). He was my great grandfather and I think he was born in 1877 in CA, but I don't know the town. I would like to know about his siblings and his parents.

Thank you, Julie Carrico

May 05, 2002
Cynthia Barrineau-Cooper

I would like info on my uncle William Oliver Barrineau's family. He died in Lucerne California on 10/02/1996. He was born in Williamsburg County, SC on 05/09/1925. My fathers name was Luther Thomas Barrineau. On his death certificate is listed one daughter, Sally Libbee. Would like to contact her.

March 23, 2002
Neil Hall

I'm looking for descendants of Dewitt Clinton Chittenden who died in 1985 in Lakeport. I'm a descendant on another branch from DeWitt's grandfather, who was also named DeWitt Clinton Chittenden. The earlier DeWitt was adopted and I have recently been able to discover his birth parents and much of their ancestry. I would like to share this information with my California relatives and be able to complete their branch of my family tree.

March 19, 2002
Eric P. Jensen

A F Miller (age 48, Saloonkeeper) is listed in the 1870 Census In the Big Valley Division, Uncle Sam PO. I am quite certain his daughter Mary J. born 1855 is my great grandmother. Mary J. married my ggf Erastus Butler in 1874 in Sebastepol. In 1877 Erastus registered to vote at Kelseyville. They apparently lived for a time in Yolo County. They eventually settled in the Mark West Springs Area, Sonoma Co. Mary died 1902. Several other children are listed in the census: Lena C, John F., Cynthia C., Thomas J., Alex.

Any information would be appreciated.

Eric P. Jensen San Francisco 415-664-9344

February 27, 2002
Janet Farahmand

I am interested in finding out more about the READ family and the DAVIS family of Middletown. I have it recorded that Joseph Lilburn Read married Margaret Davis in Lake County in 1860 and returned to Middletown to live in 1874. Joseph was one of my Grandmother's Grandfathers. I would like to hear any stories of the family's history. I have a particular interest in finding out what happened to Janie Davis after reading an album of hers from 1886-1889 while she attended a college in Napa. Many members of both of these families attended this same college, as recorded in the album. (Many entries included home town names.) I believe Janie could have been Margaret Davis' sister or niece. She would have been about 17 years old in 1886. -Janet Farahmand Please forward information to me at: (
ANSWER - Your email doesn't work, so I am posting the answer that was forwarded to me (also see the Biography page)

1. Samuel Read, born 11/12/1809, Missouri; died 03/08/1883, Orland, California married Elizabeth Leach, born 04/01/1811, Kentucky; died 04/12/1858, Dixon,CA. *These families traveled back and forth between in the east, possibly on business or trade. In 1852 they decided on the push on west and came directly to California with son Joseph L. Read.
     Children (possibly more):
2. Joseph Lilburn Read, born 07/29/1837, Scotts County, Kentucky; died 07/23/1927, Middletown, California; married Margaret C. Davis, born June 30, 1844, Missouri; died Feb. 11, 1923, Middletown, California.   Joseph and Margaret met in California and married on 10/31/1861 in Kelseyville, CA.

They had 12 children, the following list are the only ones known to have lived to adulthood:

1) Susan L Read (she is my great great grandmother)
2) Thomas Albert
3) Warren
4) Ralph (believed to have no children)

You must be a descendant of Albert or Warren in the same generation as my mother. We would like information on which you are related. I have more information on the Read and Davis lines if you want.

I have photos of the "Read Home" with many of the Reads, including Thomas "Albert" and Warren. My grandmother is quite interested in whom you are related to. The home is still standing in Middletown and the owners let my grandmother see it.

(Webmaster: I have since found a new email address for Janet Farahmand and changed it. )

Mark A. Rayner

December 01, 2001
Lorraine E. Spradlin

My grandfather and his parents lived in the Clear Lake area. They originally came from Belgium. His parents died there in a prairie fire approximately in 1888. My grandfather's name was Numa Hagon, but I believe that he changed the family name, as an adult as many foreigners did after immigrating. A picture I have of my great-grandfather states F. Levaque as the family name and would be the name listed in the Clear Lake area. Anyone out there have any history information? What is the name of the cemetery there that might have people who died at that time. Thank you. Lorraine

June 07, 2001
Ellee Conner Brown

Thompson(Thomas?)Dixon Conner b. 2-9-1823(Iowa or Ohio) d. 11-22-1903 in Alameda, CA(I don't know the county) Buried Lakeport CA. Married to Elizabeth Hayden in 10-28-47 had 10 children . at least John Boone was said to have been born in Lake county CA in 1863. The other children were James Allen, Devalquet, Artileous, Mary, William, Elizabeth, Lincoln and Grant (Northerners I'd say) the notes say all were born and died in Lakeport, Ca. I know that John Boone died in Trinity County. he was married to Henrietta Pearl Denison and had 6 children. All born in Trinity, County, CA. John Boone died in 1925. I have his death certificate that states he was born in lake, County. any help appreciated. I will be glad to send a check to cover costs of birth or death certificates. Ellee Conner Brown at

April 29, 2001

I a seeking info in Charles McGreer. He is said to have owned a hotel in Lake county in the late 1800's -early 1900's. I am told he was attending the bar when a man entered the room, called his name, and shot him in the heart. If anyone knows the name of the town or name of hotel, please contact me Thank you Barbara

Marti Roe March 15, 2001

I'm looking for information on Levi (Lee) Nelson GORLEY or GOURLEY b. 1877 in Idaho but died 13 Mar 1949 in Lake County, CA. He married Ellen GRAMES 23 May 1926 in Santa Anna. I don't know if there were children or not nor do I know how long they lived in Lake County. Would appreciate any information on this family. Thank you, Marti Roe Redding CA

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