Mendocino County, California

Aged Queries - 1997

JANUARY 1, 1997 to DECEMBER  31, 1997 
Roseanne Montgomery 1 JAN 1997

Would like any information on the following:
1. METHIUS GEISCHAKER/GEISHAKER b. ca.1843 Germany. Dairyman at Pt. Arena 1898 my maternal ggrandfather. Have no other information on this man.

2. ISABELLE WATKINS LYONS b.26Sep1847 Bristol, England d.12Jun1935 Mendocino, CA. My paternal ggrandmother. Midwife on Mendocino Coast. m. John Walsh Lyons in Canada. Divorced prior to 1900. Had homes in Mendocino and Comptche. Sister of Rosa Watkins FLOOD of Mendocino. Would like divorce records and anything of interest on Isabelle.

3. JOHN WALSH LYONS b.27Nov1837 Canada/Ireland d. 15Nov1930 at Ukiah. Buried in Potters Field. Came to Mendocino area 1873/4 settled in Comptche. Listed in great register as woodsman.

4. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LYONS b.abt1876 Mendocino Co. d.? disappeard at sea 1900 after death of his wife, leaving 2 small children.

Am interested in anything regarding this family to see what made them tick. Would appreciate any information. They were very active and very illusive. Thanks so much. 

Kathleen Hagen (BENNETT) 1 JAN 1997

I am searching for information on the following individuals:
Joseph BENNETT (SKIBINSKI), b. 25 Sep 1940 in Ukiah, CA. Born to Dorothy SKIBINSKI (HEDEMARK) and her husband (his first name is not known, but his surname was SKIBINSKI). Mr. SKIBINSKI and Dorothy SKIBINSKI (HEDEMARK) were divorced in Vallejo, CA in 1944. In 1945 Dorothy married William L. BENNETT who adopted Joseph SKIBINSKI. His name then became Joseph Contantine BENNETT, but his nick name was "Chip".I am not sure how long the SKIBINSKI family lived in the Ukiah area, but I would love to find any information available on these individuals Thank you! 

Stephen M. Palmer 8 JAN 1997

Looking for information on the BARTOW family in Humboldt County, Napa County, and Mendocino County. My earliest ancestor of this name is John H. BARTOW, who came to Humboldt County via the OR Trail in 1850. He d. in 1862 and had a number of children by Sophronia WHITE, daughter of Asa Preston WHITE. I am descended from his son, John Alfred BARTOW, who married Elizabeth MCCOMBS in Napa Co. His daughter, Josephine Laura BARTOW, was b. in Napa, but she lived in Arcata at the family home. She married my great grandfather, George Arthur PALMER, (son of Zachariah Taylor PALMER) in 1905 before moving to Tulare, CA. Any information about this family or any of its branches in any county is welcome. Thank you. 

Sandy Evans 18 JAN 1997

Looking for any information concerning William H. EDWARDS, he was in Hopland CA from 1944 till 1948. Any information concerning him or his family is appreciated. 

Barbara J. Morehead 19 JAN 1997

Am researching: FOSTER, DAWSON, MURPHY. My Robert FOSTER's sons, Charles Glazner, Benjamin Franklin, James Allen, John M., William Anderson, Willoughby D., Jesse Gilbert, Charles B., and daus. Sarah E., and Elender Jane. Believe Robert to be the brother of Wm. McFadden FOSTER of the Donner Party.


Looking for any information concerning Cudge HIATT who married Zelma WOODS, they lived around the Ukiah - Hopland area. Children were, Dorothy Hiatt, Cudge Hiatt, Ronald Hiatt, Bernice Hiatt, Betty Hiatt. Also still looking for information on William Edwards, was in Hopland in 1944. William Edwards was also in San Francisco area in the 1920's, Palo Alto area in 1929, Soquel in 1943, also in Napa in 1948. Any bit of information about him would be very much appreciated. William was married to a Elizabeth Kirkwood. I am looking to find out who William's parents were, sisters etc. Does anyone know how I can find out how to get employment records for someone who worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard? William Edwards was
also known as BAY EDWARDS, BILL EDWARDS, he was also in the Mason's. Thank you Sandy

Bonnie Grant 2 FEB 1997

John Theodore BRIGHTENSTINE (BREIDENSTEIN) BRIDENSTEIN) born abt 1800 Germany, and his wife Annette "Nettie" WAGNER born abt 1815 also in Germany, had children: Lilly, Lottie, and Henrietta "Yetta" all born in Germany. The only date is for Yetta 1839. Margaret "Maggie" born 7 Jun 1849 supposedly in Georgetown, Pettis County, MO and Theodore Richard born 1 May 1853 also supposedly in Georgetown, Pettis County, MO. Yetta married Svente T. HALLENGREN abt 1865 in Sonoma county, CA. Maggie married James Lafayette "Lafe" DUNLAP 10 Mar 1867 at Dry Creek, Sonoma county, CA. Theodore married Anna SELLARS 7 Jun 1885 in Sonoma county, probably at Dry Creek also. Theodore and Anna had 11 children: Rollo, John Edwin, Nettie Ena, & Mable Ann all born near Healdsburg, Sonoma county, and Ethel Gladys, Elvira Ruth, Daisy Hazel, Harvey, Ivan, and Eldon born in Mendocino Co. The move must have been abt 1892. Maggie and Lafe DUNLAP had 10 children: Ida May, Ena Bell, James Leroy, Mabel Isadore, Francis Linden, Caroline Nettie, Theodore Wallace, Gladys Leola, Leland Stanford and Leslie Raymond. Ida and Ena were born in Sonoma county, the others in Mendocino. Both of these families settled in the mountains north of Covelo. I believe Yettie (BREIDENSTEN) and Svente HALLENGREN stayed in Sonoma county and raised several children. John Theodore BRIGHTENSTINE died supposedly in Georgetown, El Dorado Co., CA between 1870 and 1877 when his wife married Hugh PATTEN in Santa Rosa, CA. I would like to know the death date and place for John Theodore BRIGHTENSTINE. Nettie (WAGNER) BRIGHTENSTINE PATTEN died 8 Dec 1888 in or near Healdsburg. Would like to know where she is buried. I am looking for any information about John Theodore BRIGHTENSTINE and his wife Nettie (WAGNER). When did they come to America? Where did they come from? I will be happy to share what information I have, and would like to correspond with any discendants. Thanks for your help. 

Rita Haase 3 FEB 1997
Joseph ?

Looking for information on a young man that died on Oct 18, 1989 in Ukiah from Aids. He was 20 years old and his first name was Joseph. That is the only information I have on him. Wanting to find info for his half sister that didin't even know he existed. 

Bill Norin 5 Feb 1997

I am seeking verification that my great grandfather, Peter MC ADAM, was a 49er in Mendocino County and the man that Mc Adam Creek was named after. He would have been living with a lady he would later wed in Benicia, Ellen Fogarty.

Susan D Slade-Grossl 11 FEB 1997

The Lovejoys and Lockhearts were some of the first families to settle in the Horseshoe Bend area. They moved in around 1880. Two Lockheart sons Loriston and George married two Lovejoy sisters Annie Laura and Lucretia (Lulu) respectively. Loriston and Lucretia had the Wilderness Ranch for many years. I would like more information about my G-Grandparents and Grandmother. Not only am I looking for descendants, but also any birth, death, land deed, marriage information. Point me in the right direction, Please! .

Search Update

Re:: Lila J Lee, Held Poage Library Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997

I want to sing the praises of this wonderful woman!! She found me info on my Great Great four times Grandparents in Mendocino County. Last names Lockhart and Lovejoy. They lived along the Eel River. Loriston and Lulu (Lockhart) Lovejoy ran the Wilderness Lodge, George and Annie (Lockhart) Lovejoy ran the Horseshoe Bend Lodge.

I would like to request help from the group on finding obits on some of my relatives in Mendocino County: Lockharts: Benjamin F and Mary Lucretia (Cull). I don't know when they died. Children: Martha b.1879, Benjamin b. 1876 d. 1890, Laura Ella b. 1871 d. 1944, Annie Laurie b. 1874 d. 1829, Lucretia b. 1872 d. Oct 1936, Joseph b. 1870. Lovejoys: Abiel d. 1903 and Harriet Watson (Warren) d. 1905. Children: Loriston d. 1958 (in Burns Oregon I will check that out later), Charles b. 1865 and George b. 1870. Also, I am looking for any information on the last name Cull. Thanks for any help and I am willing to pay for costs involved. Susan

William H. Adams 17 FEB 1997

Laura Jane Hebb FREELAND dau. of Benjamin Freeland, Jr. and Mary Ann CLARK, b. Spencer, Owen Co., IN d. after 1910, Seattle WA; Her first marriage on 8/14/1859 was to Rev. N.S. McAlister a Methodist Episcopal minister who died 9/20/1860 in Albany, OR. They had a son, Carrol Osmon McAlister b. 9/2/1860 d. 12/19/1860 in Albany, OR. She next married John ROWLAND d. 12/18/1874 in Ukiah, Mendocino Co., CA, a furniture dealer. Children: William Benjamin, Clarence Malcom, Ettie J. She later married (3) William Carrol Phagan a farmer in Ukiah. I have the Freeland ancestory back to mid 1600s and would like to contact this couple¹s descendants to learn their family history and share what I know.

Emma Louise (Laura) FREELAND b. 1845 Grandview, Edgar Co., IL d. after 1910 CA; m. 7/23/1879 Oakland, CA T.W. DASHIELL d. 9/23/1897 Potter Valley, Mendocino Co., CA. I have the Freeland ancestory back to mid 1600s and would like to contact this couple¹s descendants to learn their family history and share what I know. Children: Fred Carroll Dashiell b. 9/15/1880, d. 12/27/1880 both in Potter Valley, CA Frank Everett Dashiell b. 4/26/1882 Potter Valley, CA. Hubert Harvey Dashiell b. 3/10/1885 Potter Valley, CA; m. 6/22/1910 Mary Edith COY Bessie Eunice Dashiell b. 7/15/1888 Potter Valley, CA

George Patterson 16 Feb 1997

I need information on Clara COLE. She was married to Joseph BELL and was the mother of Elsie Mae BELL. They lived in the Twin Rocks/Iron Peak Lookout area of Mendocino Co. I have no dates or other information. 

George Patterson 16 Feb 1997

I am trying to find information on the Bell family. My Grandmother, Elsie Mae BELL was raised in the Twin Rocks/Iron Peak Lookout area of Mendocino County. She married Elmer POWELL. She had four children, Delmond (Denny) b: 10 Aug 1913 d: 18 Aug 1994, Elmo (John) b:7 Jan 1911, d: abt 1974, Beulah Ruth b: 11 May 1915, and George b: 21 Aug 1919. Any information about Elsie Mae and her ancestors is appreciated. Thanks, George Patterson 

Joan Bailey 17 FEB 1997

I am researching the Stephens family. Samuel Stephens, born 23 Feb 1832, and Nancy Oglesbey, born 12 April 1829, arrived in Mendocino County in 1859 or 1860. They had 2 daughters born in Mendocino County, Mary Sophia Stephens, born 11 Nov 1860, and Lucy Jane Stephens, born 18 Dec 1861. I would like to share any info with others researching this family. 

Bill Robbins 25 FEB 1997

I am looking to get a family tree for the ROBBINS clan.William ROBBINS, my Dad, Phillip ROBBINS, my grandad, my uncles, Jahou, Jimmy, Ernest, Phil Jr., Jake, Andrew, Sam Bob, my cousins, June, Blanch, Bobby, Tom, and Eva.There are a lot more but maybe this will get me started. I am Bill ROBBINS and I was born in Sausalito in 1929, moved to Dos Rios in 1939. Went to school at Poonkinny, Dos Rios and Covelo. My teachers were Mrs. Pickrell, Mrs. Drewery and Mrs. Lafayette. All my relatives were born and raised in Mendocino Co. Help????????

William Eddie28 FEB 1997

I am searching for Eddie family ancestry. My name is William Eddie, as is my father's. My grandfather's name is Donahoo (Don) Eddie, born and raised in Potter Valley, CA, as far as I know. After watching a documentary on the Donner Party, I was curious whether I may be of relation to a William Eddy, a Donner Party member who survived the trip, and had a son also named William Eddy, Jr. The Eddie, Eddy, Eaddy family is plagued with creative spelling. Please contact me if you have any information about my family. 

Kathryn L Garcia 2 MAR 1997

Looking for help with the WILKIN and HARRINGTON families. Frank Leslie WILKIN married Cora SNYDER in Morrow Co OR. After the 1920 census they leave Oregon and come to Philo, CA in Mendocino Co. Rumor says they died here. In a 1935 obit in Astoria, OR for Franks sister Nellie WILKIN EDWARDS GILLESPIE, says that Frank is in Philo. Their mother Lucinda (Lucy) GENTRY WILKIN HARRINGTON is also alive at the time of the obit. She was to also be in CA. His mother may have been with them. They all came in from Morrow Co OR. Did they all die in Mendocino Co? Are they buried there? Are there any relatives still in the area? Who was Lucy HARRINGTON's husband? Any information on these people or their relatives would be a great help. Any information on these families would be helpful. 

Laurel Holsman 5 MAR 1997

James PURSELL b. 1831 and Rachel Rice COSHOW PURSELL came to CA by ox team and wagon in 1854. James worked as a carpenter for the Central Pacific RR building snowsheds and bridges in the Sierras in 1867-68. My great grandmother, Mary Adeline PURSELL was born circa 1868 in Truckee. James and his brothers went on to become loggers, after doing similar work for the RR. My only clue is that my grandfather (Mary Adeline's son) spent a very great deal of time in the Eel River area during his life. Any information on the PURSELL family in Mendocino County is sincerely appreciated. 

Paivi Luomaniemi 9 MAR 1997

I'm looking for descendants of Mr Leander Siltanen, who was living in Mendocino county at least 1910' and 1930's since I found from my childhood home a letter sent by him, giving return address Fort Bragg, Box 260, Mendocino Co., California, USA. He was born in Finland, Ostrobothnia area, near town called Kristina, in a small village Willamo, this is in district of Vaasa (then called Wasa laani). One particular letter was dated Dec 1, 1933, also a card was later sent from same place dated May 8, 1913. One of his sisters immigrated at the same time to Butte, Montana, she was Hilda Henry and had daughters Hilda Julia and Emma.

All mail was addressed to my great-grandfather Heikki (Karl Henrik) Junttila, letters and mails also included his children Eino, Arvid, Selma and Aino (Aini) who was my beloved grandmother; their brother Vilho was not mentioned in these letters.

It would be a heartwarming event if any of you could help me in this and I'd like to thank in advance for your time and effort.


Paivi Luomaniemi 1 MAY 1997
Frans Leander Siltaoja

Leander Siltanen applied for passport and boat ticket with name Frans Leander Siltaoja (he preferred Leander, though), he was born in Finland, 12 Oct 1886, and likely died sometime around 1940's-early 1960's. Family used originally last name Nupula until 1893, later changed to Siltaoja, and Leander changed it to Siltanen. He took boat Arcturus from Finland in June 1907 and from England in July 1907 he came to New York on Carmania, he had stated San Francisco as destination in his documents.

In addition to sister Hilda Henry, also his brother Konrad Siltaoja came to US, Bessemer, Michigan was his destination, he came through Boston in 1899 but he died in Jan 1918 in Butte, Montana. Also sister Albertiina Siltaoja (earlier Nupula), uncle Johan Henrik Mannila and cousin Frans Henrik Mannila came to U.S.

Paivi Luomaniemi 21 JUNE 1997
Leander Frans Siltanen (Siltaoja) UPDATE

I have found LEANDER SILTANEN and his two wives', SOPHIA and HILDA M. death cert's, I know they lived in Fort Bragg. Still in search of his descendants, his jobs etc.

Due to moving back to Finland my email account will be canceled and I won't be able to come back until in September, then with new email address.

Thank you for help from so surprisingly many helpful people.

Coordinator's note: Please post any connections to my e-mail address.

Cindy Pierce11 MAR 1997

I am searching for information on Oscar White SCOTT, Hart Benton SCOTT, John C. SCOTT, Mortimore SCOTT, & Elizabeth LOGAN SCOTT. All in Mendocino in about 1860 to 1880. Does anyone have information on any of them? Elizabeth died abt 1865 near Coffeys Cove or PT. Arena. Does anyone know how I might find her grave? Thanks.

Joni Miller 13 MAR 1997

I am looking for in formation on Dora SUTHERLAND born in Mendocino County in the late 1800's. She was married to a man with the surname of THURMAN. She later married a man with the surname CHADBOURNE. She is believed to have died with the name Dora CHADBOURNE. She had several children from these marriages. Their names were Ida, and Leona THURMAN and Ed and Dave CHADBOURNE. Dora's father was Daniel Anderson SUTHERLAND. Her mother was an Indian woman who was found after the massacure at Big Flat as a baby and raised by a local white family. Dora also had several brothers and sisters with the names of Enic, Oliver/Henry, Dave, Andrew and Florence. We are looking for any birth, death, marriage, census or land records that will assist us. Thank you.

Audrey ULM 27 MAR 1997


Looking for information regarding the family of Frank SMITH thought to be living in Mendocino County ca 1865. Frank SMITH was from Kentucky and brought his family to California via Mexico and settled in Sherwood Valley. Frank had a daughter, Ellen "Josephine" SMITH, born 13 March 1852 in "Lewisburg", Kentucky. She married Austin A. ROOT of Little Lake, Mendocino County. It is thought that Josephine was raised by her aunt and uncle, John and Martha JACKSON. Martha Jackson may have been the sister of Ellen Josephine's mother. Austin and Josephine ROOT moved on to Oregon in the 1880s. 

Patricia Rumiano 18 MAY 1997

I was told yesterday of a previously unknown brother of my ggrandfather. His son, Fred SMITH, supposedly owned a ranch in Covelo. I'd like to get the entire name of Fred, (probably Alfred) and any names of his wife and children. The name, Mr. Burrell SHEALDS, may be connected somehow, as I found an article in which my uncle returned to Willows after a visit to said SHEALDS in Covelo. I'd like to know more about how the two may be connected, if at all also. Thanks, Pat 

Leonard Hee 20 MAY 1997

I am looking for Lee Sing John and Fong Sun Choy (note that the first name is the surname) husband and wife. They immigrated from Lee Ook Bin, China an arrived and settled in Mendocino in 1862. Lee died in 1904 and Fong in 1902 in Mendocino, CA. Lee Gum Yip born in 1875 Mendocino, CA and married to Chow Ah Hee who died in 1928 in Mendocino, CA. I am looking for their brothers, sisters, parents names and important dates.

I am a great grandson who is trying to do a family tree. Thank you for your help. -Leonard Hee

George Taylor Meek 8 JUNE 1997

THOMAS BARNEY MEEK SR. b. 1847 KY, d. 1925 Heildsburg, CA, THOMAS BARNEY MEEK JR., b. 1885 Cheyene, WY, d. 1962, Ukiah, CA, GEORGE THOMAS MEEK b. 1908 Windsor, CA, d. 1934 Lakeport, CA, AUGUSTA ANN (MCCLURE) MEEK, B. 1845 Indiana, d. CA?

Searching for anything on Thomas Jr. & Sr., specifically where was Thomas Sr. from, which state and county or town. Also where they are baried. Anyone searching or related to Meek please e-mail me. Others related to MEEK and from Ukiah and area are: MEEK, MCCLURE, THOMAS, CAVERS, BECHTOL, TANNER, HILL, TAYLOR, BEHNEKE, GRUEL, UEKER, GEISINGER, STEINBECK, KICKBUSH, LONG, WALLER, FULERTON, HENDRICKSON, VASQUEZ, TUSO, CALLAWAY, NEEBLE.

Chris Zayas 11 JUNE 1997

Looking for information on my 2nd great grand uncles James DIXON (b. Abt 1830) and his brother John DIXON who emigrated to America from County Wexford, Ireland in 1848. James DIXON bought 7,000 acres of land at Fort Ross (Sonoma County) in 1867 and remained until 1873. He ran a sawmill at Fort Ross and also farmed oats and probably ran a dairy. In 1873, James DIXON moved his sawmill to Bridgeport in Mendocino County. There he also built a steam saw mill on Greenwood creek near Cuffey's Cove. He also built a mill with Fred HELMKE in Switzer Gulch in 1872. He was postmaster of Bridgeport from June 1879 through September 1879. It is believed that he was killed in a logjam accident though I have no idea when or where. He married Eliza Elizabeth SHULER April 1, 1967. John DIXON died April 13, 1906 and probably married Mary MCCRACKEN in Sonoma County February 24, 1854. I have no other details of his life. Interested in any information on either James or John DIXON, especially if either of them had any children.

Marge Dulin 14 JUNE 1997

I am hoping to find information about Elisha CHAMBERLAIN/LIN who was in Calpella, Mendocino Co., in April of 1885. I am hoping to find how long he was in Mendocino Co. and also his date of death and any obituary information available. I don't know for sure if he did die in Mendocino Co., but at this is the last place I know for sure that he was living, it is a logical place to start. He was 70 yrs. old in 1885, born (prob) in NY. Any help finding Elisha will be greatly appreciated. 

Alice F. Mitchell 26 JUNE 1997

Seeking further info on my ggg grandfather, JOHN COX, born in PA in 1788, d. 1868 in Ukiah. Buried in the Cox Family Plot in Ukiah Cemetery. He migrated to CA with his sons, Edward, Henry, and John COX in 1856 from Missouri, via Oregon. Would like to know the PA city in which he was born and any further info known of him. Many thanks. 

Melissa Kelley 1 JULY 1997

The Fort Bragg Advocate lists the following obituary: "H. Eubanks, grandfather of Mrs. A. Yell and Mrs. E.C. Harris of Ukiah, died at Los Gatos July 6, 1890...." I am seeking the maiden names of Mrs. Yell and Mrs. Harris. 

Charles Williams, July 14,1997
SURNAME: Ornbaun

Hello, I am researching the Ornbaun surname as a variant of the Ornburn Surname. I live in Missouri and would like to hear from anyone who is a descendant of John Shipley Ornbaun or anyone who has information on John Shipley Ornbaun's descendants. Thanks in advance for any information.

Jo Ann Curbo July 16, 1997

Seeking information on David ELKINS s/o John Whitney ELKINS and Felicita "Citty" Fogle born Dec 11, 1833 Clark County, AR. Married Elizabeth Ann Gibbins Oct 7, 1852 Clark Co., AR. Arrived Placerville, CA 1854 d. June 2, 1895 Yorkville, Mendocino Co., CA. CHILDREN: Rachel Elanora 1853 m. Thomas Beton Rowland, Isaac B 1856, Lola 1862, Richard L 1865, Elizabeth A 1870, and John B 1876. 

Karen Mihok   August 14, 1997

Looking for information on a Bennett Pemberton DOB 1-1-1833 Johnson Mo. married to a Thirza Emmons. Immigrated to Anderson Valley area of Mendocino County. Date unknown. His daugher, Emma, married a Jack Lane.

Katherin Kaas Johnson, August 24, 1997

I am looking for any information on my great grandmother who I believed lived in or around Booneville. Her name was Icaphena, possible last name Adcock. She had a daughter named Lois Juanita. Lois later married Bill Mellor and lived in Santa Rosa area.

Updated information:  I am looking for any information on my great grandmother Icaphena McGimsey ADCOCK. She may have been married to Thomas Jefferson Adcock. She had a daughter Lois Juanita ADCOCK. She may have lived in Del Norte County, San Fransisco and/or Mendocino County. She was born around 1866. Family legend is that she may have been a member of one of the Klamath tribes. She was probably living in S. F. around 1906. Any information would be appreciated. 

Donna Rae Weaver Edon  August 31, 1997

Help with info on Birdie Chase LAPORT/LA PORTE married to Frank. Birdie was the dau of Albert Norman CHASE and Lydia HACK. She and Frank lived in Ukiah, Ca. She is the sister of my Grandfather Lee W. CHASE. She was born about 1875 in Iowa. 

Marjorie A. Newton  September 29,1997

Mrs. Sarah Ann Charlotte FOSTER died Dec. 16, 1906. Her daughters were: Mrs. Georgie WARDEN, Mrs. R. B. MARKLE, Mrs. J. F. WHIPPLE, all Fort Bragg residents. Mrs. FOSTER lived through the experience of being trapped with the Donnor Party near Truckee. This information was taken from obit in the Fort Bragg Advocate. I am mainly interested in any information on Mrs. MARKLE. When and where did she die? Did she have any offspring? Where was Mrs. Markle born? When did she and Mr. R. B. MARKLE separate or did they divorce? What is Mrs. MARKLE's first name?

Heidi MacBeth, October 5, 1997

I am looking for information on my grandmother's aunt, Alma Jaakola. Her
last known address (February 1939) was 120 Corey St., Fort Bragg. This
is all the information I have at present. I have just immigrated to the
USA and am interested in whether I have any relatives here. Thank you.

Larry L. Ford   09 Oct 1997

Searching for descendants of Abraham FORD, b 30 May 1831, Monongalia Co.,
Va.; d 25 Apr 1919, near Willits, Mendocino Co., Calif.; m1 Sarah Robinson,
m2 Adaline ??, m3 Mary Mahala McKinney. Children: Albert S., b 1851; Laura
Ellen, b 1860; Byron L., b 1867; Hampton L., b 1868; William Henry, b 1869;
George Webster, b 1871; James Monroe, b 1874; Ida B., b 1876; John C., b
1881. The son William Henry Ford, b 1869, m Edith L. ??, had children James
D., b 1897; Herman W., b 1899. The son James Monroe Ford, m. Lena J. ??,
and had Darrel W., b 1899, Ada W., b 1902, Vernon J., b 1904; Ida A., b
1906; Mattie S, b 1909.

Patrick J. Dyer  10 October 1997
SURNAME:  Williams
Looking for parent information for my ggrandmother Minnie M. Williams
(dob 30 Oct 1875 Laytonville), her marriage/divorce dates to Court Dyer,
and his death date c. 1948 (which has been found in the Mormon FHC
files listed incorrectly as 1945).  There were stories that her mother
had migrated (as a child?) to California from Missouri by wagon train.
I'm lacking any info how/when he made it there from Indiana (b. 1863).

Debbie Schmidt,   October 11, 1997

Seeking information on Presley Muir and his descendents. Resided in Little
Lake Precinct, Mendocino Co , California in  the 1880 Census. His obituary
was published in the Ukiah City Dispatch Democrat in May 1887.  He was born
in 1818 in Kentucky, grew up in Callaway CO. Missouri and moved to Mendocino
Co. before 1880. He possibly was a minister.  He married Eliza Baker.
 Children were Henry Baker Muir born 1859: James L. Muir born 1864; Maggie E.
Muir born 1866; Austin born 1867 and married Laura ?;  Emma born 1870;
William born 1873 and married Kate McCullouch; Iva born 1876; and Della.  In
1920, William still resided in this county.  Will share information.

Ted Victor Hall Sr - October 11, 1997

My Mother is Helen Eloise Robbins Hall-Born 16 Mar 1914, My Father was Victor Sherman Hall - Brn 04 Apr 1908, Died 29 Nov 1969. On my Mothers side, My Grandfather was Meredith Clark Robbins-Brn 1874, My Grandmother was Adeline Elizabeth Bilow Robbins Died 1933, Her Mother was Alfretta Dove Bilow- Brn Nov 1867 - Died 1902 in LaBam Wa, She was Married to John Davis Bilow on 21 Sept 1883 at Mendocino,Mendocino, Ca, Place of Resedence was Cathy's Cove. Marriage Licence say's Brn Canada, Her Father Was James Blaine no Dates. Need info on Alfretta and
Her Father. Thank You

Nancy (Enns) Mahoney  October 21, 1997

I am seeking information on the parents and/or siblings of Alfred Higgins,
Sr. who resided in Mendocino Co, CA.  He died in Ukiah 31 Mar 1900 and he was
preceded in death 18 Mar 1884 by his wife Jane (Routh) Higgins who he married
12 Jun 1827 in Jefferson Co, TN.  They had 7 children; John, William, George
Washington, Edward, James Preston, Nancy Jane, and Alfred, Jr.
Thank you.

 Lynda E. Smith   22 Oct 1997

Hello I am trying to find out who the parents of my Greatgrandfather
were, his name was JAMES WILLIAM MCKINLEY b. 1840-41 in MO or Tn. his
older brother was ROBERT b. 1830-31 TN.  I think James and Roberts
mothers name was ELIZABETH b. about 1807 in SC and both her parents were
born in VA.  The Mendocino County, CA. census states that James and
Roberts father was born in TN.  As far as I know they came to Calif.
with both parents prior to at least 1871.  JAMES WILLIAM  married SARAH
FROST June 28, 1871.  ROBERT married Margaret A. b. about 1840-41 and
she was born in KY as were both of her parents.  That is all I know of
that generation.   My Grandfather was JAMES WILLIAM MCKINLEY JR. b. in
Willits, CA. and married Lura Bell Reed.  Any information on James Sr.
and his family would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Barbara Packard  30 Oct 1997

I am looking for more info on Elijah Preston Howell, b. 11 Dec 1803,
Grayson Co., Va., d. 17 Jun 1879, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, Ca.  He m.
Margaret Jane Moreland 18 Dec 1851 in Santa Clara Co., Ca.  There were nine
children from this union: Nancy, b. 19 Sep 1852, Benicia, Solano, Ca., m.
William Franklin Jameson, 27 May 1877; John; James; Martha; Elizabeth;
Mary; Andrew; Elma J.; and William.  Elijah and his brother John J. left
Northern Missouri for the Ca. gold mines, 6 May 1849.  Elijah kept a diary
of this 144 day Ox-team journey, a copy of which, I understand, is in the
State Library at Sacramento.  I would appreciate any help and would like to
get in touch with anyone researching this Howell line.  Thank you.

Bill Martin  31 October 1997

Calvin A. HOPPER, son of William HOPPER came to Mendocino County in 1860
with his parents. He married Virginia F. Burgess on 24 September, 1871.
In September 1872, they had a daughter Laura. Other children were Hattie, Lulu and Jeanette.

Laura HOPPER married Samuel John MARTIN in September, 1892-94. In 1895
they had a son, George Irvin MARTIN, born in British Columbia, CAN.

What became of these HOPPER, BURGESS and MARTIN families?

 Judy Carter November 5, 1997

I am looking for the brothers and other family of Robert Jens JUNKER, b.
Feb. 10, 1897, Warren Creek, CA
His parents were Jens Peter Junker and Sara Louisa Magnusson.  His brothers
names were Carl (Werner), and Jackie.  These are the only two I remember
right now.  My mother is interested in finding her uncles.  Thank you

Larry Brooks; November 13, 1997

I am looking for information on Thomas Lowery FRAZIER and Hugh Harrison
FRAZIER.  I believe they were brothers and came to Mendocino county in the
1860s.  Thomas married Eliza Jane JACKSON, and Hugh married her sister,
Mary A. JACKSON.  They claimed to be from OH, but I have not been able to
find their parents.

Beverly J.Boehmer, 13 November 1997

Samuel Hines Taylor, 1826-1906, married Catherine Morrison and they had 8
children: Andrew, Effie L. married James Howe, James Lee, Martha Ellen
married Ernest Fitch, Alice M. married James Lytle, Samuel H.Jr., Nettie
married Henry Heyward and William Steinbring, Elsie L. Would like to locate
and correspond with any descendants of these families. I am working on a
Taylor Family History Book of all the descedants of this Taylor family from
Hancock County, Ohio. Thanks for any help that I may get on this family.
Beverly J.Boehmer, Jackson, Michigan.

Dana Riffe November 15, 1997

I am interested in any information related to the RIFFE families that
settled in Covelo in the late 1890's. James Henry RIFFE and wife
Elizabeth BURDG and had 6 children; Ethel, Clyde, Lester, Bertha,
Loretta and Lorena. James' brother Abraham T. RIFFE and wife Annie
KELLEY lived in Covelo and Willits, and had 4 children; Milton, Kitty,
Laura and Leolla. James' and Abraham's younger bachelor brother,
Winchester also lived in Covelo and worked for the forest service at
Lookout Mountain.

Dolores Morin Stelling  November 23, 1997

I am searching for birth, death and divorce records of my Gr.
Grandfather, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SELLS. He married my Gr Grandmother MARY
JANE SPOONER, b. Africa Twp. Delaware Co., Oh. 9 Aug 1853. Their first child, my Grandmother, ESTELLA CLARA SELLS, was born 8 Aug 1874 in Philo, Mendocino County, CA. All I have found relating to their divorce was in the MENDOCINO BEACON:

13 Apr 1878 B. F. SELLS vs MARY SELLS
Submitted on evidence already taken.
24 Aug 1878 Dist Court Temple Judge
Mary Sells vs B. F. SELLS, con't

I wrote to Mendocino and Sonoma Co's for div. records and came up with
none. I would greatly appreciate any clues as to where I should search.
Dolores Stelling.

Kaye Sakahara  2 December,1997

Looking for information re WARREN and ROBKER families who were living in
Guala and Point Arena area in the 1870's and 1880's. The Warrens
originally were from Maine. After Charles Warren's death, wife Rebecca
and daughter Harriet(Hattie) remained in California. Hattie married John
Robker(sp.)who worked in a sawmill in Point Arena until his death 17
June,1886. Hattie, the six children, and her mother continued to live in
Guala. Children's names were Fred,born c 1875,Charles,Roy(Ray)
Elvie,born c 1879,Vernie,born c 1877,and Grace,born c 1884.Family were
very involved with their church acticites. Would like to establish
contact with any descendants to share information.

Thomas E. Pearson  December 13, 1997 (Amended)

I am looking for Anne (Eva Sofia) Boissonou (Johnson, Johanson, Anderson,
Andersen) born November 22, 1877 in Lindehult Sweden.  She had two
children named Clifford and Mabel with Joseph Boissonou in the Ashland or
Price County Wisconsin area.  Joseph was a construction worker and away
from home alot.  Eva Sofia did not like this kind of life and left him.

The family moved to Portland, Oregon cica 1908 - 1909 and later settled
in Ukiah, California.  It is believed that Anne (Eva Sofia) was married
to a Mr. Andersen or Anderson.

Clifford was born circa 1904 - 1905 in either Ashland or Price County
Wisconsin.  At age 12 he left home in Ukiah to live and work on a dairy
farm with the Corbett family in the Willits area.  Clifford graduated
from the Willits High School and entered the University of California at
Berkeley 1922-1923.  A high school teacher named Willis loaned Clifford
$500 for college which was repaid.

Mabel was born circa 1908 - 1909 in either Ashland or Price County
Wisconsin.  At the age of 9 Mabel went to live nearby with Anna and Henry
Hansen in Ukiah.  There was a catholic church and convent between the two
households.  When the Hansens moved to Newman California Mabel went with
them with Eva Sofia's permission.  In Newman, Mabel worked in a local
bakery were she met Hans William Hansen.  They were married November 27,

The last know contact with Anne (Eva Sofia) Boissonou (Johnson, Johanson,
Anderson, Andersen) was when she visited Clifford between 1924 and 1929
while he was at Berkeley.  She may have had or needed surgery at the
University of California Hospital in San Francisco.  She may have been
living in Humboldt County at this time.

I would like to find out when and where Anne (Eva Sofia) she passed away.

Virgene Travis  December 19, 1997

Looking for info. on CHARLES H. POLLEY born in Mendocino Co., probably in about 1865.  He has a dau. named Bertha A. Polley Gibbs who was born in 1888, so unless she is the last of many children, that is how I guessed at the possible birth date of Charles.   Charles married a Ms. Cunninhgam (from San Dimus Co.).  Her first name may be Fran or Wren.   Also interested in *any* other POLLEYs in Mendocino Co. 

Joan Veeder  December 26, 1997

I am looking for any information on Charles H. Veeder and his descendants. Charles Veeder was one of the original settlers of the town of Calpella in 1857. he died in Bakersfield September, 1875. Any Veeders out there please reply, I am trying to update the Veeder Genealogy which was done by Vreeland, Leonard in 1937. Your help is needed. If you are a descendant of Simon Volkertse and Engeltie Veeder of New York (1624-1697) I would like to hear from you. 

Laramore1  December 29, 1997

I am looking for any information on my paternal grandfather.  His name was
Harold Roberts.  He was born in Fort Bragg on May 21, 1893.  His father's name
was Carl and his mother's name was Bessie.  I do not know her maiden name but
would appreciate any help in finding that out.  Carl moved to Fort Bragg when
he was 12 on a wagon train from Missouri.  I don't know if he had siblings( I
don't believe he did).  Any information anyone could help me with would be
greatly appreciated and I would be willing to share any information with
anyone. Thank you.

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