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THOMAS MONROE FAUCETT

[Ed. note: In 1851 Thomas lived with his family in the 4th Township, Audrain Co., MO (page 173). In the household were John Faucett (44 NC), farmer $2,500, Elizabeth (45 NC), Thomas (19 NC), laborer on farm, Emily (16 NC), Harriet (14 MO), and James H. (11 MO).]

Thomas Monroe FAUCETT, b. 1831 in Orange County, North Carolina; d. 31 July 1901 in North Fork, Madera County, California; m. 10 April 1851 near Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri to Mary Ann JERMAN (variant spelling JARMAN), b. 1835 near Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri; d. 1914 [died age 67, 8 Dec 1913 or 1918 Santa Clara Co.] in North Fork, Madera County, California.

They had the following children:

1)  John E. FAUCETT, d. abt. 1930 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California [died at age 75, 10 Dec 1928 Santa Clara Co.]
2)  Parmilia Ann "Ora" FAUCETT, b. 1854; d. 1891 in North Fork, Madera County, California; m. ??? TRIPP [son of Thomas and Mary Tripp]
     Children of ??? TRIPP & Parmilia Ann "Ora" FAUCETT are:
     2A)  Maude (Maud) TRIPP, b. 14 January 1882 California; d. 05 April 1958, Los Angeles,
             California; m. John W. O'DONNELL
             Children of Maude TRIPP & John W. O'DONNELL are:
                  2A1)  Walter "Spec" O'DONNELL, b. 09 April 1911 in Madera County, California;
                             d. 14 October 1986 in Los Angeles County (19), California; bur. October
                                  1986 in Madera, California.  Occupation:  Child & adult actor, played in:
                                  "Little Annie Roonie," Hal ROACHE/MGM's 1927 with Mary PICKFORD
                                  "The Call of the Cuckoos" with Laurel & Hardy and Max DAVIDSON;
                                  "Junior Coghlan-Part 1" with Max DAVIDSON.
                                  "The Big Broadcast," Paramount 1932 with Bing CROSBY.
                                  "One Night of Love," Columbia 1934 with Grace MOORE.
                                  "San Francisco," MGM 1936 with Clarke GABLE.
                                  "Sun Valley Serenade," Fox 1941 with Sonja HEINIE.
                                  "Arsenic and Old Lace," Frank Capra, 1944 with Cary Grant.
                                  "Why Girls Say No," Hal Roach/Pathe comedy, 1927 with Max Davidson,
                                         Oliver HARDY & Stan LAUREL.
                                  "Sparrows," 1926 with Mary PICKFORD.
                                  "Movie Night," Released May 11, 1929.
                                  "Don't Tell Everything," Max DAVIDSON/Hal ROACH, 1927.
NOTE:  From the Madera County Historian, January 1968. Used by permission of Tom and Alaine Preciado.  Henry and Ben PRECIADO.  Ben and Henry worked with Fox Theater Organizations and finally opened the Rex Theater, first on "C" street, Madera and later on East Yosemite Avenue's main street. Henry said their reason for the name "Rex" was that it was the shortest word they could think of in order to save on the cost of a neon sign.  When you think of Henry, the youngest of the family of twelve children, you also think of Ben, the eighth child, because they did so many things together. You associate them with community affairs, politics, visiting dignitaries, and the theater. One incident in particular that Ben and Henry will be remembered for is the promotion of the movie career of a Madera boy, "Spec" O'Donnell. They took him under their wings and proceeded in helping him to attain a special place in the movie world. "Spec" appeared in many movies as a character actor, but his greatest role was in 1925 with Mary Pickford in "Little Annie Rooney".

      2B)  Stella TRIPP, b. 29 December 1879 in California; d. 17 August 1956 in Madera
              County, California; m. 02 March 1900 in Fresno, California to Elmer Robert
              GARNER, b. 02 November 1877 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California; d. 12
              June 1949 in Madera, Madera County, California.

3)  Octavia "Tavy" Eliza FAUCETT, b. 05 August 1861 near Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri; d. 26 November 1944 in San Francisco, San Francisco County (#38), California; m. 21 March 1881 in Stanislaus County, California to Edward "Ed" GARNER, b. 31 January 1861 in Montezuma, Tuolumne County, California; d. 28 October 1924 at 118 South K Street, Madera,  Madera County, California.  (These are my great grandparents.).

4)  Ida Mae/May FAUCETT, b. 01 January 1872 in California; d. 12 January 1953 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California; bur. January 1953 at East Lawn Cemetery, Sacramento; m. William OWENS, b. 10 September 1870; d. 24 May 1968 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California.

I have much more on this family, but just wanted to let you know F. M. FAUCETT'S correct name is Thomas Monroe FAUCETT, and a little about him and his family.  A bit more about him: Age at Death - 71 Years, per obit; Residence on 21 November 1893 and on 10 August 1896 - Dennis Precinct, Bates Station, Madera County, CA, 10½ miles south-southeast of Raymond, near junction of Roads 209 and 406, per 1898 Great Register, Madera County; Occupation on 10 August 1896 - farmer.

I have not been able to find which cemetery in North Fork Thomas Monroe FAUCETT, his wife, Mary Ann JERMAN FAUCETT, or their daughter, Parmilia Ann "Ora" FAUCETT TRIPP, and possibly her husband are buried.  Do you know of anyone who might be able to help me locate their burial site?  I have checked some of the cemeteries, but not luck yet!

Sandy and I had hoped to make the Madera Old Timer's celebration, but couldn't make it.  I have many family members (Direct and collateral descendants) still living in Madera county and many who have died there.  Some of the family names are: AMER, BROWN, CURRAN, EAVES, FAUCETT, FOUST, FRIDLEY, GARNER, KENNEY, KING, LEWIS, PARKER, PARLIER, POWELL, and others.  Everett Leland & Beula Mae (BROWN) GARNER and Donald "Don" & Mildred "Mouse" "Midge" (KENNEY) EAVES are my cousins.

Submitted by Harleigh Winkler hcwsew@comcast.net

Last update: March 23, 2005
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