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Searching on Joseph Jesse Villa: born (April 16, 1881?) Ca. I am trying to locate his birth certificate and anything further back. I believe my family came from southern Spain on a Spanish land grant, and Santa Barbara & Beverly Hills were original locations that they came to, but I don't really know. Any tips to locate more online? I would like to trace back to Spain and see if I have any relatives there, any input I will treasure.
I am looking for any information on the Willis family, primarily John Joseph Willis, born 1891, who married Alice Agnes Thomsen in Watsonville October 21, 1922. We were told his family owned a funeral home in Santa Barbara at that time.
NAME: Phyllis Peterson email@example.com
SURNAME: BOWERS, BAULIG
Looking for descendants of Frank BOWERS (1864-1945) and Katherine BAULIG (1866-1943) of Santa Maria for exchange of information.
Lucinda Maria Hinchman was the 6th child of Rebecca L. Pinnell and Cyrus Hinchman. She was born 17 March 1843 in Berrien County, Michigan. In 1871 she married William Pearson at Pierson, Montcalm County, Michigan. They moved to Nebraska and then to Santa Barbara County, California. They had two daughters.
Nancy Melvina Hinchman (went by Melvina) was the 7th child of Rebecca L. Pinnell and Cyrus Hinchman. She was born 2 August 1846 in Berrien County, Michigan. On 25 December 1861 she married Samuel Marble (was called Minor) at Three Oaks, Berrien County, Michigan. He was a preacher of the Protestant Methodist Church. In 1862 he enlisted in the Union Army and stayed until honorably discharged. After the war they too moved to Nebraska and then to Santa Barbara County, California. They had six children. At least three of them were girls.
Emery E. Hinchman was the 8th child of Rebecca L. Pinnell and Cyrus Hinchman.
He was born in April 1852 in Berrien Township, Berrien County, Michigan
died 7 June 1901 in Santa Barbara, California at his sister's (Lucinda)
house. He learned the trade of carpenter and millright in Pierson, Michigan.
As a young man he went to Washington Territory and worked up and down the
coast building ships. He married in San Francisco and moved his family to
Santa Barbara. He had two children.
I look forward to hearing from anyone who might have a connection with these lines. Also, don't think these boards don't work. They do! About three months ago I found a first cousin on my mother's side in Indiana that I didn't even know existed. I have put in a surname query about every six months for the past three years and it was the first time anyone had responded who was actually in my line. It was a delightful shock and has been wonderful getting to know her and her family.
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