ISABELL FINE NILES was born in Tulare County to Smith H. and Laurahannah Querles Fine on July 17, 1861. She had ten brothers and sisters. The Querles and Fine families had moved to Tulare County after the Civil War. The four oldest Fine children were born in Arkansas the rest were born in California. Isabell was called Bell by her family and friends.
Hiram and Bell probably met
after his brother Anamias married Bell's sister Nancy in 1870. Hiram and
Bell applied for their marriage license on October 31 and were married
November 3, 1879. They moved to Shasta County in 1882. They had five children.
|Lena Elvira||b. Jun. 6, 1882||d. Nov. 1935||m. Ulysses Wertz|
|Lora Leonard||b. Aug. 17, 1884||d. May 1969|
|Laurahannah||b. Aug. 21, 1888||d. May 1943||m. Joe Seeley|
|Ida Pearl||b. Jun. 28, 1891||d. Jun. 1968||m. Alvin Welendoroff|
|Oscar Stephen||b. Feb. 4, 1894||d. Mar. 1969|
Their son Oscar lived with them and took over the horses when Hiram was too old to work with them. They were living in Happy Valley when Hiram died at age of 76, in 1928. After his death Bell continued to live with Oscar. She often visited her grandson Hiram Wertz and his family. She still liked to do the needle work and enjoyed passing these skills on to the younger girls in the family. She was living in Central Valley (Now Shasta Lake City) when she died at the age of 87, April 1949. They are both buried in the Redding Cemetery.
Hiram and J Bell have one grandson, Wayne Wertz, and several great-grandchildren living in Shasta County. They have several great-grandchildren living in Siskiyou County.
Source: Shasta Historical Society - Feb. 2000