Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Harriet McConnell autograph

“Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;
Do noble things, not dream them, all day long,
And so make life, death, and that vast Forever
One grand, sweet song.”
Harriet McConnell
Sutter Creek, Cal
April 2, 1884

[Note from Lizzie Dunlap: My teacher in Sutter Creek]

Harriet McConnell was listed as a single woman, School Teacher, born in Vermont, age 35 (born about 1845) on the 1880 census. She was living in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California. In the autograph album Harriet’s signature follows that of Mary Nickerson.

Harriett McConnell is found in the FindAGrave site. It notes from her headstone that she was born in 1845 and died in 1890. She is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California. Her headstone is cut the same way Mary Nickerson’s headstone is.

The obituary appeared for Miss Harriet McConnell: [i]

I believe that Harriet McConnell and Mary Nickerson were siblings.

[i] Miss Harriet McConnell obituary, San Francisco Chronicle, (San Francisco, California) 25 Nov 1890, page 3 column 5; database with images, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com/ : accessed 28 Nov 2017).

Mary Nickerson autograph

Mary Nickerson
Sutter Creek, Cal.
April 3, 1884

[Notes from Lizzie Dunlap: Died 1888; Neighbor-several lots blocks from us.]

Lizzie Dunlap’s family was located on page 9 of 25 in Sutter Creek, Amador County, CA in the 1880 census. Mary Nickerson’s family was located on page 21 of 25 in Amador County, CA in this same census. Lizzie had lined through blocks and rewrote lots. From what the census shows, it leaves this transcriber thinking she should have left the word blocks!

Mary Nickerson was 41 in 1880 (born about 1839). The census tells us she was born in Vermont and married to Charles Nickerson.

There are two Mary Nickerson’s in California who died in 1888. One is Mary Nickerson, born 1839, died 1888, buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, CA. The other is Mary Nickerson, born Unknown, died, 1 Mar 1888, buried Old Oroville Cemetery, Butte County, California. Her husband is not buried with her as far as I can tell.

Upon further investigation I find that Mary Nickerson had a death notice in the San Francisco Bulletin.

I believe that Mary Nickerson and Harriet McConnell were sisters. Both are buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California.

Nina Summers autograph

Dear Friend,
While passing through life’s field of action
Lest we part before its end,
Take within your modest volumn
This memento from a friend.”
Yours in sincerity
Nina Summers
Sept 25, 1889
[Note from Lizzie Dunlap: Died March, 1891]

There is a photo of Nina V. Summers headstone at FindAGrave.[i] The headstone confirms the death date we have from Lizzie. Nothing further has been discovered about Nina Summers.

[i] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 Nov  2017), entry  for Nina V. Summers (5 Jul 1871-17 Mar 1891), Memorial No. 57579831, Records of the Modesto Citizens Cemetery, Modesto, California; page created by Ed Smith, 23 Aug 2010.

Maggie - autograph

Dear Lizzie,
In memories casket
Drop one pearl for me.
Your friend,
[Note from Lizzie Dunlap: Died 1885]

With no surname I have nothing to search for. Deaths in 1885 might have been recorded in the newspaper but I’d need the surname to locate the notice. Sadly, Maggie died a full 20 years before the California death index was started.

Mattie Y. Brown autograph

Dear Lizzie,
“May the pearls you gather
On your voyage o’er life’s sea
Serve as gems to set resplendent
In a crown above for thee.”
Your Sincere Friend,
Mattie Y. Brown
Sutter Creek, [California], April 20th, 1884
[Note from Lizzie Dunlap: My music teacher in Sutter Creek]

We don’t know if Mattie Y. Brown was a Miss or a Mrs when she signed the autograph book in 1884. I ran all the searches for Mat* Brown, living in Amador County, California. There was one Matilda Brown who did live in Amador County but was married in 1879. That Matilda Brown was quickly eliminated as she would have signed the book with her married name.

If anyone recognizes the signature of this Mat* Brown, please let me hear from you. Let’s compare the signature you have to this one and verify if we have found a match. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Raymond Powers

To Lizzie,
True friends like diamonds,
Precious but rare;
False ones like autumn leaves
Found every where.
Yours Truly,
Raymond Powers
Bieber, Cal.
April 11, 1888
[Note from Lizzie: Went to school it [with] me in old Cedar Run School Dist 1884-5]

I am unsure if this Raymond Powers is actually Harry Raymond Powers, son of Louis Powers and Sarah Jenkins. Harry Raymond Powers did live in Big Valley, Lassen County, California during the 1880 census. He was born about 1870 in California.

If anyone has the obituary of Harry Raymond Powers that might be helpful. He died 3 October 1949, in Shasta County, California. Or, if you have a signature on another document of Harry Raymond Powers that too could be helpful.

Hillsboro Argus, Hillsboro, Oregon: Newspaper obituaries 2001-2012

Attached in pdf format is my master index for obituaries I have for the newspaper, Hillsboro Argus (Hillsboro, Oregon). If you find you would like a scan of an obituary please let me know.

Note: the 2010 master index lacks September through December. That file was corrupted and has not yet been redone.