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Lecomte, Anne Opportune Védastine (I410)
2 Services Held For Henry Keller
Henry Phillip Keller, 81, retired farmer and father of Mrs. Alfred Koeneke of Riverton, died Friday at his home at 1204 E. Fremont.
Funeral services were held Monday at 10 AM at the Davis funeral chapel, and burial was at Mountain View cemetery.
Mr. And Mrs. Keller had lived in Riverton for the past 15 years, coming here from Mason City, Nebr., where he had farmed.
He was born July 14, 1873, in Harrison county, Indiana, and at the age of nine arrived by covered wagon with his parents at Valpariso, Nebr. A few years later they moved to Mason City, where he farmed with his father and was married March 20, 1901, to Dora A. Fisher, who survives.
Also surviving are five children Clifford Keller of Shelton, Nebr., Lona Cherry of Lander, Ida Koeneke of Riverton, Francis Keller of Billings, and Lucille Overturf of Chandler, Nebr.; a brother, Harve Keller of Hillsboro, Ore., a sister, Mrs Rebecca Amsberry, also of Hillsboro, 20 grand children and 3 great grandchildren.
One daughter and two sons preceded him in death.
The Rev. George Massingale of the Southern Baptist church officiated at Monday's services. Casket bearers were Fred Devish, L. W. Templin, Hugo Templin, Harvey Dady, Robert Rumery, and William Donelson. 
Keller, Henry Phillip (I285)
3 1851 Census records:

Berrington, John (I163)
4 1900 census says he was born March 1841 Bagley, James E. (I732)
5 1900 census says she was born June 1841. Gilbert, Mary (I733)
6 1900 census shows no children had been born to Helen. The 1910 census shows Lewis's relationship to Ed as "son (adopted)" and one child born to Helen, still alive. Family: Ed Martin Roberts / Helen Bagley (F10644)
7 4/28/16, on FamilySearch, searched California, County Birth Marriage and Death Records, 1800-1994, Los Angeles, Deaths 1894-1900, but didn't find death certificate. Also checked Los Angeles Deaths 1894-1895 Jan-Dec and Deaths 1874-1894. Checked 1874-1894. Hunter, Rebecca Margaret (I30)
8 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Private (I15)
9 Death Certificate Database - Certificate Details
Barp, Daniel 
Certificate Number:
City: Kemmerer
County: Lincoln
Date of Death: Thursday, April 11, 1935
Age: 43 
Barp, Dan (I558)
10 Death Certificate Database - Certificate Details
Barp, Eustachio 
Certificate Number:
City: No City
County: Lincoln
Date of Death: Friday, May 06, 1927
Age: 47 
Barp, Eustachio (I146)
11 Death Certificate Database - Certificate Details
Barp, Giovanna 
Certificate Number:
City: Frontier
County: Lincoln
Date of Death: Saturday, May 05, 1928
Age: 42 
Ropelato, Giovanna (I147)
12 A cousin has surmised that her first husband was Horatio Banks. It's suggested by the Iowa birth index on FamilySearch that lists the birth of Lester M Banks, son of Horatio Banks and Alice Shaffer. In the 1880 census there is an Alice Shaffer of the right age living with Horatio and family. I would like to get their marriage record to be sure. I also found Alice F Craik, widow of Horatio Banks in "United States Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942"on FamilySearch Shaffer, Alice Frosine (I180)
13 A teacher living at 129 rue Montmartre, Paris at the time of Marie Labbé's birth. Labbé, Nicolas (I409)
14 According to a listing of Kemmerer headstones at http://www.rootsweb.com/~wylincol/Kemmerer.htm, Giovana was b. 1888 d. 1928. Ropelato, Giovanna (I147)
15 Adam Beard was born November 11, 1787 in Bedford County, Virginia. (Some think the location was Pilot Knob, Virginia.) Not too much is known of his earl life. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. He enlisted in Bedford County, Virginia and served as a private in Captain John Hewitt's company, Second Regiment of Virginia Militia, from September 1, 1814 to November 26, 1814. He married Margaret Ennis, March 8, 1814. All their children were born in Virginia. In 1833, he left Bedford county and emigrated with his family to Coal's Mouth, Virginia, on coal River, where the town of St. Albans, W. Va., is situated today. In 1845 he left Coals Mouth and moved to what is now Mason County, W. Va. To of his sons stayed at Coal's Mouth and reared their families in the vicinity. Adam beard established a home and spent the rest of his life in Mason County. He first lived on a plot of ground on the Pond Branch Road, Southside, W. Va., on the land where Mason County 4-H camp is situated today. After living there several years, he bought a tract of land on Shady Fork Branch of Little Sixteen Creek. He built a log home on this land and lived there the remainder of his days. The farm was bought from his heirs by the Viers family and Susan Viers Fisher lives today in the house that he built.

His wife preceded him in death August 29, 1870, and he died March 30, 1872. both he and his wife were laid to rest in the Viers Chapel Cemetery that was located on their farm.

Adam Beard was industrious and worked hard to make a living for his family. He was respected highly by all his family and neighbors. These sterling qualities of manhood were handed down to his children and their descendants. Some of his children stayed and reared their families in a radius of 50 miles from Southside, W. Va, but others moved away and the family has been scattered all over these United States.

(Source: "The History of Adam Beard and His Descendants" by Irene Beard, 1952) 
Beard, Adam (I84)
16 After their marriage, John and Jane lived on the parental Keller family farm in Harrison County, Indiana whith his mother Rebecca until her death on June 9, 1881. They then moved westward in a covered wagon to Valpariaso, Nebraska. IN 1892 they moved to Mason city Nebraska. They had seven children.

John M. Keller, Dead

On Sunday morning, January 28, 1912, John M. Keller died at the
home of his son Henry Keller, north of town.
Two weeks ago, Uncle John as the deceased was generally and
familiarly known, slipped on the icy ground, striking on the back of his
head with such force as to cause concusion of the brain and which
finally terminated in his death.
Uncle John Keller was a kindly old man, who was a friend to
everybody and every- body was his friend. He was an industrious
hardworking man all his life, and while it was not his fortune to
accumulate much of this world's goods, he leaves a heritage for his
children of having been an upright, industrious, honest man, and a good
John M. Keller was born Jan. 21, 1836, died Jan. 28, 1912, aged 76
years, 7 days. He leaves to mourn his death his widow, six children,
one brother and one sister, who are Mrs. Jane Keller, Mrs. A. L. Duncan,
H. S. Keller, Henry P. Keller, and Mrs. J. D. Amsberry, of Mason City,
and Mrs. C. E. Wills, of Ashland, Willard Keller of Grand Island, and
his brother Geo. W. Keller of Taylorville, Ill., 82 years old and the
sister Eliza Bottles, of New Amsterdam, Ind., 79 years old. The
deceased spent the greater part of his life on his mother's farm near
New Amsterdam, Ind., where he was born, his father and his youngest
brother having died in his early boyhood leaving him the main care of
the farm, his older brothers having taken up the work of the ministry
which necessarily took them away from home. He was married to Jane
Weaver Nov. 24, 1864. He moved with his family
to Eastern Nebraska in 1881 soon after his mother's death, where he
engaged in farming until 1892, when he removed to Custer county, taking
up farming again, which he followed until a few years ago, retiring on
account of advancing years. He will be remembered as a loving husband,
kind and affectionate father and close friend to all.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church Monday afternoon
at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. W. Patterson, pastor of the Baptist church,
conducting the services. 
Keller, John Muck (I20)
17 Age 50, white, female, age 50, residence: 111 Birch, Cleveland, cause: typho malarial fever, physician: C Hintzelman, buried at Riverside. Dalzell, Margaret (I162)
18 Alexander Leckie McGregor was born in Bonhill, County of Dumbarton, Scotland May 15, 1860. He came to the United States in his early 20's and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked for R.S. Scourey.

He met Hattie Berrington and they were married October 5, 1887 at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Cleveland.

Their three children were born in Cleveland. Bruce Roy September 2, 1888, Margaret (Maggie) Dolzell May 13, 1891, and Isabel McIntyre August 17, 1893.

When the children were all small they moved to Poland, Maine where his brother Andrew worked for N.Q. Pope, a horse breeder. The name of the farm was White Oak Hill Farm. Alexander became the manager.

Mr. Pope sold some of his horses and farm equipment. He then sent Alexander to veterinary school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He graduated March 24, 1898. Mr. Pope was going to set Alexander up in veterinary business in Lewiston, Maine, but Mr. Pope died. He stayed and worked for Mrs. Pope until the farm was sold.

He returned to Cleveland and worked for Dr. Street until he came to California.

The family first moved to Oakland in 1901. He worked with his brother, Bruce, who was caretaker of Oakland Cemetery. Through a lawyer friend of Bruce, he learned that the Collins Ranch on the west side fo the Santa Clara River needed a ranch manager. They came to Piru in June, 1901. The family lived in a hotel in Piru for a short time, then moved to the Collins Ranch. While on the Collins Ranch, Alexander purchased property from Lorraine P. Guiberson, John Collins, J.H. Sloan, Samuel Guiberson, and W.P. Hammon. This formed the McGregor Ranch on Guiberson Rd. and Cavin Rd. On many maps the road east of Cavin was McGregor Rd, but finally it was all named Guiberson Rd.

Bruce, Margaret, and Isabel attended the Cienaga School.

On June 5, 1912, Bruce Roy McGregor and Eva May Root were married in Ventura, California. They purchased the McGregor Ranch from Alexander and Hattie.

Alexander and Hattie lived on the Boardman Ranch on the corner of C St. and Sespe Ave. for awhile. They also lived at 421 Fillmore St. before they moved to Placerita Canyon, near Newhall, California.

Alexander did practice as a veterinarian. He took care of the work horses for Union Oil on the Torrey Lease. He gave up the veterinary as people would not pay him.

Margaret married George Berrington on March 10, 1910. They purchased the ranch that Alexander had managed for several years. They raised their family there: Bruce, Albert, Maybelle, George, and James. Albert and James still own part of this ranch.

Isabel and Lacy Shaffer were married on September 20, 1919. He had homesteaded some property along the Santa Clara River below the Berrington Ranch. He sold this to Bruce and Eva McGregor in 1920. Isabel and Lacy settled in Canoga Park where they ranched and raised two daughters, Louise and Isabel.

The original McGregor Ranch was olives, apricots and a small alfalfa field. Later he planted lemons, oranges, and grapefruit. There was a time they raised lima beans and tomatoes between the young trees. At the time of the St. Francis Dam break, March 13, 1928, they suffered a great loss, as many ranchers did, but repairs and replanting was taken care of by Los Angeles City. Bruce and Eva raised their four children on this ranch: Alexander Bruce, Harold Edward, Luceal Harriet, and Margaret Anna. In 1937 Bruce and Eva purchased 5 acres from George and Maggie Berrington on the south side of Guiberson Rd., east of the home place. Here they build a new home. Bruce managed the ranch until October, 1958, when he passed away. Harold then managed the ranch. In June 1967 the ranch was sold to Mrs. Batten.

Alexander B. McGregor passed away on December 22, 1980.

Harold and his wife Ella (Long) live in Sheridan, Montana, where he ran a cattle ranch from June, 1968 to December, 1978. He is now retired.

Luceal and her husband Leland Lewis owned and managed a grocery store in Sheridan, Montana from September, 1972 to December, 1978. They have recently returned to California and live in Santa Paula.

Margaret and her husband Elmer Schueler live in Rushford, Minnesota where they have a mink and Hereford farm.

Source: Luceal McGregor Lewis, 1989

He arrived on September 28, 1882 with his brother Bruce.

Source: New York Passenger Lists; Ancestry.com

He was a very outgoing man and a fun grandfather who loved kids. Louise remembers spending many enjoyable visits to her grandparents' Placerita Canyon ranch. He would take her to get an Ice Cream Soda at the soda fountain while her grandmother would do the grocery shopping. Louise remembers bringing soup to "Old Mac," a miner who came to Placerita canyon, but never made any money. He lived in a shack in the McGregor property. Old Mac was not very tidy and Louise remembers he had ants crawling in his beard. He was such a good friend to the McGregors that they buried him in the family plot when he died.

He was friends with William S. Hart.

Source: Louise Mouchet

He came to Fillmore in 1901 (according to History of Ventura County)

The Vale of Leven is an area of Scotland in West Dunbartonshire concentrated around the River Leven, which flows from Loch Lomond to the River Clyde. The area is situated just a few miles north of the town of Dumbarton and contains various communities tied into one conurbation.
The largest of these communities is the town of Alexandria, which sits on the Western bank of the Leven. Alexandria is connected to Renton in the South and to Balloch in the North. Across the river from Alexandria is Bonhill which is connected to Jamestown to the North.

The area is traditionally industrial, but with the decline of manufacturing in Scotland has had to look to new areas for employment. The industrial past of the area gave it a radical reputation, with Communism and Socialism being popular political philosophies in particular. In modern years the Scottish National Party has performed quite well in the area.

The areas name lends itself to Alexandria's local football club, Vale of Leven FC and secondary school, Vale of Leven Academy.

Source: Wikipedia, http://www.fact-index.com/v/va/vale_of_leven.html 
McGregor, Alexander Leckie (I31)
19 Ancestry Trees has marriage date as 5 July 1942 McGregor, Luceal Harriet (I563)
20 Ancestry Trees has marriage date as 5 July 1942 Lewis, Leland William (I738)
21 Approximate year of birth derived from daughter's birth record. Honorine Augustine Labbé was born in 1847 when Nicolas was 34 years old. Labbé, Nicolas (I409)
22 Arrived in America on October 11, 1732 on Ship Pleasant Keller, George (I48)
23 As posted on Facebook by her daughter, Kristy Newman Veltri on 11/5/16. Lewis, Gay Louise (I807)
24 Aunt Annie had twelve brothers and was the only girl in her family. Her niece Louise remembers Annie asking what she wanted to do when she grew up. Louise said she wanted to marry a farmer and have lots of kids. Aunt Annie threw up her arms and said, "Oh!" She never married. She lived with her brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Hattie, in Placerita Canyon. After Alex died, she lived with Hattie for the rest of her life. McGregor, Annie Bruce (I266)
25 Baldwin, Caleb, one of the early Elders of the (Mormon) Church, was born Sept. 2, 1791, at Nobletown, Orange co., New York. He served as an ensign under Captain Chas. Parker in the war of 1812. Becoming a convert to "Mormonism" he was baptized Nov. 14, 1830, by Parley P. Pratt. Soon afterwards he gathered with the early saint to Jackson county, Mo., and took part in the so-called battle on the Big Blue. In 1833 he was driven out of Jackson county with the rest of the saints, and subsequently settled in Caldwell county, Mo. In the fall of 1838 he was arrested on a trumped up charge and shared a prison cell with the Prophet Joseph Smith and others at Liberty, Clay co., Mo., during the winter of 1838–39. When the prisoners were detected in trying to make their escape by cutting a hole through the wall of the goal, and Judge Tillery was about to have them ironed and chained to the floor of their cells, Bro. Baldwin said to the judge: "Judge Tillery! If you put these chains on me, I will kill you, so help me God." The judge left without putting on the chains. Bro. Baldwin emigrated to Great Salt Lake Valley in the year 1848 and died in Salt Lake City June 11, 1849.

(from: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City, UT: Andrew Jenson History Co., 1901.)

Another version of how they got out of jail:

There is even good reason to believe that Governor Boggs himself was privy to their escape, and doubtless had a hand in the planning for it. At any rate such in effect was the statement of Samuel Tillery, the jailor at Liberty, to the prisoners about the time Sidney Rigdon was admitted to bail. He told the prisoners that Governor Boggs was heartily ashamed of the whole transaction against the "Mormons," and would be glad to set the prisoners free if only "he dared to do it." "But," said Tillery to the prisoners, "you need not be concerned, for the governor has laid a plan for your release." Tillery also said that Judge Burch had been instructed to so fix the papers that the prisoners would be clear from any incumbrances in a very short time. All which is so very like what took place with respect to the escape of the prisoners; as also with what would most likely be the views of Governor Boggs when he found that the treatment of the "Mormons" in Missouri was bringing so much reproach upon his administration, that his connivance at the escape of Joseph Smith and his associates was very likely.

(from: Roberts, Brigham H. Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 - 1930,, - Vol. I-VII (7). )

A third version:

They were chained together and fed on human flesh in prison by their Christian guards, and he continued to suffer with his brethren until April 15, 1839, when he started with Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Alex. McRae and Caleb Baldwin and guard, to go to jail in Columbia, Boone county, but on the night of the 16th, the sheriff fell asleep, the guard got drunk, and the prisoners left them, and went to their families and friends in Illinois.

(from: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City, UT: Andrew Jenson History Co., 1901.)


...After the saints had left Clay County, Joseph Smith the Prophet, his brother Hyrum, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wright, Alexander McRae, and Caleb Baldwin were incarcerated on trumped-up charges in the Liberty Jail during the winter of 1838-39, awaiting trial, which never took place.

(from: Clay County in Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret News Publishing Co., 1941. )


The case of Samuel Brown

In 1834 Samuel Brown chastens the Mormon church leadership for speaking against the Methodists. In a church trial to determine the status of Samuel Brown, "Caleb Baldwin testifies that Brother Brown said missionaries should not preach that the world in darkness, for they were not. He said he could not preach against the Methodists." His wife Nancy Baldwin and his son Caleb Clark Baldwin also testify, supporting Caleb's statements. Samuel Brown is forced to surrender his licenses of eldership and high priest. Brown is told to repent or be kicked out of the church altogether.

(source: Saints Without Halos, "The Minutes of August 1, 1834," http://www.saintswithouthalos.com/m/340801.phtml) 
Baldwin, Caleb (I527)
26 Birth date based on age 43 at death Barp, Dan (I558)
27 Birth record also online at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6243-QFT although unable to view from home Barp, Fernanda Lina (I12)
28 Birth record from the Religous Society of Friends

On the eighteenth Day of the sixth Month One Thousand
Eight Hundred and forty was born at 73 Long Stone
Street, Lisburn in the Parish of Lisburn alias Blaris
in the County of Antrim unto Thomas Pattison of
Lisburn , Land Surveyor , in said County and Isabella
Johnson ( W or N) Pattison his Wife, A Daughter who
was named Sarah Green Johnson, not a member.

We, who were present at the said Birth have subscribed
our Names as witnesses thereof,
N Thompson
Jane X McClune


Birth record - original held by:
Religious Society of Friends
Ulster Quarterly Meeting
Archives Committee
4 Magheralave Road
N. Ireland
BT28 3BD 
Pattison, Sarah Green Johnson (I170)
29 Birth record from the Religous Society of Friends

On the Twenty fifth Day of the Sixth Month One Thousand Eight Hundred and forty three was born at Lisburn in the Parish of Lisburn in the County of Antrim unto Thomas Pattison of Lisburn and Isabella his Wife a Daughter who was named Martha, not a member.

We, who were present at the said Birth have subscribed our Names as witnesses thereof,
N Thompson MD

Jane X McClune

Examined at our Monthly Meeting for Lisburn held near Ballindery 18th of 7th month 1845 John Pim Jr Clerk [actually recorded 14.8.1845]


Birth record - original held by:
Religious Society of Friends
Ulster Quarterly Meeting
Archives Committee
4 Magheralave Road
N. Ireland
BT28 3BD 
Pattison, Martha (I171)
30 Birth record from the Religous Society of Friends

On the Twenty second Day of the Third Month One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty five was born at 73 Long stone Street in the Parish of Lisburn, alias Blaris in the County of Antrim unto Thomas Pattison of Lisburn and Isabella his Wife A Daughter who was named Isabella English (not a Member)

We, who were present at the said Birth have subscribed our Names as witnesses thereof,
N Thompson MD
Jaen Morrey

Examined at our Monthly Meeting of Lisburn held at Belfast the 14th day of 8th Month 1845. John Pim Jr clerk.


Birth record - original held by:
Religious Society of Friends
Ulster Quarterly Meeting
Archives Committee
4 Magheralave Road
N. Ireland
BT28 3BD 
Pattison, Isabella English Green (I172)
31 Birth record from the Religous Society of Friends

On the Sixth Day of the Eighth Month One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty seven was born at 73 Long Stone Street in the Parish of Lisburn, in the County of Antrim unto Thomas Pattison of Lisburn and Isabella his Wife A Daughter who was named Lucinda Jane ( not a member )

We, who were present at the said Birth have subscribed our Names as witnesses thereof,
N Thompson MD
Jane Murey [Murry]
Examined at Lisburn Monthly Meeting held near Ballindery 16th of 9th Month 1847. John Pim Jr clerk


Birth record - original held by:
Religious Society of Friends
Ulster Quarterly Meeting
Archives Committee
4 Magheralave Road
N. Ireland
BT28 3BD 
Pattison, Lucinda Jane (I552)
32 Birth, death and parent data comes from the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home records transcribed by the Taft Genealogical Society and displayed on Rootsweb. Johnston, Helen Carter (I715)
33 Birthdate from Find-a-Grave. Birth state from marriage license. Mineo, Joseph Fred (I57)
34 Caleb Clark Baldwin and Eliza Robinson Baldwin
by Wallace R. Baldwin

from http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/torikline/baldgen/calebc.htm

Caleb Clark Baldwin, was born 03 Jun 1817 at Warrensville Cuyahoga,Ohio. He was the 2nd child and first son born to Caleb Baldwin and Nancy Kingsbury. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 01 Jan 1831. On 29 Oct 1837 he married Ann Eliza ROBINSON daughter of George ROBINSON and Mary LOCH at Far West, Missouri. Ann Eliza was born 15 Aug 1819 in Monroe, Ouchita, Louisiana.

At the time his father immigrated to Utah in 1848, Caleb Clark was in government service in Missouri. He immigrated to Utah with his family in 1852. At that time his family consisted of four sons and two daughters.

In the fall of 1852 the family settled in Provo, Utah. They had only been there a short time when the youngest boy named George Henry Baldwin died. Three children were born while they lived in Provo. One daughter and two sons.

The family endured many trying experiences with the Indians. One story is told of a time they were hunting for roots, when they caught sight of an Indian skulking through the trees. They hid themselves in the underbrush and waited. All night they remained in their hiding place. At dawn the Indians finally left and the family was able to return to their home.

During the year of 1865, Caleb Clark BALDWIN was called by Brigham Young to help settle an area called the Muddy, which later became the town of St. Thomas. By this time the sons had grown enough to be a big help to their parents. The family sold everything they owned in preparation for leaving. The "Muddy Valley" located in the southern part of Clark County, Nevada was in the very southeastern tip of Nevada. In December 1870 the people voted to abandon the settlements because of the taxes levied against them by the State of Nevada. After some time Caleb Clark was released from his mission, so that he might bring his wife back to receive medical attention. She was very ill so she stayed with here daughters in Mona, Juab, Utah. She died in Mona 11 Feb 1873 at the age of 64. She was buried in Provo, Utah, Utah. Caleb Clark Baldwin died in Beaver, Beaver, Utah at the age of 88 on 02 Jan 1905. He and his sons helped settle Beaver, Utah after they left the "Muddy".
Baldwin, Caleb Clark (I526)
35 California birth index says she died in Taft. Los Angeles County birth index says she died in the city of Los Angeles. Johnston, Helen Carter (I715)
36 California death index gives birth as 21 July 1876. Cuyahoga County probate court birth records show 20 July 1876 Berrington, Ella (I252)
37 Came to Harrison Co., Indiana in 1811 with her parents.

Source: Steven Coulter 
Muck, Rebecca Margaret (I43)
38 Date of birth in newspaper source is consistent with date of death on death register. Notes on FamilySearch record:
Parish, Ann Nancy (I164)
39 Dates of birth and death from the California Death Index on Ancestry.com. Risher, Joseph John (I54)
40 Death certificate says she was born in 1892. That would make her 12 years old when she married Stephen. Her obituary says she was born in 1882, which is consistent with the age given on her marriage record. Jensen, Dorthea Matai (I155)
41 Died of apoplexy Amsberry, Margaret Edna (I24)
42 Digitized from:

New York. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Micropublication M237. Rolls # 95-580. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

New York. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Micropublication T715. Rolls # 5592-6267. National Archives, Washington, D.C 
Source (S11986)
43 Dr. Lecomte attended the birth of his three grandaughters. All three births took place at his house. He was 58 at the time of Marie Anna Labbé's birth. Checked Guignes death records through 1892 and didn't find him. Lecomte, Jean Marie Augustin (I413)
44 Eight children were born to Byron and Rebecca Shaffer. She died in childbirth and the three youngest children, Lacy, Mabel and Ralph, were placed in the McKinley Home for Orphans in Los Angeles for a few years. Byron sent for a mail order bride, named Maggie, and after they were married he brought Lacy, Mabel and Ralph home. (Note: when Byron and Maggie were small children, he lived in Vinton, Iowa and she lived in southern Iowa. Could the families have known each other? If so, it calls into doubt the mail-order bride story.)

Byron then went off to Alaska with one of his brothers to seek his fortune in the gold rush there. At one point he and the brother built a boat to cross a lake. Another gold seeker came along bought the boat. Before they knew it they were in the boat building business! They never did mine gold.

Byron was very religious and was known to be a "holy roller" (talking in tongues, etc.), probably a member of the Assemby of God. In his later years, in Santa Cruz, he was a member of the Glad Tidings Assembly.

The records don't quite agree on his middle name, where he was born, and when.

Family bible: Byron Alson Shaffer b. July 24, 1854 in Columbus Ohio
Marriage certificate: Byron A. Shaffer b. 1853 in Illinois
Funeral card: Byron Allen Shaffer b. July 24, 1853
Obit: Byron Allison Shaffer b. 1853 in Illinois
Death cert: Byron Allen Shaffer b. 1853 in Illinois (informant Ralph Shaffer)

1870 census: b. 1852 in Illinois
1880 census: b. 1853 in Ohio
1920 census: b. 1853 in Illinois
1930 census: b. 1854 in Iowa

General information - Louise Shaffer Mouchet
Vital statistics - Bertha Young, Shaffer Family bible
Alaska adventure - Gerald Young
Religion - Louise Shaffer Mouchet, Byron Shaffer funeral card

Byron didn't stay in once place for very long, as evidenced by this timeline:
Born in Illinois??
Vinton Iowa - 1860 and 1870, census
Juniata, Nebraska - 1879-1880, marriage, census
Lincoln, Nebraska - 1881, birth of William (not confirmed)
Oakland, California - 1883, birth of Margaret (not confirmed)
Shasta County (2 locations near Redding: Mill Creek and Buckeye) - 1886-1891 Births of Pansy, Lacy, and Mabel; 1890 Great Register of Voters
Santa Paula - 1892 birth of Ralph (not confirmed)
Alaska - after 1894 (family story)
Fillmore - on or shortly after 1904 (based on a photograph of Byron's Fillmore ranch)
Tulare County (from Byron's obituary)
Santa Cruz - 1913-1937 (from Byron's obituary) 
Shaffer, Byron Alson (I29)
45 EM 1635 "Planter" to Mass. Brackett, Rachel (I655)
46 Eulogy from Katy Pegelow
Thomas Hunter Russell - 6 September 1940 - 8 February 2012.

Tom was my dearest friend in the entire world. I first met Tom back in 1966 when I came to First Church to audition for a soloist job. I did not get the job, but Tom made me feel at home.
The Tom I knew


Tom was born 6 September, 1940, in Ventura, Ventura California, the son of Gwendolyn (Jones) Russell and Leo Hunter Russell. He grew up in Bakersfield, California. He often spoke of his beloved grandfather, Elmer Jones, who lived in Ventura.
Tom told me that he was diagnosed as a young child with a heart murmur. It disappeared for a brief time, then returned a couple of years later. He suffered from heart problems most of his life, but he never let it get in his way.
Tom's greatest love was his music. He studied throughout his high school years and in 1959, received an organ scholarship from the Kern County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as well as a scholarship from Chapman College. During this time, he served as organist for St. Mark's Methodist Church in Bakersfield and served as organist for a weekly religious broadcast group.
After graduation from North High School in Bakersfield, Tom briefly attended Bakersfield College, and then went on to attend Chapman College. After graduation from Chapman, he moved on to the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor's and Doctoral Degrees in law. Tom was admitted to the California State Bar in June of 1965 and opened his practice in Los Angeles, California, which practice he continued to operate until his retirement in 2009. A gifted trial lawyer, Tom was an advocate for fairness and frequently took on civil rights cases pro bono to assist those who could not assist themselves. Tom's law practice operated primarily in the Hollywood area. He was preceded in death by his law partner, Robert Wynn.
Tom had many gifts that he shared with others throughout his life, one of which was his knowledge of accounting and investment practices. In the 1960's, Tom met the charismatic Dr. James Wendell Holmes Fifield, then Sr. Minister of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and his path in life was set. From that time forward, Tom became a dedicated member of First Church, serving on practically every Board and Committee of the Church, including the legal and insurance committee and frequently, as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Tom worked directly with Dr. Fifield on many issues, chairing the somewhat controversial Freedom Club, and acting as assistant organist and choir member. As a great lover of the Great Organs of First Church, Tom helped to direct many of the expansion projects of this wonderful instrument, including the installation of the Frank C Noon organs in the rear balcony and the Holzgraf Trumpets in the front and rear of the church. When the Northridge Earthquake struck these organs were in a state of refurbishing. Tom was the first person to arrive at the church and to take measures to protect the building and inspect the damages. It was under his direction that the huge finials were removed from the tower, they having undergone severe damage from the quake and aftershocks.
Tom was quietly generous to his friends, helping them on many occasions without a word. On one occasion, he discovered that a man in the choir had lost his job and had holes in his shoes which were stuffed with newspaper to protect his feet. Tom immediately took the man out and bought him new shoes and a suit so the man could go out and find a new job. He helped the people he loved and he loved a good many people, receiving their love and devotion in return.
In the 1980s, Tom helped establish "Friends of the Los Angeles Bach Festival", a non-profit group that was a fund-raising arm of the festival. The Bach festival was one of his favorite projects, having been in existence since 1934. Tom also helped found the First Church Organ Concert Series, which worked in conjunction with the local Organ Guild to secure artists of world-wide fame to display the great organs in all their glory.
Active in Civil Affairs, Tom served as A commissioner on the Los Angeles City-County Consolidation committee where he worked pro bono in the efforts to seek new ways of making government more efficient and less costly to the Taxpayers. He ran for office of State Senator of the 23rd District as a Republican candidate, but did not succeed. He was, however, extremely active in politics throughout his life. He also enjoyed membership in the Freemasons and loved attending the local Glendale Breakfast Club's social gatherings.
Tom was survived by his sister, Gloria and other family members, several God-sons and his many friends, all who loved him dearly. 
Russell, Tom Hunter (I742)
47 F. Paul Mouchet had said that Joe was adopted. Family: Joseph Fred Mineo / Suzanne Bathilde Marie Jeanne Mouchet (F2141)
48 Family bible says marriage was 5 October 1887, but Cuyahoga County marriage record says 5 September 1887. October looks correct because of date of affidavit in marriage record. Family: Alexander Leckie McGregor / Hattie Berrington (F1920)
49 Family history says that Sarah (Sally) was a cousin of Benjamin Franklin, but this was apparently not true. The information about Sarah's ancestors came from Terry Olson (tolson13@mm.rr.com). Franklin, Sarah (I96)
50 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Private (I6)

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