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Vicki Peterson (#46869196)
 member for 10 years, 7 months, 12 days
Erin Van Zante
Memorial 155300281
For Elizabeth Conway, in the asylum in San Joaquin, CA.
I have been tracing this family, and somehow came across this memorial by the grace of god! My aunt was "tree meddling" on ancestry- I keep advising against this, but she was, and noticed a number of families trying to connect their Conway line to ours, even adjusting the last names of some wives to suit the documents of the Trinity and Shasta County Conway's. So, I decided to take a look and see if I could find something different to present to one poor man who got a message, with intent to apologize, and provide what info I had a possible alternative. I did not find a positive ID on Mary's husband William Conway, but believe he was born in Ohio, as noted on US census 1850, in Jackson OH. The next census from California, lists his birth as KY, and that is where folks are "grasping" for a connection.
The 1860 census gives us the name of the youngest son admitted to the asylum with Mary as Robert Conway, born about 1859 in Shasta, CA. If he stayed with Mr. Hilyard, maybe he can be found under that last name. The only other "clue" for Mary Conway, is the Cali death index listing for Mary and William Conway's son, Frederick Edmond Conway, born 30 Apr 1857 and died 8 Nov 1951 in Trinity, CA. The index lists his mother's maiden name as Jewell. None of the other children I could trace had an available document with mother's maiden name. At least on basic searching.
There is nothing that indicates Mary Conway's husband ever left his family or California, and is more than likely buried in Shasta, Tulare, or Trinity. Maybe even with his wife?
I want to thank you very much for posting this info, as it is not something one would even THINK of looking for while researching this line of Conway's. I hope it helps others to sort out their proper folks.
Cheers to helpers!

Added by Erin Van Zante on May 08, 2017 7:06 PM

Veronica Jordan
Stockton State Hospital Burials
Thank you so much for your efforts with adding the lost souls buried at the Stockton insane asylum hospital. I'm deeply grateful to you for adding them so then can be remembered.

Veronica J

Added by Veronica Jordan on Apr 13, 2017 1:12 PM

Deena Gibson
Asa Pennington
Vicki, thank you for your answer. I was hoping you were going the other way with this since I think I am related thru Timothy & Nancy Riggs Pennington family. I have sent a message to Yerva Williams Nelson to see if she has any supporting documents for her information. It does seem the consensus on seems to agree with Vicki, but it was a long, long time ago, so who knows!

Added by Deena Gibson on Feb 15, 2017 4:21 PM

RE: Juan José Antonio Hill y Ortega
In Spanish "y" means "and". You may also see a "-" between the patronym (father's surname) and matronym (mother's surname). You will also find a "de" before a husband's surname. Some Spanish surnames contain "de" (de Anza, de León, de la Guerra). Spanish alphabetization rules require you to drop the "de" (and the "d" is NOT capitalized) - otherwise their phone books would contain lots of names starting with D. (Anza, Juan Bautista de - NOT De Anza, Juan Bautista). Of course, few gringos know this or do this, so keep that in mind when looking for someone in Find-a-Grave.

Added by Steve on Feb 03, 2017 4:24 PM

Joanna Block
Harriet Jarvis
Harriet Jarvis the daughter of Thomas Payne Moore and Malinda Owens. The family is well-documented in Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois. Need more? I'[d be happy to provide.

Added by Joanna Block on Nov 14, 2016 7:48 AM

RE: John Winters
You're most welcome. East Lawn is also the location where they moved most (not all) of the early burials in the New Helvetia Cemetery. 6,000 bodies in a common grave 50x50 feet! Wish they'd stop moving cemeteries also.

Added by Sue on Oct 14, 2016 5:48 PM

Alice Hornbeck
RE: Sausman Family
You certainly have my permission to add the note.
I am just very grateful to you.

All my best,

Alice Hornbeck

Added by Alice Hornbeck on Oct 08, 2016 6:14 PM

Alice Hornbeck
Dear Vicky,
How very wonderful of you to leave these memorials for my Sausman ancestors. Very strange things have happened to the Sausman family. Two brothers sailed from Hamburg in 1740 to the port of Harlem and settled in New Jersey on the Drake Estate. There name was then Sausmanhouse or Sausmanhausse which means 'one who lives in the forest where there are wild pigs.' My Mother, a grand neice of George, had three uncles who died after their house was set afire as children. The eldest son my grandfather was away at school. The mother was to see a doctor and later gave birth to the youngest son, Wyman, who staged his own death as he believed someone was after him. I have been looking for George for some time and you have helped me find him.
Thank you so much.
Alice Hornbeck

Added by Alice Hornbeck on Oct 08, 2016 2:08 PM

Sarah Mikkelsen Carson
William Owen Howard and Sarah Margaret "Sallie" Kirby Howard
Thank you for making the edits.

Added by Sarah Mikkelsen Carson on Sep 12, 2016 8:14 AM

Dan Tripp
Ross & Lorene Boyd

Hello Vicki,

The edits you sent for Ross and Lorene Boyd have been added to their memorials. Thank you, and best wishes in your family search.


Added by Dan Tripp on Sep 10, 2016 10:19 AM

Billy Hightower
RE: Gordon Napoleon Campbell
Thank you Vicki for the update. This will be a welcome addition to Gordon Campbell's memorial page.

Added by Billy Hightower on Jul 02, 2016 7:32 PM

RE: Phaon Opp
You're very welcome & thanks! :)

Added by KsCityKim on Jun 15, 2016 9:30 AM

Barbara Norris Ward
Glenn Norris
I really have very little knowledge on his mother. His parents divorced before I was born. You might can reach his brother on Facebook as Bob Norris. But he has been seriously ill and hospitalized frequently. He is currently out of hospital.. It probably would be best just to send gratitude for knowing his brother. Glenns Tombstone is on his profile picture so you will know you have the right one. I have the majority of information tracing Uncle Jesse on Find a Grave. He was my fathers brother.

Added by Barbara Norris Ward on Jun 12, 2016 6:51 PM

Sandra Brown
Pleasant Fortner family
My husband is David Brown, he is the great great grandson of Pleasant W Fortner. Would you have any more information on him or the family you can share with us? Thank you.

Added by Sandra Brown on May 31, 2016 12:48 PM

L Mastan
William McCuistion #162555983
Vicki, Thank you so much!!
I had pretty much given up looking for this William McCuistion several years ago. I am thrilled that you found him! Although his death is listed in the old Family Bible, no place or cause of death is given. All these years I never thought to look in San Joaquin County, since the family never lived there.
Re: The photo of the card from the Calif State Library.... It lists the mother of Noah McCuistion as Martha McClary. This is an error, his mother was Elizabeth "Betsy" McWhorter.
Many Thanks, L Mastan

Added by L Mastan on May 17, 2016 4:03 PM

RE: Edward Mathew
With my special thanks for your kind transfer of this memorial to my care.


Added by Stardust on May 10, 2016 4:58 PM

Larry Hood
RE: Vina Alberta (Glasscock) Fortner
my folks are all from Lawrence & Dade co.
I'm from tommie Hood side
i moved to Rogersville in 2001


Added by Larry Hood on May 05, 2016 7:30 PM

Bryan Winter
RE: John D. Winters
I too had a relative that was put in an asylum - Bryce - Tuscaloosa, AL. From the records I viewed while visiting with my great-aunt, many years ago, it seems that he was unhappy there and wanted to come home. The Dr's wanted him to stay. There were letters going back and forth between him and his kin. It seems there was an event and he nipped off part of a Dr's ear... His last letter home was dated a few days after he died...? I'm not sure if it was a typo or what, but it makes me wonder. Did some else write that last letter to cover up something. We will never know.

He was buried in the hospital's cemetery. Some of it is under the interstate and there are no records to indicate exactly where he was buried in that section. We did visit the section and looked around - very few markers and less inscriptions.

I had asked to see John's records back in 1993, but since I'm not a close family member I did not apply.

Thanks again for bringing the record to my attention.


Added by Bryan Winter on Apr 20, 2016 5:10 PM

Bryan Winter
RE: John D. Winters
You have the correct man. His bio indicated that he was blind and that was the reason for going to the state hospital. I tend to believe the record that you uncovered.

Thanks, Bryan

Added by Bryan Winter on Apr 20, 2016 11:51 AM

RE: John Flemming Burton
Just talked to another cousin and I may be wrong, she said that there was talk of him having another child with another woman but that they didn't get married and he wasn't with her long. So maybe this Alex is another son of his.

Added by Roxie on Apr 10, 2016 2:50 PM

RE: John Flemming Burton
I have the info on Hester Ann, for I have been in contact with several of my relatives on this side of my family and none of them have ever mentioned that Alexander ever had any more children or another wife. These children living with Susie are too young to be Alexander's because they were born way after his death I know that you have her connected to the wrong Alexander Grigsby.

Added by Roxie on Apr 10, 2016 2:39 PM

RE: Alexander Grigsby
I really have my doubts that it is the same Alexander Grigsby because he lived mostly in the Tollhouse area with his daughter and her family (Hester )

Added by Roxie on Apr 10, 2016 11:50 AM

Alexander Y Grigsby
Are you sure about Susie being his wife, he is my 3rd great grandfather and we have never found him remarried after his 1st wife. I looked up Susie and she has several children born long after his death carrying the Grigsby name. There were several Grigsby's that lived in Ca. she may have been married to another one.

Added by Roxie on Apr 09, 2016 9:16 PM

Lori T
RE: Mary Prodger
Wow! What a sad state Mary was in. Quite the story. I've added the info you sent. Thank you!

Added by Lori T on Apr 05, 2016 10:25 AM

Lori T
RE: Mary Prodger
Thank you, Vicki! I'll take care of that as soon as I get the bio info from you. Thank you, again!

Added by Lori T on Apr 04, 2016 11:43 AM


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