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The Hibbert Family

Thomas Joseph Hibbert aka "Joe" (June 28, 1842) and Emmeline (Emma) Clark (Jan. 31, 1858) were married on March 4, 1880 in Brown's Valley, Yuba County. This union resulted in four children: Josephine, born Nov. 14, 1880; Jessie Augusta, born July 21, 1882; Phyllis Victoria, born April 24, 1900; Helen Morrell, born April 23, 1902.

Thomas came to California from Maine and operated a general store in Brown's Valley for many years. He was also the owner/operator, with his partner Mr. Burris, of the Hibbert and Burris gold mines in the area. He died in 1904.

Emmeline Clark came to Brown's Valley from Illinois as a young girl. She had a sister, Ella, and brother, William. Emma resided in Brown's Valley until 1947, or thereabouts.



HIBBERT articles in newspapers:

Marysville Weekly Appeal: Mar. 12, 1880 iss. page 2 - MARRIED: At Brown's Valley, March 7th, by D.O. Daggett, Thomas J. Hibbert to Miss Emma Clark.

Marysville Daily Appeal: June 4, 1905 iss. page 1 - DEATH CALLS ONE OF YUBA COUNTY'S BEST KNOWN MEN: Thomas Joseph Hibbert Passes Away in San Francisco After an Operation

Thomas Joseph Hibbert, the well known Browns Valley merchant, died at 2:30 yesterday afternoon at the Homeopathic Sanitarium, San Francisco, after undergoing an operation.

The deceased, who had been ill for several months with kidney and bladder trouble, was taken to San Francisco on Friday afternoon, accompanied by a physician, his wife, Col. E.A. Forbes and F.W. Johnson. After arriving in San Francisco he was taken to the sanitarium and an operation was decided on to take place yesterday morning.

"Joe" Hibbert, as he was familiarly called, was a native of New Jersey, and about 63 years of age. He arrive in Browns Valley in 1864, and followed mining for several years, after which he conducted the well known merchandise store, having Byron Burris for his partner. After being in business for several years they dissolved partnership, Burris retiring, and the store being conducted under the name T. J. Hibbert & Co. up to the time of his death.

The deceased leaves a wife and four daughters, two of whom, Josie and Jessie, are well known in this city, where they attended the high school.

He was an honorable and upright man who had the respect of the community in which he lived for so many years. He was hard working and very industrious, and was an honest man in all his business dealings. It may be truly said of him that he was one of the best citizens, a good neighbor and a true friend. No more devoted husband and father resided in Yuba county.

He had been a very successful business man, and was considered one of the most expert miners in Yuba county. The announcement of his death will cause deep regret, among his many friends, who will tender their heartfelt sympathy to his wife and daughters.

A telegram received at "The Appeal" office last night stated that the remains would be cremated in the Odd Fellows crematory on Monday and that the services would be held in the chapel at 11 o'clock a.m.

It should have been stated that the deceased was the Postmaster at Browns Valley.

Mrs. Al Browning and the four daughters of the deceased left for San Francisco this morning.

Marysville Daily Democrat, May 11, 1907 iss. page 5: MARRIED: STINCHBOMB<sic>-HIBBERT - At the Flannery home on D street, Marysville, May 10, 1907, James K, Stinchcomb of Los Angeles, aged 29, and Miss Jessie Hibbert of Browns Valley, aged 25.

Marysville Daily Democrat, July 1, 1924 iss. page 6: HOME OF MRS. HIBBERT DESTROYED BY FIRE: BROWNS VALLEY, July 1. - The home of Mrs. Emma Hibbert at Browns Valley, located on the main street, burned to the ground early Sunday morning. The origin of the fire is a mystery. Some time ago the electric wiring had been disconnected and the house was temporarily uninhabited. Mrs. Mary Richardson, the Browns Valley school teacher, owned the contents. It is said the insurance on the place amounts to $2500, which will partially cover the loss.

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hibbert-family.jpg (130037 bytes) Left to right: Mr. Crawford, Carrie Williams, Mr. Williams, Thomas Joseph (Joe) Hibbert, Josephine Hibbert, Dr. Holbrook, Jessie Hibbert and Mabel Williams. c. 1900
hibbert-helen-1908.jpg (58045 bytes) Helen Hibbert 1908
hibbert-helen-1911.jpg (112875 bytes) Helen Hibbert 1911
hibbert-helen-and-molly-1913.jpg (252719 bytes)

Helen & Molly, Helen Morrell Hibbert c.1913


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