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The list of queries posted here represent any and all queries originally submitted to the previous County Coordinator.

 

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Number Surname(s) / Location Message Contact
This page last updated: Saturday, December 29, 2007
A1 Andersen, Daniels Hello, I'm researching Hans Marcus Andersen who settled in Carson in the 1890's. He was born in 1839 and died in 1922 and is buried in Lone Pine Cemetery with his wife, Christiania Andersen. I can not find them outside of their cemetery records. I would appreciate any information on this family. He was the son was a Harry Emitt Andersen who married Mable Daniels in Genoa in 1912. Thank you in advance. Marian
B1 Baker, Kirman, Laking, McCommish, Sessions I'm researching in Reno Sparks area - Baker, Laking, Sessions, McCommish email
B2 Bares I'm seeking information Raymond Bares and family who lived in Reno. He was born in Paris, France before 1900, he had 5 daughters named:
  • Cammille
  • Connie
  • Caprice
  • Shari
  • Shannon
I have pictures from 1967 in Reno, Nevada. He was my mother's Uncle. Thank you for any help. Ole Doc Carver
(Bob Myers) Bob
B3 Bickford, Jackman, Remstedt I am looking for history and information on the life of my Grandma, b. Lillian Bickford apprx. 1887 in Verdi, to AB Bickford and Jemima Jackman. They divorced and Jemima married Charles Remstedt. They lived for a time in CA, but returned to Verdi to live out their lives. (There were Jackman relatives there as well.) Can anyone help? email
B4 Bodley, Wells Looking for any information on my g-grandmother, and g-grandfather. Clifford Wells, and Stella Bodley Wells.
Stella died in Reno Nevada, Washoe county. Her children were:
  • Vada Opal Wells
  • Leona Wells
  • Kenneth Wells
  • Norman Wells.
I am trying to find ANYTHING about Stellas mother and father. I was told that her mother was Indian and married a white man. I believe that Stella was born May 3 1894 and died 1987 in a nursing home. Please help if you can, I have been looking for so long, and there seems to be NOTHING. If you e-mail me, please put the name WELLS in the subject line. I know nothing about Clifford at all. Thanks in advance for your help.
Lou Anne
B5 Bradshaw, Hoskins, Read, Wolfe Looking for descendants of two brothers born in TEXAS who came to the Washoe/Humboldt area of NV. Marshall Hoskins was here by 1900, and Charles joined him by 1910. Charles is listed on census records in Humboldt Co. from 1910 to 1930, but Marshall is found in Washoe Co., where his first wife, Frankie G. READ, daughter of Samuel Read, died in 1945. (Marshall and Frankie also divorced in Reno in 1919, and Reno newspapers indicate he probably remarried in 1925 to a Miss Minnie Bradshaw, also of the area, although the marriage took place in Modesto, CA.)

Marshall & Frankie had three children that lived to adulthood:
  • Nora m. Cox
  • Charles P m. Sicily?
    Their children:
    • Alma m. Smith;
    • Frankie m. Hawkins
    • Erma m. Sullivan
    • George S. m. Mabel R.
      whose son was named Ted Hoskins m. Betty Hopkins
  • May m. Charles A. Livingstone

I am NOT a descendant, but I am a serious researcher of this family because the FATHER of Marshall & Charles P. was a Llano Co. Sheriff in the later 1870's during a lawless time period when a RANGE WAR was raging in Central Texas. Their father, William P. Hoskin, was an important figure in this conflict, and I feel his descendants may be totally unaware of the interesting story entwined in the life of both their father, William P. Hoskins, and their mother, Harriet WOLFE.

Unfortunately, Harriet died after Marshall was born, and by 1880, Wm. P. was so consumed with consumption, he and the two boys had to live with Harriet's half brother and family because William was near death, which occurred just a few months after the census was taken. Both parents are buried in the Board Branch Cem., Lone Grove, Llano Co. TX

Little is known about the parentage of William P. Hoskins, but there is more detail available on Harriet's family. Researchers on the HOODOO RANGE WAR, as it came to be called, are anxious to find more on the family of Wm. P. Hoskins. Hopefully, additional information will come forward with this posting.

Karylon
B6 Bryant, Tennison, Trott Traveiling from MN in or about 1863, a Mr. Bryant and his wife, Abigale, were traveling with a John Tennison and a Miss Trott. (Both ladies were sisters and Mrs. Bryant was lame). They sold their property in Nevada in 1868 or 1869 and moved to Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California.
Have been researching the family of Joseph Trott and the Tennison family. Records and facts I have concern the families to present day and go back to 1790. The few years this branch of the family tree were in Nevada is unclear. Mr. Bryant went in to the hardware business in California and the business was willed to his son in 1939. Any and all information regarding the Francis Marion Bryant, Abigale Trott Bryant, Valina/Velina/Velena Trott or/ John Tennison would greatly be appreciated.
Janet
B7 Buckskin, Smith Looking for information on Tex Smith who was married to Florence Julia Buckskin. Tex Smith had a Wild West show of some sort and was the father of the infamous murderer, Perry Smith (Clutter Family in 1959 Kansas "In Cold Blood by Truman Capote"). Tex died in Reno in 1986. Am trying to trace his wife's family and possibly locate the missing daughter, Barbara. Thank you. Laura
B8 Burns, Randolph, Silva, Urrutia I'm trying to find information on my parents, grandparents, brother, and aunts & uncles. I know many of them are at Mountain View, but I don't have dates. Thank you for any help you can give me. Phyllis
C1 Canfield, Didlake, Johnson, King Looking to find information on Albert L. Johnson, son of Josephine Canfield Johnson Didlake. Last seen in any listing was when he signed his mothers death cert. on June 12, 1965 in Lovelock, Pershing Co., NV. Relatives lived in Washoe County. Marcena
C2 Clinard Looking for the obit for Don J. Clinard died in Washoe County, NV October 3, 2002. Just trying to find out where they laid him to rest and if any family members were left. Jeannie
C3 Coleman I'm looking for information on Sue P. Coleman, died Reno 9 Aug, 1997. Linda
D1 Duncan, Long I was just doing research on my ancestor, Lieutenant Robert L. Duncan, when I came across a book called: The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, vol. 25; History of Nevada I read through some of it and found it so very interesting, but much more when I came across my GG-Grandfather's name! He was in the 2nd California Calvary, Company F, but was attached to Company I during the period of May 30, 1865 to May 1866. It was written, and I quote; "..Troubles continuing in northern Nevada, Captain Conrad of Company B, of that organization, and a detachment of Company I, under Lieutenant Duncan, with eight citizens, had a battle on the morning of the 12th of January, 1866, with the Indiana on Fish Creek, sixty-five miles west of Paradise Valley. The conflict was a determined one on both sides, the savages being led by Captain John, a chief of the Warner Lake Shoshones, who had killed Colonel McDermit. After a three hour's fight the troops were victorious, slaying thirty-five warriors, capturing ten women with their children, and destroying their supplies..."

I just received his Civil War file from NARA and am able to follow where he went from month to month. He served from August 1861 until July 866. He died on September 19, 1878, in Moscow Territory, Idaho. From family notes I can verify that "his hat and coat were found in Indian Territory." I guess he continued to serve our country, but as a civilian, and lost his battle at the young age of 42. He is buried in MOSCOW CEMETERY, Moscow, Idaho.

I know there were battles being fought between the Indians and settlers, perhaps that is how the retired Lieutenant Robert Duncan died.

Robert Duncan was born in 1836, in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. His family removed to Dubuque County, Iowa about 1851. Robert went west by 1861 and enlisted in the California Calvary. Eventually his parents, Samuel and Margaret (Long) Duncan, and brother, John K. Duncan, came to California and settled in Solano County.

I wonder if anyone knows of this family?

Kathy
E1 Einstine Need any reference to William Einstein, my great grandfather. Any help appreciated. Thank you. email
F1 Fiege I would like family and professional information on my deceased mother, born Reba Fiege, in Sparks, and her parents, Henry Fiege and his wife, name unknown. Henry Fiege was a druggist in Sparks when my mother was born there, September 27, 1909. Within several years, perhaps 1913, Henry and wife divorced or moved to Southern California. Don't know which event occurred first, the move or the divorce. Any assistance you may render will be appreciated. email
F2 Foster, Robinson My father was born James Kenneth Foster, September 26 1928 in Washoe County Nevada to Viola and Wesley L Foster and subsequently adopted by Herschel Calvin Robinson and Florence Edna Robinson about eighteen days later in Reno. I am seeking any information regarding the above. Thank You. Kit

G1 Goldman My G. Uncle Curtis W. (Jack) Goldman, b. 1878, Illinois, died January 1946 in Reno. He was in to gold/silver fields of Colorado and Nevada from about 1900 until arriving in Reno in 1926 with his fortune made. He then owned the Golden Cab Co. and the The Brunswick Club in Golden. I am trying to find the details from Tonopah, Goldfield, Virginia City 1912-1925. I know where he is buried; I know of his family, siblings, but I don't know about him from 1900-1937. Thank you for any help. Curtis
G2 Goodman My mother's brother, JOHN EDWARD GOODMAN died in a Navy hospital in Reno, Nevada on or near January 8, 1958. He was in the Navy stationed at Portsmouth, NH. He was born in 1923 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH.

The obit says he died of a heart attack. He was 37 years old. There has always been a rumor in the family that he was beaten to death. His obit did not list his wife or children, only his parents, brother and 3 sisters. My Mom knows he had a family in California. She does not remember his wife's name. Is it possible to get a copy of his death certificate? Wouldn't that have a wife listed? I greatly appreciate any direction and help. I would love to find his family for my Mom...she is 75..she remembers he had 3 daughters, one named Sheila, not much more. Thank you very much.
Priscilla
H1 Huff Looking for information on Otis Huff and wife Maria. Otis died in Reno, Nevada in the late 1990's. Beverly
H2 Huggins, Just Grace A. Just (divorced, maiden name unknown), seeking any information on:
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • maiden name
She married Ray E. Huggins on March 12, 1945 in Reno, Washoe County, NV.
Jerry
K1 Koff Looking for information about burial place of Paul Koff born 1906 CA, died Sparks June of 1968. This is my Uncle, and I would like to know what happened to his wife. Candace
L1 Lemmons I got some information that a Boyd LEMMONS was mentioned in the Daily Nevada State Journal (Reno) and am wondering how I could find this. It would probably be in the early 1940's. Thank you. Edith
M1 Mann I found Fannie M. Mann, b. Aug 3, 1901, died Feb 2, 1998, last residence of Washoe Valley, Washoe Co., Nevada. I'm trying to find an obit, or someone who knew of this lady. I'm trying to find out if she was the widow of Pendleton Mann, who was born in 1888 in Tennessee. I found Pendleton and Fannie M. Mann in 1930 Harris Co., Texas. Barbara
M2 Molder, Smith Looking for any info on Buford R Smith, died in Sparks, Washoe, Nevada Dec l978. He was born 1916 in Oklahoma. His wife was named Viola. Need location of grave if known, or names of any children they may have had.

Buford was part Cherokee Indian, the son of George Smith and Edna Molder who were originally from Tennessee. They all lived in Lincoln County Oklahoma during 1930's.

If anyone has any info on this family please contact me at this email address. Many thanks,
Chris
O1 Outland I am seeking information on Orland T. Outland--1923-2000. He was a Major during WW II. He was a journalist for the Sparks Newspaper.

I need info on his ancestors--parents, grandparents. Please email me if you have info. Thank you.
Joan
P1 Peterson I am searching for information on Edward Peter Peterson or Peter Edward Peterson born 16 August , 1860 in Norway . He died 18 January 1937 in Washoe County. Any information about him would be appreciated. Norma
P2 Price Heirs of William Price, son of Thomas Price. John Price. Zachariah of other, Washoe Co., NV Died 11-17-1893. Need information on any of the above. Jo
Q1 Quinn, Stewart I am seeking family history. The Quinn's lived in Reno since the late 1800's. My uncle's name was Frank, my great grandmother was Addie Stewart (nee Quinn). I think they were both born here; I know they died in Reno. Leslie
S1 Silas I am looking for information on Raymond Silas who died in 1973 in Washoe County. Any info would be helpful. email
S2 Stevens I am searching for any information on these names:
  • Carleton Farnum STEVENS
  • Judson Elliott STEVENS
  • Beatrice Elliott STEVENS
They can be found in Reno, Washoe County and Tonopah, Nye County. I will be grateful to have anything you know of these persons.
Elliott
V1 Van Cleave, Van Cleve Interesting in exchanging information on a Albert J. Van Cleve who died in November, 1975 in Washoe County, Nevada. Jill Cochell

 



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