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2051 WWII veteran, survived radiation poisoning after Hiroshima, died of cancer in 1977. Taylor, Earl Wendell (I2423)
2052 YOLO DEMOCRAT, Thursday, April 16, 1896

After a Lingering Illness, He Expired Wednesday Night.

William D. Campbell died at his residence, near Agricultural Park, Wednesday night. He had been ill with organic diseases of the heart and liver for about three years and was confined to his bed for several weeks.

The deceased was a native of Cooper county, Missouri, where he was born on July 28, 1845. He came to California in 1856, locating near Buckeye, and has since been a resident of Yolo county.

In 1870 he was married to Miss Cali¬fornia Spurgeon, and the fruit of that union has been four sons and two daughters. All the family survives the father.
The deceased also leaves three brothers and three sisters, as follows:
Jesse and .John, of this county, and Stonewall, of Fresno; Mrs. Maggie Bowers, of Oroville, Mrs. Alice Lam¬bert, of Fresno, and Mrs. Sarah Monroe, of Madison.
Mr. Campbell was a good citizen, a kind neighbor, an indulgent father and an affectionate husband. He was loyal to his friends and grateful to those who befriended him. 
Campbell, William D. (I8356)
2053 [George and Sopia Brown of Lamar Co, Texas are conjectural parents for Mary but are not yet proven. See below.]

We don’t know very much about great-grandmother, Mary Ann “Molly” Lee. Family legend has it that Molly was found as a baby in Texas at the site of a burned out wagon train inside a wrecked wagon. Folks who ran a stage stop found her and the only thing they could find in the wagon had the name “Brown” on it, so they named her Mary Ann Brown. They raised her and she worked at the stage stop. One uncle of mine claimed that she ran off with the “Flying Lees” when the circus came to town. That’s quite a story and we may never know the truth.

In 1869 Mary was first married in Tulare County to George Balaam, Sr., a 64 year-old British-born rancher who had traveled from Texas to California by wagon train in 1853. It appears she did not stay with him long, because by the mid-1870 census George is alone and she cannot be found. They were divorced in 1871 about the same time she had her first child in Lone Pine, Inyo County with John Harvey Lee.

By 1880 Mary Ann Brown is separated from John Harvey Lee and soon to marry his younger brother, Joe Lee. She already had the first five of her ten children.

Molly’s death certificate states that she came to California when she was four years old and that her father’s name was J. Brown. Since her husband was still living at the time of her death, we assume that he provided the information for that document; and it seems to me that if anyone knew about her family and her past it would have been John and Joe Lee.

At various times, Joe and Molly Lee ran three ranches in Santa Ynez and later raised stock in Calabasas. In later years her son Fred, George Frederick Lee, was their agent. He would stay in downtown Los Angeles and facilitate the buying and selling of beef. We know about Fred Lee’s role in the family business because his daughter, Verna, had kept a letter written by Molly Lee to her son discussing the availability of stock. The letter was addressed to Fred Lee at a downtown Los Angeles post office in 1908. We have to remember that the distance between Calabasas and Los Angeles City seemed much greater back then, when travel was on horseback or by stage. Molly raised nine of her 10 children to adulthood. Only Lucy, her youngest with first husband John Lee, was lost in childhood.

Great Grandma must have been a strong woman to withstand the hardships and challenges of her pioneering life. Her granddaughter, Thelma LaGier, claimed that Molly’s hair never turned completely gray. I think that’s rather symbolic of the fortitude of the tough, hardworking frontier-woman known as Molly Lee.

Carley Bisher Worth,

Research: Mary first married John Harvey Lee but later divorced him. She was living with his brother, Joseph C. Lee, in Castroville near Monterey, California in June of 1880 along with all her children and married him later that year. According to Thelma Thomas, Mary's hair never turned gray. She died of a pulmonary embolus.

Mary's death certificate does not show her middle name. It shows her birth date as 1 May 1851. There is a Mary M. Brown listed in the 1870 census for Farmersville, Tulare Co., CA. It shows her as 16 years old (should be 19 to be our Mary Brown) and born in Texas. She is living with a 38 year old Joseph Brown, born in Kentucky. However, the 1880 census shows her as his wife - so it cannot be our Molly Brown. Could not find her in the census in 1870 in Tulare.

A Mary Ann Brown is shown in the 1850 Red River Co., Texas census as a daughter of George Brown (age 23, born in Alabama). According to probate records in Lamar Co., Texas, George died in 1858 and his children were assigned to William Brown of Lamar Co. as guardian. Mary appears with William and his wife and children in the 1860 census. Autosomal tests for descendants of three of William’s daughters match our Mary Ann Brown’s descendants. Our working theory is that George and William were brothers. Based on additional circumstantial evidence, we think George, William, and another brother, Caleb, were sons of William R. Brown who was the 1st sheriff of Lamar County, Texas and who might have served in the Texas war of independance. This William Brown Sr. was born around 1781 in North Carolina. He was living with his son, Caleb, in 1850 in Lamar. We think William Brown Jr.’s son, Thomas, was living with Caleb’s family in the 1860 census. William Brown Jr.’s marriage record in 1836 in Alabama lists his father as “William Brown Sr.”.

Another Brown family, that of William H. Brown and Elizabeth (Stowell) Brown left Lamar Co. in 1853 for Los Angeles in a wagon train. They had a daughter Mary as well who may have been raised by her grandmother Stowell who had remarried a Joseph Morrow in El Monte after the deaths of Mary’s parents. This Mary Brown is listed as “Mary H Brown” age 1 in 1850 in Lamar Co., Texas, and “Mary M. Morrow” age 8 when living with her grandmother and step-grandfather in El Monte, California in 1860. Two daugthers of the Brown family, Permelia Stark and Margaret McKenzie, ended up in Tulare Co., California. However, a matrilineal descendant of Elizabeth Stowell’s mother was tested for mtDNA and she does not match a matrilineal descendant of Mary Ann Brown (Carley Worth). So this family has been ruled out, unless they were adoptive parents of our Mary Ann Brown.

Additional triangulated Autosomal DNA matches indicate that our Browns originally may have come from Blount Co., Alabama to Texas in the late 1830s. They were living in Wilkes Co., North Carolina in the late 1700s and early 1800s and in Pittsylvania, Virginia before that. However most of this is suggestive based on multiple DNA segment matches and needs more research. 
Brown, Mary Ann (I1700)
2054 [mtDNA has proven that Elizabeth Stowell Brown is not our Mary Ann Brown’s mother. So Wm. Harrison Brown & Elizabeth are not her parents. So the conjecture that follows is not correct.]

The family was living in Lamar Co., Texas in 1850 and left on a wagon train of 100 wagons bound for California in April, 1853, arriving in El Monte in November of the same year. Other families in the wagon train included the Glass, Stark, and Balaam families who all ended up later in Tulare Co., CA. It would seem that Elizabeth’s mother, Margaret Stowell, was also on the train because she was married in El Monte in 1856 and may have raised young Mary Brown.

We have found no record of William’s death, but it appears he and Elizabeth may have been dead prior to the 1860 census because Mary’s grandmother is raising her by then. On the other hand, a William Harrison Brown appears in the Great Register of Voters for Kern County, California in 1866 and a W H Brown is listed as a miner in Mariposa County (Hornitos), California. His age is about right (45) and birthplace is North Carolina. Could Elizabeth have died and William H Brown struck out to find his fortune in the goldfields, leaving his children in Los Angeles with their maternal grandmother?

Autosomal DNA matches indicate that William’s family originally came from Blount Co., Alabama to Texas in the late 1830s. They were living in Wilkes Co., North Carolina in the late 1700s and early 1800s and in Pittsylvania, Virginia before that. However most of this is suggestive based on multiple triangulated DNA segment matches and could be incorrect.

We believe Mary Ann Brown was the daughter of William Harrison and Elizabeth Stowell Brown because:

1. There is a DNA match to a descendant of another Brown family also living in Lamar Co., Texas in 1850.
2. Mary’s first husband, George Balaam Sr., was on the 1853 wagon train that Wm. and Elizabeth took to California and his family was living near Mary and her grandmother in El Monte in the 1860 census.
3. Members of the family wound up in Tulare Co. by 1869 when Mary married George Balaam Sr. there.
4. A descendant of Mary (Carley Bisher Worth) has many autosomal matches to persons with the Stowell ancestry.

However, alternate scenarios are possible. At this point we guess that William and Elizabeth Stowell are 75% probable to be Mary’s parents. 
Brown, William Harrison (I9172)
2055 [per Terry Chaffee] Last known address for Mr.  Homer Righetti:                                                                         271 Birch St, Cayucos,Ca.
Children: 2 sons 1 daughter, now Mrs O'Conner. The one daughter, has a daughter Susan O'Conner Huntington who has 4 girls and 1 boy; location unknown.
This same daughter also has a son, Lawrence O'Conner. Location also unknown. 
Righetti, Homer (I10269)
2056 “Children” below are actually all other unidentified Lees in Howard Co. Missouri in the various censuses up to 1850. They are not (necessarily) siblings of Richard Lee.

Hancock Lee and Mary Willis are often given for the parents of Richard Lee but many researchers dispute this and DNA tests have shown it cannot be the case. 
Lee, Unconfirmed (I9156)
2057 “Joseph R. Yoakley is the fifth of the nine children born to his parents. The first seventeen years of his life were passed on the farm and the following three years were passed in a printing office. In 1876 he came to Texas, stopped in Tarrant county four years, and then settled in Shiloh, where for the past eight years he as been engaged in general merchandising. He received the appointment of postmaster in November, 1885, and has filled the postion until the present time to the entire satisfaction of the community. In March 1882, Mr. Yoakley married Miss Georgia Mills, daughter of Dr. Mills, of Alabama, and there have been born to this union two children -- W. Carlos and C. Wallace.”

“JR had a general store, a sawmill & was a blacksmith. Said to be a Scottsman. Member of "Woodmen of
the World". Had sons: Wallos, Carl, Berlos & Joseph & a daughter Wilma.”

The family was living in Denton Co., Texas in 1900.

“J. R. Yoakley Dead

Record-Chronicle, Special
WAKETON, June 26. -- J.R. Yoakley, a well known businessman of Yoakley’s Store near Shiloh, died at his home Saturday afternoon of heart failure, and was buried in Shiloh cemetery Sunday, several from here attending the services.

Mr. Yoakley was well known thruout his section of the county where he had lived for many years. He was postmaster at Shiloh a number of years before that office was discontinued.”

Yoakley opened his store in 1880 and operated it until his death in 1917. His wife ran the store thereafter at least until the 1930s. It was one of the oldest businesses continuously run in Denton Co. It was a general merchandise business in the 1880s, and for many years the Yoakleys had a large volume of trade, supplying the needs of the people over a wide area of the county. In the earlier days a large stock of merchandise, including dry goods and clothing, was carried, but with the advent of better roads and faster means of travel, more of the people in that section traded in larger communities, and by the 1930s a smaller stock of goods, consisting largely of groceries and various household articles, is carried. 
Yoakley, Joseph Richard (I7057)
2058 “Son Carl's children were JR, Adalaie, Carline, Ernestine,Monty & Donald.”

Carlos is living with his deceased wife’s parents, E & M.E. Newton, in Ochiltree, Texas in 1910. He and his wife, Curtis, are living as roomers in Fort Worth, Texas in 1930. 
Yoakley, Wilton Carlos (I2022)
2059 • EVENT: 12 SEP 1918, St. Mihiel, France?wounded during WWI at Battle of St. Mihiel, 1st Sgt. CO. C, 356 Inf., ?89 Division Lee, Wilfred Clay (I8024)

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