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2051 [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)
2052 [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)
2053 “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)
2054 “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)
2055 “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)
2056 • 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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