* Genealogy of the Toombs Family *
(version January 16, 2017)
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  1. Thomas Toombs (1795-1852) was born on Feb. 7, 1795, probably in or near Buckinghamshire, England, according to a family history written by his great-granddaughter Ida Bushnell. His most likely parents are Joseph Toombs and Jane Cogdell, who were married on Oct. 26, 1775 in Stony Stratford, Northamptonshire and settled in the nearby town of Potterspury. However, there is some controversy regarding this parentage that we will address later. The same birth year of 1795 is recorded on his tombstone, and a 1795 birth date is back calculated for him from his stated age on the 1850 U.S. Census. His wife Ann Willis was born in 1789 in Buckinghamshire, according to Ida Bushnell's family history, and this same birth date is also inscribed on her tombstone. They were married on June 5, 1815 in the market town of Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, where there is a plot of open land known as Toombs Meadow that sits on the southeast side of bridge that crosses the Ouse river from Stony Stratford over to Potterspury, Northamptonshire a mere three miles away.

    Various written family reminiscences recall that Thomas and Ann sailed about 1830 with their five children to the United States to settle in Oneida County in central New York, probably in or near the town of Sangerfield. A 1907 obituary for their daughter Sarah states that Thomas became a U.S. citizen in 1835 in Oneida County, and then moved their family west in 1839 to a settlement in Racine County, Wisconsin that was known back then as Foxville, but later came to be called Burlington. They evidently followed their daughter Elizabeth, who had settled with her husband Heman Loomis in Foxville three years earlier.

    Although we do not know how the Toombs family traveled from New York to Wisconsin, they very likely came by sailing through the Great Lakes with Captain Francis McCumber (1806-1888) on his ship the Caroline - a 60-ft, 75-ton, two-masted schooner built in 1837 in Oswego, New York. If such is the case, they sailed with McCumber from Sackets Harbor in upstate New York to a landing in the Wisconsin Territory somewhere between Milwaukee and Chicago. McCumber was one of three partners who owned the Caroline, and he brought many of the early settlers to Foxville. The fact that he later settled land close to the Toombs farm, and was probably related to them by marriage, makes it all the more likely that his ship brought them to Wisconsin.

    Thomas and Ann homesteaded a 40-acre plot in Foxville on the east bank of the Fox River, just in front of the farm that their daughter Elizabeth and her husband had homesteaded three years prior. Then, after living on the land, farming it, and paying to the government a set price (usually a dollar an acre), Thomas on March 1, 1848 was awarded a patent (i.e., ownership) to his farm from the federal government. The site of the old Toombs homestead can be found today just south of town on Brever Road, where it makes its closest pass to a bend in the river. Part of it is on Bushnell Park, which is named for Thomas Toomb's great grandaughter Ida Bushnell who donated what was left of the family farm to the city of Burlington.

    Thomas Toombs died on Oct. 22, 1852 (or perhaps on Oct. 28, which may actually be the date of a claim on his estate) on the Toombs farm, and he is buried nearby in the Old Burlington Cemetery, which is where the pioneer graves of Burlington are located. The site of the pioneer graves sits on a separate hill that is northeast of the main, better-known Burlington Cemetery. Ann died on May 7, 1857 at the Toombs farm, and she shares a headstone in the same cemetery with Thomas. Their tombstone there is clearly a recent replacement, but the original stone is believed to be in the possession of the Burlington Historical Society.

    Although all the available evidence seems to demonstrate that Thomas Toombs of Burlington was born in 1795 in England, there are a number of online family trees that show him to have been baptized on Feb. 3, 1792 to parents Samuel and Sarah Toombs in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire. However, this is in clear contradiction to the 1795 birth date that we discussed earlier. Moreover, the Thomas Toombs who was baptized in 1792 appears to have been the eldest son of two children. This makes it likely that he inherited all, or most of whatever assets his parents had, and makes it much less likely that he would have chosen to immigrate with his wife and several children to the United States. A much more likely possibility is that the Thomas Toombs we seek, is a second, younger Thomas Toombs who was baptized to parents Joseph Toombs and Jane Cogdell on June 14, 1795 in Potterspury, Northamptonshore, a small village that lies only three miles from Stony Stratford. Thomas Toombs of Potterspury was the youngest of a family of at least ten children. This means that he probably inherited little to nothing of his parents assets, and makes him a much more likely candidate for the Thomas Toombs who immigrated with his family to America to seek his fortune.

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    Elizabeth Toombs (1818-1847) was born on Aug. 6, 1818 in Buckinghamshire, England; and was married at the age of 17 to married Heman Loomis (1807-1847) on Aug. 31, 1835 in New York, probably in Sangerfield, Oneida County, which was where Heman had been born on Aug. 24, 1807. Unfortuantely, Heman was distantly related to and had the same last name as the notorious Loomis family gang of Nine Mile Swamp near Sangerfield, and he may have chosen to move out of state to avoid being associated with his infamous relations. In any event, Heman and Ellizabeth in 1836 moved to Wisconsin, where they were among the first settlers of Foxville, which later became known as Burlington. They homesteaded a location near the Fox River, just behind the plot where Elizabeth's parents would settle three years later. Elizabeth and Heman had four children, all born on their farm, and although there is some dispute about it, their son Charles is said in some sources to have been the first child born in Burlington. Elizabeth died in Burlington in late 1847, possibly in September, and Heman died shortly thereafter on November 2. Both Elizabeth and Heman are buried in the Old Burlington Cemetery, near where Elizabeth's parents, who survived them, would later be buried. The U.S. Census of 1850 shows that after Elizabeth and Heman's passing, three of their children - Charles, Charlotte and Mary - were living with Elizabeth's parents, and Caroline, the fourth child was with the family of Nathaniel Dickinson. Elizabeth and Heman's children are listed below.

    • Charles William Loomis (1838-1915) was born May 1, 1838, and is said by some to be the first child born in Burlington. He married Hannah Britton (1843-1915) and had a daughter named Lottie Loomis (1866-1935), who married her cousin Seymour Hollister (1845-1916), the son of Asa Hollister and Sarah Toombs.

    • Caroline Louisa Loomis (1841-1909) was born March 22, 1841 in Burlington and married Frank Amos (1840-1901), who had worked on her father's farm as a laborer and later operated a lumber business in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with his brother-in-law Seymour Hollister. Caroline and Frank had two daughters - Edith Florence Amos (1870-1949), who married John George Morris (1865-1935); and Ida Amos (b. c.1871). Edith has present-day descendants living in Wisconsin.

    • Charlotte L. Loomis (1844-1925) was born April 6, 1844 in Burlington. Sometime after her parents died, she was adopted by the Remingtons. She married Alonzo S. Wortman on Oct. 21, 1875 in Wheatland, Wisconsin. She died November 16, 1925 in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin, and is buried in the Gilmanton Cemetery.

    • Mary Loomis (b. 1846) was born Sept. 3, 1846 in Burlington and married Amos Lee Earle on Mar. 28, 1871 in Oshkosh. They had four children - Wilbur, Lilly, Roy and Ina.

    Samuel Toombs (1820-1902) was born on Feb. 24, 1820 in Buckinghamshire, England, and emigrated with his parents about 1830 to New York State. He then came with them in 1839 to Burlington, Wisconsin, where they settled a farm near the Fox River. He married Artemesia Rose (1830-1919), the sister of a fellow settler in nearby Yorkville named Vincent Rose (1819-1879), on April 18, 1850 in Yorkville, Racine County, Wisconsin. Artemesia, who had been born on May 6, 1830 in Fort Montgomery, New York (near West Point) was the daughter of Reuben Carter Rose (1795-1875) and Charlotte Weyant (1799-1853), and her parents owned a farm in Orange County, New York that became part of the West Point Military Academy, after Reuben sold the land to the government.

    The California Gold Rush of 1849 lured many Burlington settlers west, and Samuel followed his brother William to California in 1851-52 by taking the Isthmus of Panama route, bringing with him William's wife and baby daughter. They sailed first in the fall and winter of 1851 to the Atlantic Coast of the Isthmus of Panama, and crossed by land to the Pacific side. They then caught the Gold Hunter steamer at the port of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua on Dec. 9, 1851 for a 23-day voyage to San Francisco, stopping en route on Dec. 30 at San Diego, and landing on Jan. 2, 1852 at San Francisco. A long stage ride then brought them to William at Hangtown (Placerville). Samuel remained in the gold fields for seven years before returning to Wisconsin, said to be none the richer, where he lived out the rest of his life. Samuel died on Nov. 4, 1902 at the old Toombs farm, his death apparently brought on by a long period of feebleness, but hastened by a broken arm. Artemisia died on Feb. 24, 1919, after being bed-ridden for more than a year. Both are buried in the Burlington Cemetery, the modern one, and not the Old Burlington Cemetery where Samuel's parents lie. Samuel and Artemisia had three children:

     

    Samuel Toombs and wife Artemesia Rose
     
    • Sarah Adelaide Toombs (1851-1936) was born on Nov. 15, 1851, probably at the Toombs farm, and married William K. Bushnell (1848-1940) on Nov. 20, 1870 in Burlington. William's father David Bushnell was one of the first settlers of Foxville (Burlington). Sarah died on Nov. 30, 1936 in Burlington, and was survived by Ida Bushnell (1875-1966), her only surviving child. However, there may have been two other children - Charlie and Lois - who died young. Ida was born on Sept. 5, 1875; and died single on June 15, 1966 on the Bushnell farm. Ida from 1943-1948 wrote an Early History of the Toombs Family. She was the last of the Toombs and Bushnell family to live in Burlington. When she died she donated the family farm to the city of Burlington for a popular park that is now known as Bushnell Park.

    • Jerome Toombs (1852-1943) was born on Mar. 6, 1852 in Burlington, Wisconsin, but he spent the first seven years of his life at his grandfather Reuben Rose's farm in West Point, New York, while his father Samuel was looking for gold in California. The family reunited when Samuel returned home after many years away, and they returned to Burlington to work the farm near the Fox River that Samuel inherited from his parents. Jerome left Wisconsin in 1878 and moved to Harrison County, Iowa, where he became a boarder at the farm of Orson Edmonds (1840-1903), after whom the town of Orson, Iowa is named. Orson and Jerome became partners in a grain and livestock business, and when Orson died in 1903, Jerome stayed on with Orson's widow Mary "Maggie" Burns (1847-1915) to run the business. He and Maggie then married on June 29, 1905, two years after Orson's passing. Maggie died on June 19, 1915, and Jerome continued on at the farm as before.

      Jerome became the main grain supplier for the Orson area, and when he made a trip back to Wisconsin just after Maggie's passing, his wife's niece, a widow named Mary "Mollie" Ethel Stockwell (1879-1977), came with her two children to look after the farm in Jerome's absence. However, Mollie and the kids decided to stay on when Jerome returned, and he and Mollie were married on Feb. 1, 1817, when they decided to make their arrangement permanent. Mollie's first husband was Winfield Scott Jones (1874-1909), whose mother Margaret was the sister of Jerome's first wife Maggie. Although Jerome never had children of his own, he raised Mollie's - Satt and Fields - as if they his. When he and Mollie in later years could no longer take care of the Edmond's place, they sold it, and moved on Sept. 10, 1943 to the Missouri Valley home of Jerome's stepdaughter Satt Mead. The move was hard on Jerome, as he had spent nearly 65 years on the farm. He died a few weeks later on Oct. 25, 1943, when he fell down a rise in front of Satt's house, hit his head on a curb, and fractured his skull. Although he died in Iowa, he is buried with his parents in Wisconsin in Burlington Cemetery, where his tombstone has a death date inscribed on it of Oct. 18, 1943, which is inconsistant with his obituary in a local Iowa newspaper. Both of his wives are buried in Little Sioux Cemetery in Little Sioux, Iowa.

    • Albert "Allie" Samuel Toombs (1863-1943) was born on Dec. 4, 1863 in Burlington, Wisconsin; and married Isadora Florence Richards (1867-1930) on Dec. 31, 1887 in Burlington. He moved in 1914 to Pompey's Pillar in Montana, where he died on Jan. 22, 1943 of a heart attack. His frozen body was found in the ranch house where he lived alone. He is buried with Isadora in Wisconsin in Burlington Cemetery. They had no children.

    William Toombs (1824-1892), who follows:

    Sarah Toombs (1827-1907) was born on Aug. 22, 1827 in Buckinghamshire, England, and came first to New York with her parents and then to Wisconsin. She was married at the age of 15 to Asa Hollister (1817-1890) on Nov. 20, 1842 in Burlington, Wisconsin, and they settled in 1845 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where Asa erected the second hotel in Winnebago County, and was in the lumber business. Later three of their sons - William (18431896), Seymour (18451916) and Guy (18671909) - took over the family lumber business and formed a partnership with Seymour's brother-in-law Frank Amos. Two other children were Anna (b. 1856), who died an infant, and Philip (b. 1859). Asa died in 1890 in Shawano, Wisconsin, while visiting his son William, and Sarah died on March 30, 1907 in Oshkosh. Both are buried in Oshkosh with their sons Phillip and Guy in the Riverside Catholic Cemetery.

     

    Asa Hollister and wife Sarah Toombs
     
    Aurelia (Aurillia) Toombs (1830-1880) was born on Aug. 13, 1830, probably in Buckinghamshire, England, came to the United states as an infant, and was married at the age of 16 to John W. Edmonds (c.1818-1883) on Jan. 1, 1847 in Burlington. John was the first wagonmaker of Burlington, and possibly the brother or a relative of Henry Edmonds, who was the first blacksmith. Aurelia and John had two sons - Clark (b. c.1848) and James (1850-1921). She died on Feb 8, 1880 in Burlington, and she is buried with John in the main Burlington Cemetery.

     

  2. William Toombs (1824-1892), the son of Ann Willis and Thomas Toombs, was born on Jan. 31, 1824 in Buckinghamshire, England, probably either in Stony Stratford where his parents had been married, or in the neighboring towns of Potterspury or Deanshanger, where Toombs is a common family name. He sailed with his family about 1830 to New York, and from thence in 1839 settled with them in the pioneer town of Burlington in Racine County, Wisconsin. There he met Frances Maria Smith, who had been born in New York on Sept. 25 (or 24), 1825 and settled in Burlington, probably in the 1830s, with her brother and widowed mother Nancy Smith. William and Francis were married in Dover, Wisconsin on Aug. 17, 1846 (or Aug. 24, 1847); and their daughter Ellen was born April 1849. Despite having just become a father, William, who as the younger son of Thomas probably stood to inherit little to nothing, left home in mid-1849 during the Gold Rush and headed west to California. He is said to have traveled with a light wagon in a company of men from Racine County that included Antony Meinhardt (1839-1891) and Samuel Cooper - Antony returning home seven years later to great reknown to become a prominent Burlington banker. William and his companions arrived in El Dorado County, California in January 1850 after a journey of several months, said nonetheless to be a faster journey than most, and settled in for the winter at the notorious mining settlement of "Hangtown", which later became Placerville.

    Midsummer of 1850, William was caught up in the El Dorado Indian War, which began when Indians were accused of murdering a miner, and an 800-man militia was recruited by Sheriff Uncle Billy Rogers to subdue the "savages". The Hangtown militia camped out at Jack "Cockeyed" Johnson's trading post at Johnson's Ranch at Six-Mile House, which was near modern Camino about six miles out of Hangtown, and on the Johnson's Cut-off trail to Carson Valley, Nevada. Plenty of gold dust flowed into Johnson's coffers at the trading post, but little else was accomplished except for a few patrols that made forays into the hills, but found no Indians. Wisely, the Indians hid in the high country, and waited till the following Spring when the militia disbanded, before descending on Diamond Springs, downstream from Six-Mile House, to raid a few cabins.

    The war started anew in May of 1851 when William was with a group of prospectors on the Consumnes River, not far from Diamond Springs, panning and sluicing gold along a stretch of the river between the Wisconsin Bar and the Middle Fork. One night after William and his partners - who included Davidson, Morris, Esterbrook, Kerkuf and Wade - bedded down, they were attacked by Indians. Wade was killed in the ambush, but the rest escaped across the river on fallen logs, making their way in the darkness to Johnson's trading post. A new militia hastily assembled and engaged the Indians in a few brief skirmishes. During one of these encounters, William's partner Mr. Courier, who had crossed the plains with William and Antony Meinhardt, was killed, and another man wounded. Several Indians were killed as well, but things quited down after a few days, and the militia disbanded for good. (There is an article on the Placerville Indian War in the Oakland Tribune, Aug. 17, 1947)

    William continued prospecting and became known to his peers as "Honest Billie", due to his trustworthy nature. In fact, it is said that miners often trusted him with their gold dust. His grandaughter Mary Toombs Carty also remembers stories from her father about how Honest Billie played the fiddle and would entertain at dances and gatherings. A picture of Honest Billy smoking his pipe and looking very much the pleasant fellow, probably taken sometime in the late 1880s or early 1890s, is shown on the left.

    Deciding to make Hangtown his home, Honest Billy brought his wife Frances and 2-year old daughter Ellen out to join him in 1852 - their arrival apparently causing quite a stir among the miners when their stagecoach rolled into town. They came with William's older brother Samuel, who made the journey in 1852 by ship, with a land crossing of the Isthmus of Panama to change from a ship on the Atlantic side to one on the Pacific side. Their ship, which was a 172-ft long wooden side-wheel steamer named the Gold Hunter, arrived in San Francisco on Jan. 2, 1852, after a 23-day voyage from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

    The family settled first in the mining camp of "Coon Hollow", on the southeast side of Placerville, then moved six miles north of town in 1861 to a proper home in White Rock Canyon, on the South Fork of the American River. Later in 1866, William bought from Alfred Briggs the old Wooster Ranch (W/2 of Sec 24-T11N-R11E), a 320-acre homestead in the canyon. He was a awarded Federal patent (full ownership) to part of the homestead on Sept. 13, 1876 (Land Office Doc ID #1127) with Peter Nimon as co-owner, then he received patent on Feb. 10, 1881 (Doc ID #97076) to the rest of the land with himself as sole owner.

    William probably panned and sluiced for gold in his early days like most 49ers, but the pickings were slim, and he eventually turned to mining. He no doubt worked several claims over his career, but he eventually owned the Thistle Placer Mine, in the SE/4 of Sec 33-T11N-R11E, just west of his White Rock Canyon home. He and three partners, one of whom was his son-in-law Michael Sexton, were awarded a patent (full ownership) on Sept. 23, 1876 to the 110-acre claim (Land Office Doc ID #1960). This mine was probably a shaft that pierced through a lava cap covering the area, thereby giving access to the ancient Deep Blue Lead river channel hidden beneath. William probably dug down to where the gold-bearing gravels, called placers, sat right on top of the bedrock, which is one of the best places to find gold. Several 1885 California mining publications state that "the Toombs placer mine, located north of the Ward aud Lowes, is being worked successfully." The family in 1905 still owned the mine when we read that "the Toombs boys property at White Rock has been bonded for $15,000 to C.E. Seymour."

    William's mother-in-law Nancy Smith journeyed out from Wisconsin to join the rest of the family in Placerville sometime prior to the 1870 census, and probably just after the 1869 completion of the transcontinental railroad. Grandma Smith lived with the family for several years, and died on on Dec. 29, 1879 in White Rock Canyon. She is buried with the rest of the family in the old Union Cemetery in Placerville.

    William "Honest Billy" Toombs died on April 8, 1892 in White Rock, and Francis died on April 10, just two days later. Both probably died from the flu. Rector Charles Caleb Pierce (1825-1903) and Rev. James Young performed the funeral service. Although William's obituary notes that he was a member of Peirce's Episcopal Church of Our Savior, it also notes that he seldom attended Sunday services. Nonetheless, Rev. Peirce between 1869 and 1890 married at least four of the Toombs children - Ellen, Sarah, Mary and Charles. Only William Louis Toombs appears to have married elsewhere. Frances Toombs, who apparently had been a Presbyterian in Wisconsin, attended Rev. Young's M.E. (Methodist Episcopal) church. Both William and Frances are buried in the old Union Cemetery in Placerville, in the part of the cemetery set aside for members of Morning Star Lodge No. 20 of the I.O.O.F. (Oddfellows) Fraternal Order.

     

    Placerville about 1851, shortly after
    William Toombs arrived there.

    William Toombs and wife Francis Maria Smith
     

    San Francisco about 1851, just before
    Francis Toombs arrived there by ship.
     
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    • Ellen Julia Toombs (1848-1883) was born on March 31, 1848 in Burlington, Wisconsin, and arrived with her mother in Placerville in January of 1852 by stage coach, with her uncle Samuel Toombs as their escort. She married James Lotan Forbes (1848-1918) on July 2, 1876 in White Rock, with Rector Charles Caleb Peirce, the Episcopal minister of the Church of Our Savior officiating. She became a schoolteacher and taught for ten years in El Dorado County. She died Nov. 19, 1883 in Sacramento, and is buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery. Her husband survived her and died on June 10, 1918 in Sacramento, where he is buried in the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery. Ellen and James had at least two children:

      • Gertrude Mae Forbes (1878-1918) was born in Deccember 1878, most likely in Sacramento. She married her first husband Nathaniel A. Lash on June 14, 1903 in Sacramento County, and they had a daughter named Marian Eleanor Lash (1906-1970), who was on born on Jan. 23, 1906 in Sacramento County. All that is known about Mr. Lash is that he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for a few months in 1903 and 1904, and that he is listed with a birthdate of December 4, 1874 on the company records. Lash either died, or he and Gertrude divorced sometime before the 1910 U.S. Census, when she appears with Emmett Hollingworth (1873-1942) as her second husband. She and Emmett had two sons, Forbes Emmett Hollingsworth (1911-1971) and Howard H. Hollingsworth (1914-1971). Gertude died on Oct. 31, 1918, and she is buried with her husband in the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento. Gertrude's daughter Marian Lash eventually changed her name to Marian Hollingsworth, married Dr. James Thom of Ormsby, Nevada (she was his second wife), and had at least three children of her own with him. She is buried with her mother in the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery.

      • Curtis Gilbert Forbes (1881-1948) was born Sept. 16, 1881, probably in Sacramento. He served in World War I and was wounded. He married his first wife Bertha Emily Morabe on June 24, 1905 in El Dorado County, and divorced her about 1920, afterwhich he married his second wife Lillian Higgins (1878-1947). Curtis died on June 29, 1948 in Sacramento, and is buried with Lillian in the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery. An interesting side note is that Curtis was employed for a time at the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum where he and many members of his immediate family are buried.

    • Sarah Frances Toombs (1852-1944) was born on Nov. 9, 1852 in Placerville. When she was just seventeen years old she married an Irishman named Michael Sexton (c.1841-1904) on Oct. 19, 1869 near Placerville (probably at White Rock), with Rector Charles Caleb Peirce, the Episcopal minister of the Church of Our Savior officiating. Michael before their marriage had enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on Oct. 11, 1864 in Placerville, and was assigned to the newly created 7th Regiment, which fought during the Civil War against Apache Indians in Arizona Territory. He was posted to Fort Mason on the Santa Cruz River, and mustered out on June 28, 1866, when the regiment disbanded at the San Francisco Presidio. He worked after the war at various odd jobs, including ditch agent and brick layer, and retired in 1893 with a pension as a Civil War Veteran. He was buried with a military headstone on Feb. 24, 1904 in the Placerville Union Cemetery. Sarah succeeded to his pension after his death and died many years later on Nov. 5, 1944 in Placerville, where she is buried in the same cemetery. Sarah and Michael had four children who are listed below.

      • Mary Ellen (Nellie) Sexton (1870-1950) was born July 23, 1870 at Reservoir Hill in Placerville. She married on June 1, 1893 in El Dorado County Harrison Laurence Mcbeth (1869-1945), whose father had been born in Scotland as Robert MacBeath (1822-1911), and simplified his surname to Mcbeth when he became a U.S. Citizen on May 10, 1858 in Placerville. Nellie and Harrison had three sons, who are listed below. Harrison, who had been born on Feb. 15, 1869 in Webber Creek, El Dorado County, died Sept. 19, 1945 in Placerville, and Nellie died on April 18, 1950 in a rest home in Sacramento. Both are buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery.

        • Harrison Laurence Mcbeth, Jr. (1895-1975), who went by the name Lawrence Macbeth, was born Jan. 1, 1895 in Placerville. Originally the family name was spelled in Scotland asMacBeath, but various members spelled it MacBeath, Macbeth or Mcbeth - Harrison, Jr. and his brother Roy choosing the spelling of Macbeth. He served in Europe during WWI and married Irene Virginia Maciel (1902-1987), in a double wedding with his brother William, the wedding taking place on May 7, 1921 at Sarah Sexton's house in Placerville. Lawrence and Irene moved to Roseville, California, where he worked for the Post Office. They had only one child, Evelyn Bernice MacBeth (1922-2005), but they also took care of their niece Helen May Mcbeth (1922-2003) for awhile, after Helen's parents separated. Mary Toombs Swansborough (see below) was very close to her little nieces Evelyn and Helen, and she wrote a family history for them. Irene, whose parents had emigrated to the United States from the Azores Islands, was very interested in the Toombs family history, and she wrote a short history of her own - Notes by Irene MacBeth - that compliments Mary's history. Irene's husband Harrison died on Aug. 11, 1975 in Placerville, and she died on June 17, 1987 in nearby Auburn. Both are buried in the Roseville Public Cemetery.

          • Evelyn Bernice MacBeth (1922-2005) was born on Feb. 16, 1922, probably in Placerville. She had three husbands - Rex Warren Deal (1921-1994), whom she married on Aug. 23, 1942 in Lake County, California and with whom she had a daughter Bernice Marlene Deal (b. 1943); Eugene Grover Risgby (1919-1995), the father of her second daughter Nancy Rigsby (b. 1947); and William Frink (1918-1963), the father of her third daughter Nanette Frink (b. 1958). She died on Sep. 25, 2005, probably in Roseville, and she is buried with William Frink in the Roseville Public Cemetery

        • William Robert Mcbeth (1897-1971) was born on May 5, 1896 in Placerville, California. He served as a U.S. Marine in Asia during WWI, but saw no fighting. He later married Etta Mae Danielson (1897-1971) in a double wedding with his brother on May 7, 1921, at the Placerville home of his sister-in-law Sarah Sexton. William and Etta Mae next resided in Curry County, Oregon during the 1930 U.S. Census. However, they separated at some point, and their daughter Helen went to stay with Laurence and Irene MacBeth, whereas the evidence seems to indicate that Robert stayed with William. Etta Mae and William divorced, afterwhich he married Elizabeth Olive Raymond (1893-1990) about 1935, and moved to Gold Beach, Oregon. He died on May 19, 1971 in Placer County, California, he and is buried with Elizabeth in the Roseville Public cemetery.

          • Helen May Mcbeth (1922-2003) was born on March 26, 1922 in Placerville, and married her first husband Alfred T. Slawson (1899-1973) on Dec. 13, 1945 in Spokane, Washington. They divorced on July 31, 1956 in Shoshone County, Idaho. She then married her second husband Milo Leo McCurdy (1922-2008) on May 17, 1958 in Reno, Nevada. She died on April 30, 2003 in Roseville, California, and she is buried with Milo in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Pocatello, Idaho.

          • Robert Leroy Mcbeth (b. 1927) was born on April 3, 1927 in Eureka, California, and moved with his parents to Curry County, Oregon. It would appear that when his parents divorced, he remained with his father in Oregon, as he shows a Curry County, Oregon address when enlisted, near the end of WWII, on June 27, 1945 in the military at Fort Lewis in Washington. Although there is no further record of him, he presumably was discharged when the war ended just two months after his enlistment.

        • Roy Earl Macbeth (1901-1970) was born on Jan. 9, 1901 in Placerville, and married Mildred Arlynne Goldsberry (1907-1999). He died on Feb. 17, 1970 in Placer County, California, probably in Roseville, and is buried with Mildred in the Roseville Public Cemetery.

      • Frances M. Sexton (1872-1874), was born June 15, 1872 in Placerville, and died July 4, 1874, when she was two years old. She is buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery in the same grave as her grandparents William and Frances Toombs.

      • William T. Sexton (1874-1937) was born on June 15, 1874 in Placerville, California. He served during WWI in the 505th Aero Squadron, where he was a mustard gas victim, but survived the attack. He died without issue on Jan. 1, 1937 in San Mateo County, California, and is buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery.

      • Herbert L. Sexton (1875-1915) was born June 12, 1875 at White Rock Canyon in Placerville, California, and married Fannie B. Peyton (1878-1961) of Plymouth, Ohio on Nov. 29th, 1910 in Amador County, California. They moved to Roseville, California, where they owned the Puritan Candy Store. He died on Aug. 28, 1915 at his mother's home in Placerville, and is buried with other members of his family in the Placerville Union Cemetery. Fannie continued to operate the candy store for a few years after Herbert's death, but she eventually sold the business and moved to Sacramento. It is not known where she is buried.

    • Mary Loomis Toombs (1855-1941) was born on Feb. 11, 1855 at Texas Hill, near Placerville. She married a miner named James Thomas Swansborough (1852-1936) on July 4, 1880 in White Rock, with Rector Charles Caleb Peirce, the Episcopal minister of the Church of Our Savior officiating. Thomas, who had been born in England and whose father, was named Thomas also, had come to Placerville as a little boy during the Gold Rush. Thomas was a gravel (placer) miner with particular expertise in hydraulic mining methods, and for a period around 1900 he worked in Playa Rica in the Esmeraldas Province of Ecuador doing placer mining for the Playa De Oro Mining Company. He and Mary from 1910 to 1915 also owned the Candy Kitchen in Placerville, a business owned once before by Mary's cousin Joe Hassler. Then until 1925 they ran the Arcade Bakery in town.

      The Swansboroughs for many years lived in town, but after they sold their bakery, they moved to Mosquito (modern Swansboro) on the old Placerville-Pino Grande Road. Their place was probably where the old Mosquito Post Office (Dickinson property) once stood. The Placerville Mountain Democrat ran an article on them in 1930 when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a party in Roseville hosted by their nephews the McBeth's. Although the records show that Thomas died on May 11, 1936 in Placerville, and Mary died there on June 9, 1941, it seems more likely that they passed away in Mosquito (Swansboro). Both are buried in the Swansborough Family Plot in the Uppertown Cemetery, on a hill overlooking Placerville. Mary and Tom never had children, but they were close to their nieces Evelyn and Helen McBeth (both born in 1922), and much of the information contained in this family history was collected by Mary shortly before her death and written down in a narrative titled "The History of Evelyn's and Helen's Maternal Grandmothers.

    • William Louis Toombs (1856-1938), who follows:

    • Charles Gilbert Toombs (1863-1934) was born on March 27, 1863 in Placerville. He married Caroline (Carrie) Josephine Rodemark (1868-1934) on Nov. 11, 1890 in Placerville, with Rector Charles Caleb Peirce, the Episcopal minister of the Church of Our Savior officiating. Caroline, who was born in California on April 9, 1868, was the daughter of a german gold miner named Albert, and his wife Emma. Charles and Caroline had one son, who is listed below. Charles died in Placerville on Dec. 8, 1934, where he is buried in the old Union Cemetery next to his brother William. Caroline died on July 4, 1944 and is buried in a different part of the same cemetery.

      • Albert William Toombs (1892-1978) was born on April 10, 1892 in Placerville, and he grew up as an only child. His cousin Mary Toombs (b. 1896) recounted that because Albert used to tease her when they were little, she didn't like him, and she later scratched him out of one of the childhood photographs that we have of her. Albert joined the army in 1918 and served during WWI in the home guard. He then married Suzanne (Susie) Mary Revaz on Oct. 2, 1922 in Placerville, Susie having been born on May 15, 1902 in Leadville, Colorado to Swiss-French parents from the village of Salvan in the Swiss canton of Valais.

        Albert inherited from his father Charles half of the White Rock Ranch that his grandparents homesteaded, but he lost it during the Depression in a poker game in one of the Placerville bars. His cousin Frank Toombs inherited the other half of the Toombs Ranch from his father William Louis Toombs. Albert worked at some point in the 1930s for the State as a cook at the Preston School of Industry in Ione, and later he worked at Agnews State Hospital in San Jose. He died on March 11, 1978 in Placerville, and Susie died on Aug. 4, 1985 in Sacramento. Both are buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery.

        • Doris Mary Toombs (1923-2003) was born Oct. 15, 1923 in Placerville; and married Leonard J. Zimmerman (1916-1993) on Oct. 28, 1945 in Placerville. She died on April 15, 2003 in Placerville.

        • Albert Charles Toombs (b. 1925) was born on Feb. 9, 1925 in Placerville. He married Joyce Colleen Irwin on June 20, 1948 in El Dorado County, and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he lives today.

          • Michael Albert Toombs was born in Placerville on April 5, 1949, and married his second wife Glenda Yvonne Davis (b. 1947) on July 2, 1983. Glenda had previously been married to a man named Culver. They live today in Fort Payne, Alabama.

          • Chere Colleen Toombs (1950-1985) was born Feb. 10, 1950 in Placerville. She married Matias Constancio on Jan. 16, 1968 in Las Vega, Nevada, and divorced him in Sept. 1969 in Yolo County. She died on Jan. 1, 1985 in Sacramento County and is buried in Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks.

        • Alice Lois Toombs (b. 1927) was born on Jan. 5, 1927 in Placerville. She married Lynn Nelson Talbott (1925-1988) on Nov. 17, 1946 in El Dorado County, and moved to Sacramento, California. She currently lives in Placerville, and has an adopted daughter named Candace (Candy) Fay Talbott (b. Sept. 24, 1956), who on March 24, 1979 in Sacramento married Ronald Joseph Revaz (b. May 15, 1956), a grandson of Alexis Joseph Revaz (1905-1991), the younger brother of the Susie Revaz (1902-1985) above.

        • Lois Adaine Toombs (b. 1928) was born on Oct. 16, 1928 in Placerville. She married James Thomas Lawson (1926-1972) in 1946 and lives today in Diamond Springs, California. Her companion of 32 years was Robert Walters (1931-2004), who is buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Diamond Springs.

          • Sharon Lee Lawson was born on June 9, 1947 in Placerville. She married a man named Munoz and moved to Kansas City, Missouri.

          • Susan Carol Lawson (1953-1953) was born Dec. 24, 1953 in Placerville and died a few days later on Dec. 31. She is buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery in the same grave as her grandparents Albert and Susie.

          • Vicki Sue Lawson (1954-1954) was born Dec. 12, 1954 in Placerville with twin sister Linda, but Vicki died the next day, and Linda survived. Vicki is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Diamond Springs.

          • Linda Kay Lawson was born Dec. 12, 1954 in Placerville with her twin sister Vicki. She married a man named Pickard and is living in Diamond Springs.

          • Diana Lin Lawson was born Oct. 31, 1956 in Placerville. She married Kenneth Eugene Caudle on Dec. 24, 1977 in Virginia City, Nevada and lives in Rescue (El Dorado County).

          • Kimberly Sue Lawson was born Aug. 13, 1973 in Placerville. She married a man named Vernon and is living in Diamond Springs.

        • Gladys Elaine Toombs (1935-1975) was born on July 5, 1935 in Placerville, and married Daryl Allen McClusky (b. 1936) on June 19, 1955 in El Dorado County, California. She generally lived in Carmichael (Sacramento County), California, and died on Feb. 8, 1975 in Sacramento County. She is buried in Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks (Sacramento County). Daryl has since remarried and lives in Redondo Beach, California. Gladys and Daryl had two sons - Craig Allen McClusky (b. 1956) and James Allen McClusky (b. 1959).

       

    • William Louis Toombs (1857-1938), the son of William Toombs and Francis Maria Smith, was born on Jan. 27, 1857 in Placerville, California. He married a girl on the neighboring ranch named Mary Agatha Hassler (b. Nov. 12, 1858) on April 24, 1879 in Placerville, probably at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Sacramento Street, where at least four of their children were later baptized. When Mary was a little girl in the town of Donaueschingen in Baden, Germany her father had died, and Mary's mother decided to seek her fortune elsewhere. The family sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in 1868 in California.

      Mary and William raised a family of six children at the Toombs family ranch in White Rock Canyon, seven miles north of town. However, Mary eventually desired a better environment in which to raise their family, so she left William around 1900 and moved with the five younger children to Alameda, the oldest boy Frank staying in Placerville. Mary and her unmarried younger brother Joseph operated a grocery store in Alameda, and later a boarding house, with Joseph living in the house next door.

      William remained in Placerville and continued to eke out a living panning the same gold streams that his father, Honest Billy, had worked since the Gold Rush. Although William eventually sold most of his share of the family ranch at White Rock Canyon to his oldest son Frank, he did retain a few acres on Hassler Road that was known as White Oak Flats, where he continued panning for gold, working a mine tunnel next to his cabin, and raising strawberries on the flats below for a cash crop. He deeded to Mary in 1911 one-quarter of the mining interest in his land, but she died on July 31, 1933 in Oakland, probably none the richer from her share in the property. William also appears to have inherited in 1936 another 27 acres in White Rock Canyon from his brother-on-law Thomas Swansbrough, but a lien was placed against the property the next year for back taxes owed to the county. He spent several months in the early part of 1938 in the Placerville hospital as a county-supported invalid, and passed away there on May 2, 1938 from an "acute coronary occlusion". He is buried in the old Placerville Union Cemetery next to his brother Charles.

       

      children - TOOMBS (all born in Placerville)

      Charles Francis (Frank) Toombs (1880-1969) was born on April 26, 1880 in Placerville, and baptized in St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Sacramento Street in Placerville (p. 214 of the church register). When his mother moved the rest of the family to Alameda around the turn of the century, he remained in Placerville with his father. He married Mabel Marian Larsen on May 5, 1907 in Placerville, Mabel being a noted painter from the old Camino district in Placerville. Frank's father had inherited half of the Toombs Ranch in White Rock Canyon (Charles Gilbert Toombs inherited the other half), and Frank eventually purchased from his father most of the latter's ineritance. As Frank's cousin Albert ended up with the original Toombs house on the White Rock homestead, Frank and Mabel in 1929 built their own home, a Spanish-style house on a hill in the northeast part of the ranch over looking the old homestead. They also planted a pear orchard close to the old house, and became one of the most successful fruit growers in El Dorado County. After Frank retired in 1952, he and Mabel lived in Carmel, California for twelve years, returning in 1964 to Placerville, where he died on April 14, 1969. Mabel had been born on August 25, 1887 in Camino, on the east side of Placerville, and was a descendant of the pioneer Larsen family of Placerville. She was also a self taught painter, well-known in Placerville and Carmel, who painted floral settings in oil and signed as Maybelle Toombs. While in Carmel, she was active member of the Carmel Art Association. There is a scholarship fund set up in her name that the Art Department at the University of California in Berkely administers. She died on November 15, 1972 in Placerville, and she and Frank are buried in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento. They left no children.

      Coral Toombs (1882-1883) was born on April 21, 1882 and died at the age of one on June 6, 1883 in Placerville, where she is buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery.

      Agnes Eleanor Toombs (1883-1968) was born on Sept. 24, 1883 in Placerville, and baptized in St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Sacramento Street in Placerville (p. 214 of the church register). She moved with her mother and younger siblings to Alameda around 1900, while her older brother remained in Placerville. Although She married John Harvey Spence (1880-1958) of Canada, a building contractor and carpenter, on Feb. 22, 1909 in Alameda, the San Francisco Call on Feb. 24, 1909 (p. 11) ran an announcement that implies that their marriage license was issued on Feb. 23 in San Francisco. They lived initially in Alameda, but later moved to Danville, California where they lived for many years, and retired to San Jose. John, who been born April 30, 1880 in Spence Settlement, New Brunswick, Canada, died on April 3, 1958 in Oakland, California. Although Agnes died on July 1, 1968 in a Christian Science Sanitarium in San Francisco, she was living at the time in San Jose at the home of her daughter Caroline Hansen. Her ashes are interred at the Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum in Oakland, the same mausoleum where her mother's ashes are stored. Agnes and John had three daughters.

      • Bernice Eleanor Spence (1910-1977) was born on July 6, 1910, probably in Alameda; and married Charles Roscoe Hansen (1906-1989) on Dec. 15, 1935 in Berkeley (Alameda County). She died on Sept. 4, 1977 in San Francisco County. Bernice and Charles had two children.

        • Robert William Hansen (1937-2008) was born on May 15, 1937 in Santa Clara County; and married Nancy Voltmer on Aug. 1, 1959 in Santa Clara County. He died June 6, 2008 in San Jose. Robert and Nancy had two children - James and Jeffrey Hansen.

        • Caroline Agnes Hansen (b. 1943) was born on July 20, 1943 in Santa Clara County. She married Charles "Chuck" Clifton on July 13, 1963 in Santa Clara County, and had two children, Kenneth and Charlene Clifton. Their daughter Charlene married John Nieto, with whom she has two children, Allan Nieto and Jessica Nieto.

      • Grace Spence (1912-1928) was born on Nov. 18, 1912 in Alameda; and died on July 26, 1928 in Contra Costa County of appendicitis.

      • Phyllis Spence (1915-1988) was born August 3, 1915 in Alameda; and married James Howard Parish on July 1, 1938 in Berkeley (Alameda County). She died on Nov. 11, 1988 in Tulare County. They had two children.

        • Douglas Spence (1941-2007) was born on July 17, 1941 in Los Angeles County. He married Paula Watkins on June 21, 1978 in Tulare County, and had a son named Scott Spence. He died on Dec. 27, 2007 in Tulare County, probably in Visalia.

        • Sharon Spence was born on May 24, 1944 in Los Angeles County. She married Dave Smith on Sept. 5, 1965 in Tulare County, and had a daughter named Christine Smith.

      Edgar Harold (Ned) Toombs (1886-1970) was born April 21, 1886, probably in Placerville, and baptized in St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Sacramento Street in Placerville (p. 223 of the church register). He married Mae Edna Cunha (1889-1971) on Dec. 24, 1916 in Gilroy, California, Mae having been born on Sept. 9, 1889 in California. They had a prune ranch and cabinet shop in Gilroy, California, having inherited the ranch from Mae's parents. Ned died Feb. 23, 1970 in Gilroy, and Mae died there March 2, 1971. Both are buried in Gilroy in the Gavilan Hills Catholic Cemetery. They had one daughter who is listed below.

      • Gwendolyn Barbara Toombs (1919-2013) was on born April 19, 1919 in Gilroy, and she was the third generation of her family to grow up on the Cunha Ranch that her grandparents had first settled. She either married or had a relationship in the late 1930s with John William Altenburg (1915-1977) that resulted in two sons - William Ray Altenburg (b. 1937) and James Edgar Altenburg (1939-1960) - yet the 1940 U.S. Census shows her and the boys living in the household of William Ray Porter (b. 1918) with Gwen listed as his wife. Her first partner James subsequently enlisted in 1941 in the army, giving his marital status as single. Although it is not known when they reunited, James and Gwendolyn renewed their relationship sometime after the end of WWII following his military discharge. They had a daughter Jeanne Altenburg (b. 1960) and remained together for the rest of his life. John died on Feb. 21, 1977 in Gilroy, and a few months later Gwendolyn married William Fletcher Sanchez (1915-1998) on Oct. 15, 1977 in Clark County, Nevada. However, they later divorced on March 3, 1983 in Santa Clara County. Her last husband was Vernon Chester Gillott (1919-1996). She died at the age of 93 on Feb. 23, 2013 in Gilroy, and she is buried with James Altenburg in the Gavilan Hills Catholic Cemetery.

      Ruby Anna Toombs (1889-1964) was born Oct. 2, 1889, and baptized in St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Sacramento Street in Placerville (p. 239 of the church register). She married Leo Thomas Critchlow (1891-1964) on Sept. 7, 1918 in Oakland (Alameda County), and they moved to Pacific Grove, and later Monterey, where Leo owned a marine shop and worked as a mechanic while Ruby kept the books. Ruby and Leo moved about 1946, just after the end of WWII, to Oregon City, right on the Willamette River near Portland, Oregon, where he had a commercial fishing license and fished for lamprey eels. Leo, who had been born on Dec. 4, 1891 in Strongsberg, Nebraska, died on Sept, 23, 1963 in the Portland/Oregon City area, and Ruby died on July 23, 1964 in San Francisco. Both Ruby and Leo are buried in Carmel in El Carmelo Cemetery in a shared grave with Ruby's brother Thomas and his wife Babe. Ruby and Leo have descendants who still live in the Monterey area.

      • James Thomas Critchlow (1919-2000) was born Sept. 18, 1919 in Monterey; and died Feb. 19, 2000 in Quincy, California.

      • Leo Allen Critchlow (b. 1923) was born Jan 11, 1923 in Montery, where he still lives. He has a grandson named Jacques Corriveau.

      • Robert William Critchlow (1924-2003) was born July 1, 1924 in Monterey; and died July 13, 2003 in Sunnyvale, California.

      Mary Louise "Minnie" Toombs (1896-1890), who follows:

      Thomas William Toombs (1898-1969), the youngest boy was born on Sept. 13, 1898, and grew up in Alameda. He married Eugenia (Aunt Babe) Leona Dungan (1900-1990) on Oct. 19, 1920 in Alameda. Tom worked for a short time for his brother-in-law Ned Toombs in Gilroy, probably in Ned's prune orchard, then later moved to Pacific Grove, near Monterey, where he worked as a commercial fisherman. He died in Pacific Grove on Feb. 16, 1969, and is buried there in El Carmelo Cemetery. Babe was still living at their house on Junipero Avenue in Pacific Grove in 1979, but she eventually moved back to Alameda. Babe, who had been born on Aug. 25, 1900, probably in Alameda, died on Oct. 12, 1990 in Alameda, and is buried with her husband in Carmel, where they share a grave with Ruby and Leo Critchlow. Babe's sister-in-law Mary Toombs Carty used to tell a story about how Mary and Babe decided in the early 1920s to cut their long hair in the "bob" style that was all the rage at the time, but only if they did it together. So Babe cut Mary's hair, but then decided that she wanted keep her long tresses, much to Mary's chagrin. Tom and Babe had the two children who are listed below.

      • Nadine Kathleen Toombs (1923-1998) was born on Nov. 3, 1923 in Alameda, California, and graduated in 1941 from Pacific Grove High School in Monterey. She married her first husband Kenneth Irwin McGill (1918-2006) on Dec. 13, 1942 in Monterey, and they had two daughters - Pamela Jean McGill (b. 1944) and Cynthia Lee McGill (b. 1946) - both born in Monterey. Nadine then married her second husband John M. McCoy (b. 1926) on Sept. 20, 1950 in Santa Clara County, and divorced him in July, 1972 in the same county. She and John had at least three daughters - Bunny McCoy (c.1953), Dianne K. McCoy (b. 1959), and Lynne E. McCoy - all born in Santa Clara County. A fourth daughter may be Terease McCoy (b. 1970), who was born in Los Angeles County. Finally, Nadine married her third husband Robert Lindi Viles (1927-1999) on June 6, 1981 in Reno, Nevada. She moved at some point to Port Orford, Oregon, and died in a rest home on Dec. 6, 1998 in nearby Bandon, Oregon. Robert survived her by a few months and died on May 22, 1999 in Port Orford.

      • Kenneth Roland Toombs (1927-1929) was born Jan. 13, 1927 in Alameda, California, and died at the age of two on Nov. 6, 1929 in Pacific Grove when a vegetable truck backed over him near his house. He is interred at the Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum in Oakland in the same annex as his grandmother Agatha Toombs and his Uncle Joe Hassler.

       

    • Mary Louise (Minnie) Toombs (1896-1990), the daughter of William Louis Toombs and Mary Agatha Hassler, was born in the mining town of Placerville, California on March 22, 1896 in the old Toombs farmhouse that still stands on Hassler road. While growing up there, she remembered how, when tagging along with her brothers and sisters to school, the Indians would steal her lunch if she failed to keep up. She was too young to actually take classes, which were held in the old one-room schoolhouse on Union Ridge Road, but she came along for fun and sat out of the way in the back of the classroom. Her brothers and sisters of course always walked there as fast as they could and teased her that the Indians would get her if she dropped behind.

      When Mary was still little, her mother moved most of the family to Alameda for better schools and nicer weather, while her father and brother Frank remained in Placerville. Mary eventually became a teacher and married another teacher Henry James Carty on Feb. 14, 1920 at St. Mary's Church in Oakland, California. They later moved to southern California, and raised a family. After Henry died in Hollywood, California on June 21, 1952, Mary married her second husband Angelo Joseph Musante (b. 1893) in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 27, 1959. Angelo died on Oct. 1986 in Corona del Mar, where they lived a short distance from Balboa Island. Mary died there on Nov. 16, 1990, and she and her first husband Henry are buried in the Calvary Cemetery in east Los Angeles. For the children of Mary and Henry please see the CARTY GENEALOGY.

 

 

NOTE: There is a Reginald Rex Raymond Toombs (b. 6/29/1910 in Montana), who died on March 24, 1956 in Placerville. He was the son of son of Robert Toombs (1878-1941) of Wisconsin. Also, there is the family of Robert Toombs and Nola Jean Palmateer - with children Robert Michael (b. 1953), Sandra Lea (b. 1954), Patrice (b. 1956), Michelle Annette (b. 1960), Debra Ann (b. 1964) and Brian Keith (b. 1965) - who lived in Placerville from about 1960 until 1979 when they moved to Lavina, Montana. The relationship, if any, of these people to William Toombs the 49er is unknown.

 

 


THE ANCESTRY OF FRANCES MARIA SMITH - Sometime after 1762 Monsieur Geraud, a French Huguenot, immigrated to the United States to escape religious persecution and settled in New York. He probably sailed initially into French Quebec, and eventually made his way across the border to upstate New York. His daughter Tamar Geraud was probably born in the 1780s or so somewhere in upstate New York, and sometime about 1800 married a man named John Francis Drake, who is said to have been a descendant of the famous Sir Francis Drake (Swansborough, 1930). However, it is with Tamar that we now continue, with her husband's possible ancestry to be covered in the section on "The Genealogy of the Drake Family".

Tamar and her husband evidently lived for a time at Sackets Harbor on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario, as this is where their daughter Nancy Drake is said to have born been on Jan. 14, 1801 in Mary Swansboroughs's family history. Mary then places them many miles to the west on the opposite side of the lake at the American shore of Niagara Falls, where she writes that they ran a hostelry and raised a large family. They are probably the household of John Drake, who appear in the 1820 U.S. Census in Hartland, Niagara County, New York with eight household members, six of whom are children. Tamar, whose name is found with various spellings such as Tamor and Tomar, is listed as a widow in the U.S. Census of 1830 and 1840, first at Hounsfield, which is in Jefferson County, New York, right next to Sackets Harbor, then in the 1840 census at Sackets Harbor. Thus, John Drake must have died sometime between 1820 and 1830, afterwhich Tamar moved from Niagara back to Sackets Harbor. Tamar was still alive during 1840 census, but she is missing from the 1850 census, having probably died during the interim.

When Tamar's daughter Nancy was 16 years old, about 1817, she married an army sergeant named James Smith, and they had at least two children, a boy and a girl. However, Nancy became a widow shortly after the children were born; and she moved to Burlington, Wisconsin, where she had relatives. The identities of these relatives are uncertain, but in 1846 Capt. Francis McCumber (1806-1888) and his family had a farm almost next door to the Toombs farm, and Nancy in the 1860 U.S. Census was a member of the McCumber household. Apparently, McCumber was one of the best-known ship captains on the Great Lakes, before he retired to Burlington, and he was responsible for bringing many of Burlington's settlers from his home port of Sackets Harbor to the shores of Wisconsin. An interesting coincidence is that the maiden name of McCumber's wife is Frances Drake (1810-1878). She was born on July 14, 1810 at Queenston (Queenstown), Upper Canada (Ontario), which is only about 3 miles north of Niagara Falls, and she and McCumber were married in 1832 in Sackets Harbor. Both are buried in Burlington Cemetery in Racine County, Wisconsin. Perhaps Frances Drake and Nancy Drake are sisters? The evidence in the least would indicate some sort of close family relationship.

Nancy Smith's daughter, Frances Maria Smith, grew up in Burlington, and married William Toombs, an Englishman from the neighboring farm, on Aug. 17, 1846 in Burlington. William followed the 1849 Gold Rush west to California, and ended up in Placerville, with Frances joining him there in 1852 with their two-year old daughter. Frances' mother Nancy came to California as well, probably traveling across the country in 1869 or 1870 by train, after the trans-continental railroad had been built. Nancy died on Dec. 29, 1879 in Placerville, where she is buried in the Old Union Cemetery.

 

 

 



 

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