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CONVERSE Family History, Part III

December 2012

Jacob H. CONVERSE (1861-1938)

Jacob H. CONVERSE121A. Jacob "Jake" H. Converse was born October 10, 1861, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. He was likely named after his uncle Jacob Poole who died in his teens, probably around the time Jacob was born. Jacob married Amelia "Millie" E. (Lux?) the daughter of German immigrants from Pennsylvania about 1898. They are believed not to have had any children.

After their marriage the Converses resided in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, where Jacob worked as a farmer.[Cen 1910-1930, Vote 1936]

Jacob H. Converse died on the Saturday morning before Christmas, December 24, 1938, at his home on Adams Avenue in Modesto. He was 77 years old. He was interred at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Cemetery (now known as the Modesto Pioneer Cemetery) in Modesto on Tuesday, December 27.

Modesto Bee, 24 Dec 1938
"Jacob H. Converse Is Called By Death"

"Jacob H. Converse, 77, a resident of Adams Avenue for thirty years, died at, his home there early Saturday morning."

"Converse, a farmer, was a native of Coulterville. He was a member of the Coultervllle Lodge. I. O. O. F. and Mystery Rebekah Lodge of Coulterville."

"Besides a widow, Mrs. Amelia E. Converse of Modesto, he leaves three brothers and four sisters, George L. Converse of Modesto, Frank and John Converse and Mrs. Lizzie Greeley of Coulterville, Mrs. Ida Johnson of Oakland, Mrs. Carrie Sullivan of Oakland, and Mrs. Alice Goss of Santa Rosa."

"Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Shannon Chapel with Wildey Lodge No. 149, I. O. O. F., in charge. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery."

Sources
  • Cen 1870: 21 Jul 1870 Census, Maxwell Creek, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1880: 24 Jun 1870 Census, Coulterville Precinct, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1910: 3 May 1910 Census, Modesto Township, Stanislaus County, California
  • Cen 1920: 13 Jan 1920 Census, Modesto Township, Stanislaus County, California
  • Cen 1930: 22 Apr 1930 Census, Modesto Township, Stanislaus County, California
  • Vote 1936: 3 Nov 1936 Register, Route 2, Box 474, Modesto, Stanislaus Precinct, Stanislaus County, California

William CONVERSE (1863-1884)

121B. William Converse was born November 22, 1863, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. He was likely named for his uncle William who stayed back in Iowa.

Mariposa Gazette, May 17, 1884
Converse - Near Coulterville, Mariposa County, April 28th, 1884, William Converse, of pneumonia, aged 20 years, a native of California. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Converse, residing about 12 miles above Coulterville.

William Converse died of pneumonia on April 28, 1884, near Coulterville. He was only 20 years old.

George Leonard CONVERSE (Sr.) (1865-1954)

George Len CONVERSE121C. George Leonard "Len" Converse (Sr.) was born on August 28, 1865, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. He was likely named for his paternal uncle who died the year before his birth during the Civil War. He married Mary Harris, a native of Pennsylvania and daughter of English immigrants. They had two children:

121C1. George Leonard Converse (Jr.)Blue Star 5 Dec 1894 20 May 1936 (41)
121C2. Ethel Mae Converse 21 May 1897 May 1987 (89)

George held land patents in the 1890's for 160 acres in Mariposa County Township 3S, Range 18E spanning:

These plots lie about 3 miles north of Briceburg and the Merced River and adjoined those of George's younger brother Frank to the north.

By 1910, George and Mary resided in Township 2 in the Stanislaus Forest Reserve in Mariposa County.[Cen 1910] In 1912 George registered to vote as Republican in Coulterville, presumably supporting the reelection bid of President William Howard Taft, who lost to Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) when Theodore Roosevelt (Progressive) split the Republican vote. George listed his occupation as a lumberman.[Vote 1912]

They later moved down into the valley and settled on the outskirts of Modesto, Stanislaus County, where George worked as a farm laborer.[Cen 1920]

By 1930 the Converses moved to Dry Creek Road on the outskirts of Modesto, where they resided next door to son George Jr., who worked as a foreman at a chemical plant, and George Sr. as a laborer there.[Cen 1930, Vote 1936,1944]

Son, George Jr., died on May 20, 1936, at the age of 41.

George Leonard Converse died on May 21, 1954, at the age of 88. He was living in Stanislaus County, California, at the time.

Mary (Harris) Converse died eight years later on April 6, 1962, in Stanislaus County. She was 86 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1870: 21 Jul 1870 Census, Maxwell Creek, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1880: 24 Jun 1870 Census, Coulterville Precinct, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1910: 10 May 1910 Census, Stanislaus Forest Reserve (Township 2), Mariposa County, California
  • Vote 1912: 5 Nov 1912 Register, Coulterville, Red Cloud Precinct, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1920: 11 Feb 1920 Census, Claus Precinct, Waterford Township, Stanislaus County, California
  • Cen 1930: 18 Apr 1930 Census, 2-324 Dry Creek Road, Modesto, Stanislaus County, California
  • Vote 1936: 3 Nov 1936 Register, Route 2, Box 324, Modesto, Stanislaus Precinct, Stanislaus County, California
  • Vote 1944: 7 Nov 1944 Register, Route 5, Box 1508, Modesto, Stanislaus Precinct, Stanislaus County, California

Franklin CONVERSE (1867)

Franklin CONVERSE121D. Franklin "Frank" Converse was born July 26, 1867, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. He married Jane (Jennie) M. Adams about 1896 and had seven children:

121D1. Fred F. Converse 26 May 1897 31 Oct 1964 (67)
121D2. Grace Irene Converse (1899-1900) --  -- 
121D3. Albert W. Converse (1901-1902) --  -- 
121D4. Doris Agnes Converse 7 Aug 1906 23 Nov 1983 (77)
121D5. Earl L. Converse 31 Dec 1911 Nov 1972 (60)
121D6. Evelyn E. Converse (1918-1919) --  -- 
121D7. Elmer F. Converse 14 Apr 1920 16 May 1986 (66)

Frank held land patents in the 1890's for 160 acres in Mariposa County Township 3 South, Range 18 East spanning:

These plots lie about 3 miles north of Briceburg and the Merced River and adjoined the plots of Frank's elder brother George to the south.

Later Frank and Jennie lived in Oakdale, Stanislaus County, since as early as 1920, on Railroad Avenue (likely North Yosemite Avenue (Highway 120) or North Sierra Avenue) and C Street.[Cen 1920] They later lived four blocks south at 860 Davitt Avenue by 1930 where Frank worked as a general laborer.[Cen 1930]

Frank Converse died on November 6, 1946, in Stanislaus County at the age of 79.

Sources
  • Cen 1910: 25 Apr 1910 Census, Township 2 (Greeley Hill/Coulterville), Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1920: 3 Jan 1920 Census, Railroad Avenue, Oakdale, Stanislaus County, California
  • Cen 1930: 4 Apr 1930 Census, 860 Davitt Avenue, Oakdale, Stanislaus County, California

Daisy J. CONVERSE (1869-)

121E. Daisy J. Converse was born on December 23, 1869, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. She died in 1878 at the age of 9.

Carrie (CONVERSE SULLIVAN) HANNAH (1871-1963)

Carrie (CONVERSE) HANNAH 121F. Caroline "Carrie" M. Converse was born January 17, 1871, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. She may have been named for her maternal aunt, Caroline (Poole) Olney. Carrie first married John T. Sullivan, born in Wisconsin to parents from New England, about 1892. She was 20 years old, he 30. They had no children.

After their marriage they moved to San Francisco where they are found in 1900 at 43 LaFayette Street. John worked there as a motorman on an electric bus.[Cen 1900] They moved about 14 blocks south to 2892 Folsom Street by 1910 where John worked as a cigar salesman.[Cen 1910] They later moved about 15 blocks west to 1090 Noe Street by 1920 where John managed a pool room.[Cen 1920] Interestingly, Michael D. Ryan, a boarder who worked as a saloon bartender was enumerated with the Sullivans at both residences on Folsom and Noe streets.

By 1930 the Sullivans moved across the bay to Oakland, Alameda County, California, where they lived at 473 60th Street (or McAuley Street), a block east of Telegraph Avenue.[Cen 1930]

John T. Sullivan died of cancer, probably between 1937 and 1940, while living with Carrie's sister Alice (Converse) Goss on Roberts Avenue in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.

After John died, Carrie lived with her widowed sister Ida (Converse) Johnson at the Oakland home on 473 McAuley Street (60th Street).[Cen 1940]

Remarriage to Crockett Hannah

Crockett HANNAHCarrie later married Samuel Crockett Hannah, a native of Missouri, who had been married for a time to Carrie's good friend Bertha "Birdie" E. Wagner. They continued to live in Oakland until their deaths in 1963.

Carrie M. (Converse Sullivan) Hannah died on February 10, 1963, at the age of 92. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on February 13, 1963, at the Telegraph Avenue Chapel at 2850 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland. Services were presided over by Rev. George S. Siudy.

Samuel Crockett Hannah died three months later on May 31, 1963, in Oakland. He was 95 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1900: 5 Jun 1900 Census, 43 LaFayette Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1910: 19-20 Apr 1910 Census, 2892 Folsom Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1920: 6 Jan 1920 Census, 1090 Noe Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1930: 11 Apr 1930 Census, 473 60th Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California
  • Cen 1940: 12 Apr 1940 Census, 473 McAuley Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California

Charles A. CONVERSE (1873-1925)

121G. Charles A. Converse was born September 24, 1873, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. He married his cousin's daughter, Mabel Converse, about 1904 and worked as a teamster. They were noted living with Mabel's mother in Hancock, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, during the 1910 census but moved back home to Greeley Hill by 1920.

Converse Cousin Connections
Charles' nephew, George Leonard Converse (Jr.), married Mabel's youngest sister, Flossie before 1920. George and Flossie were second cousins.

Charles died on the 4th of July in 1925 when he jack-knifed his Model-T truck near Greeley Hill and broke his neck. He was 51 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 25 Jun 1880 Census, Coulterville Precinct, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1900: 15 Jun 1900 Census, Red Cloud Precinct, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1910: 16 Apr 1910 Census, Hancock, Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Ida Mae (CONVERSE) JOHNSON (1875-1963)

Ida Mae (CONVERSE) JOHNSON 121H. Ida Mae Converse was born August 17, 1875, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. She married Peter Nicholas Johnson on December 2, 1896, in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California. They had two children:

121H1. Daisy Loretta Johnson 31 Mar 1898 28 Dec 1990 (92)
121H2. Peter Carl Johnson 29 Apr 1904 11 Jan 1993 (88)
Pete and Ida JOHNSON
JOHNSON Family
Pete, Daisy, Ida, and Grandma Converse

JOHNSON Family
Daisy, Pete, and Ida Johnson

Peter Nicholas Johnson died on April 9, 1929, in Modesto, and was buried at Modesto Citizens Cemetery. He was 58 years old.

After Peter's death, Ida lived with her widowed mother and next door to her younger brother John in Greeley Hill.[Cen 1930]

Later, after Ida's sister Carrie (Converse) Sullivan was widowed, Ida lived with her at her home on 473 McAuley Street (60th Street) in Oakland, Alameda County.[Cen 1940]

Ida Mae (Converse) Johnson died in Coulterville, Mariposa County, California, on June 2, 1963, at the age of 87. She is also buried at Modesto Citizens Cemetery.

Ida Mae (CONVERSE) JOHNSON, Modesto
Converse-Goss/McNeil-Johnson Connection
Ida's younger sister Alice4 married Pete's nephew, Benjamin Goss2, in 1898, two years after Ida and Pete married.

Sources
  • Cen 1930: 12 Apr 1930 Census, Stanislaus National Forest Township 2 (Greeley Hill), Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1940: 12 Apr 1940 Census, 473 McAuley Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California

Elizabeth Ann (CONVERSE) GREELEY (1877-1958)

Lizzie (CONVERSE) GREELEY 121I. Elizabeth Ann Converse was born July 3, 1877, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California. She married Horace "Doc" A. Greeley in 1902 and had three children:

121I1. Lawrence C. Greeley 1 Mar 1904 29 Oct 1982 (78)
121I2. Gladys Sarah Greeley 17 Apr 1906 3 Jul 1980 (74)
121I3. Laverne "Der" Everett Greeley 18 May 1917 1 Sep 2006 (88)
Greeley Origins
"Doc" GREELEY, a descendant of Stephen Greeley of Maine, was the grandson of Watson Salwyn Greeley who was among the second group of GREELEYs who followed in the path of Josiah Greeley to Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California.

"Doc" Greeley died on February 11, 1930, on Buckhorn Mountain, south of Greeley Hill in Mariposa County, California. He was 57 years old.

Lizzie (Converse) Greeley died on 28 years later on February 25, 1958, at the age of 80. She was living in Stanislaus County, California at the time.

Alice Lucretia (CONVERSE) GOSS4 (1879-1951)

Alice (CONVERSE) GOSS 121J. Alice Lucretia Converse4 was born on the Converse Ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California on August 19, 1879. She lived there until marrying Coulterville native, Benjamin Roland Goss, in Coulterville on July 21, 1898, a year and a half after Alice's elder sister Ida married Ben's maternal uncle, Pete Johnson. They had two sons:

121J1. William Albert Goss 3 Aug 1899 13 Mar 1966 (67)
121J2. Lloyd Andrew Goss5 19 Sep 1912 1 Aug 1981 (68)
Alice (CONVERSE) GOSS and family, circa 1914 William A. GOSS Alice (CONVERSE) GOSS Carrie (CONVERSE) SULLIVAN Birdie (WAGNER) HANNAH? (Possibly Ida) Lloyd A. GOSS

Alice Lucretia Converse grew up on the Converse Ranch, the 10th born of 13 children. She was very close with her three older sisters, Carrie, Ida, and Lizzie, as well as as their friend Birdie Wagner (Carrie, Birdie, Ida, and Alice pictured to the left).

In Coulterville, she met and married Benjamin Roland Goss, a son of a Swedish immigrant. They married on July 21, 1898, in Coulterville, and the following August, their first son, William Albert, apparently named in the memory of Benjamin's older brother, was born in Coulterville. Sometime later, the Goss family moved to Jamestown in neighboring Tuolumne County, where, on September 19, 1912, their second son, Lloyd Andrew Goss5, was born.

Several years later, the family left Jamestown for Colusa, Colusa County. The family resided at 222 Market Street and Benjamin worked as an auto mechanic.[Cen 1920] In the early 1920's, the family temporarily settled for a year in Myrtle Point, Coos County, Oregon, where they lived in a tent prior to returning to California and settling down in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.[Cen 1930] While in Oregon, son William worked in a theater in Coos Bay.

The Goss family moved to the eastern section of Roseland in Santa Rosa by 1924 and opened and operated the first "Shell" gas station in Santa Rosa on Roberts Avenue until Highway 101 was built through that area. They then moved to a new house at 1200 Brush Creek Road and lived there until they died. The original house on Brush Creek was a two story building with living quarters upstairs and a garage downstairs. Upon Benjamin's death in 1956, the house and property were left to his 10 year old grandson, Gary Andrew Goss.

Anniversary Article (1948)
"Our World of Women" - Marcia Gray, Editor: Golden Wedding Anniversary Feted at Surprise Pocahontas Celebration - Surprised on her golden wedding anniversary, Mrs. Benjamin Goss is presented with a bouquet of gladiola by Mrs. Greta Byers, who extends wishes from the membership of the Pocahontas lodge. As part of the celebration, members staged a tableau depicting events in Mrs. Goss's life. At the right, Mrs. Goss watches Mrs. Henry Cutter and Mrs. James Morris play the part of bride and groom, representing her wedding which took place July 21, 1898."

"It was just by chance that Pocahontas members discovered that Mrs. Benjamin Goss, on of their members, was celebrating her fiftieth wedding anniversary this week."

"But when they did find out, they planned a gala evening for her - coinciding with their regular meeting last night. The whole affair was a complete surprise to Mrs. Goss, who was married in Coulterville on July 21, 1898."

"A tableau was prepared to portray Mrs. Goss first as a young girl, and then following through her life to the present time. Miss Joanne Cutter played Mrs. Goss as a young girl, complete with music which was popular at the time. Then came her wedding day, with Mrs. Henry Cutter taking the part of the groom, Mrs. James Morris, the bride; Mrs. Greta Byers, first matron; Mrs. Jean Porter, second matron, and Mrs. Louise Shand, third matron. The complete cast wore costumes suitable to the period they were portraying."

"In addition to her other part, Miss Cutter sang popular songs throughout the tableaus that were being heard when Mrs. Goss was married."

"Miss Greta Byers presented Mrs. Goss with a lovely bouquet of gladiola and a gift, particularly chosen for her golden anniversary."

"Banquet tables were decorated with a gold motif for refreshments which followed the meeting and drill practice followed the social period."

"During the meeting Miss Byers was presented with her Past Pocahontas honors, in tribute to her five year's service as Keeper of the Wampum."

Pocahontas Club
The Pocahontas Club is a club for women of Cherokee descent. While we strongly suspect that Alice's mother, Susan Maria (POOLE) Converse was of native American descent, Susan was from Massachusetts. The Cherokee nation is believed to descend from the Iroquois tribes of the Great Lakes. They migrated southeast into Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia where English colonists first contacted the Cherokee in Virginia in 1654. Native Massachusetts tribes are generally of Algonquin descent so it remains unclear about Alice's identification with the Cherokee women of the Pocahontas Club.

The second week of February, 1951, Alice's granddaughter, Judy had spent the week, the week of her 10th birthday, sick with either the chicken pox or some other childhood disease on Alice's couch. Daughter-in-law Hazel came that Thursday to pick up Judy as Alice was getting ready to attend a social, likely the Pocahontas Club. Hazel commented on how great she looked and Alice went off to her social. That night she suffered a cerebral thrombosis (blood clot in the brain) caused by her hypertensive cardiovascualar disease. She was rushed to Sonoma County Hospital on Chanate Road in Santa Rosa where she died five hours later, at 1:20 AM on Friday, February 10[Dth]. Alice Lucretia (Converse) Goss was buried on February 13 at the Chapel of the Chimes. She and Ben had been married for 52 years.

Obituary

"Goss - In Santa Rosa, Saturday, Feb. 10, 1951, Alice L. Goss; dearly beloved wife of Benjamin Roland Goss; loving mother of William A. and Lloyd Goss, Santa Rosa; loving sister of Mrs. C. Hannah, Oakland; Mrs. Lizzie Greeley of Coulterville; Mrs. Ida Johnson, Berkeley; Mrs. John Converse, Coulterville and Lenn Converse, Modesto; loving grandmother of Norma, Loralee, Gayle, Judy and Gary Goss, Santa Rosa. A native of California. A member of Yaunoma Council. Degree of Pocahontas."

"Friends are respectively invited to attend the funeral, Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. from the chapel at Welti Funeral Parlors. Christian."

Alice is remembered for her outgoing personality and infectious laughter. She had a strong volunteer spirit and used to take her granddaughters on trips to the hospital to hand out magazines to the elderly.

Granddaughter Judy recalls that Alice attended church, believed to be part of the "New Thought Movement," which, among other things, believed in the power of the mind and metaphysical healing practices. As such she did not believe in seeking doctors to treat illnesses, which led her son Lloyd to decry that her church killed her. Alice often snuck her granddaughters off to church, knowing that Lloyd would vehemently disapprove.

Alice did look to natural treatments as well, often eating cucumbers and whole cloves of garlic to treat her hypertension. Judy recalls her eating a garlic clove just before taking her to a movie so that the audience would give them some space.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 25 Jun 1880 Census, Coulterville, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1900: 15 Jun 1900 Census, Coulterville, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1910: 18 May 1910 Census, Township 4 (Jamestown), Tuolumne County, California
  • Cen 1920: 2 Jan 1920 Census, 222 Market Street, Colusa, Colusa County, California
  • Cen 1930: 3 Apr 1930 Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
  • Dth: Death Record #51-015845, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, filed 10 Feb 1951

"Infant" CONVERSE

121K. Another infant was born to the Converse family but died before being named. The child was only known as "Infant," and so it is inscribed on the child's tombstone.

Charlotte (CONVERSE PORATH) ELLIOT (1883-1908)

Lottie CONVERSE 121L. Charlotte "Lottie" Converse was born October 5, 1883, at the Converse ranch in Greeley Hill, above Coulterville, Mariposa County, California. She appears to have first married Herman Henry Porath, a California-born son of German immigrants, about July 2, 1902, in Coulterville. That marriage only last briefly because three years later Lottie remarried to Todd Berry Elliott in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, about September 6, 1905. How the first marriage ended is unknown but Herman remarried by around 1909 (see below).

Lottie and Todd had two sons before her untimely death in 1908:

121L1. Earl Elliot (1906) --  -- 
121L2. Ronald (Elliott) Hammill 25 May 1907 13 Apr 1964 (56)
Mariposa Gazette, July 12, 1902
PORATH-Converse

At Coulterville on Wednesday of last week Justice of the Peace MURPHY performed the ceremony which united in marriage Herman Henry PORATH and Miss Charlotte Converse.

Miss Converse, is the daughter of John Converse, whose home is a few miles from Coulterville. The groom is a young stockman of Groveland, Tuolumne county.

Todd & Lottie ELLIOT

The Porath's marriage lasted less than three years. She remarried to Todd Berry Elliott in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, about September 6, 1905.

Mariposa Gazette, September 7, 1905
Elliott-Converse -- Says the Modesto Herald of last week:

Wednesday afternoon a marriage license was issued by the clerk of this county to Todd ELLIOTT and Miss Lottie Converse, both of Coulterville, Mariposa county. The couple were married at the parsonage of the South Methodist Church, the Rev. FENTON performing the ceremony. The couple left for Coulterville, where they will reside.

The bride is a very pretty little lady, not known here, however. The groom is an industrious young man; has been employed in the Salida vicinity for some time. He has some mining properties near Coulterville, and will put in the winter developing them.

Only three years into their marriage, Lottie (Converse) Elliott died of consumption (pulmonery tuberculosis) on November 21, 1908, at the early age of 25. She is buried at the Dudley Station Cemetery in Greeley Hill.

Mariposa Gazette, December 5, 1908
Mrs. Lottie Elliott passed away last Friday evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Converse on the Greely Hill. The deceased was stricken with consumption about two [months] ago and though everything possible was done to relieve her all efforts were useless. Death called and his summons must be obeyed. Mrs. Elliott was a gentle and lovable disposition and her early death is greatly deplored by all who knew her. She was a native of Mariposa county and about twenty-two years of age. Besides her parents she is survived by five brothers and four sisters, and her husband and two young children. May He who does all things wisely send the bereaved family strength to bear their great sorrow.
Mariposa Gazette, December 5, 1908
Elliott, Mrs. Lottie

Our Heavenly Father, in his infinite wisdom, has visited our neighborhood and carried to the great beyond, our neighbor, friend and schoolmate, Mrs. Lottie Elliott, née Converse.

While the dear girl had been in ill health for months, the parting in death was indeed a shock to her family and friends.

Lottie was only 25 years of age, and leaves beside a loving husband and two little boys, respectively, two and three years of age, an aged father and mother, four sisters and five brothers who were all present at the funeral, which took place at the family home on Greeley Hill and the internment was in the family burying ground at Dudley's station.

The services were short but impressive on account of the inclemency of the weather.

The grave was a mound of beautiful flowers, floral offerings from friends far and near, and showed the love the young woman left behind her.

Our Heavenly Father we bow our heads to thy will, and thy power and pray thee our loss may be dear Lottie's gain.

A friend.

Todd Elliott and Sons

After Lottie's death, Todd left his two young boys in the care of the Weller and Hammill families and headed off to San Francisco, where he was noted as a widower living as a lodger living on Haight Street with his brothers Hugh and Clarence in 1910.[Cen 1910E] Son Earl was listed as a 3-year old "boarder" with the Henry Weller family on Oak Street, two blocks to the north of Haight.[Cen 1910W]

Young Ronald was enumerated in the 1910 census as an adopted son of the George W. and Mary M. (Tiscornia) Hammill family in the Stanislaus Forest Reserve, Township 2 (likely Greeley Hill), Mariposa County.

By 1920, Todd continued as a boarder in San Francisco, this time on 5th Street. Earl, then age 12, was living as a boarder with a David R. Highland in Dent, San Joaquin County, California, and Ronald, also age 12, had taken on the Hammill name and was living in Sonora, Tuolumne County.

Todd remarried to a "G. Ollie Elliott", a native of Colorado who was about 11 years his junior, around 1926 and moved to Angels Camp, Calvaras County, California, by 1930.[Cen 1930E]

Todd Berry Elliott died in Los Angeles County, California, on April 20, 1955. He was 70 years old.

Herman Henry PORATH

Herman Henry Porath was born on June 14, 1877, in California to German (or likely German-Polish) immigrants. His mother's maiden name was Bretz.

In 1900 he was an employee of the Eugene and Pauline Muller family in Tuolumne, Tuolumne County, California. Among the Muller children is a 14-year old Louisa.

Skip ahead 10 years to the 1910 census (after his brief marriage to Lottie) and Herman is remarried to Louisa for at least a year and is taking care of Louisa's mother Pauline and her youngest sister and brother. The census notes that this was Herman's second marriage.

By the 1920 census the couple removed to Snelling, Merced County, with no children noted.

Herman Henry Porath died on December 12, 1958, in San Joaquin County, California, at the age of 81.

Louisa (Muller) Porath died eight years later on December 6, 1966, in San Joaquin County. She was 80 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1900C: 15 Jun 1900 Census, Red Cloud, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1900P: 25 Jun 1900 Census, Township 3, Tuolumne, Tuolumne County, California
  • Cen 1910E: 21 Apr 1910 Census, Haight Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1910W: 21 Apr 1910 Census, Oak Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1910H: 10 May 1910 Census, Stanislaus Forest Reserve, Township 2 (Coulterville), Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1910P: 15 Apr 1910 Census, Township 3, Tuolumne, Tuolumne County, California
  • Cen 1920E: 23 Jan 1920 Census, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1920W: 20 Feb 1920 Census, Dent, San Joaquin County, California
  • Cen 1920H: 10 Jan 1920 Census, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California
  • Cen 1920P: 15 Jan 1920 Census, Snelling, Merced County, California
  • Cen 1930E: 10 Apr 1930 Census, Angels Camp, Calaveras County, California

John Lyman CONVERSE (1887-1980)

John Lyman CONVERSE 121M. John Lyman Converse was born on the Converse Ranch in Greeley Hill, Mariposa County, California on February 21, 1887, the youngest of 13 children, 3 of whom died before he was born. He lived on Greeley Hill his whole life, married Grace Lenore Covell on September 27, 1911, and had six children on the ranch:

121M1. Converse 20 Mar 1913 20 Mar 1913 (0)
121M2. Lyman Covell Converse 12 May 1914 13 Dec 1986 (72)
121M3. Lyle Delmore Converse 4 Jul 1915 2 May 2003 (87)
121M4. Richard Converse (1916-1919) Infancy -- 
121M5. Alda Ione Converse 21 Aug 1920 15 Mar 2001 (80)
121M6. Lila Mae Converse 3 Dec 1925 6 Sep 2004 (78)
Mariposa Gazette, September 30, 1911

Converse-Covil: John L. Converse and Miss Grace G. Covil (sic) were united in marriage this morning by Rev. Father Guerin, the ceremony taking place at the Catholic parsonage in Sonora, in the presence of the mother and sisters of the groom.

The young couple are from our neighboring town of Coulterville, where the greater portion of their lives have been passed. The bride is a prepossessing and popular young lady, and the groom is a well-known farmer of the northern end of Mariposa county, where he is highly esteemed.

The newly wedded couple took this morning's train for a couple of week's stay in San Francisco, after which they will return to the Converse homestead, ten miles east of Coulterville, where they will make their future home, and the best wishes of hosts of friends.- Mother Lode Magnet, Sept. 27.

As a young man he and one brother operated a lumber mill on Greeley Hill, where he also ranched and teamed. He bailed hay in the Hetch Hetchy Valley, now the Shaunessy Dam.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for a few years, prior to employment in the C.C.C. at Buck Meadows (1933-1941).

Grace Lenore (Covell) Converse died on November 9, 1949 in Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, and was buried in Greeley Hill.

John later remarried to Martha Fay (Graves?) Steely.

John retired from the Forest Service in 1951, to his birth place, the Converse Ranch. In his retirement years he enjoyed gardening and was the winner of many produce awards at the Mariposa County Fair. He served as Grand Marshal in the 1961 parade.

He was active in community affairs and served many years as a trustee for the Greeley Hill Grammar School. He contributed to the construction of the Wildwood Chapel and the Greeley Hill Community Club, of which he served as the first president and was a lifetime member. He was also a 70 year member of the Coulterville I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 104.

John Lyman Converse, Jr. died at the Sonora Community Hospital on August 16, 1980 from complications following surgery. He was 93 years old and the last surviving of his siblings. Graveside services were conducted on Tuesday, August 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dudley Cemetery on Greeley Hill by the Coulterville I.O.O.F.

Sources
  • Cen 1930: 12 Apr 1930 Census, Stanislaus National Forest Township 2 (Greeley Hill), Mariposa County, California

John CONVERSE (~1853->1897)

1221. John Converse was born about February 11, 1852, probably in Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa. In 1871 his family moved to Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and by 1880 was living alone as a farmer in that township. By 1882 he married Annie "Belle" Amelia Battelle, a native of West Virginia and daughter of one of the earliest white settlers of Pottawattamie County, Alpheus Monroe Battelle. They had five children:

12211. Mabel Converse Feb 1882 --  -- 
12212. Bessie Converse Jun 1883 --  -- 
12213. Nellie Converse Aug 1885 --  -- 
12214. Florence May Converse 25 Dec 1892/3 30 Jan 1985 -- 
12215. John "Jack" H. Converse 21 Dec 1896 16 Oct 1958 (61)

John's five children were all born in Iowa except for Florence who was born in California, apparently on a visit around 1893. By 1895 they returned to Pottawattamie County where they lived in a town called Oklahoma (unlocated).[Cen 1895]

John CONVERSE, 1852-1896

John Converse died on November 20, 1896, at the young age of 44 years. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery near the family farm in Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He was later joined by his paternal grandmother and parents.

Belle and her children lived on in Pottawattamie County through at least 1910 and then made their way west to California where daughter Mabel and her husband Charles Albert Converse (a cousin) lived. There Belle's daughter Flossie married Charles' nephew George Leonard Converse (Jr.) (Flossie's second cousin), about 1919. Belle, Flossie and George lived on 115 Semple Street, Modesto, Stanislaus County, next door to son John H. and his family.

By 1930, Belle, her widower son Jack, and grandson Billie moved to 2309 14th Avenue in Oakland, Alameda County.[Cen 1930] A year or two later they moved again about nine blocks west to 342 East 15th Street by 1932.[Vote 1932]

Annie "Belle" Amelia (Battelle) Converse likely died in the 1930s, perhaps between 1932 and 1934. She would have been in her late 70s.

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 4 Jun 1860 Census, Ione Post Office, Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1870: 26 Aug 1870 Census, Millersburg Post Office, Green Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1895: 1885 Census, Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1895: 1895 Census, Oklahoma, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1900: 2 Jun 1900 Census, Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1905: 1905 Census, Hancock, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1910: 16 Apr 1910 Census, Hancock, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1920: 22 Jan 1920 Census, 115 Semple Street, Modesto, Stanislaus County, California
  • Cen 1930: Apr 1930 Census, 2309 Fourteenth Avenue, Oakland, Alameda County, California
  • Vote 1932: 1930 Register, 342 East Fifteen Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California

Mary Jane (CONVERSE) MCKRAY (1853-1930)

1222. Mary Jane Converse was born in November 23, 1853, probably in Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa. In 1871, her family moved to Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa where she met and married Melvin M. McKray, a Valley native and farmer, around 1877. They lived in Valley (later part of Hancock) until at least the time of her father's death in 1916. They had three children:

12221. Edith A. McKray Apr 1879 1965 (86)
12222. James William McKray 29 Nov 1884 --  -- 
12223. Melvin Boyd McKray 5 May 1895 Dec 1981 (86)

Mary Jane (CONVERSE) MCKRAY, 1853-1930 Mary Jane (Converse) McKray died on April 29, 1930, and is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery near the family ranch east of Hancock, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She was 76 years old.

Melvin M. MCKRAY, 1849-1931 Melvin M. McKray died the following year on March 4, 1931, at the age of 81. He is buried beside Mary at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 4 Jun 1860 Census, Ione Post Office, Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1870: 26 Aug 1870 Census, Millersburg Post Office, Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa

Charles Henry CONVERSE (1856-1912)

Charles Henry CONVERSE 1223. Charles Henry Converse was born in February 1856, probably in Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa. His middle name likely honors his mother's family and perhaps even his paternal uncle, Henry B. Converse, who died during the Civil War. In 1871 his family moved to Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He first married Alice Strong from Iowa on February 29, 1880, in Oakland, Pottawattamie County, and moved briefly to California where his first son was born. They returned to Iowa by 1885, divorced, and about 1888 Charles remarried to Flora Emma Manley, a native of Illinois. They had five more children, four of whom survived to adulthood.[Cen 1910] After the turn of the century they moved to Glendora, Los Angeles County, California where Charles worked as a general practice attorney.

12231. Earnest Lloyd Converse 11 Jan 1883 20 Dec 1953 (70)

12232. Lawrence Floyd Converse, Sr. Dec 1889 Jul 1914 (25)
12233. Hazel Augusta Converse 13 Aug 1892 10 Aug 1981 (89)
12234. Gertrude May Converse 13 May 1895 8 Jul 1974 (79)
12235. Helen Converse 12 Dec 1898 25 Feb 1898 (75 days)
12236. Flora S. Converse 3 Sep 1899 9 Aug 1978 (78)

In June 1880, Charles Henry and his first wife Alice were living as boarders with his uncle, John Converse in Coulterville, Mariposa County, California. He worked there as a teacher. It was in California that his first son was born in 1883.

By 1885, the Converses returned to Pottawattamie County, where Charles worked as an attorney at law in South Oakland, downriver along the West Nishnabotna from Hancock and Valley Township.[Cen 1885]

Charles and Alice divorced after 1885 and Charles remarried to Flora about 1888. Their first son was born in Avoca, upriver along the West Nishnabotna from Hancock.

Charles and Flora moved to a town in Pottawattamie called Avon (unlocated) by 1895.[Cen 1895] Five years later Charles was noted working as a farmer in Center Township (southeast of Oakland), Pottawattomie County.[Cen 1900]

Sometime between 1900 and 1905, the Converses returned to California, this time to Glendora, Los Angeles County.

In Glendora Charles worked as an attorney and practiced general law.[Cen 1910] He commissioned the two-story Converse Building (built in 1905) on Michigan Avenue (present day 159 North Glendora Avenue) in Glendora to house his law offices upstairs and with several businesses downstairs. Among the downstairs businesses were The Fountain Confectionery Shop (probably started after 1909), John J. Ingalls Cigars, Rough House Chocolates, Armour? Malted Clams, Armour Hot Beef Tea, and J.W. McGraw and Sons. Upstairs with Charles' office were offices of the Glendora Water Company and the Glendora Irrigation Company.

Mexican President MADERO and Charles Henry CONVERSE, 1911

Charles also owned orange and lemon groves.

In 1911 when son Lawrence got involved in the Mexican Revolution and taken prisoner by the Mexican Federal forces, Charles helped represent his sons case and pulled some strings to influence President Díaz to release his son and companion. (Charles is pictured together with Díaz's archrival and successor, President Francisco I. Madero.)

Tragically, Charles Henry Converse was struck by a train while crossing the tracks on May 4, 1912. He was only 56 years old. Charles is buried at the Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora.

Mariposa Gazette, May 11, 1912
Accidental Death

While attempting to cross in front of a fast approaching train with an automobile, at Glendora, Los Angeles Co., last Saturday evening, C. H. Converse, a former resident of Mariposa county, was struck by the engine and instantly killed. After being struck his body was carried along the tracks for a quarter of a mile before the train was brought to a standstill.

The funeral was held from his late residence on Thursday, internment being in the Glendora cemetery.

A sister residing in Kansas and a son at Spokane, Wash., are among those left to mourn.

Besides relatives in this county he has many friends who will regret to hear of his untimely death.

Flora Emma (Manley) Converse lived on another 30 years and died on January 19, 1942, just 10 days shy of her 83rd birthday. She is also buried at the Oakdale Memorial Park.

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 4 Jun 1860 Census, Ione Post Office, Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1870: 26 Aug 1870 Census, Millersburg Post Office, Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1880: 25 Jun 1880 Census, Coulterville Precinct, Mariposa County, California
  • Cen 1885: 1885 Census, South Oakland, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1895: 1885 Census, Avon, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1900: 9 Jun 1900 Census, Center Township, Pottawattomie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1910: 7 May 1910 Census, (Sierra Madre Avenue), Glendora, Los Angeles County, California
  • Cen 1930: 22 Apr 1930 Census, East Sierra Madre Ave., Azusa Township, Glendora, Los Angeles County, California

Laura Ellen (CONVERSE) TALBOTT (1858->1920)

1224. Laura Ellen Converse was born in either January or June, 1858, probably in Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa. In 1871, her family moved to Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. As she reached adulthood she lived for a time with her uncle Taylor Erastus Convers in Doon, Lyon County, in the northwest corner of Iowa, during the 1880 census.[Cen 1880]

She later married Archibold "Archie" M. Talbott, a Valley resident farmer, around 1895, but had no children. In her youth Laura appears to have gone by "Ellen" or "Ella" but after her marriage records show that she went by "Laura."

The Talbotts lived in Valley Township and in 1900 hosted a 23-year old boarder "F. Convers," possibly Ella's cousin Marguerite F. Convers with whom she had lived in 1880.[Cen 1900] They again hosted a boarder in 1910, this time H. Bair.[Cen 1910]

The Talbotts left Valley Township and moved to Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, around 1912, and later Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, by 1915. From before 1915 through 1920 they had a May E. Williams, a public school teacher, board with them at 308 East 5th Avenue in Hutchinson.[Cen 1915, 1920]

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 4 Jun 1860 Census, Ione Post Office, Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1870: 26 Aug 1870 Census, Millersburg Post Office, Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1880: 15 Jun 1880 Census, Doon, Lyon County, Iowa
  • Cen 1900: 15 Jun 1900 Census, Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1910: 10 May 1910 Census, Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1915: 1915 Kansas State Census, Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas
  • Cen 1920: 13-14 Jan 1920 Census, 308 East 5th Avenue, Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas

Emma (CONVERSE) DEWEY (1863-<1916)

1225. Emma Converse was born in May 1863, probably in Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa. In 1871, her family moved to Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She married Charles H. Dewey, a native of Wisconsin and resident of Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, around 1883 and had at least four children:

12251. Ethel Dewey Apr 1886 --  -- 
12252. Laura Dewey Nov 1893 --  -- 
12253. Evelin Dewey Apr 1898 --  -- 
12254. Converse George Dewey 17 Mar 1900 13 Feb 1976 (75)

Emma (Converse) Dewey died prior to her father's death in 1916.

Clara (CONVERSE MOWERY) OLSEN (1868-)

1226. Clara Converse was born in August 1868, probably in Greene Township, Iowa County, Iowa. In 1871, her family moved to Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She first married a man by the name of Mowery who died in 1896 after fathering four children, one of whom died young.[Cen 1900] In late 1899 or early 1900 she remarried to Leslie C. Olsen, a native of Erie County, Pennsylvania, born to German immigrant parents, and had one, perhap three more, daughters. She and Leslie later divorced when they were in their 50s:

12261. James Lee Mowery 20 Nov 1891 --  -- 
12262. Edith Mowery Aug 1893 --  -- 
12263. Guy Eugene Mowery 10 Oct 1895 --  -- 
12264. Mowery (<1896) --  -- 

12265. Mildred C. Olsen 2 Dec 1900 31 Mar 1989 (88)
12266. Janice Olsen (1903) (<1910) -- 
12267. Gilda Olsen (1905) (<1910) -- 

Soon after Clara and Leslie were married, they were enumerated next door to Clara's parents in Valley Township, where Leslie worked as a farmer.[Cen 1900] Clara is said to have had three daughters with Leslie, but two of them likely died in infancy as they are not counted in the 1910 census. The 1900 census records that had three of four Mowery children survived at that time but curiously the 1910 census, which adds daughter Mildred, only counts four of five children survived to that time.

Clara and Leslie resided in Hancock/Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa at least into the 1920s when they divorced. Clara was noted living alone in Hancock in 1930.[Cen 1930]

Leslie C. Olsen died in 1950 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Hancock. He was 79 or 80 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1870: 26 Aug 1870 Census, Millersburg Post Office, Green Township, Iowa County, Iowa
  • Cen 1880: 9 Jun 1880 Census, Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1900: 15 Jun 1900 Census, Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1910: 26 Apr 1910 Census, Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1920: 26 Jan 1920 Census, Valley Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Cen 1930: 5 Apr 1930 Census, Hancock Town, Pottawattamie County, Iowa