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Napa County Query Archives - 2003

18 December 2003
Looking for information, photographs, of early Calistoga Police Chiefs:

  • Cornelius H NANCE, 1886
  • W. H. MONROE, 1896
  • E. H. CABLE, 1890
  • David E POWER, 1907
  • Frank S COUCH, 1909
  • Harry Von ARX, 1919

Sgt. Douglas O'Neill
Calistoga Police Department
1235 Washington St.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-2810

SOMMERFELD (Sommerfelt, Summerfeld)
15 December 2003
SOMMERFELD (Sommerfelt, Summerfeld) Karl (Carl or Charles) Died: 15 Mar 1937 in Mare Island Hospital, Napa County, California. Birth: 24 Nov 1887 - Russia or Prussia. Was in the U.S. Navy was living in California at time of death. Any information will be helpful. Obituary or Death Certificate.

5 December 2003
Looking for information on Moses PRATT, Sadie Vann PRATT and their Dorothy PRATT all of whom are now deceased. Submitted by a great nephew of Moses.

1 December 2003
I am looking for any information on Vernon Emery DAVIS, born 13 Aug 1892 Metropolitan, Humbolt, Ca. died 7 March 1976 at the Veterans Home in Yountville.

1 December 2003
Looking for information on Leona Adele MOOMAUGH who was born in Napa County 7/1/1929. Her mother, Ethel M., and father, Hugh S., Moomaugh, were on the 1930 census for Oakland, CA. Her father left later on to move to Montana.

30 November 2003
I am interested in the funeral home records of the following individuals:
ROBERTS, Hattie and William
KRAUSE, Lucy and Marie
POWER, David and Joseph

I received a list of names from Carole a volunteer at NVGBS and would love to follow up with her on these names.

28 November 2003
Looking for information on our home which used to be the Napa Train Depot at Third St and Soscol around the early 1900s.

It was called the Old East Napa Depot. Due to a tragic train wreck (which claimed the lives of 13 people), another accident (where 11 were injured), a fire that caused $250,000 in damages, the train was phased out in favor of trucks and bus transportation.

Based on the little information I have it seems that the depot was relocated to its present location (near the corner of Pine St. and Roosevelt St.) during the late 30s or early 40s. There is a house which we share the driveway with, which was the other portion of the depot.

Of course, much has been done to alter the original structure - hence 2 homes now. But, I am interested still to gather any more information and to see if I can get it registered as a National Certified Historic Structure.

I was able to get some information through public records at the Napa Historical Society, so any other information provided would be greatly appreciated!


25 November 2003
Looking for information about a James M. DAVIS, prob. born in OH, married in ID 1865 to A. HAWLEY (she died 1880), owned property in Lake and Napa counties between 1867 and early 1900's. Looking for his death date, place, etc. and vitals for 3 children: Kate b. 1867 Amy b. 1869 Walter S. b. 1871 in CA.

19 November 2003
Looking for information on John Treble BROWN who emigrated to California from Iowa, abt. 1848. His daughter, Margaret Blanche BROWN was born in Napa December 5, 1856. John's first child was born in Iowa. The remainder of his children were born in Philo, or Booneville, Mendocino Co. I would like to know how long his family resided in Napa Co. And why they moved on. Was he a brother of Thomas Carleton BROWN, who lived in Napa Co.

19 November 2003
I am interested in any information about the REMLEY family in Yountville, Rutherford or anywhere in the Napa Valley. Especially information on Henry REMLEY, Jack REMLEY, and William REMLEY, Civil War veteran buried in the Yountville Veteran's Home cemetery and married to a Mildred GORE REMLEY. Thanks for your help.

4 November 2003
I am researching the family of Anna KOHLER BARNES. Anna's father had the initial "M". They were living in St. Helena, Napa Co. I believe they originated in Melbourne, Australia. I believe that Anna went to San Jose S.H.S. She then went to Stanford University where she graduated in May 1896. She married Earl Barnes (Professor at Stanford) from Martville, NY in 1900.

They moved to Philadelphia and then retired to New Hartford, Ct. They had four children, Bernard, Howard, Joseph, and Mary. I cannot verify Anna's birth date or the time they were in Napa County, but I have her in high school there. Any help any one can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.


6 September 2003
Seeking information regarding the HATT and WOHLERS families of 1870 to abt.1910 in Napa.

John HATT b. abt. 1811, his wife Paulena, b. abt. 1817 both of Germany arrived in Napa abt. 1870. Several children included Bertha HATT, Rudolph, Rubin, Herman. Oldest son Albert most likely arrived in Napa a few years before his parents.

From what I have already gathered, John Hatt walked away from his home in 1884 and was not heard from again according to a June 15, 1884 newspaper article in the Fresno Republic. Paulena Seiler Hatt was listed in the 1900 Census of Napa as age 82, that's where my tracking stops for Paulena. Albert Edward Hatt was the owner of the Mill on the Napa River. He was listed in the 1870 Census of Napa, listed as "boatman" age 26. Not found in the 1880 Census, then he shows up again in 1900 and 1910 Census. My trail stops with 1910 Census for Albert Edward Hatt Sr.

Bertha Hatt b. 1851 married John Wohlers, b. abt. 1837, Germany, married Nov. 6, 1873 in Napa. I don't have much on John Wohlers in Napa except for 1880 Census record in Napa. Bertha and John moved to San Francisco some time before 1900 Census. best wishes, Bob.


6 September 2003
I am looking for any information regarding Jack Lawton SEYMOUR of Anguin, Napa Co., CA. He is my grandfather's half-brother. Jack lived in Anguin in 1978. Thanks for any help.

27 August 2003
I am looking for information for JOHN TEIXEIRA MACHADO, who died December 15, 1956 in Napa County. He was born February 15, 1888 in California (I do not know the location). I have tried all the cemeteries in Napa Valley to no avail. Also, I have called all the current mortuaries with the same result. Unfortunately, this is all the information I have on John at this time.

26 August 2003
Looking for information on ANDRINE AND CARL FORSBERG. Andrine was born in Norway, she died on Oct. 26, 1947 in Napa. I do not have any further information on either of them. Would like to know if Carl died in Napa also and the date. Also any marriage information or children they might have had.

14 August 2003
Looking for information on CALVIN MUSGROVE/MUSGRAVE, born about 1819, TN, shown on the 1850 and 1860 US Census in Napa Co., CA. He eloped with the older CATHERINE SPEED, wife of JOHN FOWLER, probably while they were in Mississippi. Her daughter, CATHERINE FOWLER, married a cousin, LOUIS MUSGROVE, son of THOMAS MUSGROVE/MUSGRAVE, who had been living in Mississippi shortly before the 1840 census. LOUIS might have been the infamous L. H. MUSGROVE, outlaw, hanged in 1868 in Colorado. He had killed some people in California. THOMAS MUSGROVE/MUSGRAVE, father of LOUIS, was the brother of QUIMBY MUSGROVE, JR. also on the 1840 census in Mississippi, who left after 1845 and before 1847 for Lamar Co., TX, then went on to settle in Arkansas. QUIMBY and THOMAS MUSGROVE/MUSGRAVE were from Hardeman Co., TN, with QUIMBY MUSGROVE, SR. on 1830 census. Somehow they are connected with BENNETT and BURRELL MUSGROVE from Missouri. Does anyone have any information on these families?

12 August 2003
I am trying to find any information on a William (Billy) Alberta who comitted suicide. He was my half brother. All I know is he was buried in the Tulocay cemetery. His parents as well as mine have passed on and I have nowhere else to look. His date of birth and when he passed on would be enough for me if that is all that is available. Thank You.

7 August 2003
My grandfather, Max Kesselring, had a sister Kate or Katherine who married a Mathias Wiloth. I am looking to connect with their descendants who lived in Napa, California from 1930? till the times of their deaths.

2 August 2003
Looking for birth and death information on James Dallas, married Missouria Ann ADAMS Feb 13, 1862. Children: John Adams, Suraney "Lorena" "Lena", Mary Jane "Jennie", Henrietta "Etta" "Nettie", Leah "Lela", Ruth and Ward. Anyone researching this family, please contact me.

27 July 2003
I would like three obituaries, if anyone could find them for me or direct me to where I can look them up online, I would be very appreciative.

  • 1. Louise KLEIN, died 5 July 1997 in Napa
  • 2. Russell KLEIN died 5 Oct 1996 in Napa, and
  • 3. Joseph V. MARTON died 13 July 1969 in or around Napa.

These people were my great uncles, and a great aunt, and I'm curious if they had any descendants that I could correspond with. Thank you!

25 July 2003
Looking for information on David L. Robinson, born 1880 and died October 1955 in Napa County. Father was William from Canada. Thanks

25 July 2003
Researching the family of Emma Jane Black daughter of Samuel Black and Sarah Clementine Bradshaw Black. Emma married WILLIAM H. HERNIMAN of Canada had several children. Lived on Main Street in Napa most of her life. Have photos, several postcards from residents of Napa and surrounding towns, etc. that I can scan if copies are desired. Avis Jane HERNIMAN married Charles Rico Waldo PLATT in Modoc County in 1916. Also searching for the COLTON family of Napa, have old photos, don't know connection to BLACK, BRADSHAW and HERNIMAN families

25 July 2003
I am trying to determine if Edward Portues BALL (1880-1976) and his wife, Mildred L. CREVER (1901-1994) had any children. They were married in 1929 and and died in Napa Co. Obits would be appreciated if available.

25 July 2003
I am looking for information on my family that lived in the Calistoga area. Many of them are buried at Pioneer Cemetery, and some were born in Calistoga although I can not find records to support this. The surnames I am researching include CURRIER, BAKER, HAWKES, DYKES, BROWNE, ROBERTS and KRAUSE. The other side of the family also settled in the Calistoga are for some time and include POWER, DOUGLASS and MCDONALD. I would be interested on finding obituaries but do not know where to look. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

13 July 2003
Looking for information on my greatgrandparents who we believe where all born in Napa before 1900. King Vierra BORGES & Libezada Cimona CRUZ and Charles Atlas FORRESTER & Simona Judith CARRILLO her father was Recino CARRILLO born before 1880 or so and her mother was Margaritte CHAVEZ or Adal DEORTEZ can you help me?

13 July 2003
Is there someone who would be able to do a lookup for an obituary for the following persons: BERMINGHAM/BIRMINGHAM Thomas Francis b.20 Aug 1877 in Colorado, d. 30 March 1948 in Napa County BERMINGHAM/BIRMINGHAM Clara, wife of Thomas Francis. b.9 Oct 1884 in IL, d. 12 Sept 1967 in Napa County. I would appreciate any and all help with this project.

6 July 2003
Josie MCCLELLAN (born Vendla Johanna LINDSTROM 1866 in Sweden) died 1949-01-30 in Napa. I wonder if it's possible to find an obituary in a Napa paper? I would like to know her husbands name, and if she had any children. Thank you for any help!

30 June 2003
LEWIS, Cynthia born Jan. 30, 1832 OH; married Joseph HENRY 1951 IA. She supposedly died around 1902, Napa. Would like confirmation of death date and obituary info. if available.

24 June 2003
I am interested to find out more information on the city of MONTICELLO that was flooded in 1953. Pictures of the old town would be very appreciated. Thank you.

19 June 2003
My Great Great Grandparents retired from the sea to live in Napa, CA, sometime between 1872 and 1906: Captain John Swain HOWLAND (b:4/20/1827 New Bedford, MA) - d: 7/9/1907 SF, CA) and Phebe Smith ALLEN. His brother was, Jotham H. HOWLAND (b:1828 Dartmouth, MA - d: 4/30/1899 Napa, CA), and his wife was Annetta H. POTTER (b:4/28/1834 New Bedford, MA - d: 1/27/1916 Napa, CA?). Jotham preceded John to Napa, where he farmed and ran a store. My GGGrandfather, John, ran on river boats between Napa and San Francisco, even to Stockton.

I would appreciate hearing any historical details about John and Jotham's lives in Napa. I have many photos and other artifacts that I would like to label correctly, many from the Napa area. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please email me at and type in the word "NAPA data" on the Subject line, to prevent its automatic deletion. Thank you for any help!

19 June 2003
Elisha HENRY b. ca 1797 Indiana or perhaps PA. Died Napa Oct. 28, 1862, buried Tulocay Cemetery. Would there be a death certificate for him? I need to determine in which state he was born. If any luck certificate would have parents data. Elisha HENRY married in Wayne Co. OH 1822 Mary ROBISON (her maiden name may have been FISHER). They had the following children: Joseph HENRY b. Aug. 15, 1827 OH; died Napa Sept. 8, 1896; married Cynthia LEWIS. Eli HENRY b. 1830 OH Alexander HENRY b. 1835 OH Stephen Firrst HENRY b. ca 1838 OH; d. December 30, 1912 Napa; marr. Anna MARBLE, Kitty DAWDLE and Amelia Agnes STRUVE. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

10 June 2003
I am looking for information about my Grandfathers family, POWER. I know he lived in Calistoga as a very young boy, 3 or 4 years old and was born somewhere in California. His name was Lorin W. Power, his two sisters where Rowena and Guinevere. I can not find California birth records on any of them but Lorin POWER death record shows he was born in California. His parents were Joseph and Grace POWER. Some of this family is buried in Calistoga. Any help please e-mail me.

3 June 2003
I am looking for my long-lost first cousin who I knew as Jackie FULTON. He lived as a teenager with uncle George LEWIS perhaps near San Rafael. He would be 60-70 years old now. Any help appreciated.

27 May 2003
ORR, William John 4-22-1891 to 3-1967, died in Sanitarium, California. Question: when was the name of Sanitarium changed to Deer Park? Before or after 1967?

5 May 2003
I am looking for any information, on Laverne Jeanette (nee Waltzak or Walczak), married several times... i.e. Meissner (or Meister) Burger Grant SSDI has her listed as: Laverne J. Grant - b: 11-09-1826 d: 1995 Calistoga, Napa Co. CA... She is possibly buried in Pioneer Cemetery in Calistoga. Have also found her as: Louise Grant, L. Jean Grant, Jeanette Meissner, Jeanette Burger (spouse possibly Clarence Luzern) Social security number is the same for all above listed She had one sister: Dolores Katherine (nee Waltzak or Walczak) Jurach b: 10-4-1928 d: May 1973 unknown burial place Have found no birth or burial records for her parents. Any help would be tremendously appreciated - this has been a 5 year, 7 days/week search... this ole gal is about ready to give it up... Blessings and fairwinds, from San Diego, CA

4 May 2003
I am looking for information related to the HAUS/LEIMBACHER family of Pope Valley and St. Helena and its various branches (HURLIMAN, LEDERGERBER, EGLI, CHARLEBOIS, GUIDOTTI, BOLTON, MAROIS, STADLER, etc.).

WP Burke's Sanitorium, CROW, PATCHETT
3 May 2003
Hello, I am looking for information on W.P. Burke's Sanitarium in Napa or surrounding area. I understand there is a bio of him in History of the State of California and Coast Counties, California by James Miler Guinn from California Local History_ Rocq 15842 on page 906, but have not been able to find where to send for the information. Also need information on Emma Patchett Crow, I think she is a daughter of John Patchett of Napa. I am transcribing Emma's diaries there is lots of information on Napa included in them. The 1890 one has quite a bit of Napa information and also is in the 1895 one. Thank You for any information.
Emma Patchett Crow's diaries link

25 April 2003
My g.g.grandfather was Thomas G. Greenfield b. 1832, River Hebert, Nova Scotia d. 1894, Napa, CA. I believe he emigrated to Napa, CA. sometime after 1850. His son, my g. grandfather Willaim Edward Greenfield was born in Nova Scotia and emigrated with the family. William married Minnie Hathaway sometime around 1887 to 1891. I found Willaim and Minnie in the San Francisco 1903 phone directory and I know they were in the 1906 Earthquake. Cannot find them in the Census. Does anyone have any information on this family? Any help would be appreciated.

25 April 2003
Hello from New Mexico, USA Have been looking for Jacob Westfall who joined the Army in Ohio, during the Mexican War. Find him coming into Calif. 1846 in a battle down near San Diego. Army records show he deserted in 1849, (gold fever) He shows up in Napa City, Napa, in 1870 and 1880 census. I have now have a copy of marriage lin. issued in Napa in 1874 to a Catherine Whitcomb. They could not find a death record for him, Sept. 1883. He was a butcher by trade and worked for, " Henry Kruse and John Zollner" in Napa. Would there be a newspaper still around that might have an OB for him.? Thanks for any help you might be able to give me.

16 April 2003
I am searching for any information on my gg-grandfather, Edward COTTERILL and gg-grandmother Hulda WHITMAN. The only pieces of information I have on him is his marriage certificate of 15 Oct 1861 in Napa County to Hulda WHITMAN, both of Browns Valley, Napa, California and a cemetary receipt for the COTTERILL plot at Tulocay Cemetary in Napa. I know nothing of their births or deaths, (when or where). From a faded note of my g-grandmothers, I know they had at least two daughters, Jennie and Mary ( who was born in England,my line. What were they doing there?). I would love to find any living relatives! Thank you for any help or info!

12 April 2003
I am trying to find out if my grandfather Charles H. Blancet was born in Napa, Ca. His father was John Blancett and his mother was Elizabeth Lydia Raser. I get different places of birth for him. John and Lizzie then moved to Aztec, NM with Charles. Charles later changed his last name to McCoy. Reasons are unknown to us. Thank you for any info I receive.

1 April 2003
ALICE OXFORD. We are trying to trace Alice Beinhorn, b. ca 1883 or so who married Walter Oxford in Orosi, Tulare Co., CA. He is shown on the 1900 Tulare Co. Census as Walter A. Oxford, age 21, born in TX, a salesman. Walter Oxford and Alice Beinhorn were married June 8, 1902, Tulare Co., CA. We lose track of them thereafter but we know that some of the Beinhorn family moved to Napa Co. Walter is buried in Smith Mountain Cemetery near Dinuba, Tulare Co., CA and we were able to find Alice Oxford on the SSDI search results, last living at 94515 Calistoga, Napa, CA. Lists her as born 2 Aug. 1882 and died Dec. 1971. This very possibly could be our Alice Beinhorn.

We do not know if they had children or anything else about this family. If anyone can help us, we would appreciate it. We have just found information on this family back to 1812 in Hamburg, Germany and are very excited about tracing other family members.

11 March 2003
Looking for information on Leo R Ballard, born 1895 in Missouri, died 1959 in Napa. My grandmother was his sister. I would like to make contact with family of Leo. Any information is most appreciated.

8 March 2003
Looking for information on the family of Seneca EWER, b. abt. 1821 in Cayuga County, New York, d. 1904 St. Helena, Napa County, California. He married Maria Mattie CRAWFORD in 1854 in Butte Co., CA. Children were Fred S. EWER, b. 1861 in Butte Co., d. 1928 in Rutherford, Napa Co., m.1st 1883 Jennie CHAMBERLAIN, m.2nd 1891 Adella Belle DICKEY; Mary Louise EWER b. abt. 1864, m. in St. Helena, Napa Co. in 1883 John Hiram ALLISON; Mildred b. abt. 1870, m. 1900 in St. Helena W. E. CLANTON. Fred S. EWER had children Alwin W. EWER b. abt.1892; Janice E. b. abt. 1902, m. Eric LAWSON. Would love to share information with descendants of this family.

1 March 2003
Hi, my name is Diane McBain. I am researching the DeBoyce/Boyce Families of Napa Co. The last census I find them on is the 1870 census of Hot Springs, Calistoga, Napa Co. Calif. I believe Boyce, Edwin is my g-grandfather (He also went by William E. DeBoyce) he is listed with his wife Maria (Weddle) and one year old son. Next door Wm. P. DeBoyce who I believe to be my gg-grandfather and his wife Susan (Ried ) DeBoyce with their daughter Francis V. DeBoyce. A researcher who posted his family information and no longer can be reached listed this book and page no. concerning this family. I was wondering if someone could do a look-up for me and if so what would be the charge? He also states that he has family notes of Valdez Cameron Henry written in 1981. I have obtained William DeBoyces death cert. and it states his mother's maiden name was Ried also have photo of Susan Reid Boyce tone in the Pioneer Cemetery. The DeBoyces' seemed to add and drop the De through out the years. Any help will greatly appreciated. Thank you.