After James grew to manhood, he left Tennessee and traveled north to Indiana, then on to Agency, Iowa, where he met Rebecca McDowell. Rebecca, daughter of John and Deste Herrin, was born Feb. 18, 1827. Rebecca had one brother, Adin Gainey McDowell, born Dec. 12, 1817, Kentucky, who married Sarah Ellen Davis, also born in Kentucky. Rebecca's grandfather, Isaac Herrin, served in the Revolution as a Wagon Master.
James and Rebecca were married Jan. 9, 1849, in Agency, Iowa. Eight
children were born to them:
|Alfred||b. 1850||Agency, Iowa|
|Deste J.||b. 1853||Oregon|
|Sarah||b. 1859||Dexter, Oregon|
|Rosella||b. 1864||Dexter, Oregon|
|James G.||b. 1869||Burgettville, CA|
After 14 years in Oregon, the family together with Adin McDowell, moved to the Fall River Valley where James built the first hotel in Burgettville (now Glenburn). Here the Estep's eighth child, James G., was born. In later years James G. would serve as both District Attorney and Superior Court Judge of Shasta County. He died of pneumonia in 1918, James sold the hotel to Joshua Selvester in 1869 and moved to Red Bluff, buying the old Union Hotel which he operated until 1872 when he moved back to Fall River Mills where he lived until his death in 1898. Old clippings tell us that his funeral procession was a mile long with grieving friends in surreys and buggies along the route. Rebecca's death date is 1900. Both are buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery, McArthur, California.
Adin Gainey McDowell, Rebecca's brother, named the Big Valley area "Big
1869 he started the town of Adin and operated a store there.
Source: Shasta Historical Society