Nancy Six was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, November 6, 1819, to David and Elizabeth Six. Nancy's parents carried Nancy and her sister Martha on horseback when they moved to Brown County in western Illinois. As the oldest of twelve children growing up on the frontier, Nancy learned responsibility, independence and self-reliance.

In 1836 or '37, she met and married John, McCormick, a tanner, who was born in Illinois about 1810. John and Nancy had five children:
William b. August 10, 1838 m. Martha Smith ran the Ono hotel
David b. 1839 Where abouts unknown after 1860
Irvin Carter b. June 14, 1843 m. Luella Duggins
Elizabeth b. Nov. 22, 1845
Isabel b. Nov. 15, 1847 m. James Hudson; home, Sutter Co.

In 1849, John and Nancy decided to become part of the "Gold Rush" and come to California; John brought supplies to start a store and men to handle the extra wagons. Knowledge of this trip, Indians, "churning" butter with the movement of the wagons, and spending a night at the site of the Donner party's camp is from a story told by Bessie, who was five years old.

They arrived in Auburn in September 1849. John cut logs to build a home for the family and a store. To restock the store, John had to go to Sacramento; with sauerkraut, $1.00 a pound, the store was profitable. John failed to return from his second trip to Sacramento. The California Federal Census shows Mr. McCormick of Sutter County drowned, January 1850; the streams were very high that winter and he was unable to swim.

When John was presumed dead, Nancy sold the store and stock and bought a hotel--doing what she knew, keeping house. Later she sold the hotel and went to work at the Kentucky House, a hotel at Coon Creek.

Even with five children, she did well to remain single for three years. Men out numbered women at least one hundred to one, so she certainly had her choice. She met and married Hiram Green December 12, 1852. Hiram was a wheelwright and wagonmaker who was born in Pennsylvania in 1824. The couple had two children. Hiram Jr. married Elizabeth Ellen Perry in 1883. They lived in Newville and Paskenta until they moved to Bakersfield and later to Santa Barbara. Mary Green married a Mr. Abbot and moved to San Francisco.

Throughout their marriage, Nancy and Hiram moved often. They were counted twice in the 1860 Census, first at Kempton and then a few months later at Goods. About 1870, the Greens moved to Eagle Creek, now Ono. Several of Nancy's grown children from her first marriage came with them or perhaps led them since William McCormick registered to vote in Shasta County two years earlier than Hiram. Later Nancy and Hiram settled to farming and carpentry in Paskenta.

Of their final years: Hiram lived next door to his son in Paskenta. It is not known where or when he died. Nancy lived with her daughter Elizabeth in Igo until her death in 1906. Nancy is buried in the Ono cemetery near her son, William and his wife Martha.

November 1995
Source: Shasta Historical Society

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