NANCY MARIA SHOUP was born in Happy Valley (Oak) January 29, 1879 to Franklin Shoup and Janey (Gill) Shoup. Her mother died before Nannie was two years old giving her father and half-brothers, Robert Lee Shoup and John Franklin Shoup the responsibility of looking after a small child. Franklin raised fruits and vegetables in Happy Valley and delivered the produce by wagon and mule team. The, boys would pack Nan in a burlap bag while doing chores. Strawberries were new to the area and Nan heard her brothers talking about how good they tasted. While they were in a store, she stayed outside to try a berry it was terrible! It was green. The family moved to the Bald Hills, where they farmed and Nannie went to school at the Bald Hills School.

At the age of 18, on August 5, 1896, Nannie married SAMUEL J. ROSEVERE, 27. Samuel was born in England and worked for McCormick Saeltzer & Co. They lived in Redding, they had a son who died in infancy. Samuel died in 1910 and is perhaps buried in the Texas Springs Cemetery.

On September 21,1911 Nannie Rosevere married GEORGE WASHINGTON WEBB in Red Bluff. George was born in Paskenta, Tehama County, January 21, 1872. His parents, James Allen Webb and Elizabeth (McCormick) Webb, moved to Shasta County in 1872 where they farmed the homestead on Roaring River. In 1879 George's father died leaving Elizabeth with five children: Sarah 16, James P. 13, Hettie 11, George 6, and Laura Belle 3.

The family farmed, raised turkeys and sold butter and cream in the Gas Point area. George's older brother, James P. died after a farming accident. His mother became Mrs. Thomas Larkin in 1881 and a widow in 1893. The family increased by two: Isabelle and Emmeline Larkin. In 1897 George and his mother registered the "Dog Iron" for their stock. In 1901 he homesteaded land adjoining the Larkin property. In 1910 George and his mother purchased the Caswell Place, closer to Ono, and had Bee Creek Ditch water. It was here that George and Nannie lived for several years and Nannie was secretary of the Bee Creek Ditch. In 1919 Nan, George and Elizabeth bought the Joe Moon Ranch, on Moon Creek above Rainbow Lake. The Moon property had water and summer pasture for the cattle.

George enjoyed hunting and fishing, he and Nan spent summers in the Moon Mountains, fishing with family and friends. Nannie would often take her youngest nephew, Erie, fishing behind George and baiting the hook. When George and Nan retired from ranching and moved to Redding at 1904 Court Street, the Bald Hills property was rented to their siblings, Laura Belle and John Franklin Shoup, whose grandchildren still live on the ranch.

After George's death, Nannie continued to spend her summers in the mountains. Driven in by nephew, Bert, who stayed with her to help with the garden and irrigation. Nan liked holiday dinners and family gatherings, Fourth of July was a favorite. She loved to travel, but never drove. She took several bus tours, a cruise to Alaska and flew to Hawaii.

Nan and George were active in lodges; Rebecca, Eastern Star, and IOOF of Igo.

George died at age 63 in 1935 and Nannie at age 84, in September 5, 1963. They are buried in the Redding Cemetery.

Source: Shasta Historical Society - Nov. 1997

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