And I struck gold.
|Genoa Courier, Friday, March 21, 1890|
|Genoa Courier, Friday, May 30, 1890|
This confirms my suspicions and possible inspiration from my last visit that there is a family burial plot on the ranch. I was thinking more easterly, but west up against the mountain does make sense and matches my initial thoughts. It would be a mile or so south of the well-documented Winters Family Cemetery on the current Ascagua Ranch that I visited last October.
Now that they are all securely archived and sourced on FamilySearch.org with enough evidentiary explanation and proudly proclaimed provenance that no one should ever try to delete them, I share them here. (Of course sharing them here gives me assurance that more people in the family have them in case someone has to go back in to FamilySearch to fix what someone else changed or deleted!)
This also gives a solid clue that at least as of 1890 (the year of the burned federal census) Jane and John Lewis's son, John Samuel Lewis, resided in Reno.
Still, the question remains, where are the graves? Do markers still exist? Has no one noticed them? The Washoe Tribe has not responded to my emails or letters. I'm going to have to try and call. I have some other potential contacts to try as well.
"Family Burying Ground" indicates a place already established by 1890. The others deaths in the family that we know of are in 1860 or '61. These are Mary Evans Johns (Jones), Abednego's first wife, who died in September 1860, and Jane's mother, my 4th-Great-Grandmother, Elinor Jenkins Vaughan, who died after the September, 1860 Census and before the January, 1862, Nevada Census, also in Jacks Valley.
As my Cousin Judy and I have agreed since we found out just a few years ago that Jane and her first husband, John Lewis, and son and her mother, Elinor Vaughan, came to Utah with handcarts in 1856, if we find Jane, we will find Elinor.
Well, we're pretty close to finding Jane "on the west end of the Johns ranch."
I think we need to talk to some Washoe archaeologists.
I should note that most of the years in Jeanette/Jane's obit are wrong. They also are different than the years in her obit in the RLDS Saints Herald! Check out my tree on Ancestry.com or FamlySearch.org for contemporaneous sources for Jane's arrival in the U.S. (1856).ReplyDelete
Woot! Congratulations on yet more brilliant sleuthingReplyDelete
Thanks! That means a lot from a provenance-minded, well-regarded, Mormon Historian!Delete
Just as theory to posit, perhaps the resting places were re-interred to another site (e.g.; the cemetery on the adjacent ranch). Also, there were some land swaps done in the 1950's where the Forest service purchased/sold some of the properties on the base of the mountains in that area.ReplyDelete
There is a fascinating (and humorous) story about Abednego Jones "introducing" two LDS Elders at the Fairview Schoolhouse in the early days... he was so passionate about religion that he kept going and going, using up all the "main" speakers' time! The story is told by Owen E. Jones in the Record-Courier (Douglas County NV) of November 1, 1935. Let me know if you'd like me to send you a copy.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment. I would love that! Please email me at grant[.]vaughn[at]gmail.com