Tuesday, July 2, 2013


© Kathy Duncan, 2013

Hannah (Holcomb) Skaggs, sister of Azariah Holcomb, was born in 1812 in Missouri. Their brother Enoch Holcomb died intestate and without a surviving wife or children so that his estate was divided between his siblings. That estate settlement was filed in the probate court of St. Louis County, Missouri in 1852, case #03827B, and is readily available on the Missouri Digital Heritage site in the Missouri Judicial Records.

She married James Skaggs in Ste. Genevieve Couty, MO in 1830 [f. 9]
[Source: Alvord Collection; Indices to Ste. Genevieve Marriage Certificates, Protestant Marriages; State Historical Society of Missouri]

Census records for Hannah (Holcomb) Skaggs.

1830, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri:
James Skaggs 1 male 20-30; 1 female 15 - 20

1840, Elk Over Twp., Newton County, Missouri:

James Skaggs 000001-21001

This census reflects the following family members:
One male age 30 - 40 = James Skaggs
Two females under age 5 = Nancy and probably Phebe
One female age 5 - 10 = Minerva
One female age 20 - 30 = Hannah (Holcomb) Skaggs

James Skaggs' household is listed on the same page as Azarah Holcomb, Nathan Holcomb, James Brown, Enoch Holcomb, and James Pool. There is also a Wheeler on this page. Apparently, they are all near neighbors.

24 Oct 1850, Dist 53, McDonald County, Missouri, p. 112:

James Skaggs - 40 M Farmer $300 KY
Hanah - 38 F MO
Minerva - 18 F MO
Nancy - 14 F MO
Phebe - 10 F MO
Sarah -8 F MO

Isam Skaggs - 21 M Farmer $200 MO
George - 3 M MO

Based on the 1840 census, Isam is probably not a son of James Skaggs. Is he a brother?

James Skaggs probate was administered in 1859 in Jasper County, Missouri.

20 July 1870, San Juan Twp., Monterey County, California, p. 389:
Witter, C. R. - 36 M W Farmer NY
----, Nancy - 33 F W Keeping House MO
----, Laura - 6 F W CA
----, Lorena - 4 F W CA
----, Phoebe R. - 2 F W CA
Skaggs, Hannah - 59 F W Keeping House MO

Hannah (Holcomb) Skaggs is living in the household of her daughter Nancy (Skaggs) Witter, who married Chester Rood Witter on April 18, 1862, at Salt Spring Valley in Calaveras County, California. This probably indicates that James and Hannah Skaggs had moved to California by 1862 or that James Skaggs had died. Could they have been in route to California when the 1860 census was taken?

2 June 1880, Dist. 258, Gilroy Twp (outside of town), Santa Clara County, California:
Griffin, R. M. [married] - W M 53 Keeping store b. Indiana  fb. MD mb. VA
Brown, J. [married] - W M 62 Works in mine b. MO fb. KY mb. OH
Skaggs, Anna [widowed] sister - W F 68 Keeping house b. MO fb. KY mb. OH
Simmons, Lenora [single] ? - W F 12 At home b. CA mb. MO
Simmons, William [married] uncle - W M 44 Works in mine b. Iowa

It is not evident why Hannah is no longer living with the Witters. Note that brother J. Brown is with her.

Hannah (Holcomb) Skaggs is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Hollister, San Benito County, California, as is her daugher Nancy A. (Skaggs) Witter. Her tombstone reads: Hannah F. Skaggs 1811 - 1886.

This page last updated on 3 April 2016.

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