Thursday, December 24, 2015

Phoebe (Holcomb) Owens, Daughter of Nathaniel Holcomb

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Phoebe Ann Hannah Holcomb, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Holcomb, was born about 1845 in Missouri. She came with her parents to California in 1849. She married James Anderson Owens on 26 June 1865 in Calaveras County, California. James A. Owens died in 1901 in Daggett, California, but was buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Hollister, San Benito County, California. Phoebe died 11 August 1923 San Francisco, California.

Phebe An Hannah Holcomb married James Anderson Owens on 26 June 1865 in Calaveras County, California
[Source: "California, County  Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch]

25 July 1870, San Juan Twp., Monterey Co., CA, p. 399:

265 - 252
Holcomb, James A. 41 M W Deputy Co. Assessor MO
[Phoebe (Holcomb) Owen's brother is a bachelor, living three households away from her.]

268 - 256
Owens, James A. 35 M W Merchant  1,000 - 4,000 b. VA
--- Phoebe 25 F  W Keeps house b. MO
---Cyrus M W b. CA
---Florence 11/12 F W b. CA
Holcomb, Sarah 62 F  W Keeps house b. MO

23 June 1880, Hollister Twp., San Benito County, CA:

Owens, Phoebe W F 30 Keeping House b. MO fb. MO mb. MO
-----Cyrus W M 16 Son Student b. CA fb. VA mb. MO
-----Marens W M 8 Son Student b. CA fb. VA mb. MO
-----Emma W F 4 Dau b. CA fb. VA mb. MO
Holcomb, Sarah W F 72 Mother b. MO fb.  NY mb. MO

Phoebe Owen's uncle James Brown died at her home one 4 July 1887, Hollister, San Benito Co., CA:

Died - BROWN - In Hollister, July 4, 1887, at the residence of Mrs. J.A. Owens, James Brown, aged 62 years.
[Source: The Hollister Free Lance, 8 July 1887, San Benito Co., CA.]

4 June 1900, San Francisco, San Francisco Co, CA:

Robertson, Walter Head W M b. Feb 1871 29 M-5 b. CA fb. IL mb. MO
-----, Emma Wife W F b. Apr 1876 24 M-5 1-1 b. CA fb. VA mb. MO
-----, Hazel Dau W F b. Apr 1897 3  b. CA fb. CA mb. CA
Owens, Phoebe m-i-l, W F b. Sept 1845 54 M-5 1-1 b. MO fb. MO mb. MO
-----, b-i-l W M b. Oct 1866 33 S b. CA fb. MO mb. MO
-----, Clara s-i-l W F b. sept 1881 18 S b. CA fb. Mo mb. MO
Holcomb, Sarah Grandmother W F b. Sept 1808 91 Wd 6-2 b. MO fb. MO mb. MO

Phoebe (Holcomb) Owens was named in the death notice of her mother, Sarah Holcomb:

Died -- HOLCOMB -- at San Francisco, Nov. 14, Mrs. Sarah HOLCOMB, mother of Isaac W. HOLCOMB and Mrs. J.A. OWENS, formerly of this place, native of Missouri, aged 92 years.
Source: The Free Lance; Hollister, CA, 16 Nov 1900]

This obituary links Phoebe Ann Hannah (Holcomb) Owens and her brother Isaac Webster Holcomb to their mother Sarah Holcomb, widow of Nathaniel Holcomb.

Phoebe (Holcomb) Owen's husband died in the following year. This obituary appeared in The Free Lance, Hollister, California:

"OWENS--At Daggett, Cal., Aug. 1, James A. OWENS, beloved husband of Phoebe OWENS and father of Cyrus and Marcus OWENS, Mrs. W.L. ROBERTSON and Mrs. C.C. LONG, a native of Virginia, aged 71 years. […deceased was well known, being the first merchant in Hollister and the first postmaster appointed at this place. He came to California in 1852, and settled in Gilroy…afterwards emigrating to Alpine county and engaging in mining. Leaving Alpine county he came to Hollister, but went to Bodie during the great mining excitement, years ago. He remained at Bodie for about 5 years and then went to Daggett, where he resided for the past 15 years. During most of that period he was Justice of the Peace at that place…The cause of his death was heart failure, caused by heat prostration. He leaves a widow and 2 sons and 2 daughters, Cyrus W. and Marcus D. OWENS, Mrs. W.L. ROBERTSON and Mrs. C.C. LONG, all of San Francisco. Deceased was an excellent citizen…His death leaves but 1 charter member of Mound Lodge IOOF living, Mr. N.C. BRIGGS. The remains were brought here from Daggett and interred last Monday afternoon in the IOOF cemetery…]."
[Source: The Free Lance; Hollister, San Benito County; 9 Aug 1901.]

15 April 1910, Part of 32nd Assembly Dist., Pct 17, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA:

1225 San Bruno Ave
Robertson, Walter L. Head M W 39 M-1 14 b. CA fb. MO mb. MO
-----, Emma D. Wife F W 34 M-1 14 1-1 b. CA fb. VA mb. MO
-----, Hazel V Dau F W 13 S b. CA fb. CA mb. CA
Owens, Phebe A m-i-l F W 64 W 5-4 b. Mo fb. MO mb. MO
-----, Cyrus W b-i-l M W 43 S b. CA fb. VA mb. MO
Morrison,    M lodger M W 18 S b. CA fb. ? mb. unk

3&5 Jan 1920, 22 Dist., San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA:

1225 San Bruno Ave
Owens, Pheobe A head F W 73 W b. MO fb. MO mb. MO
-----Cyrus W. son M W 52 S b. CA fb. MO mb. MO
Long Clara head F W 35 D b. CA fb. Mo mb. MO
-----, Claude C son M W 11 S b. CA fb. CA mb. CA

Obituary for Phoebe A. (Holcomb) Owens:

Mrs. Phoebe A. Owens, 76, crossed the plains with her parents in 1849 and resided for some time in Calaveras and San Benito Counties, previous to going to San Francisco, where she died; four children survive.
[Source: "Passing of the California Pioneer," Grizzly Bear, Sept 1923]

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