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ALIBERTI Information on this family can be found on the Francone/Aliberti family information page. Surnames mentioned include Aliberti, Bertorello, Francone, Micona, and Zanolio.
Contact: Frank Francone, FJFrancone@msn.com, Denver, Colorado.
Dec. 1998
Willing to exchange information on the families of Judge Clayton Allison Becker and Dr. Ernest Homer Allison who resided in Central City in the 1880's and 1890's.
Contact: cynipid@aol.com.
Sep 1998
Harry ARMFIELD m. Adelaide STEVENS 15 Mar 1888 in Gilpin Co. Who were his parents? Was he the son of Henry & Isadora H (McFall) Armfield? Were his brothers Roy, Robt., Edward, & Frank? Have large file on the ARMFIELD family and will exchange data.
Contact: gigi@seark.net.
Apr 2001
Searching for descendants of Thomas ARTHUR, b 13 Mar 1847, Kenwyn, Cornwall, England; married Mary Eliza WOLCOTT (b 18 Mar 1853 in Brighton, Iowa) on 8 Dec 1872, Nevadaville, Gilpin Co, CO. Thomas & Mary Eliza had 10 known children:
  (1) William Edward ARTHUR, b 30 Jan 1874 in Nevadaville;
  (2) Nellie May ARTHUR, b 14 May 1876 in Magnolia, Boulder Co, CO;
  (3) Mary Jane ARTHUR, b 31 dec 1877 in Magnolia;
  (4) Austa Ann ARTHUR (my maternal grandmother) b 12 Jul 1881 in Lake Gulch,
      Gilpin Co; (See MURDOCK)
  (5) Luther Joseph ARTHUR, b 5 Oct 1884 in Nevadaville;
  (6) Ethel Grace ARTHUR, b 4 Aug 1886 in Gilson Gulch;
  (7) Seth Amos ARTHUR, b 6 Feb 1889 in Gilson Gulch;
  (8) Sarah Almira ARTHUR, b 9 Mar 1890 in Gilson Gulch;
  (9) Esther Ruth ARTHUR, b 12 Sep 1893 in Gilson Gulch; and
 (10) Infant Boy ARTHUR, not known when he was born, died as an infant.
I have some info on my grandmother's siblings, but would love to find their descendants so that I may share information and pictures with them.
Contact: Dr. Dixon G. STEVENS, dixondoc@netsync.net, P. O. Box 173, East Randolph, NY 14730-0173
Mar 2004
In the 1880 census, Georgetown, Clear Creek, Colorado, George W. Ash and Priscilla (Turner) Ash were operating a boarding house. I am seeking any additional information on this family that anyone can provide. When did they arrive in Colorado? Facts about boarding house that they owned? When did they leave Colorado and move to Montana?
Census record reads:
  George W. ASH Self M Male   W 44 MO Keeps Boarding House KY KY 
  Pricilla  ASH Wife M Female W 40 MO Keeps Boarding House VA VA 
  James L.  ASH Son  S Male   W 20 MO Miner                MO MO 
  Eva       ASH Dau  S Female W 18 MO                      MO MO 
  Frankie   ASH Son  S Male   W 16 MO                      MO MO
Contact: Dale W. Mason, damason16@msn.com, 425 Elm Ave, Pitman, NJ 08071
Mar 1999
Looking for information on John ATKINSON, b. abt 1853, husband of Bessie CLARK. Their daughter Estella ATKINSON was born in Nevadaville, Gilpin County, CO.
Contact: Laura Atkinson, buyart@dotnet.com, 132 East First Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.
Jan 1998
Looking for any information on the AUGER family who were born in Central City. I have ascending lines of William, back to 1676, and am willing to share.
William AUGER b: 1855 in St. Teath, Cornwall, England d: 1948 in Denver, Arapahoe/Denver Co., Colorado. Wife, Ellen Melinda MAY b: 1857 in Linkinghorne, Cornwall, England m: August 21, 1882 in Boulder, Boulder Co., Colorado d: 1933 in Denver, Arapahoe/Denver Co., Colorado. Children:
  1. Clarence Oliver AUGER b: in Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado;
  2. Nellie AUGER b: in Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado;
  3. Elsie May AUGER b: in Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado;
  4. Albert James AUGER b: in Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado;
  5. Charles AUGER b: July 26, 1893 in Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado d: January 1967 in Colorado;
  6. Margaret AUGER b: May 06, 1901 in Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado d: March 14, 1995 in Denver, Colorado.
Looking also for William Sr.'s brother James Oliver AUGER who applied for naturalization papers in Colorado. He was born 1860 St. Teath, Cornwall, England.
Contact: Pat Hamp, hamp@voyager.net, 8461 W. Monroe Rd., Elwell, MI 48832, USA, family webpage.
Apr 1999
Charles BANGS, age 42, appears in the Clear Creek Co., Idaho Twshp., 1870 Census. Also in the household are Martha, age 29, Charles, age 5, and Mertilla, age 3. I would like to locate anyone related to or descended from Charles or Martha.
Contact: Virginia, deardorf@email.msn.com.
Jan 2001
Searching for information on James F. Barrett, b. abt 1849/50 in Ireland, d. unknown. He was married on 30 August 1874 in Nevadaville, Gilpin County, Colorado to Eva M. Rowen. She was b. in Illinois abt 1859/60. According to marriage certificate they were both from Nevadaville at that time. In the 1880 Census in Nevadaville, Gilpin County, they are with their two sons: Albert James Barrett, b. 1 June 1876 in Gilpin Co, CO, m. 2, Feb. 1897 to Daisy Adeline Barrett in Aspen, Pitkin County, CO and d. 26 Feb. 1943 in Tenino, Washington; George F. Barrett b. June 1877 in Gilpin County, CO, and believe he married Nellie Connell on 28 November 1899 in Denver, CO. James, Eva, Albert and George all went to live in Aspen in about 1890 or shortly after. Do not know James or Eva's parents or siblings or where they or George F. Barrett died. Any information on this family will be greatly appreciated.
Contact: Thora Thompson, thorat@worldnet.att.net, 6416 South L Street, Tacoma, WA 98408, Phone: (253) 475-0376.
Oct 1998
(Also BARTLETT) I am researching from the UK and looking for a man name BARLET(T) who married my gg Aunt Elizabeth KINVIG. She is originally from the Isle of Man, UK., but she appears in the Gilpin County Census of 1870 as Lizzie Kinvig aged 19 Housekeeper birthplace IOM. I have found in a will that her children were beneficiaries, but all the administrators knew was that she married Barlett & lived in Colorado. This will was administered in 1939, at which time this Elizabeth was known to be dead - hence the childrens legacies. I am very eager to find a) the marriage and associated info and b) any descendants of the above couple.
Contact: Carole-Anne Jones (formerly Kinvig), enjay@wavenet.co.uk.
Nov 2001
I am looking for information on the Belford family. They lived in Central city around 1874 to 1885. They lived in the Belford house on East First High Street in the first brick house built after the fire of 1876. They had 5 children one of which fell down the staircase to her death in the house. I know the names of all the children except the teenager that fell and died (other children are: Frances (frannie) Belford Wayne, Samuel Wiley Belford, Herbert R Belford, James (Frank) Francis Belford) I would love to find out the name of the fith child.
Contact: Angie Diamond, ang_bill@msn.com, physical address: 218 East First High Street (the Belford House); mailing address: PO box 228 Black Hawk, CO 80422. Phone (303) 582-3109.
Mar 2001
I'm looking for information about my great grandmother, Grace Bennett (Hendrick) known to have lived in Central City in 1890. Daughter Sarah Ann born in Sept of that year.
Contact: shadowmtn@rkymtnhi.com.
Mar 2004
BERRY, Charles went to Colorado in 1866. He lived in Central City, Gilpin County. He died 6 Dec 1884. I would like to find out the name of his sister that he stayed with. Also he helped to build a Presbyterian church in Central City. Does that church still exist? Is he buried in that church's cemetery? He was born In Augusta County, Virginia in 1792. He lived for awhile in Ohio and came to Burlington, Iowa in 1849. He is my 3rd great grandfather.
Contact: Zoe Lighty, mlighty@sbcglobal.net.
May 2000
I am trying to obtain information on the surviving twin son of A. A. Bigelow and on the family generally. A newspaper clipping found in a Bigelow Family Bible reads as follows:
    Bigelow - In Georgetown.
    On Saturday Morning, Dec. 17th, 1892 to the wife of A.A. Bigelow,
    twins, both boys.  Father and sons well and happy.
On the same page in the Bigelow Family Bible is this Funeral Notice:
  Funeral Notice - DIED
  In Georgetown, Colo., Thursday, August 3, 1893
  Joseph A. Bigelow, Aged 7 months and 16 days, Son of A. A. Bigelow
  The funeral will take place from the Residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. A.
  Bigelow at one o'clock Saturday Afternoon.  Friends are invited to attend.
Is it possible to obtain more information on this family? This Joseph A. Bigelow was obviously one of the twins in the above birth announcement. I have no information on the other twin.
Contact: Cornelius J. McKenna, Cmck14519@aol.com.
Jan 2000
Looking for family members of Zachariah BLANCHARD. He was born 1849 in Iowa, traveled with parents to Nebraska. He was the son of Ezra BLANCHARD and Hannah PARKS. The BLANCHARD family was listed in the 1870 census. Zachiah was in 1871 Idaho District Colorado, and witnessed his brothers marriage. We are thinking his brothers name could have been Samuel. In 1890 he went on to Los Angles California to be a Deputy Sheriff. Possibly died around 1905.
Contact: Shirley Vinsand, shirleyv@trvnet.net.
Jun 1999
Looking for information on William C. Bolitho, born 1880 in Bald Mountain, married Annie Maddern in 1903 in Nevadaville. Williams father was also William, born around 1858 in Cornwall, England. He married Caroline in 1879; she was also born in England. There were several Bolithos in Nevadaville and would be interested in any information. Willing to share information.
Contact: Mary Barr, vmbarr@worldnet.att.net, Phone (520) 297-6499.
May 1997
My grandfather Antonio Bonomini, was elected town trustee of Silver Plume, CO in Clear Creek county in the year 1898. My grandfather owned and worked a mine with his partner, Achille Ricci. My father Charles Bonomini, was born there in 1895. I have a list of names of miners who were permanent residents during that time. See also family detail which includes surnames Basslieri, Fornarasi, Francani, Martino, Mazzi, Nassembini, Pricco, Ricci, Toriano, and Varillo.
Interested in: exchanging information with others who have knowledge of the area.
Contact: Louis Bonomini, LOUBO70@optonline.net
Dec 2002
My search is for the brother of my great grandmother. His name was James Brown. I know that he relocated from California to Colorado between 1850 and 1880.
I found listings for two James Browns in the 1880 Census Index for Clear Creek Co. Silver Plume Pct. It also lists a Temperence Brown, who could have been a daughter named for James Brown's mother, and Mary E. Possiblly his wife.
Contact: Jackie Mc Laughlin, hwmjm@yahoo.com, 800 So. State St. #108, Sutherlin, OR 97479.
Nov 1997
William Jefferson BRUNDAGE, born Mar 1853 in Ohio, married first about 1875 Jean ____. She was born in Ohio. Their children:
  - May b. Abt 1876, Huron Oh
  - Ray b.abt 1877 Huron, Oh.
Married second about 1885 in Black Hawk, Emmaline HURLEY, born 6 Feb 1870 in KS, died 28 Jul 1940. Their children:
  - Lawrence Jack b. Jun 1895 Colo.
  - E. Ralph b. May 1898 Colo.
  - Albert b. 8 Sep 1900 Boulder, Boulder County, Colo.
      married Jesse ____.  Their children: Frank, Mary Belle (m. Mr.
      Morrison), Jesse Edna (m. Mr. Dade), Georgia May (m. Mr. Beck)
      Floyd b. Abt 1905
Looking for any information on any of these people. Will gladly share what I have.
Contact: Chris Christensen, chris@pioneer-net.com, phone (541)839-4639.
Sep 2001
Looking for any info on WILLIAM D. CARVER (born 1875 in Essex County, NY) and his wife, MAUD, listed on the 1920 census as living in Georgetown and working as a miner. Was still alive when a brother died in 1948 in NY State.
Contact: Ann Conlon, aconlon@aol.com.
Jul 2001
Looking for information on the Martin CAVANAUGH family of Silver Plume, Clear Creek Co, CO. Martin's wife was Catherine Sheehan. They had a son Joseph Cavanaugh on May 10, 1885 in Silver Plume. According to Joseph's Railroad papers, he was orphaned at age 7, so Martin & Catherine may have died around 1892.

Joseph first married Alice Mary Ainsworth in Salt Lake City, and after her death in 1919, remarried to Cecelia Mary Hayes, who was born in Black Hawk, Gilpin Co, CO on Sept 3, 1886. Joseph died Aug 13, 1969 and his second wife Cecelia died Aug 12, 1967.
Contact: Jeff Meyers, jeff@js99.net, Chico, CA.

May 2004
I am researching my CAVERLEY family ancestors. In 1875 the SS Schiller was carrying a Mrs. CAVERLEY and her daughter from New York to Europe. Unfortunately the ship was lost (on May 8, 1875) and Mrs. Caverley and her daughter were among those missing. The article (in the NY Times) said they were from Georgetown, Colorado and were traveling with other relatives. I am wondering if anyone on this site has any information about this family. Mr. Caverley passed away before the above event and was said to have been the secretary to the US Delegation to Peru before his passing on. Mrs. Caverley was the daughter of Judge Crosby of Lowell, Mass. Any help or suggestions will be most appreciated.
Contact: Russell Wood, woodrj@charter.net.
Aug 2001
Celestin Centlivre lived in Central City (Gilpin County) in the 1880s and 1890s. I am searching for his death record and also information on his children.
Contact: Pat Centlivre Bonahoom, smickchic@aol.com.
Aug 1998
My grandmother, Roxanna May CHAMPION, b. Aug 19, 1881 in Linden, Dallas County, Iowa resided in Idaho Springs around 1900. She married Henry James Franklin HERRON in Denver in 1902. Her father was John CHAMPION; mother was Harriet GLASSON. Seeking information on HERRON and CHAMPION.
Contact: Mark D. Joyce, MagJoyce@aol.com, Purcellville, VA.
Jan 2001
Looking for information on JAMES CHELTON, b. abt 1820 in Wales. He "went west' from PA and may have settled in Gilpin Co. There is a James Chelton listed in the 1870 census. If you have any information on the CHELTON name, it would be greatly appreciated.
Contact: Ann Nason, beechc23@aol.com, 2440 Harrington Hwy., Eden NC 27288
Apr 1998
Researching the CHESTERFIELD family that came from England in 1848. The 1880 Census Index shows two George CHESTERFIELDs in Gilpin County page 225 in Central City. Also a Lizzie CHESTERFIELD on p. 25 in Gilpin County in Central City. Any information on these people will be appreciated.
Contact: Evelyn Winter, ann20@gte.net
Jun 1999
Looking for information on ELIZABETH CHIRGWIN born 1866 in Cornwall. She appears in the 1880 Nevadaville census with mother Ellen (born around 1849 in England) and sisters Mary and Nannie. She married Charles Maddern about 1882 in Nevadaville. There were two other single men named Chirgwin in the census but do not know what if any is the connection. See also JOHNS.
Contact: Mary Barr, vmbarr@worldnet.att.net, phone 520-297-6499.
April 1997
My grandmother, Jessie THAYER, married Frank H. COOK, and had one son in 1896 in Steamboat Springs. She is the big mystery of the family. She shows up on the 1880 Census in Georgetown. She died when my father was only 2 years old and his family refused to talk about her to him. Looking for any information on Jessie THAYER.
Contact: Burtskid@aol.com
Feb 2003
I am looking for the descendants of Jerry (Jeremiah) Coughlan and Mary Anne Rule who are listed in the 1880 Clear Creek census at Silver Plume together with their children Mary Jane (b 1860 in England), William John (b 1863, England), James (b 1867, PA), Hannah (b 1869 CT), Elisabeth (b 1875 CT) and Gerod (b 1878 CT).
Jeremiah was born in Kill, Waterford, Ireland and Mary Anne was born in Cleator, Cumberland, England. They had 3 children in Cleator before going to the US. Matilda is not recorded in Silver Plume so she must have died before 1880.
I am wishing to trace the descendants to expand my family tree and of course to make contacts with relatives. Jeremiah was the second son of William Coughlan. I have traced family to South Africa but the older siblings (3 brothers and 1 sister) are "missing". Having found Jeremiah I want to trace his descendants and tell them of their origins, especially the families of Mary Jane and William John as they were both born in the town where the remaining Coughlans stayed (me included).
Contact: Barry Coughlan, b.coughlan@ntlworld.com, the youngest son of William who is the youngest son of Jeremiah who is the youngest son of James who is the youngest brother of JEREMIAH from Silver Plume.

Added August 2003.... I am looking for any COUGHLAN/COUGHLIN families living in the surrounding counties to Denver. Through research I have found that my ancestors siblings came to Silver Plume, Clear Creek County to be silver miners during the 1870's. They were Jerry Coughlan and his brother William. Their surnames were spelt differently with "LAN" or "LIN" at the end. However I strongly believe they are brothers, both born in Ireland but married in England and then left to go to the US. I am in England and know a lot about the "original" Irish roots as I am related to them.
  Please contact me if you are related to JERRY or WILLIAM. JERRY's sons were WILLIAM J. (died 1891 unmarried), JAMES (died 1909 also had a son James born 1899) and GERALD (born 1878). WILLIAM's sons were WILLIAM (died age 11 1884), JAMES (born 1875), DESMOND (born 1876) and FRED (born 1883 died 1962). JERRY and WILLIAM had many daughters between them.

May 1998
Henry C. COWLES was located in the 1880 Clear Creek CO census. I've followed him and his family from 1850 in Atchison Co Missouri to 1860 in Otoe Co., Nebraska then to Colorado. Interested in corresponding with persons who have information on any COWLES from any of these areas. This line apears to be my "brick wall".
Contact: elcamino@cdsnet.net.
Dec 1998
Stephen A. CURVO was recorded as living in Rollinsville District in 1880 Gilpin County. I would like to know anything about the Curvo Family that lived there. I would like to know about the listed district. Willing to exchange any information of the Curvo family name anywhere. They came from NY.
Contact: The Cole family at coleclan@pacifier.com.
Jul 2002
Seeking information regarding LOTTIE DAVIS of Russell Gulch, Colo. from the period around the turn of the century. (19-20'th).
Contact: kittredg@mscd.edu.
Mar 2004
Seeking info on Richard H. Davis and wife Kate. Obit of early 1900's states that he was "son of some of the first settlers of Central City. Children were Earl, Fred, Lillie Davis Cornish, Iola Davis Waldren (stepdaughter), Etta Alberta Davis Haynie (stepdaughter), and Irene Davis Devey." Any info appreciated to help fill in my family tree!
Contact: Alene, leheine@aol.com.
DEMOTT Samuel M. DeMott married Martha Ann Jones Oct. 26, 1875, Georgetown, Colorado. Martha Ann (Jones) DeMott died about 1894 possibly in Breckenridge (Summit County). Looking for more about Martha or any other family members. Samuel and Martha had 3 children: Garrold DeMott, born 1876; Ora Vesta DeMott, born 1878, Silver Plume; Melvin DeMott, born 1880.
Contact: Betsy Wells, betzgen@aol.com.
Aug 2001
Seeking immigration place and date of Bartholomew De Voto from Italy to the United States. Bartholomew De Voto is listed in the 1880 Federal census residing on Texas Street in Georgetown, Clear Creek, Colorado with his wife Mary and her daughter Jenny. Bartholomews occupation is listed as miner. His birth year is approximately 1844. Marriage record of Arapahoe County, Colorado lists marriage of Bartholomew De Voto to Mrs. Mary Barnes on April 4, 1879. Bartholomew is known to have resided in Arizona by 1889. Seeking immigration data to access origin and parentage. Any help with this elusive ancestor would be greatly appreciated.
Contact: Kelley Hamilton, hamilton_kelley@hotmail.com.
Jan 1998
Looking for information on and descendants of William Hutchenson DEWAR (born 1 May 1846, Sterling, Scotland) who married Mahala YENNE (born Apr 1855) in Clear Creek County on 13 Jan 1881. They had children William Arthur, James Hutchenson, Jesse, Cora Estella and Henry Johnson. Have information on other branches of this family to share.
Contact: Vicki Conklin, viconk@ria.net.
Nov 2000
Looking for information on John O. Dobbin who lived in Central City in the 1890's. He married Anna McHugh in 1896; their first daughter was born in Central City in 1898 and their son was born in Central City in 1902. Shortly thereafter they moved to Nucla, Colorado. He worked in the mines. There may have been other members of the family in the area also.
Contact: Robin, truesvc@acsol.net.
Sept. 1997
Mary DOYLE was born July 8, 1850 in county Wexford, Ireland. Her parents were Patrick DOYLE and Anastasia GULLIVAN. She married Patrick TUCK in Central City, Gilpin, CO on July 10, 1879. Mary was known to have at least one brother, Thomas. After Patrick, Mary married Matthew STEADMAN. Matthew died on Jan 30, 1898. Mary died in Nevadaville, Gilpin, CO June 7, 1912, and was buried in Central City Catholic Cemetery. Looking for any information on Mary and her family. Will exchange information with cousins.
Contact: KarenS8888@aol.com
DUDNEY Elizabeth Dudney (nee unknown) was born March 10, 1893 in England and died November 7, 1992 in Denver, CO. Elizabeth and her family lived in Central City, CO; she had four children: Cleota, Jack, Inez, and Veta. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Contact: Lynne Woollum, lwoollum@aol.com, 9514 8th Ave. NW #305, Seattle, WA 98117; (206)781-7027.
Mar. 2001
Ellen Looker married Martin L. Dymond in 1883 and they had a son W.M. Dymond shortly there after. Can anyone tell me if W.M. Dymond ever married? I know he was in Idaho Springs in 1940 according to Ellen's obit.
Contact: Beverly, Coddyody11@aol.com.
May 1999
I am searching for any information or references to William Winfield EASTBURN and his brother, Marion EASTBURN. They are supposed to be listed on the 1880 census in Clear Creek Co. William was a physician living in Georgetown, and Marion was in Brownville Precinct. Does anyone have access to this record? If so, I would like to know the details on this census for these two men, or any other relevant information.
Contact: Mary Ann Hanson, maise@continet.com.
June 1998
My great uncle William WARREN married Lillian EDWARDS and my great uncle Francis Edward WARREN married Lillian FALLEBAUM (spelling?) in Central City or Nevadaville. Looking for any information on any of these people.
Contact: Abby Chamberlain, wyabbya@hotmail.com, P.O. Box 351, Mountain View, Wyoming 82929, (307) 782-3866.
Sept 2000
I am looking for information on a Samuel Logan (Parents- Randolph & Faith) EVANS. He married Jennie Ann BAKER and they had a son William Thomas Varun EVANS born July 17, 1870 Central City, CO. He later married Nettie May WATERHOUSE in Golden, Jefferson County, CO.
Contact: Ronda Trounce, genlady@attitude.com, Tuolumne, Ca USA
June 2002
Looking for any information on the FILLIUS family name line in the Colorado area. I understand there is a FILLIUS Park in the area of Denver and that this was named after a well-known local resident named Jacob FILLIUS who was involved with the parks systems. Apparently this Jacob may have been a member of the Denver Club and constructed a very large bar that was located there at one time. I am researching my father's family, the FILLIUS line, which my grandfather was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1890s. However, I do not know where this family was prior to this and am trying to make a connection to any one of the FILLIUS name that I come across. Please contact me at my email address with any historical or genealogical information regarding this family.
Contact: Beverly Goff, goff2@bellatlantic.net.
March 1998
Seeking descendants of Josephine (Josie) FITZPATRICK who married James L. DEAN in 1873, and had three children with him: Guy Rodman, Fred, and Ida Rose. With her 2nd Husband __NABOURS she had 1 child, Chester NABOURS. She married third William DEAN, brother to first husband James DEAN. She then married her fourth husband, Albert Deforce OLCOTT, and had one child, Jeannette May. Josie died 27 Nov 1896 in Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, Colorado.
Contact: Dee Yeager, dyeager@televar.com.
Jun 1999
Researching Dr. Edwin Rolander Fouts, who practiced medicine in Russell Gulch, Gilpin County, between at least 1900 to 1909. Was listed in the 1900 census as a boarder in the house of Stephen Davis, Russell Gulch, 7th precinct. In 1907 he married Dora Sylvia Gammon, school teacher/principal in Russell Gulch schools. Believe she came to Russell Gulch from Wray (Yuma Co.) CO, but need confirmation of that. Interested in any info re: their work, community involvement (membership in church, community organizations), etc.
Contact: Judy Nordquist, elora2@home.com, San Diego.
Oct 1997
Information on this family can be found on the Francone/Aliberti family information page. Surnames mentioned include Aliberti, Bertorello, Francone, Micona, and Zanolio.
Contact: Frank Francone, FJFrancone@msn.com, Denver, Colorado.
Jul 2000
Charles H. FULLER-was born in Galesbury, Illinois Aug. 1,1858. Came to Clear Creek County about 1867. He married Ella NORRIS at Beckenridge, Co. Children are Ada FULLER, Florence FULLER, and Charles FULLER. Charles FULLER died April 12, 1927. Ella NORRIS was born Sept 1, 1875 in Silverwood, Ind. She died Nov. 29, 1920. Mother Myram Cartwright born Ind. Father George Norris born Silverwood, Ind.
Contact:Karen King, tak@3rivers.net.
Jul 2000
Thomas R. FULLER, born 1854 in Sussex County, New Jersey, the son of Ira S. Fuller and Maria (MORRIS). Moved to Marshall, Wisconsin as a child in the late 1850's. Moved to Black Hawk by 1877 at the latest. Married Rachel MORRISON, September 1, 1879 in Gilpin County. Seeking any further information on this family.
Contact: John Griener, jlgwg3u@aol.com.
Feb 2007
Looking for any information about Mark Gaddo, his wife Dominica (Dominicka) Rolando-Perino Gaddo, and their daughters Flora and Delia (listed as "Lelia")Gaddo.   The adults emigrated from Northern Italy.  The 1900 US Census finds them in the Clear Creek County/ Gilson's Gulch area, and the next census finds them in Telluride.  Mark was a miner.
Contact: DebDurbin@aol.com.
Oct 1998
The 1900 Census lists Lydia E. GALLAHER (b. 1842) lived as head of her household in Clear Creek with her son Frederick (b. 1876) and daughter Josie (b. 1882) and her sister Angeline Winslow (b. 1844). Her son Wellington Victor Gallaher lived nearby with wife Emma and five children.
Contact: Elizabeth Gallaher Liberty, netfyle@earthlink.net.
Apr 1998
My great grandfather Allison DeFrance GIBBS was living in Central City in 1898, when he enlisted in the Colorado Volunteers to fight in the Spanish American War. He was an attorney, and I'm looking for any information on him from directories, county records etc. His mother's family (DEFRANCE) was apparently "big" in Golden, Jefferson Co.
Contact: Missy Gibbs, magibbs@stetson.edu.
Apr 2002
I am looking for info on my Great-Grandfather, James Gillette. I think he died in a mine accident about late January or early February, 1908. My Aunt said she thought that it was a cave in and that they were left in the mine and not dug out. Any help will be appreciated.
Contact: Ivan Phelps ivanp@ctcweb.net.
May 1997
Looking for: All persons with last name GILPIN.
Contact: Freda P. Summar, Sumrtime@cmaster.com.
June 1997
Rueben GLAZE married Lilly Ostrander 1872 in Georgetown, Colorado. Looking for their grandchildren.
Contact: Terence Kelley, Terencepau@aol.com.
Jul 2000
Seeking information about newspaperman, HUGH GLENN, who lived in Central City and Denver between 1860-1864. Married MARTHA M. GILSON in Denver, 1860. He is mentioned in the History of Gilpin County; in April 1863 he purchased the newspaper the 'Miner's Register', along with two others. Sold his interest September the same year. His son, HUGH L. GLENN, was born in Central City, 4-12-1863. Family moved to Montana, 1864.
Contact: Mike Glenn, MGWDC@aol.com.
Dec. 2001
Looking for information on Walter Finis Graves who was, it is believed, from this area. His father was Oliver Bertie Graves and his father was William Martin Graves. Any information would be much appreciated.
Contact: Amy Graves-Stewart, stewartfamily@cedarcomm.com.
Mar 2004
Looking for information about John GUINANE, my gr-gr-grandfather, and his life at his 160 acre homestead on Chicago Creek, near Idaho Springs. He died in Georgetown, St. Joseph Hospital, Nov. 16, 1895, in his 70's. He had come from Ireland. He owned a share in a number of mines, and his daughter's diaries mention legal troubles he was having with someone from NY "jumping his claim" and dividing mine partnerships. I'm hoping to find court records to find out what happened to his homestead & mines when he died. He said he"proved up" his homestead at Central City, Gilpin Co.
Contact: Nancy Peregrine, nancyperegrine@yahoo.com, California
Feb. 1997
Augustus GUIBOR and his wife Editha P. HERRINGTON lived in Empire, Colorado for some period before 1860 until Augustus died in 1877. He is buried in Georgetown Cemetery. Looking for what became of Editha (where did she move after he died?). Also interested in their son Fredrick, b. abt 1855, and the wife and daughter of their son Edward (Edward died Empire, 1895). Wife's name Louisa ____, daughter Mary Alice, perhaps other children.)
Contact: Don Stanwyck, don@stanwyck.com, Carnation, WA 98014
Feb. 2001
John Gulliksen, 1855-1941, buried with wife Mattie (Matta) Peterson Gulliksen at Dory Hills Cemetery, Blackhawk, CO. Children: Louise March 1896-1943? married George Snyder 14 April 1885-1951; Bertha March 1884- married Robert Heselwood Norman; John 6 December 1885-; Hugh Leslie 1 March 1888-March 1969; Florence abt 1907.
Contact: James C. Robertson, rsihawaii@aol.com, 1081 Makepono Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819. Fax (808) 842-6646.
Dec. 1998
I'm trying to research history on my great-grandfather, Wellington R. HAMILTON. In the History of Northwestern Arkansas there is a paragraph about him that states that the went to Colorado, and worked at his trade (tinner?) a short time in Georgetown, after which he returned to Southwest Missouri. I'd like to hear from anyone who might be able to shed more light on his experiences in Colorado.
Contact: Linda Hamilton Hart, Lihart@ix.netcom.com.
Jun 1999
My great grandparents Michael Hart and Mary (Day) Hart lived in Gilpin County from about 1890-95. Their son, Oswald S. Hart who was born in Gilsen Gulch (Gilpin County) in 1891. Michael had two brothers in the area as well:
  • William Hart was a Marshall for Idaho Springs (Clear Creek County) in the 1870's. He died in 1904.
  • Thomas J. Hart (1841-1868), who lived almost 2 years in Central City and was killed in a terrible mining accident. He had enlisted with Michael in the Civil War and both had survived the War. He returned home in 1865. From 1866-1868 he worked the mines in Central City. He is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Central City.
They all were miners and moved around a lot. Michael Hart finally died in Victor (Teller County) in 1901 of "Black Lung."
Contact: Susan Hart, jshart10@prodigy.net.
Feb. 1997
Looking for a newspaper account of the marriage of Emma Jane Walters to Christopher (Kit) Harvey, about 1890 or so. Emma was the daughter of Samuel and Amelia Walters, she was born in 1875 in Central City.
Contact: KACEEBEE@aol.com.
Mar. 2002
Seeking information regarding several individuals who resided in Russell Gulch, Gilpin County, Colorado during the 1890's. They are Emma T. Harvey, wife of Thomas G. Harvey. She may have been widowed and married a man named Williams. I am also researching John and Joseph Bray.
Contact: kittredg@mscd.edu.
Feb. 1997
Stephen HERRINGTON and his family, along with Stephen's brother Louis (Lewis) HERRINGTON, arrived Clear Creek County in abt. 1861. Stephen made his living hauling goods between St. Louis and his brother-in-law's store (Augustus GUIBOR), while Louis worked mining and doing carpentry. Louis was the builder of the Peck house which still stands in Empire. Stephen and family moved away in 1864, returned abt 1868, moved away for good abt 1872. Looking for where Louis ended up (have good information on Stephen and family).
Contact: Don Stanwyck, don@stanwyck.com, Carnation, WA 98014
March 1997
Samuel Robert Willis HICKMAN b. Dec 1847 PA arrived in Silver Dale, CO, (not to be confused with Silver Plume) now a ghost town just outside of Georgetown c. 1870 to mine for gold. He married on 25 Sept 1876 to Eva Leora SEVERNS b. 23 Dec 1858 IL. Looking for more information on his parents: Robert Willis HICKMAN and Sarah Elizabeth DILWORTH.
Contact: Bonnie Coatney, bcoatney@nkn.net, or http://userpages.nkn.net/bcoatney.
Mar 2004
Seeking info on ancestor Hill. He was in Georgetown for 1870 US Census. His wife Mary Ann was living with their daughter, Frances Wheeler, for 1880 US Census in Denver. Presume Henry died 1870-1880. Henry was born 1821 in PA, son of Rev. Oliver Hill and his wife, Creusa Wood Hill. Henry may have been affiliated with either a Presbyterian or Congregational church. Looking for date and place of Henry's death; also wife Mary Ann Scofield Hill. Many thanks for any info you may find. Shirley Damato, sgd38@aol.com, Simsbury, CT
HOBAN Looking for any information on John Joseph Hoban b.Ireland d. 1918 in Idaho Springs, married Kathryn Majorie Murphy Oct 6 1897 in Georgetown. His father was Dionysius Hoban, show him being in Idaho Spring in 1902 on Kathryn's Baptism certificate as a sponser.
Contact: Linda Bakken, lbakken@terraworld.net.
HODES Looking for the marriage record for Ann HODES and Harry Albert GREENE, time period of late 1800's. Also looking for any other information on the HODES family.
Contact: Phil Fainer, (invalid email address)
April 1998
Looking for anything on a Cooper T. or Thomas Cooper HOWARD. He married Mary E. RUSSELL and they lived in Colorado until he left for parts unknown. Their last child was born in 1879 in Pueblo. Mary is the daughter of William Green RUSSELL who helped start the Colorado gold rush and mined in Gilpin county.
Contact: Chris Powell, cpowell@ogslp.org, webpage www.my-ged.com/powell.
HUGHES I am researching the surname HUGHES, born in Russell Gulch, CO around 1903.
Contact: Jim Bofman, jbof@excite.com.
Oct 1998
I am interested in the Hughes family from Clear Creek. My grandmother was Grace Cresser Hughes-Douglass. I don't know where Grace was born, but I believe her family lived in the area.
Contact: Anne Davidson, oden@gateway.net.
Feb 2003
Looking for family of Hugh HUGHES born in Wales in 1846/7 and moved to Gilpin County in the 1870s, he had a wife Amelia, children Richard, Elizabeth, William and John. He was listed in Central City, Gilpin County, CO in 1880 and 1885.
Here are some basic outlines of Hugh HUGHES family. Hugh HUGHES (c1848-1908) was born in the late 1840's in Wales (Llandudno to be precise) and married Amelia (c1850-1921) in 1869. Hugh was a mason and plasterer he moved to USA in 1871 having a son in PA to Amelia before settling in Gilpin, CO and had issue;
  1) Richard HUGHES (1869-?), England, UK who became a Gold Miner in Gilpin and married
     Carrie (1879-?) They had 5 children
        i) Lillian (1896-?) a Grammar School Teacher 
       ii) Flora (1898-?)
      iii) Richard HUGHES Jr (1903-?)
       iv) Hugh HUGHES (1909-?) and
        v)??? b. 1915.
  2) Elizabeth "Bessie" HUGHES (1870-1948), who married John William JONES (1858-1918)
     in 1900 as a widow. She lived in Denver City in 1930s as a housekeeper.
  3) William HUGHES born in PA (1878-?1947). A Stationery Engineer in a Metal Mine.
     Married in CO in 1904 to Laura (-1918) buried in Bald Mtn Cemy, CO. and had issue
        i) Annie HUGHES.
  4) John HUGHES (b1881-?), a Gold Miner who in 1930 became a grocery wagon driver - who
     married Lillie in 1906 in CO. and had
        i) Hughetta HUGHES 1906-?
       ii)"Bessie" Elizabeth HUGHES 1910- - a stenographer for the county. 
Any leads or look-ups would be most welcome.
Contact: Mark I. Hughes, markhughesuk@aol.com or m.hughes@numiscorp.com.
Feb 2000
Would anyone be will to get the information off the 1880 census. It is for WESLEY HUNTER -- Georgetown twp -- page 105.
Contaqct: Sally Keeton Eichhorn, icorn@i1.net.
Nov 1997
Benjamin Franklin HURLEY was born about 1825 in PA, died 1897 in WY, and inbetween (1856) he married in OH Samantha A. PECK. Samantha was born 3 Oct 1829 in CT. Their children:
  - John b. abt. 1863 KS, d. abt 1883 Central City, Gilpin, CO.
      Buried Dory Hill Cemetery in Black Hawk.
  - Adeline b. abt 1862 KS,
     m. Charles Philandrew WING 1885 in Central City.
  - Emmaline b. 6 Feb 1870 KS,
     m. William Jefferson BRUNDAGE 1885 Gilpin County.
  - George Washington b. 18 Feb 1868 KS, m. Daisy MOSS, and d. 1942 UT.
     George and Daisy's children:
      - George Howard b. 24 Jan 1901 m. Catherine CARPENTER.
      - Dorothy Clara b. 7 Mar 1903 m. Joseph Arthur CHRISTENSEN &
            Aaron Paul BAIRD.
      - John Henry b. 24 Jul 1907 m. Bessie Isabell FIFIELD.
      - Daisy Gertrude b. 21 Feb 1907 m. Grant Bess PARRY,
            Emron Monroe REEVES.
      - Georgia Ann b. 29 Jul 1910 m. Paul Le SUERER,
            Ralph SPILSBURY, Barton SMITH.
Looking for any information on any of these people. Will gladly share what I have.
Contact: Chris Christensen, chris@pioneer-net.com, phone (541)839-4639.
March 2002
Searching for any info on the relatives of, or the activities of, my great grandfather Arthur Clark Ingram and his sons Orville and Leo G. Leo and Arthur are buried in Dory Hill Cemetery, and my grandfather, Orville, is buried in Golden. I know that my grandfather and Uncle Leo were both miners in Central City, and that my grampa Orville married a Hazel Kelly in 1936. Also I heard that my uncle owned a museum in Central City and possibly a saloon in Blackhawk. I understand that my Uncle Leos' museum was sold to whoever owns the town newspaper now and at one time it had a submarine in it!
Contact: Sherribear1@aol.com.
April 1998
I am searching for references of John Jackman, who was a miner in Central City. He was born in England emigrated to Michigan in 1881. He spent some time in Central City with his wife Mary and children: Ruth, Violet, and Ester, possibly between 1896-1904. Any help would be much appreciated.
Contact: Linda Lang, Fluffie@worldnet.att.net
Jun 2002
Jimmy Jarvis b. in Eng married Jane Camper Archbutt in Georgetown, CO. I don't know if they lived in Georgetown but were married there before 1880. If anyone has any info, I would sure appreciate it.
Contact: Marcy Rose, MarcyRose@aol.com, 1139 So. Nevada St., Oceanside, CA 92054
Jan 2000
I am looking for information on a James Esom Jewel who might have own or worked in a company called Idaho Springs Gold Producing Co.
Contact: Marguerite Jewel, mjrite@aol.com.
Jun 1999
Looking for information on WILLIAM JOHNS born 1867 in England. Married LElizabeth Chirgwin after the death of her first husband about 1898 in Nevadaville. They had two children, Wilfred and Mable and he died in 1908 and is buried in the Bald Mountain Cemetery at Nevadaville. Would be interested in any information and willing to share the little I have.
Contact: Mary Barr, vmbarr@worldnet.att.net, phone 520-297-6499.
Mar 1999
updated Jul 2000
Seeking any information about Christopher Loraine JOHNSON (b. Union Co., SC, 12 JAN 1841). He was the son of Elizabeth BEVILL and Edward Coke JOHNSON and moved with his family in 1852 from his SC birthplace to Floyd Springs, Floyd Co., GA. He was the grandson of SC Gov. David JOHNSON (1782-1855) and great-grandson of Revolutionary War patriot Lt. Col. Benjamin HERNDON (1749-1819). One brother, 5th Sgt. Adolphus Randolph JOHNSON (1839-1912), also served in the Rome Light Guards. Another brother, Pvt. James Edward JOHNSON (1844-1919), served in Co. E, 5th GA Infantry Regiment, "Dawson Volunteers" of Terrell Co., GA.

Also seeking C. L. Johnson, private, enlisted 18 MAY 1861 at Rome, GA., in Capt. Magruder’s Co. A, 8th GA Volunteer Infantry, CSA. Promoted to 2nd Sgt. on 10 JUL 1864. Union POW records show he was surrendered and paroled at Appomatox Court House, 9 APR 1865. Reported to still have been living 26 MAY 1895. An unsigned letter to his father written 4 OCT 1871 from Central City, Gilpin Co., CO, is believed to have been written by him. He may have assumed the name John P. Jones and died there prior to 29 DEC 1904 per letter of that date from A. L. Furniture Co., Central City, CO.
Contact: Pennie J. Martin, martinp2@yahoo.com, 14849 Green Valley Blvd., Clermont, FL 34711-8526.

Sept. 1998
William W Jones born in Russell Gulch 1870-1871. Clara Annie Oliver Born in Russell Gulch in 1874-1875. Looking for any information on either of these families.
: Tim Smith, us66@ix.netcom.com.
Jan. 2002
Looking for info on John W. JOnes and wife Eliza Terry Jones. Lived around the Georgetown area after 1870. Had a girl and 2 boys.
Contact: Charles Fields, rose13@centurytel.net.
Jan. 2002
Trying to find any information regarding a "Sebastian Joseph" and "Hubert [Herbert] Joseph who may have lived in Georgetown area around 1900 - 1940s. Their mother "Ruby [Green] Joseph married a "John Conway". John was a member of a Masonic lodge in Georgetown and died in 1965. It is mentioned that either Sebastian or Hubert was a miner in the area.
Contact: Michael DelMonico, Michael.Delmonico@compaq.com, 719-548-2281.
July 2001
Seeking information on a Harry W. Kane who took out a land patent in Gilpin Co. in 1910.
Contact: Kathy Stice, kms2135@aa.net.
Apr 2000
I have a photograph of a family -- mom, dad, and two children. The photographic information is "Alex. Martin, Georgetown, Colorado". The inscription on the back reads "Anna McQueary's family, used to be Anna Kemmery, the children's aunt". This photograph was in a photo album once owned by Margaret Permelia (Wasson) Kemmery, who later married Samuel Shields. Her first husband was George Franklin Kemmery. I don't know dates or anything, but most of the photos were taken in late 1800s - early 1900s (sorry for vagueness). Any help would be appreciated.
Contact: Kelly Huscher, huscher@wichita.infi.net.
April 1997
Nov 1997
Looking for information regarding the KLAES (KLAIS) family. Parents names were John and Marcella KLAES. Children are Charles, John Jr., Ennis, Michael, Marcella Jr., and Elizabeth Klaes. Family is listed living in Central City on the 1880 Colorado State Census. Michael KLAES (KLAIS) married Emma ROETHER in Gilpin County in 1901. This was a mining family so they travelled throughout the mountains of Colorado. Also have found them in Buena Vista, Chaffee County, Colorado.
Contact: Karolyn Klaes, (invalid email address)
July 1997
Looking for marriage info (dates) for Clyde A. KYES and Blanche TRACY who were married in 1932 at Idaho Springs.
Contact: Ronald L. Kyes, Scotland1@iname.com, Madeira Beach, FL.
LAFFER Henry LAFFER, born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio in 1825, migrated from Ohio to Kansas and then to Wideawake, Gilpin County, Colorado, to Denver, Colorado, and then to Leadville, Lake County, Colorado. Henry was a sawmill owner in Wideawake, a shoe store owner in Denver, a prospector and shoe store owner in Leadville. Henry LAFFER m: Helen WELLS in Coshocton, Ohio and had two children: Charles Wells LAFFER b. 1858 Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas, and John Otis LAFFER b. 1865 Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas. Henry died in 1898 in Leadville, Lake County, Colorado. Looking for any information on this family.
Contact: Walter Laffer, LafferWBII@aol.com.
Jan 1999
Charles Lamb was born in Ridgeway Oct. 11-1894, but was well know in Idaho Springs for 25 years or more. He served in the Mexican Border War and in WW1 as Sergent First Class, He was a clerk at the Idaho Post Office, worked as a printer on the Gazette, published by Mr Dobbins, in later years worked in the mines and drove a truck for Curnow Transportation Company. He married Kathryn Majorie Hoban on Nov. 9, 1920 at St. Pauls Church, Idaho Springs. b. Nov. 21 1902 in Idaho Springs d. Jan. 12 1964 in Antonito Co. They had three children all still living. Looking for his parents or any information on him.
Contact: Linda Bakken, lbakken@terraworld.net.
Feb 2000
Searching for descendents of Henry Francis Lampshire and his children who moved to Clear Creek County, CO from Mineral Point, Iowa Co., WI. I am a descendent of his son Edwin Lampshire who married Emma Redpath in Alma, CO. Their son Henry Francis Lampshire is my grandfather.
Contact: Cathy Lampshire, clampshire@fullerton.edu, 2771 E. Norm Place, Anaheim, CA 92806-5040, tel. (714) 630-1667
August 1997
Joseph Love arrived in Clear Creek Co. ca 1860 and I think was a resident of Georgetown. He was a mining consultant being hired by the local town to reduce damage caused by blasting. He tried his hand at delivering mail and then he ran some kind of store. He was a Uncle of the wife of John Fillius, Love Daniels, who was an early county supervisor and also a mining engineer. Looking for any information on Joseph Love.
Contact Bob Orr, boborr@abelink.com.
Aug 2000
John Lyng (1852 - 1912), Nevadaville, CO, was my grandfather. My dad, Thomas Francis Lyng was born in Nevadaville, CO on 7-17-1906 and passed away on June 6, 1982 in Long Beach, CA. Any information about either man would be appreciated.
Contact: Suzanne (Lyng) Lenahan, res1a7g5@verizon.net, Long Beach, CA
Oct 2001
Looking for any information on the MABRITO family. I know that they were miners in Idaho Springs, and I think that they worked for the Sun and Moon mine. They may have came to Idaho Springs around or after 1888.
Feb 1999
Looking for information on Charles Maddern, b. Cornwall between 1854 and 1865. He was married to Elizabeth Chirgwin (m. abt 1882-1883 in Cornwall or Colorado.) Charles apparently died abt. 1895, probably at Bald Mt., Nevadaville, Gilpin Co. Charles & Elizabeth had the following children: Annie b. 1884; Beatrice b. 1886; William b. 1890; twin girls, Grace & Edith, b.1892; Florence b. 1894 and Charles, Jr. b. Jan. 1896. Elizabeth married again in 1897-98 to William Johns. They appear in the 1900 census for Nevadaville. Any information on the death of Charles Maddern, Sr. or when he emigrated to US would be appreciated.
Contact: Kay King,
Oct 1997
Looking for information about John Richard MADDERN. He was born in March, 1859 in England and died February 15, 1912 in Nevadaville, CO. He was a miner in Nevadaville and also was elected Constable in Nevadaville. He is in the 1910 Colorado census, along with his wife, Mae and his two children, Mabel and Arnold. I am interested in any of his ancestors and any information prior to his marrying Mae in about 1906 in Denver, CO.
Contact: Mrs. Marcia Sherman, 1204 Del Sol Way, Petaluma, CA 94954, phone: (707)763-6307, e-mail:
Dec. 1998
Alexander (Alec) MATHESON married Rachel SHAWL in about 1872 in Colorado. He was apparently living in either Georgetown or Silver Plume at the time. I'd like to find records of the marriage from that time. I also am trying to find out when the Shawls arrived in Colorado - probably well before 1870.
Contact: Scott Matheson,
May 1999
My great-grandfather Stephen Douglas Mayes worked in Blackhawk from 1875 until 1877 a druggist for Ed. Seiwell. I have numerous letters written to my great grandmother during that time. I would like to locate some pictures of Blackhawk during that time - especially Mr. Seiwell's store. I have letterhead paper and envelopes from the store and Mr. Mayes said it was a fine store with exceptionally fine goods. I do not know if there is a way to locate information on him during that time, unless he is mentioned in some books or voter information. I do not believe he was there during a census year. His letters indicated that he would have liked to have stayed in the West, but I don't think my g.grandmother was so inclined. He talked of dances - going to Georgetown, and Idaho Springs - of Indian trouble and of how much silver was coming from the mines.
Contact: Genevieve M. Smoak,
smoakey@Charleston.Net, 4474 Parishville Road, Meggett, S.C. 29449
Feb 2007
I have a postcard addressed to my grandmother, Maude Elizabeth Mayer, postmarked 1908 at Empire station, CO... I would appreciate any information I could obtain about herself and her husband Willim F Mayer, who was a miner in the area when they were married in "a mining camp" in the area about 1898.
Contact: Sharon Gardlund, szgardlund@prodigy.net.
July 2001
Looking for descendants of Tom McCune and Anna Martin, who lived in Georgetown during the 1950's, and are buried at the local cemetery.
Contact: Jack Martin, dittel06@info2000.net, 3804 North Logan Avenue, Loveland, Colorado 80538
December 1999
The family I am interested in is McGarvie. My Grandmother and her family lived in Georgetown.
Contact: Jacquelyn Hobby, hobbyrd@ris.net.
July 2001
Looking for information on Joseph Thomas McGinnis, DOB April 1885 in Colorado. He worked for the railroad and was mayor of Silver Plume in 1918. Joseph appears on 1900 census in Denver with his other siblings, his mother and his father. His father was also Joseph McGinnes, DOB 1858 in NY.
Contact: RBLACK4092@AOL.COM.
August 2014
Looking for any information on my great grandfather Luther Warren McKee. He was in Clear Creek County in 1882. We have not found any trace of him after that date.
Contact: Skeet Arasmith, skeet@acrp.com.
July 1998
Looking for any information on Kenneth McKenzie who born 11 Nov 1900. He was sheriff in Central City, CO from Jan. 1949 til his death in 1956. His wife was Alice and his daughter's married name was Donna Mae Blake.
Contact: Susan Hopkins, suerrol@hawaii.rr.com.
Oct 1998
Robert P. MILNE, born Scotland 1854, married Viola Jane Rogers from Wisconsin in 1881. All children were born in Idaho Springs. Children were
  - Allie, died in infancy,
  - Robert H. MILNE b. 1/1883,
  - Belmont E MILNE b. 1/20/1891 d. 10/1974 in Idaho Springs,
  - Mandie MILNE b. 1/1893,
  - Clarence Richard MILNE b. 12/1893 married Mildred Letty BIRD
        from Iowa approx. 1910-1915,
  - Richmond E. MILNE b. 6/1896,
  - Ruth MILNE b, 7/1899.
I am most interested in information about Belmont and Clarence.
Contact: Dana Milne Roberts, droberts@swc.cc.ca.us, 1535-C Apache Drive, Chula Vista CA 91910.
July 2001
Looking for the army records of an uncle, Dio Ernest Miner, who enlisted in Colorado. His parents names are Charles and Emma Meikle Miner and they lived in Randalia, Iowa. I was told they moved to Missouri and then to Colorado. He also had a sister named Clara Pearl Miner -- I do not know if she ever married or not.
The information from Roster of Men and Women Who Served in The World War From Colorado 1917-1918, Gilpin County says:
Given Name: Dio E.
Surname: Miner
Rank: Corporal
Branch: Dep. Brig.
Place: Central City
Contact:Patricia Morehouse, morehousep@cfu.net.
Apr 2001
Austa Ann ARTHUR married my maternal grandfather, Lawrence Marvin MURDOCK on 21 Oct 1896 in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Lawrence was born 16 Dec 1881 in Spartansburg, Crawford Co, PA. Lawrence, his father Stephen MURDOCK, and his younger brother Clifford J. MURDOCK all went to Colorado during the late 1800's. Stephen MURDOCK died and is buried in Colorado. Lawrence & Austa had 2 daughters born in Colorado (Lena Mildred MUDOCK, b 8 Jul 1897; and Pearl May MURDOCK, b 23 Mar 1900 in Idaho Springs, CO) and returned broke to Spartansburg, Crawford Co, PA. After returning back east Lawrence & Austa had 5 more children. Clifford J. MURDOCK was reported as a State Mine Inspector in Arizona. For more information,
Contact: Dr. Dixon G. STEVENS, dixondoc@netsync.net, P. O. Box 173, East Randolph, NY 14730-0173
June 1997
Feb. 1998
Axel Benard NELSON and his wife, Agnes Marguerite (Pearson) NELSON, from Stockholm, Sweden, lived in Gilpin County for many years, while he worked the mines in Central City, Idaho Springs, etc. Their son, Arnold Gunnar Nelson, lived in Blackhawk from the time he was approximately 10 until he was 21; about 1936-1948. On May 21, 1948 Arnold married Patricia Ann "Decker" in Idaho Springs. Axel and Agnes had a daughter, Hilda Marilyn NELSON, born in Rollingsville, January 18, 1936. Other siblings that attended school in Blackhawk include: Clara Ruby NELSON, Axel Grant NELSON, Florence May NELSON, Stanley Larry NELSON, and Lars Wilfred NELSON.
Looking for any information about this family: records (school, legal, etc.), clippings, photos, anything.
Contact: Terry Arthur Nelson, moreover@midusa.net.
Dec 2001
Looking for information in regards to Carl (possibly Charles) Nelson married to Selma Nelson. I am not sure of the accuracy of this information, but in the family bible, says that Carl Gustaf Nelson was born May 3, 1872 in Saginaw MI. He and his wife married May 3rd 1897 in Denver, CO. Their son Erwin Clarence Nelson was born May 24th, 1898 in Idaho Springs CO and their daughter was born July 5th 1901 in Central City CO. They moved from CO at some point and ended up in Cochise County, AZ in a town called Bisbee. Any information would be helpful and appreciated.
Contact: Cary Rutherford, caryrjr@pacbell.net.
Mar 2004
Looking for information about husband's grandfather, Roscoe Nichols (or Nicholls) who came from Central City, Colorado and had a brother, (name unknown). I have an old picture of them both as young children in Central City. I would suspect that the dates were from the 1870's-1880's. There appears to be 2 names, Pearl Olive and William, listed at a cemetery there (began with a "B"). Roscoe was a Salvation Army member who moved to California and married my husband's grandmother, Clara Darling.
Contact: Rosemarie C. Schmidt, rschm466@earthlink.net.
Mar 2004
I am researching my great grandmother and her husband, Sarah Anne Bevins Nichols and Thomas S. Nichols, who lived in Clear Creek County in 1880 in District 37 with their children Ella, Alice and Florence. Thomas S. was also noted on this census (a second time) as a miner in Central City, Gilpin County. He also had a connection with a transportation route to Omaha. Sarah Nichols was a concert pianist trained in England (where they both had been born) and after his death has been rumored to have played in some of the local establishments to support the children after his death.
    After Thomas' death, she remarried another man, alledgedly named Copson, and moved to Omaha. However, with the 1890 census burned, she shows up in 1900 in Starke County, IN with 4 additional children, all of whom use the name Nichols, and who are all born in Omaha.
Contact: Linda Sheldon, xlindasheldon@gmail.com.
May 2001
Looking for my relatives who left Sweden for USA. Their names were Andrew Richard and Oscar Norberg. Andrew was born 1861 and died March 4, 1889. Oscar was born 1863 and died Nov 26, 1893 in Idaho Springs. Andrew got married to Emma ? and together they had two children, Alma Maria, born Oct 31, 1884, and Anders Wilhelm born June 14, 1888. Alma Maria got married to Anton H. Eckberg in Idaho Springs April 26, 1905 and together they had two children: Helge A. born 1906 (approximately) and Roy Hillard born Oct 30, 1907 in Idaho Springs. Oscar Norberg had no children. A friend off mind who was in Idaho Springs, CO in 1998 have found a headstone for Andrew Norberg and it looks like rather new. If you can help me find out something about these persons I would be very grateful.
Contact: Jörgen Karlsson , jjg.fam@telia.com, address: Tryggarp 7, S-57197 Forserum, SWEDEN, telephone (in Sweden) 0046-380-20524.
Aug 2003
Amanda Hinton born 1844, Salt Pond, Saline County, Missouri - married (1) in 1859 to John Obrion/Obrien/Obrian/Obryan (yes I found all those spellings), they had the following children: Anna E., Margaret , Ida Mary , Thomas J., and John. She married (2) in 1879 to Peter Lamear who brought at least 2 children to this marriage. I found 2 others that MAY be THEIR children: William and R. E. (probably Emmit). Margaret moved her family to Colorado before 1885 (I cannot find Peter listed so it is possible he died while serving in the Civil War) with her large family. I believe she came first to Clear Creek County, Colorado then moved to Lake City, Hinsdale County and Pueblo, Pueblo County, CO. She moved to Glendale CA with her son William Lamear - after she was 85 years old and she died at age 90.
  Ida Mary Obrien (and all the other spellings) came to Colorado with her mother when she was about 18 years old. There she married John Carrothers (Caruthers, Coruthers) and had at least 2 children. I do not know when John died, but she moved to Lake City and married Emil Walter Soderholm (married in Wyoming - a train trip), they had no children. She lived her life in Lake City and Pueblo. She died in Gunnison, Co.
  There were several Obrion/Obrien 'boys' who may have stayed in Clear Creek - I am still researching information on them. If these names sound familiar to you, I would appreciate hearing from you and sharing information. My connection with these families is through Amanda Hinton/Obrion/Lamear who was the sister to my great grandfather, George Hinton.
Contact: Margie Hinton, marhinton@earthlink.net.
Dec 1999
Searching for any information on George E. O'Connor, marriage, wife's name, child, anything. George E. O'Connor is my ggfather who was in Georgetown about 1877-78. Went on to Leadville to become the first marshall in 1878. Murdered April 25, 1878 by a deputy. Rocky Mt. News article follows.
The killing of George O'Connor was a brutal affair and no doubt
  premeditated, If the murderer had been caught within two days his fate in
  Leadville would have been a short one. O'Connor was formerly in the livery
  business at Georgetown. He was quite popular in this community. He died the
  next day after being shot, and was buried the second day, services held in
  the Catholic Church, Rev, Father Robinson conducting them.
  Rocky Mt. News May 8,1878
Will cover pre-approved costs.
Contact: Pat Danes, patmark1@visto.com, 4080 E. Chicago Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-641-9197
May 1997
Ellis Freeman OLDEN and wife Winifred FERGUSON. Children: Benjamin, Ruth, Jessie, Ethel and Robert. Children supposedly born in Gilpin County about 1870s. Ellis put in the stamping mills at Blawk Hawk and Central City. Looking for any information - birth dates, etc.
Contact: Marlene Weiss, MLWeiss@aol.com.
Jun 1999
Looking for info on Peter OLSON, a miner from Sweden who died in an avalanche somewhere between 1898-1903. Peter was married to Elizabeth Hanson (Hansen), also from Sweden (1878-1957). They had a son Victor Olof Olson, born 12/13/1900 in Silver Plume. After Peter's death Elizabeth married Gustav Benson in 1903 and moved to Idaho/Montana.
: Naomi, LLclvr@aol.com.
June 1997
The OSTRANDER families came to Colorado from NY, IL and WI after 1862 and settled in Georgetown, Granby, Cripple Creek, and Black Hawk by 1880. In Georgetown Colorado there was an Ostrander family in 1860's. There is a Lilly Ostrander who married R. GLAZE in Georgetown in 1875. A cousin lived in Granby. Although all Ostranders are related, I was not certain if Lilly was part of the family of Peter S. Ostrander, or the family of one of the cousins (Daniel, Joseph, etc.). The daughter of D. N. Ostrander, Belle Irene, was a witness to marriage of Lilly Ostrander. Looking for descendants of Ellis OSTRANDER, Othello OSTRANDER, Joseph OSTRANDER, Daniel Newcomb OSTRANDER, Arthur OSTRANDER, Albert OSTRANDER, Luther OSTRANDER. I am the great grandson of Othello Ostrander and wish to contact my cousins! (See also Glaze.)
Contact: Terence Kelley, Terencepau@aol.com, California phone 714-857-0742
Jul 2000
John A. OVERSON born Jan. 22, 1848, Demark and died March 22, 1922. He left Denmark in 1884 (he left a family there). We think his original name was Jens Aagaand Oversen or Jens Aagaand Ovesen. He changed his name to John A. Overson. His wife was Anne Overson, born Anne Sanden, name taken Olson. She was born on Nov. 21, 1867 at Vaage Gundbrandsdalen, Norway. They were married in Colorado. She died May 18, 1940. She came to American 1885. Children Jens Oliver Overson, Oscar Overson, Ida Pauline Overson.
Contact:Karen King, tak@3rivers.net.
May 1998
Mary "Ella" OWEN b. 9 Sept 1863 Quartz Valley, Gilpin County, Colorado Territory. Daughter of John Quincy Adams OWEN and his wife Almira Paulina GRAVES. John Q. A. born Scioto County, OH, m. Bureau County, IL and other children born LaClaire Scott County, IA. John Q. A. came to Blackhawk as a blacksmith. His daughter Mary "Ella" m. William H. EAGLETON 9 Aug 1883. Other children included Roderick (m. Anna HESS, Arapahoe County, CO); Josephine Adaline (m. Edward TREGANZA Central City, CO); Almarien H.; Almira Arabell "Alma" (m. Frank BRADWAY 24 March 1878 Arapahoe County). Looking for any information on these families.
Contact: HLonsdale@aol.com
June 1998
Attempting to confirm that DAVID FLETCHER PARLIN married ANNIE DENNIS in Central City, Colorado, on December 3, 1904. His fathers name was David Fletcher Parlin and his mother's may have been Nellie(?). David Fletcher Parlin was born August 23, 1879. If anyone can confirm any of this info I would appreciate it and any sources would be helpful.
Contact: PDunn47149@aol.com.
Apr 1999
William Henry Paull, a miner, and his wife Mary Jane Goldsworthy were both born around 1837 in England. They had three children: William Henry Paull, born March 9th 1867 in Redruth, Cornwall, England; Eliz{abeth?} born 1861 and Minnie born 1865. The entire family appears in the English census of 1871, but not in the census of 1881. William Henry Paull spent time in Central City before returning to England prior to 1909.

Presently seeking any information on where the family went, when they immigrated, whether the entire family was in Central City, etc.
Update, Apr 2001
Concerning the notice board posting of details of my Grandfather, William Henry Paull. I have now come to the conclusion that the whole family did not emigrate to the USA, just him. I have now found him on the 1881 census, age 14, living with his mother. I have yet to trace the rest of the family although I assume that his father died between 1871 and 1881. Last year was not very good for me as I spent quite some time in hospital and was not able to carry out much research. It would seem that he came to the USA after 1881 and returned to the UK before 1903 when he married my Grandmother. I keep looking at shipping passenger lists as they appear on the internet but so far, no luck. Just to find when he emigrated would at least add something to my knowledge.
Contact: Mr. Horace Knight, HoraceKnight@cs.com, The Old Mill, Balk, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2AJ, UK. Tel: 01845 597227

Apr 2002
Henry PLUMMER, b. 1836 in Maine, died 19 JUN 1902 probably in Idaho Springs. Seeking his death date and obituary. Henry Plummer was the President of the Idaho Springs First National Bank in 1892. He was age 63 in the 1900 Federal Census living in Idaho Springs. He is not listed in the 1920 Census, but his widow Mary Emma is listed still living in town with her son Edwin L. "Roy" Plummer. Seeking a biography of Henry. Also seeking information on brothers Charles and Cyrus Plummer - since all three are listed in 1900 Idaho Springs Census.
Contact: Laurie Ludwig, historian98@earthlink.net.
Jan 2000
I am looking for ANY information about Martin Pope and his wife, Ellen Bryant Pope who had two children in Silver Plume: my grandmother, Mary, and her brother, Nicholas. They were the only full siblings, but Ellen had 9 other children by Martin's brother, her first husband. He was killed in a mining accident somewhere in the area. Since my grandmother was born in 1886, my guess in that the accident would have occured in '84 or so. These Cornish miners worked fast (Martin had to rush to Colorado from South Africa and was no doubt in a hurry). The only other "kids" names I know are the oldest daughter, Nell (born in Cornwall), Etta, and William. Those all ended up in Butte and ultimately Seattle.

All I have is a piece of oral tradition that I am trying to make sense of some way or other. My grandmother's name was Mary Pope and, by family tradition, was from or born in Silver Plume. She is one of the youngest two children of her mother, who MAY also be Mary Pope. Mother Mary was married to _____Pope (Mr. #1) in Corwall in the late 1860's. She had her oldest child, Nellie (who practically raised me), in 1869. Mother and child were listed in the 1870 Cornwall Census. Mother is listed as "married" but no husband is listed. I think he was overseas mining somewhere. At Some point, Pope #1 send for his young family and they ended up in Silver Plume via Negaunee, Michigan (another Cornish mining "colony.") Ultimately Mary ended up with 9 kids from Mr. Pope #1. At some point, he was either killed in a Colorado mine or maybe just died. This had to be before my grandmother, Mary, was born, which was either in 1886 or 1889, depending on if I believe my dad or my aunt. When #1 died, his brother, Pope #2, was contacted in South Africa and he came to Silver Plume or the environs to care for his brother's family. It is unclear whether Mary and #2 legally married, but they did have two more kids, my grandmother Mary and her brother Nick.
Contact: Gay Treglown Knutson, cknutson@olympus.net.

Apr 1997
George Summers Powell came to Black Hawk or Denver in 1886. He worked for the post office. His first wife was Jessie Inez Clark. She died in 1905. Later he married Barbara _____, who may have been a camp nurse from Switzerland. Looking for record of George and Jessie's marriage, also Barbara's maiden name.
Contact: George E. Powell, gpowell@crosslink.net
Dec 1999
Looking for information on Staffor J. Pratt listed as miner 1870 Clear Creek County census.
Contact: Glenn Kinney, gkinney@cvnc.net.
Jan 2000
I am looking for information about a Prisk who lived in Central City in 1908. There was an article in the February 20, 1998, Register Call about an Elizabeth F. Prisk vs. The Sleepy hollow Gold Mining Company. This was for $5,000 for the loss of her son, Willie Prisk who lost his life in the Americus Sleepy hollow flood of August 1895. I went to the Register Call and looked up the incident. It told about the flood and also said the almost lifeless body of Henry Prisk was found, who was above the water line, but suffering from fouls air and gas. He was hauled to the surface and was soon revived and taken to his residence on the corner of Packard and Gregory streets. It goes on to say his son, a mere lad, became exhausted and fell back into the water. Up until that time I thought I was the only Prisk ever in Colorado. If you have any information I would appreciate hearing it.
Contact: Carol Moncrief-Prisk, MOUNTAINGRAMA@aol.com, PO BOX 2894, Evergreen, CO 80437-2894. Phone 303-670-1889.
Nov 1997
In 1877 George W RARICK left home, (Waterloo Iowa) and went to South Dakota and then to Georgetown, Colorado. The last his parents heard from him was in November of 1877 when he would have been about 18 years of age. In 1915 his sister had him declared legally dead so she could settle the parents estate. This sister claimed she had heard indirectly that he was killed in a mining accident in 1877 in Georgetown. It is believed that her father had handbills posted about 1880 requesting information on his son. However, George was named in the will of his mother in 1886 so apparently his mother believed he was still alive. Looking for any information that may be extant on mining accidents and deaths during this time period or on the whereabouts of George W RARICK if he survived.
Jul 2000
Searching for John W. Ratliff, born 1832 in IL to Thomas and Sarah Henderson Ratliff; Married Amanda Portlock 1855 in Des Moines County, IA. John was living in Bald Mountain, Gilpin County, Co in 1891. Amanda was deceased by 1905 and possibly by 1886 when a John W. Ratliff married Mona Pearson in Gilpin County.

Amanda was the daughter of Barnet and Sarah Lines Portlock. Any help on locating John and Amanda's death dates and descendants would be greatly appreciated.
Contact: Julie Dresser, JRDresser@aol.com.

Apr 2000
I am researching the DANIEL RATTIG [RATTICK] family that emigrated from Sweden about 1851, coming first to Minnesota, but then in the late 1860s moving to the Georgetown area of Colorado. I find Daniel (born 1830) and his wife Christina in the 1880 census for Clear Creek county. The couple had children Elizabeth (born 1862), Daniel Jr. (born 1863), and Frank (born 1867). I also find Daniel minus his wife in the 1885 census for Clear Creek COunty. He and his son Frank were miners, and daughter Elizabeth was a school teacher. I would particularly like to learn when and where Daniel and his wife died, and what became of their children.
Contact: Jay Liedman, genscan@tds.net, Minnesota.
Mar 1999
Trying to find the family of Amelia (Mella) Richards, born in England about 1847. Do not know where. She married Samuel Walters, born in England about 1847. Do not know where. They married about 1873 in Gilpin, Central City. Could there be a newspaper account? I have a page number of 173 but was told it doesn't say much. I need some birth locations or other family members, I have their children. These are my g-g-grandparents.
Contact: KACEEBEE@aol.com.
Aug 2001
Looking for information on our great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Rickard. Her maiden name was Bennett. The last info we have is from 1910 census where she was listed head of household in Leadville, because our great grandfather George Hooper Rickard was killed in a mining accident in Leadville. We found a Gilpin County Marraige record in the archives that indicates a Mrs. Elizabeth Rickard married James S. Harris on Nov. 16, 1913.
Contact: Albert Rickard, jmclntk@msn.com, phone: (909)699-5493, Fax: (909) 506-5627.
Apr 1999
My Grandfathers' name was Llewellyn Thomas ROBERTS. He was born around Oct. 1879 in Georgetown, Colorado. His brothers were Wynn William ROBERTS (b. May 22, 1873) and John Herbert ROBERTS, sisters were Gladys and Margie ROBERTS. Their parents were Hugh and Elizabeth ROBERTS. Hugh had a first cousin that lived nearby named John THOMAS and he was married to Elizabeth's sister Jenny. John and Jenny THOMAS had three children: William, Walter and Nelly. Need information on these families.
Contact: Robert Wynn Roberts, Boboclovis@aol.com, 502 Amber Avenue, Clovis California 93611. Tel: 1-559-322-1423.
May 2001
Looking for information on Charles S. and William P. Roberts. Clara Stanton married Charles S. Nov 25, 1880 at Georgetown. She married William P. Roberts between 1880 and 1898. Their descendents may be in the Denver area. Clara's children were Ida, Edwin (m:Mabel Beard) and Clarence.
Contact: VeraMadden@aol.com.
Apr 1997
My mothers maiden name was ROCKWELL and she was born in Empire to Albert ROCKWELL and Julia Ann Well ROCKWELL on February 9, 1909. One of her older sisters worked at the Hotel De Paris.
** There is a family story that Julia Ann Rockwell was outraged when a school teacher struck one of her sons (Theodore Rockwell) and went after the school teacher with a buggy whip. It is believed that this incident was reported in a paper in the area.
Contact: Julie Cornell, Claire7542@aol.com
May 2001
Edward Rodda was in Gilpin County, Colo. during the 1880 census. He supposedly died in Central City about 1887. Any information on this family would be appreciated. He is said to be a Welsh miner.
Contact: Sylvia, Geniebug@aol.com.
Feb 2007
Looking for information on the Rosetta family of Gilpin COunty: Mike, Lizzie. Lulu, Jennie. Angelina. Lulu Married Antonio Andreatta in 1901. Mike and Antonio had the Angelina Lode And the Lulu Lode. Any Information will be welcomed.
Contact: Jacque McDonnell, tessadri@venturecomm.net.
Jun 1999
We are looking for any information on the John ROSS family that lived in the Russell Gulch area in the late 1800's. They lost several small children. We want to find what their names were and when they died.
contact: Jinx & Karen Tucker, jinx@www.prairieweb.com.
Apr 2000
RUTHERFORD/MANNING, 1842-1898: I am researching George RUTHERFORD, born in Addison County Vermont on 22 January 1823 and married Abigail MANNING in same county on 27 Oct 1844. According to some, they moved to Idaho Springs, Clear Creek Co, CO and lived happily ever after. I believe I know the parents of these two pioneers.
Contact: Tom Billings, tbillings@treeway.zzn.net.
Feb 1999
I'm trying to establish that my grandparents lived in Idaho Springs (Freeland, near the Lamartine mine, my grandfather Gustav Sandstrom had a mine in the area). Gustav Sandstrom married Anna Berglund, were in Colorado before 1900. My father George Sandstrom (born 1912, in Idaho Springs), told me that he believed my grandfather was in the Idaho Springs area prior to 1900. My father also indicated that my grandfather changed his last name from KARLSON to SANDSTROM while in Clear Creek County, after having some problems with general store bills (too many Gustav Karlsons and the bills kept getting mixed up...so the story goes).
Contact: Ronald M. Sandstrom, ron_sandstrom@stortek.com, 2472 Cana Ct., Lafayette, CO 80026.
Mar 1998
My family (origional spelling Schiefer) is from Russell Gulch. They settled there in the mid 1880's. I have my complete family history in GEDCOM format. I am willing to share it with anyone who is interested. My oldest grandson, Todd Evan Schaffer Jr., is the first of the five generation of Schaffers (Schiefers) born in Colorado. Four generations are still alive and living in the Denver Metro Area (my father, myself, my son, and grandson).
Contact: Don Schaffer, mrdon@denver.net.
Jul 2001
I am looking for the Schauer's. They were butcher's, baker's, and shopkeepers in Georgetown around 1893. My greatgrandfather, Edward Schauer, died from diabetes at about age 42 and before that his wife, Mary Bone, died in childbirth with a daughter. My grandfather was named Harold Schauer and was raised by uncles John and William, I think.
Contact: janesryan@socal.rr.com.
Apr 2002
My great-great uncle, Fred Selak, was born in Gilpin County on April 17, 1865. He was a hermit miner who was murdered in Gilpin County by two men on July 21, 1926. They threatened to steal his gold and when Fred told them that he was going to tell the sheriff they hanged him! His father was Albert Selak (died 1903 in Georgetown) and his mother was Elizabeth Selak (died December 5, 1912). I'm looking for any more information on this family.
Contact: Clyde Carruthers, carruthp@niagararc.com, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Jan 1999
Searching for two SHAUGHNESSY families that were living in Gilpin County (Nevada City) and listed on page 287 on Gilpin County, CO. 1870 census. The names: Martin SHAUGHNESSY and Patrick SHAUGHNESSY.
Contact: Nancy C. Adkins, kabaybruce@zoomnet.net, 1035 Noel Drive, Portsmouth, OH 45662-2235.
March 1997
Samuel Robert Willis HICKMAN b. Dec 1847 PA arrived in Silver Dale, CO, (not to be confused with Silver Plume) now a ghost town just outside of Georgetown c. 1870 to mine for gold. He married on 25 Sept 1876 to Eva Leora SEVERNS b. 23 Dec 1858 IL. Looking for more information on her parents: John Jay SEVERNS and Elizabeth Ann Prichett LANE.
Contact: Bonnie Coatney, bcoatney@nkn.net, or http://userpages.nkn.net/bcoatney.
Sept. 1998
Looking for information on Sherwoods living in or around Central City around 1865. According to the family Bible, a son Willie Wells Sherwood died in Central City that year. His parents were William & Susan Carolyn Ray Sherwood, who left Iowa sometime in or after 1862. They were in Boulder/Nederland area probably prior to 1873 and died there in 1889.
Contact: Karen Stern, Kstern@erols.com.
Sept. 1998
John R. Simmons was born in Cornwall England. He came to Central City/Nevadaville about 1877, struck it rich and returned to England where he married Amelia Tippett. He then returned to the Central City area until about 1905 when the family moved to Denver. Looking for any information on this family.
Contact: D. Strangfeld, donks@ris.net.
Sept. 1997
Alfred (Al) SIMONDS was born on June 25, 1961 in Carleton county, New Brunswick, Canada. His parents were Charles Sidney SIMONDS/SYMONDS. He left home before 1881. He was listed in the Butte, Silver Bow, MT city directory in 1888-1889. He was listed in the Nevadaville, Gilpin, CO 1900 census. He married Mary Josephine (Josie) TUCK in 1902. Location unknown but not Gilpin county, CO. Maybe Clear Creek county, CO. Anyone searching in court house in Georgetown please check for marriage record. Al and Josie had 2 children: George Alfred born in 1903, and Mary Hesper in 1904. Both born in Nevadaville, Gilpin, CO. Al worked as an engineer at the Phoenix mine. Al died in Nevadaville, CO on Aug 26, 1908. Looking for any information on Al and his family.
Contact: KarenS8888@aol.com
Feb. 1998
Matthias SLATTEN (b. 1838) went to Gregory's Diggings in 1859, with Green Russell and Mer Willis. His last letter mentions L.C. Smith, and Washington and Charles Kiker, fellow Georgians he was traveling with. He probably left that year to return to Georgia, but was never heard from again. Family heard one story that he and his party were killed by Indians in Oklahoma. Would appreciate any information.
Contact: Tom Bates, tbates@esper.com.
Sept. 2000
I am looking for information on a family that was from Central City by the name of Snyder. All the information on the family came from my Great Aunt. My GG Aunt Anna Peterson married a Samuel Snyder who's family "owned a home that sits on top of a hill on the first street from the town" (that description came from my G-Aunt). The house was reported to have been bought by a family from Texas and refurbished to a very nice house.

The family owned a gold mine in Blackhawk that was closed and filled in so the county could build a school near it. Sam also "had a brother named Elias who Shoed all the mules that worked in the mines in the area."

The family names that I know are Samuel T. Snyder, born 21 Mar 1881, died 6 Oct 1959, and Sam's brothers Adolph and Elias. I am interested in learning more about the Snyder family, where they came from and any descendents.
Contact: Rob Lowery, rlowery@kiva.net, Smithsburg, Maryland.

May 1997
My grandfather William H. Stephens lived in Idaho Springs, Colorado and some of his relatives also lived in this area. Listed below are their name, place of abode, and birth dates.
    Edward J. Stephens - ? - July 30, 1862 - Married Mary E. Crago
    Bessie Stephens - Silver Plume?, Georgetown? - Jan. 1, 1864
    Clara Stephens - Silver Plume?, Georgetown? - Oct. 14, 1868
    Florance Stephens - ? - Sept. 16, 1869
    Walter or William Henry Stephens - Idaho Springs - Aug. 20, 1875
    Albert Charles Stephens - ? - March 4, 1877
    Raymond Russel Stephens - Idaho Springs - Oct. 22, 1898
    Leona Elizabeth Stephens - Idaho Springs - May 30, 1902
    William Melvin Stephens - Jan. 6, 1905 - My father 
I believe William or Walter Henry Stephens worked in the county clerk's office in Silver Plume and also had a silver mine some where in this area. He also was on the school board in Idaho Springs. Looking for any help on their lineage as it goes back to Wales in England.
Contact: Email: William M. Stephens, Jr., wms11527@aol.com, Fax: +1(210)283-5125.
May 1998
My grandfather's name was Richard Andrew Stevens, born Sept 25, 1878 in Cornwall, England, died Oct 25, 1918. He married Minnie Warren, daugther of Francis Edward Warren and Elizabeth Jane Warren. All four are buried in Bald Mountain Cementary in Central City, CO. If there is anyone with information on these families, please
Contact: Abby Chamberlain, wyabbya@hotmail.com, P.O. Box 351, Mountain View, WY 82939, telephone (307) 782-3866.
May 1998
John William STRAUGHN and wife Sarah Ellen KENNEDY moved to Central City from Dodge City, KS, sometime between 1880 and 1900. Their son Carl STRAUGHN, married a local girl, Mary Elizabeth KLAIS, in Sept. 1901.

My wife descends from John and Sarah Ellen's daughter Carrie Lamina STRAUGHN and her husband, Thomas L. COFFEE who settled in west Texas. Any help with descendants or ancestors on this family would be greatly appreciated.
Contact: Greg Boyd, gaboyd@sprintmail.com, Oklahoma City.

Jan. 1998
In 1870 Julius STROEHLE left Rock Island, Illinois with the Peter ALBERT and Nicholas LITTIG families. George STROEHLE died in Black Hawk before 1920. His wife Christina survived him. Looking for any information on this family or on the families that moved with them.
Contact: CMurcia7@aol.com or DMurcia68@aol.com, or call us at 319-344-0979.
Jan 1999
Looking for information regarding John (Jack) (b. 1849-MO.) and Katherine (Kate) (b. 1853-KY.) SUSAN. They lived in Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties from about 1873 to 1886. Their children were
  • Bertha Mae (b. 2-14-1875, m. 12-04-1891 to Edward BLACK, d. 7-22-1922)
  • Robert (b. 7-23-1877
  • Fanny (b. 9-13-1878, m. ROBINSON)
  • Ella (b. 5-14-1881, m. Joseph METHERD)
  • Kitty (b. 3-4-1884)
  • Willie (b. 3-13-1886)
  • Minnie (b. 8-14-1887 went by the last name of DU BOS), and
  • Gertrude (b. 11-23-1889, m. JOHNSON)
The mother Kate BURNS died on Dec. 2, 1889, two weeks after giving birth to Gertrude. She died in GILMAN and was supposedly buried in REDCLIFF. The children were then given away to various families to raise. My g-grandfather Robert BURNS was given to the John LOVE family of Eagle. John/Jack BURNS was said to be a rogue, gambler and miner. Kate (mother) was a runaway from a wagon train. They hid out in the Rockies supposedly afraid of her father and two brothers. On their marriage license from Denver she lists her maiden name as SUSANE. I have also heard it was SUSAN, SOUSA, DE SOUSA,and COUSINS.
Contact: Dan and Robyn Asimus, Asimus@bigfoot.com, 251 Washington St., Golden, CO 80403
June 1998
Seeking information on SUTFIN/SUTPHIN family of Georgetown, Clear Creek Co., CO. My g-grandfather Miles F(ranklin) SUTFIN was b. 13 Aug 1893 in Georgetown. I have a deed record for a Frank SUTFIN in 1888 and a death record for him 10 Sept 1901, buried in Georgetown. I also find a deed record for a Charles SUTFIN in 1891. I also have a marriage record for a Mrs. Amelia SUTFIN (m. Wm. Arthur 31 Oct 1895) having divorced her husband, name unknown, 1889. I do not find Frank or Charles in the 1900 CO Census, or CA, WA, OR, NV. Miles is alone in California in the 1910 Census.
Contact: Kristin Robinson, krobinso@fhcrc.org, 2922 Walnut Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Feb 2000
Looking for information on the Tasher family from Gilpin Co., Colorado. There was a Jacob and a Charles Tasher that came to Gilpin Co. during the gold rush. Charles had a son named William - and William's son was Clarence.
Contact: Joyce Roper, joyroper@ipa.net.
Aug 2003

I own a book called, "Henry Moore Teller, Defender of the West" by Elmer Ellis. My dads mother was Henry M. Teller's niece. I also have alot of personal as well as published information on Henry M. Teller. I would be glad to do lookups in what information I have and will email the results and sources.
Contact: Ben Lutes,
July 1997
August 1998
Mary Jane Gregory immigrated into the US from Cornwall, Eng. in 1862, age 6 or 7, with or without her parents, James and Rebecca (Broad) Gregory. Mary Jane married George Thomas in Randolph Township, Morris County, NJ, in 1871. They moved to CA by January, 1880, when son Sam was born, then moved to Idaho Springs, CO by 1885. George was a miner (parents John & Johanna-we believe Cornwall). George died 1892 in Idaho Springs (we have burial record). Mary Jane married a Ben Forrest in 1893. She passed away in Idaho Springs in 1903, Ben having died in 1902 (have burial records). Sam Thomas registered for the WWI in Clear Creek County.

We have had no luck finding any knowledge of the Gregorys here - could not find them in Morris County 1870 census. Found our George Thomas living with a Samuel Penrose on the same 1870 census which also listed a Rebecca Penrose - (fits agewise with our Rebecca Broad Gregory, though possibly James died and she married Samuel Penrose). Have not been able to find a marriage record though. There is a Samuel Penrose buried in our Thomas plot in Idaho Springs and we assume he is the same one. We have tried and not been able to trace George's or Samuel Penrose's past in Cornwall, if indeed they emigrated from there. They were both born in England, George circa 1844 and Sam circa 1835. Family information has been very limited. My cousin was told there are no surviving death records for 1890's Idaho Springs. Great-grandparents were Jane Rebecca Thomas and Richard Julian Seccombe. We have information for them since they married in 1890 in Idaho Springs. Two daughters, Emily and Grace Seccombe, (never married) lived there until about 1990, however could or would not give us family information. Looking for any information on these lines.
Contact: Kathy Bretthauer, brettlh@gte.net.

July 2001
Looking for Burial information for:
   THOMAS, Samuel b: 1880 California (Grass Valley)
   THOMAS, Leah (Dunn) wife of Samuel m: Oct. 1901
   THOMAS, Cora (Calverd, Mrs.) wife of Samuel m: Apr. 1921
I have 1910 census information for Samuel and Leah, and 1920 census information for Samuel. Samuel registered for the draft 1917-18.
Contact: Kathy brettlh@gte.net.
May 1998
Looking for information on the THOMSON family who lived in Gilpin Co. 1860. William Thomson, his wife Saftey Elsworth Thomson and children. He was a miner and sold his rights to his brother-in-law James NUGENT. His wife was Marie Fanny Nugent. William's brother-in-law also was there at that time, John Jasper ELLSWORTH. Looking for William's mother-inlaw, Sarah Chapman ELSWORTH who came to stay with them abt 1862/3 from Wisconsin. Other family names are HOWARD, ROBBINS, THOMPSON, FROST, BREUSCH, TAFT, JENKS, DODGE, STEWART, CURRIER.
Contact: Marilyn Ellsworth-Roman, mroman@napanet.net.
April 1998
updated 2/07
Looking for origins of my father-in-law, Leonard Philip TOMICH, born 15 March 1926 in Silver Plume, Co. Leonard was a declared orphan but it is known that his mother was still alive well into the 40's. Her name Mary Yeoman Gochnaur, born Chicago, Ill., unk date. Father is Vance Tomich, rumoured to be a Yugoslavian (whatever that means circa 1924), immigrated to US 1924, reputed to be mining engineer. No contact or info on Vance since 1920's.
Would the woman who called and left a message after reading this inquiry (3/06)  but left no contact info please recontact me.
Contact: Mike Post, mikepost49@aol.com, 7870 Fairchild Ave, Winnetka, Ca. 91306 (818) 882-8503
July 2001
Researching Trebilcock name, does anybody have any further info on these from the 1900 Russell Gulch, Gilpin Co., Colorado Census?
   Trebilcock, Minnie      step-daughter b. 1886 in Colorado
   Trebilcock, Robert      step-son      b. 1888 in Colorado
   Trebilcock, Lilian      step-daughter b. 1889 in Colorado
   Trebilcock, Bessie      step-daughter b. 1891 in Colorado
   Trebilcock, Richard J.  step-son      b. 1893 in Colorado
   Trebilcock, Fred C.     step-son      b. 1895 in Colorado

Contact: Mike Trebilcock, miketrebilcock@hotmail.com.
Sept. 1997
Patrick TUCK was born c. 1843 in county Tipperary, Ireland. His parents were Benamin TUCK and Mary O'Brian. He married Mary DOYLE in Central City, Gilpin, CO on July 10, 1879. Patrick and Mary had 6 children: Mary Josephine (Josie), Charlotte (Lottie), George, Florence Edna, Emmett Patrick, and Anastasia. Patrick was known to be a miner (in 1880) and then later a saloon keeper. Patrick died in Nevadaville, Gilpin, CO Nov. 16, 1887. Buried in Central City Catholic Cemetery. Looking for any information on Patrick and his family sought. Will exchange information with cousins.
Contact: KarenS8888@aol.com
Sept. 1999
I am researching a line of Frank and Alfred Tucker that ran a store in Georgetown in the 1870's. Would appreciate any info.
Contact: Sharon Hilbert, RNDRH@aol.com.
Jan 2000
We are seeking information on family names we found in the Social Security listings for William and Gertrude Ureel who lived in Clear Creek, Colorado and emigrated from Belgium. Cousins in Belgium we are in touch with have inquired about them also. Believe they resided there in the mid 1900's. Any info would be welcome.
Contact: Joan Ureel, JUreel@aol.com.
Feb 2003
Looking for information on Samuel Hamilton Valentine, b. 1825 in OH, d. 1895 in Ouray Co., CO or his wife, Phebe Bradford Valentine, b. 1826 in OH. She died 1884 in Gilpin Co., CO. They had the following children: Letilla, Luella, Loretta, Genett, Juliet, Julien, Ellery, Emery, and Ettie. Ettie married William H. H. Parenteau (b. 1849, WI and d. 1919, CO). One of William and Ettie's sons, Lysle Austin Parenteau (b. 1892 in CO, d. 1963 in UT) married Elsie M. Teats (b. 1889 in CO, d. 1948 in CO). Would like to know more about this family and share information with fellow researchers.
Contact: Nan Roberts, mrobert5@twcny.rr.com.
VICTOR Looking for any information on the VICTOR family that lived in Central City, CO. William Henry Victor (d. 1968) m. Cleota Dudney.
Contact: Lynne Woollum, lwoollum@aol.com, 9514 8th Ave NW #305, Seattle, WA 98117; (206)781-7027.
Aug 2003
Looking for historical information on the BUNNEY and VIVIAN families in both Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties. Specifically, I'm looking for Robert Bunney who married Mary/Margaret Tresider Vivian around 1867-68. Robert Bunney had a mining claim on the Gregory Lode as early as 1864. Two Vivian brothers, Thomas and John(?) had a mine in Empire, Clear Creek County and are buried in Central City. Both grave markers have been desecrated. Robert Bunney and Mary/Margaret are buried at Crown Hill cemetery. He died in 1910 and she passed away in 1922.
  The reason I'm looking for this information is for a book to be written about John F. and John C. Vivian. Robert Bunney was John F. Vivian's stepfather. John C. Vivian, his son, born in 1887 in Jefferson County went on to become Colorado's 30th Governor 1943-47. Any help on where to search for records would be greatly appreciated. Robert Bunney and his wife Mary/Margaret moved to Ralston Valley in Jefferson County around 1879.
Contact:Martha N. Martin, martham01@msn.com, Golden, CO
Jul 2001
Looking for info on Westfall family. Lived in Idaho Springs late 1800s. Story is that the family died to a flu epidemic leaving behind an infant. The infant was adopted by the Benson family in Denver around 1898.
Contact: Kathleen Kinrade, katkinrn@sonic.net.
Nov 1998
Mary Frances WILLIAMS, my g-g-grandmother, was married to Alex H. GARTON. Their first 2 children were born in MO. The third child, Lulu Ethel GARTON, was born in Silver Plume, CO, June 7, 1883. I suspect that Mary Frances may have been staying with her family, the C. B. WILLIAMS family at the time of the birth. She had at least 5 brothers. One was named John WILLIAMS (m. Mary POE) and one was William H. WILLIAMS (a missionary to Jamaica in the 1870's). I would like to find information about or connections to this WILLIAMS family.
Contact: Lisa Pelissier, jiceandl@fea.net.
Nov 1997
Charles Philandrew WING, born 7 Mar 1850 NY, died 5 Feb 1928 Magnolia, Boulder County, CO. Married 1885 Central City, Gilpin County, CO to Adaline HURLEY. Adaline was born 1 Mar 1867 in KS, died 28 Nov 1920 Magnolia, Boulder, Colo. Children:
  - Dora Amelia b. 2 Nov 1885 Black Hawk 
      m. Clarence TURNER. She d. 26 May 1907.
  - Eva May b. 14 Sep 1887 Casper, Natrona, WY.
      m. Sherman SKATES.
  - David Daniel b. 16 Aug 1889 Buckhorn, Larimer, CO.
      m. Mary VARGO; d. 27 May 1930
  - Augustus Avery b. 20 Sep 1890 Buckhorn, Larimer, CO.
  - Joseph Amadon b. 4 Oct 1893 Ft Collins, CO, d. 18 Jul 1950.
      m. Mary MURDOCK.
  - Andrew Jerome b. 2 Aug 1896 Nederland, Boulder, CO.
      m. Pauline YOCKEY.
  - Wilbur Christopher b. 14 Apr 1898 Magnolia, Boulder, Co.
      m. Elevessie McBROOM.
  - William Jennings b. 30 Sep 1900 Magnolia, Boulder, Co.
      m. Vera THOMAS.
  - Elgie Blanche b. 23 Mar 1903 Magnolia, Boulder, Co.
      m. Roy BISHOP.
Looking for any information on any of these people. Will gladly share what I have.
Contact: Chris Christensen, chris@pioneer-net.com, phone (541)839-4639.
Feb 2000
Looking for information about my grandmother Sadie Iola Wright. I believe she was born in Idaho Springs in Sept. 1909. I am looking for information on her parents, siblings, grandparents.
Contact: Melinda Gibbons Andrade, huv@prodigy.net, 467 S. Arriba Dr., Pueblo West, Co 81007.
YOUNG I have a letter written by my Great-grandmother, Nancy A. Gallemore Graves in 1866. The letter was to her sister, Mrs Charles Young of Central City, Colorado Territory. I have recently found out that she was Amanda Caroline Gallemore Young. Both Gallemore sisters were from Adams Co. Illinois. Probably Charles Young was, too.
I would appreciate any information that might be available relative to the Youngs.
Contact: M. E. Scott, copdevin@icsi.net.
See also the Surnames referenced in the Books lists and the other documents sections on the Clear Creek County Resources page and the Gilpin County Resources page.

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