Notes for Oliver Perry Poulson:
HISTORY OF SONOMA COUNTY
Oliver Perry Poulson, of Russian River Township, is an old settler of California. He is a native of Loudoun County, Virginia, born December 17, 1821, his parents being John and Hannah ( Burrington/Buffington) Poulson. When he was but four years of age, his parents removed to Holmes County, Ohio locating near Millersburg, in which vicinity they were early settlers. There Oliver Perry Poulson was reared to manhood. In 1841, in company with a brother-in-law, William Davenport, he removed by team to Henderson County, Illinois. There he resided until 1846, when, together with some acquaintances, he decided to try his fortunes on the Pacific coast, which was then attracting considerable attention among those seeking homes in the far West. When eight wagons were gathered together, the party set out on their long journey. They left home about the middle of April, and when they crossed the Missouri River at St. Joe the cavalcade had been augmented until there were over Forty wagons. The year 1846 is a memorable one in of the many perils that beset the path of hardy people who attempted the journey. For a considerable time during the trip Mr. Poulson was in the train commanded by Captain Donner, but luckily he was one of those who, chafing at the slow progress made, decided to increase the speed, and thus he became a member of one of those small parties which branched off from the main train, and crossed the mountains before winter set in, this escaping their share of the terrible experiences of the ill-fated "Donner party", as it is known to history. It had been the intention of most of the emigrants to locate in Oregon, but after leaving Donner's train they were met by a man acquainted with the northern route, who told them of the almost certain danger that awaited them if they undertook to carry out their original intention, and all the wagons bound for Oregon were, therefore, turned toward California. Mr. Poulson's party found their provisions running short toward the close of the journey, and the members were placed under the restraint of stipulated rations. His own wagon had been well supplied, but some of the others on account of prodigality in the use of their supplies, or owing to undue preparation, became destitute, and those well equipped generously divided with their less fortunate neighbors. Money was not scarce, however, and it was supposed that when they reached Johnson's ranch they could obtain provisions, including flour, as it was known that a mill was among Johnson's possessions. In many respects they were doomed to disappointment, however, as scarcely anything eatable was to be had there, and the nearest approach to flour to be obtained was a little bran. An exchange of two horses for a cow was effected, and when this was slaughtered, a pudding of the meat and some of the bran was made. This pudding did not turn out to be a success, and was, to say the least, unpalatable. They were enabled, however, to push on to Sutter's Fort, where, for the first time in many days, they ate good, nourishing food. Though their experiences in this regard were alone sufficient to make their journey memorable to them during life, these had not been their only troubles. Several times during their trip across the plains, their stock had been stampeded by Indians, and in one attack they lost a man killed, while others were severely wounded. From Sutter's Fort, Mr. Poulson went with Fremonts battalion on the expedition to southern California, bringing up at Los Angeles on New Year's Day 1847. He took part in all the experiences of that patriotic band, and in May started on the return trip in a small party, with Major Bidwell. He next went up on the American River, onto what is now known as the Noris (now Sinclair) ranch. He was engaged by Captain Sutter to get out a lot of timber and shingles, going into the mountains for that purpose. He and a man named James Anderson afterward broke forty-one mustangs to harness for Captain Sutter. In the spring of 1848, he came down to the town of Sonoma, and there engaged at the carpenter's trade, doing a good deal of work for General Vallejo. In company with John Stark he opened a saw-mill in Sonoma, turning out a great deal of lumber. When gold was discovered at Coloma, he decided to go there, and two months later was on the scene and at work. He remained there till fall, then returned to Sonoma with nearly $2,600, his season's profits. In the following spring he went back to the mines. He worked there that season, then removed to Napa County, locating four miles above St. Helena. There his family resided until 1868, Mr. Poulson himself being in the meantime engaged in mining on Mokelumne River, about five miles from Mokelumne Hill, also in trading in stock, etc. In 1868 he removed to the lower part of Lake County, near Middletown, and there engaged in farming and stock raising. He still retains 250 acres of the 1250 acres which comprised his Lake County farm. In November 1887, he purchased twenty acres of land in Russian River Township, Sonoma County, near Healdsburg, and soon after moved to it. Nearly eleven acres are planted to fruit, mostly prunes, plums, peaches and pears, and all are in bearing. The place is a valuable one, and make an attractive home. Mr. Poulson was married at Sonoma by Governor Boggs, February 28, 1847, to Miss Harriet Richey, a native of Little York, Mercer County, Illinois and daughter of M.D. and Caroline Ritchey. Her parents came to California in 1846. Both died at Napa City. Her father was a prominent man, and was known as Colonel Ritchey. Mr. and Mrs. Poulson had had twelve children, viz: John, resides in Lincoln County, Washington Territory; Caroline, wife of Samuel Shilling, resides in Santa Barbara County; Mary, wife of Horace Schwartz, lives at Santa Ana; Cynthia, wife of Robert Quigley, who resides in Lake County; Emily, died in Napa County, ages three years; Angeline, wife of John Nelson, resides in Lake County; Amanda, wife of Charles Armstron, a druggist in Calistoga; Lizzie, wife of Wiliam Foster, agent of the Southern Pacific Railroad at Los Angeles; Addie at home; Nettie, wife of Nias Decker of Healdsburg; Willia and Mattie at home. Mr. Poulson is a Republican politically. He is a member of the Seventh Day Adventists church. He can justly lay claim to being a pioneer of California, having been one of those who proceeded the Argonauts of '49 and made the way for them comparatively easy. He was a resident of Sonoma County when most of it was an almost unknown and unbroken wilderness, while his contemporaries in the county at that time, who are still here, can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
POULSON- In Calistoga, at the residence of his son-in-law, C.W. Armstrong, September 6th, Oliver Perry Poulson, a native of Kentucky, aged 60 years.
The funeral took place Sunday afternoon, the remains being buried in Mt. Helena Cemetery.
Ref: 10 September 1890 The Calistogan Newspaper Napa County California
More About Oliver Perry Poulson:
Burial: September 07, 1890, St. Helens Cemetery
Cause of Death: Anurism
Religion: Seventh Day Adventist
17. Harriett Armor Ritchey (Mathew Dill4, Adam3, Adam2, James1) was born October 17, 1831 in Little York, Mercer County, Illinois, and died Abt. July 07, 1904 in Los Angeles, California. She married Oliver Perry Poulson February 28, 1847 in Russian River Township, Sonoma County, California, son of John Poulson and Hanh Buffington.
Notes for Harriett Armor Ritchey:
Los Angeles Daily Times Wednesday, July 6, 1904 page 12
POULSON- At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Foster, 918 East Twenty-Eighth street, Harriet A. Poulson, aged 72 years. Interment Thursday at St. Helena, Cal.
More About Harriett Armor Ritchey:
Burial: July 07, 1904, St. Helena Cemetery, Lake County, California
Children of Harriett Ritchey and Oliver Poulson are:
61i. Amanda6 Poulson. She married Charles W. Armstrong. More About Charles W. Armstrong:
Occupation: A druggist of Calistoga
62ii. Eliza Kennedy Poulson. She married William Henry Foster May 19, 1896 in St. Helena, California. More About William Henry Foster:
Occupation: Agent of the Southern Pacific Railroad at Los Angeles
Marriage Notes for Eliza Poulson and William Foster:
Foster - Poulson - In St. Helena, May 19, at the residence of the bride's parents on Kearney St. by the Rev. James Mitchell. W.H. Foster of Sheridan, Placer Co. to Miss Lizzie H. Paulson.
Mr. Foster is station agent at Sheridan and his bride as estimable young lady, whose family recently settled in our midst. The wedding was quietly solemn and only relatives and a few intimate friends witnessing the ceremony. The happy couple left on the afternoon train for the groom's home in Placer County. The Star (Newspaper) wishes them a happy future.
63iii. Emily Poulson. 64iv. Mary E. Poulson, died Abt. October 20, 1922 in San Francisco, California. She married Horace T. Swartz April 02, 1871 in Lake County, California. More About Mary E. Poulson:
Burial: October 20, 1922, St. Helena Cemetery, Lake County, California
Cause of Death: Carcinoma Thyroid Gland
65v. Nettie E. Poulson. She married Nias M. Decker July 25, 1888 in Healdsburg, California. Marriage Notes for Nettie Poulson and Nias Decker:
Married by E.J. Jones
66vi. John D Poulson, born 1848 in California. He married Lizzie. Notes for John D Poulson:
1880 Census of Coyote County June 17th, 1880
Poulson, John Age 39 Farmer Born in California
Poulson, Lizzie Age 23 Keeping House Born in Missouri
Poulson, Lillie Age 4
Poulson, Walter Age 1
Ah, Fou Age 17 Domestic Servant Born in Bantou
More About John D Poulson:
Residence: Lincoln County, Washington Territory
67vii. Caroline M Poulson, born 1850; died Abt. January 27, 1912 in Santa Rosa, California. She married Samuel Shilling. More About Caroline M Poulson:
Burial: January 27, 1912, St. Helena Cemetery, Lake County, California
Cause of Death: Carcinoma
Residence: Santa Barbara County, CA
68viii. Cynthia Ann Poulson, born May 23, 1852 in California; died May 31, 1911 in Hollister, San Benito County, California. She married Haskin G. Quigley March 09, 1870 in Yountville, CA. Notes for Cynthia Ann Poulson:
Divorced from Hawkins T. Quigley on September 17, 1890
Information on Cynthia's death certificate.
Cynthia Ann Quigley was a widow when she died on 31 May 1911. She was born 23 May 1952 in California. At the time of her death she was a housekeeper with her son. Cynthia's father was O.P. Paulson of unknown origin. Cynthia died of pneumonia.
More About Cynthia Ann Poulson:
Burial: June 02, 1911, St. Helena Cemetery, Lake County, California
Cause of Death: Bronchial Pneumonia
Notes for Haskin G. Quigley: Divorced from Cynthia Poulson on September 17, 1890
Lake County Bee, March 29, 1923
Another pioneer resident of this place passed away in Oakland last Thursday when Hawkins T. Quigley passed to the great beyond. Mr. Quigley came to this section some forty years ago and settled in what is now Long Valley where he was engaged in farming. Later on he moved to town and was engaged in other business until 1900. Since that time he has been working at ranching in and around Middleton. Tuck as he was known among his friends was a very well liked man and had a great many friends in this locality. He was born in Missouri and came tot his state when a very young man. At one time he drove stage for William Spiers. About four months ago he was taken ill with a goitrous growth on his neck and was removed to Calistoga where he was under the care of Dr. Blodgett and as he did not seem to get better was taken to a hospital in Oakland where he passed away. Funeral services were held for him in St. Helena on Friday of last week. He leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Bruce Quigley of Williams and Ira M. Quigley of Berkely and two daughters who are residents of the Bay cities.
Last Will & Testament dated August 14, 1912
I, H.T. Quigley, of the County of Lake, State of California, of the age of sixty four years, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, not acting under duress, menace, fraud, or undue influence of any person whatever, do make, publish, and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say.
FIRST: I direct that my body be buried according to my station in life.
SECOND: I direct that my executor as soon as he has sufficient funds in his hands pay my funeral expenses and the expense of my last illness.
THIRD: I give to my wife, Mrs. Hattie Scott Quigley the sum of one dollar she having been further provided for by me under an agreement of separation.
FOURTH: I give and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder, both real and personal and wheresoever situate to my sons and daughters, W. W. Quigley, a son, residing at WIlliams, California, Ira M. Quigley, a son, residing at San Benito County, California, Josie Hooper, a daughter, residing at Vallejo, California and Hattie Leonard, a daughter, residing at Vallejo, California, share and share alike.
FIFTH: I hereby nominate W. H. Mayn, the executor of this my last Will and Testament, to serve without bond, and in the event I survive him, then and in that case I nominate my eldest son, W.W. Quigley as the executor hereunder to serve without bonds, hereby revoking all former Wills made by me.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve.
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69ix. Angeline Poulson, born March 02, 1858 in Calistoga, Napa County, CA; died November 09, 1940 in Alameda, California. She married John Henry Nelson December 08, 1880 in Lake County, California. More About Angeline Poulson:
Burial: November 11, 1940, Middletown, California
Cause of Death: Diabetic Coma
Medical Information: Contributing cause: gangrene of foot
70x. Addie E. Poulson, born October 13, 1868 in Sonoma County, California; died January 24, 1958 in Healdsburg, California Oak Mound Cemetery. She married Charles Bennett Cole September 30, 1891 in Healdsburg, California. Notes for Charles Bennett Cole:
History of Sonoma - 1937- Charles B. Cole
Individual enterprise has characterized the career of Charles B. Cole, of the vicinity of Healdsburg, and his record since becoming a citizen of Sonoma County has been such as to win the unreserved respect of all who are acquainted with him. He is a native of Texas, where he was born in 1868, and is a son of James M. and Sarah A. (Bennett) Cole, the latter of whom was a native of Tennessee. The father was born and reared in Missouri and some time his marriage he went to Texas, arriving in 1844. There he engaged in ranching, in which he met with fair success, and he became a prominent citizen in his community. He died there and later his widow brought her family to California, where her death occurred.
Charles B. Cole attended the public schools in his native state and he accompanied his mother on her removal to California. In 1888 they came to Healdsburg, where the mother bought a home. In 1891 our subject bought twelve acres of land near Healdsburg, in the operation of which he met with splendid success, and as he prospered he has bought additional land, including two hundred and fifty acres of hill land and twenty three acres of bottom land. Practically all the latter is in orchard. He is a good manager and exercises sound common sense in the handling of his land, from which he is realizing a very comfortable income.
In 1891 Mr. Cole was married to Addie Poulson, who was born in Napa County, California, a daughter of Oliver P. and Harriet Poulsen, pioneer settlers in this state. Mr. Cole is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent Order of Elks. Politically he gives allegiance to the Republican Party, though in local elections he is inclined to ignore party lines and vote for the men who in his judgment are best qualified for the offices they seek. Because of his sterling honesty, industry and public spirit he is admired by all who know him.
More About Charles Bennett Cole:
Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage due to Hypertension and Arteriosclerosis
Emigration: 1888, Overland from Texas
Medical Information: He was in a coma 4 days prior to dying in Healdsburg General Hospital on April 24, 1947
Marriage Notes for Addie Poulson and Charles Cole:
Married by R. S. Owen
71xi. William P. Poulson, born 1871; died August 04, 1901 in Windsor, California. He married (1) Nellie M. ?. He married (2) Edna Hooten December 10, 1893 in Healdsburg, California. Notes for William P. Poulson:
From the Healdsburg Tribune August 8, 1901
W.P. Poulson Takes His Life Through Despondency
W.P. Poulson, formerly of this city, ended his mortal existence last Sunday morning on his ranch about 1 1/2 miles northwest of Windsor, by means of bale rope. He kissed his wife and child who were still in bed, telling his wife she would find him in the barn. Mrs. Poulson, thinking something must be wrong, dressed herself and upon going to the barn found her husband suspended from a rafter in the buggy shed by a bale rope. The following notes were found under the suicide's hat on the buggy seat.
At home, August 4, 1901. Good bye dear Wife. Hope you get along all O.K. Have mother help you as I turned the place over to her after you and I had that little quarrel. I am very, very sorry it is done as I love you and don't want to see you suffer for anything. But when I did it I thought I would surely have to leave. There is a small amount of money in the ? and Mechanics Bank. Just show this to George Warfield and he will give (unable to read). Good Bye, with love, may you always be happy.
On the back of the slip of paper on which Poulson had written the farewell note to his wife, other notes scribbled in pencil were found. The first was to Mr. George Warfield- Please give my wife, Mrs. Nellie Poulson, the money and oblige W.P. Poulson
Another to the mother of the suicide was as follows: "To Mother- Please help Nellie, as she has the small baby. I know she has a temper and says lots, but after all she is a good woman. Goody Bye, my dear old mother. Good Bye, you have always been good to me. Good Bye, your son, Willie.
There was also a second note to his wife: "To dear Nellie, I didn't do this because I'm crazy but I have seen some of this world and I can't see anything worth living for in the future."
Coroner Pierce was summoned by Constable Walter Pool and his verdict was death with suicidal intent. Poulson was about thirty years old. He had been twice married and was father of two children, one child by each wife.
Information taken from Probate Records for William P. Poulson dated August 1901
Personal property consisting of household effects, $195.00 in Farmers & Mechanics Bank of Healdsburg, California, 1 cow, horse, 1 surry, 1 spring wagon, chickens, farming implements, 2 watches, and 1 bicycle, of the total value of about $375.00 Also Real Property which contains 4 acres more or less valued at $1000.00. The Petitioner in this matter is Nellie M. Poulson, age 29 years residing at Windsor, Sonoma County, California, Archie Harold Poulson, aged 6 years, the child of said deceased by his former wife, and Leland Gerald Poulson, aged 9 months, the child of said deceased and Petitioner both residing with the Petitioner in Windsor, Sonoma County, California.
More About William P. Poulson:
Cause of Death: Hanging with suicidal intent
Marriage Notes for William Poulson and Edna Hooten:
Married by J. Lowe
72xii. Mattie Poulson, born May 11, 1874 in Lake County, California. She married William O. Ruddick January 30, 1893 in Healdsburg, California. Notes for William O. Ruddick:
Served in the Spanish American War and upon his return went to live with cousins William and Mollie Buck in Upper Lake, Lake County, California. He worked for Upper Lake Cheese and Dairy Co., which he later purchased. Also served as Deputy Sheriff for Lake County for several years.
Marriage Notes for Mattie Poulson and William Ruddick:
Married by J. Lowe