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Monday, April 24, 2017

Hannah Odessa Shelford

Hannah Odessa Shelford was born to Levi Little Shelford & Ellen Catherine Black on 15 Dec 1883 in California. She died 24 Apr 1952 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, CA.

She married Charles Fielding Jackson date unknown

They had 2 children:

Elenore Odessa Jackson b. 1912 d. 2005
Levi Charles Jackson b. 1915 CA

Interesting story about Hannah's grandfather John Shelford going to California during the "Gold Rush" is attached below.

From Cloverdale Then and Now: Being a History of Cloverdale, California, Its Environs, and Families, 1982, page 176:

"John Shelford III came to America from England in 1837 at the age of 16 and married Susan Smith in 1843. He followed the shoemaking trade in New York until spring 1885 when he sailed with his wife and four children around Cape Horn. They landed in San Francisco on July 25.

After seeking gold at Downieville and running a mercantile business and hotel at Woolsey Flat, Nevada County, he came to Sonoma County in 1859. He first settled in Petaluma before moving to Cloverdale in 1863 and purchasing part of the Rancho Casalamayomi. The children born in New York were Peter Laundrus, Silas Ruff, Levi Little and Erastus Matheson. Martha Letia and Cornelia Ann were born in Cloverdale. Upon John's death in 1877 his sons inherited his property, and Erastus and Levi continued farming their acreage."
Mined gold here 1890s Downieville, CA

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