Thaddeus Wells

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FatherJames McMechen Wells b. 29 Jan
MotherSusan Ann Block

James Dudley Wells

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FatherJames McMechen Wells b. 29 Jan
MotherSusan Ann Block

Delaware Baines Wells

M, b. 14 June 1887, d. 19 November 1969
FatherJames McMechen Wells b. 29 Jan
MotherSusan Ann Block
     Delaware Baines Wells was born on 14 June 1887 at CA. He married Clara I. Swanson circa 1913. Delaware Baines Wells was buried on 19 November 1969 at Visalia District Cemetery, Visalia, CA. He died on 19 November 1969 at Tulare Co., CA, at age 82.

Family

Clara I. Swanson b. 17 Jun 1892
Child

Clara I. Swanson

F, b. 17 June 1892
     Her married name was Wells. Clara I. Swanson was born on 17 June 1892. She married Delaware Baines Wells, son of James McMechen Wells and Susan Ann Block, circa 1913.

Family

Delaware Baines Wells b. 14 Jun 1887, d. 19 Nov 1969
Child

Susan Irene Wells

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FatherDelaware Baines Wells b. 14 Jun 1887, d. 19 Nov 1969
MotherClara I. Swanson b. 17 Jun 1892

Harry Francis Plothow

M, b. 1865
     Harry Francis Plothow was born in 1865 at Pennsylvania. He married Catherine Fraser, daughter of Donald L. Fraser and Agnes Keir, on 28 October 1891.

Family

Catherine Fraser b. 22 Sep 1865

Katherine A. Barbis

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     Katherine A. Barbis married Nicholas Rossi on 25 October 2003 at Visalia, CA.

Evan B. Barbis

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Dean A. Barbis

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Paschal Bequette

M, b. 24 October 1805, d. 2 December 1879
FatherJean Baptiste Bequette III b. 2 Oct 1779, d. 30 Oct 1825
MotherMarie Louise Mesplait b. 1780, d. 7 Jul 1864
     Paschal Bequette was ; Person Source. He was born to Jean Baptiste Bequette and Louise Mesplait in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri on October 24, 1805. (This was shortly after the Louisiana Purchase and while the Rogers and Clark Corps of Discovery was moving down the Columbia River prior to their return to the United States in September 1806.) Ste. Genevieve was the old French headquarters of what was then Upper Louisiana. Pascal Bequette was of French descent, his paternal ancestors coming in the early days from Canada. His mother was from New Orleans. He was reared in Ste. Genevieve and received his education there using French as his native speech, though as he grew to manhood he spoke English fluently. He started to learn merchandizing in the store of Bossier and Valle in Ste. Genevieve. Then he went to Minne La Motte and remained for some years at Frederickstown. From there he went to Mineral Point, Wisconsin and engaged in the business of merchandizing and lead smelting. He was one of the first volunteers to fight the Indians in the Black Hawk War where he served under his father?in?law, Henry Dodge. During this war he rose to the rank of colonel and thereafter was always called by that title. He married Governor Dodge's daughter, Elizabeth Piety Dodge, in 1832. They lived in Wisconsin for twenty years. (Pascal and Elizabeth Piety lived in or near Dodgeville, Mineral Point and finally Diamond Grove, where for a time they operated a blacksmith shop, general merchandise store, hostelry and saloon, mining and purchasing lead as time permitted. Diamond Grove was located in a ravine more or less west of the runway of the present day Iowa County Airport.)
During the administrations of Presidents Van Buren and Polk, Bequette was appointed Receiver of Public Moneys at Mineral Point. (This included prime responsibility for collecting the fees for land purchase from the Federal Government at that time. The early purchases at $1.25 per acre were for the purpose of prospecting for lead. Later, the value of the land for farming became paramount and the second Wisconsin land rush began.) Through his own efforts he amassed quite a modest fortune for those days and like so many of his time he was attracted to the West. Selling out his interests in Mineral Point, he started in April 1852 to make the arduous trip across the plains. No record has been kept of the name of the (wagon) train he joined. He took with him his wife and their six children. The elder son, Henry Dodge Bequette, preceded them to California, having come out in the '49 rush. Mr. and Mrs. Bequette made the trip in as luxurious a style as was possible in those days. They had large and comfortable wagons with especially fine springs. They also had carriages and Colonel Bequette had his own buggy and would ride ahead of the train to scout for the always-possible Indians. They had sixteen wagons, eight drawn by horses and eight by oxen. The men who drove the teams worked for their board and transportation to California. The party was composed of the six children: Louis Linn, Mary Louise, called Lilly, Christiana Adelle, called Kitty, Elizabeth Augusta, called Gussie, Paschal Jr. and a two and a half year old Virginia Josephine, called Jennie. They had a governess, Miss Gorgie Allen, whose duty was to teach the children their lessons en route. They also had servants, one a Negro man. Mrs. Bequette said the journey of three months was exceedingly pleasant and like a prolonged picnic. No ugly incident marred their western progress. At Salt Lake City they were entertained by Colonel Bequette's old friend, Captain Hooper, who was at one time a U. S. Senator. Nearing California in order to cross the desert safely they made up beds for the women and children in the wagons and traveled a distance of 75 to 90 miles without stopping. The oxen would have run away looking for water and never have returned.
An amusing incident occurred when an Indian Chief desired to barter with Colonel Bequette. Looking at their little daughter, Kitty, whose flower?like beauty always attracted attention, he proposed to trade a fine horse for the delicate little white girl. Needless to say the trade never took place.
A friend of Colonel Bequette took his family immediately to Sacramento, where Bequette invested in a wholesale grocery store. He also established his stock (cattle) on islands in the Sacramento River. An unkind fate overtook this kindly French gentleman. His entire fortune was swept from him by the fire which destroyed his store when the whole city burned in 1853, and later the terrible floods drowned the cattle. Colonel Bequette never recovered from these financial losses and in a time when everyone was amassing those enormous fortunes, he remained comparatively poor. He was appointed Receiver of the Land Office in San Francisco and he moved to that place shortly after the catastrophes. Later President Franklin Pierce (1854) and President Buchanan (1858) appointed him Receiver of Public Moneys in Visalia.
In 1859 he came to Visalia and decided to make that place his home. It was a very small town and to house his large family, which had increased by two since his arrival in California, he bought a brick hotel, known as 'The Eagle' which stood on Bridge and Acequia Streets, the present site of the Santa Fe depot.
In 1861 Louis Linn Bequette, son of the Colonel, was elected Recorder of Tulare County. Louis resigned from this office and his father held the office for a few years. Colonel Bequette was a democrat in politics and a southern sympathizer. He lived through the trying period of the Civil War, holding the respect of the citizens of his town. He was at all times deeply interested in the affairs of his country and held various positions of trust. His opinion was fully given in an open, candid and patriotic manner, commanding admiration from his friends and personal respect from his enemies.
Colonel Bequette died on December 2, 1879 in Visalia and is buried in the city cemetery where an appropriate monument marks his resting place. His devoted wife died a few years later and is laid beside him. They left numerous descendants, with a large proportion living in Visalia or in Tulare County.
This article was extracted from a history of the Bradley?Bequette Family done in the 1930s by Louisa Bradley Watson. It is part of the history of a portion of the Dodge Family in Mineral Point-Dodgeville and Diamond Grove. Many of the street names of Mineral Point and Dodgeville reflect the Ste. Genevieve inhabitants who flocked to the lead region in the late 1820s. Editor.
Membership Certificate - Wisonsin State Historical Society, 1856 issued to Paschal Bequette. He was belonged to the Col. caste. He was born on 24 October 1805 at St. Genevieve, St. Genevieve Co., Missouri. He married Elizabeth Piety Dodge, daughter of Henry Dodge and Christiana McDonald, on 25 November 1832 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. Paschal Bequette emigrated in September 1852 from Placerville, CA. He appeared on the census of 1860 at Tulare County, CA. He appeared on the census of 1870 at Tulare County, CA. He died on 2 December 1879 at Visalia, CA, at age 74. His estate was probated on 6 January 1880 at Superior Court, Tulare County.

Family

Elizabeth Piety Dodge b. 22 Mar 1814, d. 11 Sep 1883
Children

Elizabeth Piety Dodge

F, b. 22 March 1814, d. 11 September 1883
FatherHenry Dodge b. 12 Oct 1782, d. 19 Jun 1867
MotherChristiana McDonald b. 2 Feb 1785, d. 30 Mar 1865
     Her married name was Bequette. Elizabeth Piety Dodge was born on 22 March 1814 at St. Genevieve, Missouri. She married Paschal Bequette, son of Jean Baptiste Bequette III and Marie Louise Mesplait, on 25 November 1832 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. Elizabeth Piety Dodge died on 11 September 1883 at Visalia, CA, at age 69. Her estate was probated on 19 September 1883 at Superior Court, Tulare County, CA.

Family

Paschal Bequette b. 24 Oct 1805, d. 2 Dec 1879
Children

Augustus Dodge Bequette

M, b. 18 June 1876, d. 1964
FatherPaschal Bequette II b. 26 Dec 1845, d. 26 Dec 1929
MotherMartha Lovinia Clarke b. 4 Aug 1854, d. 16 Jan 1926
     Augustus Dodge Bequette Gus, Paschal & Jim Bequette. He was born on 18 June 1876 at Visalia, CA. He died in 1964 at Visalia, CA.

Mary Cora Bequette

F, b. 27 December 1877, d. 1938
FatherPaschal Bequette II b. 26 Dec 1845, d. 26 Dec 1929
MotherMartha Lovinia Clarke b. 4 Aug 1854, d. 16 Jan 1926
     Her married name was Brown. Mary Cora Bequette was born on 27 December 1877 at Visalia, CA. She married George Brown on 4 November 1905 at Tulare County, CA. Mary Cora Bequette died in 1938.

Family

George Brown

Elizabeth Piety Bequette

F, b. 20 December 1882, d. 1964
FatherPaschal Bequette II b. 26 Dec 1845, d. 26 Dec 1929
MotherMartha Lovinia Clarke b. 4 Aug 1854, d. 16 Jan 1926
     Her married name was Crawford. Elizabeth Piety Bequette married Floyd Crawford. Elizabeth Piety Bequette was born on 20 December 1882 at Visalia, CA. She died in 1964.

Mattie Bequette

F, b. 20 July 1890, d. circa 1890
FatherPaschal Bequette II b. 26 Dec 1845, d. 26 Dec 1929
MotherMartha Lovinia Clarke b. 4 Aug 1854, d. 16 Jan 1926
     Mattie Bequette died circa 1890 at died in infancy. She was born on 20 July 1890.

Virginia Bequette

F, b. 20 July 1890, d. circa 1890
FatherPaschal Bequette II b. 26 Dec 1845, d. 26 Dec 1929
MotherMartha Lovinia Clarke b. 4 Aug 1854, d. 16 Jan 1926
     Virginia Bequette died circa 1890 at died in infancy. She was born on 20 July 1890.

James Clarke Bequette

M, b. 3 November 1892, d. 3 October 1956
FatherPaschal Bequette II b. 26 Dec 1845, d. 26 Dec 1929
MotherMartha Lovinia Clarke b. 4 Aug 1854, d. 16 Jan 1926
     James Clarke Bequette Gus, Paschal & Jim Bequette
LT James C. Bequette, SC, USNR with staff of Commander, U. S. Naval Forces in European Waters, January 1921. He was born on 3 November 1892 at Visalia, CA. He was Type: Milit-End circa 1920. He appeared on the census of 10 March 1920 at U. S. Naval Inter-Allied Commission, Paris, France. He married Jacqueline Bordes on 17 November 1925. James Clarke Bequette died on 3 October 1956 at San Joaquin Co., CA, at age 63. He was buried on 4 October 1956 at Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, CA.

Family

Jacqueline Bordes b. 1894, d. 1981
Children

James Thomas Clarke

M, b. 4 August 1825, d. 20 July 1891
FatherRobert T. Clarke
MotherSally Long b. 6 Jan 1790
     James Thomas Clarke was also known as Joseph Thomas 'Tom' Clark. He was born on 4 August 1825 at Woodford Co., Kentucky. He married Mary Anna Graves, daughter of Franklin Ward Graves and Elizabeth Cooper, on 5 July 1851 at San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA. James Thomas Clarke died on 20 July 1891 at Farmersville, Tulare Co., CA, at age 65.

Family

Mary Anna Graves b. 1 Nov 1826, d. 8 Mar 1891
Children

Mary Anna Graves

F, b. 1 November 1826, d. 8 March 1891
FatherFranklin Ward Graves b. c 1786, d. 25 Dec 1847
MotherElizabeth Cooper d. Mar 1847
     (an unknown value.) Her married name was Pyle. Her married name was Clarke. Mary Anna Graves was born on 1 November 1826 at Dearborn Co., Indiana. She married Edward Gant Pyle on 16 May 1847. Mary Anna Graves married James Thomas Clarke, son of Robert T. Clarke and Sally Long, on 5 July 1851 at San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA. Mary Anna Graves appeared on the census of 10 August 1852 at Santa Clara County, CA. She died on 8 March 1891 at Traver, Tulare Co., CA, at age 64. She was buried on 12 March 1891 at Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, CA.

Family 1

Edward Gant Pyle d. May 1848

Family 2

James Thomas Clarke b. 4 Aug 1825, d. 20 Jul 1891
Children

George Brown

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     George Brown married Mary Cora Bequette, daughter of Paschal Bequette II and Martha Lovinia Clarke, on 4 November 1905 at Tulare County, CA.

Family

Mary Cora Bequette b. 27 Dec 1877, d. 1938

Theodore Theobald

M, b. 23 January 1905, d. circa 1940
     Theodore Theobald married Anne Marie Weiller. Theodore Theobald was born on 23 January 1905 at Joeuf, France. He died circa 1940.

Family

Anne Marie Weiller b. 6 Feb 1905, d. 12 Mar 1963
Child

Anne Marie Weiller

F, b. 6 February 1905, d. 12 March 1963
     Anne Marie Weiller married Theodore Theobald. Her married name was Theobald. Anne Marie Weiller was born on 6 February 1905 at Metz, France. She died on 12 March 1963 at Tacoma, Washington, at age 58.

Family

Theodore Theobald b. 23 Jan 1905, d. c 1940
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Jean Baptiste Bequette III

M, b. 2 October 1779, d. 30 October 1825
FatherJean Baptiste Bequette II b. 1753, d. 11 Apr 1817
MotherLouise LaSource d. 1786
     Jean Baptiste Bequette III was born on 2 October 1779 at St. Genevieve, Missouri. He married Marie Louise Mesplait, daughter of Pierre Mesplait and Genevieve Duran, on 29 January 1799 at St. Genevieve, Missouri. Jean Baptiste Bequette III died on 30 October 1825 at Missouri at age 46.

Family

Marie Louise Mesplait b. 1780, d. 7 Jul 1864
Children

Marie Louise Mesplait

F, b. 1780, d. 7 July 1864
FatherPierre Mesplait
MotherGenevieve Duran
     Her married name was Bequette. Marie Louise Mesplait was born in 1780 at New Orleans, Louisiana. She married Jean Baptiste Bequette III, son of Jean Baptiste Bequette II and Louise LaSource, on 29 January 1799 at St. Genevieve, Missouri. Marie Louise Mesplait died on 7 July 1864 at Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

Family

Jean Baptiste Bequette III b. 2 Oct 1779, d. 30 Oct 1825
Children

Henry Dodge Bequette

M, b. 25 October 1833, d. 12 December 1904
FatherPaschal Bequette b. 24 Oct 1805, d. 2 Dec 1879
MotherElizabeth Piety Dodge b. 22 Mar 1814, d. 11 Sep 1883
     Henry Dodge Bequette was born on 25 October 1833 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. He died on 12 December 1904 at Visalia, CA, at age 71.

Lewis Linn Bequette

M, b. 5 August 1835, d. 1915
FatherPaschal Bequette b. 24 Oct 1805, d. 2 Dec 1879
MotherElizabeth Piety Dodge b. 22 Mar 1814, d. 11 Sep 1883
     (an unknown value.) Lewis Linn Bequette was also known as Louis Linn Bequette. He was born on 5 August 1835 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. He married Margaret A. Speagle on 8 September 1869. Lewis Linn Bequette died in 1915 at Los Angeles, CA.

Mary Louisa Bequette

F, b. 2 June 1837, d. 1915
FatherPaschal Bequette b. 24 Oct 1805, d. 2 Dec 1879
MotherElizabeth Piety Dodge b. 22 Mar 1814, d. 11 Sep 1883
     Her married name was Heston. Mary Louisa Bequette was born on 2 June 1837 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. She married Thomas M. Heston on 18 March 1858 at San Francisco, CA. Mary Louisa Bequette died in 1915.

Family

Thomas M. Heston
Children

Christiana Adele Bequette

F, b. 10 February 1840, d. 22 December 1931
FatherPaschal Bequette b. 24 Oct 1805, d. 2 Dec 1879
MotherElizabeth Piety Dodge b. 22 Mar 1814, d. 11 Sep 1883
     Her married name was Phillip. Christiana Adele Bequette was also known as Aunt Kitty Bequette. She was born on 10 February 1840 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. She married Henry Phillip on 11 May 1864. Christiana Adele Bequette died on 22 December 1931 at Visalia, CA, at age 91.

Elizabeth Augusta Bequette

F, b. 28 January 1842, d. 17 May 1876
FatherPaschal Bequette b. 24 Oct 1805, d. 2 Dec 1879
MotherElizabeth Piety Dodge b. 22 Mar 1814, d. 11 Sep 1883
     Elizabeth Augusta Bequette was also known as Aunt Gussie Bequette. Her married name was Hastings. She was born on 28 January 1842 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. She married E. O. F. Hastings on 8 February 1860 at Visalia, CA. Elizabeth Augusta Bequette died on 17 May 1876 at San Francisco, CA, at age 34.

Family

E. O. F. Hastings b. c 1830
Child

Virginia Josephine Bequette

F, b. 15 June 1849, d. 27 April 1937
FatherPaschal Bequette b. 24 Oct 1805, d. 2 Dec 1879
MotherElizabeth Piety Dodge b. 22 Mar 1814, d. 11 Sep 1883
     Virginia Josephine Bequette was also known as Jennie Bequette. Her married name was Bradley. She was born on 15 June 1849 at Dodge's Grove, Iowa Co., Wisconsin. She married Nathaniel Oliver Bradley on 21 August 1878. Virginia Josephine Bequette died on 27 April 1937 at Visalia, CA, at age 87.

Family

Nathaniel Oliver Bradley b. 6 Dec 1845, d. 13 Oct 1922
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