|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1932|
MARIA ANNA "ELIZABETH" WESTCAMP
March 17, 1845 – Dec. 16, 1932
Maria Anna "Elizabeth" was born about March 17, 1845 in Ibbenbueren, Westfalen, Germany to Johan Antone Westkamp and Maria Anna Westkamp (Rohlman). She was the oldest of nine children. She was christened March 17, 1845 in Ibbenbueren, Westfalen, Germany.
Elizabeth gave birth to her first child in Germany in 1866. His name was Bernard Wilhelm Westkamp. Her second child was born in Germany as well in 1867—Anna Maria "Alma" Vossmayer. Elizabeth married Johan Gerhard Vossmyer in Ibbenbueren, Westfalen, Prussia Feb. 10, 1874. Elizabeth, Johan, Anna and Gerhard? Boarded the S.S. Berlin at Bremen, Germany headed for Baltimore Maryland via Southampton, England. They arrived in Baltimore, Maryland on March 17, 1874. They were among 269 passengers. The Berlin was a steamship owned by Norddeutscher Lloyd. It was launched Oct 1 1867. It was 285 x 39 feet. It had two masts and was of iron construction. It had accommodations for 84 passengers in first class and 600 in steerage and a crew of 61 to 79.
Elizabeth and Johan's third child, Henry Joseph Vossmeyer was born May 5, 1874 in Maryland. Their fourth child, John Jackson was born Sept. 15, 1876 in Colusa, CA. Their fifth child, William John, was born May 15, 1879 in Colusa, CA. Johan and Elizabeth applied for homestead rights on a piece of property identified as MD Township 16N, Range 42, Section 29 (Glenn Valley). In the census of 1880 (June 11, 1880) the family is listed as living in Freshwater district, Colusa Co. Elizabeth is listed as "Lizzie" and 35 years old.
On November 16, 1880, Johan, now known as John to the locals, is killed while hauling stone for the new Catholic Church at Colusa. He had apparently brought a load of stone down from the Stonyford area on a flatbed to Colusa and was returning with his team down Main Street. Near Main and 10th the horses spooked and his hat flew off. John jumped down to retrieve his hat and somehow fell. The wagon ran over John and he died at the scene. John is buried in the Holy Cross Section of the cemetery but his tombstone has yet to be found.
Elizabeth married Charles Anderson Oct. 27, 1882. Charles was born about 1856 in Russia. He was a Merchant Marine. It is a mystery as to how he came to be in the Sacramento Valley and how he met Elizabeth. The first document substantiating his arrival in the valley is the purchase of a lot in the W.S. McCoy addition in Maxwell on Aug. 8 1882. On the day Elizabeth and Charles married he also purchased the SE ¼ of Section 29, Township 16 North Range four West, Mount Diablo Meridian (160 acres). This property adjoined the property already homesteaded by Elizabeth and Johan. According to voting records Charles was 5 feet 5 ¾ inches tall with a light complexion, brown eyes and hair and a tattoo of an anchor with India ink on his right hand at the base of his thumb. He is listed as a farmer.
John Charles Anderson, later to be known as Lee, was born to Charles Anderson and Elisa Vossmyer on April 5, 1883. He is listed in the Catholic baptismals as "illegitimate".
On June 10, 1885 Charles and Elizabeth sold Lot 7 in Maxwell as man and wife.
In 1888 Elizabeth becomes a Citizen of the United States. In 1890, Charles follows suit. Jacob B. Clask and John C. Mogk are his witnesses.
On Nov. 23, 1891, twins Charles (Bert) and Albert Anderson are born to Charles and Elizabeth and baptized in the Catholic church.
On Sept. 2, 1899 Charles loaded the family wagon with 600 sacks of wheat he had just harvested for the family. He goes to town for the purpose of selling the wheat and he does sell said wheat but does not pay any of his debts. He does not return to the family homestead.
Sometime after the disappearance of Charles, John Charles, their first child, becomes known as Lee. Their twin Charles, becomes known as Bert. Thus the twins are now Bert Anthony Anderson and Albert Robert Anderson.
On Sept. 11, 1899, Elizabeth files final papers to homestead the property she and Charles had resided upon. She signs the documents in the absence of Charles, attesting to the fact that the property is resided upon by Charles and Elizabeth.
In the time following Charles disappearance Elizabeth sent her oldest son John Jackson out to search for him. John searched the towns and businesses that Charles frequented but was unable to locate him. John was able to determine that Charles had taken the steamboat Dover on the Sacramento River from Colusa in the month of September. In the month of November John Jackson traveled to Sacramento and San Francisco in search of his step-father. John was unable to gather any further information regarding Charles' whereabouts.
In the 1900 census, which was taken June 22, Elizabeth is listed as living in Freshwater district and is listed as a widow. Family lore has it that Charles may have been murdered for the money he had on him from the wheat crop. Other family stories discuss the possibility that Charles simply returned to the sea as he often discussed this desire. Elizabeth believed he had abandoned the family and returned to the sea. Perhaps due to the circumstances of her life, she was known as a very self-reliant woman. She was considered knowledgeable in business matters and a stern individual.
On Oct. 4, 1900, Elizabeth files a complaint in the Superior Court of Colusa County for dissolution of the marriage, custody of the children and title to the property. She is awarded both.
On March 21, 1913, Elizabeth buys ground (Boggs Ranch) with Emma Lorena Anderson.
In May, 1917, the obituary for Theresa Reckers lists survivors as sister "Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson" of Colusa.
Feb. 23, 1918, Anna E. Roney (aka Elizabeth Anderson) and George Roney sell the Boggs Ranch to Harriet Anderson. The document states that they are currently residing in Pierce County, Washington. I find no mention of a marriage of Elizabeth to George Roney. There is no other mention of the Roney name in any document.
June, 1918, the obituary of Albert R. Anderson lists his mother "Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson" of Colusa.
In the 1920 Census, taken in January, Elizabeth is listed as living in the Goad Precinct with Henry and Lee.
In 1929, Elizabeth moves to Colusa.
In the 1930 census Elizabeth is living with Henry in Goad District in Colusa. She is listed as Elizabeth Vossmeyer and widowed.
Dec. 12, 1932, Elizabeth transfers property to Henry J. Vostmyer. Due to her ill health and inability to sign, the document is signed by her attorney.
December 16, 1932, Elizabeth dies of Chronic Myocarditis at the home of her son Henry Vostmyer, of Colusa.
Bert T. Anderson (1886 - 1925)*
Albert R. Anderson (1886 - 1918)*
Catholic Holy Cross Cemetery
Created by: Rhonda Anderson
Record added: Feb 13, 2011
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