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William Brown Ide
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1796
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 1852
Butte City
Glenn County
California, USA

The Ide family came from Devonshire, England in 1636 and settled in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts in 1643. The family remained in Rehoboth for 5 generations until Ide's father, Lemuel, traveled New England as a carpenter. William Brown Ide was the first family member to leave New England for the West. WBI's grandfather was a Minute Man in the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775 at the start of the Revolutionary War.

California President. Leader of the "Bear Flag Revolt" that led to the proclamation declaring California an independent country. The revolt lasted from June 14, 1846, to July 9, 1846, when the United States took possession of California. Ide was the only president of California.

William Brown Ide
Baptized: June 19, 1796, Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Married: April 27, 1820, Northborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States to Susan Goddard Haskell.
Died: December 18, 1852, Monroeville, Colusa, California, United States

California President. Leader of the Bear Flag Revolt that led to a proclamation declaring California a Republic. The revolt lasted June 14, 1846 to July 9, 1846 when Ide and other "Bear Flaggers" joined U.S. armed forces in the Mexican American War which led to California separating from Mexico and becoming the 31st state of the United States on September 9, 1850. Ide was also a land surveyor for the U.S. Army and held numerous government positions in the County of Colusa: Judge, Deputy Clerk, Treasurer, Justice of the Peace, Defense Attorney and Prosecutor. He was a large landholder in Tehama County purchased from money he acquired from the gold fields. He came to California in 1845 with a large wagon train, accompanied by his wife, five sons and one daughter. The William B. Ide Adobe State Historical Park in Red Bluff, Tehama, California honors his contribution to the state.

There is no historical proof of where he is buried. The story is that he was sleeping in the jail (yes, he was also the jailer), and a criminal stole his money and killed him, then spread rumors that he had smallpox so Ide was buried somewhere obscure out of town as was the custom of smallpox victims in those days. The death was reported in the newspaper as smallpox.

Family links: 
  Lemuel Ide (1770 - 1825)
  James Monroe Ide (1822 - 1878)*
  William Haskell Ide (1823 - 1872)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Ide Healy (1827 - 1904)*
  Daniel Webster Ide (1831 - 1871)*
*Calculated relationship
Monroeville Cemetery
Butte City
Glenn County
California, USA
Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Sep 16, 2008
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God bless you on your Birthday. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Mar. 28, 2016
God bless you throughout Spring, the Season in which Life is eternally renewed. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Mar. 21, 2016
God bless you on 2016 President's Day (belated). Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Feb. 16, 2016
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