|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1837|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1921|
Margaret Jane (Tullis) Rawles
1st Husband - James Simons Mahaney
2nd Husband - David Richard Ammons
3rd Husband - Louis Isaac Sivers
Nancy Jane was born in Buchanan County Missouri June 20, 1837, and at the age of nine years crossed the plains with an oxen caravan in the year of 1846.
Besides Nancy Jane there were an invalid mother [Margaret Jane Tullis Rawles] who could not walk, and three older brothers, Edward, Brown [Zephaniah] and Moses Rawles, who served as scouts and guards for the emigrant train, later volunteered for the civil war and served in the Union Army from California. Nancy helped to care for her mother, do a share of the camp chores after walking most of each day's travel barefoot.
During the long trek, the Indians were most friendly and eager to receive the tobacco given them by the emigrants. Broken couplings, wagon wheels, harness etc, were not infrequent and were promptly repaired by the skillful pioneers. Because Nancy's mother an invalid couldn't walk, Nancy claimed the only time she cried on the trip, was when the coupling broke in her mother's wagon.
The Rawles family stayed thru the winter at Emigrant Gap, and moved the following spring to You Bet mines, where the men worked. Later years the family moved to French Camp on a ranch five miles from Stockton California. The old two story ranch house that stood for 80 years was replaced by a modern cottage and is surrounded by the same old trees. One tremendous cedar tree is quite a landmark for miles around in San Joaquin valley.
Nancy Jane Rawles and James Mahany were united in marriage Sept 23, 1855. From this union there were the following children: John Bullard, Sterling Price, Henry Clay and Mary Jane. Nancy became a widow Nov 24, 1862, her husband passed on at the early age of 39 years.
On Jan 20, 1864 Nancy Jane married D.R. Ammons and from this marriage there were five children: William Grant, Margaret Ellen, Thomas Jefferson, George Francis and Laura Ann.
D. R. Ammons was born at Aviston, Clinton County, Illinois on Jan 20, 1832, and died Saturday April 18, 1874 at French Camp California age 42.
Nancy Jane, second time a widow with seven surviving children, cooked for farm hands and cared for her children. Two sons, John Bullard and Sterling Price were also a contributing factor in the support of the family, working on the farms and commuting by horseback to work. On returning home March 11, 1876 the swollen slough took the lives of both boys and their horses. They were crossing to McMillan Island when the tragedy happened.
Nancy Jane was again united in marriage to Isaac Sivers, alias John White, March 26, 1878. From this union there was one child, Isaac Sivers Jr. born June 22, 1879 at Silido, California and died June 13, 1904 at Resort Idaho near Boise Idaho.
Isaac Sivers moved his family to Oregon with team and wagon in 1882 or 1883, stayed one winter in Central Point, and then to a Homestead on Evans Creek. Sivers gulch on the farm is named for Isaac Sivers, also an irrigation ditch.
Nancy Jane has been a faithful friend and help in sickness to all those she could reach often walking several miles to e with a sick friend. Many living now can be thankful to this dear soul for her assistance in ushering them into the world.
Nancy Jane passed away Jan 2, 1921 age 83 years, 6 months and 12 days. She was laid to rest beside her late husband in the Woodville Cemetery, Rogue River, Oregon.
Bio by Susie Carter
Lewis Issac Sivers (1841 - 1915)
Created by: Ancestry Seeker
Record added: Mar 24, 2008
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