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Calvin Bridges
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Birth: 1814
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 21, 1872
Tuolumne County
California, USA

Calvin Bridges was the husband of Abigail P. Leland.

He passed away in Columbia of heart and lung disease at the age of 58.

Bridges, Calvin

Calvin Bridges was born in Holliston, Massachusetts to Calvin Bridges and Achsah Smith. His brothers were Appleton (1802-1837), Willard (1804 -) and Lorenzo (1808 -). His sister was Emmeline (1806 -)

He married Abigail P. Leland in Holliston on May 1, 1837.

Calvin and Abigail had sons, Francis Martin (1837 -) and Edward Granville (1846 1856).

The couple were in the area of Nevada City, California, another gold mining town 100 miles or so from Columbia in 1856. Perhaps Calvin went east to bring his family to California and lost their younger son on their way back.

At a more recent time, Jason White of Nevada City, California was looking for organic matter to use for mulching his garden on Round Mountain near his home when he discovered a grave marker with the following inscription:

Sacred to the Memory of
Edward G. Bridges
Oct. 30, 1856
Aged 10 years
Not lost but gone

Name: Calvin Bridges
Birth Year: 1814
Birth Place: Massachusetts
Home in 1850: Spring Garden Ward 2, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Household Members' Names & Ages:
Calvin Bridges, 36
Abigail P Bridges, 33
Francis Martin Bridges, 12
Edward Granville Bridges, 4

California State Census, 1852
Name: Calvin Bridges
Race: White
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Massachusetts
Birth Year: 1814
Age: 37
Residence County: Tuolumne
Last Residence: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Miner

Name: Calvin Bridges
Age in 1860: 45
Birth Year: 1814
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Home in 1860: Columbia, Tuolumne County, California
Value of real estate: $1,000
Household Members' Names & Ages:
Calvin Bridges 45
Abigail P Bridges 42
Francis M Bridges 22
Occupation of Calvin and Francis: Miner
The entire family was born in Massachusetts.
Francis was born October 24, 1837.

Within the next ten years, something happened between Abigail and her husband. She left. Calvin then married Mary, a lady from Pennsylvania, or perhaps she was a relative with the same surname. Calvin changed his occupation to carpenter. The value of his real estate was $200 in 1870, and his personal property was valued at $50. There was a man, L. E. Elliott, from Ireland who was a miner living with them in 1870.

Name: Calvin Bridges
Birth Year: 1814
Age in 1870: 56
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Home in 1870: Columbia, Tuolumne County, California
Household Members' Names & Ages:
Calvin Bridges 56
Mary Bridges 50
L E Elliott 34

Abigail doesn't appear on the 1870 census as far as I have been able to tell. Their son, Francis, was living in Chicago that year. More about him later.

In 1880, Abigail claimed herself to be widowed. She was living in Washington, Yolo County, California, with her sister, Helen Green, niece, Jennie T. Green and brother-in-law, William M. Green. William was a saloon keeper. There were several people boarding with the family.

Calvin descends from John Leland of Yorkshire, England, 1555 1646.

Calvin and Abigail's son, Francis, was born October 24, 1837, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He married Mary Eastman in 1868. The couple had three sons, Robert Sumner Bridges (1870 1871), Francis Eastman Bridges, (1872 ) and Lyman Albert Bridges (1881 1954)

In 1870, Calvin and Abigail's son, Francis was working as a sewer pipe agent in Chicago. Mary was keeping house. They had a servant, Bridget O'Neil, living with them.

Name: Francis Bridges
Birth Year: 1837
Age in 1870: 32
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Home in 1870: Chicago Ward 13, Cook County, Illinois
Household Members' Names & Ages:
Francis Bridges 32
Mary E Bridges 26
Bridget O'Neil 27

Francis Bridges in 1880:
Name: Francis Bridges
Home in 1880: Battle Mountain, Lander County, Nevada
Age: 42
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Father's birthplace: Massachusetts
Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
Occupation: R.R. Road Master
Marital Status: Married

Francis Bridges in 1890:
Name: Francis Bridges
Location 1: 36-37 Nevada Block
Business Name: American Railway Construction and Land Improvement Co.
Occupation: president
Year: 1890
City: San Francisco
State: CA

Francis Bridges in 1900:
Name: Francis Bridges
Home in 1900: San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
Age: 62
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Spouse's Name: Mary Bridges
Marriage year: 1868
Marital Status: Married
Years married: 32
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Household Members' Names & Ages:
Francis Bridges 62
Mary Bridges 55
Lyman Bridges 18

In 1910, Francis was a patient at the Veteran's Home in Yountville, Napa County, California. His wife was still alive.
Columbia Public Cemetery
Tuolumne County
California, USA
Plot: Pg 6, Plot 8
Maintained by: Mohr Historical Research...
Originally Created by: Lonnie DeCloedt
Record added: Mar 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7286603
Calvin Bridges
Added by: Lonnie DeCloedt
Calvin Bridges
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- tbeck
 Added: May. 20, 2012
You worked so hard for your family to survive.
- Mohr Historical Researcher
 Added: Jun. 27, 2011

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