|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1887|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1955|
Roy Valores Dearborn was the son of Moses Sweat Dearborn and Edith M. (Smith) Dearborn.
Roy's father, Moses, was somewhat of a minor celebrity, having come to California by crossing the Isthmus of Panama prior to the creation of the Panama Canal. Moses's parents were originaly from Maine, and they were prominent and early residents of Parsonsfield township in Maine and are celebrated in various ways, including a book about the History of Parsonsfield which is written and edited by a Dearborn relation and published in 1888.
Roy's mother hailed from Illinois natives, John Kinder Smith, a saw miller and farmer, and his wife Teresa M. (Banks) Smith, whose family had originated in England but had been in this country for many generations.
In the 1917 World War I Draft Registration card for Roy we learn that he is blind in one eye. In the 1930 census records, after his mother has died, he is a resident of the Napa State Hospital for the Insane. In 1936, when his father's obituary is published, Roy is not mentioned, although he is alive at the time.
We also know that Roy lived at home through 1920, working for at least ten years as a box maker of egg cases for Nelligan and Sons in Santa Rosa and then as a laborer on the public roads.
The impression I am left with is that Roy was born with some congenital problems that caused some mental slowness. The blindness in the one eye may have been part of it, but we do not know. In any case, we probably would not have labelled him "insane" today. He was able to hold down a job for many years, which would indicate that he was highly functioning.
It appears that, after his mother died, there was no one at home to take care of him and he had to be removed to the State Hospital for the Insane. He was alive when his father died, and I find it sad that he was not mentioned in his father's obituary along with the other children.
Biography copyright (c) Silver S. Parnell
Moses Sweat Dearborn (1845 - 1936)
Edith M. Smith Dearborn (1856 - 1920)
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Plot: Stan VI-26
Maintained by: Silver Parnell
Originally Created by: Jeanie Leete
Record added: Aug 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28709175