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 Martha A. “Mattie” <I>Wright</I> Crawford

Martha A. “Mattie” Wright Crawford

Death 22 Sep 1936
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Unknown
Memorial ID 33006946 · View Source
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Mattie's name was actually Martha. Her daughter Anna was by Leonard Harvey Lines in Buchanan Co., Iowa. They were married on 6 July 1871 in Buchanan County, Iowa, this being his second marriage of four. By the 1880 Federal Census, Mattie and Anna were living with Mattie's brother, Robert, in Fairbank, Buchanan County, Iowa and Mattie was going by her maiden name of Wright.

Mattie was in California by the early 1880's having married a ranch manager by the name of James Crawford. She had a son, Harry, by him who died in 1890. James and Mattie were divorced 1888 or earlier. For the rest of her life she went by Crawford, even extending the Crawford name to her daughter Anna.

When Anna married Thomas Piper in 1892 in Visalia, California, Mattie was to live with them for the duration of their marriage.

In 1930 Anna died and 6 days after she was buried, Mattie was committed to Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro for senility.

Records show she was cremated at California Crematory. Records at the Chapel of the Chimes show this, but the location of her ashes are missing. It appears from the facility records that her ashes were stored there in 1936. But there is a hand written note that says: "Del to County 5/26/38".

This needs more investigation as if interpreted correctly her ashes were never claimed and may eventually have ended up in the County Cemetery - Potter's Field.

I am leaving the memorial in this location for now as this is the last known location of her ashes as verified by California Crematory records.

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  • Created by: Ken
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  • Michael Dunne
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha A. “Mattie” Wright Crawford (2 Aug 1850–22 Sep 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33006946, citing Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Ken (contributor 46850449) .