Helen Ray “Bibsy” <I>Bierce</I> Isgrigg

Helen Ray “Bibsy” Bierce Isgrigg

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 16 Dec 1940 (aged 65)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Sec M, Tier 3, Grave 12
Memorial ID 130488421 · View Source
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Helen Ray "Bibsy" (née Bierce) Ballard Cowden Isgrigg

1st husband:
Samuel Judson Ballard
b. abt 1866 in Ohio
m. 1902 in Los Angeles, CA
divorced, 6/5/1907, Carson City, Ormsby Co., Nevada
(he was 36 years old in 1902)

2nd husband:
Harry Davenport Cowden
b. abt 1868, New York
m. 6/5/1907, Carson City, Ormsby Co, Nevada
(married within two hours after divorcing husband number 1)

3rd husband:
Francis Lynn Isgrigg
b 2/15/1884, Linn Co. Iowa
m. November 11, 1918
divorced before 1930



A wedding of considerable interest took place Thursday evening, when Miss Helen Ray Bierce, daughter of Ambrose Bierce, the well-known writer and satirist, was united in marriage to Samuel Judson Ballard.

The ceremony, which took place at the home of the bride's mother, 1032 South Flgueroa street, was performed by the Rev. J. J. Wilkins of St. Paul's Episcopal church. Only the immediate relatives were present.

The bride was attired in dainty white India mull, and carried a cluster of white carnations. Bright blossoms and dainty ferns in tasteful arrangement decorated the house. The young couple, upon their return from an extended wedding journey, will receive their many friends after September 1 at 1032 South Figueroa street.

(Source: Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXIX, Number 311, 10 August 1902)



Mrs. Ballard, Daughter of Ambrose Bierce, Loses No Time in Securing Another Husband

CARSON. Nev., June 6. — Mrs. Helen Bierce Ballard, daughter of Ambrose Bierce, received a decree of divorce Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and at 4 o'clock was married to Harry Davenport Cowden, a leading mining operator of this state. Judge Largan granted the decree and performed the ceremony.

(Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 102, Number 7, 7 June 1907)



Daughter of Ambrose Bierce Awaits
Coming of Husband to Effect Her Rescue


RENO, Nev. Jan. 12.— Far from any habitation and hemmed in by barriers of snow averaging 10 feet in depth, Mrs. Harry Cowden, formerly Miss Helen Ballard Bierce, daughter of Ambrose Bierce is held an unwilling prisoner at the Index mine near Index, Cal. Her husband passed through Gardnerville yesterday on his way to rescue her. It was imperative that he go at once, and he made the journey from the railroad to the mine on snowshoes.

It will be impossible for Mrs. Cowden to leave her, prison until aid arrives, but she is not in danger of suffering, as an ample supply of food and fuel will be taken to the camp. She formerly lived at Carson and is well known here.

(Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 103, Number 44, 13 January 1908)


Harry Davenport Cowden, had two sons, Henry and Victor.

So much conflicting information it's hard to determine what is correct: birth 10/14/1875 although it conflicts with other information I found. Death 12/16/1940?

Buried Grandview Cemetery 21 Dec 1940
Find a Grave contributor: EM (49076667)

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 130488421
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