Zobeida Melissa <I>Stevens</I> Sexton

Zobeida Melissa Stevens Sexton

Birth
Grand Blanc, Genesee County, Michigan, USA
Death 6 Nov 1897 (aged 73)
Oroville, Butte County, California, USA
Burial Oroville, Butte County, California, USA
Memorial ID 137926697 · View Source
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Only daughter and eldest child of Rufus W. Stevens (b. VT) and Caroline L. Williams (b. MA).
Her parents met in Waterford Twp, MI and were married at Caroline's father's home on Silver Lake, he being Maj. Oliver Williams, a pioneer settler of Michigan and Waterford.
Rufus and Caroline settled in Grand Blanc a short time later and Zobeida was the first of their children born there, perhaps being the first of the pioneer children born in Grand Blanc.

Her parents dying in 1847 and 1850, she from that time for a few years lived in the Hodges House hotel in Pontiac, her aunt Mary A. Hodges being the owner and her grandmother Mary (Mrs. Oliver Williams) living there as well.

In December of 1853 she went with uncle James Williams & aunt Rachel to California, as quite a number of her family was doing (and had done), and surely became involved in the mining operations that her uncles were conducting in the Grass Valley, Rough and Ready and the Sierra Nevada areas.

She met a lawyer, Warren T. Sexton in Oroville by 1855; he was a Michigan man who had gone to the University at Ann Arbor.

The "The Daily Alta" in Nov of 1855 announced:
"MARRIED."
"At Rough and Ready, Nov. 14, MR. WARREN T. SEXTON, Attorney at law, to Miss Z. M. STEVENS."

They had three children in Oroville:
Warren T. Jr, b. Oct 1856
Caroline M., b. Jun 1858
George, b. May 1860 (d. infant)

Warren Jr. edited the "Oroville Mercury" for some time, was admitted to the bar, had practiced law in partnership with Hon. John C. Gray, and eventually became a judge himself.

Caroline was a grammar school teacher in Oroville who remained single.


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  • Created by: Jeff Lloyd ©2004-2020
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Zobeida Melissa Stevens Sexton (2 Jun 1824–6 Nov 1897), Find a Grave Memorial no. 137926697, citing Old Oroville Cemetery, Oroville, Butte County, California, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Lloyd ©2004-2020 (contributor 46608645) .