KINGSBURY, Charles Nelson ((1831-1923)

Per Record of Funeral: Masonic service to be held in home at 4 pm on 9 July 1923 for Charles Nelson Kingsbury who died in his Igo home on 7 July 1923. His occupation was that of a carpenter. He was born 8 February 1831 to C.B Kingsbury and Ruamie Barns Kingsbury and died aged 92 years, 4 months and 29 days. Interment at Igo. Coffin priced $165.00 and Burial Robe $23.00 for a total of $188.00 to be charged to Kingsbury Bros. Paid 11 July 1923 to Home Undertaking Co.


LARKIN, Elizabeth "Bessie" McCormick Webb (1845-1931)

1930, This article was written in 1930, when Elizabeth Larkin was honored at a '49er Pioneer Party at Shasta, 8 June 1930. The article was found in Trails of '49, a 1930-31 Scrapbook at the Shasta Historical Society. Nola Shoup donated a copy to the Southwest Shasta County Historical Group for distribution at a meeting. It has been added to our website for research purposes.

"Although I have the distinction of being a '49er, I do not remember much of the romantic, golden days of 1849, being less than fours years of age when I first saw Donner Lake in California after the covered wagon trip from Mississippi. I can relate only a few things about the trip as told me by my mother.

My parents were John and Elizabeth McCormick. We came to California for my father's health. He was a tanner by trade and brought a supply of boots and shoes in the emigrant train.

My father had several wagons in the train and brought his own men to help him. If my memory serves me right, one of these men became in later years Governor of California and I believe it was Governor Bigler.

We started in April 1849 and arrived in Placer County in September of that year, coming by the Donner route.

Besides Ox teams, we had plenty of horses in the train to ride and drive the milk cows. The milk was hung up in buckets during the day and churned to butter at night.

Some of the wagons would stop along the route to wash their clothes, but we kept traveling along as rapidly as possible as the fate of the Donner Party was still fresh in the minds of the emigrants and they wanted to get over the Sierras before the snow would fall.

Indian Troubles

There were several things that happened between our party and the Indians that are worth mentioning. The Indians always asked the emigrants for sugar, our party had none to spare, upon being refused they rode around the camp on their ponies and shot an arrow into the carcass of a buffalo that was hung in camp. The meat was not used as it was thought that the arrow might be poisoned.

There was a boy in the train who was a protege of my father and who caused some of our Indian troubles. This boy stole a pony from them unknown to my father, the Indians followed the train and threatened to massacre them if the pony was not returned.

The Indians disposed of their dead by hanging them in the trees. The same boy disturbed the bodies, appropriating himself of arrows, beads, and other articles.

At SaltLlake, a place was found for him with another train.

At one place where the train camped, the stock was put out to feed in charge of a herder. The herder noticed a bush on the river bank moving, becoming alarmed, he aimed his gun at the bush and fired. An Indian fell backwards into the river. He apparently was a scout but nothing further came of what appeared to be an intended attack.

Scene of Tragedy

We camped overnight on the shores of Donner Lake, on the very spot where the Donner party had perished in the winter of 1846-47. Their cabins were still there, stumps of trees felled by them were still standing and skeletons of oxen, their horns and pieces of old wagons were still lying around on the ground. I was too young to remember, but my mother told me this.

First White Family

The McCormick family was the first white family to settle in Auburn, California.

My father cut logs and built a cabin and opened a store, getting his supplies from Sacramento. Commodities were very high and scarce. Sauerkraut sold for $1.00 a pound.

On my father's second trip to Sacramento, he disappeared. My mother always thought he was drowned.

After awhile she sold the store and bought a hotel.

I remember seeing a man hanged in the street in Auburn.

Moved to Sutter

When I was eight years old we moved to Sutter County where I attended school and also all the camp meetings that were held.

In 1862 I married James Webb, from Virginia who crossed the plains in 18_1.

We lived on a farm on Coon Creek, Sutter County for nine years, moving to Paskenta, [Tehama County] in 1871.

Came to Shasta

In 1872, with our children, we moved to Bee Creek in the Bald Hills country near Ono. Lumber was hauled from Shingletown to build a house. After a year we homesteaded a place on Roaring River. My husband passed away in 1879 and in 1881 I married Thomas Larkin. We made our home on the old Tom Larkin place five miles beyond Ono which I still own.

We had two children. Mr. Larkin passed away in 1893.


The chief diversion of the people of the vicinity was attending camp meetings at the Doll place, all the families went, taking provisions enough with them to last as long as they could afford to stay.

In the early days the Chinese did a great deal of mining but gradually left as the mines were worked out and the times and customs changed.

When the first schools were established, the teacher boarded around the neighborhood.

Grasshoppers were very thicka and were a choice food of the Indians who drove them into pits, burned off their wings and ate them. Many of these pits are still seen in the Bald Hills country."~

1931, PIONEER WOMAN PASSES AT AGE OF 85 - Mrs. Elizabeth Larkin, Resident of County 59 Years, Expires Suddenly in Redding - Mrs. Elizabeth Larkin, 85, a resident of Shasta County 59 years, passed away Friday evening [13 Nov 1931] at her home, 1168 Court Street. She had been in good health and spirits and the end came suddenly as she rested after the evening meal.

Mrs. Larkin was the widow of Thomas Larkin and made her home many years in the Igo region. She was born in Illinois, November 22, 1846, and crossed the plains when a child of four years. She was one of the first white children in the settlement at Donner summit, near Auburn.

Surviving the aged pioneer are a son, George W. Webb, Mrs. Hettie Taylor, Mrs. Laura Shoup and Mrs. Isabelle Long, all of Redding; 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mary Abbott of San Francisco and a brother, Hiram Green of Santa Barbara.

The funeral will be held in McDonald & Scott's Chapel at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Rev. P.T. Coleman will conduct the services. Interment will be made in the family plot in the Igo Cemetery.~


LUDWIG, Henry (1818 - 1877)

Divorced and Dead -The headline ran in the Shasta Courier Newspaper in March 1877.

--The divorce case between Henry Ludwig and Maria Ludwig came up in District Court this week and a decree of divorce was granted. As we go to press the report is brought in that Ludwig was found dead in his bed in his house near Igo on Friday morning, and the Coroner has gone out there to investigate.

The following story appeared in the 24 March 1877 issue of the Shasta Courier.

Suicide of Henry Ludwig - When we announced the death of Henry Ludwig last week we were in possession of no information as to the cause of his demise, the particulars of which reached us on the following day. Decree of divorce having been assured Mrs. Ludwig, Henry Ludwig left Shasta on horseback about 11 o'clock on Thursday evening, March 15th. He went home to his ranch some two miles beyond Igo and returned to that village between three and four o'clock on Friday morning, awakened Roberts, clerk in G. K. Willard's store, and handed him a package telling him to deliver it to Willard. Roberts asked him how things were going and he replied: "Rough, mighty rough." He then rode away in the direction of his home, and sometime during the morning Willard visited the house, and on receiving no response to his knock, pushed the door open and entered the bedroom and found himself in a death chamber, Ludwig being dead.

Coroner Hartmann was notified and visited the Ludwig place, empanelled a jury and held a normal inquisition. Ludwig was found reclining on his back in bed with a bullet hole through his brain, and a revolver with one chamber empty laying near his right hand, told the means by which he had come to his death.

On retiring to the bed, he had divested himself of his boots, coat and vest and hung his watch in its accustomed place. On a table beside the bed was a candle and a number of his private papers. The bullet that ended his existance was found on the floor close by the bed, it having struck against a door and bounced back across the room.

We understand that the package entrusted to Willard contained about $1200 in coin and several thousand dollars in County warrants which Ludwig had previously sworn he was not possessed of. With the package was also a few lines addressed to Willard requesting him to see that his (Ludwig's) youngest son and a man by the name of Houtmann were taken care of.

Ludwig was an old resident of this county, and was engaged in mining near Shasta in the times when the placer diggings were good. He was a native of Germany and aged fifty-nine years.

Henry Ludwig died on 16 March 1877 and is buried in the Igo Cemetery.


MACILWAINE, Anna Maria "Annie" Kingsbury (1866-1935)

SHASTA NATIVE PASSES ON IN TRINITY HOME - Mrs. Annie M. MacIlwaine Succumbs Tuesday Morning; Funeral to be In Igo Cemetery - Mrs. Annie Maria MacIlwaine, 69, wife of Matthew H. MacIlwaine of Carrville, Trinity County, passed on at her home shortly after midnight Tuesday morning [September 24, 1935].

The body was brought to Redding and funeral services will be conducted in Shasta County with burial to be in the Igo Cemetery, in the family plot. McDonald and Scott are in charge.

The last rites will be conducted Thursday morning at 10:30, at the graveside in the Igo Cemetery.

Mrs. MacIlwaine was a member of a pioneer family, the Kingsburys, and was born at Piety Hill on May 16, 1866 [10 Dec 1866]. All her life has been spent in this and Trinity counties.

Surviving, besides the husband, are one daughter, Mrs. Helen Mitchell of San Francisco; three brothers, Charles Kingsbury of Carrville, and Adam and Albert Kingsbury of Igo; two sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Cunningham and Mrs. Ruamie Brown, both of Igo; and two grandchildren.



1899 May 5, Redding Morning Searchlight - A Handsome Monument - A handsome marble column of imported Florentine blue is now being erected over the grave of the late John Shelton at Igo by employees of Masterson Bros. The design and the workmanship are attractive features of the monument.~

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