GLASS, Barbara (1815-1856)
Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 8:57AM
Jo Giessner

The Grave of Barbara Glass - Comment from Gertrude A. Steger in her book Place Names of Shasta County, 1945, page 62:

". . . Doubtless the most interesting tombstone is that of Barbara Glass near Igo which is erroneously dated 1841."

A Pioneer Woman's Grave by Elizabeth S. Talbert appears in the Covered Wagon, 1946, page 31-32:

"In an ancient copy of the Daily Bulletin, a San Francisco newspaper, is a death notice, reading 'Mrs. Barbara Glass died at Horsetown, September 5, 1856. Age 41 years'."

The article goes on to say that Mrs. Glass did not die at the hands of the Indians, but of consumption.

Redding Marble Works claims that the inscription was from information from the family, not their mistake:

"Here rests Barbara Glass, Born 1815, Died 1841. In Peace."

The lone grave, on the Taylor Ranch, has been a curiosity for many. Apparently it went unmarked for several years save but a few blocks of stones from the Texas Springs Quarry. Then when someone or persons decided to place an inscribed headstone, an error was made on the date of death.

Speculation than arose that it was the oldest marked grave in Shasta County. This, too, would be incorrect as she actually died in September of 1856.

Beth Shuford writes in the 1962 Covered Wagon, p51-52:

". . . In the spring of 1961 a few members of the Shasta Historical Society visited the grave and found that the stone had fallen over and they had it replaced and cemented."

Apparently when Mr. Masterson of the Redding Marble Works first set the headstone, he had built a brick wall on top of the old stones and placed the headstone within the enclosure.

Beth Shuford wrote another article published in the Covered Wagon, 1973, pages 60-70 about grave sites and shows a picture of the Barbara Glass headstone on page 62.

Often called a "lonely grave" the resting place of Barbara Glass has been anything but lonely. She has probably received more attention in death than in her life living in the early gold mining community of Horsetown, Shasta, California.

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