133 Years Ago Today

Stearns Family Plot

On July 25, 1879, one hundred and thirty-three years ago today, Lyman Stearns (1803-1879), my 4th great grandfather, died in Oakland, Alameda Co., California, USA.

Lyman Stearns was born in 1803 in Claremont, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA the son of Samuel Stearns (ca. 1754-1840) and Thankful Raymond (ca. 1756-1817). In 1838, he married Rebecca B. Hines (1816-1875) in Howard Co., Missouri. After which, Lyman and Rebecca had six children together, one of which was Theodore F. Stearns, my 3rd great grandfather. Lyman was a farmer and ran a boarding house in Linn Co., Missouri. By 1852, Lyman and Rebecca left Missouri for California, during the California Gold Rush. Lyman was briefly a miner in Tuolumne Co., California, where he had a Quartz mine, which he sold in 1860. After leaving mining, Lyman moved his family to Oakland, where he was peddler. Lyman died in Oakland a little over four years after his wife. He was buried next to her in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland in an unmarked grave.

Lyman Stearns is a direct ancestor of Maudena Elizabeth Stearns (1885-1936), who married George Edward Kernan (1884-1960), my 2nd great grandfather.

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