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"Louisa" Relyea ( 1838 - 1884 )|
Frances Louisa Relyea was born sometime around 1838 or 1839, somewhere in New York state possibly in the region of Ulster county or New York City.1 The area was settled by the Dutch and French Huguenots in the seventeenth century. She went by her middle-name Louisa. Her family was poor since her father had died sometime before or during 1851.
Louisa Travels to the Pacific Northwest in the 1850’s
According to research by Ed Bartlett of Vancouver, Washington, on 14 August 1851, Mary Elizabeth Relyea ( Birth: 14 Jun 1835 – New York2 Death: 26 Jun 1915 -- Yacolt, Clark, Washington ) became an indentured servant to Simpson P. Moses (lawyer). She was needed to assist his pregnant wife, Lizzie with their young son, Montague. They were preparing for a journey by ship to their new home in Olympia, Oregon Territory. Mr. Simpson had made arrangements with Mary’s mother, Louisa Ann Relyea. Mrs. Relyea's husband had died and left the family destitute. It was common in New York for poor families to sell their children into servitude under " "An act concerning apprentices & servants" which was passed by the New York State Legislature on February 20, 1801 and is found in Laws of New York 1801, Chapter 254. Under this Act, a person could be bound by Indenture by his, or her, own free will, with the consent of a parent or guardian, by Justices or Overseers of the Poor to serve as clerks, apprentices or servants."3
In May 1851, Simpson P. Moses of Ohio, a veteran of the Mexican War, had been named Collector - District of Puget Sound, by President Fillmore. Congress created the Puget Sound collection district and established Olympia as its port of entry on February 14, 1851.4
Simpson P. Moses, his
wife and child, Mary Relyea, and her younger sister Louisa boarded the
New York City, bound for Nicaragua on 14 August 1851 in route to Olympia,
Oregon Territory via Nicaragua and San Francisco, California.
On 24 October 1851, the Moses party left San Francisco for their final Olympia destination on the brig George Emery captained by Lafayette Balch.11 Captain Balch had established the Port of Steilacoom earlier in 1850. He supplied settlers with goods from San Francisco and sold lumber and produce from Puget Sound in San Francisco. "The brig George Emery, on which Collector Moses and his family were passengers, entered the Strait of [Juan de] Fuca on 9 November 1851."13
On 10 November, Collector Moses arrived at Port Townsend, and took the oath of office before Henry C. Wilson, Esq., a justice of the peace of Lewis county12, and arrived, November 15th, at the port of entry.
"On 10 January 1851, Captain Lafayette Balch, in the brig George Emery, about inaugurating a regular trade between San Francisco and Puget Sound, took the claim at Lower Steilacoom, dedicating it as a townsite, conferring upon it the name of Port Steilacoom, after the name of the creek immediately northward of the tract (the creek upon which shortly afterwards was erected the mill of Thomas M. Chambers)."8
The Washington Territory was established by U.S. President Millard Fillmore on March 2, 1853. According to the 1870 Census for Washington DC (Ancestry.com Washington DC Ward 2, image 64 of 467) two children (Fannie and Kate) were born to the Moses' in the Washington Territory. The Moses' moved to Washington DC before 1856, where they would remain.
John and Mary Bradley had four children: J. W. , Jane Elizabeth, John P. and C. E. Bradley.
John and Mary separated in 1864. Mary meet Alexander Rhinehardt Heisen and they left the area for Clark county, Washington, north-northeast of Vancouver in an area that would become known as Heisson. They married 28 June 1864. Alexander and Mary had eight children: Wilhemina Henrietta, Henry Rhinehardt, Theodora Concordia Ferdinanda, Clotilda Amalia, Franz Alexander Charles, Adelia J., Walter Bell and Thelma Josephine Heisen.
Frances Louisa Relyea
Frederick and Frances Louisa
were parents of 11 children, namely:
Mary, Sophia Ann, Catherine Louise, Frederick
Augustus, Rose, Ellen, William J., Henry, George A., Martha and Daisy. The
two youngest children Martha and Daisy were admitted by Frances Louisa to
be the children of Phillip Hanselman.
The truth may be that Frederick began spending much to much time in the business of maintaining and operating the Chamber's mills after Thomas M. Chamber's became ill years earlier and later died in December 1876. Frances looked elsewhere for companionship and found it with her neighbor, Phillip Hanselman.
and Louisa moved to an area north of the mouth of the Columbia River at Ilwaco,
Pacific, Washington with Martha and Daisy. They had two additional
children, Christian and Mary. In 1884 Louise Hanselman
died and was buried in Ilwaco Cemetery, Ilwaco, Pacific, Washington. Phillip Hanselman,
a widower and two children, Christian (age 19) and Mary (age 17) are listed
in the 1900 Federal Census of Ilwaco, Pacific, Washington. Chris
Hanselman continued to live in this area and raised a family of his own (see
1920 and 1930 Federal Census.) Chris and Phillip are
buried in the Ilwaco Cemetery, Ilwaco, Pacific, Washington.
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1. The 1860 census of Pierce County indicates that Louisa was born in New York.
2. The 1860 census of Pierce County indicates that Mary was born in New Jersey.
Delaware County Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 426, Delhi, NY 13753.
Bork, Janine M., History of the Pacific Northwest
Oregon and Washington
5. The Maritime Heritage Project, http://www.maritimeheritage.org/ships/ss.html
6. The Maritime Heritage Project, http://www.maritimeheritage.org/PassLists/in091751.html
7. The Maritime Heritage Project, http://www.maritimeheritage.org/ships/ss.html
8. Bork, Janine M., History of the Pacific Northwest
Oregon and Washington
Clarence Bagley, History of Seattle
(Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1916); Bagley
10. Information was obtained from Stan Greenlaw, July 5, 1996.
11. Bancroft, Hubert. H., The Works of
Hubert Howe Bancroft, Vol. 31, "History of
13. Bork, Janine M., History of the Pacific Northwest
Oregon and Washington
Research Notes: A Work in