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Subject: Re: Peter VanClief, Spencer, Gear, 1867, Downieville, CA
Author: @@cknuthson@surewest.net
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Classification: Query
Surnames: VanClief, Spencer, Gear, Geer

On March 18, 2002 I visited the courthouse in Downieville and checked the Sierra County CA birth, marriage and death record indexes. The Sierra County Clerk-Recorder has birth records from 1857, marriage records from 1852, and death records from 1864. The early vital records are incomplete (not everyone registered the event). I did not check the actual record but only the index, which is available for birth, marriages, deaths, and various other county records. I found the following:

VAN CLIEF:

Marriages: Van Clief, P to Birdsall, Hester 5/25/1858 Book A, Page 21.

Van Clief, Helena to Cowden, David H. 10/5/1865, Book A, Page 131

SPENCER:

Birth: 5/4/1899 Spencer, Margaret Frances to Spencer, Frances M and Boland, Annie

5/7/1904 Spencer, Norma Rose to Spencer, Norman Lee and Schrode, Cordelia

12/11/1910 Spencer, Thomas Edison to Spencer, Norman Lee and Schrode, Cordelia

Marriages: Spencer, Charles R to Watson, Marian B 5/30/1861

Spencer, Francis M to Boland, Annie 6/29/1898

Spencer, John Edward to Burnes, Julia Ann 7/4/1887

Spencer, Robert Lloyd to Noe, Claudette Alyse 6/16/1979

Spence, John P to Marshall, Anna W 9/8/1856

Deeds: Several deeds are listed . . . I only noted the first six:

Dec 29, 1857 Van Clief, P to F H Damon (Book/Page) B 734

Nov 27, 1856 Van Clief, P to O C Hall, et al B 242

May 7, 1856 Van Clief, P to R H Taylor A 529

Mar 18, 1862 Van Clief, Peter to L E Pratt E 415

Apr 3, 1862 Van Clief, P from Jas Galloway, et al A 505

Nov 9, 1857 Vanclief & Stewart from G. Webber B 693

Note: David H. Cowden was a judge in Sierra County. DH Cowden was the judge of record for my g-g-grandfather's naturalization in 1874.

Chuck Knuthson