Thanks ever so much. What a gift. Then Peter remarried as I suspected he would. Helena must also be his dtr.. And that is where the name Cowden has come from in my family.
I don't think the Spencers belong to me, unless someone else went to CA in my family. They were in San Francisco until abt. 1897. And all the children were quite young when they moved back to Ohio.
Am not sure how long Peter was in Downieville, but the dates you have given me for the marriages sure do fit. Were there any Gears?
Wonder if David and Helena had any children.
Mary Lou Wood