I have recently begun research on my gg grandfather, Henry Bartell and his wife Mary Ann Harvey Bartell of Guilford Township, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Their surname was also spelled Bartel and Bartle on various documents. I'm currently seeking any information on their children and descendants living in California.
Henry was born November 1, 1817 in or near Camborne, Cornwall, England, the son of John and Jennifer Jane Gundry Bartell. Mary was born March 31st or April 1, 1819 in Gwinear, Cornwall, England, the daughter of James Harvey. Henry immigrated from Camborne, Cornwall to the Galena, IL area, arriving on May 16, 1840. Mary and their 1st child, Elizabeth Jane, are thought to have joined him in the Galena, IL area in 1841, after a harrowing passage that included being shipwrecked in the West Indies. Henry and Mary bought 200 acres of land in Guilford Twp in 1844, and raised 14 children on the homestead. Henry died November 1, 1890. Mary Ann died November 17, 1903.
Lavinia May Bartell, their 8th child and 5th oldest daughter, married Samuel Richards of Guilford Twp. on Jan. 9, 1879. They had a son, Samuel Jr. After Samuel Sr.'s death in the early 1880s, Lavinia left for California with her brother Joseph's family. It is believed they settled in or around Napa / Napa Co, CA. There she met and married George Richards (also a Cornishman) in 1883 and they had at least 3 children, Jessie, Olive and Ruby. Lavinia Richards was listed as living in Grass Valley, CA in Henry's 1890 newspaper obit, and living in Chinese Camp, CA in her mother Mary's 1903 newspaper obit.
It is believed their descendants are presently living in the Grass Valley, Nevada Co, CA area. Would really appreciate hearing from anyone who can provide any information on Geo. and Lavinia Richards, and also on the Joseph Bartell / Elizabeth H. Ford Bartell family. Have much additional info and photos of Henry and Mary Bartell and the Bartell family that I would be happy to share.