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Notes for Celesta Anne TWICHELL

From an unnamed and undated newspaper article: Sutters Fort "Baby" will be in Parade. Woman, 76, to Wear Gown made for Mother. Wearing a gown made for her mother in 1854, Mrs. Celesta Ann Twitchell Hickok, 76, will ride in the Admission day parade this morning with a delegation of Native Sons and Daughters from San Joaquin County. Mrs. Hickok was the first white child born in Sutter's Fort at Sacramento. Her parents came to California in a covered wagon and she was born July 6, 1849. Her first husband, by whom she had nine children, was William A. Stowell, whose parents were killed by Mormons in the Mountain Meadow Massacre. The boy escaped and lived for a while with Indians. He joined General Johnston's army and came to California with it. He died in 1915 and his widow married William Hickok, Civil War veteran. Although Hickok is 82 years old he is active, and yesterday drove to San Francisco from their home in Lockford to enjoy the Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Mrs. Hickok is the mother-in-law of George Marshall of Oakland, descendant of the discoverer of gold in California, past State commander of Spanish War Veterans and assistant to John J. Deane, Controller of Customs at San Francisco.

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