Name: Isabelle ANDERSON 1,2
Father: Jacob Anderson SLOGVIG (8 Jun 1807 - 6 May 1864)
Mother: Serine (Serena) Tormodsdatter MADLAND (Dec 1813 - 7 Jan 1898)
Birth 18 Jul 1839 Fox River, LaSalle Co., IL3
Death 19 Nov 1881 (age 42) Newville, CA4
Burial Newville, CA
1. David Carson (or Curry) OAKS
Marriage 9 Apr 1857 (age 17) Napa, Napa Co., CA
(Napa Co. Marriage Index, Book A, p. 23)
Children David Jacob "Jake" OAKS (28 Sep 1859 - 29 Sep 1947)
Julia S. OAKS (1 Aug 1861 - 29 Oct 1879)
Cynthia ? OAKS (abt 1862 - )
James Albert "Ab" OAKS (1864 - )
Andrew J. OAKS (19 Apr 1868 - 1 Nov 1879)
Itasca OAKS (1875 - )
Jackson OAKS ( - )
Maggie May OAKS (7 Jan 1877 - 26 Oct 1879)
Death: [Death date taken from grave stone in Newville Cemetery. (OKW 5/99) Newspaper article about the family states that she died in 1881. (Corning Observer, Corning, CA, 2 Jul 1982, p. 9) Tehama Co. Pioneers & Hitchcock's "Leaves of the Past" have her death on 19 Oct 1887.]
General: Married David Carson Oakes 9 Apr 1857 in Napa Co., CA; their oldest son, David, was 1 yr. old on the 1860 census. Slooper book states that they lived comfortably in the vicinity of Napa and Soscol. David "liked to buy land and his oldest son would work it. One property was near Paskenta, Tehama County." By 1866 she, her husband and their young family had settled in Newville, CA, where David engaged in farming as well as teaming and freighting. They held property in south west Tehama Co. near the community of Paskenta, CA, where some of their descendants live today.
The Slooper book states that Isabelle’s husband was the "son of David Oakes and his wife, nee Tibbett, a relative of Lawrence Tibbett, the opera star" (the name of his father an apparent error based on other family information) and that he "met Isabelle while she was with the wagon train on the way west." This book further states that Isabelle’s future husband "worked at mining in Amador County. He had a pretty good claim, and acquired enough money to by a ranch. However he gave the money to a woman he supposed he was going to marry and she skipped, so he lost the ranch. He was a real pioneer and had many experiences with the Indians, especially with his friends, the Numelacks." He must have been able to buy some land as he sold "80 acres of swamp known as 'Green Island'" to Jacob Anderson (Isabelle’s father) in 1861 (according to Napa Co. records). He "came from Maine (?) and Iowa (?) and met Isabelle while she "was with the wagon train on the way west. He was with a group of men driving cattle, and gave her a calf. ... David C. and Isabelle Oakes lived in the vicinity of Napa and Soscol. ... D.C. Oakes was a grain farmer but liked to go hunting. He and his oldest son would shoot bear and deer, dry the venison, and sell it as jerky. David C. liked to buy land and his oldest son would work it. One property was near Paskenta, Tehama County." (Slooper book) Grant, in quoting Hitchcock & Lingenfelter, indicates that he resided in Newville, CA, in 1866 and that he held property in southwest Tehama Co.
Marriage: [Marriage Certificate states, "By the consent of parents and then at the Mtn. House in said County." Witness: Jacob Anderson & John Gage, Justice of Peace.]
1. Rosdail, J. Hart. The Sloopers; Their Ancestry and Posterity; The Story of the People on the Norwegian Mayflower, The Sloop, "Restoration.". Broadview, IL: Norwegian Slooper Society of America, 1961. pp. 427, 472.
2. 1860 US Census. Napa Co., CA.
3. Rosdail, J. Hart. The Sloopers; Their Ancestry and Posterity; The Story of the People on the Norwegian Mayflower, The Sloop, "Restoration.". Broadview, IL: Norwegian Slooper Society of America, 1961. p. 93.
4. Lingenfelter, Keith. Tehama County Pioneers. Chico, CA: Spatial Ink, 1996.
O. Keith Wheeler
Mad River, CA 95552