Showers, Betsey Elizabeth

Showers, Betsey Elizabeth

Female Abt 1811 - 1885  (~ 74 years)

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  • Name Showers, Betsey Elizabeth  [1
    Nickname Bessie 
    Born Abt 1811  Ontario County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Census 9 Aug 1850  Concord, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 21 Feb 1885  Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Probate 28 Feb 1885  San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I35005  Sackett
    Last Modified 19 May 2021 

    Father Showers, Jacob Sr.,   d. Unknown 
    Mother ___, Abigail,   d. Unknown 
    Married 5 Aug 1810  [1
    Children
    +1. Showers, Betsey Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1811, Ontario County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1885, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     
    Family ID F12531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sackett, Werien J.,   b. Abt 1794, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1851, Sherwood Township, Branch County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1835  Jackson County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • Sharen Neal has the marriage location as Jackson County, Michigan. However, the 1850 census gives the birthplace of their first two children as New York.
      Frances, age 18, b. N.Y. = b. 1832
      Abigail, age 11, b. N.Y. = b. 1839
      This seems to indicate that they were married before 1832 in New York.
    Children 
     1. Sackett, Frances,   b. Abt 1837, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     2. Sackett, Abigail,   b. 18 Mar 1838, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1912, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Sackett, Jacob S.,   b. 2 Jan 1840, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1912, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Sackett, George Warren Sr,   b. 11 Jul 1846, Concord, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875-1876, Esmeralda County, Nevada, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F12479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Showers, William,   b. 1822, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864-1865  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 10 Aug 1852  Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • Her 2nd of 2 =Same last name [Showers]=Perhaps cousins [Sharen Neal]
    Children 
     1. Showers, Melissa,   b. Abt 1853,   d. Unknown
     2. Showers, Mary Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1855,   d. Unknown
     3. Showers, William Henry Harrison,   b. 2 Jun 1858, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1892, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     4. Showers, John F.,   b. Abt 1860,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 19 May 2021 
    Family ID F12480  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1811 - Ontario County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Dec 1835 - Jackson County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Frances - Abt 1837 - Jackson County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Abigail - 18 Mar 1838 - Jackson County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Jacob S. - 2 Jan 1840 - Jackson County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, George Warren Sr - 11 Jul 1846 - Concord, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 9 Aug 1850 - Concord, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Aug 1852 - Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Showers, William Henry Harrison - 2 Jun 1858 - Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Feb 1885 - Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 28 Feb 1885 - San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • When Warren died in Sherwood Township on August 22, 1851, he left Betsey with a tidy sum of money. The ranch he owned had a beautiful frame house with a log cabin in the rear.
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      \par On August 10, 1852, Betsey married William E. Showers, perhaps a cousin, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Following the death of William Showers, in 1864-1865, Betsey moved in 1866 from Sherwood to Newburg, Michigan, where she purchased another ranch for $2,500. Her sons, Jacob and George, lived beside her on the ranch, according to the 1870 census. Also living with her was her daughter Abigail and Abigail's son Samuel. It appears that Betsey assumed the burden of caring for her children into adulthood, and when her son George and daughter-in-law Julia passed away in the 1870s, she took in her grandson, George W. Sackett, Jr. This was quite an undertaking, but she must have been an exceptional woman. Betsey's health declined by the mid-1870s and her physician suggested that she move to California where the climate was better. In 1876, she traveled to California and purchased about twenty-five acres of land in Los Gatos where she lived out her days. The conviction of her son John for murder in 1883 left her bedridden. He visited her for the last time before being transported to San Quentin in June 1883, which was an emotional farewell. The following year, when her son-in-law was brutally murdered, she took a turn for the worse. She passed away on February 21, 1885, and was buried in the Los Gatos Cemetery. - [Joe Bowman]
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      \par Provided by Joe Bowman:
      \par \b Last Will and Testament of Betsey Showers\b0 :
      \par I, Betsey Elizabeth Showers, a widow, resident of Santa Clara County, California, being of sound mind and having in view the uncertainty of this life, do make, publish and declare my last Will and Testament as follows to Wit:
      \par 1st, I give and bequeath to my son Francis Sackett, in case he be living, and in case he be dead to his legal representatives, if any, the sum of five dollars;
      \par 2d, I give and bequeath to my son, Jacob Sackett, the sum of five dollars;
      \par 3d, I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Hepler of Los Gatos, California, a tract of land embracing one-half acre, to be set apart from the Northerly end of my tract of land situated between the South Pacific Coast Railroad and the County Road running from Los Gatos to Santa Clara, on the West side of the Los Gatos Creek, said tract to be uniform in width. Also, a tract of three and one-half acres, of uniform width extending from the South Pacific Railroad to the center of Los Gatos Creek, to be set apart (after the five acres hereinafter reserved to be sold) from the Northerly end of my tract of land lying on the East side of said Railroad. Also, one lot of fifty feet front on said County road lying adjoining the lot occupied by John Carhart according to a survey and plot made by one Harmon surveyor.
      \par 4th, I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Melissa Emmons, wife of John Emmons of Concord, Michigan, a tract of land embracing one-half acre to be set apart from my tract lying between said South Pacific Railroad and the County Road aforesaid to be of uniform width and located immediately southerly of the tract of one-half acre herein before devised to Mary Hepler, and to extend from said railroad to said County Road. Also, a tract of three and one-half acres to be set apart extending from said South Pacific Coast Railroad to the center of Los Gatos Creek, to be of uniform width and to be located immediately Southerly of the tract of the same sign herein before devised to Mary Hepler. Also, a lot of fifty-feet front in said County road (surveyed and plotted by said Harmon, surveyor) and located in the North side of the land of Mrs. Main (widow).
      \par 5th, I give and devise unto my son William Showers a tract of one-half acre to be set apart, extending from the said South Pacific Coast Railroad to the County road aforementioned in equal width, immediately Southerly of and adjoining the tract herein before devised to Melissa Emmons. Also, a tract of three and one-half acres to be set apart extending from said railroad to the center of Los Gatos Creek, in uniform width immediately Southerly of the tract herein before devised to said Melissa Emmons. Also, one lot of fifty foot front on said County road according to the survey and plot made by said Surveyor Harmon, and adjoining the lot contracted to John Carhart but not equal surveyed. And one bed and bedding.
      \par 6th, I give and devise to my son John Showers one-half acre of land to be set apart extending from said South Pacific Coast Railroad to said County road, in uniform width, immediately Southerly of the tract herein before devised to William Showers. Also, a tract of three and one-half acres to be set apart extending from said railroad to the center of Los Gatos Creek in uniform width immediately Southerly of the tract herein before devised to William Showers. Also, one lot of fifty feet front on said County road as plotted by said surveyor Harmon, and adjoining the lot herein before devised to William Showers.
      \par 7th, I direct that (?) (?) the lot that I have contracted to sell to John Carhart shall be paid for according to contract the same shall be duly conveyed to him, but if not paid for, that the same shall be sold and the proceeds divided equally between my grand-son Warren Sackett and my daughter Abigail Showers.
      \par 8th, I give and bequeath to my daughter Abigail Showers my mare, my cow called "Spot", two hogs, all my fowls except one dozen hens, one-half of my share of the crops growing on my land (my said share being one third) and all my household furniture excepting two beds and the bedding properly belonging with the land.
      \par 9th, I give and bequeath to my grandson Warren Sackett, son of George Sackett, the colt that my (?) may have, two hogs, one dozen hens, my cow called "Cherry", one bed and bedding, and one-half of my share of the crop growing on my land.
      \par 10th, I direct that a tract of Five acres of land extending from the Railroad aforementioned to the center of Los Gatos Creek on the Northerly end of my land, of uniform width be set apart and sold by my executor and the proceeds to be applied so far as necessary in paying the expense of my last illness and burial and the legitimate expense of the settlement of my estate.
      \par 11th, The land herein devised constitute a portion of Lot No Six (6) of the partition of the Pan tract in the "Rancho Rinconado de Los Gatos," lying and situate in the County of Santa Clara, in the State of California.
      \par 12th, I hereby designate and appoint my son Jacob Sackett to be the sole executor of this my last and only Will and Testament and I direct that he shall receive as compensation for his care and labor in such executorship the sum of one hundred dollars. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of February A.D. One thousand Eight hundred and Eighty-five. \i Betsey Elizabeth \i0 (her X mark) \i Showers\i0
      \par [Source: Santa Clara Co. 74-16645 dated 13 Feb 1885]\i
      \par \i0 ------
      \par
      \par DOCUMENTS:
      \par 1850 CENSUS=Jackson Co,MI, page 160 [Betsey Sackett]
      \par 1870 CENSUS=Newberg,Cass,MI page 27/129 [Betsey Showers]
      \par 1880 CENSUS=CA,Santa Clara ED 254 page 25 [Bessie Showers]
      \par WILL=Santa Clara Co. 74-16645 dated 13 Feb 1885 [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S774] Sharen Neal, Neal, Sharon, (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=mjr6387&id=I140509).

    2. [S506] 1850 U.S. Census.
      https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF8X-WW6
      1850 Census; Concord, Jackson County, Michigan
      Page 260; 9 August, 1850
      549/549
      Warren Sackett, 54, M, Farmer, Mass.
      Betsey Sackett, 35, F, ---, N.Y.
      Frances Sackett, 18, F, ---, N.Y.
      Abigal Sackett, 11, F, ---, N.Y.
      Jacob Sackett, 10, M, ---, Mich.
      George Sackett, 4, M, ---, Mich.
      William Oakes, 54, M, Farmer, Ct.
      Abigal Aldrich, 54, F, ---, N.Y.

      Researched by Thurmon King

    3. [S2506] California, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1850-1953, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 19 May 2021.
      Santa Clara Superior Court
      28 Feb 1885
      Estate of Betsy E. Showers
      Death Date: 21 Feb 1885
      Resident of Santa Clara County

      Executor: Jacob Sackett

      Heirs:
      Others Listed Relationship
      Betsy Elizabeth Showers
      Francis Sackett Son
      Jacob Sackett Son
      Mary Hepler Daughter
      Melissa Emmons Daughter
      William Showers Son
      John Showers Son
      Warren Sackett Grandson
      Abigail Showers Daughter
      George Sackett Son

      Note: The probate record is 180 pages long.

      Researched by Ted Smith


    4. [S775] Joe Bowman, Bowman, Joe.


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