Simeon Hill at Democrat Springs - 1904
Nova Scotia records have her name as Caroline 6. Californian records have it as Carrie. The exception in California was the obituary of her second husband Simeon S. Hill that had it as "Mary" which must have been how she was known to family and friends. The first Californian record noted for her was a entry in the San Jose City Directory for 1876 listing her as "Miss C. S. Harvie", living at 323 Fourth Street in San Jose, with the occupation of dressmaker 7. The next noted were early January 1877 announcements in the San Francisco Call and the Southern Californian and Kern County Weekly Courier newspapers of her Christmas Eve 1876 marriage in Glennville in Kern County. In both she was said to be formerly of San Jose. In the first her husband was named as Dr. Douglas A. "Moreau" formerly of San Francisco, and in the second as Mr. Douglas A. "Morean" 4 . In the 1880 U.S. census she appeared in Lynn's Valley Township (originally spelt as Linns) in Kern County with him listed as David H. Moreau (sic), with their 2 yr old daughter "Lulu" (actually Leila) 8.
Virtually every early record contained different initials or surname spellings. The surname variants were Morean/eau/ine/ian. For example in addition to the above mentioned marriage announcement, whilst the 1920 census of Oakdale recorded the name of Carrie's son as Douglas A. Morean, same appeared from 1919 until 1939 in the Stanislaus County Directories in every instance spelt as Moreau. The Californian Death Index entries for both Douglas Jr. and his wife Annie have it spelt Morean as did Annie's 1954 obituary. There were several Moreau's in San Francisco at the time of the 1876 marriage. Perhaps at some point it was changed from an original Moreau. However both names are seemingly different in pronunciation. A possible explanation for the spelling variations between Morean and Moreau is that in transcriptions of once original hand written records the end letter of "N" was incorrectly read as a "U".
The first Nova Scotian born members of the family of Carrie's mother moved to California from the East in 1852 taking the route around Cape Horn. From 1855 they settled in Linns Valley just west of Glennville in the Greenhorn Mountains near Bakersfield in Kern County where her uncle David Lavers about 1864 built a Hotel and Stage Barn on a site marked today with a plaque as Californian Historical Landmark No.672 (note plaque says 1859) 9, 10.
Writings of Lavers family genealogist Florence Myers have it Carrie accompanied her grandparents William and Susan Lavers to California ca. 1858 traveling across the Isthmus of Panama and thence by ship to San Francisco and by stage-coach to the David Lavers ranch at Lavers Crossing in Linns Valley in Kern County - until 1866 a part of Tulare County 9. However it appears such could not have been the case. The first of the three daughters of Daniel Harvie and Sarah Lavers to arrive in California would likely have been Carrie's two and a half years older sister Ellen who married Joseph Meyers in Linns Valley in Dec. 1866. Likely Ellen would have arrived during the first half of the 1860s accompanied by her half brother William Andrew Harvie who was the only child of their mother first marriage to Andrew Harvie who was a brother of Daniel Lockhart. William Andrew Harvey (sic), a miner, was listed in the Joseph and Ellen Meyers household in Linns Valley at the 1870 U.S. census. He and Elllen were not listed in the Valley in the Lavers household at the 1860 U.S. census, which then comprised the brothers David & John Lavers, their parents William and Susan, and a cousin Thomas Lavers. Neither Carrie nor her uncle John Lavers (1835-1911) were listed in the Lavers or Meyers households at the 1870 census. Carrie would hardly have left her mother in Nova Scotia in 1858 at the tender age of nine years to come to a very primitive area in Kern Co. which still had five years to go before its first school was established in 1864! Carrie's 1932 newspaper obituary stated she came to California in 1871 in company with her uncle John Lavers and they had traveled around Cape Horn - the 1910 Kern Co. census had her arrival year as 1863 - the 1900 and 1920 census have not been checked 11. John Lavers did not appear in the Lavers household at the 1870 census presumably because by then he had left to visit family members in Nova Scotia returning to Kern Co. the following year accompanied by Carrie. A 1871 Carrie arrival in California is consistent with her not having appeared with her younger sister Danielena and two half siblings Oscar J. and Ida in the 1871 Canadian census having missed it by leaving earlier that year for California with uncle John.
According to his obituary Carrie's second husband Simeon Smith Hill was known to his host of friends in Kern County as "Dad". He came to the county in 1880 having worked formerly with the Great Western Quick Silver Mine in Lake County, CA. He was born in Cainville, Ohio and reached California from the East in 1874. From his two marriages there were eight sons and two daughters of whom six sons and the daughters survived him 12.
Simeon and the five sons from his first marriage to Anna Bonney followed farming in the Rosedale District of Kern County for two years, but the venture was not proving a success, so he bought 80 acres in another section of Rosedale district where he remained until the death of his wife in 1885 when he sold the place and went into the livery business in Bakersfield. In 1888 he sold out and moved to Linn's Valley where he became engaged in farming. Three years later he moved to Golanagi Springs, a summer resort situated 3 miles above Democrat Springs, where he stayed for a short time, then purchasing 80 acres in Linn's Valley. He finally purchased the Democrat Hot Springs property which he later sold to son Delbert D. Hill 13.
Golanagi Springs does not appear on a early 1900's topographical map of the lower Kern River. This property presumably would have been adjacent to, or may have even been Delonegha Hot Springs, located about three and three quarter miles upriver from Democrat Hot Springs. Today Delonegha is about twelve miles southwest of Lake Isabella along the Kern Canyon Freeway, about one-half mile east of the last bridge that crosses the Kern River. According to Bob Powers, in his book Kern River Country, Simeon and son Delbert about 1898 leased the Delonegha Springs land from H. H. Fish, and built a hotel, boarding house, several dwellings, and a bath. In 1903 Delbert bought the freehold of the land and advertised the resort extensively as a health spa and headquarters for miners. Stage coaches from the San Joaquin Valley took two days to get visitors to the resort. As soon as the winter and spring snows were gone the Delonegha stage made regular trips along the nearly impassible roads over the Greenhorn Mountain from Bakersfield bringing guests. Such involved a perilous ride down the steep mountainside to the Springs. In 1908 there was a newspaper story reporting the Delonegha stage and four horses rolled 200 feet down a cliff, with the passengers jumping clear and escaping "with varying degrees of injury". Where above the river once stood a handsome hotel with wide shaded verandahs in 1998 all that remained were the great trees and a tangle of undergrowth wound around granite boulders 14.
It seems S.S. Hill may have acquired the Democrat Hot Springs property about 1895. His 1919 obituary said that "For a number of years he was owner and manger of the Democrat Springs health resort, being also a rancher of the mountains". In reference to the couple Carrie's 1930 obituary said that "They owned and operated a summer resort at Delonegha Hot Springs and Democrat Hot Springs. In serving the public at these two resorts, Mr. and Mrs. Hill became widely known for their open hospitality" 11. Democrat was developed in 1904 by Simeon Hill as a resort with a three storied hotel and cottages and named after the reigning political party in Kern County. By 1908 the buildings provided accommodation for 100 people. They were constructed to accommodate guests who came in stage coaches from Bakersfield to dine and relax. Five springs on the property flowed at 115 degrees into large soaking tubs and a swimming pool. The main attractions of the hot springs resorts along the lower Kern River were the healing powers of the mineralised water and the hot mud baths, supported by recreational activities such as tennis, deer hunting, trout fishing etc. In the 1920's the area was very popular and another hotel was constructed at nearby Miracle Hot Springs in 1927. There are separate chapters on the Delonegha and Democrat hot springs resorts and nine photographs of the Democrat Resort in the above mentioned Bob Powers book. In 2005 Democrat Hot Springs remained as private land within the Sequoia National Forest at about 2200 feet elevation accessed by the old Kern River Canyon Road.
Children of Caroline Susan "Carrie" Harvie and Douglas Alexander Morean were:-
1. Herbert Porter Morean
+ 2. Lelia Virginia Morean
3. Blanche Harvie Morean
4. Alexander Beck Morean
+ 5. Douglas Andrew Morean
Children of Caroline Susan "Carrie" Harvie and Simeon Smith Hill were:-
6. Chauncey D Hill
7. George Milton Hill
+ 8. David Lois Hill
1. Herbert Porter Morean, born 28 Oct 1877 1; died 5 Nov 1877 1.
born 18 Sep 1878 1, 15
in California and
died 18 Oct 1950 3
in Los Angeles, CA. She married on 11 July 1894 16
in Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Glennville, Kern County, CA, John
Franklin Minter, born 10 Dec 1866 17 in Linns Valley,
Kern County, CA; died 26 Jul 1948
18 in Kern County, CA, son of James Monroe "Munroe" Minter (1833-1913).
Leila's husband John Franklin appeared in the 1900 census in Bakersfield with the occupation of grocery delivery man. The Bakersfield Californian newspaper report of their 50th wedding anniversary included a photograph of the couple and stated he a merchant in Glennville for a few years before moving to the city where he was associated with a laundry and connected with the Associated Oil Company in nearby Fellows. Upon retirement he resided in Bakersfield 16. His 1948 obituary in the same newspaper stated he was the first white child born in Kern County after its formation in 1866 out of Los Angeles and Tulare Counties and that Bakersfield's Minter Field airport had been named after his nephew - the veteran War I pilot Lieutenant Hugh C. Minter 20. The church in Glennville where Lelia and John married in 1894 was built in 1866 and in 2008 was still standing. In 1913 it had a name change from Cumberland Presbyterian Church to Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church.3. Blanche Harvie Morean born 18 Oct 1880 1 in Kern County, California; died 22 Oct 19611 in Los Angeles. She married on 3 Mar1903 1, Marion L. Perry, born ca. 1866 in Lafayette, Indiana ; died 3 April 1932 1. His newspaper obituary stated he arrived in California 35 years previous and had settled first in Fresno and then in Bakersfield. In 1912 he became associated with the Union Oil Company where he was employed until his death. No children names were mentioned in the obituary and it seems there were none. A 1944 newspaper report of her sister Leila's Golden Wedding Anniversary said Blanche had never lived outside of Kern County. She lived at No. 1925 Twentieth Street, Bakersfield next door to her mother Carrie at No. 1927. During her last years she was cared for by her half-brother David Hill and his wife Grace of North Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Children of Leila Virginia Morean and John Franklin Minter were:-
+ 9. i. Floyd Monroe Minter
+ 10. ii. Esther Florence Minter
+ 11. iii. Morean L. Minter
12. iv. Franklin Minter
13. v. Blanche Lois Minter
+ 14. vi. Carrie Leila Minter
Andrew Morean, born 11 May 1884 in Kern County, California, USA; died
30 Mar 1952 in Kern County, CA. He married in 1910 in Oakdale,
Stanislaus County, CA, Annie Walther,
born ca.1890 in Stanislaus Co.; died 23 Jan 1954 in Kern County. Her
newspaper obituary stated she was 63, had lived in Bakersfield for 6
months at No. 1921 Twentieth Street, and was a member of Rebekah Lodge
and Neightbors of Woodcraft of Oakdale 21.
step-father Simeon Hill's Nov.
1919 obituary gave D. A.'s then occupation in Oakdale as turkey rancher.
6. Chauncey D. Hill, born 10 Dec 1889 1, 18 in Kern County, California; died 27 Jul 1952 1. He married on 24 Jul 1929 1, Helen Sage Barton, born 6 Oct 1894 22, the daughter of Darius Arthur Barton and Frances A. Sage.
In the 1910 census Chauncey appeared as a mechanic working for a Bakersfield lumber yard, and in his father's Nov. 1919 obituary was still living in Bakersfield. In 1930 and 1944 he was living in Hollywood. His widow Helen Hill was living in Los Angeles in 1965. There is no record in her bible, held in 1998 by her niece Winifred Hill, of there having been any issue.7. George Milton Hill, born 4 Feb 1891 1; died 5 Jun 1891 1.
8. David Lois Hill was born 6 Oct 1893 1 in Glennville, Kern County, California; died 4 Dec 1969 18 in Woodland Hills, California. He married on 3 Jan 1926 1 in Los Angeles, California, Grace Mae Cook (nee Brown, widow of Emery N. Cook 1892-1917 ), born 14 Dec 1898 18x in Brookfield, Missouri; died 11 Feb 1981 23 in Encino, Los Angeles County, California.
Children of David Lois Hill and Grace May
Cook were as follows:
16. i. Winnifred H. Hill
17. ii. Richard Hill
Floyd Monroe Minter, born 7 Sep 1895 18 in
Kern County, California;
died 14 Feb 1957 18 in Kern County. He married, Addie L. Hemingway who with the three children survived him. He was known as
'Tobe" and was living in Glennville in July 1948 20. He had
the general store and dance hall in Greenhorn which in those days was
on the main road to Kernville.
Esther Florence Minter was born 5 Mar 1897 24 in
Glennville, Kern Co., CA.;
died 28 Oct 1990 24
in Bakersfield, Kern
Co., CA. She married (1st)
in Bakersfield, Kern Co., William Lewis Bracchi, born 8 Nov 1888 26, 24 in Mayfield, Santa Clara Co., CA; died 4 May 1941 3 in
Bakersfield, Kern Co., buried Union Cemetery,
She married (2nd)
before July 1948, Carl Johnson
24, 25 . In July 1944 she was living
in her grandmother's old home at No. 1927 Twenieth Street in
Bakersville. Her second husband Carl Johnson had at least one child
named Oleta from his first marriage. He worked on oilfields in
he and Esther, who was known to her family as "Mamoo", moved about a
lot. When in Bakersfield they resided at No. 1927.
12. Franklin Minter "Frank", born Aug 1899 28 in Kern County, California; died 23 Aug 1908 18 in Kern County.
ca.1905 in Kern County, California; died 20 April 1934 18 in
Angeles. She married
William "William" Kelly. Until six months before her death they lived in
where she and her husband were both employed by the Associated Oil
No surviving children were named in her newspaper obituary.
14. Carrie Leila Minter (aged 93 years at her death - longest living descendant of Carrie Harvie) was born 28 Apr 1901 18 in Kern Co., California and died 1 Aug 1994 18 in the city of San Luis Obispo, California, buried in Lady Family-Sutcliffe Mausoleum in San Luis Obispo. She married, Frederick Henry "Fred" Symons, died 1960 in San Luis Obispo 29. She was residing in San Luis Obispo at the time of her father John Franklin's death in 1948. Her obituary stated she had ten great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
17. Richard Hill , born 12 Jun 1934 23. He died as a small child.
Toby Rean Minter, born 1936 24; died 1976 24,
buried Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, CA.
19. Doris Minter. She married Mr. Melville 31
Verna Minter. She married Mr.
21. John William Bracchi, born 15 Dec 1915 24 in Palo Alto, CA; died 2 Sep 1982 3 in Bakersfield, Kern Co, CA; buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Bakersfield. He married on 20 Feb 1941 24 in Bakerfield, CA, Mary Ellen Dewar 32 born 16 Dec 1915 24; died 14 Jun 1999 in Bakerfield, CA, buried Greenlawn Cemetery, daughter of James Harvey Dewar (1885-1966) and Lena Yancey (1889-1982).
stated he lived
65 of of his
66 years in Kern County 32. He served in the U.S. Army
Signal Corps during WW II. His wife's father James Harvey Dewar founded
Dewar's Candy Shop in Bakerfield in 1909. Famous for its hand dipped chocolates,
each of which has a unique "squiggle" on top to identify its flavour,
Dewar's is a Bakersfield institution that to this day is still operated
by his descendants 24.
31. Susan Jane Bracchi, born in Bakersfield. She married in 1964 (1) Larry David Arnold (annulled) 24. In 1966 she married (2) Doyle Owen Bailey in Festus, MO 24and in 2008 they resided in St. Louis 32.
Children of Susan Jane Bracchi and Doyle Owen Bailey were:-
38. Shawn Christopher Bailey
Margaret Ann Bracchi, born in Bakersfield. She
married in 1968, Alan Vincent
Giuliani, born in El Cajon, CA 24.When her
father died in 1982 they were residing in the Netherlands 32.
of Margaret Bracchi and Alan Giuliani were:-
39. i Bret John Giuliani
40. ii Steven Alan Giuliani
William Bracchi Jr., born in Bakersfield. He married in 1967 in
Bakersfield, CA, (1) Janice Lorraine
Olson (Div) 24- no issue. He married in 1978 in
Davis, CA, (2) Carol Ann Lane
(Div) 24. He served in the US Army for three years from
1966 to 1969 attaining the rank of Sergeant. His service included a
tour of duty in Viet Nam where he served with 1st Cavalry Division
Brenda Yvonne Bracchi, born 30 Oct 1942 24 in Bakersfield, CA.
35. Adriane Louise Bracchi, born 15 Sep 1947 24 in Bakersfield, CA.
William Charles Burdick, born
17 Dec 1940 24 in Bakerfield; died 15 Mar 1982 24 in
Santa Barbara, CA.
37. Robert Eugene Burdick, born 31 Aug 1945 24 in Bakersfield, CA.
38. Shawn Christopher Bailey, born 1 Apr 1980 24 in Kirkwood, MO.
Bret John Giuliani, born 29 Mar 1970 24 in Rockford, Illinois. He married in Malibu, CA, Christina Victoria Morago.
40. Steven Alan Giuliani, born 7 Dec 1972 24 in Marion, Ohio.
41. Alex William Giuliani
42. Erica Rose Giuliani
Researched 1997-98 by J.
Raymond, Brisbane, Australia
first posted 16 Dec 2001 - last updated 3 Nov 2005
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