This page is dedicated to James Everett and Alma Kirsten Beck Leamey, as they were very much a part of my brother James' life, as they were to many who were warmly accepted into theirs. Jimmy and Alma were both very proud of their heritage and knowing this, Alma had the hindsight to create a family tree scrapbook in 1979 for their son, Roy, James' father. Without this legacy left behind, it would have passed without recognition, as a tribute to one of Northern California pioneer families.
The Leamey surname is from James' paternal family. I am in hopes by adding this lineage to this website, other Leameys, Becks (formerly Bach), Jansens and Glatts will stumble upon this page and would want to contact James. If he is so fortunate in doing so, maybe he can learn more about his ancestors.
As most of the information contained on the following pages is from Alma's book, I will transcribe it to this page, as it was written (in quotation marks). She spent quite a bit of her time and effort (and I'm sure Jimmy helped out too!) writing everything down from both of hers' and Jimmy's memories, about their family history.
was born December 23, 1869 in Eureka, Humboldt County, California and died at the age of 90 years, on October 25, 1960 in Fortuna, Humboldt County, California.
JAMES ANDREW LEAMEY
JAMES ANDREW LEAMEYwas born December 24, 1860 in Hangtown (Placerville), El Dorado County, California to Michael Leamey of Tipperary, Ireland who died about 1864 in Hangtown (Placerville), California and to Mary A., born about 1839 in Ireland and died August 23, 1899 in Fields Landing, Humboldt County, California. James Andrew died October 10, 1920 in Eureka, Humboldt, California.
A writing from James Everett's memory of his grandmother and family:
"Mary Still was my father's (James A. Leamey) sister or my aunt. Both were born in Hangtown, Calif (or Placerville, Cal)
Then after Grandpa Leamey died, Grandma married a man by the name of Fitzpatrick (Fitchpatrick) and moved to Fields Landing. Records at Court House in Eureka showed that Grandpa & Grandma (Leamey) were married in New York. There were three daughters born to Fitchpatrick then; Ruby, Eliz & Stella. I remember of going out to Fields Landing just about every Sunday when I was just a youngster. I don't remember any name of Cooper in the family history. There is another Still that lives out around McFarlan St., Eureka."
Newspapers' obituary with no dates:
DIED. FITCHPATRICK - At Fields Landing, August 23, 1899. Mary A., beloved wife of Bernard Fitchpatrick, and mother of Mary A. Still, Mrs. J. Townsend, Mrs. Maxwell, Mrs. Malcom, D.V. Fitchpatrick and J.A. Leamey, a native of Ireland, aged 60 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of A.L. Still, Fields Landing, Friday, at 8 o'clock a m; thence to St. Bernard's Church in this city, where a solemn mass will be held for the repose of her soul. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend. Interment Bucksport.
Obituary Death has called another old resident of this county, Mrs. Bernard Fitchpatrick, who answered the summons at her home at Fields Landing soon after 8 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Fitchpatrick had been ailing for many years with diabetes and it is to this disease that her death is traceable, although the immediate cause of death was blood poisoning. Deceased was the wife of Bernard Fitchpatrick, the well known farmer of Fields Landing, where the family have resided ever since their arrival in Humboldt from Placer county in 1872. Mrs. Fitchpatrick was a native of Ireland, aged about 60 years, and leaves besides her husband, Mrs. Townsen, Mrs. Mary A. Still, Mrs. Maxwell, Mrs. Stella Malcom of Eureka, daughters, and D.V. Fitchpatrick and J.A. Leamey of Eureka, sons. The funeral will take place from the residence of A.L. Still at Fields Landing, at 9 o'clock Friday morning, thence to St. Bernard's Catholic church in this city at 10 o'clock, where a solemn mass will be said for the repose of her soul.
SARAH E. GLATT
"The daughter of colorful pioneer, Bartlin and Henrietta Glatt. Sarah was full of fun. Liked to cut up and play jokes on her sisters. She laughed a lot but was also quick to speak her mind if she disapproved, and that was quite often."
"Her life was devoted to family and a few close friends. She thought everyone should be thrifty and willing to work. She worked in the grocery store, but James Everett (son) remembers that she would be too saving and husband too generous."
(Alma Beck Leamey - 1979)
James met and married Sarah December 23, 1893 in Eureka, Humboldt County, California, by Rev. Griffith Griffiths .
"Sarah and James had three children; Muriel, Lucille and James E."
I. Muriel E. was born November 17, 1895 in Humboldt County, California and died in October, 1973 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Muriel met and married Howard Richmond McGowan, born November 14, 1889 in California and died April 18, 1962 in Humboldt County, California. Together they had three children; Howard "Howdie", Lois M., and a third son.
After her husband's death, Muriel went to Europe with her church group. She was very aprehensive about going, but went anyway. When they landed in Amsterdam, Netherlands, she lost her footing on the automatic walkway and broke her ankle. She was in the hospital mending, however, she eventually died after about a week.
II. Lucille A. was born October 4, 1897 and died June 20, 1969 in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California. She never married.
III. JAMES EVERETT was born August 14, 1899 in Eureka, Humboldt County, California and died September 18, 1989 in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California.
"They owned and operated a grocery store. The store was not the best business for them as his son remembers; he was too soft
hearted when it came to collecting bills. He finally went through bankruptcy with his business.
He then went into mill work. The oldest daughter Murriel, married their employee, Howard McGowen.
Lucille never married. James married Alma Bach. James had two sisters and one half sister. His father came from Tipperary, Ireland (actually his grandfather). We were closer to his half sister, Aunt Lizzie (Townsend). Mattie, her daughter, left all the cousins about $15,000.00 each. Mattie was in light opera. She never married."
(Alma Beck Leamey - 1979)
"She (Sarah) married three times, the last time at age seventy-five. She outlived all. Her last marriage was very happy and that lasted twelve years before husband died." Husbands names were Frederick William Hansen and then Stockhoff.
Local newspapers' obituary: