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Solomon Decker1

Male
b. May 1826, d. 2 September 1911


Father Moses Decker b. circa 11 June 1788, d. 4 August 1860
Mother Mary Elisabeth Sheplor b. 5 February 1794, d. 3 January 1859
Pop-up Pedigree

Family Charlotta Elizabeth "Lottie" Nichols b. 1848, d. 23 May 1931
Marriage* 5 December 1866  Viroqua, Vernon Co., WI, Principal=Charlotta Elizabeth "Lottie" Nichols 
Children  1. George Edgar Decker b. 1868, d. 1946
  2. Jessie Pearl Decker b. 26 Jun 1873, d. 28 Dec 1956
  3. Blanche Ethelyn Decker b. 8 Nov 1875 or May 1878, d. 5 May 1967
  4. Clarence Earl Decker b. 1878, d. 1911
  5. Meda Margaret Decker b. Apr 1887 or 13 Oct 1887, d. 5 Mar 1969

Note*   (Ed: These notes provided by Dale Decker. See Source Listing for contact information)

The 1850 Census of Bad Ax, Crawford County, Wisconsin, 23rd August, 1850 lists Dwelling 311 - Family 311 Solomon Decker age 25, male Farming, born Ohio. His brother Isaac is listed with him.

Mose's will lists him as about 38 residing near Vasa Ville, Nevada County, Ca. ------ Return shows Vacaville, Solano County, Ca. Info in file.

Crossing The Plains in 49, By G.W. Thissell states "April 20th 1853, Isaac Decker of Viraqua, Bodox County, Wisconsin (note spelling of Viroqua and Badax) left home with an ox team for Council Bluffs, on the Missouri river(Where Dale Decker was born and raised, by the way.) Later in the article it states that Solomon played the violin for dancing at Isaacs wedding. They must have left Viroqua together to go to California. The author was a member of the wagon train and lived near Isaac and Solomon at Vacaville.

1860 Census, 25th July, 1860, Nevada County, Washington Township, page 334, #2319 lists S. Decker, age 23? (28?) Male, White, Miner, no property, born Ohio. See copy in his file.

24th April, 1861 Solomon made claim for $242.91 against Moses estate for loan of money advanced to Moses May 1st 1856. Filed at Vacaville, Solano, County. (interesting as Solomon was in Vacaville in 1856 could the loan have been made in 1850???)

Poll lists for Vacaville election district, Solano, County, Ca., Sept. 4, 1867: #58 Decker, Solomon, 36, farmer, registered Aug. 3, 1867.

Ltr. from Almeda Decker Isaacs oldest dtr.) for 26 Nov., 1868," we had a supper here and all uncle Sols folks were here." ( could this include Mary Rice?) Note nickname. Ltr. also says "Aunt Lottie is here. They baby grows pretty every day. he is real white now. he is good too". This is their first child, George Edgar.

9th US Census, 1872 (taken July 8, 1870) #193 - 173 lists his age as 44.

Isaacs will dated 12/31/1872 lists him as a witness. (see Isaacs' file)

Vacaville, the Heritage of Calif. shows he served as public adminstrator from Vacaville in 1869 and 1870. The business directory of Solano County of 1878 shows he served in 1871 and 1872.

Weekly Solano Republican Vol. 18, Number 15, January 30, 1873, Delinquent tax list, State and County: Decker, S., admr. estate of -- Carey, n w gr sec 21 T6 n R le & imp., $19.10.

Business Directory of Solano County 1878 shows him as fruit grower, 160 acres, came to Calif. in 1853 and to Solano County in 1855. Also shows he had a peach called the Decker Peach) Property description is listed in his file.-also a map of valley and his property. His and Isaacs, families named Robinson and Weldon next to them. G. W. Thissel also lived nearby. Probably bought the property from Dewey Dutton. This valley was named after a family called Pleasants.

Property located in Pleasants Valley, Calif., North of Vacaville. In the Las Putas Land Grant. (not Rio Las Putas, it was Wolfskill)

1870 California Census, Vacaville Township, 8 July, 1870 page 130A:
193 - 173 Decker, Solomon 44 M/W Farmer 6000 2000 Ohio
, Lotta 23 W/F Wisc
, Edgar 2 W/M Cal

The Great Directory of Solano County, Vacaville Township shows #24 Decker, Solomon--age 46, born Ohio, Farmer- Vacaville, June 12, 1876-sworn-
Last item on line)--Removed 9/30/1876.

1880 California Census, 7th Enumeration District, Fresno County, 19th June, 1880, page 260:
177-186 Decker, Solomon, W/M/52 Farmer Ohio NY NY
, Lottie W/F 31 Keeping house Wisc Ill Ill
, George W/M 11 Cal Ohio Wisc
, Jessie W/F 6 " " "
, Blanche W/F 4 " " "
, Clarence W/M 2 " " "

Great Register of Fresno County 1890 (as of Oct. 6, 1890) lists him as age 61, born in Ohio, living in Fowler, farmer, registered on 18 Aug., 1888.

History of Central Calif. (see file) left Wisconsin in 1853 by Ox cart and took 6 months to come to Calif. Engaged in mining then settled in Napa County(actually Solano County-Vacaville) where he engaged in farming on 160 acres. He served as Public Administrator of the county for 4 years. In 1876 he moved to Tulare County and 2 years later moved to Fresno County onto 160 acres 3 miles east of Fowler raising fruit and raisins. Mrd in 1866 to Miss Lottie Nichols, a native of Wisconsin. Had 6 children, 5 are still living. California State Library-Sacto. Bio. and History of Fresno, Tulare and Kern County 1892, P586. Book #9c979.48.

Clipping in book with Isaacs wedding information about the Rockridge Club of Oakland, unsure of dates but probably mid to early 1930's lists a Mrs L. H. ( Lucien) Handy as a niece, whose father was Solomon, the fiddler who signed the marriage certificate. Another article says the violin is prized possesion of Mrs Lucien Handy. This information was in articles about the wedding being on a show called Covered Wagon Days, in the Claremont Press. (copy in his file)

Moved to Tulare County in 1876 two years later moved to Fowler in Fresno County. See article in History of Central Calif., 1892. Great Register of Fresno County 1890 shows he registered to vote on 18 Aug., 1888 and lived in Fowler. (copy in his file)

The Great Record of Contra Costa County, Pacheco Precinct, of 1904 lists #54 Decker, Solomon, age 80, address Concord.

State Death Index 1905-1925 Book #2 lists Solomon Decker, Contra Costa County, died 2 September, 19ll, age 86, State #23933. Wifes initials L. E.

Martinez Daily Standard Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1911 Obit.
" Concord, Sept. 5 Solomon Decker, another of the pioneer and respected citizens of this section has passed away along the road from which no traveler returns.
Mr Decker was a native of Ohio, aged 85 years and was widely known among the old time residents of this county." (see copy in his file)

Cemetary Records of Calif., Volume 3, Northern Counties Lists Solomon Decker, died 9/2/1911, age 86 years 9 months. Pacheco Cemetary.

Cemetary lot with 3 markers in the Seasons Cemetary (Pacheco Cemetary) in Concord, (Pacheco) Cal. Solomons marker in the middle, Charlottes on the north and Clarence E. Decker on the south- (see pictures) Clarence E. Decker, born 1878, died Sept. 8, 1911, age 33 years.
(Contra Costa Cnty. Cemetary records, Vol. #1)

Clarence E. Deckers tombstone is in the shape of a tree trunk and the inscription is; Here lies a Woodman of the World, Laural Camp #145.


The pictures and letters in the file are from Susan Chapman Willey, great great grand daughter of Solomon. She has the originals. She said she believes they lived in Clayton at the time of Solomons death.1 
News/Obit   From the "History of Solano and Napa Counties, California", p128

"The Decker peach is a chance seedling which was found on the ranch of Sol. Decker, and it's commercial importance was discovered and the peach first propagated for commercial purposes by L.W. Buck.2 
Note*   (Ed: These notes provided by Dale Decker. See Source Listing for contact information)

Isaac & Solomon left Viroqua together, in the spring of 1853. This date is in question as a later bio states " they left Viroqua on April 20th, 1853". Crawford County Press dated January 26, 1853 Prairie du chien "Solomon and Isaac Decker and Isaac and Joshia Adams, Allen Ramsey, Wm Dee, Leander Loughlin and Mallory passed through town for Calif. They had 6 yoke of oxen." I tend to believe the April date as it was written by an author who was their neighbor.

I believe Leander Loughlin was an uncle of Lottie, Solomons wife. They met a wagon train in Council Bluffs and traveled with it. A family named Pond was with the wagon train. Isaac met a girl named Ida Pond whom he married on the trail east of Salt Lake. Solomon played his violin for dancing at the wedding and was a witnes to the wedding. When they arrived in California Isaac walked 17 miles through the snow to have his marriage recorded. A record of that certificate hangs in the Court House in Downieville, Nevada County, Ca dated February, 1854. It is an official State of California wedding record. An early radio program called A Creek Wedding on Death Valley Days recreated the wedding.

It is possible that the S. Decker in that 1860 census may not have been our Solomon Decker but he had stated that he did some mining and had some luck. He may have been recorded in 2 different locations for that years census, the two locations ae about 70 - 80 miles apart. The record may also have been made from the hotel record, rather than personal interview.

Both Solomon and Isaac owned orchards in Pleasants Valley, near Vacaville. Solomon had 160 acres and Isacc had around 400. They raised fruit and vegetables for the bay area market.

In 1866 Solomon traveled by steamer to Nicaragua and across the Isthmas by ship to New York. From New York he traveled by train to Viroqua, Wisconsin, where he married Charlote on Dec. 5 1866. They then went to Illinois and to Adamsvillie, Ohio for 2 months where they visited relatives. They then went to New York and traveled by ship back to the Isthmas of Panama and back home to Pleasant Valley on March 12, 1867. (from Lotties obituary.)

Solomon and Lotties family are well recorded in the central valley as are Isaacs family.

George Nichols was Charlottas father, her mother died and George married Solomons sister Sarah. I have a pencil drawing of George made by an artist at the GAR encampment in St. Paul, Min. in 1896. Lottie came from California to see him at that time. The picture came from a descendant of theirs and is in an large old wooden frame., Principal=Isaac Shepler Decker1 
Birth* May 1826  Norwich, Muskingum Co., OH, Also recorded as Jan 1825.3 
Census* 1850  1850 Federal Census, Wisconsin, Crawford County, Bad Ax Township, Series: M432, Roll: 995, Page: 252B, August 23
30, 301, 301, Decker, Solomon, 25, M, , Farming, , Ohio, , , ,
31, 301, 301, Decker, Isaac, 21, M, , Farming, , Ohio, , , ,4 
Census 1860  1860 Federal Census, California, Solano County, Vacaville Township, Series: M653, Roll: 69, Page: 329, July 9
6, 71, 69, Decter, S, 32, M, W, Farmer, 3000, 500, Ohio, , , 1,5 
Marriage* 5 December 1866  Viroqua, Vernon Co., WI, Principal=Charlotta Elizabeth "Lottie" Nichols 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, California, Solano County, Vacaville Township, Series: M593, Roll: 90, Page: 130A, July 8
193, 173, Decker, Solomon, 44, M, W, Farmer, 6000, 2000, Ohio, , , , , , , , , 1,
193, 173, Decker, Letta, 23, F, W, Keeping House, , , Wisconsin, , , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Decker, Edgar, 2, M, W, at Home, , , California, , , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, King Kee, 24, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Kei Chong, 22, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Lang Fee, 31, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, King Lie, 27, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Coy Gay, 31, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Ton Ti, 23, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Koy Pan, 26, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Hop Ling, 29, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, Kic Fie, 24, M, C, Farm Laborer, , , China, 1, 1, , , , , , , , ,
193, 173, William, Wilson, 50, M, W, Farm Laborer, , , Pennsylvania, , , , , , , , , , 1,6 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, California, Fresno County, 7th District, ED 7, Series: T9, Roll: 65, Page: 260A, June 19
01, 177, 186, Decker, Solomon, W, M, 52, , , , 1, , , Farmer, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, NY, NY
02, 177, 186, Decker, Lottie, W, F, 31, , Wife, , 1, , , Housekeeper, , , , , , , , , , , Wisconsin, Ill, Ill
03, 177, 186, Decker, George, W, M, 11, , Son, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , California, Ohio, Wis
04, 177, 186, Decker, Jessie, W, F, 6, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , California, Ohio, Wis
05, 177, 186, Decker, Blanche, W, F, 4, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , California, Ohio, Wis
06, 177, 186, Decker, Clarence, W, M, 2, , Son, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , California, Ohio, Wis7 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, California, Fresno County, Seventh Township, ED: 15, Series: T623, Roll: 86, Page: 198A, June 22
Sheet 16A
(enumerated with son-in-law, R L Bosserman)
13, 298, 307, Decker, Soloman, F-in-Law, W, M, May 1826, 74, M, 28, , , Wis, Un, Un, , , , Farmer, , , Yes, Yes, Yes, R, , H,3 
Census 1910  1910 Federal Census, California, Contra Costa County, Fifth Township, ED: 164, Series: T624, Roll: 75, Page: 105A, May 14
Sheet 14A, Ignatius Valley Road
(enumerated with son, Clarence E Decker)
32, 301, 303, Decker, Solomon, Father, M, W, 81, M1, 43, , , Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, , , English, Own Income, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,8 
Burial* 1911  Pacheco Cemetary, Concord, Contra Costa Co., CA 
Death* 2 September 1911  Concord, Contra Costa Co., CA 

Citations
  1. [S42] Dale Decker Personal Research, Dale Decker.
  2. [S654] History of Solano and Napa Cos., Ca, Tom Gregory.
  3. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census , 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  7. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  8. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.


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