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Mead, Estella/Stella/Dell - married Othe Back
Posted by: Liz Freeman (ID *****2827) Date: June 13, 2011 at 09:11:51
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I am seeking informaiton on Estella Mead. She was born circa 1870 in IA and is a daughter of Rachel and Stephen Mead. Rachel and Stephen divorce. I've calculated that Estella married Othe/Otha Back circa 1880 probably in Kansas. Rachel and her children make their way to Yavapai County, AZ.

Estella/Stella/Dell Mead first married Othe/Otha Back. The only record I have found of them is on the 1900 Yavapai County Census living next to Moses Casner on Beaver Creek. Moses is the husband of one of Estella's sisters.

The story I am told is that Othe got drunk on a cold winter night, went to sleep under a haystack and died (I've calculated htis to be circa 1901-1902). Estella was unable to support the children (3 boys, 3 girls) and gave them all up for adoption. I have found the two older boys on 1910 and 1920 census and military records. I have found one dauhter, Lora, under the name of Lora Montgomery. I have yet to find any informaiton on the three remaining children (Lizzie S., Alice R., Marcus V.).

The story is that Estella married a Nels Hollingshead and was living with two Isbell brothers (in AZ) and they killed her to keep her from testifying at their murder trial.

Any information (fact or ficton) will be appreciaed. I am endeavoring to determine what became of all the family members.

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