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Re: Thank you for your posts
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: August 16, 2007 at 18:28:56
In Reply to: Re: Thank you for your posts by Ted Pack of 653


Thanks for the feedback. Most of the credit should go to the transcriber, Dee Sardoc, who grinds through the prime newspaper sources and posts extracts to the San Joaquin county Rootsweb site; she posts on a location vice surname basis. I then try to find a "surname home" for some of the extracts, primarily “vitals”, for those folks who don't follow that site (probably because they never even knew they had a relative in California, much less in San Joaquin or surrounding counties). Since the population in Nor Cal was pretty sparse in the mid-1850’s, papers of the era in SF, Sacramento and Stockton, had to cover a pretty sizeable area to stay in business (Modesto didn’t even exist) :>)

I do the posting primarily as "payback" to the system because of folks who helped me out a lot when I first got started. It also has the potential as “advertising” my surname (which so far I’d have to characterize as “very uncommon”; i.e.,I have yet to get a hit on the Surname pages I’ve set up in Rootsweb and Genforum). So there may be someone not be related to me out there in genealogy land who sees a post about a name they’re interested in, and they do know another Dander, and will let them know I exist (Goggling using Dander hasn’t been very effective; mostly discourses about the problems associated with cat and dog sheddings)

Guess so far I’ve gotten thank you’s for about 1 out of 10 of this type of posts, but since they’re in effect “untargeted”, I have to recognize that in many cases no one is currently interested. However, because of increased storage capacity, there’s a “forever” aspect to what you put on the net. In a couple of cases early posts I made got no response initially, but someone (“newbies” I suspect) found them months after they were posted and were really appreciative.

Also have always been interested in Western history and inherited some good stuff in the form of books, et al from my family and in-laws. I’ll occasionally pick out an “interesting” (to me) extract to post just because it’s “interesting”. An example of one of these was posted to the ADEN surname page:
Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Friday, 7 Oct 1859<<

[transcriber note -- this ad ran until at least the 31st of Oct., 1859]

$1000 REWARD, for the Rescue, if alive, of my Son, WILLIAM A. ADEN, who left St. Louis for California, overland, in the spring of 1857, and was last seen about the 1st of October in that year, at Provo City, Utah Territory, which place he left for California by the Southern Route, being alone and intending to overtake a party of emigrants who were then some 50 miles ahead of him. To. Wm. D. ROBERTS, a young gentleman of Provo City, with whom he had traveled, my son agreed to write as soon as he got through; but, as yet, not a word from him.

Mr. Lucius N. SCOVIL, Postmaster of Provo, writing under date of March 25, 1859, says: Mr. ROBERTS has since been to California and on his return learned from a man in the extreme southern settlement that a certain Indian is now wearing a peculiar buckskin coat, such as your son wore when he left here; and the presumption is that he was either murdered or taken prisoner by the Indians. If alive, he is now about 21 years of age, about 6 feet high, weighs 160 to 175 pounds, fair skin, blue eyes, hair curly and dark; has good talent for vocal and instrumental music; writes poetry, and is proficient in painting. For particulars in regard to dress, &c., when he left Provo refer to Wm. D. ROBERTS, of that place.

For the rescue and delivery of my son, if a prisoner, to Gov. CUMMING of Utah, or to Ex-Governor BOGGS of Napa, California, or for an undoubted assurance of his release, I will give the above named reward or will give a liberal portion thereof for knowledge of his whereabouts, so that he may be rescued. Any information in regard to him would be gratefully received by a distressed family of parents, brothers and sisters.

Any person entitled to the reward can draw on me at this place, or my son, F.F. ADEN, 101 Main street, St. Louis. As an assurance of its payment when legitimately called for, I refer to the annexed letter to Gov. CUMMING from Gov. HARRIS of Tennessee, with whom I have been acquainted for many years.
[signed] S.B. ADEN
Paris, Tennessee, May 27th, 1859

Executive Department
Nashville, Tenn., May 8th, 1859
His Excellency, the Governor of Utah Territory:
Sir: Dr. S.B. ADEN of this State is under the apprehension that his son William, en route to California in 57, was either murdered or taken prisoner by the Indians. He is in deep distress and wished to offer a reward for the rescue of his son, if living; and at his instance I write this note to say that Dr. ADEN is a gentleman of high character, and in every way worthy and responsible, and any reward that he may offer for the rescue of his son from the custody of the Indians, will be promptly paid, which fact you will please make known to your people, by the publication of his note or otherwise, so that full credit may be given to such reward as he may offer.
Very respectfully,
Isham G. HARRIS,
Governor of Tennessee
I got the following response to the above:
Search for WILLIAM A. ADEN in CA in 1859

Thank you for posting the newspaper abstract concerning Dr. Sidney Aden's search for his son William Allen Aden. Those of us who are researching the Aden family had not seen this particular document before and are most appreciative for the additional insight it provides into our family history.

In case you or anyone reading this are curious as to William Allen Aden's fate, he was not kidnapped by the Indians as his father mistakenly believed at the time, but instead was killed on Wednesday evening, September 9, 1857, in southern Utah at the site known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. It is thought that he was trying to go back to Cedar City to seek help for the beseiged emigrant party when he was shot. The rest of the members of the wagon train were not killed until two days later on September 11, 1857.

For an amateur historian, this kind of feedback really makes one’s day.

About it

Again thanks for the thanks.

Vern D

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