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Re: Soward Family of Fosters Bar Yuba, Ca
Posted by: Judy Artley (ID *****5905) Date: May 06, 2010 at 22:38:05
In Reply to: Soward Family of Fosters Bar Yuba, Ca by Diane McBain of 254

Hi Diane,
In 1840 an Alfred Soward was living in Northern Division, Mason Co., Kentucky. Source: 1840 U. S. Census, National Archives, Ancestry.

In 1860 Richard and Alfred Soward were slave owners in Mason Co., KY.

In 1860 an Alfred Soward was living in Fosters Bar, Yuba Co.
Alfred Soward, b. KY, 45, farmer.
Tabetha, wife, b. MO, 33.
Franklin D., b. WI, 10.
Eugene, b. CA, 5.
Elijah Neil, laborer, 35.

A William P. Houston, Metcalf's Landing, KY wrote a letter June 26, 1865 to Lyman C. Draper saying that his grandfather, William Pepper, knew John McIntyre who lived at Morgan Station in what is now Montgomery Co., KY. General Soward and his son, Alfred Soward, living in Mason County, KY. A. L. S. 2 pp. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society, p. 388, Ancestry.

This letter was written to justify someone's claim to a Civil War pension.

In 1870 An Alfred Soword was living in Foster Bar, Yuba Co., CA.
Alfred Soword, b. MD, 59, farmer.
Tabitha, wife, b. KY, 45.
Franklin D., son, b. WI, 19.
Alsen E., son, b. CA, 15.
William A., b. CA, 6.
Lewis Hoffman, farm laborer, b. Prussia, 56.

In 1880 Alfred Soward was living in Fosters Bar.
Alfred Soward, b. KY [both parents born KY], 69, farmer.
Tabitha, b. KY, 54.
Eugene, b. CA, 25, laborer.
Albert W., b. CA, 15.

In June 1880 Alfred Soward appears on an agricultural census in Slate Range, Yuba Co., CA.

In 1885 he's listed as a Justice in Foster's Bar Twp, Yuba Co. Source: Western Shore Gazetteer & Commercial Directory for California, Ancestry.

In 1885 he's also listed as living in Oregon House [Post Office name], CA, Occupation=hotel and farmer. Source: Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Butte and Tehama Counties California Directory 1885, Ancestry.

An Alfred Soward died 18 Feb 1890 in Yuba County at age 78, 11 months. Nativity=Maryland. Source: Rootsweb, Yuba County, Family History Film #1293944 transcribed,

You can request a copy of his obituary from Random Acts Genealogical Kindness. Go to, read guidelines, choose California, choose Yuba County and Lita. Successful Searching!

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