Alexander Deering was well known in CA, in particular in connection with getting the Yosemite turned into a park. Consequently, in trying to determine who his wife was, I suspect it would be best to concentrate your search on him and see if thereís any connection with her. For example doing a Google using Alexander Deering in quotes came up with following at URL:
Death of Judge DEERING
(submitted by William Disbro)
Again has the insatiate acher on the pale horse visited our domain and struck down another occupant of the District Court Bench, in this, the Thirteenth Judicial District The first was the honorable and amiable Judge Bondurant, and now his not less worthy sucessor, Judge Deerling, has been called upon to follow him across the deep, broad and turbid river, which is never passed over but once. He yielded up his spirit in Merced City, on Sunday morning the 19th instant. He received warning long since of the great change that was to come over him, and was not unprepared for the event. When last he saw the leaves of the forest turn yellow and fall to the ground before the blasts of winter, he accepted, the change as emblematic of his fate, and knew full well that he would not live to see the face of nature covered with the verdur of Spring. Patiently he awaited the final summons, and without fear or trembling, he surrendered himself to the embraces of that eternal sleep, the quietude of which will never be disturbed by the tumult of a jarring world. Judge Deering was a native of the state of Maine, aged 43. He came to Mariposa in July, 1855, where he located, and ever after considered home. From 1856 to 1864 he was associated with Samuel A. Merritt in the practice of law. In 1859 he was elected District Attorney, and at the expiration of the term he was re-elected. In 1862 he made a visit to his native state and while there he was married to Miss Lizzie M. Fabyan, of Boston, Massachusetts. In November, 1865 Govenor Low appointed him District Judge, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Judge Bondurant, which station he filled until Jan 1st, 1868. In Oct. 1873 he was elected my the voters of the district to continue in that office, which he did to the time of his death. His wife died on the 9th of December 1874, preceeding him one year and ten days. Their marriage was unattended by issue. That we live, and move, and have our being is certain. Equally so is death. It is just as natural as life, and should not be sought and cannot be avoided. Eighteen months ago the brown house on the side of the hill, wreathed with evergreens and fragrant flowers, with its grounds covered with mossy grass, and its sidewalks lined with ordamental trees and vines, was the scene of domestic happiness. There, in that beautiful retreat, made vocal by the warblings of feathered songsters, lived this amiable pair. They seemed to exist but for love and enjoyment. The harmony which attended their short journey though life, was remarked by all our citizens. But alas! How fleeting are all earthly pleasures. These two, so well mated, and in possesion of the comforts of life, have been called to another sphere, and a mournful air now seems to prevade these precints once so peaceful and full of domestic bliss.
Jan 1, 1876 issue of the Mariposa Gazette. Hou. Alexander Deering. Our friend and fellow citizen, the subject of this notice, has left us to join the great majority. No one has left our community more universally esteemed and lamented. He was born June 15th, 1832, at Demark, Oxford County, Maine; received his early education at the excellent common schools and high schools of that commonwealth, and having prepared for college entered Bowdoin. Being caste physically in a fragile frame the severity of the college course tested his constitution, and compelled him to relinguish his college life at the end of the sophomore year, from which he entered the eminent law office of Shipley & Dann, in the city of Portland, and after reading law with that firm he went to the law school of Harvard University, where he took high rank and finished the course. Here the delicacy of his condition once more gave him admonition that the rigors of a New England climate would be a perpeptual menace from the Great Destroyer, so he came to California in 1854, and after a brief sojurn in San Francisco, settled in Mariposa, being first associated with Judge R.H. Daily, and soon after becoming a partner with the Hou. Samuel A. Merritt. It did not take people long to learn his genuine character and professional ability. Business flocked in upon the firm, and young Deering became District Attorney - retiring therefrom because outside professional business would not justify his longer filling the position. After being for a long time the counsel of the Mariposa Company, in the palmy days when Park and Olmstead and Dodge gave life to that vast estate by the superior vigor of their management, a vacancy occuring in the District Judgeship by the demise of Judge Bindurant, Gov. Low tendered him the appointment. Serving out the term of his appointment with great credit to himself and acceptability to the people, he again retired to the practise of his profession. But in 1873 the people elected him over a popular Democrat in this Democratic District. His funeral in San Francisco was very largely attended by leading citizens. All of the Courts adjourned out of respect to his memory, and feeling obituary remarks were made on the occasion. His pall barers were Hou. Edmound Burke, Hou. Samuel H. Dwindlle, Hou. M.C. Blake, Hou. W.D. Sawyer, Lewis Shaw, Daniel J. Murphy, H.H. Hewliett, Hugh Diamond, H. Edwards, A.W. Jee, and C.D.O. Sullivan. He lies buried in Lone Mountain, just below the burials of Baker and Broderick- interred besides his wife, in one grave in the burial pot of his brother. When shall we find so trustworthy and admirable a man to take his place? We share in the general condolance extended to his brother and family.
†††††††††† DEERING- Visalia Weekly Delta, Dec 24, 1874 (submitted by Mike White)
In Merced, December 9, 1874, Lizzie F., wife of Judge Alexander Deering.
Iíve posted several newspaper extracts for the Deering surname in Genforum. Whether thereís a relationship between Alexander and the others (except in the case of the marriage) Iím not sure.
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