Genealogy Trails

Clear Creek County, Colorado Genealogy Trails


Samuel Bowles

Samuel Bowles, the veteran editor of the Springfield, Mass., Republican, died Thursday night. He as an able journalist and a good friend of Colorado. (Colorado Miner January 19, 1878)

Maj. R. B. Bradford

Maj. R. B. Bradford, who came to Denver in 1859 and has resided in that city and vicinity ever since, died last Saturday of paralysis, aged 64 years. (Colorado Miner, January 6, 1877)

Mrs. Martha Bull
Denver Rocky Mountain News [Denver, CO], Nov 23, 1899 Gilpin and Clear Creek County
Died at Central City
Central City, Colo., Nov. 22 - Mrs. Martha Bull, widow of Gideon Bull, who died in this city three years ago, died today of pneumonia. She was 52 years old and was one of the pioneer ladies of the county and was well known throughout this section of the state. The funeral will probably take place on Sat.

James Callery

Died on Monday morning March 17th, 1873 James Callery, aged 38 years. The funeral will take place from the Congregational Church at 2 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, March 18.

Warren I. Clark

Died in Georgetown Aug. 24, Warren I, son of Samuel D. and Melvina J. Clark, aged 4 months and 24 days. The bereaved parents have the sympathies of their friends in this sad affliction. Funeral at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Services at the residence. (Colorado Miner, August 24, 1878)

Mollie Dean and Dr. Shea
On the 15th inst., at Georgetown, Colorado, a doctor named Shea got into a quarrel with a woman of reputed loose character named Mollie Dean, with whom it appears he had been infatuated, and after considerable crimination and recrimination, he shot the woman and instantly killed her. Witnessing the appalling deed he had committed, Shea, immediately after the death of Mrs. Dean, placed his weapon to his own breast, fired, and fell dead.
[Morning Oregonian, Portland Oregon, March 29, 1873 - Submitted by S. Williams]

Alice Eaton

Miss Davidson received word yesterday morning of the death of the little daughter Alice, of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Eaton in Louisville, Ky., where Mrs. Eaton has been spending the winter. Mr. Eaton went to Kentucky last week on account of the illness of the little girl, who was a sweet child about four years old, and her death is a sad blow to her parents, who have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement. (The Silver Standard, Saturday, February 16, 1907)

Henry A. Elkins
Henry A. Elkins, a well known landscape painter of Chicago, died of Mountain fever at Georgetown, Colorado.
[July 26, 1884 Reno Evening News, Reno Nevada]
Chicago, July 26-A telegram is received announcing the death of Professor Henry Elkins, the distinguished American artist at Georgetown, Colo. Among his most noted paintings were "Mount Shasta" and "The New Eldorado," the latter being sold for $30,000.
[July 28, 1884 The Daily Gazette, Fort Wayne Indiana - Sub. by S. Williams]

Rufus Virgil Fairbanks

Died on Feb. 27th, 1873, Rufus Virgil Fairbanks, at Morris, Ill., aged 40 years. He has been a resident of Colorado 18 years. (Daily Colorado Miner, March 17, 1873)

Charles Fix
A correspondent writes to the Georgetown Miner from Montezuma, order date Fef 17, as follows:
No doubt the many friends of Charles Fix, well known in and around Georgetown, will be pained to hear of his death. He went out yesterday morning to shoot some quail, and was gone so long that his brother, becoming alarmed, went in search of him. He followed his tracks to the dge of a large snow slide, where all trace of him ws lost. It is supposed that he was caught by the slide and buried beneath it. Every effort has been made for the recovery of his body, but all in vain so far. There are but few persons in the gulch at this time, and there is also great danger of another slide, so that comparatively nothing can be done.
Source: Rocky  Mountain News, Mar 4, 1874, transcribed by J.S.

Mary Gedney

Mrs. Mary Gedney, wife of Herbert Gedney, foreman of the Dives-Pelican property, died on Friday of last week of pneumonia at her home in Georgetown. She is survived by four children. (The Silver Standard, Saturday, March 9, 1907)

Peter Glafeld

Died On Sunday morning, August 5th, at Empire, Peter Glafeld in the 51st year of his age. (Georgetown Courier, August 9, 1877)

Mabel Clyde Hamilton

Died In this city, Feb. 7, Mabel Clyde, only daughter of F. A. and C. J. Hamilton, aged 5 years, 6 months and three days.

Funeral tomorrow at 12 p.m. Friends of the family invited to attend. (Colorado Minder, February 8, 1879)

Helen Krupp

Station Agent F. E. Durray received word on Thursday of the death of his sister, Mrs. Helen Krupp, in Milwaukee, Wis., and he and Mrs. Durray departed yesterday for that city to be in attendance at the funeral and they expect to remain on a visit of a couple of weeks. Mrs. Krupp gave birth to a child last Saturday which resulted in her death. (The Silver Standard, Saturday, March 2, 1907)

Maggie Larsh

Died - On Tuesday, the 9th, instant Mrs. Maggie Larsh, wife of John M. Larsh, aged 19. (Georgetown Courier, August 16, 1877)

Fred Leighton
Fred Leighton, an old and respected miner, recently died at Idaho Springs.
 [The Boulder County Courier (Boulder County) Friday, October 25, 1878]

Thomas Kenneth Leiker
Aurora Man, 25, Dies in Road Crash
A tractor-trailer crashed through a bridge railing and sailed off into an embankment in Arapahoe County, fatally injuring the driver early Wed., the Colorado State Patrol reported.

The death of Thomas Kenneth Leiker, 25, of Aurora, along with the deaths Tuesday of Harry Cummings, 50, of Aurora, and Elizabeth O’Herron, 80, of Boulder, in other accidents, pushed Colorado’s 1969 highway fatality toll to 360 compared with 375 on the ame date a year ago.

The patrol said Leiker was westbound on Interstate 70 when his rig ran into the dirt median, then knocked out 31 feet of guard rail, scraped along a bridge railing, knocked out the railing, sailed 22 feet through the air and struck an embankment.

The trailer landed atop the tractor, pinning Leiker inside.  The driver died at the scene of massive internal injuries, the patrol said.
Cummings was killed Tuesday when his motorcycle went out of control and hit a median fence along Interstate 70 one mile west of Empire.

Mrs. O’Herron was struck and killed by a car on a Boulder street as she walked to a mail box.  The driver was identified as Blanche Glade of Boulder.
The Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, CO) – Wednesday, July 30, 1969- transcribed by Jim Dezotell

Mary McDonald
Tight lacing killed Miss Mary McDonald, aged 17, at Georgetown, Colorado. Ladies should be careful and not get so "tight".
[Saturday Herald, (Decatur Illinois) March 4, 1882 - Submitted by S. Williams]

Herman Mihert
Colorado Veteran Dead
Georgetown, Colo., Dec 30- Herman Mihert, aged 52, died in the Sisters' Hospital. He served during the rebellion on board the United States steamship Brooklyn.
[Sioux Valley News, Correctionville Iowa, January 4, 1894 - Sub by S. Williams]

Killed by A Snow Slide [MARTIN, JOHNSON, MORGAN]
St. Louis, April 18-The bodies of three miners, Patterson Martin, Christopher Johnson and Patrick Morgan, were dug out of a snow slide in Cheroken Gulch, four miles from Georgetown, Colorado, yesterday. They had been dead several days, and were found in their bed, indicating that the slide took place in the night.
[April 28, 1875 Elyria Independent Democrat, Elyria Ohio - Submitted by S. Williams]

Tom L. O'Connor
Sudden death of an Actor
Denver, Col., July 22- Tom L. O'Connor, a well known actor, died suddenly of heart disease at Georgetown, Colorado, Saturday.
[July 23, 1878 Gazette Bulletin, (Williamsport,Penn) - Submitted by S. Williams]

William Osbiston
William Osbiston, brother of Co. Frank Osbiston, well known in California, died at Idaho Springs, Colorado, yesterday of mountain fever. He leaves a family in England.
[Daily Nevada State Journal, (Reno Nevada), March 27, 1883 - Submitted by S. Williams]

Alfred Payne

The death of Alfred Payne occurred at his home near Hayden, Routt county, this state, on Wednesday evening after a protracted illness. Mr. Payne was for many years a resident of Silver Plume and was a member of the lodge of Odd Fellows in this place. He was between 45 and 50 years of age and leaves a wife and several children. (The Silver Standard, Saturday, February 23, 1907)

Catharine L. Post
Died - We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Catharine L. Post, wife of Col. John P. Post, which occurred at Georgetown, Colorado, last Monday. It is now a year since Mrs. Post left Decatur to make her home in the far west, and her death will be sincerely mourned by her many friends in this city, where she was so well known. Mrs. Post was 38(?) years of age and was a daughter of the late Joseph Kaufman, Esq.
[Decatur Republican, (Decatur, Illinois), December 5, 1872 , Submitted by S. Williams]

Thomas Roppson
Thomas Roppson was killed in the Baxter mine at Georgetown, Saturday, by a bucket full of ore falling down the shaft.
[The Boulder County Courier (Boulder County) Friday, October 25, 1878]


Dec. 16 - A Georgetown, Colorado, mob on Saturday took a notorious outlaw named Schumme from jail and reformed him after the style of Judge Lynch.
[Burlington Hawk Eye, (Burlington Iowa), December 22, 1877 - Submitted by S. Williams]

John C. Spencer

On the 23d of December John C. Spencer well known all over Colorado, died in Denver of pneumonia. He came here in ’59 or ‘ 60, and for many years nearly to the day of his death was connected with theatrical business. He was of a genial disposition, had hosts of friends and we believe no man was ever heard to declare himself an enemy. Peace to his ashes. (Colorado Miner, January 6, 1877)

William Uren

William Uren, an old resident of Idaho Springs, died in that city last Sunday as a result of heart failure induced by miners consumption from which he had been suffering for several years. He was 42 years of age and is survived by a wife and three children. (The Silver Standard, Saturday, February 23, 1907)

William Watkins

Former Resident of Silver Plume Passes Away – The remains of William Watkins, a former resident of Silver Plume for many years, were brought here on Monday evening last to be laid in their final resting place, his death having occurred in Cripple Creek on Saturday, January 19th.

Mr. Watkins had been gradually failing in health for several years so that his death did not come unexpectedly, but it nevertheless was a sad blow to his family, to whom he was a kind and devoted husband and father.

Deceased was born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, in 1848, where he resided until 1876 when he came to Silver Plume with his family to make their future home. After coming here Mr. Watkins engaged in the ore hauling business with his brother Edward, later buying his brother’s interest in the business, which he continued until about seven years since, when he sold his business and property and removed to Anaconda, Colo., where he again engaged in teaming and the feed and grain business. His health commencing to fail he a few years later moved to Denver thinking that a lower altitude might prove beneficial, but getting no relief from the change he and the family returned to Cripple Creek a few months ago.

Before coming to Colorado Mr. Watkins became a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and retained his membership in Dodgeville Lodge No. 147 up to the time of his death. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon under the auspics of Silver Plume Lodge No. 25, of that order with services at the M. E. Church conducted by Rev. Thomas Collister, a large number of friends showing the esteem and respect in which they held Mr. Watkins during his residence among us by attending.

A widow, three sons, David, William and Roy and a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Kestle are left to mourn the death of husband and father. They accompanied the remains to Silver Plume as also did Mr. Kestle and Richard Mischke. (The Silver Standard, Saturday, January 26, 1907)