Looking for information about the ancestry of my GG Grandmother, Olive Oiva Aldrich Towne. I have the basics about her and have found a name for her parents, but nothing more to tie her in to the Aldrich line.
Olive Oiva Aldrich was born 10 June 1845 in Stanstead, Canada. I recently found her wedding certificate in Lowell, MA, on which she identified her father and mother simply as Elisha and Olive.The 1900 census states that she came to the US in 1864, and that her parents were born Vermont.
Following her marriage, I can track her fairly easily.She married my GG Grandfather, Watson Richard Towne, on July 1, 1872 in Lowell, MA, and they began a family in Creston, Iowa, where they lived until early 1880, when they went west to Cheyenne, Wyoming. (appear there in the 1880 census)They went to the area of Valentine, Cherry Co. Nebraska about 1883 and settled there permanently.Watson Towne became the local Judge and died in 1907.Olive is still there in 1910, but went to Los Angeles CA sometime after that to live with one of her daughters.She died in Los Angeles on March 18, 1920.
I really know more about Watson Richard Towne, which may lend info to Olive's story.He was born in 1834 in Waterbury, Washington Co., VT to Ephraim and Jane (Willis) Towne.(A town not far from where Olive Aldrich would be born.)He went west at an early age and was a "Red River Pioneer", a trader along the Red River of Minnesota, based out of St. Paul during the 1850's.He joined a Cavalry Unit out of Chicago during the civil war and then fought in units out of Iowa and Nebraska as well.After the war, he was an early pioneer of western Nebraska and Colorado, during the late 1860's.Then, suddenly, he shows up in Lowell MA getting married to a girl from Canada????? (1872), and immediately is back in the west????
Watson may have gone home to Vermont to visit family and met a local girl and then got married in Massachusetts (???) or may have known her from childhood and met her in Mass to get married.???I do know that Lowell MA specifically was a center for textile working and they hired a lot of single young women to work in the mills.Maybe she was there for that???
As you can see, I am at a loss.I would appreciate any help in finding early information about Olive Oiva Aldrich, particularly on identifyingher parents (Elisha and Olive??)and their ancestry
Sorry for the long e-mail, but I really need help!!