Abt 1985, my parents, Paul and Ruth Anne Drechsel, met a Jean Estabrook on a trip to Arizona. She told them a family story that we have been unable to substantiate. Do you know anymore?
Per Jean, a husband and wife Estabrook left NYC via boat for San Francisco, during the time of the Gold Rush. They arrived, were eventually disappointed, and decided to return to the East via wagon train. En route, near Walnut Creek CA, their wagon stopped at a isolated farmhouse for Mrs. Estabrook to give birth. The only witnesses were her husband, and the family at the house: father, wife, young son. A son was born to the Estabrooks. Years later, needing to substantiate the place and date of his birth, he appealed to a federal official who was the "last say" in Mr Estabrook receiving a passport. He met the official, and retold the story of his birth. At this point, his parents were deceased, but he asked the official to approve his story nonetheless. The official granted his request, telling him: "I was that little boy". Jean Estabrook claimed this story had been featured in a New York Times Amazing Coincidences article, but we have never been able to find it. Does anyone know if this story is true, and can substantiate it? Thanks!