Let's see if I got this straight: John Settoon, Sr. (b:1770) is the father of Sam Settoon, Sr. (b:1791) and John Settoon, Jr. (b:1797). John, Sr. married Nancy Lanier. John, Jr. married Levenia Strickland. Sam'l, Sr. married Nancy Williams Sam G. (i.e., son of Sam) m. Elizabeth ___.
You descend from John and Levenia. I descend from John's brother, Sam, and his wife, Nancy.
Let me know if I got that right - I know some of those guys had other wives, but I won't worry about them right now.
You wanted info about John (b:1797) and his wife, Levenia: By 1850, Levenia Settoon is the head of household in Livingston Parish, La, with 2 children, Nancy, age 12, and Fereby, age 9. I presume that John is either deceased or left; I don't know which, but I can't find any record of him after 1850. In 1870, Levenia Settoon is the head of household in Tangipahoa Parish.She's an old lady with a 14 year old boy named James Hunter in her house - I don't know if he's a relative or not.
You wanted info on California Settoon: That's my gr-gr grandmother.I don't know if any of the Settoons ever went to, or thought about going to California, but they sure did study geography!California had a sister named Cuba, a brother named Livingston (Parish?), and two cousins named Paris.If they didn't travel, they sure thought about it! California was born in 1848, and I know it was something of a tradition to name girls after states new to the Union.The stories I heard when I was young suggest that's how she was named.She was called "Callie".I don't know where she was born.I have seen some documents that suggest that her brother, Andrew, was born in Arkansas; and that her sister, Cuba, was born in Mississippi.California could have been born in LA, MS, ARK; I just don't know.In 1860, at age 12, she was in Oak Grove, W. Carroll Parish, LA. in the household of her parents, Sam'l G. and Elizabeth Settoon.On 5/9/1866 she married John E. Tillery in E. Carroll Parish.John E. Tillery was the son of Virgil Harrison Tillery, Sr. and Elizabeth Harvin.The Tillerys were another family that seemed to have moved from St. Helena Parish in S. LA., to North Louisiana about the same time as the Sam'l G. Settoon family (but I don't know if there's any direct correlation there).California and John Tillery had 6 childen: Saul, Irene, Suzy, Howard, Alfred, and Daisy Tillery.
Daisy was the youngest child, born in 1882.The birth of Daisy is the last recorded event in California's life.California could have died anytime from 1882 forward.
Hope this helps - send more back !
Mike Proctor Baton Rouge
PS: If there's anything you can think of, I have access to LA State Archive - it's not far from my house.I've scoured through most of what's available - but if you have anything to look up, I'd be glad to run over there.
PS: Which of the Settoons, if any, went to California?