I am researching John Thomas Reeves, my paternal Grandfather. He came to Arcata, California to work on Train Trestles. He was born in Orangetown, Quebec, Canada around 1855.
He married his first wife Annie L Webster, they had 3 children Bertha, William & George. Annie died young and he left his children with Annies parents to be raised.
He then married Mary Annn Doyle who had 2 girls from a marriage to Robert Hutchinson, their names were Lily , and Annie Mae. John and Mary Ann had 4 children of their own, Eugene Wesley, John Alvin, Jesse Margaret, and Harry Woodson. All the children grew up in Humboldt County. John Thomas left his family and went back to Canada in the early 1900's. Johnnie went into the Army and served in France. Eugene left home in 1906 and went in search of his father to Burnaby Britixh Columbia, Canada. Harry age 12 was left as the sole support of his Mother Mary Ann and his sister Jesse Margaret.
Harry stayed in Humboldt County for the rest of his life.