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Catharine Garrard

Catharine proved up a quarter in 20, 2N 47W in 1892, meaning she settled around 1885.  her claim was next to Eliza J. Hain (Heirs of) also in 1892, so they might have been related.

The 1885 Falls City Nebraska census has a Catharine Garrard, age 55, born in Ohio.  That matches the 1880 St Joseph County Indiana listing of Catharine, living with son John J. 25 and his wife Elizabeth. 

John and Elizabeth had moved to McCook in 1900, with four kids.  Edna 19 born in Indiana, Katherine 14 in Nebraska, Margaret 11 in Colorado, and Leon I 3 in Nebraska.  So in 1889 they were in Colorado.

That almost certainly is the John J. Garrard that in 1890 cash-claimed a quarter in 14, 5N 49W - far northeast Washington County, about fifteen miles wnw of Catharine's.  In 1895 he cash-claimed another quarter in 15 -next to his first claim.


In 1910 Fresno John is working for a railroad.  and he and Elizabeth are both 56.  Daughter Margaret A is 21, an assistant in a doctor's office, and Catherina 80, is with them.

If John was working for a railroad in the 1880's, he very well could have obtained rail passage cheaply.

Margaret A. Garrard, born January 23, 1889 in Colorado, died December 10, 1974 in Monterey

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