Historical Notes 1873 through 1923
can be read in full from the index at the right.
Margaret Watts Hays and her children had traveled to join her mother and brothers on the Watts ranch near Mariposa, California in July of 1872. Margaret's oldest daughter, Betty married Tomas Lee Moutrey in 1873 and went to live in Merced Co., California. The Watts’ sold their property and the family moved to Tulare Co. where Margaret's Uncle Dick Berry and his family had settled. The farm they chose was on the edge of Tulare Lake, excellent for all types of crops with grazing for cattle on the nearby hills. Margaret lived on the farm, joined by her second husband William B. Overstreet who she married in 1877, until about 1920. In 1890 Margaret returned to Missouri and visited many relatives and old friends.
Margaret's farm was the center of family life during those years. There were a few milestones: Elizabeth Watts' death in 1876, Fleda's marriage to James Kimble Apperson in 1877, the birth of her son Claude Colwell Overstreet in 1878, the marriage of Jennup to Joel Andrew Whiteside in 1881, and the marriage of John Nathan to Lillie B. Mills in 1882. Soon there were grandchildren at the family gatherings and visitors from Missouri. Among the visitors were Linville and Laurinda Hays, Amazon and Mary Hays, Alfred Boone Hays and his family who settled on a nearby farm. William Overstreet's sister, Lizzie Overstreet Twining, came from Illinois. At various times the farm became home to relatives and these included nephews Boone Hays, Amazon Scholl Hays, Berry Yocum, John H. Watts and niece Clara Alice Watts. When her son John's wife died several of his children came to live with her.
There were many letters back and forth from the relatives as the families kept in touch and although none of Margaret's letters have survived, she kept many letters from relatives and they are included in this section. Some of these letters are only fragments but each adds a little to the story of this family's life. Writers in this section include James B. and Mary Yager, Laurinda Hays, Richard Crump, Anna Hays, Boone Hays, Sophia Hays Booth, Annie Bell Berry, William N. Young, Lizzie Twining, John S. Watts, Jr., Louisa Yager Hamilton, Sarah Yager Caldwell, John B. Hays, Betty Hays Moutrey, and Laura Craghead Hainline.
Mrs. Overstreet Funeral Held Sunday (1)
(1) This obituary is from the Lemoore or Armona newspaper, Kings Co., California.
(2) North Fork