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New Cuyama in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Nancy Kelsey

 
 
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1. In Honor of Nancy Kelsey Marker
Inscription. By being the sole woman to join the Bidwell - Barttleston Party. The earliest organized overland immigrant party into California. Nancy Kelsey became the first American woman to come across the plains and transverse the rugged Sierra Nevada. She arrived on foot in 1841 carrying her infant daughter, Ann.

Nancy followed her husband from Missouri to California. Up to Oregon and back. On To Mexico and Texas then back again to various locations in California, where in Los Angeles she was widdered in 1888. Following her loss, Nancy returned to Cuyama and homesteaded an area up an oak studded canyon. She raised chickens and vegetables to support herself until her death in 1896. The local community called her the "Angel Of Cuyama" because of her generosity toward the infirmed. As was her wish, Nancy was buried in a store bought coffin purchased by her friends. It was brought in from Santa Maria by horse.
 
Erected 1994 by E Clampus Vitus De La Guerra y Pacheco 1.5 Peter Lebec 1866.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 56.861′ N, 119° 41.308′ W. Marker is in New Cuyama, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on Primero Street,
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2. In Honor of Nancy Kelsey Marker
on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Primero Street is a frontage road which runs parallel to the Cuyama Highway (Highway 166). Marker is in this post office area: New Cuyama CA 93254, United States of America.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Route of the Bartleson - Bidwell Party
 
Categories. Notable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
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3. Nancy Kelsey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 229 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 31, 2017.   2. submitted on January 31, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   3. submitted on February 7, 2017. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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