I belatedly received an email from Carol DUGGER with reference to my Great Uncle Robert HEDLEY whom settled in Napa Co,Ca.It was sent in March 2002 and I took it on 23rd June 2002!!
I was unable to send a "thank you" and carry on correspondence and have lost contact, can anyone help?
Carol posted the following information to me:-
"I did find his name on the Napa Co. Tax Assessment Record, however, for the years of 1886,1888,1889, 1891, 1892 and 1893. In 1886 he was listed in Dist. #13 which was the Napa, Carneros and Howard districts. I think that means that he lived out in the Carneros District which in those days was mostly a cattle farming and dairy area. Today it is covered by fine vineyards and if he still owned this property it would be worth millions of dollars!
In 1888 he was listed under Dist. # 15 which was the Harmony Mountain, Shurtleff, Napa and Franklin areas. Now I can't interpret this for you, since I don't know that much about Napa in its early days. People had only just begun to settle here in earnest around the 1840's so it was a very small town then with maybe 3000 people living here. Most of the property in the 1840's was settled by either squatters or those who were able to buy land from the owner of the old Spanish land grantee, Gen. Mariano Vallejo. He held around 200,000 acres at one time and sold off little pieces here and there.
Anyway, from 1889 through 1893 Robert Hedley lived in the Carneros district. These records are found on Microfilms #1016, 1024,1033,1027 for the Tax Assessment Records. 1886 was film # 1005 and 1888 was film # 1011.
I met with greater success with the Great Register of Napa County book #1884 pg 24. This is the voter's registration book for 1884. There were entries for 1882, 86 and 88 and 1892. (Voting obviously took place every 2 years.)
Starting with 1882 it stated that Robert Hedley was born in Canada(!) registered to vote on Aug 2, 1882 and was age 37. Book 1886, pg 17.
In 1886 he was registered in Brown's Valley which sort of makes sense as it is closer to Carneros than Napa proper is.
He was age 42, still shows born in Canada.This is in book #1890, pg 23.
The good stuff comes in book 1894, page 24!
Robert is now age 46 and still born in Canada. Registered Aug 30, 1892. He is a farmer,was naturalized Aug 2, 1882 in the Napa Co Superior Court. He lives in Napa. They give a physical description,which I am sure you will be delighted to get: He is 5'9 1/2", has dark complexion, hazel eyes and gray hair."
This is all I know about my Great Uncle, except that he died in 1945 in the USA.
Keith Hedley Spoors, Northumberland, England.