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Circa 1885 photo of James Crawford Ready (1937-1932)
Posted by: Paul Peterson (ID *****2235) Date: November 10, 2009 at 17:09:53
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I recently purchased the subject undated studio portrait of a middle-aged man taken by Williams, Centralia, WA. This photographer was active in Centralia around 1885. The back of the mount is identified:

"Jim Ready
Brother to Eleanor Parman"

I found this individual listed in the 1860 Census data for Cache Creek Township, Yolo Co., CA; the 1880 Census data for Lewis Co., WA; the 1900 Census data for Skookumchuck Precinct, Lewis Co., WA; the 1910 Census data for Centralia (resided at 405 South Washington Avenue), Lewis Co., WA; the 1920 Census data for Centralia (resided at 412 North Diamond Street), Lewis Co., WA; and the 1930 Census data for Northside Precinct, Mason Co., WA. He is included in four Public Member Trees posted on See also "The James C. Ready Family" by Lavone Guy in "Centralia: The First Fifty Years, 1845-1900," edited by Herndon Smith, 2nd Edition (1975).

James Crawford Ready was born 21 Apr 1837 in MO, and died 11 Feb 1932 in Shelton, Mason Co., WA. On 1 Apr 1859, he and his three sisters left Missouri, joining a wagon train bound for California (also traveling with this group was his future wife, Sarah Martin, born about 1841 in IL, died 1 Feb 1896 in WA). They arrived in Sacramento on 12 Oct 1857. James married Sarah in Jun 1858 and they took up a piece of land 20 miles west of Marysville. On 4 May 1864 they left California for Lebanon, Oregon, and later moved to Washington. The couple had seven children:

Sophia C. Ready, b. Apr 1859 in CA, d. 23 Dec 1941 in WA; married Benjamin C. Willey in 1880

Robert T. Ready, b. Dec 1860 in CA, d. 30 Jun 1941 in WA; married Ida D. White in ?; married Josephine Harrison in 1937

Olive "Ollie" J. Ready, b. Abt 1862 in CA, d. ?; married Harbin Best in 1880

Ida Ready, b. Abt 1864 in OR, d. Abt 1867 in WA

Anna Elizabeth Ready, b. Abt 1864 in WA, d. 5 Sep 1911 in WA; married Schuyler Davis in 1890; married Victor Barton in 1904

Ada L. Ready, b. Abt 1871 in WA, d. 7 Sep 1954 in WA; married Harmon Thrash in 1896; married Jessee L. Smith in 1903

May R. Ready, b. Mar 1874 in WA, d. 1914 in IL?; married Frank R. McHard in 1900

In 1898, James married Emma (maiden name unknown), born Mar 1843 in New Brunswick, Canada (immigrated 1870).

James was variously employed as a farmer, ferry operator, sash factory watchman, and capitalist.

The sister of James who is named on the back of the mount was his neighbor when the two of them resided in Cache Creek Township at the time of the 1 Aug 1860 enumeration. Eleanor Ready, born about 1835 in MO, married a farmer named H. Parman, born about 1825 in IL, and the couple had five children by this date.

Contact me if you wish to view and/or acquire this photo.

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