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ISABELLA DICK SAFFELL (1844-1925), TN>Watsonville, CA
Posted by: Bobby J Chamberlain (ID *****2796) Date: August 15, 2005 at 07:26:14
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The daughter of Learner Blackman Saffell (1810-1874) and Sarah Alexander Wallace (1815-1884), of Blount Co., TN, Isabella Dick Saffell (1844-1925), was m. to the Rev. Rufus Kendrick Scruggs (c1837-c1868) in TN after 1860, had 2 chldren with him, and moved with husband, children, and parents to Watsonville, CA, in c1867, reportedly by way of the Cape Horn sea route around the tip of South America. The Rev. Scruggs d. shortly thereafter and Isabella m. widower Abram Wiley Rodgers (1823-1883), who had also moved from TN. With Rodgers, who already had 2 children from his earlier marriage to Isabella's aunt, Mary Ellen Wallace, Isabella had another 5 children in CA, among them Viola Rodgers, who was to become a noted journalist. Shipper A. W. Rodgers d. in 1883 while on a business trip to Mazatlán, Mexico, and Isabella was left alone to raise her large family of children. She moved to San Francisco, where she worked as a teacher at the Irving Institute. According to one source, she m. a third time, to a Francis Hull, of Jackson, MS.

Here is a tentative chronology of the life of Isabella Dick Saffell Scruggs Rodgers, based on published as well as on-line sources.

Isabella Dick Saffell: Chronology
(1844-1925)

1844:              Born, Louisville, Blount Co., TN (8 Nov.)
1850:              Census, Blount Co., TN
1860:              Census, Blount Co., TN
After 1860:       Married Rev. Rufus Kendrick Scruggs
About 1862:       Birth of son Frederick Wand Scruggs, AL
About 1866:       Birth of daughter Sarah W. (Sally) Scruggs, AL
About 1867:       Moved to Watsonville, CA, by way of Cape Horn sea route (a notice in the NY Times, 12 Oct. 1867, lists a “Mrs. L. E. Scruggs and two children” in addition to an “A.W. Rogers” and a “Mrs. L.E. Saffell and child” among the CA-bound passengers of the S.S. Henry Chauncey, which sailed from NY the day before)
Bef. 1868:       Death of husband Scruggs
About 1868:       Married Abram Wiley Rodgers, CA
1869:       Birth of son Frank Learner Rodgers, Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co., CA (27 Jul.)
1870:       Census, Santa Cruz Co., CA (Watsonville)
1873:       Birth of daughter Viola Rodgers, CA
1875:       Birth of son Geo. Rodgers, Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co., CA (Jul.)
Late 1870s:       Birth of daughter Rosa Rodgers (died young)
Late 1870s:       Birth of son Henry B. (Harry) Rodgers
1880:       Census, Santa Cruz Co., CA (Watsonville)
1883:       Death of husband Rodgers, Mazatlán, Mexico (5 Sep.)
1889:       Directory, San Francisco, CA (teacher, Irving Institute)
1890:       Directory, San Francisco, CA (teacher, Irving Institute)
1892:       Blue Book, San Francisco, CA
1900:       Census, Santa Cruz Co., CA (Pajaro)
1925:              Died, San Francisco, CA (13 Jun.)


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