Early 19th century New Jersey brick wall(s)

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Hi all, after much ancestry, etc., research, I  have a brick wall or two that are making me bang my head against the wall. I can't find the parents of either Sarah or Elisha.   Can anyone help or direct me where to research further?

Sarah Ann Woodruff 

Born: abt 1818 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Married: Elisha Nichols 14, Feb 1854

Died: 10 Sep 1894 in Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Interred: San Francisco, California 

Also lived: California, possibly New York

Elisha Nichols   

Born: 28 May 1823 New York (or New Jersey)

Died: San Francisco, California before 1870

Married: 14 Feb 1854, Napa Valley, California

One daughter: Frances/Fannie Belle Nichols

Born:     1856 San Francisco, California

Married: 1)John Euclid Bidwell

              2) Frank Elisha Nichols

Died: 1947 Los Angeles, California

Thanks in advance!

in Genealogy Help by anonymous G2G Rookie (230 points)
edited by anonymous
Um, according to family lore, Fannie B. Nichols' second husband Frank Nichols is supposedly her cousin. He was from somewhere in New York.

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are there Wikitree profiles for them so we can see the sources you already have?

Did you search the 1850 census for them both on the east coast and in California?

Easiest way to solve a brick wall is by paying for certificates. 

No birth certificates in NJ in this period. (Lots of Woodruffs in South Jersey btw)

Have you ordered the marriage certificate from California and death certificate from Hawaii? Could list parents, depends on the jurisdiction. Call and ask before you pay, from California before 1905 you’ll need to call the county clerk; for Hawai’i it’s Department of Vital Records



by Heather Husted G2G6 Mach 5 (55.7k points)
selected by anonymous

You will also find these guides helpful. Don’t hesitate to call a State Library or Archives, they get these questions all the time and they are almost always happy to help. 



Thank you so much, Heather! So much helpful information, it will really help. I will try to get the marriage document from Napa and hope it has more information listed, particularly parents names. I did find a source that says Elisha took a ship via Panama in 1849 to reach San Francisco. He's considered a state pioneer, apparently. I also found a book that describes Sarah Ann as one of the founding members of Napa's Presbyterian Church. I think she arrived later than Elisha, but it's just speculation at this point.

I haven't set up profiles for these ancestors yet, but I will update this post when I do. Thanks!

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As she was born 1818 but didn’t marry this guy until 1854, more than likely married before and LNAB wouldn’t be Woodruff.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Thank you!

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