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Anna (Gould) Truesdell (abt. 1852 - 1920)

Anna Truesdell formerly Gould
Born about in Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in San Bernardino, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Jun 2019
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Anna was born probably in late 1852. She was the daughter of Joseph Gould and Emma (Tomkins Lardner) Gould of Oxfordshire, England. She immigrated to the United State as an infant with her parents and sisters on the ship James Nesmith, which departed from Liverpool and arrived at the port of New York 19 September, 1853. [1] The family relocated to Elgin, Illinois by the 1860 Census. [2] According to her father's obituary, her mother died before the end of 1860 at which time Anna would have been eight years old at most. Her father remarried the following year. Her step mother gave birth in early January 1862. In August 1862 her father was inducted in the Union Infantry. He returned to the family in very poor health in 1865. She would have been 12 at that time.

It is not clear when Anna left home, but by the time of the 1870 US Census, she was living in the household of James and Hellen Truesdell, and had taken their name. [3] She was 17 years old at the time. It is clear that she had been adopted by them, whether formally or not. Her sister Jane was also in the household as a boarder, working in the watch factory presumably at Elgin. Although listed as Jannie or Jennie, she was 18 years old, the right age to be Jane Gould. The birthplaces of both sisters were listed as England.

By 1880 Anna had moved with the Truesdells to California, [4] and ultimately settled in Orange. Her adopted father died before 1900 and does not appear withAnna and his wife in the 1900 US Census. [5] Anna is specifically listed as an adopted daughter.

Mrs. Truesdell died 22 May 1919 at age 91. [6] Anna died shortly thereafter--2 April 1920 at age 67. [7] She died unmarried and left no descendants.


  1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Emma Gould, 1853; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm. From Image: Ship: James Nesmith; Departure: Liverpool; Arrival: New York, 19 Sep 1853. Anna Gould shown as Infant, accompanied by Emma Gould.
  2. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), Anna Gould in entry for Joseph Gould, 1860.
  3. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Anna Truesdell in household of J M Truesdell, Illinois, United States; citing p. 68, family 515, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,736.
  4. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 26 August 2017), Annie Truesdell in entry for James N Truesdell, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 109, sheet 269B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0067; FHL microfilm 1,254,067.
  5. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 June 2019), Anna Truesdale in household of Helen M Truesdale, Orange Township Orange City, Orange, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 144, sheet 5A, family 124, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,095.
  6. * California, Death Index, 1905-1939. 2013. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc. Output: Name: Helen Truesdell; Birth Year: abt 1828; Death Date: 22 May 1919; Age at Death: 91; Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA.
  7. California, Death Index, 1905-1939. 2013. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc. Output: Name: Anna G Truesdell; Birth Year: abt 1853; Death Date: 2 Apr 1920; Age at Death: 67; Death Place: San Bernardino, California, USA.

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