Lydia Ann Winesett

Born about 1840 and died after 1893
Daughter of Henry Winesett and Anna Jennings

Married 7-May-1858 Ezra Allison in Van Buren County, Iowa
Born about 1820 and died before 1880
Son of William Allison (cir 1779 to 28-Sep-1858) and
Elizabeth Kenney (cir 1795 to 10-Feb-1866)

Lydia was most likely born in Nelson County, KY. She appears on the 1850 census, age 10, a student, along with her father and brother in Hendry County, Iowa.

A Lydia Allison is listed for the Tennesee 1860 Federal Census Index in Hamilton County, Page 110, District 14. I have not yet verified if this is the correct Lydia.

An Ezra Allison appears on the California 1860 Federal Census Index in Yuba County, Bear River Township, page 1007. It is entirely possible that Lydia was in TN while Ezra was either prospecting or working to set up a home for Lydia. It is known that their son, William H. was born in California cira 1863.

According to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, Accession Serial Nr. CACAAA 041215, an Ezra Allison purchased a military script warrent patent on a parceL in Sutter County, California, on 1-Nov-1861. If this is the proper Ezra, then it may be possible that he served in the 1848 Mexican War or for the Union during the Civil War.

I next find Ezra and Lydia listed in the Idaho 1870 Federal Census Index in Silver Ciry, Owyhee County, page 185.

Lydia remains in Silver City, Idaho, for the 1880 Federal census but without Ezra. The entry on page 348 lists the family members not including Ezra. Lydia's occupation is given as washing/sewing. The oldest child William H. whose middle name is presumed to be "Henry" is age 17 and his stated occupation is stock herder. The other children are Josephine age 14 [Lydia's brother also named a daughter Josephine], and Bertha, age 11. William's birth place is listed as CA and that of the other children as Idaho. Their father's birthplace is given as Ohio and Lydia's as KY. The birthplace of both of Lydia's parents is listed as VA. The information all appear to verify that this is the correct family.

An Ezra Allison is in Bonanza, Lemhi County, Idaho, page 201 in 1880. I have not yet verified that he is Lydia's Ezra. He could have been prospecting or working in a mine to support his family.

A Henry Allison married a Mrs. Henderson of Snake Creek at Reymolds Creek in Owyhee County in Feb-1887. It is possible that this is our William Henry Allison. A Henry William Allison was listed in Idaho WWI draft registrations who was born in 1888. Could he be the son of our William Henry?

A biographical sketch of Lydia's brother, C.P. "Calvin" Wineset published in 1893 when he lived in Oregan City, Clackamas County, Oregon, states that his sister, Lydia Ann Allison, lives in Silver City, Idaho.

Any information about Lydia, her husband and their descendants would certainly be appreciated.

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