18 April 2020

Simpson & Swan - Part 4

I was able to follow the history of Senate bill 84 somewhat through the newspapers:

Mr. Heacock gave notice that at an early day he would introduce a bill to authorize the administrator of the estates of Nicholas Swan, deceased and of Zachariah Simpson, deceased to apply the money in his hands for certain purposes.
Sacramento Daily Union, 6 Feb 1861

Introduction of bill by Mr. Heacock - An Act to authorize the administrator of the estates of Nicholas Swan, deceased and of Zachariah Simpson, deceased to apply the money in his hands for certain purposes. Read twice and referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Sacramento Daily Union, 7 Feb 1861

Senate Bill No. 84 - An Act to authorize the administrator of the estates of Nicholas Swan, deceased and of Zachariah Simpson, deceased to employ money for a certain purpose, with amendments, and recommended that it pass as amended.
Sacramento Daily Union, 16 Feb 1861

The Following bill came up in a message from the Senate:
An Act to authorize the administrator of the estates of Nicholas Swan, deceased and of Zachariah Simpson, deceased to apply the money in his hands for certain purposes. Read twice and referred to the Committee on Public Morals.
Sacramento Daily Union, 1 Mar 1861

Mr. Briggs, from the Committee on Public Morals, reported back favorably the bill to authorize the administrator of the estates of Nicholas Swan, deceased and of Zachariah Simpson, deceased to apply the money in his hands for certain purposes. 
Sacramento Daily Union, 2 Mar 1861

The Governor in a message informed the Senate he had approved Senate Bill No. 84 - An Act to authorize the administrator of the estates of Nicholas Swan, deceased and of Zachariah Simpson, deceased to apply the money in his hands for certain purposes.
Sacramento Daily Union, 18 Mar 1861

The Office of the Chief Clerk of the California State Assembly website has archived journals, statutes, histories, and indexes available for download.  I read through 1860-1862 journals, histories and statutes and did not find any more information than I already had.  I sent an email to the Chief Clerk's office asking if detailed information about Senate Bills were extant in their holdings.

While I wait for a response, it's time to take a look at Kentucky and Missouri.

5 comments:

  1. This has been a fantastic series, Sheri! Just outstanding . . . thanks!

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  2. Thanks Craig! I may be calling on you very soon for some help with this!

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  3. A mystery still.... Very interesting. I wonder what the Chief Clerks office will say. It’ll also be interesting what occurred to his children in Kentucky and Missouri.

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  4. Barrett - I am beginning to think that there weren't any children at all for Zachariah or for Nicholas Swan. In fact that has almost taken a back seat to how did Zachariah Drisdom Simpson and Squire Drisdom and his family of 10 get to California before 1860? Were they able to purchase their freedom? Were they runaway slaves? So many questions here that I would love to have answers for!

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  5. I'm enjoying this tale and can't wait to read what you find.

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