This remarkable woman was a former slave from Mobile, Alabama. She was a shrewd business woman, though illiterate, and relied on William Magee (Who also came from Alabama) to look after her interests.
She was born about 1818 and appears in the Shasta County records in 1855, carrying a mortgage for Thomas Freeman so he could pay Major Reading for his American Ranch Property. Her name appears fairly often on other mortgage loan transactions. She was not afraid of hard work herself, and was hired by Billy Smith in the 1860s to work at his Foot-of-the-Mountain stage station. He had to borrow $500 from her, and when he could not repay it, simply turned the property over to her. She soon sold it for $1100 to George Schuler.
She lived in her own house in Shasta, owned a lot in Redding, and left a sizable estate when she died in 1876 at age 58. Her heirs were a niece in Mobile and Colonel Magee. Her grave may be found in Shasta Union Cemetery.
There were three well-liked and respected black families in our area - Mills, Logan and Strickland but we were unable to find anyone who could give us information about them. We hope some of our readers will be able to enlighten us.