Fresno Bee, Tuesday, April 21, 1931


Mrs. Nancy Mercer, 80, pioneer of ONeals, Madera county, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. L. Turner, 1613 Patterson Street.

Mrs. Mercer, the wife of J. N. Mercer, lived near ONeals for sixty five years. She has been with her daughter here for the past three months.

Mrs. Mercer was born near Silome, Mississippi, in December , 1850. In 1865, shortly after the close of the civil war, she came to California with her parents, Seth and Martha Gibbons, and her brothers and sisters; John, Walter, Betty, Louella and Fannie Gibbons. The family traveled by mule team from Silome to New York, thence by boat to the Isthmus of Panama. The crossed the isthmus by horse stage and again embarked on a boat for San Francisco.

Arriving in San Francisco they traveled by river boat to Stockton, then by mule team to the Chowchilla River. They settled near Buchanan, and Mrs. Mercer has made her residence in California since that time.

At Plainsburgh [sic] she married William McCreary, who died in January, 1890. Two years later, at San Francisco, she married John N. Mercer, and thirty-five years ago the couple settled at ONeals, where Mrs. Mercer made her home up to the time of her last illness.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four daughter, Mrs. A. McCreary and Mrs. Turner of Fresno; Mrs. H. E. Bigelow of O誰eals and Mrs. W. C. Crawford of Merced; also two sisters, Mrs. Betty Guartney of Mountain View and Louisa Lewis of Madera. She was a native of Mississippi.

Services will be at 10:20 A.M. Thursday at the chapel of J. N. Lisle with cremation at the Fresno Crematory. Rev. C. M. Vickland will officiate at the services.

contributed by: Carol Lackey