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California [H?]1022
Geo. M. Hanson
Yuba City, Cal.
Nov 14, '64
Enc. letter from Dr W P Melendy and other papers rel to a suit brought against him, for recovering a squaw, seduced from The Indian Reservation, by Henry J Abbott.

Answered to Mr. Hanson
See letter [aua?] to Supt
Wiley [Oct? ] 29/64.

[ink stamp]
RECEIVED AT THE
Dec 14 1864
INDIAN BUREAU
Mr Smith [Finance]

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PHarpring

I think the man who has taken the young girl is this person, from California, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1850-1953, Case Files, No 248-263, 1876-1878, Mendocino County Probate Case Files, 1854-1917; Author: California. Superior Court (Mendocino County): Henry J Abbott, died 1876, had a wife, Louisa A Abbott (In census of 1910 she's a widow, parents born in England, maiden name Louisa Moscroh -- so she is presumably not the Native American young woman he'd taken from the reservation); She and his 4 siblings are parties in the Will.

PHarpring

The plaintiff in the suit is apparently William Plummer Melendy (not Nielendy -- as I'd erroneously transcribed), in the California, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1850-1953; Wife Mary Marritta Melendy; Residence Place Covelo, Mendocino county, CA; Will Date 16 Aug 1880. Census: Wm P Melendy, Residence 18 Jun 1880 Round Valley, Mendocino, California, USA. Census: Name W. P. Melendy; Residence 30 Jun 1879 Round Valley Indian Reserv'n, California, USA. So maybe he was vindicated eventually, is back at the reservation in 1879.

County of Los Angeles Public Library

That is very interesting! Thank you for sharing your research!