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Emma B. French (1872-1947)

Emma French was born in 1872 in Maine, the daughter of James A. French and Hannah Stowers. James was a sea captain who, with his wife frequently aboard ship with him, made many voyages to different parts of the world before settling in Solano County. In the 1880 census, the family is found in Maine Prairie, Solano County, a shipping port, where James was the owner of a grain warehouse and store. The family later moved to Dixon and all were members of the Presbyterian congregation. Emma became a school teacher. In 1900, she and her mother, a widow, are listed in Santa Clara County. In 1902-1903, Emma was a teacher in San Anselmo. She married Alexander Buffington before 1910, and had one daughter. Emma died September 9, 1947 in Los Angeles, California.


Judy Coy, San Anselmo Historical Museum