NIDEVER, David Thomas

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NIDEVER, David Thomas (1874-1951), son of John Marion Nidever, and Martha Jane Callis. Frontiersman, George Nidever, was his uncle. In 1893 when he was 19, he married Ella May Wright (1873-1948) of Carpinteria. They had children:

  • Blanche Nidever Keller (1894-1922) Santa Barbara Cemetery
  • Irene Nidever (Oge) (1895-1989) Santa Barbara Cemetery
  • Nelson David Nidever (1897-1967) Santa Barbara Cemetery
  • Orthello Nidever (1903-1914) Carpinteria Cemetery
  • Ruth Myrtle Nidever (1904-1979)
  • Gertrude Delucia Nidever [Ames] (1908-1966) Santa Barbara Cemetery

In 1918, David T. Nidever married Ida Ruth Kezer (1870-1947). He died on July 5, 1851 at age 77 in Pacific Grove, CA. He is buried in El Carmelo Cemetery next to his second wife.



In the News~

January 23, 1892 [SBMP]: “Real Estate. David Nidever to Alice B. Lawton, all city block 359 and part of city block 351.. $10.”


August 5, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Lottie took another large party to Santa Cruz Island yesterday. The morning was fine, with a more than usually good breeze. The party started shortly after sunrise. Mrs. Lower and the Misses Jennings, Kittridge, Howe, Hart, Hunt, Ord, Reed and Richmond were the ladies. The gentlemen were W. W. Scott, secretary of the YMCA, N. H. Reed and son, David Nidever, W. A. Cooper, William Mayser, L. F. Lamb, Frank Viebohn and G. D. Bates. They expect to be gone a week and will keep the boat to go about the islands with.”


October 30, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “A marriage license has been issued to David [T.] Nidever and Ella May Wright.”


July 30, 1897 [SBDI]: “Dave Nidever and party leave this week in the Mermaid for Santa Cruz Island, where they will camp for a few days.”


June 29, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Othello Marion Nidever, the 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. David Nidever of Carpinteria, passed away Sunday morning at 2 o’clock at the family home as a result of lockjaw, developing from a slight bruise on the foot…”


February 9, 1967 [Sun Herald]: “Nelson David Nidever, 69, of Santa Barbara died in a Santa Barbara hospital on Sunday after a short illness. He was born in Carpinteria July 17, 1897, the son of David and Ella Wright Nidever. He was a descendant of the celebrated mountain man and otter hunter, Capt. George Nidever, who came to Santa Barbara in the late 1830s and was best known for his rescue of the Lost Woman of San Nicolas Island in 1835 [1853]. Mr. Nidever was associated with the Lang Transportation Co. of Ventura, later the Pacific Intermountain Express, moving in the late 1920s to the Bay Area. He marries Miss Helen Husbands of Santa Barbara on Christmas Eve, 1915. They returned to Santa Barbara following Mr. Nidever's retirement in 1961. Surviving, in additon to his wife, are a daughter, Mrs. Chester H. Cross of Visalia, a son, Richard N. Nidever of Fremont; three sisters, Mrs. Zelda Hendry of Montecito, Mrs. Richard Oge of Santa Barbara and Mrs. Clarence Springman of Balboa; and seven grandchildren. Another sister, Mrs. Forrest Ames of Santa Barbara died in September 1966.”