NIDEVER, John Marion

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NIDEVER, John Marion (1797-1873), older brother of frontiersman George Nidever, came to Santa Barbara with his wife and twelve children on a wagon train with oxen in 1852. The trip from Paris, Texas took nine months.

  • 1. Jeremiah Nidever
  • 2. George W. Nidever (1825-1863)
  • 3. Ebenezer Nidever
  • 4. Andrew “Jackson” Nidever
  • 5. David Allee Nidever (c. 1834-1870)
  • 6. John Marion Nidever II
  • 7. Elizabeth ‘Eliza” Jane Nidever
  • 8. Nancy Ann Nidever
  • 9. Mary Caroline Nidever = [March 8, 1869] James R. Vance
  • 10. Jacob “Jake” Nidever
  • 11. Rebecca Olivia “Ollie” Nidever
  • 12. Henry Funkhauser Nidever


In the News~

March 31, 1869 [SBP]: “Married. In Santa Barbara, March 8th, By Rev. J. A. Johnson, Mr. James R. Vance, of Carpinteria, to Miss Mary C. Nidever, of Santa Barbara.”


November 26, 1870 [SBWP]: “Died. In Santa Barbara at 12 midnight, Sunday, November 12, 1870 at his father’s residence by the seaside, David A. Nidever, aged 36. The deceased was a man of uncommon worth. Such evenly balanced characters are rare. A man of retiring and unobtrusive manners, only intimate friends knew how well he weighed the affairs and duties of life… David leaves a young and devoted wife, with an infant child…”


June 7, 1873 [SBPr]: “On the beautiful sloping hill, beside the sea, two miles or more east of town, in a well-known farm house, died John Nidever, on the last day of May, in the 76th year of his age, after a residence in Santa Barbara of about sixteen years. He passed away from the bosom of his family, of grown up sons and daughters, his wife having died a year or so before…”