& Johanna (Klumann) Simonson (1876-1951)
Pharaoh Hedley was the youngest of the 15 children of Nicholas Hedley
and Jane McBride. He was born May 1, 1864, arriving, as did his
brother Alexander, after the family had made their move to Wawanosh
Township, Huron County from Carleton County. Pharaoh’s mother
Jane was 45 and his father Nicholas was 50 at the time of his
birth. Baptismal records from the Church of England, Dungannon,
indicate that the family was farming Lot 16, Concession 10 of Wawanosh.
(Two years later, in 1866, Wawanosh was divided into East and
West Wawanosh.) In the decade of the 1860's many of Pharaoh’s
sisters and brothers had left home to find work or to get
married. By 1871 only three children remained at home. According
to the 1871 Ontario Census, the family was living in Kinloss Twp.,
Bruce County, on Concession 9, Lot 8. Pharaoh, age 6, his sister
Susan, 11, and brother Alexander, 9, were all attending school.
Ten years later, the 1881 Census finds the family farming in West
Wawanosh. Nicholas is 67 and Jane 62. Pharaoh is 17, Alexander,
18, and Susan, now a seamstress, is 19.
The 1891 Ontario Census for West Wawanosh Twp. in Huron County
shows Nicholas, 77, “retired farmer,” Jane, 72, and Pharaoh,
27, “farm labourer.” Within three years Nicholas died
suddenly of a heart attack and Jane, at least by 1901, was living
next door with son Alexander and his wife Thomisine and their
Although the 1891 Ontario Census shows Pharaoh Hedley living at home
with his retired parents Nicholas and Jane Hedley, the 1900 U.S.
Census for Trinity County, California
shows P. Hedley, age 34,
immigrated to the U.S. in1880, living in
a boarding house and working as a cook. The same enumeration sheet
lists Eliza Hedley, Pharaoh’s sister-in-law, and her
two-year-old son Bert living nearby. Eliza was also working as a cook.
censuses give 1879, 1888 and 1885 as the year of Pharaoh’s
immigration to the U.S.A. The 1889 Washington State Census for
lists F. Hedley, age 24, born in Canada)
1900 U.S. Census for Trinity County, California
Line 6: Hedley P
. boarder; b. May 1864; age 34; single; b. in
Canada (Eng.); father b. in
England; mother b. in Ireland; immigrated in 1880; occupation
Line 16: Hedley Eliza
; head; b. June 1858; age 41; widow; 8
children (all living); born in Iowa; father b. in Ireland; mother b. in
Indiana; occ cook
Line 17: Hedley Bert
; son; b. Aug. 1897; age 2; b. in
California; father b. Canada (Eng); mother b. in Iowa.
Pharaoh became a
naturalized citizen of the U.S.A. on Jan. 9, 1902
Records, Shasta County, California).
1910 U.S. Census for Redding Twp., Shasta County, California
; head; age 48; single; b. in Can. (Eng);
b. in Eng; mother b. Ire (Eng); immigrated 1878; naturalized; raises
on own account
; nephew; age 26; single; b. in California; father
b. in Canada (Eng); mother b. in Cal; mining laborer, working on
It is assumed that Eliza Hedley
is Pharaoh’s sister-in-law, as
indicated by the relationship “nephew” after Robert’s name. It is
assumed that Robert is Eliza’s son. The Family Tree of the
Esparza, Robinson, Adams and Holm Families shows Eliza Ralston
wife of Robert Hedley (1854-1898) and their family of
eight children, including Robert G. Hedley (1883-1915) and Bert Hedley
(b. 1897 in Nappa, California). A further assumption is that Robert
Hedley, the husband of Eliza, is the 8-year-old Robert Hedley,
Pharaoh's brother, on the
1851 Canadian Census for March Township, Carleton County, the son of
Nicholas and Jane Hedley. A discrepancy in dates and birthplaces is
noted, as the latter Robert would have been born about 1843, while the
Esparza Tree gives Robert’s birth year and place as 1854 in British
Also living in Shasta County in 1900 and 1910 was the family of
Pharaoh’s future wife: Johanna Elizabeth Klumann
, born in
Germany, March 18, 1877, the
daughter of Gerhard and Johanna Klumann, Johanna married
Peter Simonson on March 24, 1895 at age 18. In 1900 Johanna and Peter
two children Helena and Alma were living with Peter's parents.
1900 U.S. Census for Shasta County, California
; head; 65; marr. 34 yrs; b. in Denmark; father
b. in Denmark;
mother born in Denmark; occupation: farmer
Simonson Helena M
; wife; 63; marr. 34 yrs; b. in Denmark;
fa. b. Den; mo. b. Den.
; son; 32; marr. 5 yrs; b. Denmark; fa. b. Den;
mo. b. Den; farm lab.
; d/law; 22; marr. 5 yrs; b. Germany; fa. b.
Ger; mo. b. Germany
; granddau; 4; b. in California; fa. b. in
Denmark; mo. b. in Germany
; granddau; 11/12; b. California; fa. b. in
Denmark; mo. b. in Germany
Johanna's husband Peter Simonson
born 1868, died Feb. 19,1906 at age 38. Her
father-in-law Andrew Simonson also died, leaving both Johanna and her
mother-in-law Helena Simonson widows. Johanna, now head of the
household, was left with four young children:
Johanna (Klumann) (Simonson) Hedley and five of her six children
1) Helena Simonson b. Jan. 28,
1896; d. March 5,
1964; m. Jan. 17, 1918 to
(Henry) Meineken (b. July 10, 1895; d. Feb. 26,
1/ Dorothy Helena Meineken
2/ Henry Christopher Meineken
3/ Milton Franklin (Bud) Meineken married *Marlene (--?--)
2) Alma Louise Amilia Simonson
b. June 28, 1899;
d, Jan. 5, 1959 married (--?--) Smith
4) Clarence Peter Simonson b.
Nov. 5, 1904
1910 U.S. Census for Shasta County,
head; 32; wid; b. Germany; fa. b. Germany; mo.
dau; 13; single; b. California; fa. b. Denmark; mo.
dau; 11; b. in California; fa. b. in Denmark;
mo. b. in Germany
son; 8; b. in Cal; fa. b. in Denmark; mo. b.
son; 5; b. in Cal; fa. b. in Denmark; mo. b. in
m/law; 72; wid; b. in Germany; fa. b. in Ger; mo. b. in
Marriage: Hedley-Simonson -- In Redding (Shasta
6, 1912, Pharoah Hedley and Mrs. Johanna A. L.
Simonson, both of Happy Valley, Shasta County (Newspaper Abstract,
Sacramento Union, Apr. 9, 1912).
were married April 7,
1912 in Redding, Shasta County, California according to Russel
Gelmstedt, grandson of William Woodrow Hedley and great grandson of
Pharaoh. Pharaoh was 48 years old at the time of this, his first
marriage. Johanna was 35 years old, her second marriage. Their first
child, William Woodrow Hedley
was born on July 6, 1914. It is interesting that Woodrow Wilson became
President of the United States in 1913. Possibly Pharaoh and Johanna
named their first son after the new President.
In the 1920 Census the family is living in Los Angeles Township, where
Pharaoh is listed as “farmer.” Also living with Pharaoh, Johanna and
William W. are two of Johanna’s children from her first marriage, Alma,
age 20, and Clarence, age 14. Her eldest son Andrew, age 18, is listed
a little lower on the census sheet, working on a neighbouring farm as a
1920 Census for California,
Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Township
; head; home owner; age 55; married; immigrated in
1888; b. in Can;
father b. in Eng; mother b. in Ireland; farmer on own farm
; wife; 42; imm. 1883; b. in Germany; fa. b.
Germany; mo. b. Germany
Hedley William W
; son; age 5; b. in Cal; fa. b. in Can; mo. b.
step-dau; age 20; single; b. in Cal; fa. b.
in Denmark; mo. b. in Germany;
att. school in 1919; works as waitress in a restaurant
; step-son; age 14; att. school in 1919; b. in
California; fa. b.
in Denmark; mo. b. in Germany;
Wilde Carl E
; head; home owner; age 27; married; farmer and
; hired man; age 18; did not att. school in 1919;
b. in Cal; fa. b. in
Denmark; mo. b. in Germany
A second son, Leslie A. Hedley
was born to Johanna and Pharaoh
Hedley on Sept. 1, 1921
The 1930 Census lists Pharaoh as the proprietor of the Van Nuys Hotel
on Van Nuys Blvd. in Los Angeles. Resident in the hotel, in addition to
Johanna and their two sons, William W., age 15, and Leslie A., age 8,
are twelve lodgers.
1930 U.S. Census for Los Angeles City
(line 25) head; home owner; value of home
$30,000; age 60; first married at age 48; b. in English Can; father b.
in Eng; mother b. in Ireland; immigrated to U.S. in 1885;
occupation hotel proprietor
(line 26) wife; age 54; age at first marriage 18;
b. in Germany; fa. b. in Germany; mo. b. in Germany; first lang.
German; imm. to U.S. in 1891
Hedley William W
. (line 39) son; age 15; attending school; b. in
Cal; fa. b. in English Can; mo. b. in England
Hedley Leslie A.
(line 40) son; age 8; attending school;
b. in Cal; fa.
b. in English Can; mo. b. in England
On Jan. 24, 1933 Pharaoh wrote a
to his sister Ann Phillips
, who was then living with her daughter
Sarah Ann and husband Rev. Leonard Bartlett in Brownsville, Ont.
Pharaoh was 69 and Ann 86 years old. Pharaoh writes that he
doesn’t want “to be complaining about hard times,” but confides to his
sister that “this depression has hit us pretty hard,” and implies that
he fears the loss of his business, presumably the Van
which he was “Proprietor and Owner” according to a business card
accompanying the letter. He then writes on a more cheerful note, “My
wife stands by me through thick and thin and is full of pep and I sure
appreciate her goodness. The boys Bill and Lesley are still going to
school and are getting along nicely." At the end of the letter
Johanna adds a friendly note and signs her name “Josie Hedley.”
lists “Pharoah Hedley, age 62, born June 15,
1884 in Canada, died Nov. 7, 1946 in Los Angeles. This “Pharoah” Hedley
was Pharaoh’s nephew, the son of Pharaoh’s brother Alexander and his
wife Thomisine Fisher. Apparently the younger Pharoah was also living
in Los Angeles, at least at the time of his death in 1946. No
doubt the two Pharaohs were in contact with each other.
, b. May 1, 1864 in
March Township, Carleton Co.,
Ontario, Can., died Sept 23, 1939 in Van Nuys, California in his 75th year
m. Johanna L (Klumann) Simonson
on April 7, 1912 in Redding,
Johanna was born March 18, 1876 (or 1877) in Oldenburg, Niedersachen,
(Germany). She died April 8, 1951 at age 75 in California. Johanna and Pharaoh
in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery,
Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California (see Addendum at end of this
chapter for Johanna's parents, grandparents, and siblings)
Two sons (gen.iii): Photo of Pharaoh and his two sons; Lesley Alfred Hedley and William Woodrow Hedley
1 - William Woodrow Hedley
was born July 6, 1914 in Los Angeles,
California.As an adult William worked as an aircraft mechanic for the
U.S. Government at Stead Air Force Base in Reno, Nevada. After retiring
he worked as security guard for Lear Fan Inc. in Reno. He lived in Reno
for 27 years. William Woodrow Hedley had three marriages. He died Jan. 6, 1983 at age 68 in Reno, Washoe,
Nevada and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Reno. He was survived
by his wife, six children, ten grandchildren and five great
grandchildren. (Obituary: Reno Evening Gazette, Jan. 7, 1983)
m1 - Willamena
in Reno, Nevada,1936.
William was 22. Three children:
(1) Elizabeth Johanna (Betty Jo) Hedley, b. Sept. 15, 1937 in Los Angeles,
live in Fernley, Nevada.
Betty Jo and her husband had two sons
 Russell R.Gelmstedt* of Nevada, b. Oct. 25, 1956 in Lassen Co., Cal
 David D. Gelmstedt b. Oct. 13, 1957 in Lassen Co., Cal.
(2) Catherine Jean (Kay) Hedley
b. July 3,
1941 in Los Angeles,
They live in McCall Idaho.
(3) Rosalie Ann Hedley born Jan. 27, 1948 in
San Bernardino, Cal.
married (–?–) Cardin.
They live in
m2 - Lucille Kate (Lucy)
was born in Mona, Juab,
Utah on March 27, 1911, the daughter of Katherine and Byron B. Evans
(1930 U.S. Census for Utah). William and Lucille were divorced in
June 1957. (Nevada State Journal (Reno), June 4, 1957) William was 43,
Lucille 46. Lucille died Aug. 20, 2003 in Sparks, Washoe, Nevada at age
92. She is survived by daughter Jeri Lambert and son Don Price, both of
Sparks, and son Al
Whitenack of Reno. She was a grandmother of six, and a great
grandmother of eight. (Obituary: Reno Evening
m3 - Dorothy Ann O’Neil
born in Boston, Mass. on June 15, 1926
was 12 years younger than William. Dorothy, a resident of Reno for 38
years, died there at age 67 on Oct. 15, 1993, ten years after the death
of her husband William Woodrow Hedley. Three children:
(4) Leslie A. Hedley
b. May 4, 1963 in Reno. (Reno State
Journal, May 7, 1963)
m1 to Charles Allen Ingraham Jr
m2 to Jonathan E Richards
m3 to John E. Trail
both of Reno, Sept. 16, 2003
. One child:
 Jonathan _?_
(5) William W. Hedley
Jr. b.1959 married Roxan M.
 Bill W. Hedley
(6) Martin Hedley of Washington
, D.C. and later Plaino, Texas.
(Obituary: Reno Evening Gazette, Oct. 17, 1993)
2 - Leslie Alfred Hedley
, the second
son of Pharaoh Hedley and
Johanna Klumann, was born Sept. 1, 1921 in Los Angeles (gen. iii).
Leslie, age 8, is listed in the 1930 U.S. Census for Los Angeles,
California, living with his
parents and his brother William Woodrow Hedley at the Van Nuys Hotel
three years before it was sold by his parents Pharaoh and Johanna
(Josie) Hedley. Leslie A. Hedley died at age 60 in Jan.1982
in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, where his brother William Woodrow
Hedley and his family had settled. (Birth and death dates from U.S.
Social Security Records).
Gerhard and Johanna (Wilks) Klumann
(Johanna's Parents and Grandparents - Family
Search Ancestral File v4.190)
: Gerhard Klumann born 14 Nov. 1844 in Dangastermoor,
Niedersachsen, Germany (Prussia); died 30 June 1900 in Happy Valley,
Shasta, California, age 55; buried
in Olinda Cemetery, Shasta, California; married 19 Apr 1872 in St.
Petrus, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Prussia,
Anna Marie Klumann
: Johanna Helene Sophie Wilks born 8 Mar 1859 (?) in
Zwischenahn, Niedersachsen, Germany (Prussia);
married 19 Apr 1872 in St. Petrus, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Prussia,
age 13; died 10 May 1932 in Redding, Shasta, California at age 73; buried in
Johann Jurgen Wilks;
Gesche Lena Hillmar.
Gerhard Klumann wearing prussian uniform.
of Happy Valley Cemetery, Shasta, California - Gerhard & Johanna Wilks Klumann's resting
Children of Gerhard and Johanna (Wilks) Klumann Photo
1) Johann Therdor Adolph Klumann
born 19 Dec 1872 in Oldenburg,
Niedersachsen, Prussia was the eldest of the nine children. He died 4
Sep 1930 at age 58.
2) Henrietta Johannah Klumann
born 25 Feb 1874 in Oldenburg,
Niedersachsen, Prussia, the eldest daughter of Gerhard and Johanna
Klumann. Henrietta died 12 June 1946 at age 72.
3) Amalie Gerhardina Klumann
born 21 Aug 1875 in Oldenburg,
Niedersachsen, Prussia; died 7 Jan 1955 at age 79.
4) Johanna Elizabeth Klumann
born 18 Mar 1877 in Oldenburg,
(born in Denmark in 1868) on March 24, 1895 in Oldenburg,
Immigrated to U.S. about 1895. Four children, all born in California,
U.S.A: Helena b.1896; Alma b.1899; Andrew b.1902 and Clarence
b.1905. Peter Simonson d. Feb. 19, 1906.
to Pharaoh Hedley
in Redding, Shasta
County, California on April 7, 1912 Two sons, both born in California:
William Woodrow Hedley, b. in 1914, and Lesley A. Hedley, b. in 1921.
Johanna (Klumann) (Simonson) Hedley died 8 Apr 1951 at age 74
(died in Los Angeles according to California Death Records).
5) Fritz Klumann
born 28 Oct 1879 in St. Petrus, Oldenburg,
Niedersachsen, Germany (Prussia); died in infancy.
6) Paul Klumann
born 2 Mar 1881 in St. Petrus, Oldenburg,
Niedersachsen, Germany (Prussia); died in infancy.
7) Wilhelmina Johanna Caroline Klumann
born 13 Mar 1883 off the
coast of Spain on board the German steamer "Ehrenfels" on its way to
the Hawaiian Islands; died 3 Aug 1936 at age 53 in Redding, Shasta,
Ca.; buried at Montgomery Creek, Shasta, Ca.
8) Gerhardina Johannah Klumann
born 11 June 1885 in Koloha
Kawii, Hawaii; died 1 Feb. 1964 at age 79.
9) Anna Caroline Klumann
born 20 Jan 1888 in Maui, Hawaii; died
17 Mar 1958 at age 70.
*Russell Gelmstedt and Arline Laferry both of Nevada, to
Marlene Meineken* of Idaho for the photos of the family of
Pharaoh and Johanna and to Don Bartlett of Ottawa for the photos
and for their helpfulness with