Listed as a tradesman in the 1852 California census of Santa Barbara, Horatio Gates Trussell was a sea captain from Maine who offered George Nidever $1,000 in 1853 to exhibit the Lone Woman in San Francisco as a circus curiosity, according to Nidever’s memoir. Nidever states that he turned down Trussell’s request.
DATE OF BIRTH: About 1814
PLACE OF BIRTH: Maine, USA
DATE OF DEATH: About 1880
PLACE OF BURIAL: Santa Barbara, California, USA
1852 California State census, Santa Barbara County, California, population schedule, Santa Barbara, p. 19 (penned), line 1, Horatio G Tressel, digital image. Ancestry.com. (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 January 2016), citing California State Library repository collection C144, roll 5. California, Santa Barbara County.
1870 US census, Santa Barbara County, California, population schedule, Township 2, Santa Barbara, p. 473 (stamped), p. 47 (penned), dwelling 474, family 474, line 5, Horatio G Trussel, digital image, Ancestry.com. (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 January 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 87.
Ellison, William H., (ed.). The Life and Adventures of George Nidever [1802–1883]: The Life Story of a Remarkable California Pioneer Told in his Own Words, and None Wasted. Santa Barbara: McNally & Loftin, 1984: 88.
Captain Horatio Gates Trussell
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