Thomas "Bobee" Derby, b. 1844

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Thomas "Bobee" Derby, b. 1844

Birthplace: New York, New York, NY, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas H Derby, b.1815 and Fanny Derby (Nixon)
Ex-husband of Emilie J. Melville Derby
Father of Charles Campbell Derby; T. Howard Derby and Emilie Melville, II
Brother of ?Ann? Derby; Hannah Derby; Margaret Riggs (Derby); Libby Ann Stevenson; Richard Derby and 1 other

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About Thomas "Bobee" Derby, b. 1844 Private Member Photos PICTURESThis photo is hidden by the owner's request. You can request access by clicking here. PHOTO: iPad Photo CATEGORY: Portrait TAKEN: About 1885 - Almaden, CA ATTACHED TO: Thomas "Bobee" Derby II (born 1844)

Possibly born 1854 in New York

On 1910 US Census, marked both parents as coming from Ireland. This matches with the information from Libbie Derby (Stevenson). They may be brother and sister.

California, Great Registers, 1866-1910 for Thomas Derby Name: Thomas Derby Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 06 Sep 1892 Event Place: Almaden, Santa Clara, California Age: 48 Estimated Birth Year: 1844 Birthplace: New York

Jill Talbot Derby's great-grandfather, Thomas Derby II, acquired land along the now I-80 corridor through Lovelock, the current home to both the Derby Airport and the Derby Dam.

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Thomas "Bobee" Derby, b. 1844's Timeline

New York, New York, NY, USA
- 1850
Age 6
New York, Kings County, New York, United States
- 1860
Age 16
New York, New York County, New York, United States
Name: Richard Darby
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1860
Event Place: 5th District 21st Ward, New York, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 6
Race: White
Race (Original):
Birth Year (Estimated): 1854
Birthplace: New York
Page: 173
Household ID: 1262
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M653
GS Film Number: 803818
Digital Folder Number: 004236754
Image Number: 00434
Household Gender Age Birthplace

Thomas Darby M 44 Ireland
Fanny Darby F 42 Ireland

(no mention of Ann, the eldest, who would have been 18)
Thomas Darby M 17 New York
Hannah Darby F 12 New York
Margaret Darby F 10 New York
Betsey Darby F 8 New York (Elisabeth Ann?)
Richard Darby M 6 New York
John Darby M 3 New York

Mary Nixon F 67 New York

- 1863
Age 19
New Almaden, Santa Clara County, California, United States

When Thomas was 19, he crossed through Panama to San Francisco and went to work in the Almaden Mining main office at 33 Sansome St. He also managed two company stores at the mines and later bought them in partnership with Ralph Lowe.

- 1864
Age 20
Santa Clara, CA

1864 when the Derby & Lowe stores were constructed in the Hacienda and up on Mine Hill,

June 19, 1868
- June 19, 1868
Age 24
New York, New York County, New York, United States

A letter sent by Thomas Sr. to son Thomas dated June 19, 1868. letter head is U.S. ASSAY OFFICE NEW YORK . it reads:

Dear Thomas,

We had no letter from you in the last two months the last -------- with the twenty dollars for Richard and John for which they return their kind thanks to you for so nice a present to them. They are getting along very well with their learning. Richard expects to be promoted to the -- class at this-examination and would not have been so long without writing to you but we thought we would move as our rent has been reased (sic) to thirty dollars (?) since the first of May. We looked all around the last months but could not get a place to suit us as well for less money so we may as well stay where we are so you may see how rents have got up since you left here.------mine one(sic) health has been poor this time past but I am a good deal better at present. There is no summer here as it rains every other day and sometimes three days after other. The oldest men never seen so much rain fall in one season before. ---business keeps very dull in the city. The only thing that is doing much at is the building rents is so high that all the moneyed(?) men is growing (gasping?) at it. Seen the down town peopel (sec) a few days ago. They are all well. ----(Seath? Path?) is a good deal better than he was all winter. She said mr that it gets harder to make ends meet. She said they have to work hard ------- her husband a month agone so she is a widow again. There have been no changes in the office since I wrote to you last. The (?) Anderson is much obliged that you have shown his son and very glad to here (sic) that it was in your power to do so his son says he never with a better young man in all his life that if he was your brother you could not show shim more kindness. Baby Obrine(?) is well. The family all sends to you in the candes (kindest?) maner(sic).
From your cind (?) father,
Thomas Derby

August 23, 1870
Age 26
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

Original Image:

Thomas Derby M 27y
Secretary of Mining Company
Estimated Birth Year: 1843
Gender: Male
Age in 1870: 27y
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: California, United States

Richard Derby M 16y, Clerk in store, born in New York

Other family sharing same dwelling:

Julia Melville, Music Teacher, age 37, born in England
Emilie Melville, Actress, age 24, born in Pennsylvania
William Melville, at school, age 12, born in Ohio

October 23, 1870
Age 26
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

Thomas Derby married Elizabeth Melville and managed the Emily M. Opera Company, bringing Gilbert and Sullivan to S.F.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 40, Number 7010, 1 November 1870
"MARRIED. In San Francisco, Oct. 23th, 1870, Thomas Derby to Emelie Eva Melville"

Age 28
November 1883
Age 39

The New York Clipper
Californian Theatrical News

Thomas Derby has been divorced from his wife, professionally known as Emilie Melville. The Lady is just now in Australia organizing a company for a tour of the entire Colonies.