Chapter History

Chapter Theme - "Circle of Sisters" 


Norma "Sue" Overturf


The Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter, NSDAR was organized by Norma "Sue" Overturf and 15 members-at-large on April 15, 2000. 

Organizing Members
Charter Members
Charter Members
Sharlene Williams Boyer
Jane Morse Cote
Nancy Ankrum Douglas
Mildred "Midge" Enke
Jane Bearse Everett
Linda Powell Garrett
Kay Overturf Gilbert
Rosemary Biel Lighty
Michele Enke Marez
Patricia Ann Smith Moore
Norma "Sue" Smith Overturf
Glynice Tawney Pomykal
Clarice Erickson Sisemore
Amie Garrett Spruiell
Leona "Lee" Moore Walter
Pam Degough Wheeler
Kendall Lynn Baker
Nancy Baron Baker
Patricia Sutton Baker
Suzanne Mathers Bauer
Kathleen Ann Bireley
Andrea Emery Bortner
Gail Voelker Bryan
Jane McCaslin Callabresi
Lisa Edwards Clowdus
Lesleyann Medeiros Coker
Fidel Schilling Crow
Rebecca Lynn Degough
Deborah Baker Diercks
Amy Walter Dutchover
Nora Ellen Degough Egli
Carey Pomykal Estes
Christine Cote Gaeckle
Julie Sisemore Gee
Judith Morse Gonsalves
Gail Smith Healey
Jane Drennon Helms
Patricia Warren Hoenig
Jill Everett Hornbeck
Marcia Ellinwood Katz
Susan Pomykal Lietzke
Mary Jane Smith McCarthy
Maris Holmes Medeiros
Julie Everett Mello
Kathleen Freeman Overturf
Gayle McCormick Ramsey
Diane Clark Russell
Jean Troxell Salas
Jane Abbott Southwick
Suzanne McCormick Wade
Rachel Conrad Willis
Barbara Creighton Wills
Sara Walter Wood


The chapter took its name from Josefa Higuera Livermore. Josefa was the wife of Robert Livermore, for whom the town and valley were named. Numerous descendants of this couple still live in the area.


 Josefa Higuera


About Josefa Higuera

Josefa Higuera was born in 1815, to Jose Loreto Higuera and Ramona Bernal. A birthdate for Josefa has not been found but records show that her parents were married at Mission Delores in 1813. She married Jose Fuentas Molina on June 1, 1835, and they had one daughter. She was soon widowed and married Robert Thomas Livermore on May 5, 1838, at Mission San Jose. Josefa and Robert Livermore had eight children and also adopted one child.

Josefa's parents, the Higueras and Bernals, were descended from the very earliest pioneers in California. Their ancestors were part of a group of thirty families who were sent by Spain to form a colony. That colony was charged with protecting the country and serving as a base for successive establishments. Members of Josefa's family were also part of the Anza expedition, which traveled in 1775 and 1776 from the town of San Miguel de Horcacitas in Mexico to California.

The Livermores were well known for their hospitality. After the discovery of gold, all land travel for several years went past their house, and travelers both to and from the mines made it a point to stop at the house. It was said that when peddlers came to the house, on their way to the mines, and asked the Livermores to buy their merchandise, they not only purchased the whole load of wares, but also the wagon and sent the peddler on his way with a new saddle and plenty of money.

Most of the present-day city of Livermore was part of Rancho Las Positas, a land grant that Josefa's husband obtained in 1839. Robert died in 1858 and Josefa died on January 16, 1879. Both are buried near each other at Mission San Jose. The city itself was founded and named after Robert Livermore in 1869, by William Mendenhall, who had met and befriended Robert Livermore while marching though the valley with Fremont's California Battallion. The city of Livermore was incorporated on April 1, 1876.

Corridor Country by Reginald Stuart
Las Positas: The Story of Robert and Josefa Livermore by Janet Newton

Photo courtesy of the Livermore Heritage Guild