Eldridge Wanless

Eldridge Wanless

Male 1837 - 1916  (78 years)

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  • Name Eldridge Wanless 
    Born 19 Jul 1837  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • With parents.
    IMMI 1856  Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    between September and December 
    Occupation 22 May 1854-27 Sep 1856  Thorny Creek, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Postmaster 
    • Poca. Co. History 1981 erroneously says he was postmaster at Thorny Ck from 1854-1866, but original record from Nat'l Archive says Henry Sharp took over in Sept 1856, presumably when Eldridge went to IA with his parents.
    Census 1860  Bluffton, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • With parents.
    IMMI Between 1864 and 1866  California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1864  Pleasant Twp, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1864 Assessor's Book - Pleasant Twp, Winneshiek co
      list of persons liable to do military duty
      Wanlance, Eldridge, age 26, PO Bluff, born VA
      Wanlance, T.A., , age 22, PO Bluff, born VA
      Wanlance, Elonzo B., age 20, PO Bluff, born VA
      -- T.A. must be F.A. for Francis Asbury
    Census 1870  Goodwin Twp, Plumas Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p.8, ln.30, 14 July
      Wanless, Eldridge 30  lumberman, b. VA
    Residence Mar 1874  Nevada Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Later collected on a promissory note signed then & there.
    Residence 27 Oct 1875  Yavapai Co, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eldridge Wanless gave power of attorney to H.A. (or H.H. or A.A., it's hard to read) Smith of North Bloomfield, Nevada Co, CA to collect $243.69 from B.E. Reasoner, on a promissory note signed Mar 16, 1874. The POA was filed in Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. It was recorded Aug. 14, 1876 in Nevada Co by H.A.(?) Smith.
      --This is the only document listed for Eldridge in the Kitts Index for Nevada Co. I presume this means that Eldridge had moved to AZ by Oct 1875. Yavapai is the county in which Prescott is located.
    Census 1880  Verde Valley, Yavapai Co, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • page 439; indexed as "Wanlses, E."
      E. Wanless, 40, laborer, single, from VA, both parents from VA, living with Felix Powers, 38, laborer from NY
    Place 15 Jun 1882  Sierra Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eldridge Wanless filed a placer mining claim in Sierra Co, Calif., along with SMITH WILLIAM; SMITH ELIAS; SAMMONS B J; PATTIN WILLIAM; PARLIN E A; MILLER P.  Meridian MD, Twp 020N, Range 009E, Sec 16, Document ID#6036, case file #051734. There may be more patentees in the original doc, as the BLM website arbitrarily limits the number of patentees shown to 7.   [ http://www.ca.blm.gov/landpatents/  ]
    Census Jun 1900  Prescott, Yavapai co, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eldridge Wanless, b. July 1837 in VA, age 62, single, parents b. VA, teamster, owns house free & clear
    Newspaper 11 Sep 1902  Prescott, Yavapai co, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ad in the Prescott Morning Courier:
      For sale, in a bunch, about 50 head of good range horses, mares, and colts. Address E. Wanless, Prescott.

      and in a separate ad:
      LOST - Note dated March 8, 1902 made by O.G. Wanless in favor of Eldridge Wanless, payable on demand. Address Eldridge Wanless, Prescott.

      Horse ads repeated in Dec 1902.
    Lived 1914  Salem, Marion Co, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Oct 1875-1914  Yavapai Co, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 17 May 1916  Drain, Douglas, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper 18 May 1916  Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Had Money Banked
      Man Found Dead
      Roseburg, OR, May 18 - The man found dead in his camp yesterday near Anlauf station was Eldredge Wanless of Salem. He had papers on his person showing him to be the owner of considerable property in Salem. He had $4000 in notes and $3000 in Salem and Arizona banks. The coroner reports that Wanless died from natural causes.
    Obituary Abt 19 May 1916  Drain, Douglas, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Never married. Left home in 1863 on emigrant train coming to CA. Later lived near Prescott, AZ for 40 yrs. In 1914 came to live with his brother Frank in Salem, where he bought a place. Didn't like the rain, so in Sept 1915 he bought a horse, buggy, tent, and left for CA. Was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and found dead of natural causes in his camp near Drain.
    Buried Oak Lawn Cem., Cresco, Howard, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Tombstone gives b.d. as july 9 instead of 19.

      I checked all my Yavapai Co books, and could not find any trace of any variation on the Wanless name. Checked marriage, death, hospital records, and voting registers. [Ellie Grover email, 7/4/97]

      Appears in newspaper name index of the Coconino Sun:
      Wanless, Eldridge No/22 2/3 (Nov 22, 1890, page 2 column 3)
      Wanless, E. (rancher) Oc/5 1889, pg 3/col 3
      http://www.nau.edu/library/speccoll/indexes/Sun/holdings.html
      1890 paper is here:
      Arizona State Department of Library, Archives & Public Records
      3rd Floor Capitol
      1700 West Washington
      Phoenix, Arizona 65007
      call # ASLAPR 12.21.2 Aug. 4, 1888-Nov. 16, 1893 (title change: COCONINO SUN)
    Person ID I12  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2012 

    Father Leven Wanless,   b. 21 Mar 1813, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1901, Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Nancy Dilley,   b. 16 Oct 1818, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1895, Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1836  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Photos
    Children of Leven Wanless
    Children of Leven Wanless
    Back Row, left to right: Elizabeth Jane, Oliver Gustavius, Darinda Laoquincy
    Front Row, left to right: Perry Allison, Francis Asbury "Frank", Albion Emile, Alonzo Byron
    Probably taken in Howard or Winneshiek Co, Iowa between 1883 and 1893. Frank eventually settled in western Oregon; Emile in Vancouver, Washington after stints in Oregon, Iowa, Missouri, and Alberta, Canada; Darinda (Holt) in Saskatchewan, Canada; Oliver in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Alonzo and Perry stayed in the Winneshiek & Howard counties area of Iowa. After caring for their father Leven Wanless in Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa until his death in 1901, Elizabeth (Damon) and her family moved to La Grande, Oregon. The only child missing from this photo is Eldridge, the oldest son, who was probably in Arizona.
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Eldridge Wanless (1837-1916)
    Eldridge Wanless (1837-1916)
    Eldridge Wanless (left) and his brother Frank, taken near Prescott, Arizona when Frank visited Eldridge in 1893.

    News
    Eldridge Wanless death notice, Roseburg OR, 1916
    Eldridge Wanless death notice, Roseburg OR, 1916
    Had Money Banked
    Man Found Dead
    Roseburg, OR, May 18 - The man found dead in his camp yesterday near Anlauf station was Eldredge Wanless of Salem. He had papers on his person showing him to be the owner of considerable property in Salem. He had $4000 in notes and $3000 in Salem and Arizona banks. The coroner reports that Wanless died from natural causes.

  • Sources 
    1. [S58] History of Pocahontas Co - 1981, (Poca. Co. Historical Society;1981), P.58 (ERRONEOUSLY SAYS HE WAS THERE TIL 1866, BUT ORIGINAL RECORD SAYS '56, WHICH MAKES SENSE SINCE THAT'S WHEN HIS PARENTS WENT TO IA) (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S74] Post Office Records - Pocahontas Co WV, THORNY CREEK PO: ELDRIDGE WANLESS 22 MAY '54; HENRY SHARP 27 SEPT '56 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S3] Marriage Records - Pocahontas Co, WV, 8 FEB 1836 BOND FOR SEVEN WANLESS & NANCY DILLY. SURETY, SEVEN WANLESS & HENRY DILLY. NO RETURN [THIS IS FROM THE TRANSCRIBED MARRIAGE BOOK, WHERE LEVEN LOOKS LIKE SEVEN APPARENTLY]. (Reliability: 3).