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.
    Draft Registration Jun 1863  Orleans Twp, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Civil War draft registration
      Wanless, John H., age 26, white, farmer, born Virginia, unmarried
      Wanless, Wilson S., age 24, white, farmer, born Virginia, married
      Wanless, Eldridge, age 25, white, farmer, born Virginia, unmarried
      Wanless, Francis A., age 21, white, farmer, born Virginia, unmarried
    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.
    Residence 2 Sep 1878  Upper Verde, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Voter registration (Ancestry.com)
      Eldridge Wanless, age 38, born Va., lives Upper Verde
    Residence 1879  Prescott, Yavapai co, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: Weekly Journal-Miner newspaper (Prescott)
      16 May 1879 - $18.10 was collected from E. Wanless in delinquent taxes.
    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/ ]
    Residence 1887-1896  Prescott, Yavapai co, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: Weekly Journal-Miner newspaper (Prescott)

      E. Wanless of Prescott had uncollected mail at the post office in Prescott on the following dates:
      25 May 1887
      31 Aug 1887
      25 Jan and 8 Feb, 1888 (Eldridge Wanless)
      15 Oct 1890

      On 2 May 1888, at Whipple, E. Wanless made a bid to supply the military 3,000 bushels of charcoal at 17c/bushel

      2 Oct 1889 E. Wanless of the hills just a few miles west of Prescott reported the loss of 2 colts by mountain lions since July. (This was in a short article about other ranchers losing colts to mountain lions.)

      19 Nov 1890 Eldridge Wanless is on a list of trial jurors (jury pool)
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      Source: 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

      1891-1922 editions are online at Newspapers.com

      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)
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      Also voter registration at Ancestry.com:
      Oct 1888: Eldridge Wanless, age 48, b. Va, lives Prescott
      Sep 1890: Eldridge Wanless, age 45, b. Va, lives Prescott
      Oct 1896 - E. Wanless, age 58, born US, lives Prescott
    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 15 Oct 1900  Prescott, Yavapai co, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Weekly Journal-Miner
      E. Wanless of Prescott had uncollected mail at the post office in Prescott.
    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.
    Census 14 May 1910  Willow Creek, Yavapai co, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eldridge Wanless, head, male, white, 74, single, b. Iowa, parents b. US, farm laborer on general farm, works for someone else, rents house
      -- he lives alone and everybody else on the page is farming
      [ED 123 page 15B
    Residence 1902-1914  Prescott, Yavapai co, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • [Source: voter registration lists at ancestry.com]

      9 July 1902 - E. Wanless, age 60, born Virginia, lives at Thumb Butte

      31 Aug 1908 - E. Wanless, age 71, born West Virginia, lives Prescott

      26 Jun 1914 - E. Wanless, miner, age 76, born Virginia, 5 ft 10 in, 140 lbs, light hair, blue eyes, male
      -- this has his signature
    Residence 1915  Salem, Marion Co, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 17 May 1916  Drain, Douglas, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death Notice 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.
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      Capital Journal (Salem) 18 May 1916 adds to the above:
      Eldredge Wanless came to Salem from Prescott, Arizona in March 1915 and for awhile resided at 2307 Laurel avenue in this city. He opened an account at the Ladd & Bush bank and gave as a reference the Commercial Trust & Savings bank of Arizona. He is the owner of lot 4, McDonold's fruit tracts, located just north of this city.
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      The News-Review (Roseburg, OR) 18 May 1916 says:
      Lone Traveler Found Dead Near Drain
      Coroner Jewett returned today from Drain where he was called to investigate the death of E. Wanless who was found dead at his camp north of Anlauf yesterday. The man has been traveling in a dilapidated outfit for several years and spent the first days of the week at Drain. He had evidently laid down after preparing his morning meal and had died suddenly from heart failure. He had $101 in his pockets and several bank books which showed deposits which would total about five or six thousand dollars.

      The only details regarding his life were given by a young couple who were traveling in a thoroughly equipped tourist outfit and who had followed the old man for several days. According to their statements, they had met him at Grants Pass and they had traveled together since leaving that place. He had given his age as 79 years, but as he was very hard of hearing, they had not conversed with him to any great extent and had received no knowledge of his life. His only food consisted of a sort of dough bread which he baked over his camp fire, and on the morning of his death, they heard him rise and light his fire and mix the ingredients for the bread. As their camp was a short distance away, they could not see him, but could hear easily. They heard him lie down again and in a few minutes they heard a noise which they thought at the time was his efforts to revive the fire by blowing on it. They now believe, however, that he was gasping for breath in the death agonies. Upon going to his camp a little later, they found him to be dead, and without touching the body further than to learn that life was extinct, they went to Drain and phoned for the coroner.

      According to papers which he had in his possession, it was shown that he was the owner of considerable property in Salem, where most of his money was deposited. His brother, who resides in that city, was notified and immediately wired in return to have the body embalmed and left at Drain until his arrival, which would be as quickly as possible. An inquest was not deemed necessary, as death was plainly the result of natural causes.

      The rig in which Mr. Wanless was traveling was dilapidated, ragged, and sadly in need of repair. He has been up and down the coast for several years and is well known at the places where he has visited. The body will probably be taken to Salem today for burial.
    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.
    PROB 3 Jun 1916  Salem, Marion Co, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Statesman Journal, page 5
      F.A. Wanless was yesterday appointed by the county court as administrator of the estate of the late Eldridge Wanless. Heirs are F.A. Wanless (brother), Salem; A.E. Wanless (brother), Vancouver, Wash; O.G. Wanless (brother), Minneapolis, Minn.; A.B. Wanless (Burr Oak, Ia.; P.A. Wanless, brother, Cresco, Ia.; Ellis Holt, nephew, Saskatchewan, Canada; Oliver Holt, nephew, Saskatchewan; Mrs. Nellie Condon, niece, Saskatchewan; Leven Damon, nephew, La Grande; Orliss Damon, nephew, La Grande.
    PROB Oct 1916  Yavapai Co, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: Arizona Wills and Probate Records (Ancestry.com)
      Case # 1267-1290 (1871-1920)
      Eldridge Wanless died on or about the 17th day of May, 1916, at Drain, Douglas Co, Oregon, and was a resident of Salem, Marion co, Oregon at the time of his death. Letters of administration were issued in Salem to F.A. Wanless, a brother of the dec'd. Said dec'd left an estate in this county consisting of $2700 on deposit in the Commercial Trust & Savings Bank, Prescott, Arizona. He appears to have died intestate.
      Sum to be disbursed is $2730.43 minus expenses; $2561.43 was issued to F.A. Wanless on 4 May 1917.
    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.
    Person ID I12  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2019 

    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).