Thomas Wanless, Jr.

Thomas Wanless, Jr.[1]

Male 1839 - 1917  (78 years)

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  • Name Thomas Wanless, Jr. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 19 Jun 1839  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 11 Aug 1839  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his parents 
    IMMI 1856  United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Aug 1861  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 19 August 1861 list of voters in CO's first territorial election, at Denver Library online gopher site, shows Thomas Wanless voting at Gayoso House, Georgia Gulch. John Wanless was running for federal congressional Rep. but lost.
    Military Sep 1864-Dec 1864  , , , Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Colorado Volunteer Cavalry 
    • Thomas Wanless, bugler, Colorado Vol. Cavalry. He joined the service 10 Sep 1864. age 25. Mustered out 29 Dec 1864. [ FHL Film #1862949]

      From "Transcript of Records of the Colorado Volunteers 1861-1865" online at CO State Archives [http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/gss/archives/trans/uvw_1.html]:
      WANLESS, THOS. - Company G, 3RD CO Cavalry- Rank: Bugler - Page 146
    Census 1870  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1870 Denver, Arapahoe co, CO federal census
      --in household of John W. (wife Elizabeth E.) McIntyre, a lumberman from Canada East
      Wanless, Thomas Jr. 30 carpenter & builder, real estate worth $1,000, personal property worth $1,500, born in Canada E., parents of foreign birth, married in May of this year, citizen
      , Mary S. 22 b. New York, married in May of this year
    Occupation 1873  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    contractor 
    Residence 1873  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Denver City Directory, 1873:
      Wanless, Thomas, jr., contractor - residence: ss. Glenarm, bet. G & H
      --same address as father; they were not listed in the 1876 city directory.
    Newspaper 19 Jun 1878  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Mr. Thos. Wanless, who drove Col. Bacon's horse on the afternoon that it died, wishes us to state that the horse was not killed by over-driving but by an over-feed after being taken up from grass. Mr. Wanless does not like the reflection that has been cast upon him by his having driven the horse; therefore makes this statement.
    Newspaper 21 Feb 1879  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Wanted - a girl to do general housework. Apply to Thos. Wanless, 2-21tf.
    Census 1880  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1880 census: Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.
      Wanless, Thomas, age 40, real estate (?), born in Canada
      Mary S., wife, age 32, keeping house, born in New York
      Jennie E.,daughter, at school, born in Colorado
      Connor, Mary A., age 23, servant
      Wanless, George J., age 25, nephew, miner, born in Canada
      Eckel, Charles, age 14, adopted? for a time, at school
      Wellington, Lavella, age 22, Boarder,
    Occupation 1880  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    real estate broker 
    Newspaper 18 Jul 1880  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Thomas Wanless was in a delegation of 25 prominent citizens assigned to welcome General [Ulysses S.] Grant who came to visit by train.
    Newspaper 4 Oct 1881  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Tom Wanless has completed arrangements to have a concrete sidewalk placed in front of his entire block. Work will begin on it today or tomorrow.

      6 Oct: Mr. J.H. Andrews began yesterday afternoon to tear up the plank sidewalk in front of the Wanless block preparatory to replacing it with concrete pavement.
    Land Patent Est 1862-1882  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: THOMAS WANLESS Township/Direction: 17/South Range/Direction: 65/West Book: Register of Homestead Entries, 5. vols. Type: Homestead Act Bureau of Land Management: 6 Application #: 159.00

      Name: THOMAS WANLESS Township/Direction: 17/South Range/Direction: 65/West Book: MW Type: unknown (type of entry is not listed in the register) Bureau of Land Management: 6 Application #: 786.00 ACT: 1855
    Newspaper 1 Jan 1882  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Real estate improvements in the past year
      Addition to house of Colonel Thomas Wanless; S.E. Scasions [or Sessions?], contractor
    Newspaper 18 Jan 1882  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Colorado Springs Gazette 
    • 18 Jan 1912
      Thirty Years Ago Today (18 Jan 1882)
      Tom Wanless had ordered plate glass from Pittsburg for the windows of all the stores owned by him on Tejon street.
    Newspaper 28 May 1882  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Many residents outraged over new right of way granted to Denver & New Orleans railroad to run a railroad through Moreno Ave in front of existing homes:

      Mrs. George English said "Tom Wanless came to me and said everybody had signed the petition, but I knew better. After he failed to secure my signature, Mr. A.L. Lawson came later and offered me $25 to sign it.".
      Mrs. Skinner told a reporter that Tom Wanless had been to see her 2 or 3 times about signing the petition, and finding that she could not be prevailed upon to do so, offered her $50 to sign it, which she positively declined. She thought that her property would be seriously damaged.
    Residence From Dec 1882 to Abt May 1883  California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Co Spgs Daily Gazette 19 Nov 1882 said they would depart from Denver and expected to be absent 6 months or more.
    Residence 1883-1884  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • 1884 Denver city directory:
      Wanless, Thomas, r. ws. Broadway, bet. Bridger and Sumner
    Visiting 26 Jun 1884  Leadville, Lake Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Thomas Wanless and daughter are visiting in the city.
    Newspaper 9 Oct 1884  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Denver - meeting of the Colorado Veteran's Association; Thomas Wanless elected to executive committee. They joined the Upton Post, G.A.R. in a grand camp fire and spent a pleasant evening of war stories and songs, coffee, hard tack, beans, bacon, martial music by fife and drum, and serenade by the Williams brass band.
    Visiting 5 Nov 1884  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Mr. Thomas Wanless came down from Denver yesterday to cast his vote for the republican ticket.
    Residence Feb 1885  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Visiting 3 Feb 1885  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Wanless of Denver, who are just returning from a wedding tour that included a visit to the New Orleans exposition, are in town.
    Newspaper 9 Apr 1887  Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Chicago Tribune reported on this date that a new corporation had been formed: "The Wanless Manufacturing Company of Chicago; capital stock $500,000; object, for the manufacture of electrical appliances; Thomas Wanless, E.B. Hamlin, and John M. Wanless, incorporators".
    Census 1900  Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 30th Ward, 59th Place (ED 947, sh 14B)
      Thomas Wanless age 60, b. June 1840 in Canada, married 15 yrs, father b. Scotland, mother b. Germany, immig. 1870, in US 30 yrs, naturalized, "ve surgeon", rents house
      Minnie C. age 40, wife, b. July 1859 in Illinois, 3 kids, 3 living, parents b. Ireland
      R. Bruce age 14, born May 1886 in Iowa, at school, parents b. Canada & ILL for all kids
      Byron T. age 4, born March 1896 in Illinois
      Edward E. age 1, born August 1899 in Illinois
    Testified 7 Sep 1904  St. Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Autobiography Of Bishop Richard Charles Evans (pub. 1907)

      "I here submit the testimony of Brigham Young's legal wife; who left him after he was untrue to her. Testimony of Major Thomas Wanless, given to R. C. Evans, his nephew, in the presence of Mrs. Wanless, Mrs. Evans and her daughter, in St. Louis, Missouri, September 7, 1904

      I met Brigham Young's First and legal wife and her daughter in the winter of 1860 and 1861, at Central City. Colorado; she told me that Joseph Smith had nothing to do with polygamy; that he did not teach, practice, or in any way endorse the doctrine of polygamy, that he had nothing to do with the so-called revelation on celestial marriage; that he had but one wife. My husband, Brigham Young, Orson Pratt (she gave the name of another man whose name I have forgotten) made up the revelation on celestial marriage.

      Before they left Illinois some of them practiced polygamy. Brigham Young went to Utah to reorganize the church and publicly introduced polygamy, or to recognize the Church on a polygamous basis.

      She left Brigham Young, finally obtained a divorce from him, and was then living with her daughter. Brigham sent the daughter money according to an agreement. She told me they ought to have shot Brigham Young in place of Joseph Smith.

      This statement of Major Wanless that she was Brigham's first wife is a mistake. Brigham married Miriam Works, October 8, 1824; she died September 8, 1832. In February, 1834, he married Mary Ann Angel; she was his legal wife, and perhaps is the one referred to by the Major. It is quite pardonable in Major Wanless in getting Brigham's wives mixed up. We opine poor Brigham was at his wit's end to keep the family record correct himself."
    Residence 1905  Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Son James Meredith born there.
    Census 1910  Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • 32nd Ward, Yale Ave. - house headed by family of William L. Windle(?) of NY
      Wanless, Thomas 70, married twice, this time for 25 yrs, b. Can. English, father b. Scot. English, mother b. Ger. German, immig. 1856, naturalized, hardware merchant, rents house
      , Minnie C. wife, 51, md once for 24 [!] yrs, 4 kids, 2 living, b. Illinois, parents b. Ire. English
      , Meredith J. son, 5, b. Illinois
      Kilpatrick, Elisabeth S. sister-in-law, 39, single, b. Iowa
    Residence 1890-1910  Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Registered to vote, born Canada in 1890; children born there through 1905; 1910 census.
    Newspaper 19 May 1910  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Colorado Springs Gazette 
    • Modern Rip Van Winkle
      Thomas Wanless, a Pioneer of This City, Renews Acquaintances After 25 Years Absence
      Thomas Wanless, a Colorado Springs pioneer, is in Colorado Springs renewing old acquaintances after a 25 year absence from the city. Irving Howbert accompanied Mr. Wanless about the city yesterday. The Wanless block, the first brick building ever built here, stood on the present site of the First National Bank building. Mr. Wanless was greatly pleased with the progress made by the city in the last quarter of a century.
    Moved Sep 1912  Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sep 27, 1912 - Suburbanite Economist newspaper, Chicago
      Thomas Wanless & family of 7358 Harvard ave left this week for Portland, Ore. where they intend taking up permanent residence.
      -----------------
      Death cert says he had been in OR 5 yrs when he died.
    Died 25 Sep 1917  Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Notes 
    • Info from St. Andrews, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada - Church of England records - FHL Film #1430828

      The following I believe are wife and children of Thomas Wanless (b 1839), in the Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO:
      Mary, born 30 Jan 1838, died 30 Sep 1883
      Willard T., died 23 Aug 1874 ( age 11 mos;s/o Thomas & Mary Wanless)
      Walter, born 16 Jul 1875, died 9 Aug 1875, (son of Thomas & Mary
      Wanless)
      Mary Elinor, born 8 Aug 1872, died 18 Mar 1877, (Bur w/ Mary)
      Jessie C., born 3 Oct 1876, died 28 Jul 1877, (Bur w/ Mary)
      Kittie May, born 12 Mar 1882, died 22 Jul 1882, (youngest d/o Thomas &
      Mary Wanless)
      Mary S., born 9 Sep 1883, died 16 Dec 1883, (Bur w/ Mary)

      Widow Minnie C. applied twice for his pension (for Thomas Wanless, bugler in Colorado cavalry), once from Illinois and later from Oregon in 1917 - the date is blurry on the pension card online, but the Illinois date is on the "invalid" line and the Oregon date is on the "widow" line, which fits since Thos. died in 1917. [ancestry.com Civil War pension index images]

      The Colorado Springs Gazette ran an article stating the Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo. was almost full and due to that they were doing an inventory of graves bought but never used. Descendants have until May 9, 2001 to make claim to the graves or they will lose their ownership. The names are listed with the purchase date, and include: Thomas Wanless, Nov. 5, 1883.
    Person ID I885  3: George Wanless & Mercime Riddell of Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2016 

    Father Thomas Wanless,   b. 2 Sep 1796, Yetholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1873, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Jones,   b. 25 Feb 1802, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1865, St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1820  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Headstones
    Thomas Wanless (1796-1873) & Elizabeth Jones, Argenteuil, Quebec
    Thomas Wanless (1796-1873) & Elizabeth Jones, Argenteuil, Quebec
    The 4 faces of this monument describe their children.
    Family ID F483  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary E. Smart,   b. Abt 1848, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1883, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married 17 May 1870  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jennie E. Wanless,   b. Abt 1871, , Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1944, Eugene, Lane, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
     2. Mary Elinor Wanless,   b. 8 Aug 1872,   d. 18 Mar 1877  (Age 4 years)
     3. Willard T. Wanless,   b. Abt Sep 1873,   d. 23 Aug 1874  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. Walter Wanless,   b. 16 Jul 1875,   d. 9 Aug 1875  (Age 0 years)
     5. Jessie C. Wanless,   b. 3 Oct 1876,   d. 28 Jul 1877  (Age 0 years)
     6. Kittie May Wanless,   b. 12 Mar 1882,   d. 22 Jul 1882  (Age 0 years)
     7. Mary S. Wanless,   b. 9 Sep 1883,   d. 16 Dec 1883  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2002 
    Family ID F486  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Catherine "Minnie" Kilpatrick,   b. 25 Jul 1858, Cook Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1941, Gresham, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 9 Dec 1884  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Raymond Bruce Wanless,   b. 2 May 1886, Audobon, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1961, Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Byron T. Wanless,   b. Mar 1896, Illinois, USA (probably Chicago, Cook Co) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1902, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
     3. Edward Earl Wanless,   b. 31 Aug 1899, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1903, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     4. James Meredith Wanless,   b. 22 Jan 1905, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1961, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2002 
    Family ID F496  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Wanless Block, Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, between 1885 and 1890
    Wanless Block, Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, between 1885 and 1890
    View of businesses on the west side of a muddy Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. Written on back: "The bldg. at extreme left being the Wanless block occupying present site of Wanless Blk., First National Bank."
    Denver Public Library Digital Collections
    http://cdm15330.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/13531/rec/3
    Thos. Wanless, gents' clothing and furnishing goods, Wanless Block, Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado, est 1869-1879
    Thos. Wanless, gents' clothing and furnishing goods, Wanless Block, Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado, est 1869-1879
    Denver Public Library Digital Collections
    http://cdm15330.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/26836/rec/10

  • Sources 
    1. [S24] GEDCOM from Bruce Bagnall August 1999.

    2. [S33] 1873 Denver City Directory.

    3. [S35] 1880 census.

    4. [S26] 1884 Denver city directory.

    5. [S36] Newspaper, CO SPRGS PAPER, 13 FEB 1885, SAID THOS. WAS RETURNING TO LIVE IN CO SPGS FROM DENVER WHERE HE HAD LIVED THE PAST 2 YEARS (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S17] Census, ED 1381 SH 116B (IMAGE 2 AT ANCESTRY.COM) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S37] Chicago Voter Registration, 1890 (ancestry.com).

    8. [S30] Death certificate or record, GIVES MATCHING BIRTHDATE, FATHER THOMAS B. SCOTLAND, MOTHER B. GERMANY (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S40] Parish Records - St. Andrews, Argenteuil, Quebec, FHL 1430832 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S60] Arapahoe County Marriages 1859-1901, (FHL fiche 6087871), P. 323; FROM BOOK 200 PAGE 381 (Reliability: 3).