Charles F. Wanless

Charles F. Wanless[1]

Male Abt 1857 - 1890  (~ 33 years)

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  • Name Charles F. Wanless 
    Born Abt 1857  , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Northville, La Salle Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • La Salle County, Northville, page 81 [FHL 803196 ]
      Edward A. Wanless age 23, miller, born Canada
      Maria age 26, b. Canada
      George J. age 5, b. Canada
      Emma age 3, b. Illinois
      Charles age 1, b. Illinois
      -- we think this is John's brother Edward, taking care of Maria & the kids while John first went to Colorado (ca 1859 per his obit).
    IMMI Abt 1868  Laramie City, Albany Co, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    IMMI Abt 1869  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1870  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Charles is listed with his parents as Charles F., age 13. However, I think he may also be the Charles in the "unattached" database attending boarding school in Lake View, Cook co, Illinois.
      Wanless, Chas 15 b. Colorado
      The only other child from Colorado at this school is:
      Runliss, Frank 4 b. Colorado
      which could be Chas's brother Frank, who is actually about 6 and is not listed with his parents in the 1870 census.
    Residence 1876  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    315 9th 
    • Denver City Directory, 1876:
      Wanless, Charles - residence 315 9th
      -- John and George at same address; George F. at different address
    Moved 1876-1880  Laramie City, Albany Co, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1884-1885  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    272 11th 
    • 1885 Denver directory:
      Wanless Mrs. Maria r 272 11th
      and at same address were Charles F., Frank W., and John C.
    Residence 1890  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1116 Lawrence 
    • Denver, Colorado City Directory, 1890 (www.ancestry.com)
      Charles F. Wanless, policeman, res. 1116 Lawrence, Denver CO, 1890
    Died 18 Sep 1890  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 20 Sep 1890  Riverside Cem, Denver, , Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper 20 Dec 1891  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Brooklyn Eagle, 
    • His Queer Birthmark
      A Boy who bears on His Breast the Representation of a Bullet Wound
      A curious story comes from Salt Lake City, Utah, which is attracting much attention from friends and acquaintenances of Policeman Charles F. Wanless, shot and killed by Joseph A. Barnes on Sept. 18, 1890, and may furnish medical men with another subject for discussion. Barnes, it will be remembered, was having a quarrel with his wife, which the officer attempted to stop. Barnes fired and the bullet passed through Wanless' heart, leaving a jagged bullet hole in the breast.
      A married sister of the dead officer was telegraphed and came for the funeral from her home in Salt Lake. She was much affected by the tragedy and took the loss of her brother to heart. In a short time she returned home. About three months ago, as the report is heard here by friends of the dead officer, his sister gave birth to a boy, perfectly formed but with a red birthmark over the heart, the exact shape and appearance of the wound made in Wanless' breast by the bullet from Barnes' pistol. --- Denver News
    Notes 
    • Not in 1880 census with mother in Laramie, even though he married there in Sept 1880. No sign of his wife other than their marriage record. Except this item from the Denver Public Library Digital Collections, Western History Subject Index: Wanless, Mrs Charles - first girl born in Colo. Middle Park, CO - Rocky Mtn News, Oct 25, 1881 page 2 col 2.
      Also: Charles Wanless, proprietor, Pinkham's, Middle Park, CO - same page/col

      Death info from FHL Book 978.883/D1 V3r pt.2
    Person ID I888  3: George Wanless & Mercime Riddell of Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2015 

    Father Lt. Col. John Wanless,   b. 7 Jun 1833, St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1886, Hot Springs, Garland Co, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Maria Gates,   b. Abt 1836, , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1886, Laramie City, Albany Co, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married Est 1852-1853  Ontario or Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 10 Nov 1880 
    Family ID F487  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Norah Garrett,   b. Bef 1864,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 29 Sep 1880  Laramie City, Albany Co, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2003 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet

  • News
    Coroner's Trial Finds Barnes Guilty of Shooting Charles Wanless (Denver, CO, 1890)
    Coroner's Trial Finds Barnes Guilty of Shooting Charles Wanless (Denver, CO, 1890)
    Rocky Mountain News, (Denver, CO) Sunday, September 21, 1890; pg. 3
    Fatal Shooting of Officer Charles Wanless, Denver, CO, 1890
    Fatal Shooting of Officer Charles Wanless, Denver, CO, 1890
    Rocky Mountain News, (Denver, CO) Friday, September 19, 1890;
    Funeral of Slain Police Officer Charles Wanless, Denver, CO, 1890
    Funeral of Slain Police Officer Charles Wanless, Denver, CO, 1890
    Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) Monday, September 22, 1890; pg. 2

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

    2. [S57] Western States Historical Marriage Index at Ricks College, (http://abish.ricks.edu/fhc/gbsearch.asp).
      ID #209396, Charles F. WANLESS & Mary Norah GARRETT, married 29 Sep 1880 in Laramie, Albany Co, Wyoming, vol B2, page 7