George James Wanless

George James Wanless[1]

Male 1855 - 1912  (56 years)

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  • Name George James Wanless 
    Born 12 Apr 1855  Smithville, Canada West, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Residence 1856-1859  Mendota, LaSalle Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • obit says the family moved to Mendota in 1856 and Colorado in 1859
    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).
    Christened 13 Mar 1864  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    BAPM 13 Mar 1864  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence Abt 1867  Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Attended Emanuel Hall academy (per obit) when he was 12.
    Census 1870  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • with parents, age 15.
    School Sep 1870-May 1871  US Naval Academy, West Point, Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • New York Herald newspaper, 9 July 1870
      Admissions to the Naval Academy - 29 candidates admitted - George J. Wanless of Wyoming Territory
      --------------------
      Records of the US Naval Academy at West Point online at ancestry.com show that George J. was quite the high-spirited boy.

      From the Register of Delinquincies:
      Cadet Midshipman G.J. Wanless, 1870
      25 Oct reporting return to Sup't floor in an improper manner; late
      30 Oct chair adrift at insp.
      31 Oct talking before order seats at dinner

      1 Nov canagling(?) textbook at board where working to aid him at his recitation
      1 Nov forgetting number in ranks
      9 Nov improper position at supper table
      13 Nov irregular at parade
      27 Nov skylarking in corridor 7 p.m.
      1 Dec handling dishes before order "seats" at breakfast
      6 Dec playing ball in corridor
      8 Dec skylarking on stairs
      9 Dec untidy clothes at dinner formation
      13 Dec tardy at parade
      19 Dec clothes not brushed at dinner formation
      23 Dec talking before order seats
      29 Dec running on stairs coming from 9 a.m. recitation
      30 Dec iregular at mess, sitting with back to table

      8 Jan 1871 entering mess hall without reporting to officer in charge
      15 Jan bed not made, early inspection
      17 Jan irregular at breakfast, skylarking
      18 Jan not making requisition properly
      28 Jan unsteady in ranks a.m. roll call

      1 Feb leaving ranks at exercise without permission
      3 Feb inattention at exercise
      9 Feb cobwebs on ceiling a.m. inspection
      11 Feb talking evening parade
      13 Feb hands in waistbands marching to exercise
      15 Feb spitting in rankds in parade, facing about and moving from table at breakfast
      16 Feb talking at drawing
      17 Feb inattentive at exercise, not keeping eyes to front
      18 Feb reading at dancing, no name on bed at inspection
      21 Feb talking during unsatisfactory strides, not reporting return from barber shop
      22 Feb room not swept at early insp.
      27 Feb talking and skylrking onstairway, skylarking in corridor, not forming sect. properly 2 pm
      28 Feb neglect of duty at drill

      2 Mar - not falling in with section marching from 8 a.m. recitation, laughing, irregular in ranks, gross carelessness at dress parade, clothes not brushed, skylarking in lower hall, laughing and talking at exercise, off floor without premission, visiting

      April 1871 - raising hands in ranks at evening parade, disorderly at supper, throwing ice, meddling with water fixtures in water closet, playing ball in front of bldg, bed not neatly made, running on stairs, same again after being ordered not to do so, laughing at drill, talking in ranks marching to supper, leaving drawing model adrift, talking at drawing

      May 1871 - creating disturbance in corridor, floor not swept,
      creating great disturbance, visiting

      --last note is 26 May 1871
    Moved Between 1876 and 1878  Laramie City, Albany Co, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1873-1876  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Denver City Directory, 1873:
      Wanless, George - residence: Lincoln, between Sheridan and Brown
      --John at same address; George F. and Thomas and Thomas Jr at different addresses

      Denver City Directory, 1876:
      Wanless, George - residence 315 9th
      -- Charles and John at same address; George F. at different address
    Census 1880  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • -- in household of his uncle Thomas Wanless (Jr.)
      Wanless, George J., age 25, nephew, miner, born in Canada
    Occupation 1880  Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    miner 
    Newspaper 21 Nov 1882  California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Daily Gazette 
    • Mr George Wanless left yesterday for Socorro, New Mexico where he will take charge of the Colorado & New Mexico Mining company's property.
    Census 1885  Socorro Co, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Socorro Co, Precinct 11
      Jos. I. Eaton, 29, husband, miner, b. N.M., father b. NY, mother b. NM
      Abie K. Eaton, 28, wife, b. Col., father b. Canada, mother b. Eng.
      Chester R.G. Eaton, 3 mos, son, b. NM
      G.J. Wanless, 29, male, druggist, b. Canada, parents b. Can.
      F.A. Church, 22, male, surveyor, b. Col., father b. Mass., mother b. MO

      [We wonder if the occupations got mixed up and G.J. is really the surveyor and F.A. Church is the druggist. There is no other evidence that G.J. was ever a druggist.]
    Military 1885  New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1894  Mexico or Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    president (?) of Rio Grande Smelting Works 
    • "The cinnebar deposits of California Hill, Brewster Co, Texas, near Terlingua post office, were known to the Comanche Indians who used them as a vermilion pigment. The knowledge of these deposits was not recorded until 1894 when several Mexicans found some pieces and took them to San Carlos on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, whence they were sent to Chihuahua and their mineralogical character determined. Mr. George W. Wanless of the Rio Grande Smelting Works and Mr Charles Allen of Socorro, New Mexico, under the direction of the Mexicans, found the veins and located the first mineral claims."
      [Source: History of Texas; Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1922, read at HeritageQuest online] -- quicksilver, or mercury, is extracted from cinnebar
    Residence Jul 1898  Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From the (Phoenix) Arizona Republican (ancestry.com):
      This week Mr. George Wanless of Hermosillo has been out to the Ogado mine where he and his associates are arranging to build a ten-stamp mill, the machinery for which is now on the ground. This property, which has a record of production in the olden times, is situated near San Jose de Garcia in the Ures district. Mr. McGilvary, a machinist from Chicago, accompanied Mr. Wanless to set up the machinery for the mill.
    Census 1900  El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1900 2nd ward, Second Street, El Paso, El Paso co, Texas census (Vol. 35 E.D. 21, Sheet 8, Line 8)
      George J. Wanless, born May 1864, age 36, born Colorado, both parents born Scotland, married 11 years, one child born & alive, occupation: ore buyer - smelter
      Wife, Guadalupe, born Dec 1866, age 33, born Texas, both parents born Texas.
      Dau., Emma, born Jan 1898, age 2, born Texas
      Servant, Josefa Apodaca, born May 1882, age 18, born Texas
      Boarder, Guadalupe Steel, born Mar 1892, age 8, born Utah, at school
      -- Note George has made himself 11 yrs younger & got his & his parents birthplaces wrong. Guadalupe Steel is his niece, d/o his sister Emma. His bro. John C. also lives in El Paso.
    Occupation 1900  El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    ore buyer & smelter 
    Residence 1 Jun 1899-1900  El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • [Arizona Republican]
      1 June 1899 - Phoenix, AZ - George J. Wanless of El Paso is registered at the Hotel Adams.
      27 Feb 1900 - Phoenix, AZ - Geo. J. Wanless of El Paso registered at the Hotel Adams yesterday.
    Census 1910  El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1001 Upson(?) Avenue - "Mex" written in the margin next to this house
      George J. Wanless, hd, md, 59 or 54, married once for 20 yrs, self & parents b. Colorado, purchasing agent for smelter, owns unmortgaged house
      Guadalupe, wife, 43, married once for 20 yrs, 3 kids, 3 living, speaks English, b. TX, father b. Mex Spanish, mother b TX
      Emma M., dau, 12, b. TX
      George J, son, 8, TX
      Eva, dau, 5, TX
    Newspaper 9 Oct 1911  El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • El Paso Herald (El Paso, Tex.), Ed. 1, Monday, October 9, 1911
      El Pasoans See Rich Mexican Mining Camp and Attend Opening of New Road
      Surprised at Richness of the Country Along the Cusihuiriachic Branch of the North Western Road
      Their trip over the new extension of the Mexico North Western from San Antonio to Cusihuiriachic gave 30 El Paso Business men a new idea of the immense resources of the country this line will open. The importance of the new road in the development of northern Mexico and as a commercial bond between between Mexico and El Paso was the burden of comment during the entire trip. The El Paso party was met at the Chihuahua station by governor Abram Gonzales and his official family at 6:30 Sunday morning. Breakfast was awaiting the visitors at the Hotel Francia. The special train over the new road left Chihuahua at about 9 o'clock. It was really the first passenger train over the road and 3 coaches were filled with Chihuahua business men. Among the members of the American colony who joined the El Pasoans in the observation car were [names removed] and Geo. Wanless. [article continues with details of the scenery and mining opportunities]
    Died 3 Mar 1912  El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Obituary 4 Mar 1912  El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • El Paso Herald (El Paso, Tex.), Ed. 1, Monday, March 4, 1912
      The funeral of George J. Wanless, who died Sunday morning, was held Monday afternoon from his home, 1001 Upson avenue. Rev. C.J. Dickey conducted the services at the house and the Masons conducted the services at the grave. Mr. Wanless has been in poor health for about 4 mnoths. He is survived by a widow, 2 daughters, a son, a brother, and a sister.
    Obituary Jun 1912 
    • Bulletin of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, #66, June 1912 (on books.google.com):
      George James Wanless was born April 12, 1855, at St. Catharine's, Quebec, Canada. His parents moved, in 1856, to Mendota, Ill., and in 1859 to Denver, Colo., where he went to school until his twelfth year, when he entered Emanuel Hall, Chicago, Illinois, for a course preparatory to college. He was subsequently appointed as a cadet in the U. S. Naval Academy, but resigned from the Navy to take a course of study at the Colorado School of Mines (then at Colorado Springs, before the establishment of the State School at Golden). After his graduation, in 1880, he conducted, for a while, a private assay-office at Idaho Springs, Colo., and afterwards served as assayer and chemist at Socorro, and in the Toledo smelter at Kelly Camp, N. M. In 1889, he became the representative and ore-purchasing agent, at Jimenez, Chihuahua, for the St. Louis Smelting & Refining Co.; in 1894, agent and ore-buyer, at Hermosillo, Sonora, of the Cons. Kansas City S. & R. Co., which operated smelting-works at El Paso, Tex. Later, he was stationed in the service of the same company, at El Paso; and, still later, became ore-purchasing agent for Mexico of the American Smelting & Refining Co., into which the Kansas City and other companies had been merged by purchase.
      I need hardly say that the work of an ore-buying agent is one which involves, to a serious degree, the success of a smelting-enterprise, and requires a knowledge of ores, commercial conditions, and men, not always found in one and the same person. The circumstance that Mr. Wanless was retained in that position, and even advanced to a larger field, by a new administration, says much for his proved ability and fidelity.
      He joined the Institute in 1902. In Nov., 1911, he became ill; and he died Mar. 3. 1912. at his home in El Paso. Tex.
      --R. W. R.
    Buried Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Called "Jorge Jaime Wanless Gates" by his Mexican descendants.

      Birth info from FHL Film #105973. Smithville is located in Ontario, in the Lincoln area, near Toronto.

      Granpa Mark's brother George spent most of his time apparently in Montana. He was a horse trader and hunted with Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock. He also spent time with General Custer. [Margot Vogel]

      Civil War Pension Index at ancestry.com:
      George J. Wanless, served 1885 with New Mexico Volunteers, attended US Naval Academy, widow's pension applied for by Mrs. Guadalupe C. Wanless in Texas. He died March 3, 1912 at El Paso, Texas. App# 11701, no cert #. [The rest of the card image is too dim to see, but there is more data on it.] A comment in the index entry says "Indian Wars" but I don't see this on the card image. Could get pension file from NARA; it might have some interesting details about his life and marriages.]
    Person ID I893  3: George Wanless & Mercime Riddell of Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2014 

    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 1 A.D. Clifford,   b. Bef 1860,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 25 Nov 1878  Laramie City, Albany Co, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2008 
    Family ID F36  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Guadalupe Castaneda,   b. Dec 1866, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est 1941, est California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Abt 1889  (probably) Texas (maybe El Paso) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Emma Marie Wanless Castaneda,   b. Jan 1898, El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George James Wanless,   b. 23 Nov 1901, El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1950, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     3. Eva Dolores Wanless,   b. Abt 1906, El Paso, El Paso Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2002 
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    George James Wanless (1855-1912), s/o John Wanless & Maria Gates
    George James Wanless (1855-1912), s/o John Wanless & Maria Gates
    Called George James Wanless Gates by his Mexican relatives, per the Mexican custom of adding his mother's maiden surname after his father's surname.
    George James Wanless (1855-1912) in his West Point cadet Naval uniform, about 1870-71
    George James Wanless (1855-1912) in his West Point cadet Naval uniform, about 1870-71
    s/o John Wanless & Maria Gates of Denver, CO

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

    2. [S39] St. Andrew's Parish registers, 1812-1885.

    3. [S40] Parish Records - St. Andrews, Argenteuil, Quebec, WANLESS BAPTIZED - GEORGE JAMES BORN AT SMITHVILLE CANADA WEST ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF APRIL EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE ... CHILDREN OF JOHN WANLESS & HIS WIFE, BY HER MAIDEN NAME GATES, WERE BAPTIZED ON THIS THIRTEENTH DAY OF MARCH 1864 BY ME... (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S40] Parish Records - St. Andrews, Argenteuil, Quebec, SEE BIRTH SOURCE (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S143] 1885 Territorial Census of New Mexico, (ancestry.com).

    6. [S30] Death certificate or record.
      Name: «tab»George James Wanless
      Death Date: «tab»03 Mar 1912
      Death Place: «tab»El Paso, El Paso, Texas
      Gender: «tab»Male
      Race: «tab»White
      Death Age: «tab»56 years 10 months 21 days
      Birth Date: «tab»12 Apr 1855
      Birthplace: «tab»St. Catharines, Ontario, Can.
      Marital Status: «tab»Married
      Father's Name: «tab»John Wanless
      Father's Birthplace: «tab»Province Of Quebec, Can.
      Mother's Name: «tab»Maria Gates
      Mother's Birthplace: «tab»Province Ontario, Can.
      Occupation: «tab»Ore Buyer for El Paso Smelter
      Place of Residence: «tab»El Paso, Texas
      Cemetery: «tab»Concordia
      Burial Date: «tab»04 Mar 1912
      Cause: malignant hypernephroma of rt kidney, tumor probably malignant of bladder, duration 4 months; contributed to by infection of left kidney (pyelonephritis).
      Had lived at current address 3 yrs 5 mos; had lived in state 29 yrs. Buried 4 March at Concordia.
      Informant: Mrs. Emma Hammond, 3635 Madera Street

    7. [S55] Marriage record.
      ID#208593, George J. WANLESS, resident of Laramie, & Mrs. A.D. CLIFFORD, resident of Laramie, married in Laramie, Albany Co., Wyoming on 25 Nov 1878, vol B, page 91 [Western States Historical Marriage Record Index at Ricks College Library, http://abish.ricks.edu/fhc/gbret.idc ]