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Baylis EARLE

____ - ____

Repository ID Number: I3344

  • RESIDENCE: Oconee Co. Spartanburg, SC
  • RESOURCES: See: [S14]

Family 1 :
  1. + Samuel EARLE

Sources

[S14]


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John William HARRISON

1833 - 1890

Repository ID Number: I10638

  • OCCUPATION: California Gold Rush-Shot Dead In The Back By Wife's Ex-Hus
  • RESIDENCE: NC > GA > Whiskeytown, CA
  • BIRTH: 1833, NC [S762]
  • DEATH: 1890, Whiskeytown, CA
  • RESOURCES: See: [S517] [S762]
Father: Bentley HARRISON
Mother: Elizabeth BENTLEY


Family 1 : Mary Elizabeth JOSEPH
Family 2 : Carolista DAVIS
  1.   Mary Beth HARRISON
  2. + John Bentley HARRISON

Notes

John William was Bently Harrison's surviving son, having lost Alfred and Franklin in the Civil War.

Mary Elizabeth Harrison may have adopted the Cummins name ...her brother John Bentley did not. Mary Elizabeth was named in memory of her father's first wife who died childless in the 1870's. Mary E. was born in 1888 time frame in Whiskeytown.

Charles P. Summers children were named Charles jr. ,Mabel, and Carrie...they were renamed to Cummin(g)s after their father shot and killed Carolista's then current husband John William Harrison.... when she subsequently married Cummin(g)s they took his surname.

Charles P. Summers was a British/miner in I believe Eagle Creek don't know what became of him after the shooting.... Thanks Again! Gerard F. Harrison

A little that we know of John William Harrison...He started showing up in the Shasta California voters register records in the early 1850s he listed his place of birth as North Carolina so we don't know if Bentley moved to Ga. before or after his departure. He did sail "Around the Horn" to the gold rush as opposed to going the overland route. Interestingly I found and kept a proclamation presented to those that "rounded the horn" I found it in my grandmother's house when we emptied it...it don't know its age but it either could have been from John Bentley's Navy days or perhaps a keepsake from John William's journey...I tend to think its an unofficial type Navy doc but it has no info as to its printer/originator/manufacturer etc

John William settled in a gold rush town called Whiskeytown Ca. which was appropriately named as history would indicate. Evidently he made a decent share of money prospecting for gold in the 1850's and owned a hotel either the Mixes Hotel or the Franklin Hotel (possibly renamed in honor of his fallen brother?) in Whiskeytown. (Whiskeytown is now under water as part of California's watershed projects in the 1950's 1960's) I believe JFK dedicated the Whiskeytown dam. I dare say that John William did not return home due to the Civil War and perhaps afterwards the carpetbagging and reconstruction offered little incentive to return. There is a Harrison Gulch out there named after him. As a footnote I found a Thomas Harrison of Tenn. in the 1860's census in case someone's Harrison fell off the map...also a William H. Harrison from Kentucky in the 1850 census

John William's first marriage to Mary Elizabeth Joseph was news to us ...she died at age 18 in 1878 and there are no children of record. John Williams affection for her must have been considerable as he named his first born after her (in his second marriage to Carolista.)

John William married the former Carolista Summers nee Davis on June 30,1886...he was 52 years of age, Carolista was all of 22 years of age w/3 children starting a second marriage....we were told she was called "the Belle of Shasta" was a beauty, and was a bit wild ....her father J.P Davis was the same age as John William, a printer from Ohio who headed west for the gold/silver rushes after the Civil War....Carolista was born in Indiana on the way west....J.P. crossed overland through Donner's Pass 20 years after the tragic Donner Party...(there is an outstanding website on the Donners tragedy replete with personal accounts that are awe inspiring both in their sadness as well as in the recounting of unbelievable acts of self-sacrifice and courage that can only leave the reader humbled...if you're a history buff let me know I'll get you the address)

J. P. Davis was a character and carried a bullet in his head from an incident where he was caught cheating at cards...he lived to be 91 years of age in spite of it. From what I gathered from my grandfather, life on the gold slopes was fast and wild and John William and J. P. were in the thick of it. My grandfather caught the tail end of "the old west" growing up and when grandma wasn't around he would tell us about the horse thief hangings etc. that he would sneak into town to see...he was always proud of the fact that he shot a mountain lion on the way to school one morning when he saw it stalking him and his sisters.

Carolista as I mentioned was married once before on June 2, 1881 to a British born miner named Charles Summers (John William's murderer). Summers lived in Watson Gulch west of Eagle Creek. Carolista had 3 children by Summers before divorcing him and marrying John William.

Carolista's last child by Summers was born in 1886....her marriage to John William occurred later (?) that same year. We don't know the circumstances of that "quick rebound" only to say that Charles Summers apparently never got over the loss of his wife to John William.

John William was shot in the back of the head by a drunk and enraged Charles P . Summers on the front steps while entering his house one evening in 1890-1.My grandfather said his father was done in by a 44-40 slug from Mr. Summers Colt. My grandfather was barely a year old when John William died. We do know that John William must have been a man of good sentiment in that he named his off- spring for people he had loved and missed and likely named his Hotel after his brother...

The Shasta County records were a little hazy about the murder and we don't know right now if Mr. Summers was strung up for his actions or what...but that is an off again on again project for me...the folks at the Shasta Historical Society (Bert Walsh in particular) have been extremely patient and helpful in this endeavor and I'm giving them a break for now...the information is there... it is really a question of how much time they can devote to my interests... what I probably should/will do is send them a contribution and tie someone up for a day or 2 doing my research out there....they have a wealth of information from that era and were also able to give me John William's probate file number which is 258-41 and/or 41-209-27L in the Shasta County Court House..I was told the records are in storage and it would take a real "hard sell" to get someone to dig them out.

John Bentley grew up with his "Summers half brother and sisters" as well as his older full sister Mary Elizabeth. His mother went on to marry at least 2 other men and there is a vague rumor that she took up with a Piyute Indian in the early 1900's. The last record in Whiskeytown was in 1900 and Carolista "Cummings" was listed as single head of household...She did marry a dentist in 1894 named Cummings had a daughter by him...my Aunt tells me that Cummings absconded with Carolista's fortunes around 1896, ran off to San Francisco and built upon her money and made a greater fortune...there is a Cummings Building standing in S.F. in the scoundrel's name.


                                                                __
                                                               |  
                       _Joseph HARRISON Sr. Of Iredell Co., NC_|
                      | (1768 - 1860)                          |
                      |                                        |__
                      |                                           
 _Bentley HARRISON ___|
| (1802 - ....) m 1820|
|                     |                                         __
|                     |                                        |  
|                     |_Drucilla (Hines?) BENTLEY _____________|
|                       (1772 - 1865)                          |
|                                                              |__
|                                                                 
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|--John William HARRISON 
|  (1833 - 1890)
|                                                               __
|                                                              |  
|                      ________________________________________|
|                     |                                        |
|                     |                                        |__
|                     |                                           
|_Elizabeth BENTLEY __|
  (1805 - ....) m 1820|
                      |                                         __
                      |                                        |  
                      |________________________________________|
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[S517]

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Eunice LEWIS

ABT 1790 - 11 Jul 1870

Repository ID Number: I24130

Original Submitter (General Source): [S1040]
  • BIRTH: ABT 1790
  • DEATH: 11 Jul 1870

Family 1 : Ephraim TORREY
  1. + Emily Blandin TORREY

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[S1040]


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