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Anson Brunson
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Birth: Apr. 16, 1834
Portage County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 8, 1895
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
California, USA

Death Record: Heart failure (hemo of heart)
FHL Film #1290195 item 7, page 17, line 9
FHL Film #1290197 page 455

Anson Brunson, age 60
Attorney at law; Superior Court Judge;
Chief counsel for Atlantic, Pacific, and
Southern California Railways

Bio:
Brunson, Anson, Solicitor Southern California Ry. Office Los Angeles, Cal.
Born April 16, 1834, in Portage Co., Ohio,
being the son of L. C. and E. Brunson. He was
educated at the University of Michigan, grad-
uating with the class of 1857. Entered railway
service 1887 as solicitor California division Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Rd, now consolidated as the Southern California Rd, since which he has been consecutively director Colorado Central Rd; president Redondo Beach Rd; director California & Arizona Rd, and is at present solicitor Southern California Ry. Mr. Brunson was married Oct. 28, 1858 at Brooklyn, N. Y., to Miss A. E. Perkins.
The biographical directory of the railway officials of America" Page 49.

1850 Census Knox, Illinois
Lemuel Brunson 53, Physician
Elizabeth Brunson 47,
Anson Brunson 16,
Mary Brunson 14

1857 Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan
Graduate, University of Michigan

1858 Married: Brooklyn, New York
Abbie E Perkins
Oct. 28, 1858

1860 Census Macon, Macon, Missouri
A Brunson 26, Atty-at-Law
A E [Abbie E] Brunson 26, at home b. VA

1863 Chicago, Illinois
City Directory and Business Advertiser
Brunson Anson, lawyer, h. Ellis av., cor. Pier
Page 69.

1866 Napa County, California
Voter Registration May 18th 1866
Anson Brunson, age 32, lawyer
Residence: Napa

1869 Los Angeles, California
Joined the Congregational Church
from the Methodist Church, Napa, California
July 10th.

1870 Census Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Anson Brunson 36, lawyer, born Ohio
Abbie E Brunson 33, born Michigan
Florence [Grace] E Brunson 7 months
Henry C Mitchell 22
Allen H Banley 41
Lives near Pico Hotel
August 27, 1870

1875 Los Angeles, California
Congregational Church
Excommunicated for inconsistent moral matters.

1875 Los Angeles, California
"In the spring of 1875 Eastman formed a partnership with Judge Anson Brunson of Los Angeles. He left San Francisco for that city, with his family, about the middle of May of that year . . ."
My Seventy Years In California 1857-1927
By J. A. GRAVES


1875 Los Angeles, California
Established and Formed Law Firm
Brunson, Eastman and Graves

1875
"Judge Anson Brunson had been district attorney of Napa County. He was a very able man and a good lawyer. He had a little red ledger, in which he had written the form of an indictment for every crime known to the statutes up to that time."
1875: Future U.S. Senator Loses DA's Race
By Roger M. Graves

1878 June Los Angeles, California
Dissolved Firm Brunson, Eastman and Graves

1879 Los Angeles, California
Formed Law Offices with lawyer
and Civil War Col. G Wiley Wells

1880 Census Los Angeles, California
Anson Brunson 45, Atty-at-law
Pamelia Brunson 32, niece, b. Il [dau of Esty]
Living on Fignerva Street

1882 Los Angeles, California
MEMBERS OF LOS ANGELES LODGE, NO. 42
Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons
Anson Brunson suspended non-payment of dues

1882 Election California
California State Roster 111 Govt & Mil.
Anson Brunson
Supreme Court Justice
Election Date: 7 Nov 1882
Page 423

1884 Los Angeles, California
Anson Brunson elected Superior Judge

1886 Bio
"The man who could get more pure fun out of the practice of law than anyone else was Judge Anson Brunson"
Los Angeles from the mountains to the sea: with selected biography ..., Volume 1
By John Steven McGroarty


1886 Knox County, Illinois
1886 Portrait & Biographical Album Knox Co IL
Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago
Pages: 489-490.


1887 April Los Angeles, California
Resigned as Judge of Superior Court Hon. Anson Brunson, solicitor of the Santa Fe Railroad System for California, was born in Portage County, Ohio, April 16, 1834; grad-
uated at the University of Michigan in 1857, working at odd jobs to earn expenses; was admitted to the bar in June, 1858; came to California in 18G4, stopping at Napa; and finally settled here in Los Angeles in December, 1868.
In the autumn of 1884 he was elected judge of the Superior Court, which position he resigned April 1, 1887.
An illustrated history of Los Angeles County

1887 Los Angeles, California
Notes of Various Interests
The California Central Railroad Company, recently formed by the consolidation of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company's eight branches in Southern California has elected the following officers: President-George O Manchester, of Boston; Vice-President- C W Smith, of Topeka; Directors- George O Manchester, C W Smith, H L Drew, of San Bernardino; E S Babcock, Jr., and O L Slough, of San Diego; C E French, of San Anna; A W Franciso, George H Bonebrake, F Crank, Anson Brunson, and M L Wickes, of Los Angeles. Operations under the new arrangements will begin June 1.
The General office of the new company will be at San Bernardino.
The New York Times; April 27, 1887

1888 Directories Los Angeles, Caifornia
Anson Brunson
Attorney at Law
office Philips Block No. 1
NW cor West Fourth and Grand Av

1889 Los Angeles, California
Judge Anson Brunson, the solicitor of the Calfornia Central, arrived in the city from San Francisco yesterday.
The Los Angeles Herald, Thursday Morning, October 3, 1889, Page 8.

1890 Los Angeles, California
City Directories; Attorneys at Law
Anson Brunson; Thomas K. Wilson;
and Edwin H. Lamme
Business: 100 Phillips Block No.

1892 Los Angeles, California
Wife, Angela, files for divorce claiming desertion, extreme cruelty and adultery.

1892 Los Angeles, California
The Brunson Divorce Case
December

1892 Reno, Nevada, Special to Gazette
Scandal in High Life
San Francisco, Dec. 10, an Examiner dispatch, referring to a suit for divorce commenced in the Superiour Court at Los Angeles yesterday by Mrs Brunson, wife of Judge Anson Brunson of that city, says that there are three counts in the complaints uponwhich the prayer for a decree is based. The first two are desertion and extreme cruelty, while in the third count Mrs Mary O H Stoneman, wife of General George Stoneman, ex-Governor of California is names as co-respondent.

Gen'l Stoneman has not been seen at his residecde at Los Angeles for over a year...
Reno, Nevada, Weekly Gazette Stockman
Thursday, December 15, 1892, page 5.


1892 Los Angeles, California
Mrs Brunson Gets a Divorce
Los Angeles, Cal., Dec.21.--The ten days allowed to answer the complain in the divorce suit of Mrs Anson Brunson against her husband, Judge Brunson, wherein Mrs [Mary O H] Stoneman [of Baltimore], wife of ex-Gov. Stoneman, was made co-respondent, expired today The case was called in the Superior Court, and, no answer being filed, the case went by default. A decree was granted to Mrs Brunson.
The New York Times, December 22, 1892.

Doubts Her Infidelity
Old Friends of Mrs Stoneman
Discredit Rumors About Her

The Salt Lake Tribune,
Thursday, December 29, 1892, Page 2


1894 February California
Files Last Will
February 5th, San Bernardino

1894 February about
Leaves for Honolulu

1895 April Los Angeles, California
Judge Brunson
Committee to establish Disabled Soldiers Home

1895 Los Angeles, California
Anson Brunson 1857, A.B., Michigan, 1857
Xi Chapter 1855
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois
died 1895 Los Angeles
Catalogue of Beta theta pi
By Beta Theta Pi, page 443.


1895 San Bernardino, California
Death Notice

1895 Obituary: California
Judge Brunson Gone
Sudden Passing of the Noted Jurist at San Bernardino. Ill But a Few Days.
Stricken by Heart Troubles While Hunting in the Mountains. Loved Strife at the Bar.
He Left the Bench Because He Preferred to Plead Rather Than Judge.

San Bernardino, Cal., Oct. 8,--Judge Anson Brunson died suddenly in his rooms at the Stewart Hotel at 4:30 o'clock this morning. His death was entirely unsuspected, and few of his friends knew even that he was ill.

About ten days ago Judge Brunson went to Squirrel Inn, on the San Bernardino Mountains, fourteen miles north of here, and had a week's good sport hunting and fishing in Bear Valley.

On Friday evening he was taken ill with heart and stomach troubles. On Sunday a telephone message was received from the Inn requesting an ambulance, and on Monday morning the patient was brought down. He began to sink as soon as he reached here, and no skill could stimulate his heart action. The principal cause of death was heart failure.

Judge Brunson was easily at the head of the bar of Southern California. He was born in 1834 in Lorain County, Ohio, attended Kern College and was graduated from Ann Arbor University. He studied law at Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and at the age of 27 removed to California, taking up the practive of law at Napa, where he remained five years, removing thence to Los Angeles, where he resided continuously until a year age, when he removed here.

Ten years ago he was elected Superior Judge for Los Angeles County, but his energetic mind rebelled at the peace of the bench after twenty years of warfare at the bar. He loved strife with giant lawyers, and after a few months of service resigned. Subsequently he became the counsel of the Santa Fe Railraod and held the position until failing health warned him to cease labors for a time. He made a visit to Honolulu, and on his return came to this city and formed a partnership with Elmer E Rowell, whose unprofessional conduct a few weeks ago caused Judge Brunson no little perturbation.

Dr Brunson was a lover of art, and had one of the finest collection of paintings in this part of the State.

His only relatives were a brother, Dr. E [Esty] Brunson of Redondo, who was at his bedside, and a married daughter living in Illinois. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the courthouse, Masons and Knights of Pythias joining with the bar in the last honors.

California; The San Francisco Call,
Wednesday, October 9, 1895, Page 4.


1895 Berkely, California
Town Offical Paper
Judge Anson Brunson, one of the leading lawyers of Southern California, died at San Bernardino yesterday.
He formerly lived in Napa and from there moved to Los Angeles. He was 61 years of age and leaves a brother and a married daughter.
Berkeley Gazette, Wednesday, October 09, 1895

1895 Salt Lake City, Utah
Jundge Anson Brunson, San Bernardino Cal, one of the best known attorneys in the State, form...
Utah, Salt Lake Tribune, Oct 9, 1895

1895 October 18 California
Left a Queer Will
He [Brunson] left all his possessions to "my dear and faithful friend, Mary O.H. [Mary Oliver Hardisty of Baltimore] Stoneman..." widow of Civil War General and late governor George Stoneman.
The San Francisco call.,
October 19, 1895, Page 3, Image 3


1895 Obituary Los Angeles, California
On the Death of Judge Brunson
The committee appointed to draft resolutions on the death of Judge Anson Brunson, yesterday brought in their report.
The committee consisted of William A Cheney, Walter Van Dyke, Bradner W Lee, A J King, and J W McKinley, and their report, after reciting the achievements of the dead barrister and sketch of his life, paid a high tribute to his ability, worth and social qualities.
The report concluded with a highly-laudatory resolution which was passed unanimously.
The bar of Los Angeles paid its highest tribute to the deceased.
Los Angeles Times, 15 October 1895

1895 Death Honolulu, Hawaii
Death of Judge Brunson
Prominent in Southern Legal Circles
San Bernardino, Oct 8
Judge Anson Brunson died at his apartments at the Stewart at 430 o´clock this morning. His death caused surprise as well as regret, for although he had been in this city but a year his ability had won for him a prominent place.
Judge Brunson had been ill almost ever since his return from Honolulu a year ago. Most of last summer he spent hunting in Kern counry, hoping that life in the open air would restore his health. Last week, in company with a friend, he went to a resort in the San Bernardino mountains, but while there a complication of disorders set in, resulting in heart failure, and an ambulance was dispatched to the mountains Saturday to bring him to the city.
He came down yesterday morning, but arrived very much fatigued and grew noticeably weaker during the afternoon. Meantime his brother, Dr Brunson, had been summoned from Redondo, and when he arrived in the evening hope had already been abandoned and the end came this morning.
The funeral will be held in this city tomorrow afternoon under the auspices of the Bar Association of this city and Los Angeles Judge Cheny of Los Angeles will deliver a eulogy over the body. Judge Brunson left one child, a daughter, whose home is in Illinois.
Honolulu, Hawaii, Hawaiian Gazette, Tuesday, October 22, 1895, Page 1.

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA 351
Like many other men of genius, Brunson lacked a balance wheel. He destroyed the vital forces of his physical system, deadened all the moral instinct of his nature by indulging in the worst sort of dissipation. He let power and influence and standing and character slip from his grasp, and he died long before his time, as much from the disappointment, which he keenly felt, as from any physical ailment.
John Steven McGroarty 1921

Final Call Received Sudden Demise of Judge Anson Brunson
Funeral to Occur Today at San Bernardino, Under the Auspices of the Bar Association of that City.
Anson Bruson is dead. At 4:30 yesterday he passed away in his rooms at Hotel Stewart in the city of San Bernardino. In his last hours his body was not racked with pain. They were peaceful and quiet, and his brother, Dr E Brunson of Redondo, was with him when the end came.
The funeral will be held in San Bernardino at 2 p.m. today, ...
... Judge Brunson leaves a daughter, who is residing with relatives in Illinois.
... If he was te friend of any man, that man could depend upon him to the extent of everythink he possessed--mental, physical or financial. He was of a pleasant, sunny disposition, and at all times appreciated true wil. He was himself a humorist...
Los Angeles Herald, Volume 44, Number 181, 9 October 1895 — FINAL CALL RECEIVED [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

1895 San Bernardino
Funeral of Judge Brunson
The Weekly Sun, San Bernardino, California
October 12, 1895, Page 5.



Brunson Mansion, 347 South Grand Avenue
Brunson Mansion, Buncker Hill, Los Angeles
History of the Bench and Bar California, P 670.

Dau Grace E Brunson [Delbert F Rogers]
SIL Delbert Freeman Rogers 1862-1894
Sister Cynthia Brunson Paul
Sister Mary O Brunson Davis 1836-1907
Half Brother Esty Brunson; Veterinary doctor
Friend Mrs Mary Oliver Hardisty Stoneman
Uncle Seymour Brunson 1798-1840
G Wiley Wells 1840-1909

 
 
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 Parents:
  Lemuel C Brunson (1796 - 1876)
  Elizabeth Ferris Brunson (1803 - 1854)
 
 Spouse:
  Abbie Elizabeth Perkins Brunson (1837 - ____)
 
 Children:
  Grace E Brunson Coleman (1869 - 1920)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Ann Brunson Bradbury (1825 - 1908)**
  Esty Brunson (1827 - 1909)**
  Cynthia Brunson Paul (1830 - ____)*
  Anson Brunson (1834 - 1895)
  Mary O Brunson Davis (1836 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Called October 8, 2013, (118 years).
Office records do not show a grave marker.
Grave is near to the 7th Street entrance.
Turn right and go to the third block.
 
Burial:
Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: Blk 9 Lot 54 Sp 2 No.
 
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