Dec. 3, 1931 San Diego San Diego County California, USA
Son of California's first millionaire, the famous Samuel Brannan who presided over the Mormon emigrants on the Ship Brooklyn. As a child he was a passenger during the voyage from New York City to San Francisco. At 9 years of age he and his three sisters Adelaide, Fanny and Alisa were taken to Europe by their mother Ann Eliza Corwin Brannan. Sam Jr. was educated at Geneva, Switzerland as a mineralogist. He spent 40 years in Mexican mining operations and lost a fortune in the silver decline of 1898. He never married. He, as had his father, died in poverty and the two are buried next to each other.
OBITUARY (San Diego Newspaper)
Son of California's First Millionaire and Founder of Sacramento, Dies Here. The eldest son of Sam Brannan,California's first millionaire and empire builder, was dead here today, at 87. Named after his father, one of the leading figures of the state's early history, he is the late Samuel L. Brannan, who died Thursday at the home of Mrs. J. E. Cassin, 3595 Texas Street, where he had lived for the past four years. Mr. Brannan will be buried by the side of his father in Mount Hope cemetery here. The varying fortunes of the Brannan family provide one of the most interesting tales of early California history. Mr. Brannan, born November 17, 1844, in New York, came around the Horn with his father and mother when less than two years old. His father immediately became a power in San Francisco and in Sacramento, of which town he was one of the founders. The elder Brannan organized and was first leader of the San Francisco vigilantes and served on SanFrancisco's city council. He was first publisher of the California Star, and its editor, one day ran into Portsmouth Square waving a "gold extra" and a bottle of gold nuggets, the first news of the great discovery. At nine years of age, young Brannan and his three sisters were taken to Europe by their mother, and he was educated at Geneva as a mineralogist. He spent forty years of his life in Mexican mining operations and lost a fortune in the silver decline of 1898. For the past nine years he has lived in San Diego, ending his years in moderate circumstances, like his father before him. Brannan Senior, at one time owned nearly the whole of Napa County, virtually every lot on Market Street, San Francisco, 2,000,000 acres in Mexico and 160,000 acres in Los Angeles County. He poured most of his wealth into Calistoga Springs, Napa County, lost it and retired to dwell in San Diego County, near the Mexican border, where he died in 1889. For many years his body lay unclaimed in a vault until a pioneer saw to its burial in Mt. Hope. A bachelor, Mr. Brannan is survived by a nephew, Philip Schuyler of San Francisco, and a brother-in-law, Hugo Vischer of Berkeley. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Bradley-Woolman parlors. December 3, 1931. (MS13674, "Sam Brannan Memorabilia", Cassin Family Records at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Historical Department, Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS 86-145-4k).