|Birth: ||1826, England|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1897|
Los Angeles County
According to burial records
Buried December 22, 1897
Color of Eyes: Blue
Color of Hair: Gray, Nearly Bald
Occupations: Gold Miner, Farmer, Teamster, Ranchero
Country of Nativity: England
Place of Residence: 126 Date Street
(126 Date St., Montebello, CA 90640)
Naturalized: Affidavit of loss of papers
Los Angeles Times August 23, 1899
Man of many misfortunes
More light on history of the late Joseph Blow
it may be that the testimonial of G. H. Lillard of Buena Park, Orange County, California will play an important part in the settlement of the estate of the late Joseph Blow. According to Mr. Lillard's statement. Blow was a man of many misfortunes. In the first place he had one fortune swept away by an Iowa cyclone. Then he lost wife and child. Afterwards he lost another fortune through the failure of a bank, and finally died a hermit's death. With another small fortune buried in the earth for strangers to dig up and quarrel over.
Writing to the editor of the times from Buena Park under a date of august 21st Mr. Lillard says: " I see an article in the times of the 19th Inst. concerning the various claimants of the estate of Joseph Blow I sold to Mr. Blow the four acres of land he left as part of his estate, in bloom times. Subsequently we had a numerous conversations in which he related many incidents experiences of his life.
He was reared in England and inured to toil and labor from early youth. The year 1860 found him living in Iowa, he owned a farm and had money accumulated more than his immediate needs called for. A cyclone swept his house in which he resided and in which his money was stored, with all his improvements. Himself and wife escaped by taking refuge in the cellar. Afterwards a child was born to them, but both wife and child died in less than a year from the time of the cyclone. Being discouraged, he sold his land, and, to use his own words, "struck for the mountains." To pass over much that he related of his varied experiences, he said that he deposited $6000 in Temple & Workman's Bank 2 weeks before it was closed which sum he lost entire. From that time he eschewed banks.
His parents were strict Methodist. He said that for a while after he came to this country from England the corresponded with two sisters there, but have not heard from them for some 20 years. It is now at least six years since he told me about the two sisters. He did not say they were all the relatives he had there, but I so inferred. I write this in the interest of truth and justice."
Al Workman of this city was also one of Blow's most intimate acquaintances and heard him speak of his English relatives. The statements the old man made from time to time to surviving friends may go a long way toward determining who the rightful heir to the Blow estate are.
Los Angeles County
Plot: Lot 1312, Section J
Created by: Dear Jayne
Record added: Aug 23, 2011
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