John was serving as justice of the peace in Globe and was not particularly a friend of John Henry Thompson. The two neighbors had conflicts on several occasions. John, however, did endorse Thompson to replace the deceased sheriff of Gila County. John went on to be elected as Gila County District Attorney. He also served as Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and Clerk of the Superior Court. Although a frequent adversary of Sheriff Thompson, as Clerk of the Superior Court, he issued the marriage license when the sheriff married his second wife. He also paid his respects to a worthy adversary when the sheriff was laid to rest. John had a long and distinguished service to the public before he passed away.
This is John William Wentworth born 3 Oct 1858 in California. Most likely around Vallejo,CA. He was a 6th Generation Wentworth descending from the first Wentworth to enter America, Elder William Wentworth (His 4th Great Grandfather). His father was also named John Wentworth(1827-died after 1910 in San Francisco). Following his lineage back to Elder William Wentworth, there were three other Wentworths named John. John William's grandfather also was named John. His mother was Maria Drake Cummings(1832-1923). His dad was a Ship Carpenter. They lived in Waldo County, Maine. Maria Drake Cummings was also from that same area of Maine.
Waldo was a county in Southern Maine that was one of this countries largest wooden ship builders. They produced hundreds of three, four, five masted wooden Schooners. This area produced extremely wealthy people. The timber for the ships was shipped by Penobscott River from Bangor, Me. At that time Bangor was the largest supplier of timber for the country. This great Shipbuilding area faded by 1900.. It is apparent that they probably had more Ship Carpenters than they knew what to do with in Maine and his parents immigrated to another great water port for Ship Carpenters, San Francisco, Ca.
Johns parents married on 28 Oct 1852. In the 1880 census his parents are shown living in Vallejo, California. In this census there is a brother George Albert Wentworth who was born in 1862 in/near Vallejo California. His brother George was a very successful Lawyer/Prosecutor/General Assembly Member in San Francisco. In 1888 John Jr. is living in Cottonwood, CA. In 1890 John William got married to Katherine Beauregard "Kitty" Houston (1867-1964) in Payson,Arizona. In 1892 they were living in California. By 1900 they were back in Gila County, Arizona. Out of this marriage there was a son named Byron(1891-1893). Three daughters, Allene H Wentworth (1893-?), Virginia Lee Wentworth(1898-?), and Wylie W. Wentworth(1909-1986-San Diego,CA). Wylie married a Druggist named Lawrence Evans, Jr. (1906-1981 buried in Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ).
It is apparent that John William Wentworth preferred the small town life. His brother George was opposite. Evan though both were living in separate communities/states, each of them was doing type of work at the courthouse in one form or another. John spent a lot of years working as a Clerk in the Courthouse as well as his daughter Virginia. He must have got a first hand view of a lot of oldtime criminals.
The name Globe in Western Apache means: Bésh Baa Gowąh, "place of metal". Globe was founded in 1875 as a mining camp. Originally Silver was the metal but it ran out and Copper became the big moneymaker. Globe is interesting in that it has links to Geronimo and the Apache Kid. The trial for Apache Kid was held in Globe in Oct of 1889. One of the Clanton brothers Phineas had a goat ranch in Globe. It is no wonder that John Wentworth preferred living in Gila county, it was a living history book.
Johns parents and his brother George are listed in the 1913 "Who's Who on the Pacific Coast" Directory. His father still listed his occupation as a Ships Carpenter after his move to California. Very few people with the name Wentworth immigrated to California or Arizona the way Johns family did.
Thanks to Ralph Wentworth for the bio.
Katherine Beauregard Houston Wentworth (1869 - 1964)*
Fannie Byron Wentworth (1891 - 1893)*
Created by: Tom Todd
Record added: Apr 23, 2007
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