Jesse Turner Hanks

Jesse Turner Hanks

Connecticut, USA
Death 1 Aug 1872 (aged 42)
Sierra City, Sierra County, California, USA
Burial Sierra City, Sierra County, California, USA
Memorial ID 51400628 · View Source
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Jesse Turner Hanks was the son of Edmund Hanks & Achsah Loomis Turner of Mansfield, CT.

Jesse tried farming, but went to West Troy, New York where he got a position with the Watervleit U.S. Arsenal. In 1851 he went to New York City & worked in the "ordnance" business. After 1 year, Jesse got gold fever & moved to California. He mined for 4 years & amassed between 2-3 thousand dollars. He returned to New York where he worked in the firm of Kendrick, Hanks & Co, a metal business.

He met & married Mary Jane Olmsted King, the widow of Charles Starr King & daughter of Richard Montgomery & Hester Janet (Mix) Olmsted on Apr. 15, 1869.

In the fall of 1869 the superintendent of the "Reiss (Sierra Buttes) Mines", wished to retire and establish himself in business at San Francisco. So Mr. Jesse T. Hanks was offered the position at a salary of $5000.00 a year in Gold. He at once accepted and returned to California in October 1869. His wife came later. Jesse had complete control over the mine which was one of the wealthiest people in California. His salary was considered a fortune at that time, but the mine produced more gold than any other in California.

Jesse and Mary had one child, Edmund "Eddie" Hanks born 18 Jul 1870, named after Jesse's father & mother. However, on Aug 1, 1872, Jesse T. Hanks died at the age of 42 of pneumonia and was buried at the Sierra City Cemetery, Sierra, CA.

The widow became impoverished and her 4 children (3 from the 1st marriage) were put in a children's home in the East. To support herself, she tutored Horace Greely's children and wrote books on phrenology. She later returned to California, remarried and helped secure the right of women to vote.

Eddie was indentured to (later adopted by) the George T. & Mary (Robertson) Evans family of Indianapolis and as a adult received money that the mine owner had set aside for him. His adoptive parents had renamed him Edgar Hanks Evans & in the 1920s he went to California to meet his 3 older siblings, but he never saw his mother again.

Note: One of Jesse's ancestors was
Edmund Freeman.

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  • Added: 20 Apr 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jesse Turner Hanks (26 Jun 1830–1 Aug 1872), Find a Grave Memorial no. 51400628, citing Sierra City Cemetery, Sierra City, Sierra County, California, USA ; Maintained by Eric Evans (contributor 46605805) .