William John Sweasey

William John Sweasey

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 30 Sep 1893 (aged 87–88)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Section C; Lot 50 (208th burial in this cemetery)
Memorial ID 76878451 · View Source
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William John Sweasey was born in London, England about 1805. He married:

(1) Esther Curl Croucher October 12, 1828 in London, England. They had at least seven children together:

Margaret AnnSweasey
Esther Curl Sweasey b. Abt 1830
Thomas W. Sweasey b. About 1832
Louise Emma Sweasey b. Abt 1834
Anna Sweasey
Richard Sweasey b. Abt 1844
Annie Sweasey b. Abt 1846

and an unnamed infant (birth date unknown)

(2) Lucy Buell (Eagar) November 2, 1853 in San Francisco, California. Lucy and William divorced; it was final on February 28, 1857. Lucy and William did not have children together.

(3) Anna Felt Church (Tupper) August 23, 1868, Humboldt County, California. Anna committed suicide by hanging.

(4) Catherine about 1880

(5) Fannie E. Baker November 28, 1889 in San Francisco, California

Newspaper notice: November 28, 1889 - Sacramento Daily Union


The County Clerk to-day issued twenty-seven marriage licenses, an unusual number. One was to William J. Sweasey, aged 75, formerly a prominent citizen of Eureka, Humbolt county, to marry Fannie E. Baker, of this city, aged 50.
William's obituary:

October 1, 1893 - San Francisco Call


Sweasey -- In this city. September 30, 1893. Hon. William J. Sweasey, a native of England, aged 86 years.
Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral TO-MORROW (Monday), at 10:30 o'clock A.M., from his late residence, 1204 Haight street. Interment Cypress Lawn Cemetery.
October 7, 1893 - San Francisco Chronicle

His Estate Devised to His Widow and Children

The will of the deceased pioneer Captain William J. Sweasey was filed for probate yesterday. His estate is valued at $37,200. It conists of the following property: Seven-thirty-seconds of the steamer Humboldt, valued at $15,000; unpaid earnings of that steamer amounting to about $12,000; one-eighth of the schooner Lena Sweasey, valued at $2000; one-eighth of the schooner Challenger, valued at $2000; a note for $8,500 now amounting with interest to $8900; other personal effects, value unknown.

The testator bequeathed to his widow, Fannie E. Sweasey $25,000 and a three-sixteenth interest in the steamer Humboldt, and to his son, Thomas W. Sweasey, the remaining one-thirty-second interest in the steamer. The residue he devised as follows: To his daughter, Margaret A. Henderson, one-sixth; to his daughter Esther C. Aston, one-twelfth, in addition to a one-sixth interest in the Humboldt, with which she was lately presented; to his son, Thomas W. Sweasey, one-third; to his daughter Louise Powers, one-third; to his son, Richard Sweasey one-twelfth.

In a codicil the testator revoked the bequest of $25,000 to his widow for the reason that during his life he had presented her with property worth more than $20,000.

Both will and codicil are wholly in the handwriting of the testator. The will was executed December 14, 1889, and the codicil January 4, 1892.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William John Sweasey (1805–30 Sep 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76878451, citing Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by For Emma (contributor 47059582) .