I have been exchanging e-mails with a member of the Sharon family about revising the Sharon Family reunion at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. I was invited to go to Europe with a member of the Hesketh-Fermor family, who are kin to my niece, Drew Benton, and thus the Prescos. We are all kin to Lloyd Tevis the President of Welles Fargo Bank.
I have put on pause my homework of family relations. I do know some of the California Sharons and I am familiar with the reunion that use to take place in San Francisco, but I have been swamped. I would love to refresh the reunion for our family. I am not familiar with the names on your email yet. I don’t know if you sent email to Philip or had misplaced my name. I will start more family connections with the Sharon clan soon.
Hi Jon- Get ready- much info coming now- please go ASAP to tatler.com- June issue page 102- big article on the new owner of Easton Neston- Leon Max- I’m headed there with James Baring and Bob and Joanne Fermor tomorrow.
Witherspoon Owen Breckenridge married Louise Tevis Breckenridge Sharon, the daughter of Lloyd Tevis, president of Wells Fargo and one of the richest men in California. When he became president of Wells Fargo, it was an express coach company. When he retired, it was a bank as we know it today. Tevis was assessed by the state of California as having a fortune worth $1,590,000.00 in 1880
John Witherspoon Breckenridge, son of Congressman, Senator, Vice President, Presidential Candidate and Confederate General John C. Breckenridge, c. 1878 and lived in San Rafael, CA. Their marriage ended in divorce and she married secondly Frederick W. Sharon.
Frederick Sharon was the son of Senator William Sharon (right), one of California’s very richest men. Sharon arrived in San Francisco in 1849, first investing in real estate, then also in mining and banking. By 1880, the state of California assessed his personal fortune at $4,470,000.002 and he was the largest single taxpayer in the state. Louise and Frederick were married at Sharon’s 55,360 square foot palatial estate ‘Belmont’ in 1884 (below).
The information found here comes from The Prestons of Smithfield and Greenfield in Virginia by John Frederick Dorman who is one of the preeminent authorities of Virginia genealogy. The descendants of John Preston and Elizabeth Patton are remarkable for the number of outstanding individuals spread over several generations. There are literally dozens of politicians, military men (including generals on both sides of the Civil War), preachers, doctors and authors. This is only a sampling of people who caught my attention. I strongly recommend anyone interested in this family to find The Prestons of Smithfield and Greenfield in Virginia.
Henry Clay (1777-1852)was an American statesman known as “The Great Compromiser.” Clay was a congressman, senator, speaker of the house, and secretary of state. He was a major promoter of the Missouri Compromise in 1820, the compromise tariff of 1833 that ended the Nullification crisis, and the Compromise of 1850, all efforts to balance the rights of free and slave states. He was twice the unsuccessful Whig candidate for president. His wife, Lucretia Hart Clay, was the daughter of Colonel Thomas Hart. They had eleven children — six daughters and five sons.
Lucretia Hart Clay was a daughter of Col. Thomas Hart and Susanna Gray. The Hart family was established in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1690. The only son of a pioneer was Thomas Hart, who married Susanna Rice, and their oldest son was Col. Thomas Hart, who was born in 1730 and accompanied his mother and the other children to North Carolina in 1760. He became prominent in the Colonial and Revolutionary history of North Carolina, being a member of the Provincial Congress at New Bern of August 25, 1774, also attended the Convention of April 4, 1775, and was a delegate to the Assembly at Hillsboro August 21, 1775. He was an officer in the Revolutionary army, and was a member of the famous Transylvania Company. His brother, Captain Nathaniel Hart, was killed by the Indians near Boonesboro, Kentucky in 1782, and it was Susanna, daughter of Capt. Nathaniel, who married Col. Isaac Shelby, first governor of Kentucky. Col. Thomas Hart reared in his home his orphan niece, Ann, who became the wife of Jesse Benton, and her oldest son was the famous Thomas Hart Benton, the distinguished United States senator from Missouri.
William Campbell Preston Breckinridge
Born August 28, 1837 in Baltimore, MD
Son of Robert Jefferson Breckinridge and Ann Sophonisba Preston
Brother of Louisiana Hart Breckinridge, John Breckinridge, Francis Preston Breckinridge, Mary Cabell Breckinridge, Sarah Campbell Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Marie Lettice Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge, Joseph Cabell Breckinridge, Charles Henry Breckinridge, Virginia Hart Breckinridge, Nathaniel Hart Breckinridge and John Robert Breckinridge
Husband of Louise Rucks Scott — married 1893 [location unknown]
Husband of Issa Desha — married September 19, 1861 in Lexington, KY
Husband of Lucretia Hart Clay — married March 17, 1859 in “Mansfield”, Fayette Co., KY
Father of Curry Desha Breckinridge, Ella Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Lee Clay Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge and Desha Breckinridge
TEVIS/ SHARON ESTATE HISTORY
John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge, Member of California state assembly 5th District, 1884-85. & Louise (Tevis). the daughter of Lloyd Tevis (1st. Pres. of Wells Fargo Bank).
Louise (Tevis) Breckinridge married (2nd) Frederick William Sharon (son of Senator William Sharon) d.1882 & Maria Malloy.
The life story of Louise Tevis Breckinridge Sharon gives insite into the impact of California gold on global banking and who directed it.
Francis G. Newlands (1848-1917) was a young San Francisco lawyer. Early in his practice he had become an attorney for William Sharon, a senator from Nevada from 1875 to 1882, who made a tremendous fortune revitalizing and managing the rich Nevada Comstock Lode. In 1874 Newlands married Sharon’s daughter. Following her death, in 1882, and William Sharon’s death, in 1885, Newlands became trustee of Sharon’s huge estate, was himself one of the heirs, and managed major land holdings in California and Nevada.18481917, American legislator, b. Natchez, Miss. After practicing law in San Francisco from 1870, he moved (1888) to Nevada. He became well known for his interest in irrigation and reclamation and for his advocacy of free silver. He was (18931903) U.S. Congressman from Nevada and served (190317) as a Democrat in the U.S. Senate. He wrote the Newlands Act of 1913, concerning mediation and conciliation in labor controversies, and the Reclamation Act of 1902. He played a!
n important role in the establishment of the Federal Trade Commission (1914) and in preparing the way for the Transportation Act of 1920
US Senator William Sharon’s daughter by Maria Malloy,
Flora, married Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh of England.
Easton Neston in Northampton
(the estate of the Fermor-Hesketh family)
^ John Cabell Breckinridge, Sr. & Adelaide (Murphy) ^
Aunt: Florence Louise Breckinridge) married Thomas Fermor-Hesketh
John Bunny Breckinridge born in 1903 died Tuesday, November 5th, 1996
It looks like Louise Tevis Breckinridge Sharon, was the grand dowager with
control of the purse strings of her mother Susan’s half of the Tevis Estate
and whatever control came to her from her second husbands portion of the
Sharon estate. (California and Nevada community property laws). She would
also have had a great influence on her sister in-law Flora Sharon
Fermor-Hesketh and guided the Fermor-Hesketh marriage of her own daughter
Her son John Caball Breckinridge seems to have been part of Victorian
England without a fortune of his own and he didn’t marry one. He and his
marriage were kept in the shadows. I would suspect he had a rough time of it.
The life story of Louise Tevis Breckinridge would give a unique in site
into the impact of California gold on global banking and who directed it.
Well you know all of this already.I will let you know if I come across any
thing about Johns parents.
>From Breckinridge researcher Gloria Hursey
John Cabell “Bunny” Breckinridge descent of the Breckinridges:
1..Alexander Breckenridge & Jane Preston
….2 Robert Breckenridge, Sr. & Letitia Preston
……..3 John Breckenridge & Mary “Polly” Hopkins Cabell
…………4 Joseph Cabell Breckinridge, & Mary Clay Smith, daughter of Rev. Samuel Stanhope Smith, president of Princeton College. She was a granddaughter of John Witherspoon and a lineal descendant ofJohn Knox: through his heroic daughter, Mrs. Welch, who told King James that she would rather ” kep his head in her lap” than have him submit to the king’s supremacy in religion,”
…………….5 John Cabell Breckinridge (Vice Pres. of US) & Mary Cyrene Burch
………………..6 John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge & (1st) Louise Tevis
……………………7 Lloyd Tevis Breckinridge
……………………7 John Cabell Breckinridge, Sr. & Adelaide Murphy
……………………….8 John Cabell “Bunny” Breckinridge, Jr.
……………………7 Florence Louis Breckinridge & Thomas Fermor-Hesketh
……………………….8 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh
……………………….8 Frederick “Freddie” Fermor-Hesketh & Christian Mary McEwan
……………………….8 Florence Fermor-Hesketh & (1) ? Revelstoke, (2) Derick/Arthur Lawson
……………………….8 John Fermor-Hesketh & (1) Patricia ?, (2)Joan Isabel Reveley (Lorelei).
……………………….8 Louise Fermor-Hesketh & Edmond Villiers Minshull Stockdale
………………..6 John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge & (2nd) Harriet Dudley
……………………7 Elizabeth Lee Breckinridge & Joseph I. Thomas
……………………….8 Breckenridge Thomas
John Cabell “Bunny” Breckinridge descent of the Tevis:
1..Robert Tevis & Martha Crow/Crowe
….2 Samuel Tevis & Sarah Jane Greathouse
……..3 Lloyd Tevis & Susan Saunders
…………4 Louise Tevis & (1st) John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge
…………….5 Lloyd Tevis Breckinridge
…………….5 John Cabell Breckinridge, Sr. & Adelaide Murphy
………………..6 John Cabell “Bunny” Breckinridge, Jr.
…………….5 Florence Louise Breckinridge & Thomas Fermor-Hesketh
……………….6 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh
……………….6 Frederick “Freddie” Fermor-Hesketh & Christian Mary
……………….6 Florence Fermor-Hesketh & (1) ? Revelstoke, (2)
……………….6 John Fermor-Hesketh & (1) Patricia ?, (2) Joan Isabel Reveley (Lorelei)
……………….6 Louise Fermor-Hesketh & Edmond Villiers Minshull
…………4 Louise Tevis & (2nd) Frederick William Sharon (son of Senator
…………….5 Henry William Tevis Sharon (said to have died young)
1..William Sharon, Sr. & Susanna Kirk
….2 Senator William Sharon, Jr. & Maria Malloy
……..3 Clara Adelaide Sharon & Francis Griffith Newlands
……..3 Florence Sharon & Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh
…………4 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh & Florence Louise Breckinridge
(Florence is the daughter of John Witherspoon Owen
Breckinridge & 1st. spouse, Louise Tevis)
……..3 Frederick William Sharon & Louise Tevis
(Louise (Tevis) Sharon is the 1st spouse of John Witherspoon Owen
…………4 Henry William Tevis Sharon (said to have died young)
Sharon Estate Company, 74:385, 392
Sharon, Fred, 58:245
Sharon, Mrs. Frederick W., 25:238
OBITUARY — John `Bunny’ Breckinridge
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”
Its unfortunate the obituary above was written by sombody who did not know him. I remember him only as kind, intelligent and generous.
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BRECKINRIDGE, John, (brother of James Breckinridge, grandfather of John Cabell Breckinridge and William Campbell Preston Breckinridge, great-grandfather of Clifton Rodes Breckinridge, great-great-grandfather of John Bayne Breckinridge, cousin of John Brown, James Brown, and Francis Preston), a Senator from Kentucky; born near Staunton, Augusta County, Va., December 2, 1760; educated at Augusta Academy, near Staunton (now Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.), and at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.; elected a member of the house of burgesses in 1780 when nineteen years of age, but being under age was not allowed to take his seat until elected the third time; served as subaltern in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1785 and commenced practice in Charlottesville, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Third Congress, but resigned in 1792 before the commencement of the congressional term; moved to Kentucky in 1793 and resumed the practice of law in Lexington; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1794; appointed attorney general of Kentucky in 1795 and served until November 30, 1797, when he resigned; member, State house of representatives 1798-1800, serving as speaker in 1799 and 1800; member of the State constitutional convention in 1799; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1801, until August 7, 1805, when he resigned to accept the position of Attorney General of the United States in the Cabinet of President Thomas Jefferson; served in this capacity until his death at ‘Cabell’s Dale,’ near Lexington, Ky., December 14, 1806; interment in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.