Bankers, Bohemians, and California Royalty

I wrote and posted the following in 2006. Two years later I formed the Bohemian Bank. Last week I talked to my remaining partner, Marilyn Reed, about being General Manager of the Rosamond Legacy. My niece, Drew Benton, is in crisis after learning her father, Garth Benton, has cancer, and may not have long to live. Garth lives with is daughter, ad renders murals in her bedroom, while she sleeps on the couch. Garth is the cousin of the famous artist, Thomas Hart Benton. Drew has helped her father on several commissions, and may continue his creative legacy when he is gone. Drew is the daughter of the world famous artist, Rosamond, who died in 1994. She is also kin to Lloyd Tevis the founder of Wells Fargo Bank.

Marilyn is the wife of Jazz Artist, Kenny Reed.


Bankers, Bohemians, and California Royalty

(Images: Cipriani coat of arms. Ralston Hall in Belmont. William
Ralston riding along the shore of San Francisco bay with city of
Fremont in background.)

“I was affectionately welcomed in Paris by the members of the
Bonaparte family, all of who disaproved of my plan to go to
Calfiornia. Prince Louis Napoleon, then President of the Republic,
warmly invited me to stay in France, telling me that he would soon
be needing me. (This was shortly before the coup d’etat of December

From the Diaries of Count Cipriani who is descended from the
princely Caracciolo family of Naples on his mother’s side. St.
Francis Caracciolo is descended from St. Thomas Aquinas. You will
find this illustrious family in the Bonaparte/Murat genealogy next
to theTemple de Rougemont family.

My father’s grandfather, William Stuttmeister, married August Janke
of Belmont, the daughter of Carl Augustus Janke one of the co-
foundersof Belmont a city located three miles south of San
Francisco. Carl would be one of my great, great grandfathers. Carl
owned the Belmont Soda Works and made a popular sarsaparilla. He was
also the owner and operator of a amusement park called Tanforan that
was modeled after a German village, and thus it might be seen as the
first theme parkin California. Here visitors would come on weekends
they taking the Southern Pacific train. There was very rowdy
behavior going on in German town that might be modeled a Bohemian-
German village. I suspect this soda contained cocaine, as many sodas
of the day did, and some people hired their own policeman to ensure
their safety. SP threatened to close down their service to Belmont
which means “beautiful mountain” due to the revelers wrecking the
train on the way home to the city that William C. Ralston built.

Ralston made his home in Belmont in the chateau that once belonged
to Count
Cipriani, a prominent figure in Europe. Leonetto was a Tuscan who
would be appointed Italian counsel to the Sardinians, Piedmontese,
and especially the Genoese. He fought like a lion in several battles
of the Sardinian Army during the war ofliberation of 1848-49, and
thus he was a Fourty-Eighter. At six-foot four, this moustachio’d
nobleman stood out amongst San Francisco’s hotbed of characters, and
lived in a dream world of la gloria that was all his own.

In 1851 he brought to Belmont a prefabricated house in 1,200 parts,
to be fastened together with 700 hooks and 26,000 screws. He
invested in local realestate but lacked the Midas touch. The Count
sold his prefab house and sailed back east to organize a wagon train
to move overland to the Pacific. In 1853 the Count left Missouri
with 11wagons, 24 hired hands, 500 cattle, 600 cattle, 60 horses,
and 40mules. He wrote an account of this six-month journey that
became the book ‘The California and Overland Diaries of Count
Leonetto Cipriani’by Ernest Falbo.

Fifteen years ago while researching my family genealogy and history
I read in the Califorina History room of the Sacramento Library,
ashort biography of Carl Augustus Janke, he described as one of the
founders of Belmont who brought six portable houses around the Cape
on a Clipper-ship in 1849 to erect for Gold Miners that had struck
it rich. Were Janke and Cipriani partners? I believe they were
fellow Free-thinkers.

Two of the oldest structures in San Francisco are two prefabricated
cottages that were moved from theTanforan ranch in Belmont,
according to the San Francisco Historic Society. Were these two of
the portable houses brought on a Clipper by Carl and Cipriani? If
so, then my family must be included amongst the nobles of California
History. But, I have just touched the surface, for it appears Count
Cipriani was a relative of Napoleon’s’s major donmo, Franchisci
Cipriani, who was a fellow Tuscan whose family knew the Bonapartes
well, and were with him in the end, in the emperor’s exile on St.
Helena. What istruly extraordinary, is, there have recently appeared
several books and a couple of television documentary in Europe
suggesting it is the body of Franchesci Cipriani who was found in
the coffin of Napoleon when it was exhumed and moved from England to
France. You will hear more about this as this genealogical tale, and
mystery, unfolds.

Count Cipriani would make seven more voyages to the United States,
dabbling in mining, ranching, and the stock market. When Cipriani
wasc alled home to serve in the Italian Senate in 1853, he turned
over his consular duties to a most unlikely Italian, Patrice
Guillaume Dillon, the French consul with the Irish last name. Dillon
was responsible for all matters concerning all the Italians in the
Far West. Since he could not read or write Italian, Dillon employed
a friend of Cipriani’s, Frederico Biesta. Biesta would eventually
serve as acting consul for Sardinia within the French Consulate.
What is going on here? Biesta was born in Turin, the home of the
Holy Shroud, and served in the Army of King Charles Albert of
Sardinia with considerable distinction. He was made a cavalier.
After six months he had to turn to his friend Cipriani for financial
help, and because of his many talents, Cipriani became his backer.

When the French government reassigned Dillon to Port au Prince in
1857, Biesta became acting consul of Sardinia. Everyone expected him
to be named permanently, but to everyone’s dismay he was passed
over, and a native of London, Benjamin Davidson got the post.
Davidson owed his selection to the fact he was the local agent of
theRothschild banking house of London. Count Cavour’s of Sardinia
policies were commonly said to be financed by loans from the
Rothschilds. European Bankers were eager to have their agents in
consulates where thy could be on the lookout for financial
opportunities. Napoleon had his agents all over the world and was
forever at war with Jacob Rothschild.

Members of the emporer’s family were said to be Freemasons. I
suspect Dillon was a Mason, as was Bret Harte, the Californian
writer and poet who was the discovery of Jesse Benton Fremont, the
wife of the founder of the Republican Party and its first
Presidential candidate. John Fremont who was titled ‘The Trail
Blazer’, he a Pioneer of the West. Jesse Benton is an ancestor of my
niece DrewBenton, whose father, Garth Benton, married my late
sister, the world renowned artist who signed he art by her middle
name, Rosamond, which is my mother Rosemary’s maiden. This name
hails from Rougemont Switzerland.

Bret Harte described himself as a Bohemian, and wrote ‘The
BohemianPapers’. He is one of alleged founders of the Bohemian Club
of San Francisco that evolved into the most exclusive private club
in the world where the powerful and rich come to meet once a year
and renew their secret bond in a wild three day celebration. Some
say these revelers are the Illuminati. I must say I agree. Bret
Harte was also the patron of William C. Ralston who became a
millionaire partner in the Anaconda mine, he striking it rich in the
gold and silver mines of the West. Harte was a frequent guest at
Ralston’s palatial home that was remodeled upon the original
portable chateau of Count Cipriani. I am sure these two men were

Ralston was the founder of the Bank of Calfifornia and the builder
ofthe Palace Hotel. Ralston was surrounded by mysterious men,
several of them agents of the Rothschilds. It has been suggested it
was an agent of the Rothschild who undermined his Bank in regards to
the fraudulent planting of gems by two alleged prospectors. Jacob
Rothschild is said to have sent Ralston a blank check to invest in
what appeared to be a incredible discovery of diamonds and rubies.
When it was proved to be a hoax, Ralston was desperate to pay back
his investors who were his closest friend’s, and just after he
managed to do this, his partner William Sharon dumped all his stock
in the Bank of California causing it to collapse.

Ralston’s’ death by drowning in San Francisco Bay while taking his
usual swim, has been titled a murder by some, it said his demise
coming at the hands of the agents for Rothschild Banking. William
Sharon would come to own the chateau of Cipriani, and beget a
powerful family of politicians and bankers, including the founder of
Welles Fargo. These bankers are related to the famous Preston family
who are kin to the Benton family, and thus my niece.

Thomas Hart Benton was the famous Senator from Missouri, who along
with his brother, Jesse, got into a dual, a gun battle and knife
fight with President Andrew Jackson. This dual appears to have
stemmed from the parties membership in the Freemasons, the Bentons
the Grandmasters of the Masons. The Preston family are full
ofMasons, and leaders of the Confederacy who borrowed much money
form the Rothschilds to fight their war against the Union, and had
several warships built in shipyards in Scotland owned by the

It was a Colonel Thomas Benton who stationed a Union guard in Little
Rock to protect the home of Albert Pike wherein was a great Masonic
Library containing the secret doctrines of the Scottish Rite. The
Napoleon/Murat family are said to have Practiced Scottish Rite
Masonry, and tried to corner the silver market. So did
theRothschilds. How long did this attempt last? Did Ralston get in
theway? When Ralston needed silver and gold bullion to back up his
bank notes and stop a run on his, and other Sand Francisco banks, he
had a un-named person let him into the San Fransisco Mint, and in
the middle of the night they carried a couple of tons of bullion
through the streets. In the morning, Ralston showed the people the
large pile of gold and silver stacked-up in his bank. I believe this
person whoworked in the mint was Bret Harte, as it was Jesse Benton
who got him the job at the mint where was minted the first U.S. coin
where on isprinted these words “In God We Trust”. Some believe this
motto is of Masonic origin.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2003

Cipriani Leonetto, general count born in Centuri in Corsica October
16, 1812 died in Centuri on May 10, 1888) Leonetto Cipriani, Italian
politician, whose family of at the same time Corsican and Tuscan
origin, goes up in XVème century and by oral tradition in Cipriani
of Florence, quoted in the Divine Comedy of Dante, was a burning
partisan of the Italian unit. Bound at the same time to Bonaparte,
by Prince Jerome Napoleon, of which it was intimate, in Savoy and
Hasbourg-Tuscany, it contributed to the voluntary accession of the
Grand Duchy of Tuscany to the new Kingdom of Italy. He was also a
friend of Garibaldi, of which he did not share however the
republican opinion. Land great landowner in Tuscany, Corsica and in
Belmont in California, it had the occasion to cross the Atlantic
several times. Adventurer, It was one of the first to cross the Nord-
Américain continent. He left Memories, written in 1876, interesting
at the same time the history of the Italian Unit and the conquest of
the American West.

Gate of the policy – Reach the articles of Wikipédia concerning the
Recovered of “
Categories: Italian political personality Birth in 1812 Death in 1888

Lloyd Tevis (1824-1899) was a highly successful San Francisco
attorney and businessman. He was born March 20, 1824 in Shelbyville,
Shelby Co., KY. and died July 24, 1899 in San Francisco.

With law partner James Ben Ali Haggin and George Hearst, father of
William Randolph Hearst, Tevis shared partnership interests in
Montana’s rich Anaconda copper mine, South Dakota’s famous Homestake
gold mine, and other western mining ventures.

In 1872, Tevis became president of Wells, Fargo & Co., Banking and
Express and in 1885, Tevis introduced express money orders that
could be cashed nationwide. When he resigned in 1892, the bank had
almost 3,000 offices throughout the world. He was also a vice
president of the Southern Pacific railroad company.

Tevis owned the second largest cattle and sheep holdings in
California and a third of a million acres of the San Joaquin Valley
belonged to the Kern County Land Company, which he owned with
Haggin. This tremendous fortune was created with luck, cunning,
vision, and under-handed business practices.

Family Ties

Lloyd Tevis and James Ben Ali Haggin met in the California gold
fields in the early 1850’s. Tevis and Haggin were both born in
Kentucky in 1824 and had come to California during the Gold Rush.
They married sisters, daughters of Colonel Lewis Sanders of Natchez,
Mississippi, so Tevis was also Haggin’s wife’s brother-in-law as
well as his law partner. Tevis’ wife Susan Sanders was born Feb.
1831 and they got married April 20, 1854. She died three years after
Lloyd on April 29, 1902.
They had five children.
Margaret, b. 1855
Dr. Harry Lloyd (1856-1931, unmarried)
Louise, b. 1858
Hugh, born 1860+, m1. Alice Boll; m2. Camelia Baxter
William Sanders (1860+ – 25 F 1921, San Francisco) m. by 1889, Mabel
Pacheco (ca. 1863-1913), the daughter of Governor Romualdo Pacheco.

Haggin and Tevis would remain intertwined for the rest of their
lives. By 1853 Haggin and Tevis had moved to San Francisco where
they established their law practice.
Besides becoming president of Wells Fargo, he was the brother-in-law
to John Breckinridge, the 14th U.S. Vice President.

His daughter Louise married John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge, a
member of the California State Assembly 5th District, 1884-85. John
Breckenridge’s father was Maj. Gen. John Cabell Breckinridge born
1821 at Cabell’s Dale in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a member of
Congress, member of the State House of Represenatives, a US Senator
from Kentucky, elected Vice President of the United States in 1856,
nominated for president in 1860, and Secretary of War in the Cabinet
of the Confederate States.

Louise Tevis Breckinridge then married Frederick William Sharon, the
son of a U.S. Senator from Nevada William Sharon who served from
1875 to 1882.

Florence Louise Witherspoon Breckinridge was born in November 1881
in California, U.S.A..2 She was the daughter of John Witherspoon
Breckinridge and Louise T. Tevis.1 She married Sir Thomas Fermor-
Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh, son of Sir Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh,
7th Bt. and Florence Emily Sharon, on 9 September 1909 in British
Embassy Church, Paris, France.1 She died on 4 March 1956 at age 74
in Easton Neston, Towcester, Northamptonshire, England.3,4

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1 Response to Bankers, Bohemians, and California Royalty

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    Leonetto fought against the Habsburgs in 1848m and was with Bourmont when he invaded Algiers.

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