When I read this post on Alley Valkyrie’s facebook, I grieved. I understood Belle Burch saw her band of special people – as THE real people. She did not make me privy to – her Real World.
Randy Cain: “I’m glad the mafia sent him treats.”
Randy is – a child. They did not send threats via Twitters or Facebook, they employed two junkies to kick down the Manager’s door, and after they did that, they cut the throat of a four month old lab – and smeared his blood all over the walls. Then, they called to me to come and get what I deserve….DEATH! I refused to go along with their program.
A year earlier, I met with a Boston Mafia Chief in a bar in Roxbury. He pulled out a snub nose 38 and pointed it at Michelle’s head.
“Are you going to do it?” he asked.
“No!” she said – as rehearsed. Her and her boyfriend, who were staying in our commune, told me their plan was to take Mafia money and use it to run and hide.
“If you take their money, they will be obligated to track you down – and murder you. I’ll go talk with him.”
He was parked in front of our house – for days!
Ten minutes after Alley Valkyrie sent me her first “threat” Bell Burch called me and asked;
“Are you going to remove all information about me from your blog?”
“No. I own a newspaper and owe it to my peers to NOT cave to threats!”
I just read this ten minutes ago. It’s about how Latinos get PATRIOTIC PERMISSION to live as sub-citizens, and do what they want to PRESERVE EVERYONES DEMOCRACY!
The Proud Boys’ Latino connection, explained (msn.com)
After I won my six month legal battle in the Boston Courthouse that is a block from where John Kennedy lived, my attorney introduced me to Mayor White, who shook my hand, and said;
“It took guts to stand up to people like that!”
I was twenty-six. The Watergate Hearings had just gotten underway. I was impressed with Sam Irving as were millions of Americans. I was not longer an Original California Hippie. I was a Real Boston Patriot. I had been on my great grandfather’s ship.
We are forced to go back to OUR COMMON ROOTS and look at where WE THE PEOPLE got permission to be seditious, and rebel against our Nation, the Kingdom of England. John Witherspoon is our new anchor, that will ground our National Endeavor so We Sea Sick Ones can get on solid footing….
AND RETURN TO SANITY!
Isaac Hull Captain of the Argus, Constitution, and Enterprise
Posted on March 29, 2015 by Royal Rosamond Press
My great grandfather captained three ships that took part in the Barbary Wars after the Treaty of Tripoli was made. Adams said this to President Thomas Jefferson;
“We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever,”
Saving Dottie Witherspoon – Again!
Posted on February 11, 2013 by Royal Rosamond Press
Dottie Witherspoon almost became Christine’s sister-in-law. She may have fathered my child the Seers said I had. They saw two faint leaves on my rose. A year later, my sixteen year old daghter appear in my life for the first time.
I fought with real witches on Beacon Hill, the same time I took the Mafia to court – and won! I saved Dottie from a guy who said he was a Warlock. I encouraged Dottie to stay away from drugs as I did most folks I befriended after my terrible fall on the rocks at MacLure’s Beach in 1967. Dottie descends from the Signer, John Witherspoon, and it looks like I descend from the Signer, John Hart. The Witherspoons are in the famous Preston genealogy, as is Jessie and John Fremont who founded the Republican Party. I discovered the Prestons are close kin to the Stewart family, and thus, William and Harry. I discovered the Hart family are kin to Princess Diana.
When I read this comment.
QAnon believers gather for John F. Kennedy Jr. to return in Dallas – The Washington Post
At the site overlooking where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated nearly six decades ago, scores of QAnon believers outfitted with “Trump-Kennedy 2024” shirts, flags and other merchandise gathered. They forecast the president’s son John F. Kennedy Jr., who has been dead for over 20 years, would appear at that spot, emerging from anonymity to become Donald Trump’s vice president when the former president is reinstated. The prophecy foretold online, of course, did not come true.
When 12:30 p.m. came, the time when Kennedy was shot, they recited the Pledge of Allegiance, journalist Steven Monacelli reported. The crowd lingered, some for more than an hour, eventually trickling away, a few vowing the Kennedy known as John-John will reappear at a Rolling Stone concert later in the night.
Trump superfans dream of a run again, and of JFK Jr. on the ticket – POLITICO
United States Senate Watergate Committee – Wikipedia
‘Radical Right’ book warned of extremists before Jan. 6 – The Washington Post
Trump supporters wear "Trump Won" caps at a Trump rally in Florence, Ariz, on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. | Mark Peterson/POLITICO
01/17/2022 04:56 PM EST
FLORENCE, Ariz. — Ray Kallatsa is a die-hard Trumper who “definitely” wants to see former President Donald Trump run for office again in 2024.
So it was natural that he’d travel from Tucson to see Trump’s first rally of 2022. But as Kallatsa stood there on Saturday, pondering whom he would like to see as Trump’s next veep — from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to onetime national security adviser turned ardent conspiracy theorist Mike Flynn — an unorthodox idea came to him.
“JFK Jr.,” he said, referencing the son of the 35th president who died in a plane crash in 1999. Kallatsa realized he might have come off a bit odd with the suggestion. “I don’t want to sound too much like a conspiracy theorist, but he’s coming back,” he explained. “He’s supposed to reveal himself on the 17th if he’s truly alive. I think we’ll see him.”
220118-trump-rally-4-773If Kallatsa was worried about sounding too conspiratorial, he shouldn’t have been. He was not alone among the crowd in believing that JFK Jr. is not only still alive but is also a secret Trump supporter embedded far in the “deep state.” One attendee was spotted wearing a red shirt with the faces of Trump, Kennedy and Kennedy Jr. in the crowd. Michael Protzman, the QAnon influencer who organized the event last year in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza where he and others also believed John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. would reappear from the dead, was spotted in the rally stands.
Elsewhere were individuals in hats that read “Trump Won” and buttons with “Q.” Figures from fringe QAnon online groups, like Jim and Ron Watkins, shared their visit to the rally with online followers. And conservative activist Ali Alexander — who helped organize last year’s Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally, which has led to countless arrests and fears about the erosion of American democracy — was given priority access to the event.
One of the introductory speakers, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who represents the district that includes Florence, invoked a “storm coming” — a phrase used by QAnon — in his speech. Another speaker was Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, who is running to be Arizona’s secretary of state, has been linked to QAnon and has reportedly discussed conspiracies about a network of elected officials involved in a network of pedophilia. Both have been endorsed by Trump.
Trump has always had one foot firmly in the camp with conspiracists on the right, starting with his promotion of birtherism during the Obama years. Having been ousted from power, he has continued to adopt and amplify this world and its views, effectively solidifying it as the base of the Republican Party. Figures once relegated to corners of the internet and the fringes of the party have been welcomed with open arms at Trump rallies and found some of their theories shared by the former president himself.
Up on stage Saturday night, Trump pushed a right-wing conspiracy suggesting that some of the people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 were actually FBI informants.
null“Exactly how many of those present at the Capitol complex on January 6 were FBI confidential informants agents or otherwise working directly or indirectly with an agency of the United States government? People want to hear this,” Trump said.
Days earlier, the congressional committee investigating the capital attacks said it had interviewed Ray Epps, the Arizona man central to the theory that the FBI was secretly involved in the riots. Epps, the select committee said, had informed investigators “that he was not employed by, working with or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on Jan. 5 or 6 or at any other time, and that he has never been an informant for the F.B.I. or any other law enforcement agency.”
But that did not stop the former president, who, following the footsteps of allies like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), as well as Fox News host Tucker Carlson, suggested Epps was part of a “false flag” operation. “How about the one guy, ‘Go in, get in there everybody.’ Epps,” Trump declared.
It was one of several lines from Trump in which he asked his followers to dismiss the evidence in front of them. Elsewhere, he continued to argue that his election loss was the result of an elaborate effort to cheat by Democrats.
220118-trump-rally-5-773“Why aren’t they investigating November 3, a rigged and stolen election?” Trump said to a cheering crowd that jumped to its feet. “Why aren’t they looking at that, and there’s massive evidence that shows exactly what I’m talking about.”
The authors wrote that far-right activists who wrapped themselves in the American flag actually posed a grave threat to the country’s core principles. In the name of protecting U.S. democracy, they warned, the radical right would employ the language and methods of authoritarianism.
If “The New American Right” seemed obsolete when it was first published, that changed quickly. By the early ’60s, it was obvious McCarthy had spawned a movement with real staying power made up of anti-communist organizations.
Saving Dottie Witherspoon
Posted on September 12, 2011 by Royal Rosamond Press
Tonight, The Tea Party Express, will be having a televised debate. For the most part, the Tea Party is the latest cult to come down the turnpike in order to save America. Most tea party members, are Jesus Freaks disguised at capitalistic Patriots, verses, Leftist anti capitalist Hippy Socialist who want America to be a Communal Welfare State modeled after the old fashioned Jesus, before he was remodeled by Dick Armey to be the second coming of Howard Roarke, who rapes his love-object who is playing female sex games in order to own power in Industrial America, the land of Rich He-men. So much for the Woman’s Movement. It’s back to old fashioned values where women wore Quaker dresses, like the ones worn at the Lighthouse Ranch, where Dottie Witherspoon took our Blue Tick hound dog, when she ran away to find Jesus.
Thanks Dottie! This is how I am treated after – I SAVED YOU?
I met Dottie through my friend, Michelle, who I met a year earlier. She was a member of The Process. She wore a long black robe with a hood. Her younger friend wore a blue cape, because she was a novice. I fell for the novice, and we became lovers. I would later rescue Michelle from a Mafia chief. But, lets save that story for another day.
Dottie was Michelle’s naive roommate, who had come to Boston from South Carolina. Michelle was concerned for Dottie because she was going to move back to New Orleans, and she was a babe in the woods. On cue, into Dottie’s apartment comes Devil Boy, a weasel like entity that had taken acid and was proud of his witchy powers he had discovered within. To prove to me he had the right stuff, he points his finger at Dottie’s cat, and shot it with a jolt of bad energy. The cat thought she was going to be petted, approached, purring, and now winces after being dosed with bad energy. I was not impressed.
“You’re a little shit, aren’t you? How would you feel if I did that to you?”
I watched Devil Boy wince, he looking in my eyes wondering why I was not afraid of his black magic. We had our Clint Eastwood moment, and he left, never to return. I moved in and became Dotties lover. The cat fell in love with me, and followed me like a little puppy when we went to the park. That’s us up in a tree.
Above is a photo of Girmson the head of the Process, and Mel Lyman wearing shades. Mel married Jessie Benton the daughter of the famous artist, Thomas Hart Benton, Garth Benton’s cousin. The children in the tree are Mel’s children, some born from Benton’s womb. Thanks to my genealogical research, these folks are kin to the Royal Stewarts. Mel claimed he is God, an Avatar, thus, God is my kinfolk.
I watched allot of 911 programs yesterday, everyone of them declaring “America will never be the same.”
They said the same thing about the Charlie Manson murders, and the Jim Jones Jesus cult suicides. Then there is David Koresh and Waco. What these folks have in common is the hatred of Government. Jone’s generals murdered Congressman Ryan, shot him dead with a rifle. Then Reverand Jim brought out the big vats of poisoned Cool-aid. Today, weak willed folks are woofing down that Tea Bag Espresso and carrying guns to rallies. Yeehaw!
Nope! It’s the same ol America, full of religious nuts fleeing real civilization because for the most part, they are insane! Osama Bin Laden was a religious fanatic trained by the U.S. Government to bring down the Evil Empire of Socialist Communalism. When the CIA betrayed him, Bin went after Anne Rand’s hero high atop the Trade Tower. The rest is common American History!
The Lighthouse Ranch was one of the Christian communes I was involved with when I was a new Christian in the Jesus Movement. I lived at a Christian commune called Living Waters in Whitethorn, Calif. for a couple of months. Living Waters was a part of The Lighthouse Ranch. On Sundays we meaning all the members of the different communes met at a church for worship and dinner. Durkin oftened preached or taught the Bible. The commune Living Waters had around a couple hundred people living on a large tract of land. We often would go to Eureka to work or for fellowship.
I remember all the Jesus Freaks around Living Waters coming for weekends of worship, praise and teaching. There would be up to 500 people at these gatherings of Jesus People. I will never forget the worship services of hundreds men, women and children singing in tongues and dancing in the Spirit.
I lived at Living Waters for couple of months and left due to lack of women and food. I still have a small Good News for Modern Man NT I bought around that time. I still miss the spiritual fellowship of those days of long ago. I suppose I am still looking, longing, and searching for the kind of spiritual fellowship I had with Jesus Freaks here among the Dutch Reformed.
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Jim Durkin and Lighthouse Ranch – In the summer of 1970 while Jim Durkin was experiencing dissatisfaction with his ministry, he was approached by several Jesus People looking to begin an evangelistic ministry to the hippies. Though initially hesitant, Durkin allowed the young group access to one of his apartment complexes helping them establish a coffeehouse outreach program. As the ministry blossomed they looked to him for leadership. He acquired an abandoned coast guard station eleven miles outside of Eureka, California allowing the young Christians to use this as their new home.
Corvallis Gazette-Times/August 4, 2005
By Theresa Hogue
More than three decades ago, two women from different backgrounds found themselves searching for a sense of belonging, and both, for a while, thought they’d found it in communal living. What they found instead was that they were immersed in cults, and once in, it was very difficult to leave.
The two women have written memoirs about their lives in communes in the early 1970s as a way to work through their experiences and share them with others. Although they lived in very different communal groups with different principles, they discovered that both had one fundamental similarity — the subordination of women. They’ll discuss their memoirs Friday at Grass Roots Books & Music.
D’arcy Fallon was an Army brat, born in Monterrey, Calif., and raised “all over.” She was baptized Catholic and attended parochial school for a few years, but her parents weren’t strictly religious. Fallon found herself, at 18, traveling and living on the land, celebrating the experimental lifestyle of the 1960s.
“I just really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” Fallon said.
She was hitchhiking near Eureka, Calif., when she was picked up by a member of the Lighthouse Ranch, just outside the city on the beach. She was invited to have dinner at the ranch, which she described as a stunningly beautiful spot on the coast.
Fallon was taken in by the warmth of the members of Lighthouse Ranch, a fundamentalist Christian commune. There, she felt welcomed, and part of something larger. Through the persuasion of commune members, she became “saved,” and accepted Jesus Christ as her savior, a necessity for life at the ranch.
“My parents were really appalled,” she said. “I sent them letters filled with Scripture and they said ‘Omigod, she’s in a cult.’ ”
Fallon tried to assuage their fears, telling them she was there of her own free will, which she was, and that she was happy, which she wasn’t.
Life at the ranch was extremely structured. Women and men were kept separated, and sex was allowed only between married couples. Women were expected to marry within the group and be good wives, submissive and supportive to their husbands. Life was divided between work and worship.
“It was very dramatic,” she said. “Picture yourself living at the edge of the world and you have been called. … It gives your life this aura of drama.”
But after Fallon married another member of the group, she began to have strong doubts. She wanted a “normal” marriage and relationship, but her husband was more interested in belonging to the group than in sharing life with her.
Finally, she and her husband were sent to Brooklyn, N.Y., to do evangelical work, and it was there she finally convinced her husband to leave the group. They fled to his home in Montreal, Canada, and a year later, divorced and went their separate ways.
Now, Fallon describes herself as an agnostic, and finds the support and community she needs from her new husband, son and friends. She has learned in the meantime that she didn’t have to change to be accepted.
“People will accept you the way you are,” she said. “You don’t have to be spiritual.”
Molly Hollenbach also spent much of her youth moving back and forth between Southern California and Michigan. She said moving so frequently made her something of a nomad, and during graduate school she decided to drop out and have “adventures.”
“I was exploring the wide world of the ’60s,” she said.
Fascinated by ideas of personal freedom and political change, she found herself drawn to the World Affairs Conference in Boulder, Colo., where she heard members of a New Mexican commune speaking about their life in Taos.
“They described this wonderful community they called The Family,” Hollenbach said. “It was based on Gestalt therapy.”
Hollenbach was enthralled, and begged members to take her with them when they returned to New Mexico. A short time later, she found herself living in a five-room adobe house with 55 other people.
The tenets of the group forbid drugs, and encouraged face-to-face communication through conflict and group marriage. Members were expected to give up their personal possessions and their names, and revolutionize the world by revolutionizing themselves.
To her surprise, Hollenbach found the group operated on principles that went directly against what she’d learned in the feminist movement. The group leader was an older man named Lord Byron, who demanded sexual access to all female members of the group. Although theoretically all members were equal, Lord Byron was “more equal” than others.
“The first or second day I said, ‘This is really sexist. Women wore skirts and worked in the kitchen.’ ”
But her complaints and criticisms were swiftly silenced by group members, who told her she needed to live the lifestyle before she criticized it.
“They put me down and said, ‘You’ve thought about it, we’ve lived it,’ ” she recalled.
She became more involved in the group, and more confused because the things she felt were wrong were called right by her fellow members. She finally became disillusioned both by the way in which Lord Byron held sway, believing himself the Messiah, and the way she simply didn’t feel right about the way things were going.
“I thought I was crazy,” she said.
Finally, she fled, going to a psychiatrist to find out whether she was sane. Reassured, she moved on with her life, using her experiences within the commune for her master’s thesis. She earned a doctorate degree, taught and then eventually became a journalist.
She didn’t talk about her experiences with The Family for years, but one day, during a writing conference at Fishtrap in Joseph, she began putting her memories onto paper.
“I realized I needed to,” she said.
The most important lesson Hollenbach said she learned from her time with The Family was to become her own person.
“It is very hard for women to assert themselves and say ‘No, this isn’t right for me,’” she said. “It forced me to define myself.”
At a glance
Margaret Hollenbach and D’Arcy Fallon will discuss their experiences in communes in the 1970s at Grass Roots Books & Music at 4 p.m. Friday.
“Lost and Found: My Life in a Group Marriage Commune” by Hollenbach and “So Late, So Soon, A Memoir” by Fallon are both available at the store.
The Process, or in full, The Process Church of the Final Judgment, commonly known by non-members as the Process Church, was a religious group that flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, founded by the English couple Mary Anne and Robert DeGrimston (originally Robert Moor and Mary Anne MacLean). Originally headquartered in London it had developed as a splinter client cult group from Scientology, so that they were declared “suppressive persons” by L. Ron Hubbard in December 1965. In 1966 the members of the group underwent a social implosion and moved to Xtul on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, where they developed “processean” theology (which differs from, and is unrelated to process theology). They later established a base of operations in the United States in New Orleans.
They were often viewed as Satanic on the grounds that they worshipped both Christ and Satan. Their belief is that Satan will become reconciled to Christ, and they will come together at the end of the world to judge humanity, Christ to judge and Satan to execute judgment. Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor of the Charles Manson family trial, comments in his book Helter Skelter that there may be evidence Manson borrowed philosophically from the Process Church, and that representatives of the Church visited him in jail after his arrest. According to one of these representatives, the purpose of the visit was to interview Manson about whether he had ever had any contact with Church members or ever received any literature about the Church.
ong the very first members of the Fort Hill Community were three couples: Mel Lyman and Jessie Benton, former wife of David Gude; Mel’s artist friend Eben Given and Sophie Lucero, former wife of Mel Lyman; and David Gude and Faith Franckenstein, daughter of novelist Kay Boyle. (These three marriages, too, have long since dissolved.) Also Faith’s brother, Ian, other friends, some children and one grandmother – Kay Boyle herself.
“It was when my ax-son-in-law David Gude left Vanguard Records that I first heard of Mel Lyman,” Kay recalled as she sat in the living room of the Victorian San Francisco home she has owned for many years. “And then when I went up there in ’66 I met him for the first time. He was, I felt, very insignificant looking and very weak looking. He never at any time tried to talk with me; I was completely ignored by him.
Soon afterward Mel wrote his first book, a rambling, abstract, 80-page riddle called Autobiography of a World Savior, based loosely on the Superman-Krypton plot (“Long long ago in another dimension on another planet I volunteered for an assignment the nature of which I knew little . . .”). Some people, including rock writer Paul Williams, have made their Decision for Mel based on that book alone, even though Mel later described it as a private, tongue-in-cheek joke written for some Scientologist friends of his.
Why, then, the move to Roxbury? For some time Mel had been hanging out with the film freak crowd at Max’s Kansas City, in much the same way he had hung out with Bruce Conner and the others at Leary’s place; in fact, he briefly went with Vivian Kurz, one of Warhol’s lovelies, and Jonas Mekas helped publish his Autobiography. Mel, therefore, was getting itchy to create. He was developing certain theories, some his own, about music and art, and he needed room to work.
In the living room there were red velvet chairs and long-stemmed roses in a vase. A violin hung on the wall. Logs were crackling and popping in the fireplace.
Wearing a white dress that emphasized her tan, Jessie Benton entered and firmly shook my hand. As we all sat down, I asked the group for a history of the Lyman community. When had it begun?
“It started long before this earth was made,” said a blonde woman. “We are a race,” she said.
“A race – like a race of people . . . We’ve always been together. We’re gathered here on earth. And we were somehow – in one way or another – drawn to the same place at the same time. That was in Boston – years and years ago.”
Exactly how many years ago?
“Nineteen sixty-six,” said Jessie Benton solidly from her chair by the wall. She is the daughter of artist Thomas Hart Benton.
Someone remarked that the spreading of Mel Lyman’s communities to different cities was “protective.” When I inquired why there was any need to protect, a mild flurry of cryptic discussion took place among my hosts, then it dissolved quickly into what looked like agreement as they began to nod their heads. A young man said, “Y’know, maybe Melvin can talk to him.”
This was the supreme honor. In came a young woman with long brown hair, held back from her face by a gold headband. Her blue dress was a gossamer and a star was at her throat.
She knelt on the carpet before a rainbow colored ouija board which rested on a white pedestal. The ouija board was to be my hotline to Mel Lyman, and the gossamer-gowned lady in blue was to be my interpreter.
Jessie Benton leaned over beside me, “These answers you should probably write down.”
The gossamer-gowned medium opened her eyes.
“Melvin is here.”
Eve Lyman and Jessie Benton Lyman, both of whom bore Mel’s children, check photos for the next issue of the commune’s U and Imagazine.
John Witherspoon Owen Breckenridge
Posted on July 5, 2011 by Royal Rosamond Press
The great grandmother of John Witherspoon Owen Breckenridge, is the Ann Witherspoon, the daughter of Signer, John Witherspoon. His great grandfather, was John Breckenridge, Attorney General of the United States in the Cabinet of President Thomas Jefferson. I lived with Dottie Witherspoon in Boston, and met many Witherspoons in South Carolina who are kin to the actress, Reese Witherspoon.
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.