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Lewis James Hanchett

Birthplace: Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, United States
Death: July 05, 1913 (81)
Oakland, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Seth Hanchett and Maria Hanchett
Husband of Margaret MacLane
Father of Emma Crocker; Anna Louise Wright; Virginia "Jennie" Carroll and Lewis Edward Hanchett
Brother of Joseph Edward Hanchett; William Hanchett; Nancy Caroline Kingsley; Mary Elizabeth Foster; Charles Gilbert Hanchett and 3 others

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About Lewis James Hanchett

"Lou Hanchett" is mentioned in (and by some is considered the original source of many of the details in) "The Diary of a Forty-Niner" http://www.archive.org/stream/sanfranciscan1929sanf/sanfranciscan1929sanf_djvu.txt

He is mentioned in this passage:

"We had a marriage up at Scott's ranch last week and Marie and I went to it by invitation. Lou Hanchett, the boss miner on the ridge, has been courting a pretty girl at Selby Flat. They were friends of the Scotts, and the wedding was held at their place. About twenty of the boys from Selby Flat were there, as well as all of the miners from Rock Creek. Lou provided a big blow-out and ended up with a dance, which we kept up until midnight and then scattered. Hanchett is one of the best fellows in the country, but the boys are not exactly pleased with his capturing the belle of the county and taking her away from the Flat.

(Note. Hanchett and wife settled at the camp afterward known as Moore's Flat, where he discovered and opened one of the richest mines in the State. A girl baby was born to them in 1853, who passed her girl- hood in that pretty mountain town. She married George Crocker, son of Charles Crocker, one of the original projectors and builders of the Central Pacific Railroad, and died in Paris two years ago. Lou Hanchett and wife still survive and are living in San Francisco at the present time.) "


Also listed as operator of a successful mine in Nye County, Nevada in 1875.


a "J. L. Hanchett" is also mentioned in another text about Forty-Niners:


Anecdote about connection to the assassin of President Garfield:


September 14, 1913 Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 9

the Federal Court and of how one of the veniremen, Louis J. Hanchett, failed to be accepted as a juror because in his opinion he did not think the Mann white slave law was intended to apply to the offenses with which Digga and Caminetti were charged.

' - I Hanchett of late years has made a fortune in interior electric roads [subways?]. One of his sisters was the wife of the late George Crocker, while another was the first wtfe of the late Jack Wright of Sacramento. His father, who recently died, was a mining man.

"Did you know that Lou Hanchett's father found Guiteau, who assassinated President Garfield in the summer of 1881, flat broke on this coast in 1880 and paid his fare back east so as to get him close, to his folks again ?" asked one of the group. It was then explained that years ago Hanchett pere and his wife knew the Guiteau family in the east. The latter were their neighbors. Guiteau was acquainted with this fact, but did not know the Hanchetts personally, he being a boy when they came west. In his financial extremity, the man who was to figure in a bad role in his country's history, sought out the old miner, told, his tale of woe. and was given help for his family's sake. Even at'that time the elder Hanchett remarked what a peculiar talking and acting man Charles Guiteau was. He considered him flighty and irresponsible. So much so was this the case that he thought it best to get him back among relatives rather than have him fall into reprehensible or foolish conduct among strangers on this coast.

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Lewis James Hanchett's Timeline

February 24, 1832
Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, United States


1860 Census - with wife Margaret MacLane Hanchett, children, and brother. Family number 2699 (i.e. "next door") is parent's family with younger siblings.

record title: United States Census, 1860
name: Lewis Hanchett
residence: , El Dorado, California
ward: White Oak Township
age: 28 years
estimated birth year: 1832
birthplace: Mich
gender: Male
page: 252
family number: 2700
dgs number: 4211317
nara number: M653

name: Margaret Hanchett
residence: , El Dorado, California
ward: White Oak Township
age: 25 years
estimated birth year: 1835
birthplace: Ireland
gender: Female
page: 252
family number: 2700
dgs number: 4211317
nara number: M653

name: Emma Hanchett
residence: , El Dorado, California
ward: White Oak Township
age: 6 years
estimated birth year: 1854
birthplace: Cal
gender: Female
page: 252
family number: 2700
dgs number: 4211317
nara number: M653

name: Anna Hanchett
residence: , El Dorado, California
ward: White Oak Township
age: 4 years
estimated birth year: 1856
birthplace: Cal
gender: Female
page: 252
family number: 2700
dgs number: 4211317
nara number: M653

name: Geo Hanchett
residence: , El Dorado, California
ward: White Oak Township
age: 19 years
estimated birth year: 1841
birthplace: Mich
gender: Male
page: 252
family number: 2700
dgs number: 4211317
nara number: M653



Name: Lewis J. Hanchett
Residence: San Jose, Santa Clara, California
Birthdate: 1832
Birthplace: Michigan, United States
Relationship to Head: Self
Spouse's Name: Margaret Hanchett
Spouse's Birthplace: Ireland
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: New York, United States
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Iowa, United States
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Male
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 48 years
Occupation: Miner
NARA Film Number: T9-0081
Page: 104
Page Character: B
Entry Number: 3488
Film number: 1254081
Household Gender Age
Lewis J. Hanchett M 48
Spouse Margaret Hanchett F 45
Child Jennie E. Hanchett F 14
Child Lewis E. Hanchett M 8
Ah Lem M 30 (servant)
Ah Gong M 21 (servant)

1900 Census: (form does read L. J., but also gives erroneous birth locations)

Name: I J Hanchett
Residence: San Francisco city, San Francisco, California
Birth Date: Feb 1832
Birthplace: Scotland [sic]
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Spouse: Margaret Hanchett
Spouse's Titles & Terms:
Spouse's Birthplace: Illinois
Father's Birthplace: Scotland [sic]
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland [sic]
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: I J Hanchett
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 46
Estimated Marriage Year: 1854
Mother How Many Children: 3
Number Living Children: 3

Name: Margaret Hanchett
Residence: San Francisco city, San Francisco, California
Birth Date: May 1836
Birthplace: Illinois
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Spouse: I J Hanchett
Spouse's Birthplace: Scotland [sic]
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: I J Hanchett
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 46
Estimated Marriage Year: 1854
Mother How Many Children: 3
Number Living Children: 3

Name: Margaret Mcconalogue (*)
Residence: San Francisco city, San Francisco, California
Birth Date: Mar 1875
Birthplace: California
Relationship to Head of Household:
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: I J Hanchett
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single [Servant]
Enumeration District: 0250
Page: 8
Sheet Letter: A
Family Number: 162
Reference Number: 21
Film Number: 1240106
Image Number: 00627

(* possibly variant spelling of last name of Hanchett's business partners Bishop Patrick Manogue and his brother Michael Manogue?)


Name: Lewis J Hanchett
Event Place: Township 3, Placer, California
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household:
Immigration Year:
Birthplace: Michigan
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Household ID: 149
Page: 7
Household Gender Age Birthplace
SELF John B Truman M 63y New York
WIFE Mary D Truman F 56y New York
Lewis J Hanchett M 78y Michigan

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVLV-NZV : accessed 03 Jul 2013), Lewis J Hanchett in entry for John B Truman, 1910.


ii. Lewis James Hanchett, born 24 Feb 1832 in Coldwater, Branch, Michigan; died 13 Jul 1913 in California; married Margaret MacClane Abt. 1853 in California; born May 1835 in Ireland; died 15 May 1910 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
Notes for Lewis James Hanchett:
Margaret Mae Lane was born in either Ireland or Illinois. Her parents were both born in Ireland. The family was in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California in 1880 where Lewis was listed as a miner. That the daughter, Virginia, was born in Nevada and the son, Lewis, in California places somewhat the family's movements.

In the 1880 Census, Lewis and Margaret were listed as having two Chinise domestic servants - Ah Lem (age 33) and Ah Gong (age 21).

More About Lewis James Hanchett:
Census I: 1840, Coldwater, Branch, Michigan434
Census II: 10 Aug 1850, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois435
Census IV: 02 Aug 1870, Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada436
Census V: 19 Jun 1880, San Jose, Santa Clara, California437
Census VI: 09 May 1910, 3-Township, Placer, California
Occupation I: 03 Aug 1860, Farmer438
Occupation II: 19 Jul 1880, Miner439,440
Occupation III: 09 May 1910, Retired
Residence: 19 Jun 1880, San Fernado Street, San Jose, Santa Clara, California441

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More About Margaret MacClane:
Census I: 03 Aug 1860, White Oak Township, El Dorado, California442
Census II: 13 Aug 1870, Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada443
Census IV: 21 Apr 1910, San Francisco, San Francisco, California444
Residence I: 19 Jun 1880, San Fernado Street, San Jose, Santa Clara, California445
Residence II: 21 Apr 1910, 2648 Pierce Street, San Francisco, San Francisco, California446


Lewis Edward Hanchett Sr. died in 1956
http://smartstartsanjose.org/caroomitem/hanchett-lewis-edward-1 (obit SF Chron 3/2/1956 for "Lewis Edward Hanchett 1872-1956")
and had at least one child named Lewis Edward Hanchett Jr.



Lewis James /Hanchett/
birth: 24 February 1832

birth: May 1836

July 7, 1852
- August 7, 1857
Age 20
emigrated to California

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 13, Number 1986, 7 August 1857


Moore's Flat, Nevada County. — correspondent, writing us from the above place, under date of August 1st, gives the following account of the business and social condition of the place:
We are situated on the southern bank of the Middle Yuba, and north of Nevada seventeen miles. We lay in calm repose beneath the crown of the ridge upon a broad and extended flat of singular beauty, and strongly marked by the picturesque in scenery and location. Our flat is evidently the very spot where Nevada city ought to have been built, instead of being way o*B to the southward.
Moore's Flat has a population of about two hundred and fifty industrious and steady people. Unlike most other mining camps we are particularly free from the do nothing class. Dance houses and other nuisances never have, and cannot exist among us. On the Flat there are eighteen families, among which are several interesting and accomplished young ladies, from sweet sixteen upwards.
In our mining affairs we are prosperous and contented. The Paradise Company, have, since spring, gone through all the changes of Milton's poem. A large reservoir broke and buried their tunnel beneath a huge pile of mud and rubbish — when it was "Paradise Lost." But through the energetic exertions of its owners, Messrs. Manley, Bishop & Co., it was presently dug out and again put in working order— since then it is "Paradise Regained." During the past two weeks it has paid twelve hundred dollars clear of all expense. The Messrs. Hanchett & McLane are running a tunnel alongside of the Paradise, and when they get in, which they expect to do in a few weeks, they, too, confidently expect to hit the camel on the back, and take out 'mucho oro'. The Shotgun Company, a double barreled and desirable institution, are now loading, and if ever they get water regular, expect after a little to shoot their game and take out a pile. Messrs. Blakeslee & Co. are making $30 to $35 per day to the hand, "bottoming up. The adjoining Company, Messrs. - Monouge & Doolan, nearly the same. Hurst & Co. are clearing twenty to twenty-five dollars to the hand. Courts & Co., Shaw & Co. and L. Henderson & Co. are doing a first rate business ; Carter & Co. and "Jeems" & Co., in the absence of positive knowledge, are supposed to be making " 'bout half ounce." On the opposite side of the flat are the Rocky Point Co., the Deadwood, the Eagle, the Filibusters, (their filibustering proclivities are confined to charging with pipes, picks and shovels on heavy banks of earth and boulders, and not on the personal rights of others with fire and powder.) The Bay State, the Moore's Flat Co., the Illinois, McCloud & Co. and Keegan & Co. The last two are tunnel companies all the others open sluice diggings. These companies are all doing well, but their diggings are not paying so largely _s those first mentioned, with the exception perhaps of Keegan & Co. who are in about 1,400 feet with their tunnel. But "Bob" is such a funny man, that the most persevering Yankee inquirer couldn't find out anything about his business. Sometimes he says his diggings pay "grub and wather" — sometimes that they pay " big," and at other times that they pay "nothing at all." Your readers can judge of his prospects as well as I can. Our mining locality is more extensive that that of any other place on the ridge. Long after, one by one, the other places around us have "pegged out," we shall be just setting our pegs tor the game. In a business way, there are here three provision stores, one boot and shoe store and two clothing stores, two billiard saloons, one liquor store and saloon, two large and commodious hotels, one boot-maker, two blacksmith shops, and a steam saw-mill, recently erected by Messrs. Van Dusen & Co., to furnish lumber for ourselves and the small (not here to be mentioned) neighboring camp. On the flat are many neat and tasteful cottages. L. J. Hanchett has just erected and is now furnishing one lat a cost of between $2,500 and $3,000. When completed, it will be the prettiest residence in the Township. In a social way, the good people of this place are agreeable and happy. Every week or two we get together and have a nice little dancing party, and enjoy ourselves immensely. On these occasions, the young gallants may be seen gathering in the young ladies, and calling for the married ones, and "packing" their their babies, and making themselves generally useful.


http://is.gd/iHc90l Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 32, Number 4963, 23 February 1867

160 acres fine TIMBERED LAND,
located about twenty miles east of Shingle Springs Station, on the Stark's Grade Road, in Diamond Springs township, El Dorado county, Cal.
For particulars inquire of MRS. E. S. HANCHETT, Hank's Exchange. fe2l-1m1p"


"McCloud" involved in Affray near Diamond Springs (note town is location of Hanchetts in 1867 above)

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 16, Number 2365, 26 October 1858


An Affray at Weaver Creek, near Diamond Springs. Diamohd Springs, Oct. 25th. An affray occurred at Weaver Creek, about one mile distant from this place, yesterday, Oct. 24th, which resulted in a very serious injury to one of the parties, Col. Tanner. From the most reliable information, it appears that McCloud, a merchant at that place, was struck in the face with a stone ; he thinking it was done by Col Tanner, who had just started for home ; on the impulse of the moment, McCloud picked up a .stone, followed, overtook and struck Col. T. on the head, breaking his skull. This morning, Drs. Cooke and Titus were called in and trepanned his head. The patient is apparently easy this evening, but the result is, of course, extremely doubtful.



For the Year commencing January 1st, 1867.

McCloud W. D. carpenter, Pine st



Full text of "Brown & Dallison's Nevada, Grass Valley and Rough and Ready directory .. for the year commencing ... embracing a general directory of citizens, with an historical sketch of Nevada County

by Sargent, A. A. (Aaron Augustus), 1827-1887

Published 1856

McCloud J., miner, Selby Flat.

McLoud Wm., carpenter, house 56 Commercial, shop Broad st

McLoud Wm. D., carpenter, and joiner, 106 Broad street


This may be the same Robert:


History of Yolo County, California, with biographical sketches ... Gregory, Tom.
Los Angeles, Cal., Historic Record Company 1913

PAGE 843

The descendant of southern ancestors, J. W. Gilliam was also a native of the south, born in Macon couuty, Tenn., October 5, 1837, the son of Taylor G. and Mary (Meddor) Gilliam, both natives of Virginia. He was about eight years of age when the family removed to St. Clair county, Mo., and it was there that he was educated in pioneer schools. Later, in 1856, he removed with T. T. Barnes and family to California across the plains. The train consisted of six wagons under the command of Capt. Robert McCloud, and one of the ox-teams was driven by young Gilliam. The party reached the Sacramento valley in safety and then broke up, each family choosing a location of its own. During his early days in the west Mr. Gilliam engaged in farming with his brother-in-law, "T. T. Barnes, but upon reaching the age of twenty-one he located on the ranch which he owns and occupies near Winters. He became the owner of the property in 1860 and in the years that have followed he has made many improvements.

August 11, 1855
Age 23
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
Age 23
California, United States


One source says:

10 July 1857
Nevada City, Nevada, California, USA

Age 33
Nevada, United States
April 23, 1872
Age 40
California, United States

Name: Lewis E Hanchette
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: San Francisco (Districts 251-409), San Francisco, California
Gender: Male
Age: 58
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Birthplace: California
Birth Year (Estimated): 1872
Immigration Year:
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: California
Mother's Birthplace: Oregon
District: 0401
Household ID:
Sheet Number and Letter: 7A
Line Number: 22
Affiliate Publication Number: T626, roll 210
GS Film number: 2339945
Digital Folder Number: 4532357
Image Number: 00161

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCNC-DQ3 : accessed 04 Jul 2013), Lewis E Hanchette, 1930.

July 5, 1913
Age 81
Oakland, California, United States


Taken from The Bulletin, San Francisco, 5 July 1913

Hanchett - Inn Oakland, California, July 3, Lewis James, husband of the late Marguerite Hanchett, and father of Lewis E. Hanchett of San Francisco, Mrs. E. B. Carroll of New York, the late Mrs. George Crocker and Mrs. J. B. Wright.


Obituary: THE ENGINEERING & MINING JOURNAL - July 26 1913 http://bit.ly/rwkebf

Lewis James Hanchett died at Oakland Calif July 3 He was 81 years old Mr Hanchett left his birthplace in Michigan in 1851 and went to California during the gold excitement traveling by way of Cape Horn He was engaged in mining In California and Nevada and acquired a large fortune In later life he raised blooded horses and engaged In farming He built the first private car for shipment of race horses to the East


Name: Lewis James Hanchett
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 03 Jul 1913
Event Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Gender: Male
Age: 81
Marital Status:
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Birth Year (Estimated): 1832
Burial Date:
Funeral Home: N. Gray & Co. Funeral Records
Funeral Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Obituary Included: NO
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Record Type: Record Book
Source Reference: Vol. 07, p. 301-602, 1913
Digital Folder Number: 4192038
Image Number: 00137
Number of Images: 1

Citing this Record

"California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JN2P-NTL : accessed 03 Jul 2013), Lewis James Hanchett, 1913.

Age 80


Lewis James Hanchett

Birth: Feb., 1832
Michigan, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1913
Alameda County
California, USA


Funeral of Pioneer Held at Oakland Home; Many Friends Present

The funeral of Lewis James Hanchett, a pioneer mining operator and stock-raiser of California was held this morning from his home, 14 Moss avenue, where the rites were conducted by Rev. Bradford Leavitt former pastor of the First Unitarian church of San Francisco. Many friends of the aged miner paid their last tribute to the late pioneer, who build the first private car for the shipment of race horses to eastern cities.
In the early history of California the deceased played an important part, having arrived in this state in 1851 by way of the Horn. The vessel was becalmed off South America. On tht perilous trip 105 out of 136 died because of the lack of water. After that incident, the ship went ashore south of Acapulco. Thence they proceeded overland to California. The majority of them died of yellow fever in Panama, Hanchett was among the stricken but was in the party of twenty survivors who reached California.
In California he lived in Downieville, Grass Valley and later in Nevada, Austin, Belmont, Bodie, San Francisco and San Jose.
He was superintendent of the Bodie mines in Nevada at the time of the great mining strick. He owne and operated the Manhattan mines of Austin, Nevada.
Lewis Hanchett also engaged in the raising of trotting horses in San Jose and was one of the most successful stock raisers in California. He was a lover of horses and was considered an authority upon the breeding.
During the past ten years the late stock-raiser was an invalid and was confined to his bed for the last two years, under the care of special nurses and physicians. He was 81 years of age and was a native of Michigan.
Mrs. Margaret McClain Hanchett, wife of the deceased, died three years ago. She was a loyal Californian and was loved by legions of friends.
Two children survive the couple. They are L. E. Hanchett, former owner and operator of the street interurban railroads of Santa Clara county and a land owner of San Francisco, and a daughter, Mrs. E. B. Carroll of New York. They were also the parents of the late Mrs. Emma Crocker, founder of the Cancer hospital of New York and the late Mrs. J. B. Wright of Sacramento.
The remains were placed in the family vault in Mountain View cemetery.
[Oakland Tribune July 5, 1913]

Family links:
Margaret McClain Hanchett (1835 - 1910)

Annie Louise Hanchett Wright (____ - 1893)*

*Calculated relationship

Mountain View Cemetery
Alameda County
California, USA