This site link gives the following:
We can postulate that our John Robert Lewallen and son Bill, left for the Gold Rush after 1849.
They could have left after 1850.
Could they have first left shortly after or about the time Elizabeth, the youngest daughter
Could they have returned in 1850 and purchased the land noted on our
'Lewallen - Taney County, Missouri Land Patents 1850 & More' page.
Who was Levi Luallin?
Carol found a blogspot and we have permission to include Levi's letter here on our
website. Of interest and a very good posssible connection to our Lewallans of Taney Co., Mo., we feel you will agree
this is a great find!
The following letters were written by Levi Luallin to his family in Fulton County Arkansas
after he left home around 1849 to seek his fortune in the California Gold Rush. An attached note explained the following:
Dear "Alex Doris" typed these letters from the original handwritten documents. Doris has the originals under glass. They are
still legible but would crumble if hand held. Levi was trying to help his mother. He left for the Great California Gold Rush
in 1849 and was never heard from after these letters. Grandpa said they thought he was killed by claim jumpers. His spelling
is poor but hand writing very good. Written in ink. He evidently was a good boy. His brothers were Henry, Jesse, George, Andrew,
John, Alexander, and sister Lucinda (Aunt Cindy). Andrew and Jesse were in the Civil War. On side of the North. Both killed.
Henry fought on South side. Grandpa ran off and joined the Confederate Army when 17. Levi joined a wagon train to go to California."
letter written by Levi Luallin to his mother and brother, copied from original.
Indian Nation May 8, 1850
and mutch respected mother and brothers. I now enjoy the pleasureful oppertunity of ritieing you A letter by wich you will
find that I am well at present and have bin ever sense I left home for wich blessing I hold truly thankful to the grate giver
of all good hoping the same like blessing. I have nothing of any grate importance at the present. We have traveled on torlable
sense we got started from the little north forke the day I left home. I got to the big North. I rode threw the rain all the
afternoon then I was waterbound one day on Sunday morning. I swam by beast by a swift and went on to the little North forke
and thare I overtook the wagon. It couldn't get over ________ staid thare few days and then we all went on the little river
and there one of Mr. serton oxen got poison and died. He sold the other one and boate two cows and they appear walk very well.
I swapt off Old Lion and got a good maite for trge. Mr. Dukes the young man that started Salem with Mr. Serton backt out and
went home. I swapt off doll to het another mare and give two dollars to boot and than gave it for Dukes oxen and he rold out
for Iowa. We are getting along very agreabul. Your must excuse me for not riteing no sooner. I have a very bad chance to without
stoping and let the wagon go on or got down the on the ground like I am doing now and write on my knee. We have past the state
line six miles and we are now at Ft. Scot in the indian. We have not got in with a very large company yeat. There is twelve
wagons in company at this time. The travel in small gangs as far as tha think tha are saft on the accouint there stock being
less trouble to them. I have not seen nor heard of onkel Robert Luallin sense I left his house. I expect he went to
Springfield and waited til he give me out and went on. I maide some inquirey for him but ther was so many other wagons
joining I could not heare of him. I think we will overtake him on the way. there is abundance of pepol going to California.
More than ever have went put them all together. As to the game I have not saw any of accouint. I will rite again the first
chance. I suppose there is 3 or 4 chances to mail letters yeat on the way. I wante to rite me a letter and direct it to Stockton
in California. Rite about August and rite all about particulars. Give respect to all inquiring. So nothing more at present
but remain yours till death.
On envelope and copied from original:
Fort Scott, Missouri May
To: Mrs Lucy Luallin
Pilot Hill P.O.
Fulton Co. Arkansas
Tanery Co., Mo. Land Patents Link
We believe this to be feasible. And now must look into this in more detail. Our
John Robert Lewallen, nor his son 'Bill', are not found on either the 1850 or the 1860 Federal Census for Taney County,
Thus we are left to believe they both died sometime between 1849 and 1860. They could
have made more than one or two trips west to the Gold Rush. There are no further family stories stating they did
or did not make more than one trip west.
His wife, Hannah, is said to have died abt 1860/61 due to an accident with her horse and wagon.
We can say that she was around 44 to 46 years of age at the time of her death; given that she was likely born abt 1814 to
1816. This is of course, all conjecture, as we have no definitive dates to offer as to her birthdate or place of birth,
other than what we find on the 1850 & 1860 Census Lists!
She was either born in TN or KY. It must be noted here that the state lines changed,
so either or both of these could be true, depending on dates and places. One child is listed as born in North Carolina;
this could have once been TN or KY, again depending on the dates and places.
We are now left to prove or disprove that there was land that had to be taken into consideration
after hnnah's death.
Exactly where was she and her family living at the time of her death?
Are there any court records to give us clues?
If they did have land, what happenned to it? Who obtained it after her death?
by Elmo Ingenthron
Long before the Mexican War, (The Mexican War - A war
(1846-1848) between the United States and Mexico, resulting in the cession by Mexico of lands now constituting
all or most of the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado) pioneers had
established homes in the vicinity of the mouth of Bull Creek. When the land was surveyed by the government,
many of them claimed their homestead rights on their farmsteads. Among those who obtained government patents to their land
near the mouth of Bull Creek were: Lysander H. Jennings, Joseph Weaver, John Hancock, John Weatherman, Robert Lewallen, Nathaniel Haggard, John Hembra, Garrett Cornelison, Jno Forrestar, and Joseph Price.
In Greene County,Missouri we find the following;
Index to Greene County Stray Records 1833 - 1913
LEWALEN, John 1842-1847 Book 2 Page 113
LEWALLEN, Robert 1842-1847 Book
2 Pages 101, 113, 146