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John Lewelling and Elvy Elliot



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John Lewelling

John Lewelling
Born16 Jan 1811Randolph Co., NC
Moved1820-25Henry County, Indiana
Married05 Apr. 1832Henry County, Indiana
Movedc. 1840Henry Co. or Hardin Co., Iowa
MovedSpring 1850California Gold Country
MovedWinter 1850Milwaukie, OR
Moved1853Mission San Jose, San Lorenzo, Calif.
Moved1864St. Helena, Calif.
Death25 Dec 1883St. Helena, Calif.
FatherMeshack Lewelling

Elvy Lewelling

Elvy Elliot
BornAbt 1816Of Duck Creek Mm, Henry, Indiana
Married05 Apr. 1832Henry County, Indiana
Movedc. 1840Henry Co. or Hardin Co., Iowa
Moved1853Mission San Jose
FatherJacob Elliott
MotherAnn (Stone)?

Chilcren: Sarah, Eli, Elisah, Seth, Silas, Delilah, Arthur, Harvy John

You will see Elvy's name as Elvina or Elva in some places, but her headstone has Elvy on it.

John Lewelling was born in North Carolina and moved with his family to Indiana where he was married. In 1853 he moved to Iowa with his family and several of his brothers.

According to Seth Lewelling's Diary, John and Seth came to California from Indiana (Seth) and Iowa (John) in the Spring of 1850, arriving in August and working in the gold fields around Hangtown(Placerville), the Yuba and the American Rivers. They travelled together and worked together. They were partners along with others as the Diary records. In the Winter of 1850 Seth travelled by sailing ship from SF up to Milwaukie, OR and spent the Winter working for his brother Henderson grafting trees. In 1852 or 3 John went back to Iowa to bring his wife and family (including Sarah and her husband Robert King and their oldest child LL King) to California via Panama and ship to SF.

In 1852 he left for California with his family including Robert King who had married his oldest daughter Sarah. They arrived in San Francisco on Jan 4, 1853.

He lived in Mission San Jose and San Lorenzo in the East Bay Area before moving to St. Helena in the Napa Valley in 1864, where he established Lewelling Vineyards. He built a Gothic revival house in 1870 on land near St. Helena. He was active in the wine business in the 1870's, which was a boom time prior to phylloxera's arrival.

The family of his son Harvey still own the house and operate the vineyard.
Janice Lewelling Wight, John Lewelling's great-granddaughter, and her husband Russ Wight built a home on the family property in 1950 and quickly became involved in operating and replanting the vineyard and with their family started making wine.
See Lewelling Vineyards

Another of his children, Elisha, was a California State Assemblyman.

John also raised his daughter, Sarah's children, when she died at the age of 32 in 1865.

See pictures of his house.

John Lewelling Pages at WorldConnect.RootsWeb and

McBride Connection

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