Individual Record 81

Name}   Samuels, Elisha Cornelius (Neal) Family History} Hancock                
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam   2 Apr 1846 Place}   ,   , Alabama
Marr.: Date} Fam 15 Aug 1877 Place} Rutherford, Napa, California     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  20 Jun 1920 Place} at home, Monticello, Napa, California
Burial: Date} Exa  22 Jun 1920 Place} Monticello Cemetery, Spanish Flat, Napa, California
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 1139=1850 USA cen
Source 2}   63 = 1860 USA cen
Source 3}   44 = 1870 USA cen
Source 4}   49 = 1880 USA cen
Source 5}   46 = Voter record
Source 6}   48 = 1900 USA cen
Source 7} 245 = Probate rec
Source 8} 137 = Biography
Source 9} 220 = Death record
Source 10}227 = Obituary
Source 11}  31 = Cemetery rec
Source 12}244 = Probate rec
Source 13}222 = Obituary
Source 14}229 = Geog history
Source 15}296 = Geog history
Source 16}1133=Family history
Source 17}  13 = Family history
Source 18}589 = Family history
Parents: } Edmond Samuels & Mary Myrtle Gregory
   Relationship No.}   22
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Farmer
       Occupation 2} Laborer
Spouses:    First} Gallagher, Rosa Ann (Rosie)
 Total Number of} 1?
Notes:  In about 1880 Neal, when he was 34 years old, discovered seven natural springs located in the hills of Napa County, California, a few miles north of Monticello, across Putah Creek, and toward Pope Valley.  He filed a government claim for the land which became known as Samuels Springs.  The spring waters contained large quantities of soda and sulfur — and soon became known for their wonderful medicinal properties.  A bottling plant was built at the springs and the mineral water was shipped all over the state.
At its peak, Samuels Springs included a large hotel, cottages, tents, cabins, a dance hall, croquet and lawn tennis areas, a vegetable garden, and a large cold storage unit — which reportedly had a two foot lining of ice around its walls.  By 1890, numerous guests were arriving each week to stay at the resort.

In 1891 the Samuels Springs property was sold by Neal and purchased by G. R. Morris, who then labored to make the property one of the best resorts in Northern California.  It had accommodations for 125 to 150 guests.

In 1896 Neal was described as being 5' 11½" tall with gray eyes, black hair, and a dark complexion.

In 1920 Neal was in ill health for several weeks before he passed away at his home.  Neal was first buried at Monticello Cemetery.  The original location of that cemetery is now under the waters of Lake Berryessa.  In 1956, prior to the flooding of the lake in 1957, the graves and markers were moved to Spanish Flat on the western shore of the lake.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photo} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}              or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Cirrhosis of liver
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated} 27 Jul  2009
Date Created}    8 Oct 1994
Copyright © 2009 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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