Alaska Family Group Sheet for the John Griffith LONDON Family

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Husband: John Griffith LONDON
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         AKA: John CHANEY, Jack LONDON (1)
   Birthdate: 12 Jan 1876 - San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA (2,3)
  Death date: 22 Nov 1916 - Glen Ellen, Sonoma, California, USA
      Buried: 23 Nov 1916 - Glen Ellen, Sonoma, California, USA
      Father: William Henry CHANEY (1821-1903) (4)
      Mother: Flora WELLMAN (1844-1922) (5)
      Father: John LONDON (1831-1897) (6)
      Mother: Flora WELLMAN (1844-1922) (5)
    Marriage: 7 Apr 1900                     Place: , , California, USA (7)
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Other Spouse: Charmian KITTREDGE (1871-1955) (8)
              Date: 19 Nov 1905 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA (9)
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Events
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      1. He worked as an oyster pirate aboard his sloop, Razzle-Dazzle about 1889 in San
      Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA. The sloop was eventually damaged beyond
      repair.

      2. He worked as a deck hand on the sealing schooner, Sophie Sutherland in 1893. The
      ship sailed to Japan and returned during the "Panic of 93".

      3. He worked as a writer.

      4. He wrote "An Old Soldier's Story" in 1894.

      5. He was educated at University of California from 1896 to 1897 in Berkeley,
      Alameda, California, USA. Financial difficulties forced him to quit and he never
      graduated.

      6. He resided at 1068 E 16th on 23 Jun 1897 in Alameda, Alameda, California, USA.
      (10) from the Great Register.

      7. He wrote "A Thousand Deaths" in 1899. This was the first story from which he
      actually made money, $40. He wrote it just after his return from the Klondike.

      8. He appeared on the Census on 6 Jun 1900 in Oakland, Alameda, California, USA, ED
      391, pg 11A. Ward 7 15th Street
      Jack London     Head    M       24   Jan 1876   California PA  OH married 2/12
      Bessie London   Wife    F       23   Jul 1876   New Jersey Eng NY
      Flora London    Mother  F       55   Aug 1844   Ohio       NY  NY widowed, 1/1 children
      John London     Nephew  M        7   Mar 1893   California PA  IA

      9. He wrote The Cruise of the Dazzler in 1902. (His first novel.)

      10. He wrote The Call of the Wild in 1903.

      11. He worked as a war correspondent, San Francisco Examiner in 1904 in Japan.

      12. He wrote The Sea Wolf in 1904.

      13. He wrote White Fang in 1906.

      14. He appeared on the Census on 15 Apr 1910 in Oakland, Alameda, California, USA,
      ED 96, pg 1B. Ward 2 27th Street
      Jack London     Head    M       34      California PA OH married 4 yrs
      Charmian London Wife    F       36      California US US 0/0 children
      Flora London    Mother  F       66      Ohio       NY NY widowed, 1/1 child
      Jennie Prentess Servant F       68      Tennessee  TN NC widowed, 5/0 children
      Jack is an author of fiction and Jennie is a nurse.

      15. He appeared on the Census on 14 May 1910 in Glen Ellen, Sonoma, California,
      USA, ED 142, pg 14B. near Graham Canyon
      Jack London             Head    M       34      California
      Charmian London         Wife    F       34      California ME WI
      Yoskimatsu Makata       Servant M       22      Japan
      Shimzu Iwaco            Servant M       24      Japan
      Edward B Payne          Boarder M       62      Vermont
      Jack is an author, Edward is a journalist and Shimzu is the cook.

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   Wife: Elizabeth May MADDERN
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         AKA: Bessie MADDERN (11)
   Birthdate: Jul 1876 - , , New Jersey, USA (12,13)
  Death date: 7 Sep 1947 - , Alameda, California, USA (14)
      Buried:
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Events
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      1. She resided at 519 - 31st Street in 1905 in Oakland, Alameda, California, USA.

      2. She appeared on the Census in 1910 in Oakland, Alameda, California, USA, ED 96,
      pg 13B. 31st Street
      Bessie M London Head    F       32      New Jersey
      Joan London     Dau     F        9      California
      Bess London     Dau     F        7      California
      Ella Mougey     Boarder F       33      Ohio

      3. She resided at 206 Scenic Avenue in 1913 in Piedmont, Alameda, California, USA.

      4. She appeared on the Census in 1920 in Piedmont, Alameda, California, USA, ED
      203, pg 4B. Scenic Avenue
      Bessie M London Head    F       43      New Jersey
      Joan London     Dau     F       18      California
      Bess London     Dau     F       17      California

      5. She appeared on the Census in 1930 in Piedmont, Alameda, California, USA, ED
      334, pg 5B. Scenic Avenue
      Percy Fleming   Head    M       38      Missouri
      Bess Fleming    Wife    F       27      California
      Jack W Fleming  Son     M        1      California
      Bessie London   M-in-l  F       53      New Jersey
      Jean Wellman    Ward    F        3      California
      Percy is the manager of a furniture store and Bessie is a private teacher.

      6. She appeared on the Census in 1940 in Piedmont, Alameda, California, USA, ED
      1-168, pg 9B. Oakland Township Scenic Avenue
      Percy D Fleming Head    M       49      Missouri
      Bess Fleming    Wife    F       37      California
      Guy Fleming     Son     M       11      California
      Jean Wellman    C-in-l  F       13      California (cousin by marriage)
      Bess M London   M-in-l  F       64      New Jersey

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Children
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1  F  Joan LONDON (15)
   Birthdate: 15 Jan 1901 - Piedmont, Alameda, California, USA (16)
  Death date: 19 Jan 1971 - Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa, California, USA
    Cremated: 21 Jan 1971
      Spouse: Park ABBOTT (1899-1971) (17)
  Marr. Date:
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2  F  Bess LONDON (18)
   Birthdate: 20 Oct 1902 - Piedmont, Alameda, California, USA (19)
  Death date: 26 Mar 1992 - Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA
    Cremated: 27 Mar 1992
      Spouse: Percy FLEMING (1892-1983) (20)
  Marr. Date:
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Burial Notes: Husband - John Griffith LONDON
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He was cremated and his ashes buried under a boulder at his ranch. Charmian's ashes were
later buried with his.

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General Notes: Husband - John Griffith LONDON
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   Jack London is one of Amrica's most beloved authors and one of its most important; he
was one of the few early writers who actually earned money from his writings during his
lifetime.
   In 1894, Jack spent 34 days in the Erie County Penitentiary at Buffalo, New York. It
was a turning point in his life and he called the things he saw there unprintable and
undescribable. The experience made him determined to get an education.
   While at Berkeley, Jack London wrote to his biological father. William Chaney
responded that he could not be Jack's father and that Flora had slandered him. Jack was
devastated by the rejection, quit school and went to the Klondike.
   He died on his beloved ranch of uremia, possibly complicated by the drugs he was
taking for kidney stones and his ashes are buried there under a rock. There exists common
gossip that he killed himself but there is no evidence to support that myth.

Last Modified: 31 Jul 2014

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Sources
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1. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 1B.  Jack London.
2. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 1B.  age 34, California.
3. 1900 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 391, pg 11A.  age 24, January 1876,
     California.
4. 1900 Federal Census, Illinois, Cook, ED 306, pg 15A.  Chaney, Wm H Prof.
5. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 1B.  Flora London.
6. 1880 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 29, pg 30 (pg 631B).  John London.
7. 1900 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 391, pg 11A.  married 2/12 (June 6,
     1900).
8. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 1B.  Charmian London.
9. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 1B.  married 4 years.
10. California, Great Registers, 1866-1910 (FamilySearch.org), London, Jack.
11. 1900 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 391, pg 11A.  Bessie London.
12. 1900 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 391, pg 11A.  age 23, July 1876, New
     Jersey.
13. California, Death Index, 1940-1997, London, Bessie May.  13 Jul 1876, New Jersey.
14. California, Death Index, 1940-1997, London, Bessie May.
15. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 13B.  Joan London.
16. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 13B.  age 9, California.
17. California, Death Index, 1940-1997, Abbott, Park.
18. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 13B.  Bess London.
19. 1910 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 96, pg 13B.  age 7, California.
20. 1930 Federal Census, California, Alameda, ED 334, pg 5B.  Percy Fleming.

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My Notes
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If there is no SOURCE, I have no PROOF. I have taken much of this information from
Wikipedia, and JackLondons.net along with several other sites that claim to have the
scoop on London's family.

When I looked for famous people from Alaska, Jack London's name was mentioned all over
the Internet but he was actually in Alaska less than one year.

 

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