Nokes, John.

Nokes, John.


List of prospectors crossing Valdez Glacier, 5/29/98, Crary Diary, p. 5; Oct. 1899, V-Lot, Index , p. 112; Locator, “Lizzzie,” No. 38 above canyon on Manker Creek, witnesses F. Tabbott, F. Lavarar,TMDR, p. 48, 86; arrived with Remington’s on Hera, Golden Cross? p. 63; Witness with Manker to F. Lavarar claim 8/1/99 on Hertle Creek, TMDR, p. 85; Locator, “Emma” on Hertle Creek, 8/1/99, witnesses Manker & Lavarar, TMDR, p. 86;


House in Valdez burned Jan. 14; collection taken up by Christian Endeavor; Nokes repents; more money collected to help him. From Diary M. Dempsey, 1900. Crary Scrapbook, Vol. 1. #199; Location Notice, “Sulpher Placer Claim,” on Elizabeth Creek in Chisna Mining District, located 6/12/1900, filed 9/12/1900, p. 159, Chisna MD.Records, 1900; also Valdez Mining District Record, 1900, p. 75; Location notices for “John Nokes,” “Uncrinpography Claim,” “Occidental Placer Claim,” “Providential Placer Mine,” “Emma Placer Mine,” in Chisna Mining District, filed 9/12/1900, Valdez Mining District Record, 1900, pp. 76-79; originally recorded p. 45, Chisna MD.Records, 1900; Location notice to the “Occidental,” located by Rothkrantz, Nokes, and Neal O’Connor 6/22/1900 on Slate Creek, Valdez MDR, 1900, p. 104; Location notice for “Occidental” claim, in Hidden Treasure Gulch, 4/25/1900, p. 106, Chisna MD.Records, 1900; Location notice for “Uncrinpography ?” on Willow Creek, trib. to Chisna River, 4/16/1900, p. 156, Chisna MD.Records, 1900; “Providential,” p. 193, Chisna MD.Records, 1900; Notice of Protest concerning the “Providential,” on Chisna River: “This claimant makes the above protest on the ground that the above described mining ground was never located by any body or persons, company or corporation as was shown by the absence of location notice or proper corner stakes.” 7/25/1900, p. 263, Chisna MD.Records, 1900;

Additional Information

Here is what I have on John Nokes. He was born 3 May 1950 in Brown Ill. Died 21 Apr 1909 at Slate Creek, Copper Center, Alaska. He was married twice, first to Amy Ritlings (sp?) then to Elizabeth C. Rush. Family tradition has it that John was killed along with his three partners by an Indian guide. His death certificate #0002 states his death was the result of suicide. I am awaiting word from Glenallen regarding the inquest. John sent vials of gold dust home to his family and grandchildren. He and Elizabeth had 8 children and seven lived to adulthood. Their eighth child died at birth. John went to Alaska shortly thereafter. When I get a copy of the inquest I will have more. I just received a picture of John and his three partners. This group of men located and witnessed each other’s claims. From what I have read they were a close group. Hope this is what you wanted. I only do research and not much writing about what I have found. I guess this is going to be my next step if other people are going to learn anything about the many people of the past. Sincerely, Gary L. AuBuchon