In the spring of 1848, the recently promoted Commodore Charles Wilkes and his youngest son, Edmund, traveled south to investigate the estate of his uncle, William Renwick, who had left behind an interest in a gold mine near Charlotte, North Carolina. Jack was still away at sea. The Commodore's wife, Jane Renwick Wilkes, was on her way to Newport, Rhode Island, with daughters Janey and Eliza. During the journey Jane injured her leg and after months of suffering, succumbed to tetanus on August 18, 1848. Her death devastated the family.
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In late 1853, Charles Wilkes entered into an agreement with a firm in New York and established The Capps Gold Mine, Company. The property was part of the estate of his wife's uncle, James Renwick. It was decided that Jack Wilkes would manage the production at St. Catherine's Mill which was located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. At the time, the railroad finally reached what was then a small town with dirt roads that became impassable in bad weather. Jack took on the task of preparing the residence on the property for his new bride.
A photo of the southwest corner of Tryon and Third Streets highlights an Esso gas station in the center.. Physical Description: 8x10 glossy Publisher: Unknown
Group picture of Charlotte Civic Leaders: Sitting from left to right: S. M. Abernathy, U, R. Redd, George Wilson, Harvey Moore.Standing from left to right: Mayor Ben Douglas, H.H. Baxter, Unknown, Victor Shaw, Judge E. A. McCurrie. Physical Description: 8x10 glossy, 4x5 negative, Publisher: Unknown
Architectural Drawing of the First National Bank Building.
ID Number: H_2000_01_261_31
Image Year: 1928
Physical Description: 8x10 glossy
Category: Hornet's Nest
Format: Black and White
Image Negative: 1
Copyright: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Photographer: George Ivey