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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.


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.

Tryon Street (South)

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

Image Negative: 1
Print: 1

Civic Leaders

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

First National Bank

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

Print: 1

Donor: Unknown

Copyright: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Publisher: Unknown

Photographer: George Ivey