ELLIOTT, Ezekiel

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Camping Party waiting for a sail,
Middle Anacapa Island,1889.
In August 1889, a group of artists and members of the Santa Barbara Natural History Society chartered Ezekiel Elliott's sloop, Brisk, for a 10-day cruise to Anacapa Island.
The party included
photographer Isaac Newton Cook (1827-1894)(long beard)
and his assistant, Harry Jenkins (far right),
naturalist Lorenzo Yates (third from right),
and Yates's good friend and noted artist
Henry Chapman Ford (center, sitting in a chair).
Elliott's Sheep Camp, Middle Anacapa Island, 1889
Photo by I.N. Cook
Elliott's Sheep Camp, Middle Anacapa Island, 1889
Photo by I.N. Cook

ELLIOTT, Ezekiel (1833-1912) and Joseph Vincent Elliott (1860-1943), father and son who bought the rights to Anacapa Island from the Pacific Wool Growing Company which signed a quitclaim deed in 1882. The Elliots ran sheep on the island and planted grains, fruits and alfalfa on West Anacapa. At one time Ezekiel Elliott also ran sheep on San Nicolas Island.

According to the New Directory of the City of Santa Barbara, 1888, J. V. Elliott was of Channel City Mills (Lumber Company), and lived on the west corner of Anacapa and Guiterrez streets. The City Directory of Santa Barbara, 1895-6, lists Ezekiel Elliott at 35 E. Gutierrez Street and his son, J. V. Elliott, living in Oak Park.

They sold their Anacapa Island interests to Frenchman George LeMesnager in 1897.

Ezekiel Elliott and his first wife, Ettie Vincent (1838-1885) had four children:

  • Joseph Vincent Elliott (1860-1943)
  • Annie Elliott [Humphrey] (1862-1940)
  • Ray Elliott (1865-1943)
  • Bertha Elliott [Miller] (1867-1945)

Ezekiel Elliott, retired from sheep raising, died at age 79 on November 23, 1912. He is buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery. His second wife, Henrietta, survived him by just over a month — she died January 5, 1913.

Son Joseph Vincent Elliott married Lottie O. Bouton (1877-1966) in Lompoc on August 20. 1896. They had two children:

  • Ada M. (1899- )
  • Rolla B. (1903-1930) son

J. V. Elliott worked variously as an architect and building contractor. He died in Santa Barbara, California on January 25, 1943, and is buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery, as is his father and other family members.

In the News~

June 13, 1882 [SBDP]: “The schooner Hueneme, Captain Elliott, arrive in port Sunday, having made a very successful nine days’ run from Pugeot Sound. She is laden with pine lumber and piles for Santa Rosa Island, and for More’s wharf at Goleta, also with a full supply of lumber for Gorham & Co.”

July 14, 1883 [SBDP]: “A fine new residence is being built by Mr. E. Elliott of Santa Cruz Island [sic], upon Guiterrez Street not far from the Episcopalian church.”

July 14, 1883 [SBDI]: “The schooner Convoy has returned from Anacapa Island with a cargo of skins, wool and oil for Mr. Elliott.”

March 17, 1885 [SBDP]: “The sloop Ocean King came in from Anacapa Island Saturday afternoon with a quantity of wool and forty head of sheep from Mr. Elliott’s Anacapa and San Nicolas bands for I. K. Fisher.”

September 3, 1886 [SBDI]: “The season for shearing sheep is near at hand and Mr. J. V. Elliott contemplates starting for his island in about two weeks, with a corps of sheep shearers to commence operation.”

October 1, 1886 [SBDI]: “Monday, Mr. Elliott will leave for San Nicolas and Anacapa Island with some sheep shearers. He is to charter the Ocean King for the occasion.”

October 16, 1886 [SBDI]: “Sloop Ocean King arrived this morning, two days out from San Nicolas Island with 60 sacks of wool for Mr. Elliott. Clark Streator, who came over on the boat, says the adverse winds delayed them several hours.”

June 4, 1887 [SBDI]: “Elliott’s sheep shearers left this morning for his island, to shear.”

January 18, 1888 [SBDI]: “Mr. George Edwards and Mr. J. V. Elliott with a number of other gentlemen have chartered a sloop and gone on a hunting trip to San Nicolas Island.”

April 3, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Ocean King yesterday brought over 31 sacks of wool from San Nicolas Island for Elliott & Son.”

May 6, 1888 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning the sloop Ocean King, Captain Charles Libbey, arrived from Anacapa Island with E. Elliott, the owner of the island, and F. N. Dancaster, who had been over there on a short pleasure trip... Mr. Elliott also brought over a sample of some alfalfa, 40 acres of which is in full bloom on the island.”

May 11, 1888 [LAT]: “Yesterday morning the sloop Ocean King, Captain Charles Libbey, arrived from Anacapa Island with E. Elliott, the owner of the island, and F. N. Dancaster, who had been over there on a short pleasure trip… The party brought back with them many different varieties of rare flowers and ferns, some abalones, a large number of sea gull eggs, and many other knick-knacks too numerous to mention. Mr. Elliott also brought over a sample of some alfalfa, 40 acres of which is in full bloom on the island… Charles Libbey, the master of the boat, accompanied the gentlemen about the island and greatly assisted them in finding and discovering some of the many hidden beauties and treasures of the island.”

July 12, 1888 [SBMP]: “J. V. Elliott was a passenger on the Santa Rosa last evening for San Francisco, where he goes to procure more machinery for his planning mill.”

November 11, 1888 [SBMP]: “E. Elliott and son will leave tomorrow in the sloop Brisk for Anacapa Island.”

May 21, 1889 [SBMP]: “E. E. Elliott arrived from Anacapa Island yesterday in the Brisk with six fine sea lions, which will be sent to San Francisco on the steamer today. Eight were caught to fill an order, but two died before they could be brought here. The seals may be seen at the wharf today.”

August 16, 1889 [SBDI]: “Channel Islands. A Party of Scientists at Sea… The party was composed of Mr. I. B. Hardy, Prof. H. C. Ford, Mr. Wm. Noble and son, Mr. Wm. Ford, Mr. I. N. Cook, our well-known photographer, his assistant, Mr. Harry Jenkins, and the writer. We left the wharf on the morning of the 30th of July, in the sloop Brisk, Captain Hugh Walters… There are some good buildings on the middle island which Mr. Elliott, the owner of the [Anacapa] islands and the sloop, kindly permitted us to occupy, and during our stay we lived high and slept higher, having to climb some distance to get to the dining room adjoining the kitchen, which last, was located out of doors; and for sleeping we had to climb still higher to the upper building which is perhaps 150 feet or more above tide water, and from the veranda a magnificent view across the channel, and along the channel side of the islands, may be obtained…”

August 17, 1889 [SBMP]: “The Channel Islands. A ten-day’s cruise among their wonderful caverns. One of the most enjoyable places to visit for change of scenery, recreation, and obtaining a good appetite is the eastern of the Channel Islands which is formed by the Anacapas group… Our party consisted of delegations from the Natural History Society, the Grand Army, artists, professional men, mechanics and merchants, the majority of whom were artists and amateur scientists. The artists were Prof. H. C. Ford, Mr. Wm. Ford, and Mr. I. N. Cook the photographer; Mr. I. B. Hardy, contractor, Mr. Wm. Noble and his son, Mr. Harry Jenkins, and the writer. We chartered Captain Elliott’s sloop Brisk, Hugh Walter, Master, and arrived off the Anacapas some time in the first night…”

September 1, 1889 [SBMP]: “Mr. And Mrs. Elliott and Mr. And Mrs. Brownsill returned Sunday from a trip to Anacapa Island, which is owned by Mr. Elliott.”

September 8, 1889 [SBMP]: “A trip to the Islands, and especially to the Anacapas had long been the wish of our hearts… we at last August 20th found ourselves on board the neat sloop Brisk bound for the land of our dreams. Our party consisted of Mr. And Mrs. Elliott, Mr. And Mrs. Leach, Miss F. B. Smith, Mr. L. M. King, and Mr. And Mrs. Brownsill. The Brisk is a staunch, sea worthy craft, commanded by a careful obliging and pleasant young gentleman, Hugh Walters… Mr. Elliott entertained us with stories of seal and otter hunting… The white buildings which Mr. Elliott has put up for the accommodation of those who wish to visit the islands, making a very picturesque scene…”

December 25, 1889 [SBMP]: “A fatal result of the great storm. The sloop Brisk a total wreck and her timbers scattered along the beach. The storm on Monday night was the most severe that Santa Barbara has known for years... The sloop Brisk, a small vessel belonging to E. Elliot and used by him in going to and from Anacapa Island, had been on a trip to the island and started for Santa Barbara about 9 o’clock. She was under command of Captain Harvey Jacobs, who had as a crew a young man about 22 or 23 years old names James Ford, or Forbes, whose home was at Watsonville, Monterey County where his parents reside, and a Spanish boy named Ayala. The force of the wind was so great that they crossed the channel in two hours and arrived in Santa Barbara about 11 o’clock. They anchored near the buoy on the east side of the railroad wharf, putting down two anchors. One cable parted almost as soon as the anchor was down, but the other chain held until about 4 o’clock yesterday morning, the boat in the meantime lying almost in the breakers, every wave washing clear over her. About 4 o’clock the last chain broke and the boat drifted heavily against the railroad wharf a couple of hundred feet inside the junction with the old wharf. The mast was knocked out and the boat began to go to pieces. Captain Jacobs and the Spanish boy took to the water to swim ashore, advising Ford to do the same, but he was unable to swim much and appeared dazed by the cold and the danger, and he stayed by the boat and was not seen alive again... The Brisk drifted through both wharves and her wreckage was strewed along the beach as far west as Fred’s bath-house. The largest piece left intact was a portion of her keel and her stern-post...”

May 8, 1891 [SBMP]: “The schooner Ruby arrived from Anacapa Island yesterday morning bringing over E. Elliott, the owner of the island, and nine sheep shearers. They were kept on the island ten days after they were ready to return, by reason of the schooner neglecting to come for them promptly, and provisions began to get scarce. Mr. Elliott says the wool clip both on Anacapa and San Nicolas was unusually heavy. The price of wool is also better than it has been of eight or nine years past.”

July 21, 1891 [SBMP]: “J. V. Elliott and Ray Elliott left yesterday for Los Angeles and other points in Southern California.”

October 17, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “Despite the protest and published declarations of E. Elliott to the effect that the schooner Ruby should not go to sea on the otter hunt, the craft did sail yesterday in charge of Captain Hicks as stated in the Times of Wednesday last.”

December 12, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “J. V. Elliott has purchased a lot on De la Vina street and will shortly begin the erection of a handsome two-story dwelling.”

May 14, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Liberty sailed for San Miguel Island yesterday morning, taking four or five seal hunters over. She will go from there to San Nicolas Island to bring a load of wool for Elliott.”

July 28, 1892 [SBMP]: “The schooner Ruby sailed for San Nicolas Island yesterday with E. Elliott and son. The boat will bring back a cargo of sheep.”

August 4, 1892 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Humphrey, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Elliott, Ray Elliott and party left yesterday morning on the Lottie for Anacapa Island. The Lottie will return today and take another party to Santa Cruz Island Thursday.”

October 26, 1892 [SBMP]: “The sloop Liberty arrived yesterday with a large cargo of wool for E. Elliott from San Nicolas and Anacapa islands.”

October 29, 1892 [SBMP]: “E. Elliott will ship forty sacks of wool on the Corona today, part of the shearing from his San Nicolas and Anacapa sheep.”

November 3, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “J. V. Elliott of Los Angeles was doing business in the Channel City yesterday.”

April 4, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “The World’s Fair shipments from Santa Barbara County will comprise seven carloads… some Indian utensils contributed by E. Elliott, the owner of San Nicolas Island, on whose shores they were gathered…”

May 20, 1893 [SBMP]: “The sloop Liberty left yesterday morning for San Miguel Island after a cargo of wool for E. Elliott who has sheep shearers at work there.”

June 5, 1893 [SBDI]: “E. Elliott and wife left today by the Southern Pacific for Chicago.”

September 12, 1893 [SBMP]: “The sloop Restless will leave this city in a day or two with Mr. E. Elliott and a party of sheep shearers. They go to San Nicolas Island to leave the shearers, and the Restless will return with a load of sheep. She will then return for the men and go to Anacapa where the sheep on that island will be sheared.”

September 29, 1893 [SBMP]: “The sloop Restless is in from Anacapa Island with a cargo of wool. Mr. Elliott was a passenger.”

May 11, 1894 [SBDI]: “The Restless yesterday brought 110 sheep and 20 bales of wool from San Nicolas Island for E. Elliott.”

May 30, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless has been provided with a new mainsail. The Restless leaves the latter part of the week for San Nicolas Island, for Mr. Elliott. On the 14th the sloop will take a party to the islands.”

June 14, 1894 [SBMP]: “Mr. E. Elliott returned at an early hour yesterday morning on the Restless from a trip to San Nicolas and Anacapa islands, from the former of which he brought a schooner load of fine sheep which he will dispose of by private sale. The sheep are all in fine condition and are all free from scab or any other diseases. There are 80 or 90 splendid ewes among them, and these will also be sold to those desiring them. Mr. Elliott reports one of the roughest trips he has experienced within the past 14 years.”

August 9, 1894 [SBDI]: “Captain Elliott and a party sail for the islands this afternoon on an otter hunting expedition.”

May 25, 1897 [SBMP]: “Captain Burtis’ schooner Restless left yesterday with a gang of Chinese abalone hunters for San Miguel Island. On his return he will take a band of horses for Mr. E. Elliot to San Nicolas Island.”

June 5, 1898 [LAT]: “Ventura. Two important documents have been filed for record with the County Recorder. The first is a deed whereby Ezekiel Elliott of Santa Barbara conveys to George LeMesnager of Los Angeles, in consideration of $8000, all his right, title, interest and claim in the island of Anacapa… This island is not a reservation, but it has never been opened to entry. The deeds are dated November 19, 1897.”

June 5, 1898 [SFCall]: “Ventura, June 4. There has been filed with the County Recorder a deed whereby in consideration of $8000, Ezekiel Elliott of Santa Barbara conveys to George Le Mesnager of Los Angeles all his right, title and interest in Anacapa Island and a deed whereby J. V. Elliott of Santa Barbara conveys, in consideration of $8000, to Peter Cazes of Los Angeles, all of his title and interest in St. Nicholas Island. Both islands are off the coast of Ventura County, and are a part of this county. Anacapa lies about twenty [miles?] nearly 1000 acres of land, capable of supporting 1500 sheep or goats. St. Nicholas is due south, eighty miles from Ventura, and contains about forty square miles, capable of carrying 3000 sheep.”

October 14, 1904 [OC]: “Members of the Santa Barbara Humane Society are looking into a story that from 350 to 400 sheep are being kept upon Anacapa Island without water and with no food except the leaves of prickly pears. The cruelty of the situation is manifest but the society has not found the name of the owner… From Captain Merry we learn that about eighteen years ago a man named Elliott put a band of sheep on that island and one on San Nicolas…”

May 26, 1909 [SBI]: “San Nicolas Island, which lies 55 miles off Santa Barbara, is to be leased to the highest bidder, and bids will be received up to June 10 by Major S. R. McKinstry, lighthouse engineer, San Francisco. The notice announcing this fact was received here today. Interest in the bidding should be the greatest here. The lease is to run for five years, from August 1. San Nicolas is seven and a half miles long by two wide, and its highest point is 890 feet. During the past ten years it has been abandoned. At one time E. Elliott leased the island for sheep raising. This is looked upon as the only use to which the land can be put. It is believed here that some one has made the government an offer, and that advertising for bids is the result.”

November 26, 1912 [SBMP]: “Grave outlined with roses to receive remains of pioneer. Funeral services for the late Ezekiel Elliott, who died at his home, 33 East Guiterrez Street, Saturday afternoon, were conducted at the residence… Mr. Elliott was the husband of Henrietta Elliott who survives him, and he leaves four children by a former marriage, three of these, Ray Elliott, Mrs. Annie Elliott Humphrey and Mrs. Bertha Elliott Miller, living in Santa Barbara, and a son, Joseph Vincent, residing in Berkeley…”

January 25, 1913 [SBMP]: “$20,000 Elliott estate will be involved in litigation of an unusual character. Unusual tangle with two wills, one said to be void, and a power of attorney. The first rumbles of litigation that promises to produce some extraordinary climaxes were heard yesterday when proceedings were taken for the probating of the estates of Ezekiel and Henrietta R. Elliott. Ezekiel Elliott died November 23, 1912. His second wife, Henrietta, died January 5, 1913. Ezekiel, who had been alienated from his children by reason of this second marriage, left a will which conveyed all of his property, except nominal bequests, to his wife. This will, however, written on a printed form, has but one witness, and for that reason is claimed to be void. Henrietta R. Elliott also left a will, which aside from certain minor bequests, leaves everything to her husband. The estate of Ezekiel Elliott, he having died intestate before his wife passed away, would be distributed under the state law, one half to the wife and one half to his children: J. V. Elliott of Berkeley, Ray Elliott, Mrs. Bertha E. Miller and Mrs. Annie E. Humphrey of this city. That is provided the will referred to above is of no effect. But the will of Mrs. Elliott leaves the bulk of the property to her husband, and the rather fine point appears—does this bequest succeed to the children, when the devisee has died before the will could be made effective? All this, however, is merely preliminary to the real contest that will hinge around a certain power of attorney which was recorded January 3, 1913, and dated the day previous, having been procured from Mrs. Henrietta R. Elliott three days before she died, and beig I favor of George H. Rogers, of Jansville, Wisconsin, a nephew. This was a general power of attorney, and under it there was filed this week a deed dated January 3 whereby Mrs. Elliott, through George H. Rogers, her attorney-in-fact, conveyed to Lydia Rogers, wife of George H., the family property at the corner of Guiterrez and Anacapa. This is quite extensive property and is valued at $5000 or $6000. This instrument will form one of the storm centers of the fight. The property in question had been deeded by Elliott to his wife some years before, and her power to legally convey it is not questioned. The manner in which the power of attorney was secured is to be subjected to the legal probe, according to statements made yesterday. If the power of attorney can be set aside, and if the children of Elliott can establish their right of succession under the bequest by Mrs. Elliott to her husband of the bulk of the property, then those children will come into the greater part of the estate, which has a value conservatively estimated at $18,000, mostly cash and securities. But if the bequest to Elliott is not upheld by the court, and the Elliott will is not considered, then the heirs of Mrs. Elliott will receive one half of the estate, and the heirs of Elliott the other half, exclusive of the status of the Rogers deed. The next of kin to the late Mrs. Elliott are, so far as known, John Robinson, a brother residing in Minnesota, and Martha Highland, a sister residing in Wisconsin, and George H. Rogers, a nephew residing in Jansville, Wisconsin. A. M. Ruiz, public administrator, appears as petitioner for the probate of Mrs. Elliott’s will. Mrs. Annie E. Humphrey is the petitioner in the estate of her father, E. Elliott. Wm. G. Griffith is the attorney in both proceedings. Elliott was for many years lessee of Anacapa Island, where he kept several hundred sheep. For the last decade he lived in retirement. Mr. and Mrs. George H. Rogers are now occupying the old Elliott home.”

January 29, 1913 [SBMP]: “Elliott case takes new angle. The contest over the estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. Elliott may develop into a several-sided affair, as the nephew of Mrs. Elliott, George H. Rogers, has not waited for the threatened suit through which a certain power of attorney given by Mrs. Elliott to Rogers, a few days before her death, is supposed to be attacked. Yesterday nephew Rogers filed an opposition to the granting of letters of administration to A. M. Ruiz, public administrator, on the estate of Henrietta R. Elliott, and Rogers himself petitions for the probate of the will of his aunt. He is represented by attorneys J. W. Smith and Richards & Carrier. Rogers states that he is the only heir of Mrs. Elliott who is a resident of California. The reason given by the public administrator in seeking letters on the estate was that none of Mrs. Elliott’s descendants are residents of this state, Rogers himself being claimed to be a resident of Jansville, Wisconsin. Mr. Rogers’ petition states that the relatives of Mrs. Elliott entitled to share in her except as the will otherwise provides, are Flora Gore, a sister residing at Austin, Minn.; a sister, Martha Hyland of Stoughton, Wis.; a sister, Lizzie Dugan of Austin, Minn.; a brother, John Robertson, also of Austin, and the petitioner.”

January 26, 1943 [SBNP]: “Elliott, Joseph Vincent—of 2518 Castillo Street. Friends may attend services at 2 P.M. Wednesday, January 27 in the Holland, Welch & Ryce Funeral chapel.”

January 28, 1943 [SBNP]: “Deaths recorded. Joseph V. Elliott, SB. Born 1860 in Wisconsin. Died January 25.”