MORE, Elinor

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MORE, ELINOR H. [Eleanor] (1824-1900), second of twelve children born to Peter Alexander More and Martha Wallace Boggs. Her estate inherited 3/24th interest in Santa Rosa Island from her brother, Alexander P. More's estate, on March 4, 1902. THese interests were purchased by Vail & Vickers.

In the News~

October 28, 1893 [LAT]: “The late Alexander P. More. Death of the Santa Barbara Pioneer at Englewood. A telegram received today from Chicago announces the death of Alexander P. More at Englewood. He breathed his last at 3:45 o’clock this morning. His sister, Mrs. Miller, was with him during his brief illness. John F. More and Miss Eleanor More, brother and sister respectively of the deceased, expected to leave this morning for Chicago, but received the dispatch telling them that death had come…”

January 9, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “A dispatch announced Saturday evening that Judge Coffey had appointed John F. More administrator of the estate of Alexander P. More, the cattle king of Santa Rosa Island. So ends the scuffle among the relatives of the dead man, over an estate that was worth fighting for. A. P. More left neither wife nor child behind him to mourn his loss, but an estate which in rents alone yields some $30,000 a year, and a horde of relatives. Those who applied for letters of administration were two sisters, Mrs. Eliza M. Miller of Chicago, and Miss Eleanor H. More of Oakland; also a brother John F. More, who has finally come out on top in the squabble...”

April 10, 1900 [SBMP]: “The first transactions of interest in connection with the sale and development of Santa Rosa Island, as rumored for several months, was recorded yesterday, when a deed from Eleanor H. More, one of the heirs holding an undivided eighth interest, was filed, transferring to the Santa Rosa Island Company such interest, and receiving as payment, therefore 2995 shares of the capital stock of the corporation…”

February 27, 1901 [LAT/SB]: “Ex-Supreme Justice Van R. Patterson and T. M. Osmont, Esq., a San Francisco attorney, are in the city today taking depositions to be used in the will contest case of Eleanor H. More, which is now pending in the Superior Court of Alameda County. Mrs. More was a sister of the late A. P. More, whose estate has been in the courts of San Francisco for several years. The Eleanor H. More estate consists chiefly of interests in Santa Rosa Island, which has also been one of the chief properties involved in the A. P. More case. The present contest is based on the allegation that Eleanor H. More was not in her right mind when the will was made.”

December 26, 1901 [SBWP]: “More contestant at Oakland. Decision of Judge Melvin Interests Santa Barbara People. Proponents get Non-Suit. No Evidence to the Effect that Eleanor [sic] H. More Was Insane—The Decision. The Oakland Enquirer gives the following account of the dismissal of the More will contest, which has been on trial in that city for some weeks, and in which a number of heirs in Santa Barbara are interested. the big contest instituted to break the will of Miss Eleanor H. More has proven unsuccessful, at least temporarily, as Judge Melvin has granted a non-suit in favor of the proponents of the will. The contest was instituted by Mrs. Elizabeth M. Miller and Mrs. C. A. Baldwin, sisters of Miss More, and Mrs. Martha Duval, a niece, who allege unsoundness of mind on the part of Miss More and undue influence on the part of John F. More, brother of the deceased, and P. W. Watson, the principal beneficiaries under the will. The contestants in the case just decided and the proponents of the will had had previous trouble over the estate of A. P. More, a brother of Miss More, and it was alleged that on account of their enmity towards the contestants they induced Miss More to disinherit them. Miss More left an estate valued at about $75,000. Her brother, A. P. More, left property valued at between $700,000 and $800,000. FIGURED IN SENSATIONS. The More family has figured prominently before the pubic in this State since its early days. One of the More brothers, T. W. More, was mysteriously murdered a number of years ago. A. P. More killed a Chinese employed by him on Santa Rosa Island, near Santa Barbara, about fifteen years ago and he escaped punishment for the offense by having the indictment against him dismissed at midnight by a judge who immediately resigned from the bench. During the trial of the present case the family's troubles have been frequently referred to and sensational charges have been made back and forth. It was claimed by the contestants that Miss More had been led to believe that C. A. Storke, attorney for the contestants and a son-in-law of T. W. More, had murdered his father-in-law. Other charges fully as sensational were made. JUDGE MELVIN'S DECISION. Judge Melvin, in rendering his decision granting a non-suit, first took up the allegation of contestants that Miss More was not of sound mind. The judge said in part: Mr. Arthur Rogers testified in this regard that Miss Eleanor H. More was of sound and disposing mind at the time of making and signing of the will and it shows a careful performance of his duties by a learned attorney, acting in behalf of a client who to him seemed to be a woman of intelligence and normal mind. "We must then examine the evidence to ascertain whether or not there was a sufficient showing made by contestants, either of a general condition of insanity, such as would prevent testatrix from making a valid will or insane delusions upon the subject of her will and of those who would be the natural objects of her bounty. There certainly is no evidence of any such general condition of unsoundness of mind. Measured by the standards established in this State, Eleanor H. More appears to have been a woman of sound mentality. AS TO MONOMANIA. "But does the evidence show the existence of monomania, which operated to the disadvantage of these contestants upon the testamentary act of Eleanor H. More? It is unquestionably the fact that she was bitterly opposed to Mrs. Miller and that she entertained more or less prejudice against the other contestants. The prejudices were based largely upon the opposition of the contestants here to the administration of John F. More, upon the estate of his brother, A. P. More, and to his second annual account in said estate, and when the evidence tends to show that these contestants acted in good faith, it can not be said that Miss Eleanor's anger at them for their course was utterly baseless or that it amounted to an insane delusion...”

May 11, 1905 [SFCall]: “Oakland. May 10. An inventory of the estate of the late Eleanor H. More shows that it is valued at $30,000 in this state. She owns 3000 shares of stock in the Santa Rosa Island Company and has some property besides in Iowa.”

March 24,1906 [SFCall]: “Oakland. March 23. Dorothea Watson has petitioned the court to have John F. More, executor of the will of the late Eleanor H. More, make an accounting of his administration. She was left $10,000 by the deceased. The estate consists of about $40,000 worth of stock in the Santa Rosa Island Company and the family is well known in Santa Barbara County.”