History Files - George CLEVELAND

from Mendocino County, California, Civil Case No. 868


Complaint dated 13 Dec. 1872 - defendants did unlawfully, willfully and maliciously make an assult upon Joseph Gschwend with a six shooter pistol....

Written on back of Complaint - Eddington found guilty and held for $500 bail.

Nothing further in file.

from Mendocino Democrat Dec. 19, 1872; pg. 3, Col.1

Home & Neighborhood

HOMICIDE - We learn that a young man named George Cleveland shot and killed a man named Crowey in Anderson Valley on Sunday night last. It seems that two or three young men had abducted a young girl from her parents, and subsequently got into a quarrel among themselves in regard to the girl. This quarrel seems to have been outside of the house, and Crowey hearing the dispute stepped out and asked what was the matter when he was immediately shot, the ball entering near the mouth and coming out at the base of the skull, separating the skull from the neck bone, causing instant death. It does not seem that Crowey was materially connected with the dispute or with the abduction of the girl. But as the whole matter will probably be investigated by the Courts we deem further comment or details unadvisable.

from Mendocino Democrat Dec. 26, 1872; pg. 3, Col.1

REFUSED - George Cleveland, who was held to bail in the sum of $10,000 by the Justice of the Peace for the murder of George Crowey, petitioned the County Court, Judge Harrison to have bail reduced. The Judge refused.

from Mendocino Democrat Feb. 27, 1873; pg. 3, Col.1

Home & Neighborhood

REFUSED - Cleveland, who is under arrest for the killing of Crowey in Anderson Valley, some months ago, it will be recollected was bound over by Justice Fowzer in the sum of $10,000 to answer before the Grand Jury. He was before County Judge Harrison last Tuesday on writ of habeas corpus, and tendered bond. The bond was refused on account of alleged insufficiency and Cleveland returned to jail.

from Mendocino Democrat Mar. 6, 1873; pg. 3, Col.1

Home & Neighborhood

PERSONAL - We notice in town an old acquaintance, George W. Crowey, Esq., of Napa City, who we used to interview in that place in days gone by. Mr. Crowey is father of the Crowey that was killed at Anderson Valley something over two months ago, and is here to see about the result of the investigation before the Grand jury.

DISCHARGED - It will be seen by the Court procededings that W. Eddington, who was in prison in connection with the shooting of Crowey at Anderson Valley, after an examination by the Grand Jury, has been discharged.

from Mendocino County, California, Civil Case No. 835


Indictment of Murder (Murder of James V. Crowey)

Demurrer dated 15 April 1873 (Defendent pled Not Guilty)

Judgment dated Aug. 4, 1874 Convicted of Manslaughter; sentence - imprisonment for five years in state prison of the State of California.

from Mendocino Democrat August 8, 1874; pg. 3, Col.1

Home & Neighborhood

CLEVELAND - After a four days siege the jury in the Cleveland case brought in a verdict of manslaughter and on Tuesday, he was sentenced to five years in the State Prison. The same day he was taken off, under charge of the Sheriff, who also had under his care for the Asylum, a crazy man sent over from the coast. We in common with many others who know the father of young Cleveland sympathize with that gentleman in his misfortune. He has at least the satisfaction of knowing that with the ardor of natural instinct he did all he could to avert the fate which the law made it imperative on the Judge to prescribe.

from the Great Register of Siskiyou County, California, 1892:

No. 3521 - CLEVELAND, George - Age: 43 - Height: 5 ft. 11 in. - Complexion: light - Color of Eyes: blue - Color of Hair: grey - Country of Nativity: Missouri - Precinct: Spring - P.O. Address: Beswick - Occupation: farmer.

George William CLEVELAND is known to have been in or near Beswick, Siskiyou County, CA from at least 1906 to at least 1912.


from notes from letters/stories:

George William CLEVELAND is thought to have at least two brothers:

Dr. Robert L. CLEVELAND lived at least part of his life 8 miles from Ukiah, CA; known to be in Ukiah area at least from 1904 - 1912, and probably arrived much earlier. More info

?Bony? CLEVELAND lived 1 1/2 miles from Ukiah in 1906

Also have mention of a Jasper CLEVELAND, managing and wanting to sell Eel River Ranch in 1880 (apparently near Ukiah).


From Mendocino County Library, index cards to newspaper articles on microfiche:

1. CLEVELAND, R.L. - Real Estate

Bought property from George W. and Grover C. CLEVELAND - March 24, 1913. Property in Yokayo Rancho.

U.R.P. 5-9-1913 2-1