Farmer Dans Fortune in Gold .........Turner,Oregon
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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
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    Farmer Dans Fortune in Gold .........Turner,Oregon

    Farmer Daniel Delaney reportedly secreted a fortune in gold coins somewhere on his property in the 1800's near Salem, Oregon. His five sons recovered some of the hoard after his murder in 1865, but believed that it was only a small portion of what their father had accumulated.

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    Daniel Delaney came from Tennessee with his family and at least one slave, Rachel Beldon. Rachel worked in the fields, garden, and house, and nursed the invalid Mrs. Delaney. Rachel was listed in the 1850 census as a “slave” of the Delaneys, and continued to live with them until the end of the Civil War. She had two sons, Noah and Jackson, and later married Nathan Brooks, another African-American. They worked on Daniel Waldo’s farm and later moved to Salem where they raised two other sons, Samuel and Mansfield.

    Despite being a former slaveholder, Daniel Delaney had a reputation of being friendly with blacks. In 1865, after a dispute about some cattle, some of Delaney’s neighbors took advantage of this; they blackened their faces and went to kill Delaney, hoping that the authorities would pin the crime on blacks. Rachel Beldon’s son Jackson (also identified as Jack De Wolf) who worked for Delaney, witnessed the murder; his testimony helped convict the killers.
    A dual hanging in 1865 avenged the murder of one of the Valley’s oldest and most respected citizens, Daniel Delaney. It began merely as a robbery since Delaney was widely known as a miser who had huge amounts of money hidden away on his property. George Beale, a saloonkeeper, and his cohort, George Baker, a butcher, were well acquainted with Delaney and his family, and therefore had to disguise themselves before approaching the old man after dark on January 9 and luring him outdoors. Delaney’s only companions at the time were a dog and a young negro boy named, Jack, who survived being shot at and reported the murder the next morning to one of Delaney’s sons living nearby. The murderers’ trail in March,1865 created so much interest, the courthouse couldn’t hold all the spectators, necessitating the court’s relocation to Griswold’s Theatre in downtown Salem. March 27th the Verdict of guilty was pronounced, the executions scheduled for May 17th at the public hanging grounds. Some speculate that a thousand on-lookers crowded the town for the occasion. According to a 1940 pictorial map of Salem history copies of the slayers’ confessions were sold on the streets that day for the benefit of their widows
    No one in Salem would claim their bodies, so Daniel Waldo agreed to bury the men on his farm. For many years a fence surrounded the graves of the first men to die for committing a crime in Marion County.
    George Polk Beale was hung May 17, 1865, in Salem, Oregon, by the State Of Oregon, for the Murder of Daniel Delaney


    George Polk Beale

    Born: 1824, Place: Botetourt Co, VA

    Died: 17 May 1865, Place: Salem, Marion Co, OR, Hung for Murder

    Buried: By Daniel Waldo on his farm, "Waldo Hills" East of Salem, Marion Co, OR
    Occupation: Saloon Owner/keeper, down town Salem, Marion Co, OR
    On January 9, Daniel Delaney, an old farmer living six miles south of Salem, had been called from his house at dusk, shot and killed, and his house robbed of a large sum of money. Delaney had lived alone for some time, save for a negro boy twelve years of age, who as soon as he recovered from his fright alarmed the neighbors. The news spread rapidly and the greatest excitement prevailed everywhere, for Delaney was one of the best known of the early pioneers.

    Suspicion soon pointed its finger to George Beale, a prominent saloon-keeper of Salem, who had worked several years for Delaney on his farm and who had frequently discussed with his friends his belief that Delaney had large sums of money hidden about his house. He had said that he believed he knew where it was, and had predicted somebody would murder the old man for his money – that it could be easily done without danger of the perpetrator being discovered, etc. Naturally these conversations were recalled by those who had heard them, as they discussed the appalling tragedy. Investigation also disclosed the fact that Beale was away from home on the night of the murder and had staid all night at the farm of William Taylor, an uncle of his wife, on the night before that. Other circumstances strengthened the suspicion and within a few days he was arrested, accused of the murder. With him was arrested a man named Baker, a butcher, and the two were charged by the grand jury with murder in the first degree.

    Beale was a prominent Mason and had good standing with the business men of Salem. He kept a saloon, to be sure, but his character as a man of integrity had not been questioned and his arrest caused general surprise.

    The trial began on March 20 and was one of the most notable in the history of our State courts. The accused...............
    Daniel DELANEY came with his three sons, wife, and black slave, Rachel. They settled near Turner. Daniel was murdered. His killer was hanged. I have copies of several articles about the DELANEYS published many years ago by historical societies. Daniel DELANEY, Jr
    William DELANEY
    "William Clement DEMENT was born 10 March 1823 in Washington DC. He died 2 Jan 1865 in Oregon City OR and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery there. He married Olive JOHNSON on 4 July 1846 in Oregon City. William was founder of the Oregon City Woolen Mills and the Oregon City Railroad. They had 7 children. There is an interesting account of his brother John Daniel DEMENT (1825 - 23 Jan 1891) written up in a recent book called "Ship of Gold". John D DEMENT was one of the few survivors of the NC shipwreck. The ship was transporting the CA gold to the east coast."
    CLOVERDALE Cemetery:
    Established 1855. aka Marion IOOF
    Located T9S R2W 7. Between Turner and Marion on Daniel Delaney farm

    Interesting side note.................

    OSBH DC (Marion County 1923) #293 - Samuel Brooks, male, married (Mary Brooks), b. 1865 in Waldo Hills, Oregon, d. 18 Apr 1923 in Salem, Oregon (State Hospital) at the age of 58 years, name of father Nathan Brooks (b. Virginia), maiden name of mother Rachael Shoemaker (b. Tenn.), interment 20 Apr, undertaker Webb & Clough, informant Hospital records; 1905 Marion Co. Census, p. 42, Samuel Brooks, 40, b. OR, Laborer, Pct. No. 5; wife, Mary E. age 45, b. PA 1910 Marion Co. Census, p. 67, Samuel Brooks, 39, b. OR. Salem Pct. No. 5; wife - M. E. age 50, b. PA 1880: Eola, Polk Co., OR; Rachel Brooks, 50, mulatto, keeping house, TN TN TN; Jackson Delany, 23 mulatto, son, farm laborer, OR TN TN; Samuel Brooks, 16 mulatto, son, farm laborer, OR TN TN; Mansfield Brooks, 12, mulatto, at home OR TN TN "Samuel Brooks is the son of Rachel Belden (name taken from her first master), who was brought to Oregon by Daniel Delaney of Waldo Hills. She was purchased to care for his ailing wife and later was enumberated on the census records as Rachel Delany until her marriage to Nathan Brooks 15 Sep 1863. She had 4 children in Oregon and I believe her first born, Noah Newman Delany, was the son of Daniel Delany. Part of the reason I believe this to be true is because after his death his estate was sued for $1000 on behalf of Noah. None of her other children were mentioned in the suit. Samuel was the second to youngest. I have never seen Rachel mentioned under Shoemaker unless she married after 1910 where she was 90 years old and still listed as Rachel Brooks."
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    Dec 2005
    Eugene, Oregon
    Fisher CZ5, White's GM VSat
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    Re: Farmer Dans Fortune in Gold .........Turner,Oregon


    Thanks Gypsy- there's one I can sink my teeth into!

  3. #3

    May 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    White's Coinmaster Pro
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    Re: Farmer Dans Fortune in Gold .........Turner,Oregon

    Best possible resources for this cache come from the early court records for Daniel Delaney's murder trial. Apparently the murderer's found some of the gold in Delaney's grainery. At the time of his death, Daniel Delaney was said to be the richest man in Oregon. Shortly before the murder, and possibly the reason for the murder, Delaney sold a large number of beef to California, and apparently was paid in gold. There were no relliable banks in the state at that time, and it was believed by Delaney's heirs, who still live in the area, that Delaney had successfully hidden at least a portion of the money in another location, as the bulk of his known estate was never reported found. The money that was found by the murderers was given to a shyster lawyer, who took the money and skipped town, after finding out where the murderers had hidden it. Of course, the lawyer was never tried for that act, and the murderer's freely confessed their deed.

    Perhaps the most interesting part of the whole story was the testimony provided by a 12-year-old black boy, who was working for Delaney (and may have been his slave). Although the defense tried to block his testimony, it was his eyewitness account which sealed the murderer's fate, and set a lasting precedent in Oregon case law.

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    May 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    White's Coinmaster Pro
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    Re: Farmer Dans Fortune in Gold .........Turner,Oregon

    Another source for this lead: A.T. Evans' Treasure Hunter's Yearbook 1972-'73, article by John L. Wilkerson "Delaney's Treasure", p. 163.



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