William Haynes Hamblin



(Bill Hamblin, "Gunlock" Hamblin)

(pioneer settler, scout, prospector, gunsmith, missionary)


William Haynes Hamblin was born in Salem, Ohio on October 28, 1830.

He was the person after whom the town of Gunlock was named.

In 1863, Bill and his partner Daniel C. Sill were raising sheep in Nevada. Hamblin had befriended a Paiute Indian named Moroni, who brought him a piece of glittering ore. Moroni refused to tell him where it came from, as his dying father had warned him never to disclose the location to Whites, because they would drive the Indians from their hunting grounds to secure the riches. Eventually Hamblin wore down his resolve and gave him a new rifle as a gift. Accompanied by William Pulsipher and Daniel C. Sill, the three men dug down and exposed a well-defined vein and laid claim to the spot. When others heard of it, they tried to buy them out, but the partners refused to sell. In the fall of 1864, Bishop Edward Bunker, from Santa Clara, organized an expedition to the site. His group (including Hamblin, Pulsipher, and Sill ) surveyed and outlined a square claim but did not organize a mining district or post the traditional notice. The next year, a group from Salt Lake City arrived to find Hamblin, Moroni, and Sill, working on their claims. They came to an agreement, and the Meadow Valley Mining District was formed. The interested group returned to Salt Lake City for supplies, and Hamblin and Sill returned to their homes at Clover Valley.

Organization of a mining district stripped the land from the Paiute Indians and loosened the grip of the Mormon leaders who hoped to settle the area. Paiute hostility stopped the mining activity for almost six years. Meanwhile, investors were sought, and John H. Ely invested machinery. Ely and William Raymond bought the original titles from Hamblin, Pulsipher, and probably Sill, and founded the famed Raymond & Ely Mine.

In the spring of 1872, Hamblin was subpoenaed to Carson City, Nevada, to testify at Pioche in a case concerning the ownership of the mine. He took a doctor friend and a lawyer with him. Despite his wife's warning to eat or drink nothing in a public place, he nervously sipped coffee at a restaurant. He stood and gasped, "I've been poisoned" and fell to the floor. The doctor friend began to treat him immediately, and when he was well enough to travel they loaded him into a wagon and set off for home in Gunlock, Utah. A few days later, he had a stroke and only lived a short time. Hamblin died on May 8, 1872 in Barclay (Clover Valley), Lincoln County, Nevada. He is buried in the cemetery there.


Parents and Siblings:
    Isaiah Hamblin
    Daphne Haynes Hamblin
        Melissa Daphne Hamblin
        Emily Haynes Hamblin
        Jacob Vernon Hamblin

        Olive Haynes Hamblin
        Adeline Amarilla Hamblin
        Obed Hamblin
        Alson Haynes Hamblin
        William Haynes Hamblin
        Oscar Hamblin
        Edwin Hamblin
        Francis Marion Hamblin
        Frederick Hamblin

(6/20/1790-10/7/1856)   (married 11/30/1812)
(2/2/1813-7/4/1845)   (married Isaac Fuller Cooper)
(10/31/1816-7/4/1845)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(4/2/1819-8/31/1886)   (married Lucinda Taylor, Rachel Judd,
                   Sarah Priscilla Leavitt, Eliza, and Louisa Bonelli)
(9/18/1823-7/20/1895)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(4/28/1828-8/11/1862)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(10/28/1830-5/8/1872)   (married as shown below)
(4/4/1833-11/8/1862)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(5/20/1835-1/12/1925)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(11/27/1839-7/30/1881)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(2/12/1841-11/8/1922)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)

First Wife and Children:
    Mary Amelia Leavitt Hamblin  
        Sarah Daphne Hamblin
        Mary Emily Hamblin
        Mary Amelia Hamblin
        Eliza Olive Hamblin
        Rachel Hamblin
        Jacob Hamblin
        Thomas Rowel Hamblin
        Henry Hamblin
        Joseph E. Hamblin

(2/10/1832-8/12/1893)   (married 2/10/1850)
(5/26/1852-xx/xx/1870)   (married Daniel Edgar Deal)
(12/4/1853-1/25/1902)   (married Warren King Follett)
(8/21/1855-4/1/1933)   (married Charles Young Webb)
(7/4/1857-4/8/1943)   (married John William Mangum)
(2/3/1859-3/24/1942)   (married Albert Nathan Lewis)
(4/6/1862-8/22/1941)   (married Elizabeth Ann Allen, Irene Coplan, and Mary Malvina Coons)
(1/16/1868-3/29/1943)   (married Fanny Adeline Noble, Nancy May Rogers, and Emma Celestia Willden)

Second Wife and Children:
    Betsey Jane Leavitt Hamblin  
        William Dudley Hamblin
        Betsey Jane Hamblin
        Almira Hamblin
        Duane Hamblin
        Anna Eliza Hamblin
        Hyrum Hamblin
        Clara Hamblin
        Sarah Priscilla Hamblin

(5/12/1839-10/17/1917)   (married 8/24/1855)
(1/20/1856-12/9/1934)   (married Mary Abigail Mangum)
(1/22/1858-8/25/1904)   (married George Albert Mangum)
(10/26/1860-11/22/1940)   (married George Washington Adair)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)


William Haynes Hamblin


Biography of William Haynes Hamblin

William Haynes (Gunlock) Hamblin Marker

It's All Relative family group sheet for William Haynes Hamblin

Three Sisters plaque at the gravesite of Betsey Jane Leavitt Hamblin

Find-A-Grave entry for William Haynes Hamblin

Biography of Isaiah Hamblin