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Whaley House History

Whaley Family
A brief history of Thomas and Anna Whaley, their family and their home in Old Town.

A chronological list of important dates and events in the history of the Whaley Family and their house.

C. Lillian Whaley
Lillian Whaley (1864-1953) was Thomas and Anna Whaley's youngest child and the last resident of the Whaley House. This is a brief biography of Miss Whaley along with a memory from the Whaley House in her own words.

Ensworth Letters
Augustus S. "Squire" Ensworth was a lawyer, justice of the peace, and assemblyman, who resided in the Whaley House from 1860-63, managing Thomas Whaley's store and business affairs while the Whaley Family was in San Francisco. This is his correspondence to Thomas Whaley during his tenure at the Whaley House.

Inquisition by Coroner's Jury upon the body of Violet E. Whaley
Thomas and Anna Whaley's daughter Violet committed suicide at the Whaley House in 1885. Here is a complete transcription of the Coroner's Inquest into her death.

Court Records COMING SOON
The one-story wing of the Whaley House served as the County courthouse from 1869-71. These are a selection of documents relating to court cases that were heard here.

Historic Photo Gallery COMING SOON
Historic photos of the Whaley Family and the Whaley House through the years.

In the News
Links to online articles featuring the Whaley House in reverse chronological order.

Whaley House Papers
The Whaley House Papers document San Diego's business life, politics and government affairs, weather, Indian troubles, townspeople, and the rivalry between Old Town and New Town, as well as the personal correspondence, notebooks, photos and journals of Thomas and Anna Whaley and their family.

Thomas Whaley sketch of Whaley House floor plans & grounds
Thomas Whaley's own drawing of the Whaley House and grounds, c. 1869, shows the room configuration of the house at that time as well as the layout of the surrounding grounds, outbuildings, cistern/well, and corral.


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