Two especially interesting items in this list are the 1885 sale for $5,000 and the 1896 sale for $250,000. Obviously, Thomas Francis Poinsett and John David Vaughan were at the time rich men! Yet, Thomas F. seems to have died an impoverished man (see below). It is charming to note that he named the claim sold in 1898 after his niece, Mary (Mamie) St. Clair Vaughan - 28.
Thomas Francis seems to have lived either in Breckenridge or Denver between 1880 to 1901. Thomas first appears in the Denver city directory in 1886, where he is listed as a miner, residing at 809 Glenarm, the address of his sister, Sarah Louisa, and her family, the John David Vaughans. His address was 2901 Glenarm in 1887, again the same address as the Vaughans. In 1888 he resided at 2819 Marion, again his younger sister's family address. In 1889 Charles B. Poinsett, Thomas' older brother, and Rosina W. Poinsett, the mother of Charles and Thomas, appear at this Denver address of the Vaughans. Both brothers are listed as miners. In 1890 Thomas F. was not in the Denver directory; the Breckenridge records above show he was there instead. However, Rosina was in Denver, residing at 2041 Marion, the address of her daughters Mary Theresa Seiler and Sarah Louisa Vaughan. Charles had died the preceding year. None of the Poinsetts are listed in the 1891 and 1892 Denver directories, but in 1893 and 1894 Thomas and Rosina were back in Denver, residing at 506 29th Street, the address now of Sarah Louisa and John D. Vaughan. In 1895 and 1896 they were at 1330 Gray (now Wyandot), living still with the Vaughans.
Rosina died in 1897 and was interred in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, west of Denver. Thomas was boarding alone at 1330 Wall that year. From 1898 to 1901 Thomas boarded at 3930 Bert (now Vallejo), the then home of the Vaughans. However, at the time of the 1900 federal census, Thomas, age 56, was living at Rt. 3, Breckenridge, Summit Co, CO (“living alone”). From 1902 to 1912 (except for 1911) Thomas' official address was 4203 Alcott, which he shared with his sister Sarah Louisa, who was widowed in 1900, but probably he forayed out from there every summer to other parts of Colorado where he worked in mining and prospecting. (The residence of his sister Mary Theresa and her husband John Seiler was two
blocks south, at 4023 Alcott, at this time.) In 1903 he is listed in the Denver directory as in to working at the Breckenridge). Vulcan Iron Works A l s o i n 1 9 0 3 , a (the t a g Vulcan e 5 9 , Smelting & applied for Mfg. Co. had mining claims a government pension due h e infirmities, including right ear deafness and impaired eyesight. (He was then residing,
according to his application, at 2316 Clarkson in Denver, but not according to the city directory.) In May 1904 he was living in Lorain Mining Camp, Waunita, Gunnison Co, CO,
working as a prospector and miner. In March 1907 he was Whitewater, Mesa Co, CO. He was granted a pension on 24 per month, and then $19 per month from 14 Feb 1914.
mining and prospecting out of Jun 1912 and was paid $15.50