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Whaley House

The Whaley House of San Diego has been named the most haunted house in America by Life magazine and The Travel Channel.

Is Yankee Jim the only spirit from the past or did the Whaley family never leave their beloved home?Corrine Whaley

Violet Whaley Birth October 14, 1862 Death August 18, 1885. Only 22 years of age, and ended her life because of embarrassment and sadness

Whaley Family

George Hay Ringgold Whaley

Thomas Whaley Sr

I don’t know why, but, the people in the stories are just people in a story, UNTIL I find records that they actually lived lives just like we do, signing documents and being parts of records. Above is the death record for Thomas Whaley Sr….Capitalist???



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Below is a  list of resources  used during the research and telling of this story. (partial) 
The Whaley House
 “Historical Landmarks Designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board” (PDF). City of San Diego.
 “Whaley House”. Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. 
 “The Whaley Family”. whaleyhouse.org. Save Our Heritage Organisation. In August 1857, Whaley established his general store in this residence, and solicited cash customers only.
 Strudwick, June A. (April 1960). “The Whaley House”. Journal of San Diego History. 6 (2).
 “Whaley Chronology”. whaleyhouse.org. Save Our Heritage Organisation. “The Bridge Of Sighs Poem by Thomas Hood – Poem Hunter”. Poemhunter.com. ^ 
 Engstrand, Iris (2005). San Diego: California’s Cornerstone. Sunbelt Publications. pp. 82–83. ISBN 978-0-932653-72-7.
 “Ghostly Legends of the Whaley House”. whaleyhouse.org. Save Our Heritage Organisation. “The Whaley House”. The San Diego Historical Society Quarterly. 6 (Special Issue): Forward. April 1960.
 Graham, David E. (August 5, 2007). “Ciaudella House upgrades alarms, to hire caretaker”. San Diego Union Tribune“Whaley Quote”
 Bell, Diane (October 28, 2011). “Get into the Halloween spirits at a real haunted house”. San Diego Union-Tribune
and of course Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, Newspaperarchives, FamilySearch.org
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