Memoirs of J. B. Body
(American Society of Civil Engineers)
Call# *ZAN-V1056 Page 1554
Birth Name: John Benjamin Body
Born: 2/27/1867 Mevagissey, Cornwall England
Father: John Body
Mother: Mary Ann Harris Body
Education: City of London College
Tutored By: Professor Harry Adams
Employer: Lord Cowdray Mining Company Of England
Employer: S Pearson & Son LTD.
Dates of Employment: 1890-1940
Job Title: Civil Engineer
Home Address: 19 Upper Grosvenor Street
West London England
Border Crossing: Arrived In New York: 5/22/1890
Departed from England Ship: Teutonic Age: 24
List-701 Line-15 on Microsoft Roll M237_548
Border Crossings: Laredo Texas
#1- 3/3/1903 John B. Body-
#2- 1904 JB Body
#3- 8/14/1905 Mr.& Mrs Body (35) and Son Jack
Ship- National de Mexico Railroad & Laredo Foot Bridge Company)
Note: Mr. & Mrs. Body visited relatives in Stockton, California. Then traveled by train to Dunsmuir, California and stayed at the Shasta Springs Resort. While walking on the property John Benjamin Body discovered the unusual Basalt rock Formation. After returning to Mexico from his vacation, John contacted his boss Lord Cowdray alias Sir Weetman Pearson and told him of his discovery while on vacation at the Shasta Springs Resort. Sir Weetman Pearson gave his top lieutenant John Benjamin Body permission to return to the Shasta Springs Resort with Civil Engineers from the company to excavate the unusual basalt rock formation.
Ship- National de Mexico Railroad & Laredo Foot Bridge Company
CM YEOMANS - CIVIL ENGINEER
JOHN MCLACHLAN - CIVIL ENGINEER
FRED KLEISNER - CIVIL ENGINEER
JOHN GILMARTIN - VALET
#5- 6/12/1910 – Lied about ever being in US?
Ship- National de Mexico Railroad & Laredo Foot Bridge Company
#7- 8/5/1913 By Steam Ship
#8- 12/21/1919 By steam Ship
#9- 3/10/1933 arrived with Clive Pearson
Residence: Vera Cruz Mexico- Approx. 1890-1915
Address: #1 Puente Alvarado 53
Address: #2 Aguilar Oil Company
15 Su defrendencia
Residence: 1915-1940 England
Status: Married 8/10/1898
Wife: Mary Hamer
Daughter: Beatrice Millicent Body- Kelton
Son Jack Born 1900
Description: 5’7” Grey Hair- Fair-Brown eyes
Languages Spoken: English/Spanish
Date of Death: 5/23/1940
Who Was J.C. Brown?
real name was John Benjamin Body. John
Body alias J.C. Brown
did in fact work for The Lord Cowdray Mining Company of England. The
man was also a geologist by trade and working his entire career for
the same company. And just as J.C. Brown had claimed that was
reported by the Stockton Record, his net worth exceeded forty million
After discovering the true identity of J.C. Brown, I was able to track JB Body from Mexico into the United States through the Laredo Texas border crossing. The 1904 date of the border crossing validated the information in the legend. Moreover, it was on that date that Lord Cowdray, John Benjamin Body, W.E.Sayre and Robert Adams, were all passengers traveling on a Mexican National Railroad steamship from Veracruz, Mexico. The four men entered the United States through the Laredo Texas Border in March of 1904.
Their names were all on the “LIST OR MANIFEST OF ALIEN PASSENGERS FOR THE US. IMMIGRATION OFFICER AT PORT OF ARRIVAL.” All of the men listed a home residence in Mexico City, Mexico.
Continuing my search through all of the border crossings through Laredo Texas, I discovered that in April of 1907, JB Body, brought with him, four other men. Three of the four men were geologists. The names of the geologists were Fred Kleisner, John McLachlan, and CM Yeomans. All of these men were working for The Lord Cowdray Mining Company of England. And a man named John Gilmartin who was listed as a valet for JB Body. They were all traveling on the same steam ship from Veracruz, Mexico into the US through the Laredo Texas border.
In June of 1910, I discovered something rather interesting on John Benjamin Body’s next border crossing from Mexico into Laredo, Texas. When asked on the form if he had ever been in the United States, he lied on the form and said no.
Then in 1911, I discovered another border crossing where Lord Cowdray alias Sir Weetman again accompanied JB Body into the United States with Civil Engineers from The Lord Cowdray Mining Company of England who were all employed in Mexico and living in Mexico, City Mexico at the time of Border crossing.
In total, I was able to track JB Body twelve times over the border crossings from Mexico into the US through the Laredo Texas border starting in 1904 and ending in 1933.
Then in June of 1934, John Benjamin Body paid a visit to see his wife's relatives, the Hamer family in Stockton, California. John Benjamin Body stayed at their home in Stockton for approximately eight weeks.
During his stay in Stockton, California, he shows up in the office of the Editor of The Stockton Record introducing himself as J.C. Brown. After six weeks of telling a tale about an ancient race of giant Lemurians living under the bowels of Mt. Shasta, J.C. Brown mysteriously disappears. The Stockton Police were called, but could find no evidence or any reason for J.C. Brown's disappearance.
Shasta Springs Resort where
the discovery was made,
was located 3 ½ miles
north of Dunsmuir, California. Shasta Springs was the most famous
resort located in the upper Sacramento River canyon. Trains would
stop here so that passengers could drink the natural spring water.
The drinking of Shasta water reported to have beneficial results and
was used as a remedial agent. Some of the passengers would disembark
on the platforms and head for the incline railway which for five
cents would take them to the main part of the resort that was
situated high above the railroad tracks. It was my belief that John
his wife Mary were
vacationing at the resort. While out walking on or near the property
they noticed an unusual rock formation. John
geologist by trade
considered this to be an important discovery.
Upon his return to Mexico, John Benjamin told his employer Lord Cowdray Alias Sir Weetman Pearson, about his unusual discovery and was told that the owner and Civil Engineers would return at a later date to dig the site out.
It is my strong belief that John Benjamin Body was in fact J.C. Brown who showed up in the Stockton Record editor's office in 1934 spinning a tale of an ancient race of giants living under the bowels of Mt. Shasta in Northern California.