Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray
Born- 15 July 1856
Pearson was born at Shelley, Woodhouse, Yorkshire,
the son of George Pearson and Sarah Weetman Dickinson.
Spouse-Annie Pearson, Viscountess Cowdray
Bio- Weetman Pearson
Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray,
GCVO, PC (15 July 1856 – 1 May 1927), known as
Sir Weetman Pearson, Bt, between 1894 and 1910
and as The Baron Cowdray between 1910 and 1917,
was a British
engineer, oil industrialist,benefactor and
Liberal politician. He was the owner of the Pearson conglomerate.
The Pearson firm, started by his grandfather Samuel
in 1844 and today known as a publishing house,
initially focused on construction. He took over
the company in 1880, eventually moving the
Yorkshire to London.
An early proponent of globalization, S. Pearson & Son
built the Admiralty Harbour at Dover, docks in Halifax,
tunnels, railways and harbours around the world, and
the Sennar Dam in Sudan.
Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company
In 1889, Porfirio Diaz, the President of Mexico, invited
Pearson to his country to build a railroad—the Tehuantepec
Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
On one of Pearson's trips to
Mexico, Pearson missed a rail
connection in Laredo, Texas and
was obliged to spend the night
in the town which, according to Pearson, was "wild with the oil craze"
from the recent
discovery of oil at Spindletop.
After doing some quick research that night about oil seepages in Mexico,
with the help of his top lieutenant John Benjamin Body alias
J.C. Brown of the legend, Pearson began
oil lands in Laredo, thinking he could
use discovered oil to fuel
the Tehuantepec Railway he was helping President Diaz build.
After nine years of relatively minor success, Pearson fired the
English consulting geologists he had been using, and hired
Americans formerly employed by the U.S. Geological Survey.
One year later, Pearson began making major oil strikes,
beginning with Potrero del Llano 4, which flowed at 110,000
barrels a day and was considered the biggest oil well in the world.
In 1911, President Diaz was overthrown, and the Mexican Revolution began.
The associated violence and turmoil had a negative effect on foreign
Mexico's oil industry.
In October 1918 Calouste Gulbenkian
offered, on behalf of the Royal Dutch Shell, to buy a substantial portion
of Mexican Eagle stock and take over its management.
Pearson agreed to the buyout.
1 May 1927
Lord Cowdray died in his sleep at Dunecht House, Aberdeenshire on
1 May 1927, age 70. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Harold.
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
John Benjamin Body had Five (5) brothers. One of his younger brothers William Alfred Body was also a Civil Engineer and he too worked in Mexico for the Lord Cowdray Mining Company of England.He crossed into the Laredo Texas border and would also have the ability to go to The Laredo National Bank on 710 Bernardo Avenue in downtown Laredo, Texas where the valuable were stored in a Vault. Check out the border crossing info on William Alfred Body.
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 that J.C. Brown was really a man named John Benjamin Body who showed up at the Stockton Record editor's office in 1934, claiming to have made an amazing discovery of an ancient civilization of Giants living under the bowels of of a mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range while working as a prospector (Civil Engineer) for the Lord Cowdray Mining Company of England, thirty years earlier.
My research tracks John Benjamin Body and his wife Mary Hamer Body from Mexico through the Laredo, Texas border and then on to Mary Hamer Body's relatives (Hamer) who also lived on 1825 North San Jaoquim Street and still own the home, across the street from where retired printer John C. Root lived and held meetings for six weeks with the fictitious J.C. Brown alias John Benjamin Body @ North 1784 San Jaoquim Street. John Benjamin Body was a frequent visitor from 1903 to 1934 to Stockton, California on his travels back and forth to the Shasta Springs Resort in Dunsmuir, California.
American folklore and legend is now one less mystery due to my relentless pursuit in solving the legend of J.C. Brown alias John Benjamin Body who working his entire career as a Civil Engineer for The Lord Cowdray Mining Company of England. Lord Cowdray was really a man named Weetman Pearson who was knighted in 1916, thus the title of 1st Viscount Cowdray was awarded to him.
For more on the men of the legend, I have included a free download of a book entitled “British Lions And Mexican Eagles, written by Paul Garner for evidence to support my research. The free download can be found on the FREE STUFF page.