Hot Spot Sample 1
The Old Eccentric Hermit Farmer Who Was Hiding From A Woman And The Law
Site 1 Recovery Value On Today's Gold Coin Collector Market = $8,000,000 - $40,000,000 (Based On $1400 Spot Gold Price)
The facts, that you're about to read below, of the old eccentric bachelor hermit farmer are true .............. strange as they are. His story would make a great movie!
Imagine that you're on the grounds of a farm long ago abandoned and forgotten. The normal sounds of a bustling farm faded into silence years ago.
All is quite now........ serene ......... silent. About the only sounds you'll hear now are the chirping of the birds .......... the old weathered wood creaking in the wind ......... the barely audible barking of a dog echoing from a distant neighboring farm.
But there's an amazing story still hidden at this location! Millions of dollars in gold collector coins from the 1800's. Buried by the old bachelor hermit farmer that originally built this farm .................
A man that always insisted on being paid in gold coins. A man that, or so the local townfolk thought, never trusted banks. This man had his own bank. A secret place underground on his farm that only he knew about.
Everyone around town called the old farmer a hermit and a miser, because he mostly kept to himself, and saved just about every penny he ever earned. In fact, over a span of more than 50 years, his secret underground bank account grew to between $10,000 - $50,000 in gold coins, according to historical accounts. (that's 1800s face value)
$50,000 back then would be equal to having multi millions today. But one day the old man suffered a terrible accident on the farm when he was 80 years old, and he died suddenly. He never did tell anyone where his fortune in gold coins were buried.
But this story also has a very strange twist!
The local townfolk didn't know the real reason why this man never put his money in the bank, or why he kept such a secretive lifestyle. They just thought he "didn't have any confidence in the banks", and was shy. In reality there was a BIG secret from his past, haunting him, that they knew nothing about. But now you're going to learn the truth, and it's stranger than fiction!
Here's an original newspaper article from the 1800's that my historical research uncovered about the accident. Since this site is one of my planned recovery projects, I've edited out the names and locations. All team members/funding partners will have access to the unedited versions. Other documents that I have secured include copies of old land records that show exactly where this man's home was, as well as locations of other buildings such as barns ect., census records, death and birth records etc.
Almost immediately after he died the local townfolk started poking around the old farm looking for the gold that they knew that he had buried. It was the late 1800's. The only tools that they had to search with were picks and shovels, and long metal probes that they could pound into the ground hoping to hit something solid and "get lucky".
But nobody knew where to look, and a farm is a big place to search when you only have picks, shovels, and probes to work with. Of course they never found it. With everyone discouraged in their searching, in time, the whole matter faded into a long forgotten memory, and the old farmer's golden hoard stayed right where it was hidden.
Oh ........ and the $10,000 - $50,000 face value in gold coins that the old man buried in the 1800s when gold was $16 - $21 an ounce ................ would equal between $8,000,000 - $40,000,000+ in today's collector gold coin market, depending on how many coins he actually buried, and the condition and mint dates of the coins. (based on $1200 per ounce for gold today the gold value alone would be $600,000 - $4,000,000)
My investigative research discovered that this man didn't become a hermit because of being jilted by a woman he loved, as the newspaper article above states. In fact it was just the opposite. He was actually hiding from a woman he didn't love .......... and he was hiding from the law! He didn't bury his gold because he didn't trust banks, although that's what the local townfolk believed.
The real truth is ....... As a young man back in his home state, he fathered an illegitimate child, which was against the law in that state in those days. He either had to marry the woman, or go to jail. Despite what the newspaper article above stated, he didn't love her, and never intended to marry her. My research brought out the truth.
As he was being arrested for the above offense, he escaped from the arresting officers, and made plans to run away and hide. He ran away as much to escape the woman as it was to get away from the law. (his actions below will bear this out, as do other documents that I have) With a little money hastily borrowed from friends, and under the cover of darkness, he ran away to another state, started a new life, and soon became wealthy in farming.
He didn't want word of his whereabouts to spread back to the authorities in his old home state, or to the woman he was hiding from, so he kept his past a secret from the people that he now lived around. He "laid-low" and mostly kept to himself.
He continued these habits for pretty much the rest of his life, for 50 years. He changed at the end of his life, but you'll read that later on this page.
He was always afraid that his past would eventually catch up with him. What if the woman from back home, who was probably more than a little upset that he ran away, found him and knew that he was wealthy now? Think about it. He got her pregnant, never married her, ran away and hid, forcing her to support his child completely by herself. And although he became wealthy, he never once contacted her to offer the least bit of financial help. What would the woman in your life do if you did that to her? Exactly!
Dealing with the law for the arrest that he ran from would have been bad enough. But if that woman ever caught up with him, found out that he was rich, and still didn't help support the child, well THAT would be another matter! Wouldn't want to be him! She would probably be ready to have him skinned and quartered, after she legally took his farm and bank account of course.
But this man figured that if he buried his money on the farm, instead of depositing it in a bank, she wouldn't get that when she found him, because she wouldn't know about it. She would undoubtedly get his farm and land, but he would at least be able to hang on to his secret hoard, and not be left flat broke. His secret past stayed in the past however, because neither the authorities, nor the woman, ever found him.
Here's another newspaper article that I uncovered in my research from about four years after the accident.
The old man did make contact with his illegitimate daughter many years after her mother had died. He was able to make contact with her because he had a relative who, "just happened" to live in the state that his daughter moved to after her marriage. This enabled him to keep track of her whereabouts.
In fact, he wrote letters of apology to his daughter, and they even had an arranged meeting "back home" at her mother's gravesite. They then continued to stay in contact.
After his death, his eleven heirs were in court for the disposition of his estate to see who would get what. But there was an explosion of controversy and excitement when, just as the proceedings began, in walked the daughter that nobody knew about to claim the entire estate for herself!
The heirs tried to disprove the fact that the old man ever had a daughter, but ahhhh, she had those letters that her father had written her not long before he died! She also brought witnesses from back home when the two of them were in town for the meeting at her mother's gravesite, because the old man had introduced her to several people around town as his daughter.
Here is just one of the documents that I have concerning the court proceedings. I have the documents that detail the entire day-by-day legal events. The court case was very complicated and very heated between the daughter and the heirs.
The old farmer owned three separate pieces of ground in his county. I have many documents that point out which of his plots of ground that he buried his gold coins on.
The story that you have just read is the type of site that I specialize in, because there is a very high possibility of recovery when compared to, let's say, some legendary pirate treasure or the buried loot of some famous outlaw. The biggest reason that there is a better chance of recovery at my sites is because the location of the hiding spot has been narrowed down to a specific location. So instead of going on a wild goose chase, I already know the area to search.
1. This hermit farmer did bury $10,000 - $50,000 (1800's face value) in gold coins and died suddenly without telling anyone where he buried it.
2. This hoard, in all probability, was never recovered. It has never been searched for since the days when the only search tools available were metal probes, shovels, and dowsing rods. It is most certainly still there.
3. We have pinpointed the exact location of this farm. It is open farm ground still today.
I do not keep any files at home or on my computer. They have all been converted to digital and are in a bank safety deposit box. - Gary Downard
And remember what Clark Griswald said ................
It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. You're gonna have fun, and I'm gonna have fun... We're all gonna have so much ^#&^*@ fun we're gonna need plastic surgery to remove our @&%^! smiles! You'll be whistling Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah out of your ^%$*&^!