The story centers on Gold Rush Sam (GRS) as a scruffy looking mining adventurer in search of The Wealthiest Miner in all of history. Gold Rush Sam spent each late evening living and talking with the people of old Cornwall County England looking for this miner. Finally, Gold Rush Sam found the man he was looking for; a man named John "Jack" Williams 3rd aka The Copper King. Born July 5th 1753, died April 1, 1841 at the age of 88. Jack's story has been virtually forgotten.
Jack's story was of a man that provided over 40% of all the copper mined in his era. A man that fueled the industrial revolution and at his peak employed over 10,000 men and women. He built the Plymouth breakwater and developed the harbor at Portreath and linked it by the Portreath tramway to his mine at Poldice as a result he created the first rail road. He completed the Great Adit of South Wales started by his grandfather. He was a leading figure in the development of the steam engine that traversed The Great Western Rail Road. It could be said that if it were not for Jack the telegraph would have been developed by a French man and Morse code would be called something entirely different. It is altogether probable that Carnegie Hall may not exist and Andrew Carnegie would be an unknown name in a paupers grave had it not been for the efforts of Jack
Jack was a man of visionary. He received a dream warning of the Prime Ministers assassination in 1812, correct in every detail.
He was known to see and talk with the little people of the underground, (The Knocker Clan). Before his death he instructed his son and his 8 best men to travel throughout the new worlds in search of new sources of Copper and Tin.
Folklore and true history lie with the man people called Green Jack. You can visit his memorial Next time you meet Jacks cousin tell say hello, from Gold Rush Sam
A small tribute to the men and women of Cornwall who left their homes and families traveling all over the world in search work from the early 19th to the early 20th century.
John (Jack) Williams 3rd died on the 17st of April 1841 at the age of 88 and was buried at Calstock, where there is a monument in the church to his memory. He was a banker and mine-adventurer, a member of the Society of Friends, who was elected fellow of the Linnaean Society on 21 Jan. 1806 and fellow of the Royal Society 6 March 1828. To this day he is the longest ever living of the John Williams men. Jack's story has been virtually forgotten.