HM Newhall died – Inflicted with food poisoning when in New York and then shortly after that, having not recovered from the food poisoning, he was again injured when his horse tumbled and fell off while riding leisurely on the Rancho San Francisco.

Henry was sent by train back to San Francisco to recuperate. He died a few days later. He was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco.

Henry’s will left $3 million to his wife and sons. His specific request was that his wife be given the homestead, furniture, watches and jewelry, carriage and horses and money to support her for the rest of her life. The other holdings would be distributed equally and all debts be covered “without sales of real estate.”