Biography of Captain Samuel H. Anderson
Kern County, CA Biographies





CAPTAIN SAMUEL H. ANDERSON, one of the pioneers of California, is a native of Belfast, Ireland, born March 10, 1828, the son of a master mariner and a ship owner. Captain Anderson went to sea at eleven years of age, and with his father navigated the Mediterranean, Baltic and White seas, besides doing a general coasting business at various leading European seaports. In 1845 he sailed for the river Platte in South American, under the English flag, to do naval service. After remaining on the coast of Rio Janeiro two years, he sailed around Cape Horn as second officer of a merchant ship, Chimborazo, and on the west coast of South America engaged in the whaling business, as officer of the ship Enterprise, of Nantucket, in 1848. He abandoned that business in the spring of 1849, and sailed from Chili for San Francisco as captain of a ketch of nine tons' register, where he arrived in July of the same year. The winter of 1849-'50 was spent boating in San Francisco bay, when he went to the mines. He spent the years up to 1861 in the mines of southern Oregon and California, when he returned to Belfast, the home of his youth,. and reengaged in navigating the seas. He purchased a vessel, and was at sea for four and a half years. In 1865 he returned to the Pacific coast, navigated the Sacramento river, and engaged in the ship rigging business until 1870, when he located in Kern County. Since that time he has been identified with the irrigating and farming interests of this county, and is said to be the first man to construct and locate a water gate in Kern County. He owns and is developing 400 acres of fine bottom land on Kern river near Bakersfield.

The Captain is a genial, whole souled gentleman, enterprising, broad in his views upon public questions, and is esteemed by alt who know him. He has been twice married, the first being to Miss Sarah Donald, at Sacramento. She died in 1878, leaving four children. His present wife, nee Eliza Mackey, he married in 1885. She is a lady of fine domestic tastes and a frugal helpmate.

From:
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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