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.
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
The Lewis Publishing Company
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