Biography of Elisha Whiting
Lake County, CA Biographies





WHITING, ELISHA. Was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, June 25, 1811. Here he resided until 1832, receiving his education in the meantime. In the last named year he engaged in running a packet plying between Plymouth and Boston, which he continued for two years. He then engaged in merchandising for one year. His next move was to Missouri, where he was mate on the steamboat "Rienzi," after which he engaged in the tobacco business and merchandising, which he followed until 1839. He then retuned to Plymouth, where he was engaged for the next ten years in a shop where iron axles, crowbars, etc., were made. In March, 1849, he started for California on board the ship "Sweden," Captain Cotting, and, coming around the Horn, he arrived in San Francisco August 3d of that year. He proceeded at once to the mines, where he engaged in mining for about one year. He then built a hotel on the road from Sacramento to Hangtown (Placerville), which he conducted for one year. He then disposed, of this property and returned to the mines, and followed that occupation for two years at Union Bar, Yuba River. In the winter of 1852 he went to Butte County and built a hotel, four miles from Rabbit Creek, which he conducted till 1859. He then came to Napa City, where one year was spent. He then went to Vallejo, where he took charge of the telegraph office for seven years. In 1871 he came to Lake County and settled seven miles below Kelseyville, where he conducted a saw mill until 1874. He then moved to Middletown and took charge of the telegraph and post offices until 1877, since which time he has been engaged in merchandising in Middletown. Mr. Whiting was married at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1833, to Miss Almira Holmes, a native of that place. They have four living children: Abbie L, Fannie, Mary E. and Elisha F.; and have lost two: Caroline A. and Joseph B.

From:
History of Napa and Lake Counties, California
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1881


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