Biography of John W. Atherton
Marin County, CA Biographies





John William Atherton. Was born in the town of Blue Hill, Hancock county, Maine, March 19, 1835, his father being John Westcott Atherton, and his mother's maiden name Abbie Grant. In October, 1853, he shipped before the mast on board the schooner- "Julia Elizabeth." In June,. 1855, was shipwrecked on board the brig "Bonnie Bird," on Amelia Island, Florida; returned home, after which he shipped on the bark "Whistling Wind" (afterwards destroyed by the privateer "Sumter"); in her about eighteen months. Spring of 1857 shipped as second mate of the bark "John Wesley;" remained in her about fourteen months, the captain and himself being the only native Americans on board the entire voyage. During these voyages he visited England, Ireland, Wales, Holland, Spain, Mediterranean and Black Seas, etc., etc. In the Summer of 1858 he returned home, and in the following November shipped on board the "Herald of the Morning," Captain, 0. Baker, bound from Boston via Cape Horn to San Francisco, which port he reached March 19, 1859. Mr. Atherton came at once to Marin, and worked at farming until the Fall of that year, when he embarked on his own account. In the Fall of 1864 he settled on his present estate of two hundred and thirty two acres of upland and fifty seven of marsh. In 1877 was elected a Supervisor of Margin county by the Republican party, his term expiring at the next general election, and has been a Trustee of the Novato School District for several years. Married August 29, 1858, Ellen A., daughter of Isaac S. Osgood, of Blue Hill, Maine, by whom he has George A., Carrie A., Hattie E., and Clarence W.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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