Biography of James M. Farley
Marin County, CA Biographies





James M. Farley. Was born in Sonoma county, January 15, 1854. At the age of ten he came with his parents to Margin county, and settled in San Antonio township. In 1877 he rented a ranch of O. L. Shafter, and has since been engaged in the dairying business.

Abram Jewell Pierce. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in this work, is the eldest son of Solomon and Sarah C. Jewell Pierce, and was born in Chittenden county, Vermont, December 17, 1841. He resided there until 1856, when, accompanied by his mother, he came to California to meet his father, who had preceded them in the Spring of 1850. They arrived at San Francisco on February 7, 1856, and immediately proceeded to El Dorado county. Their home was near Georgetown, and they remained here until July, 1858, when they moved to Petaluma township, Sonoma county. Here his father first engaged in the dairy business, purchasing, in company with George C. Jewell, a ranch, where he continued in business until January, 1859, when he disposed of his interest to Isaac Jewell. He then purchased a tract of two thousand acres, located on Tomales Point, Point Reyes township, in Margin county, and at once moved upon it with his family, remaining here till 1865. The elder Pierce then returned to Petaluma, leaving A. J. in charge of the ranch, where he remained for one year, when it was leased, and young Pierce paid a visit to his old home in Vermont, spending nine months of the time in pursuing and completing a thorough course at Bryant & Stratton's business college; in Burlington, Vermont. He then returned to Petaluma and resided with his parents till November, 1869, when he again came to the ranch in Margin county and erected his present residence. In 1870 Mr. Pierce, accompanied by his wife, made a tour through the southern part of the State, hoping to improve her shattered health. They returned to Petaluma, and in June, 1871, he entered into partnership with W. E. Cox, in the grocery business, where he remained until 1873, when he disposed of his interest to John Fritsch, and returned to his ranch, where he has since resided. Mr. Pierce has one of the most extensive and best regulated dairies in Margin county, a full description of which appears in the body of this work He is a gentleman of the highest sense of honor and the soul of generosity. December 5, 1867, Mr. Pierce was united in marriage with Miss Minerva Davis, daughter of W. K. and Sarah Brown Davis, who was born in Zanesville, Ohio, May 1, 1846. The result of this union was two children, Willie Solomon, born September 17, 1868, and George, born April 8,1870, and died September 12, 1870. Mrs. Pierce died June 8, 1873, at the age of twenty seven years. May 6, 1876, he was again married, to Miss Mary J. Robinson, eldest daughter of Thomas and Sarah A. Kirk Robinson, who was born in Barton Lincolnshire, England, January 25, 1852.

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


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