Biography of John Nelson
Marin County, CA Biographies





John Nelson. Whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Carlshamm, Sweden, October 17, 1819. At sixteen years of age he went to sea, and at that occupation remained until 1850, on the 13th day of June, of which year he arrived in San Francisco. In the Fall he proceeded to the mines where he sojourned for three years, returning to San Francisco in the Fall of 1853. At this time Mr. Nelson settled on the Laguna ranch in Santa Clara county, and followed hog raising until the Spring of 1855, when he left for the mines in Oregon, being in that State during the Indian excitement of 1856, as one of the volunteers. In the Fall of that year he proceeded to the Willamette valley, in company with William Randall, and purchased a band of cattle which he drove to Olema, Margin county, arriving there in January, 1857, when he bought the farm now owned by Mrs. Randall, his partner's widow. In 1860 he sold his interest to Mr. Randall, and after working a dairy for two years, in 1863 he started the stage line to San Rafael, which he ran for fourteen years. In 1878 he purchased the Olema Hotel, which he has since conducted Married, December 25, 1865, Malicia Shippy, a native of Jefferson county, New York, by whom he has Edgar B., Lydia M., Elna, Bertha M., and Walter S.

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


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