Biography of J. O. B. Short
Marin County, CA Biographies





J. O. B. Short. Was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, January 10, 1828. When but eighteen months old he was taken by his parents to Indiana, who settled near Indianapolis, where they resided for some years; thence they moved to Shelby county, Illinois, for three years; next to Fayette county, Missouri; then to Platt county, where their home was made for some years May 1, 1846, with his mother and the rest of the family, the subject of this sketch started from Andrew county, Missouri, across the plains for California, the company consisting of about one hundred and twenty men and sixty two wagons, under Captain Greig. The route pursued was that known as the northern, by way of Fort Hall. Their place of destination was Sonoma, and the route lay by William Gordon's, now in Yolo county, John R. Wolfskill's on Putah creek, Solano's Rancheria at Rockville, George Yount's in Napa, where they halted a few days, and thence by Spanish trail to their destination. From Sonoma the Short family proceeded to the Novato rancho, and there remained until the Fall of 1847, when they removed to the Mission San Rafael, and made additions and repairs to a portion of the old Mission buildings, which stood on the Court House block. For the first few years Mr. Short did little in the way of farming, but dealt in cattle and other stock, and selling timber. In 1868 the Short brothers commenced laying out their addition to the town of San Rafael, to which they have since considerably added. Married, November 11, 1855, Mary Miller, by whom he has five living children, viz., Walter, Alice, Eugene, Maggie, and Ora.

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


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