Biography of Z. W. Bransford
Calpella Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Z. W. Bransford. Was born in Barren county, Kentucky, May 12, 1834, and when lie was six years of age he with his parents moved to Hay county, Missouri, where he received his education, and at the age of eighteen engaged as clerk in a general merchandise store, which occupation he followed for three years, after which he taught school one year. He then engaged with J. P. Quesenberry & Co., in merchandising for five years, when he sold his interest and engaged in farming for four years. In 1864, he with his family crossed the plains to California with ox teams, and arrived in Plumas county on November 6th, where they spent the winter, and in the spring of 1865 came to Sonoma county and bought a little farm near Petaluma. Here he followed farming and working at carpentering for five years. He then, in 1870, came to Mendocino county and settled at Little Lake, where he engaged in general merchandising under the firm name of Hardin & Bransford, where he remained four years, and in 1874 opened a store at Pomo, Potter valley, where he has since resided. While in Sonoma county, he held the office of Constable, and while at Little Lake was postmaster, and is at present postmaster at Porno. Mr. Brausford married December 9, 1856, Miss Mary A. Allen, a native of Ray county, Missouri. Their children are: Mary E.; William A.; Ida B.; Z. Lee; Samuel, and Victoria. They have lost one, Ernest.

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


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