Biography of Alexander Burke
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Alexander Burke. Whose portrait will be found in this work, was born in White county, Tennessee, July 26, 1813. In 1833 he went to Missouri, where he followed farming till 1853, when he crossed the plains to California, and located in Sonoma county. At the end of one year he went to the mines and remained there two years. In 1855 he returned to Sonoma county and settled on Mark West creek, where he engaged in farming. In 1857 he came to Mendocino county and located on one thousand one hundred acres of land, about four miles south of Ukiah. He put three of his sons on this place, and spent most of his time in Sonoma county. In 1862 he moved his entire family to Mendocino county. When he came to Ukiah in 1857 he brought a wagon with him, which was the first vehicle of the kind ever seen in the valley. He now owns two hundred and sixty seven acres, and has also an interest with his sons in a large sheep ranch. He married, December 5, 1833, Miss Susan J. Shelton, a native of Knox county, Tennessee. Their children are: James H., John W., Francis M., Andrew M., Mary E., Martha E., Neville R., Joseph A., and Susan C. They have lost one, Thomas L.

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


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