Biography of William J. Cleveland
Calpella Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





William J. Cleveland. Born in South Carolina, December 21, 1822. When but a child, his parents moved to Georgia, where they resided about ten years, when they moved to Missouri, where they resided on a farm until 1849. Then the subject of this sketch, leaving his parents, came to California across the plains with ox teams. After spending one year mining in Butte county, he returned (via Nicaragua) to Missouri, where he remained until 1852, when he once more crossed the plains, bringing his family, consisting of wife and two children. He arrived in Butte county in September, where he followed farming one year, when his wife died. He then returned with his two children to Missouri (via Nicaragua), where he followed farming for three years. He then, in 1856, once more crossed the plains to California, bringing his own and his father's family with him. After spending one year in Butte county, he came to Mendocino county, leaving his father in Butte. On arriving in this county, the subject of this sketch located upon a farm near Ukiah, where he followed farming until 1863, when be bought. the Coyote Grist mill, located at the upper end of Coyote valley, where he still carries on a general milling business. Mr. Cleveland married in 1847, Miss Tennessee Owen, a native of Tennessee, and by this marriage they have two children, George and Missouri. His wife died in December, 1853. He married in March, 1854, Miss Sarah A. Owen, a native of Tennessee, by whom he has Napoleon B., and Robert L.

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


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