Biography of Henry Colby
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Henry Colby. Was the youngest child of Abner and Nancy Stewart Colby, and was borne in Genesee county, New York, December 5, 1827. During his early youth he was sent to the common schools, and at an early age he began werking at the machine and engineers trade, under his father. At eighteen years of age, on account of his health he rent to sea, sailing before the mast on a whaling voyage, and going to the Arctic regions, on the ship South America, and was absent four years. He then returned to New York, but immediately proceeded to Charleston, South Carolina, where he followed the trade of engineer for two years. He then returned to his native county and embarked in the manufacture of staves and the cooperage business, which he followed till 1862. In April of that year he, with his wife, came to California. From New York they sailed on the steamer Ocean Queen to Panama, and there they took the steamer Golden Gate, arriving in San Francisco May 19th of that year. He worked at his trade in San Francisco for seven months, and then went to Mare Island Navy Yard,where he was employed as engineer till the spring of 1863. He then returned to the city, where he worked at his trade till 1865. He then came to Mendocino county, and for two years filled the position of engineer and machinist at the Noyo Mill. In. June, 1867, he returned East with the intention of remaining, but only stayed seven months. He then returned to California, and once more settled in San Francisco, and there took charge of a stave factory for a short time, when he went into the sash. and blind factory of Prescott & Co., which he superintended for two years. In April, 1871, he returned to this county and took charge of the Albion Mill for three years He then, in 1875, purchased his present ranch of one hundred and seventy nine acres, and has since been engaged in farming Married September 1, 1853, Miss Mary Root, who was born in Utica, New York, March 30, 1829. They have no children.

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


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