Biography of Allen Davidson
Little Lake Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Allen Davidson. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in this work, is the youngest child of Joseph and Martha Prescott Davidson, born in Greene county, Illinois, August 6, 1837. When but eighteen months old, his mother died, and he was taken by his father to Indiana, where they resided two or three years. They then moved to Fremont county, Iowa, and settled in the town of Austin, where he received his education and resided till 1853. In February, 1853, he came to California, arriving in August of that year. He first began working on a ranch in Sacramento county, where he continued for eight months. He then went to Putah creek, on the line between Yolo and Solano counties, where he corked on a farm for six months. We next find him in Colusa county, where he embarked in the stock business, which he followed for one year. In 1857, he went to Petaluma, Sonoma county, where he engaged in the stock business, which he continued for a short time, when he moved to Cloverdale, and followed the same business till 1862. He then went to the Salmon river during the excitement there, and engaged in mining through Oregon and Idaho till 1865. He then returned to Sonoma county and engaged in farming near Geyserville, where he remained till 1871. In the above named year, he came to Mendocino county and settled on his present ranch at Blue Rock, twenty miles north of Cahto, consisting of over two thousand acres, and stocked with two thousand head of sheep. Mr. Davidson married Mary P. Archambau, October 19, 1865, she was born December 25, 1849, and by this union they have Martha E., born October 21, 1866; Sarah C., born October 12, 1869; William A., born May 6, 1871; and Grace M., born May 2, 1878. Was engaged in carrying the United States Mail for eight years, between Cahto and Hydesville.

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


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