Biography of B. F. Forsyth
Calpella Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





B. F. Forsyth. Was born in Pennsylvania, March 15, 1820, and when he was four years of age his parents moved to Ohio. Here the subject of this sketch received his education, and resided on a farm till 1842. He then went to Missouri and located on a farm, which he conducted till 1848, when he returned to Ohio, where he remained until 1850. He then crossed the plains with ox teams to California, and arrived at Hangtown (Placerville), August 11th, of that year. He spent about six months here, during which time he was engaged in mining. He then went to San Francisco, and thence to Vallejo, Solano county, where he was engaged in carpentering and contracting, working at times as high as thirty men. He erected the first house in Old Vallejo, also did a great deal of work in Benicia. In 1857 he came to Mendocino county and settled on what is known as Forsyth's creek, which was named for him, about two miles above Calpella. He resided here till 1862 when he bought his present place, consisting of about two thousand seven hundred acres, located on Cold creek, and he has since resided here, being engaged in farming and stock raising.

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


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