Biography of Thomas P. Furlong
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Thomas P. Furlong. Was born in Longland Cottage, Pembrokeshire, Wales, February 13, 1832, being the third child of John and Caroline Ann Currey Furlong. He resided at his birthplace till 1847, when he went to London, England. He shipped from there on board the John Munn, his uncle, Alexander Pearson, master, for Sydney, Australia. While in port there the report of the gold excitement in California reached them and the vessel was chartered to bring passengers to San Francisco, where they arrived September 25, 1849. After a short stay aboard the vessel young Thomas deserted for the purpose of trying his luck in California. He worked in a hotel for awhile, then went to the southern mines and worked in Columbia for a short time. He then returned to the city and found employment at many things till at last we find him on the ranch of William Hood, in Sonoma county. In 1854 he took charge of the Russian River ranch belonging to Captain Stephen Smith, as vaquero. In 1856 he went on a surveying expedition with one Eastman, to Benicia and Vaca valley, Solano county. He then worked for William Bihier at Black Point, Sonoma county. In 1858 he came up the coast to Mendocino county, going to Mendocino City. Here he had charge of cattle for Mr. Hill till 1860. In 1865 we find him in the redwoods at Caspar. In 1870 he came to his present place and began the trade of harness making, and has followed it ever since. He was married July 26, 1866, to Miss Elizabeth Butcher, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, born April 8, 1833. Their children are: Edward James Anderson, born November 16, 1868; and Arthur Thomas, born January 14, 1871.

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


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