Biography of Purd Henry
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Purd Henry. Was born in Kentucky November 12, 1829. When but a child his mother died, and he was reared by an uncle in Illinois. At the age of eighteen he, with his uncle, moved to Mississippi, where he remained two years. He then spent a summer in New Orleans; thence he returned to Mississippi; thence to Kentucky; thence to Illinois, remaining about two years. In the spring of 1850 he crossed the plains to California, arriving at Placerville August 21st. He mined one year, and then spent a short time in the Sacramento valley. He returned to the mines and spent the winter. He then went to Stockton and followed freighting for one year. He then farmed in the San Joaquin valley for one year, and then bought a drove of cattle and brought them to Scott's valley, Lake county, remaining there one year. He then went to Shasta county, where he remained till 1856, when he came to Sonoma county. In 1858 he went to Fraser river. He came back in October of that year, and located in Nevada county. In February, 1859, he returned to Sonoma county. In the fall of that year he came to Mendocino county. In the spring he returned to Nevada county, and was Sergeant in Captain Stewart's company in the Piute war. In 1861 he went to Idaho; thence to Oregon, where he remained till 1866; thence to Montana; thence to St. Louis; thence to Illinois. In 1869 be returned to Mendocino county, and has since resided at Ukiah, except two years spent in Round valley, and one and a half years spent in Hopland. He married, August 6, 1866, Miss Mary J. Corder, in Illinois. His wife died May 14, 1877, leaving five children: Cora M., Augustus F., Purd Jr., Debate, and Robert J.

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


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