Biography of Alexander Jefferson
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Alexander Jefferson. This gentleman, whose portrait appears in this work was born in St. Andrews, county of Argentile, Province of Quebec, Canada, February 21, 1841. He remained at his birthplace, on a farm, till he was sixteen years of age when he entered a country store in his native place, where he remained till 1867. He then came to California, sailing from New York on the steamer Ocean Queen to Panama, and thence to San Francisco on the Montana, arriving June 20th of that year. The next day after his arrival he hired to James Hunter, of Vallejo, and worked on his farm for two months. He next worked for E. T. Farmer, staying with him for a period of two months. In September of that year he came to Caspar, Mendocino county and went to work in the woods at that place, which he followed for fourteen months. He then went to work for A. Gordon, on the ranch and driving his butcher wagon, which he continued till 1873. During this time he purchased a small farm of sixty acres, now owned by S. Burwash. In October, 1873, he visited his birthplace, and in the spring he returned to California, coming to Caspar and settling there permanently on his little ranch. At the end of a year he disposed of it, however, and purchased his present place of one hundred and eighty five acres from A. Gordon, and also Mr. Gordon's butchering business, which Mr. Jefferson has conducted since. Mr. Jefferson is a thorough going business man and is very successful in his enterprises and he justly deserves to be. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word, and honorable and upright. On the 14th day of February 1872, he married Miss Eleanor Mathews, who died August 30, 1872. December 24, 1873, when on a visit in Canada, he married Miss Eliza Gibron, a native of Canada, who was born on the 26th day of April, 1840. Their children are Annie Louisa, born February 13, 1877; Mary Elena, born August 30, 1878; and an adopted son, Gregor Albertson Jefferson, born December 21, 1871.

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


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