Biography of James Kenney
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





James Kenney. Was born in Ireland in April, 1829, and when eleven years of age came to America with his brothers and sisters and settled in New York City. In 1817 he went to sea, and late in 1848 he landed in San Francisco His first business was to run a small ferry boat from the city to Saucelito, Margin county. In 1850 he was employed in the saw mill at Saucelito. In the fall of 1851 he returned to New York, and aftera stay of three months he returned to California. He then, in partnership with Captain Peck and Dudley Sthelling, erected what was known as Peck's mill in Margin county, near Bolinas. In 1853 he came to Mendocino county and began farming on Dry creek, where he remained two years. He then purchased five hundred and ten acres on the site of the present town of Cuffey's Cove, where he engaged in stock raising and farming. In 1868 he purchased his present chute and wharf, and has since been engaged in the shipping business. He also laid out the present town of Cuffey's Cove, and is one of its foremost citizens. He married, in 1858, Miss Catherine Shannon, a native of Ireland. Their children are Catherine, Mary, Nellie, James, John and Annie.

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


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