Biography of William H. Kent
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





William H. Kent. The subject of this memoir, whose portrait will be found in the body of this work, is the oldest son of Nathaniel and Mary Hunt Kent, and was born in Mount Vernon, Kennebec county, Maine, January 15, 1821. He remained at his birthplace until his majority, receiving, in the meantime, a common school education. In 1842, he went into the woods in Penobscot county, Maine, where he continued till 1845. He then began farming, and remained engaged in that business till 1850. May 24th of that year, he set sail from New York City, bound for the land of gold, on board the steamship Ohio, via Panama. At Chagres, he was detained for two weeks, and finally took passage on a Baltimore bark for San Francisco. After a passage of sixty days duration, he arrived in San Francisco on August 24th. He immediately proceeded to the mines on the American river, where he continued mining till November, 1852, when he came overland to Mendocino City, having to leave the mines on account of ill health. When he arrived, Harry Meigs had not gotten his saw mill completed, and so he went to Anderson valley, and remained there till April, 1853, when he returned to Mendocino City and began working in the mill. After following this for six weeks, he began teaming for the mill company, and in November, 1853, he went into the redwoods, and began sawing for Millakin & Smith. In April, 1854, this firm took the contract for furnishing the mill company with logs, and Mr. Kent took the job of scaling the logs, and remained here till the failure of Meigs. About this time, April, 1855, he was joined by his wife who had just arrived from the East. When the mill was started up again, he assumed his former position in the woods, which he followed till May 19, 1857. He had then bought the title to his present place, and moved upon it. He then began farming and dairying, there being, at that time, no dairy within a radius of one hundred and twenty miles. He followed dairying for. a period of four years, when he discontinued that branch of his business, but continued fanning and butchering. In 1866 and 1876, he, with his family, visited his old Eastern home, attending the Centennial at Philadelphia, the last time. In. 1863, he was elected Supervisor of the third district, which office he filled to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. He has always been a very public spirited and enterprising man, and now in the declining years of life, he resides in his beautiful home and enjoys the fruit of the many years of hard toil. He was married to Charlotte C., daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Greely Coffin, November 9, 1847. She was a native of Vienna, Kennebec county, Maine, born August 13, 1824. Their children are: Everett William, born September 26, 1858; and Warren Nathaniel, born June 10, 1864.

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


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