Biography of Joseph A. Knox
Sanel Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Joseph A. Knox, Whose portrait appears in this work, was horn in Kinston, Lenoir county, North Carolina, October 10, 1831. After the death of his mother, his father, Dr. Reuben Knox, moved from North Carolina to St. Louis, Missouri, taking his three sons, of whom Joseph was the eldest, with him. While in St. Louis he fitted himself for college, and entered Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut, in the year 1848. Dr. Knox having determined to go to California, Joseph left college, and with his youngest brother, Henry, accompanied his father overland, and arrived in Sacramento in the mouth of September, 1850. They moved to San Francisco, where his father engaged in the mercantile business, Joseph acting as his clerk. In the spring of 1851, under an agreement to purchase, he moved with his father to the Novato ranch, in Margin county. His father, cousin, and two others, while on a trip to San Francisco in a four or five ton sloop, were drowned, and Joseph took charge of the ranch. At the first election in Mann county he was elected Justice of the Peace and Associate Justice of the Court of Sessions, which position he held until 1857, when he moved to Ukiah valley, Mendocino county. He was, by the Governor, appointed one of the three commissioners for the organization of the county. At the first election he was elected Justice of the Peace, and soon after an Associate Justice of the Court of Sessions. After the expiration of his term as Justice he was appointed Notary Public by Governor H. H. Haight, which position he still holds. In the spring of 1858 he removed from Ukiah to the Sanel valley, where he has resided ever since, with the exception of two years when in the mining district of Idaho Territory. Business farmer and stock raiser.

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


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