Biography of John W. McAbee
Anderson Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





John W. McAbee, Whose portrait appears in this history, was born in Indiana, November 5, 1826. When fifteen years of age he, with parents, moved into Henry county, Missouri. Here he, with his father, followed farming for about four years, at the end of which time his parents were both dead. He then enlisted in the Mexican war and served about fifteen months. He then went to Kansas City, where he made his home, following different occupations until 1850, when he crossed the plains to California with ox teams, in company with a brother Jerome. They arrived at Nevada City about the first of September, where the subject of this sketch followed mining for about two months. He then spent about four months in Sacramento, after which he returned to the mines, where he remained until December 1, 1851. He then took the steamer Republic for the Atlantic States. When near Acapulco the steamer sunk, and all the passengers, numbering about seven hundred and fifty, were taken ashore, where they remained about fifteen days while the Republic was raised and newly coppered. She was then towed to Panama by the steamer Panama, with the passengers on board. Mr. McAbee, after spending some time in Cuba arrived in Missouri in the following March. Here he speculated in stock until the spring of 1853, when he again crossed the plains with one hundred and seventy five head of cattle, accompanied by his wife. He came direct to Sonoma county, arriving in November. He followed farming and stock raising near Bloomfield until 1859, when he came to Mendocino county and settled where Yorkville is now located. Here he engaged in dairying, which. he followed eight years. He then changed his occupation to that of raising horses and mules. After four years of this he moved to Booneville, where he has since resided, and is postmaster. He has two sheep ranches. Mr. McAbee married in August, 1852, Miss Susan M. Weaver. Their children are: John, George, Marcus, Delena, Norredden, Mary, Emma, Minnie, and Samuel J. T.

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


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