Biography of Samuel W. McMullen
Arena Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Samuel W. McMullen. This pioneer gentleman, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Dearborn county, Indiana, January 24, 1831, and is the oldest son of Daniel H. and Nancy Fox McMullen. He resided at his native place till 1854, and during that time was educated at the common schools of the county May 5th of the last named year he sailed from New York City on the steamer Illinois to Aspinwall, and thence to San Francisco on the steamer Sonora, arriving May 31st. He immediately proceeded to the mines in Tuolumne county, working at Montezuma. After mining till the spring of 1857, he went to Green Valley in Sonoma county, where he remained two years. In the year 1859 he removed to Mendocino and farmed one year, when he engaged in the liquor business in the town of Point Arena. In 1865 he erected the Point Arena House, which he conducted till 1869, and then disposed of it to William Shoemake. Mr. McMullen has remained permanently in the place since coming, with the exception of six months in 1874, which he, with his family, spent in Healdsburg. July 3, 1864, he was married to Jennie Brown, a native of Missouri, born January 8, 1849. Their living children are: George, born December 5, 1865; Julia Belle, born June 4, 1867; Abby, born November 10, 1868; Rockwell, born January 18, 1871. They have lost five children.

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


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