Biography of James W. McSpadden
Anderson Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





James W. McSpadden. Was born in Washington county, Virginia, January 26, 1810, and resided at his birthplace till he was twenty three years of age, receiving his education in the common schools of the State. In 1833 he moved to Calhoun, McMinn county, Tennessee, and was there during the exodus of the Cherokee Indians, being engaged in merchandising and hotel keeping. In 1837 he returned to his native place, and purchased his father's old homestead, on which was located a saw and grist mill. He remained here till January, 1847, when he returned to McMinn county, Tennessee, where he farmed for three years. He then began merchandising at Athens, Tennessee, which he followed for eight years. In 1854 he moved to Missouri and engaged in farming there till 1859, when he began the broker and banking business, which he followed till the war broke out. In the spring of 1865 we find him engaged in planting a vineyard near Kansas City. He disposed of his interest in this and in 1871 engaged in merchandising, which he conducted about one year when he was burned out. In 1873 he came to California and took the position of clerk for McGimpsey & Cox, of Booneville. In 1874 he returned to Missouri, and in 1876 came the second time to California where he has since resided. Mr. McSpadden was married January 27, 1831, to Miss Elizabeth Orr, a native of Virginia, born May 19, 1810, and died January 10, 1846. His children by this marriage are James O. born May 16, 1836, and Elizabeth, born November 28, 1845. He was married secondly September 10, 1846, to Miss Lucy Ann McAnnis, a native of Tennessee, born January 17, 1817. The children of this marriage are Sarah R. born October 2, 1847, and Nannie W. born September 30, 1849.

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


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