Biography of Samuel Mewhinney
Calpella Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Samuel Mewhinney. A native of Hamilton county, Ohio; was born. August 18, 1810. When about ten years of age he, with his parents, moved into Indiana. Here the subject of this sketch resided, being engaged in farming and coopering, until 1840, when he moved to Missouri, where he followed farming for two years. He then returned to Indiana, where he remained until 1849, when he, leaving his family behind, crossed the plains to California with ox teams. He spent the first winter on Feather river, working at carpentering. In the following spring he went to the mines, where he mined and followed carpentering until the spring of 18:52, when he returned, via Nicaragua, to his family, which he took immediately to Illinois, where he resided until 1855, when he moved to Kansas, where he resided until 1857, when, in company with his family, he again crossed the plains with ox teams. They arrived in Mendocino county in January, 1858, and settled on their present place, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres located at the extreme lower end of Potter valley. The first winter they spent in a tent under a tree near where their fine residence now stands. Mr. Mewbinney married for his first wife, in 1835, Miss Sarah Robertson, who died June 16, 1842, leaving four children, John, James, Hugh and Ann For his second wife he married Miss Daunah M. Leonard, December 3, 1844. By this union they have two children, Teresa and Fremont. Mrs. Mewhinney is one of those noble women whom God has sent into the world to bless and make glad all with whom she comes into contact. In the pioneer days of the Potter valley section the nearest physician was sixty miles away, and she was called upon to perform the most responsible position of obstetrician for that isolated section, and during the twenty one years of her practice has never lost a patient.

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


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