Biography of John D. Murray
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





John Dayton Murray. Was born in the city of Boston, in the State of Massachusetts, August 2, 1830, and remained in his native place till he was twelve years of age, when he went with his parents to Newport, Rhode Island, and thence to Fall River, Massachusetts. At the age of fifteen he began the battle of life for himself, first going to sea for five years, and finally on the 16th day of August, 1850, he landed in San Francisco. In July, 1851, he went to the southern mines, locating at Jacksonville, near Chinese Camp, where he remained till the spring of 1853, when he returned to the city and began working at the printer's trade. In 1855 he moved to Oakland where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. After a year in the mines, the second time, we find him at Knight's Ferry, in August, 1856, engaged in ditching from Table mountain to the Ferry. In March, 1858, he returned to San Francisco, and thence to Honolulu, and return; thence to Cloverdale, Sonoma county, and thence, August 12th, to Mendocino City. He worked till Christmas of that year for Mr. Kent, when he began the barbering business, which he followed till 1865. In 1861 he opened a drug store also, which he has since followed. In later years he began a general mercantile business, and his is now one of the oldest business houses in Mendocino City. November 25, 1866, he was appointed Justice of the Peace of Big River township. April 14, 1862, he married Thersa Maria Flanigan, a native of County Clare, Ireland. Their children are: Susan E., John F., and Charles W.

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


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