Biography of Cornelius B. Pease
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Cornelius Bullen Pease. Was born in Wilton, Franklin county, Maine, March 14, 1822. He resided in his native State until seventeen years, of age, attending the common schools of the county till he was fourteen years of age, at which time he began working at the carpenter's trade, under the instructions of his father. In 1840 he left his parental roof and proceeded to Massachusetts, working at his trade in Boston, Lowell, Fall River and Bridgewater, until his departure for California which occurred February 3, 1853. On that date he sailed on the steamer Georgia from New York City for Aspinwall, and from the Isthmus up on this side, on the ill fated steamer Tennessee which went ashore at the place now known as "Tennessee Cove or Valley" on the coast of Margin county about two and a half miles north of Point Bonita. Mr. Pease walked to Saucelito, a distance of seventeen miles, and then got passage on a water boat for the city of San Francisco, arriving there the same night of the, shipwreck. He at once began to work at his trade in San Francisco and Sacramento, which he followed continuously till February, 1854. He then returned to his eastern home, and began operations in the manufacture of cotton gins. He remained engaged at this business for four years, when the desire to return to California became so strong that he yielded to it, and on the 5th day of March, 1858, he, with his family, set sail for the land of the sunset, arriving in San Francisco April 13th. He at once began working at his trade in San Francisco, where he continued till 1866 Meantime, in 1859, he had come to Mendocino county and purchased his present farm, and moved his family upon it, where they remained three years, and then returned to San Francisco and remained till 1866, when they all came to their farm and located permanently on it. This farm consists of three hundred acres, used for dairying purposes. In 1876 Mr. Pease visited the Centennial Exhibition, and again in 1879 himself and wife visited their old eastern home. November 1, 1846, he was united in marriage with Miss Betsey B. Snell, a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, born February 20, 1825. This marriage occurred at Fall River, Massachusetts, and was solemnized by Rev. Orin Fowler. Their living children are: Cornelia, now Mrs. Lewis Morse, born at East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, August 25, 1847; Fannie, now Mrs. Phillips, born May 1, 1855, and Freddie, born December 7, 1867. They have lost two children, Ella J. and Charles H.

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


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