Biography of Joseph Rawles
Anderson Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Joseph Rawles. Was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, April 14, 1808. Here he grew up on a farm, and continued to reside with his parents until he was twenty years of age. He then went to Indiana, leaving his parents behind, where he followed farming and stock raising for ten years. He then moved to Missouri, where he followed the same occupation for the next decade. His next move was to Iowa, where he engaged in his former occupation. In 1856, he went to Nebraska, and remained a year, and then returned to Iowa and made the necessary preparations for a trip across the plains to California, starting hence, June 1, 1857, with ox teams, and bringing with him a drove of cattle. His family, consisting of his wife and seven, children, accompanied him. He spent his first winter in California in Butte county, and in the spring of 1858, went to Sonoma county. In July of that year, he moved into Anderson valley, Mendocino county, and purchased a farm from Walter Anderson, the first settler in the township, and has since resided on his homestead. He owns now, one thousand six hundred acres of farming and grazing land, which is stocked with three thousand one hundred and sixty head of sheep. Mr. Rawles was married in June 1830, to Miss Cynthia Bilderback, a native of Ohio. They have six children living, Mary, Jane, Robert, Thomas, Alexander, and Susan, and have lost two, Elizabeth and Joseph.

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


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