Biography of Alfred E. Sherwood
Little Lake Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Alfred E. Sherwood. This early pioneer of Mendocino county, whose portrait it affords us pleasure to present to our readers in this work, was born February 1, 1823, and was the son of Jonathan and Sarah Meigs Sherwood. The place of his nativity was South Richland, Oswego county, New York. He remained at his birthplace till 1846, being trained as a farmer, and was educated in the common schools of the county and at the Mexico Academy. At the early age of nineteen he had attained proficiency enough to entitle him to the position of teacher in the district schools of his native county, which business he followed during the winter seasons. In 1845 he went to Racine county, Wisconsin, and settled at Kenosha, and began purchasing provisions, which he disposed of in the lumber regions. After following this for a year, he entered into a partnership with his brother at Manitowoc, and engaged in lumbering and merchandising, which they followed for four years. He then took up a place fourteen miles from the last named town and began clearing up a farm, where he resided till 1852. June 16th of that year he started overland to California, arriving in the State in September. He immediately began mining in Shasta county, which he followed for three months. He then went to the Consumnes river, where he remained till May, 1853. He then came to Noyo river, Mendocino county, and worked in building a mill for three months, and also, bought a wrecked vessel known as the Invincible. In the fall of that year he came into what is now known as Sherwood valley and built a house, and began farming and stock raising. He has since remained at this place, and has now one thousand seven hundred and forty acres of fine land adapted for the purposes to which he puts it. He has the largest herd of Angora goats in the county, there being seven hundred of them in his flock. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace in the county, as will be seen by reference to our Political Table. Mr. Sherwood has passed through all the stages of frontier life, ranging from savage occupation of the forest to the civilized occupation, by white people, of smiling fields, yielding abundant harvests, all within a quarter of a century. June 26, 1870, he married Miss Nellie Coates, a native of Wisconsin, born August 23, 1847. They have no children.

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


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