Biography of John P. Simpson
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John Pendleton Simpson, This pioneer of Mendocino county, whose portrait will be found in these pages, was born in Chautauqua county, New York, September 20, 1822. He remained at his birthplace until he was about thirteen years of age, when with his parents he moved to Ashtabula county, Ohio, where he remained until he was seventeen years of age. He then went to New Orleans and there remained until 1849, when he set out for California, coming the southern route through Texas and Mexico. He and Robert White were chums at home, and were partners through their mining days,and came to Mendocino county together as early as 1852, before there had hardly been a white man within its boundaries, and have since remained together as business partners. Nearly sixty years have left their snow upon their heads, which are now white with it. They have passed through the entire process of frontiering, and know it all by heart. The native Indians are mostly all gone now who were their only neighbors in those pioneer days, and their places are filled by men of their own race and tongue, and the rude "wick-e-up" is supplanted with neatly painted cottages, and the wild jungles are now smiling fields of grain All honor, say we, to these brave men, who took their lives in their hands and led the way into the outer circles of our country, that we might enjoy the land as an abiding place a quarter of a century later.

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


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