Biography of Harrison Standley
Sanel Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Harrison Standley, Whose portrait appears in this history, was born in East Tennessee May 15, 1814. When three years of age, he, with his parents, moved to Howard county, Missouri, where they resided on a farm for sixteen years. They then moved to Clinton county, where they resided for five years; then to Andrew county, where they resided until 1850, he living twenty months of the last two years in St. Joseph, where he followed teaming. He there lost one child (Moses); also, in the first settling of Andrew county, lost one child (David William). The subject of this sketch then leaving his parents, crossed the plains to California, arriving at Hangtown August 13th of the above mentioned year. After resting for a short time, he bought a team and engaged in teaming, which he followed until September, 1852. He then returned via Panama, to Missouri, where he remained until April, 1853, when he again started across the plains for California; bringing his family, and coming in company with twenty three, all told, on the start, with an increase on the road of three by birth (one being his daughter Cynthia), making twenty six in all. They arrived at Sacramento in August. After spending a short time there he proceeded to Petaluma, Sonoma county, where he built a house and settled down near where the "Revere House" now stands. He engaged in draying, which he followed until 1858, when he came to Ukiah, Mendocino county, and established a store the first store in the town having suspended. The first bill of goods received by Mr. Standley was on April 12, 1858. He conducted this business until September, 1859, during which time he sold $33,000 worth of goods. During the summer of 1859 he built the "Ukiah House," which he opened about September 1st of that year. This he conducted until November, 1860, when he traded it for the "Fountain House," located on the old road leading from Ukiah to Cloverdale, which he still owns. He has about fifteen hundred acres of land in connection with the house, which he has stocked with cattle, sheep and horses. Married, March 1, 1834, to Miss Elizabeth G. Shelton, who was born June 27, 1814, in Buncombe county, North Carolina. Have nine living children: Louis Ramey was born December 5, 1836, in Clinton county, Missouri, married at Petaluma, Sonoma county, in 1856 to Miss Sarah Murry; David William was born in Clinton county, Missouri, February 4, 1838 (dead); Moses was born March 1, 1839, in Andrew county; Missouri (dead); twins were born in Andrew county, Missouri, January 1, 1841 (also dead); Eliza J. Shoemake was born January 3, 1842, in Andrew county, Missouri; Nancy E. Williams was born January 23, 1844, in Andrew county, Missouri; Jeremiah was born August 20, 1845, in Andrew county, Missouri married at Point Arena, Mendocino county, October 30, 1869, to Miss Sarah Clay; Harrison was born April 1, 1847, in Buchanan county, Missouri, married in 1867 to Miss Celia Petters, from Illinois; twins born September 1, 1848, in Andrew county, Missouri (dead); Oma A. Hagans was born November 5, 1849, in Andrew county; Cynthia P. Gatchell was born June 29, 1853, on the plains, on Green river, now Wyoming Territory; John W. was born March 1, 1855, in Sonoma county, California, married in Ukiah, 1876, to Mrs. Kittie McCain; Rachel E. Fairbanks was born July 8, 1858, in Sonoma county, California. Have thirty living grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and five grandchildren dead. Mr. Standley is of English descent; height, six feet three inches; always enjoyed hunting, such as bear and deer His father died at the age of one hundred and fifteen years, and his mother at the age of seventy seven; in her prime, she could stand with her feet in a half bushel measure and shoulder three bushels of wheat. Mrs. Standley's father died at the age of sixty four; his name was Lewis Shelton, a native of Virginia. Mrs. Standley's mother, Nancy Shelton, died at the age of eighty four. Will say here, Mr. Standley's father's name was Harris Standley, from South Carolina; his mother's name was Rachel Olderson, from Virginia. Have told Mrs. Standley's father's name; her mother's, Nancy Shelton, was a Miss Nancy Gladden, from Tennessee.

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


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