Biography of Jacob Updegraff
Round Valley Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Jacob Updegraff. Whose portrait appears in this history, was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, April 13, 1830, where he resided on a farm until 1847, when he went to Stark county, Ohio, where he learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed until the 13th of March, 1850. Leaving his parents for California, he arrived at St. Joe, Missouri, on the 25th of March, where, buying stock and laying in provisions, he left St Joe on the 13th of April to cross the plains, arriving at Deer creek, Tehama county, California, July 4, 1850. After mining one year we find him engaged in blacksmithing at Chico, Butte county, on the ranch of Major Bidwell, where he remained three years, after which he returned, via Panama, to the scenes of his boyhood. In December, 1854, he again crossed the Isthmus and located in Colusa county, where he was engaged in stock raising for four years; then sold out, and in the fall of 1859 came to Round valley, Mendocino county, and engaged in blacksmithing and farming. Was an employe on the reservation as blacksmith four years; then engaged in sheep raising and farming, having one thousand two hundred acres of land in Round valley besides a large sheep ranch in the mountains. Married, November 13, 1872, Mrs. Mildred C. Thomas. By this marriage they had three children: one dead, Marty; two living, Estella C., and Frank William. By her first marriage Mrs. Updegraff has one child, named Aurilla Thomas.

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


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