Biography of William H. White
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





William H. White. Born in London, June 1, 1817. Here he learned the tailor's trade, and at the age of twenty one he went to Havre de Grace, France, where he followed his trade until 1846. He then returned to London, where he remained about two months, then spent about the same time in Liverpool, after which he took the steamer Sarah Sand for New York, where he arrived in November, 1848. Here he followed his trade until December, 1849, when he shipped on board a Pacific Mail steamer as second steward, booked for California. Coming via Panama he arrived at San Francisco in January or February, 1850. In February, 1851, he returned via Panama to New York, where he followed his trade until 1856, when he once more crossed the Isthmus and arrived at San Francisco in June. After spending a few weeks in the mines he returned to San Francisco and shipped on board the steamer Sonora, plying between San Francisco and Panama, under Capt. Richard Whitney, as steward. This he followed one year, after which he opened a tailor shop in San Francisco, which he conducted about eighteen months, when he was broken up by a robbery. He then, in company with a hunter, came to Sonoma county, where he engaged in making buckskin clothing and gloves for about three months, and then came to Mendocino county and followed the same business in Walker valley about nine months. After this he spent about two years at Calpella in the same business. We next find him at Ukiah, where he followed tailoring until 1861, when he moved and opened a shop at Mendocino City, where he remained until June, 1866, when he returned to New York and got his wife and daughter, and returned to this county in July and settled in Ukiah, where he is still engaged in tailoring. Married, June 16, 1836, Miss Sarah Stone, a native of London. She died August 25, 1868, leaving two children. He married again December 1, 1874, Miss Puralla W. Haskell, a native of Maine. By this marriage they have one child.

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


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