Biography of Henry Willard
Sanel Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Henry Willard, Was born in Ostego county, New York, in 1828. When about thirteen years of age, he left his parents and went to Norwich, Cihenango county, where he remained until nineteen years of age, when he joined Stevenson's regiment and rounded Cape Horn, arriving in San Francisco in the spring of 1847. The regiment was stationed at San Francisco until July, 1848, when Mr. Willard went to the mines, in Placer county, at the first discovery of gold. Here he remained one year. He then returned to San Francisco and went from there to Margin county, where he took charge of Corte Madera del Presidio ranch, for the widow of John Reed, for about seven months. We next find him engaged in business in San Rafael, where he remained two years. He was then engaged in the wood business at the Novato ranch until 1856, when he came to Mendocino county and located about three miles below Ukiah, where he remained one year. He then settled on his present place, consisting of seventeen hundred and ninety acres, located in Sanel valley, about two miles east from Copland, where he has since resided, being engaged in farming and stock raising. Mr. Willard married in 1856 Miss Mary Maxima. By this union they have ten living children.

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


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