Biography of Jonathan G. Wilson
Little Lake Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Jonathan G. Wilson. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Calloway county, Kentucky, February 25, 1825. He resided at his birthplace till he was ten years of age, when, with his parents, he moved to Hickman county, that State, and there he resided till 1856, being engaged in milling and farming. In March of the last named year he, with his wife and one child; started across the plains with horse teams. When they were near the Kansas line one of their horses was stolen, and they worked four milk cows in his stead all the way to California. On arriving in this State they first stopped in Sierra county, where for a short time, he engaged in cutting and baling hay. Their next move was to Sutter county, locating near Yuba City, where he engaged in wood cutting, which he continued till the spring of 1858. They then came to Mendocino county and settled in Long valley, and immediately began stock raising, which he followed till 1876, in connection with which he farmed some. In 1878 he became proprietor of the saw and grist mill near his place, which he is now running. He now owns upwards of two thousand acres located in and near Long valley. He is an enterprising, active, prosperous and successful business man, and from a small beginning has worked himself up to be one of Mendocino's most stable and wealthy citizens. In 1853, he married Miss Louisa Piper, a native of Smith county, Tennessee, born December 15, 1827. By this union they have: Annie, born August 3, 1854 ; Lucinda, born November 30, 1857; Rufus, born April 17, 1860; William, born January 9, 1862; Nancy, born October 13, 1863; Lee, born October 6, 1865; Hugh, born February 27, 1868 and Marion, born October 11, 1872.

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


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