Biography of J. L. Wilson
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





J. L. Wilson. Born in Grant county, Wisconsin, April 19, 1850. When he was ten years of age, he, with parents, crossed the plains to California. They came in a large train, being one mile in length. After a five months' journey, they arrived in Butte county, in September. They settled at Hamilton, where the father engaged in farming for four years, during which time Jerry attended district school. In May, 1864, they moved to Plumas county, where the father followed farming and mining until his death, which occurred in June, 1867. In October, 1868, the family, con. sisting of the mother and four children, came to this county and stopped about six weeks in Potter valley; then settled in Dixon, Solano county, where they remained until September, 1869, when they returned to this county, and settled in Ukiah, where they have since resided. At this time the subject of this sketch entered the printing office, which business he followed about two years, when he was appointed Under Sheriff of Mendocino county, under D. C. Crockett. This office he held about eight months, and until the expiration of D. C. Crockett's term of office; then in company with A. B. Meacham, opened a book and fancy goods store. He also had charge of the School Superintendent's office, under J. M. Covington. This continued until June, 1873, when he sold his interest in the store to his partner, and also discontinued his connection in the Superintendent's office. In September, 1873, he was elected Constable, and about the same time was appointed Deputy Clerk, which office he also filled. He was appointed under H. J. Abbott, and in March, 1874, was reappointed under C. A. Irvine, which he held until March, 1876. In September, 1875, he was elected to the office of County Clerk, consequently took charge of the office at the expiration of Irvine's term in March, 1876. He was reelected in September, 1871, his term expiring March 1, 1880, since which time he has been acting as Deputy Clerk under W. L. Bransford. Married, February 22, 1874, Miss Mary F. Siddons of Ukiah, a native of Sonoma county. They have one child, Mary E. His wife died September 6, 1880, of typhoid fever.

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


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