Biography of Berry Wright
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Berry Wright, Whose portrait will be found in this history, was born in Franklin county, Virginia, November 2, 1835. When a child he, with parents, moved to Ohio, where his mother died. After a residence of about eight years the subject of this sketch went to Indiana, where be remained about seven years, and in 1852 he went to Missouri, where he remained until March, 1853, when he started across the plains for California with ox teams and a drove of cattle, arriving in Sacramento county on September 12th of the above year. He went at once to the mines, where he followed mining at different places for about four years; then in 1857 came to Mendocino county and settled in Ukiah valley, where he resided one year. From Ukiah he removed to Redwood valley and took up the first claim located in that valley, being the first white man to cut a tree in that valleyfor building purposes, and erected the first house, barn, and corral there. Remaining there but a short time he removed to Potter valley, where he remained about a year, and thence to Walker valley, where he resided until October 12, 1869, when he settled on his present place, consisting of one hundred and fifty six acres, located in Redwood valley, where he is engaged in farming, stock aising, and hop growing. Mr. Wright married, March 17, 1860, Miss Josephine C. Brown, a native of Missouri They have six children: Zerelda J., Dora J., Henry M., Alma J., Minnie C., and Alice M.

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


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