JOHN H. DUERSON.
California was fortunate in having been settled by a remarkably enterprising, industrious and intelligent class
of people. Prominent among the number that endured the hardships of pioneer life without a murmur and have now
ceased from their earthly labors, was the late John H. Duerson, who passed away on his ranch in Sonoma county in
1897. Not the least meritorious of the legacies which he left behind him are the sons and daughters whom he trained
to lives of usefulness. and the sons are now carrying on ranch enterprises of their own, having inherited in large
measure their sire's business ability and thrift.
Of southern birth and parentage, John H. Duerson was born in Virginia in 1821, and considering the times in which
he lived, as well as the new, unsettled country by which he was surrounded in his boyhood, it goes without saying
that he grew up without experiencing any educational advantages worthy the name. He was early inured to hard labor
on. the home farm of his parents, and upon attaining mature years he undertook farming on his own account in the
south, continuing there for a considerable period before he realized that his efforts might be made to give him
better returns elsewhere. It was after a careful consideration of various 'localities that he finally decided to
come to California and locate in 1858, and the same year found him in Sonoma county, located upon a ranch near
Penn Grove. This was his home and the scene of his efforts from that time until his death, and in the meantime
he had gained the love and respect of all those with whom he was brought in contact. Credit, for all that he was
able to accomplish he willingly shared with his noble wife, who before her marriage was Sarindia Sitton, and who
was born in Missouri in 1836. Nine children blessed their marriage, six sons and three daughters, and all were
given the best opportunities to fit them for their work in the world that it was in the power of their parents
to bestow. Named in the order of their birth the sons were Joseph, George, William, John, Robert and Richard, while
the daughters were Mary, Eliza and Lucy William is married, but has no children, his Wife having been Miss Jessie
Horn before her marriage; Robert chose as his wife Miss Harriet Clary; and Richard married Hadie Horn. Mary became
the wife of George Stocking, and Eliza is the wife of Thomas Elphick and the mother of five children, Roy, Lenn,
Merrill, Blanche and Clyde.
The second son in the family, George Duerson, is the owner of a fine ranch in the vicimty of Penn Grove, consisting
of one hundred and sixty acres, upon which he conducts an unpretentious but nevertheless profitable dairy and poultry
industry. Fifteen cows. of good breed constitute his dairy, while in his poultry yard he has two hundred and seventy
five chickens and turkeys. In addition to caring for his ranch Mr. Duerson also follows his trade of carpenter.
Politically he is a Republican and is variously identified with orgamzations which profit by his genial compamonship
and substantial help.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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