Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


ELLIS ROBERTS, one of the owners of Los Burros Mines, was born in North Wales in 1831. Early in life he went to sea as an apprentice, and serving his time became a good sailor. In that capacity he has been all over the known world. In 1846 he came around the Horn to Callao, Peru. He was in Australia when gold was first discovered there. He has not been to sea since 1853, when he engaged in mining in the Monte Cristo Mine, Sierra County. Like all other miners, he met with varying success, and finally went to Contra Costa County, where at one time he was Deputy Sheriff. It was while there that he met Mr. Cruikshank, in 1865, and clerked in his store. They formed a warm friendship for each other, and when Mr. Cruikshank discovered Los Burros Mines, he gave his friend, Mr. Roberts, an interest in them. Mr. Roberts is married and settled in San Francisco, where he has been eleven years on the police force.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.