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William Stirling

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:14 pm    Post subject: William Stirling Reply with quote

WILLIAM STIRLING, a substantial and esteemed citizen of Castroville, California, is a native of Scotland, having been born at Glasgow, in 1835. He left the land of his birth and came to America in 1857, locating at Glencoe, Ekfrid township, Ontario, Canada, where he remained and pursued farming for about ten years.

In 1867 he came to the great Golden State, via the Isthmus of Panama, arriving in the city of San Francisco, November 3, 1867. Although by profession Mr. Stirling is a weaver, having learned his trade in a seven years' apprenticeship with his father, and thoroughly understands his work, he has adopted farming as his calling. The first two years of his residence in this county was spent on the farm of John Martin, Esq., at Carmel, a few miles from Monterey. After that he next engaged for six years on the Estrada rancho, in the Salinas valley. In November, 1876, he located on the Cooper ranch at Castroville, where he has since remained.

The father of our subject, John Stirling, came to this State with his son, the mother having died in April, 1853. By profession he was a weaver, at which trade he earned his living. He was a native of Scotland, born in 1799, and was eighty-five years of age at the time of his death, July 26, 1884.

Mr. Stirling was married in Scotland, in January, 1857, to Miss Jane MacNaughton, by whom he has four children, namely: Maggie, now Mrs. B. E. Cahoon, of the Laureles rancho; Nellie, now Mrs. Charles Whitcher, of Castroville; John W., foreman of the Spery Mills, located at Salinas; and Duncan, a teacher in the public schools of Monterey county,— a brief mention of whom appears elsewhere in this work—the three youngest children, Nellie, John and Duncan, being graduates of the State Normal School at San Jose. Our subject and his estimable wife may justly be proud of their fine family, and few people are so nicely situated in their declining years as they.

Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.
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