History of Sutter County, California
Thompson & West, 1879
Biographies I and J
JACKSON, A. T., farmer; P.O. Pleasant Grove; was born in North Carolina, in 1829; came across the plains to California in 1861; lived in Butte county one year, when he removed to ranch on section 36, township 11 north, range 4 east. A view of his place may be seen on another page. He has always followed farming. He married Miss Talitha Banta, of Missouri, in 1859, by whom he had 6 children, 4 of whom are living - Harvey, 19; Dora B., 18; Alta, 10; Don, 8; his wife died in March, 1873. He was again married in February,1874 to Miss Nancy J. Hudson of Missouri who has born him two children - Charles, aged 3, and Edna, aged 18 months.
JACOB, J. G., farmer; P.O. Yuba City; he lives on section 20, township 15 north, range 2 east; owns 160 acres; was born in Denmark in 1834. In 1859 he emigrated to the United States coming direct to California, crossing the plains with the Montgomery train; he at once settled in Sutter county, where he has since resided. He was married November 6, 1875 to Mary Anderson; she was born in Denmark in 1852.
JOHNSON, Gabriel, farmer; section 15, township 12, range 4; P.O. Nicolaus; owns 240 acres of land; born in Bergen, Norway, where he lived until 18 years of age when he went to sea as a sailor and visited many different parts of the world during the next six years. March 18, 1845 he left Norway for the United States; on his arrival in the States, he commenced steam boating on the Mississippi; and in 1850 he crossed the plains to California, and followed mining at Rough and Ready, Nelson's Creek, Independence Bar, and other places; settling this county in the fall of 1851 where he has continued to reside. A view is given of his place on another page of this book. He married Mary Elizabeth Johnson, December 18, 1862; she was born in Missouri, September, 1843; they have six sons and one daughter.
JOHNSON, Henry, farmer; P.O. Marysville; was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1814, where he lived until about 14 years of age, when he removed to Ohio; he lived in that state about 14 years, and then traveled about five years; he subsequently lived in Illinois and Iowa, three and two years respectively. In 1852 he came across the plains to this State, being about three months on the way; he at once engaged in mining, following it only a few months; he spent the winter of 1853 in Sacramento; he then moved to Gibsonville and engaged in merchandising for about two years; he removed to this county in 1855, and has been engaged in farming ever since; owns 960 acres about six miles south-west of Yuba City; Mr. Johnson was married in 1854 to Miss Eliza Johnston, a native of Illinois; she died May 30, 1862 leaving him two children - John W., born August, 1856; and Mary E., born 1859.
JOHNSTON, B. F., farmer and stock raiser; born in New York in 1834; went to Illinois when he was four years of age, remained there 13 years; then went to Iowa; after being there 5 years started across the plains for Nevada; was some 70 days on the way; arrived there in 1857; the following year came to this county; lives 14 miles from Yuba City; owns 400 acres of land in that part of the county, where the first settlers located. Mr. Johnston's land will average 25 bushels of wheat to the acre. The floods of 1878 took off all improvements, stock, etc., in this part of the county; he was married to Miss Francis Mehl in December 1873; she was born in Baden, Germany, and died in 1874; he has been Justice of the Peace for Sutter township two terms.
JOHNSTON, W. M., farmer; P.O. Meridian; lives about three miles east of Meridian; was born in Iowa in 1844; he came to California in 1853; lived in San Joaquin county for three years, when he moved to Sutter county, where he has ever since resided, with the exception of a short time spent in Colusa and Yolo counties. He was married in Sutter county, in 1861, to Miss N. E. McGohan; she was born in St. Francois county, Missouri, 1850; they have one child - a son.
JONES, T. W., merchant; P.O. West Butte; he was born in Wales, in the year 1857; his parents emigrated to the United States when he was two years of age, locating in Wisconsin; he came to California in 1872 and settled in Tehama county, where he attended school and engaged in farming. In 1874 he removed to Sutter county; in 1877 he formed a partnership with Geo. Betty, and is now living at West Butte, where they carry a well selected stock of goods.
JONES, J. G., farmer; P.O. Meridian; lives about ¾ of a mile north of Meridian; owns 330 acres; was born in Western Canada in 1829; in 1849 he emigrated to Illinois, and settled near Rockford; he came to California in 1852, being four months crossing the plains; arrived in Hangtown Aug. 19, and commenced mining on Middle Fork of Feather River, which he followed only a short time. He settled in this county, near his present location in September, and engaged in furnishing steamboats with wood. In the spring of 1853 he removed to the Northern mines, Siskiyou county, where he lived until the fall of 1857; being engaged in mining, farming, and butchering; subsequently he returned to Sacramento Valley, where he has since resided. In the fall of 1858 he returned East on a visit, and in the following spring he recrossed the plains, bringing his parents, brothers and sisters with him. He has held the office of School Trustee for the last eight years; he also holds the office of Trustee of Reclamation Dist. No. 70. Mr. Jones was one of the first settlers on Sacramento River near Meridian; he built his first house the day President Pierce was elected. He was married in 1861 to Miss Amanda Borden, who was born in New Jersey April 17, 1841; she died August 23, 1868; he has three children living - two sons and one daughter.
JONES, T. G. H., was born near Dayton, Ohio, in 1823; moved with his parents in the summer of 1824 to Western Indiana, where, the subject of this sketch says, "he dug artichokes, cracked hickory nuts, cut hoop-poles, and shook with the ague," until the spring of 1836, when the family removed to Ozark, Arkansas, and the next year to Fort Madison, Iowa. He remained here until he was taken badly with the gold fever in the spring of 1849, and in company with a number of others, footed it across the plains. He arrived on Feather river above Oroville, Nov. 10, 1849. From there he went to Stringtown on South Feather river, and then to the North Yuba, where he mined in various localities. Since then he has been engaged in many occupations; - selling goods, keeping hotel, making shakes and shingles, stock grazing, carpentering, etc. He is now the owner of a large apiary at Nicolaus, in which are 180 hives of bees. He still enjoys (fact) the single blessedness that has been his portion through life.
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