Cuthbert Burrel

In Wayne county, in central New York, Cuthbert Burrel was born November 28, 1824, a son of George and Mary (Robinson) Burrel, natives of England, his grandfather, for whom lie was named, being an English squire. Of his parents' nine children, Cuthbert was the fourth in order of nativity. In 1834, when he was ten years old, his people moved to Plainfield, Will county, Ill., where he attended school and grew to man's estate. He crossed the prairies and mountains to California in 1846, driving an ox- team, and consuming almost six months' time in making the jour­ney. Stephen A. Cooper was the leader of the party which with its belongings constituted the train.

For about six months Mr. Burrel was in army service under Fremont, and after his discharge lie went to Sutter's Fort, and there he found the wagon in which he had made his overland jour­ney. Procuring it, he traveled in it to Yount's ranch, in Napa county, taking with him one of the children of the historic Donner party. Later he went to Sonora, where he was employed during the summer of 1847 by Salvator Vallejo, and for his work received $100 cash, one hundred firkins of wheat and two hundred heifers. In 1848, working in a hay field in Suisun valley one day, he was approached by John Patton, who showed $500 worth of gold that he had brought down from the mountains, assuring Mr. Burrel and  the latter's companions that there was plenty more where that had come from. The haymakers at once determined to work no longer in the field, sold their interests in the hay and set out for the mines. Mr. Burrel mined three years, but soon after leaving the mines, he bought land in Green valley, Solano county, where he farmed and raised stock until 1860. Then he sold his ranch for thirteen hundred and eleven head of cattle, which he drove to the Elkhorn ranch in Fresno county, where he raised stock until his death, acquiring there a ranch of twenty thousand acres. He was in the east during the period 1871-1874. Coming back to California in the latter year, he bought a thousand acres of land in Tulare county, five miles northwest of Visalia, and later he bought an addi­tional thousand acres.

In 1873 Mr. Burrel married Mrs. Adaliza H. Adams, who has borne him four children, three of whom are living: Varina J., May and Luella (Mrs. Richard E. Hyde, Jr.). Mr. Burrel was a member of the Society of California Pioneers and was widely known throughout the San Joaquin valley. He found time from his farming and stock-raising to interest himself in business and com­mercial matters, as is evidenced by the fact that he was a director of the First National Bank of San Jose, and assisted in the found­ing of the Bank of Visalia. His landed interests became extensive and he was one of the leading men in his vicinity. He died August 7, 1893, deeply regretted by a wide circle of acquaintances.

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