William N. Anderson

San Rafael Township, page 457

William N. Anderson was born in New York City, November 2, 1828, and is the son of Robert and Jane Calhoun Anderson. He remained in that city until January 1, 1849, when he sailed in the ship "Sutton," bound for California via Cape Horn, arriving in San Francisco July 22d of that year. In company with William Dunham and Amos Roberts he proceeded to Mormon Island and opened a store, engaging also in mining. In the Spring of 1850 he proceeded to Sacramento and began business in that place. During the year Dunham died of cholera, and Anderson had a severe attack of the same complaint. In the Fall of 1850 the subject of this sketch went to Santa Cruz county, and engaged in farming for two years; he then moved to Pajaro valley and followed the same business until 1856, when he opened a meat market in Watsonville, and remained there until 1861. He then transferred his business to San Francisco, and there, in 1861, married Sarah J. Strong, formerly of Galena, Jo Davies county, Illinois. In 1867, being ordered to San Rafael, Marin county, for the benefit of his health, he established himself in business there, adding to his meat market that of groceries, etc. Has had six adopted children, two died in San Francisco and the remainder live in San Rafael.

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