Samuel P. Weeks


Bolinas Township, page 428

Samuel P. Weeks This worthy gentleman and pioneer, a portrait of whom will be found in these pages, was born April 30, 1828, at Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was the son of Henry and Theresa Phinney Weeks, both natives of that State. In 1842 young Weeks shipped before the mast on board the bark " Congress," from New Bedford, bound for a whaling voyage in the Pacific ocean. After cruising awhile on the St. Paul's whaling grounds, they proceeded to the north-west coast. This voyage occupied about four years. After remaining at home one year be again, in 1847, shipped for another whaling cruise on board the ship " Lagocia," and went with her to the north-west whaling grounds, returning in 1851. In the Fall of 1852 he started to California, coming as far as Panama on the steamer " Georgia," and thence to San Francisco on the since ill-fated steamer " Pacific," arriving at the latter place in December, 1852. He came to Bolinas at once, and formed a partnership with Hiram Nott and George Gavitt in the schooner " Eliza," which he ran in the San Francisco and Bolinas trade until 1854, when he disposed of his interest and returned home for his family. After his return to California he came again to Bolinas and followed hunting for one year, when he purchased his present homestead, where he conducts a general dairying and farming business. He has held the office of Road Master since 1876. He is one of the staunch citizens of Marin County, and a perfect gentleman. He was married May 3, 1850, to Miss Susan Robinson Jones, daughter of Gorsham and Love Fisher Jones, and who was born in Falmouth, July 4, 1832. Their children are: Henry Wallace, born April 27, 1851, — died January 15, 1855; Felida Phinney, born April 15, 1855; Hattie Frances, born August 27, 1857; Nellie Louisa, born August 15, 1858; May Gertrude, bornSeptember 6, 1864; and Grace, born September 9, 1872.

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