Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


J. B. H. COOPER was born in Monterey, September 30, 1830. His father was a native of Alderny Island, England, and was one of the first settlers of California, arriving in Monterey during the year 1823. He was prominently identified with the county for many years, and acquired large property interests. The subject of this sketch is one of the largest land owners in the county, the ranches Salinas, Moro Cojo, San Barnebe, and part of the Sur being his property. He filled the office of Supervisor of Monterey County for nine years, and could have had other official positions had he desired them. At present he lives in San Francisco, but makes frequent trips to Monterey County, looking after his extensive interests there. He is a most sociable and genial gentleman, combining the urbanity of manner and chivalric instincts inherited from Spanish ancestry on his mother's side, with the candor and liberality of the California pioneer.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.