Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Henry A. Gil, postmaster and general merchant at Jolon, California, was born in that place, July 17, 1874, and is one of fourteen children born to Jose Maria and Maria (Vallejo) Gil, twelve of whom grew to maturity and are still living. The father was born in Madrid, Spain, but his father was a Scotchman, who married a Spanish lady. Jose Maria Gil went to Mexico while still a young man and in 1849 came to California during the gold excitement. After a short time he located at Jolon, where he bought two hundred acres of land and became a prosperous sheep and cattle raiser. He died in 1891.

Henry A. Gil received a common school education and was reared on his father's farm. He learned there how to handle cattle and for a number of years he was employed as a cowboy on different California ranches. In 1901 he came to Jolon and engaged in his present business as merchant and has built up a profitable trade among the surrounding farmers and ranchmen. In 1916 he was appointed postmaster by President Wilson and has held the office continuously since. About the time he opened his store at Jolon he was united in marriage with Miss Edith M. Parsons, daughter of Jacob Parsons, a ranchman of Salinas.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.