Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


JAMES R. HEBBRON has been a resident of Monterey County since 1866, and is a successful stock-raiser, prominent citizen, and highly respected gentleman. He was born in London in 1828, and came to New York in 1852. After a short stay here, and at Panama, he arrived in San Francisco August, 1852. He engaged in mining in El Dorado County with varying success, when he moved to Sonoma County and purchased a farm of four hundred and eighty acres near Bodega; afterwards purchased another farm in Green Valley. In 1863 and 1864 he lived in Humboldt, Nevada. Returning to California he pursued the business of dairying and stock-raising near Petaluma, and came to Monterey County in the year above noted. The following year, 1867, he moved his stock, teams, and everything to Salinas Valley, and in 1868 purchased the ranch near Natividad, where he has resided ever since.

This ranch consists of eight hundred and forty-eight acres. He also has a ranch of five thousand acres near Gonzales. He has been largely interested in the sheep industry, and is one of the successful stock-raisers of this section of the State. In 1850 he married Eleanor Noice, and is the father of six sons and four daughters. One son died in infancy, and a daughter, wife of D. McKinnon, died in 1887. A son is in Texas, another married and engaged in farming near Salinas, and a widowed daughter and the other sons and daughters live at home, which, by the way, is one of the most picturesque spots in the Salinas Valley.

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