Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


CAPTAIN JOHN SHEEHY began life as a sailor-boy, and for four years "sailed the ocean blue" as master of a ship. In 1852 he became tired of a seafaring life, and resigned command of his vessel, then lying at New Orleans. He came to California and courted the fair Goddess of Fortune in the mines. At the expiration of two years he went to San Francisco, where for five years he was engaged in various occupations. While there he married, and in 1859 came with his wife and two children to Pajaro Valley, where he located permanently. Here the fickle dame smiled upon him, and today he owns one of the most beautiful of the many lovely homes in this charming valley, besides other landed interests in the same locality. Here eight more children, including twin boys, were born to him and his most estimable wife, all of whom are still living. Nineteen years ago Captain Sheehy was elected Supervisor from his district and served two terms. Two years ago he was appointed by Governor Stoneman to the same office, and has therefore served the county in a political capacity eight years, besides having repeatedly declined the Democratic nomination for County Treasurer. He has been identified with Monterey County's interests and progress for nearly thirty years, and may aptly be termed one of her standard-bearers.

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