EDMUND RUSSELL was born in Franklin county, Tennessee, July 8, 1833, a son of Edmund and Henrietta (Sargent) Russell. The father was a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and served as county Clerk of Franklin county from the time he reached his majority until he was forty-one years of age; he was also engaged in the mercantile business for several years. Edmund Russell, Jr., was reared to the life of a farmer, and at the early age of sixteen years assumed the responsibility of caring for himself. In 1843 his parents removed to Arkansas, and in 1852 he made the journey across the plains to California by the southern route, arriving in San Diego county, October 10; William Johnson was captain of the company of which he was a member, and. there were seventy men in the band besides the women and children. In Los Angeles county Mr. Russell and his brother purchased a quarter section of land which they improved, but in 1855 they were compelled to relinquish it on account of a Spanish grant. Not discouraged by this misfortune, our subject then bought land near Azusa, his purchase being the second made in that place; two years later he traded the tract for cattle, which he drove to Merced county, where he and his brother bought the old Stokes farm at sheriff's sale; later on they bought the 320 acres adjoining it, and also the old Alien ranch. In 1866 they dissolved partnership Mr. Russell now has a tine farm of near 400 acres, which is devoted to the raising of wheat; he has carried on his agricultural pursuits with marked ability, and ranks with the most intelligent husbandmen of the county. He was united in marriage in 1867, to Amanda M. Lewis, a native of Texas, and a daughter of Jacob and Eliza Lewis, well-known pioneers of Mariposa county. To them have been born nine children: Elijah T., William M. (deceased), Orin L., Mary H., John E., Elizabeth A., Amanda E., Grayson L. and Amy F. Mr. Russell is a loyal friend to education, and has served as School Trustee a number of terms; he was also Supervisor from 1865 to 1867. He is a stanch advocate of the principles of temperance, and it is to men of this true and reliable type that the prosperity of the State of California is due.
A Memorial and biographical history of the counties of Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa, California:
Containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period ... and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and also of prominent citizens of to-day.
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1892
Contributed by Carol Lackey