G. W. Whitman


G. W. WHITMAN was born in Greenbriar County, VA, Sep 21 1809, the son of William and Elizabeth (ERWIN) WHITMAN. The father, a farmer by vocation, was a native of the State of New York, and the mother was a native of Virginia. When he was 17 he went to Chillicothe Ross County OH, and four years later went to Richmond Wayne County IN where he studied there for three years.

Then he made his home in Cambridge of that State, until 1849, when, in October, he sailed from New York State to CA by way of Cape Horn, landing in San Francisco May 6 following. He followed mining at various points throughout this State, mostly to Merced County. In 1863 he went to Sonoma County and, owning a large tract of land there, he devoted all his attention to his fruit-raising and wine-making. In 1883 he settled upon his present place of 228 acres eight miles from Martinez, where he has a fine orchard of thirty acres and a splendid vineyard of fifty acres, devoted to table grapes.

Mr. WHITMAN married Miss Nancy SMITH, who was born in TN Jan 1 1809. They have two children:

Henry H. born Jan 5 1837
Addie born Aug 7 1831
Mr. WHITMAN was State Controller of CA in 1854 and from 1842 to 1847 he was Judge of the Probate Court, IN.

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Contributed by: Carol Lackey