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Sunn}' South and the brother assumed the management of their first mill,
while Mr. Spencer of this review took charge of the new one, having since
continued as its proprietor and manager. It has a capacity of twelve thousand
feet and he is engaged in the manufacture of mining and building lumber.
In the enterprise he is associated with a partner, and they also own a planing-
mill, making all kinds of dressed lumber. ' They ha\-e five hundred acres of
timber land. Our subject has also been quite actixxly interested in farming
and is one of the pioneer agriculturists and fruit growers of his part of the
county. In the early days he planted a field of potatoes, which grew nicely
and sold for seven cents per pound. Thus encouraged he has continued his
farming operations, and he now has a fine orchard of fruit trees planted by his
own hands. In this way he has shown the adaptation of the soil in the county
for the production of fruit and other products and thus demonstrated the
cultivable condition of the land. His efforts have induced many others to
follow in his footsteps in this regard.

Mr. Spencer is also interested in mining operations and is the owner
of the Jupiter Canyon mine and various mining properties on the Forest Hill
Divide. He has done much to develop the industrial resources of the state,
and his efforts have not alone contributed to his own prosperity, but have
l)een of much benefit to the community in which he has carried on his work.

In i860 occurred the marriage of Mr. Spencer and Miss Elizabeth Field-
ing, who was born in Yorkshire. England, a daughter of Thomas Fielding,
a respected California pioneer. Seven children have graced their union and
the family circle yet remains unbroken by death. The record is as follows:
G. W., a resident of San Francisco; Ida. wife of Richard Wood: William
Osborne, who is living in Colfax, California: Mary, wife of William Healey,
of San Franci.sco; Varion, who is with his father in the mill: John Fielding,
a resident of Sacramento ; and Meta, who comjiletes the family. Mr. Sjiencer
owns a good residence near the mill and there he and his wife spent forty-
three years of their married life and all their children were there born. At
present, however, they reside at Iowa Hill, where they have a comfortalile and
commodious home. Mr. Spencer gave his political support to Abraham Lin-
coln in 1864 and has since continued faithful in the ranks of the Republican
party. He was chosen to fill tlie important position of county supervisor,
and while acting in that cajjacity did all in his power to promote the interests
of his county. He has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd


Fellows for the past thirty-fi\'e years and has filled all the chairs several times in
his lodge, having been one of the faithful representatives of the order through
more than two decades. In all life's relations he has been true to the trusts
reposed in him and he and his wife and family enjoy the high regard of all
Avith whom they have been associated. In his business affairs he has met
with gratifying success and to-day he is accounted one of the substantial citi-
-zens of Placer county, the characteristics of his life being such as may profit-
ably followed by all who desire to advance along lines of honor and use-
fulness. In the history of this section of the state no one is more deserving
of mention than Osborne John Spencer.


There is but ime chief ruler of a country, be he king', emperor or presi-
dent, and therefore the number who attain eminence in such a direction is
small. Comparati\ely few achieve high rank in military circles, but the busi-
ness field is limitless and a man may win a commanding position in the indus-
trial, agricultural or commercial circles if he but follow the cours8 for which
he is suited, and guides his unremitting efforts by sound judgment. This
Mr. Bell has done and to-day he is ranked among the successful and leading
fruit-growers of Placer county.

Born in New York cit)-, on the 9th of December, 1837, he has exemplified
in his life many of the sterling characteristics of his Scotch ancestry. His
parents. James and Jannet (Gibson) Bell, were both natives of Scotland and
Avere married in that country, where was born unto them a son, James. With
their little child they emigrated to the L'nited States in 1832 and after a short
time spent in New York city removed to Pittsburg. Pennsylvania, \\-here for
some years the father engaged in business as a mason, contractor and builder.
He took a contract for the construction of the large aciueduct and success-
fully executed the work. He departed this life in the sixty-sixth year of his
age. while his wife attained the age of seventy-nine years. They were con-
sistent members of the Presbyterian church and in that faith they reared their
familv. which numbered three sons and a daughter, the latter now Mrs. Anna
Bell Pearcy. of Connellsville, Pennsyh-ania. Two of the sons are residents
of Allegheny. Pennsylvania.

Alexander G. Bell, the fourth member of the family, is indebted to the
public-school system for his early educational privileges, while his business
training was receiA-ed in the Iron City Commercial College, in which he was
graduated in 1854. In 1856 he came to California, crossing the isthmus of
Panama in October and later arriving in San Francisco, whence he made
his way to Placer county. On the middle fork of the American river he
engaged in mining and became actively interested in mining and prospecting
at Dutch Bar hill. He and two companions took out two pounds of gold
each day for five weeks. He afterward engaged in mining in Eldorado county
at the Spanish Dry Diggins. also at Greenwood, and he is now the owner
<if mining property at the last named place.


During the construction of the Central Pacific Ivaih'uad Mr. BeU took
a contract for furnishing wooil to the company at \-arious phices along this
line. In that enterprise he met with prosperity. He became a pioneer in
the ice business on the summit; also at Cuba, where he organized the Peoples
Ice Company. This company shipped ice all over the state and Mr. Bell
became the manager of the office at San Francisco, of which he had charge
for ten years. On the expiration of that period he assisted in consolidating
the company with the Union Ice Company, and he is still a stockholder in
the latter, managing its office at Colfax. He is now also the manager for a
large fruit-growing company, which has eight hundred and forty acres of
fruit land and is extensix-ely engaged in the raising of Bartlett pears and table
and wine grapes, and also has a winery in which the fruit is converted into
wine which brings the highest market prices, owing to tire excellence of the
quality. He has forty acres planted to choice table grapes, one hundred acres
in wine grapes and a very extensive orchard of Bartlett pears. He is well
A-ersed on the subject of horticulture, especially concerning the best methods
of cultivating the fruits mentioned and his opinions are received as authority
in this section of the country. ^Ir. Bell is also prominently engaged in min-
ing interests and is president and manager of the Gold Nugget Mining Com-
pan_\-. He has a good resilience in Colfax and makes his headquarters in that

]\Ir. Bell was happily married, in 3ilay, 1877, to ^Miss Amelia \\'inkle-
man, a nati\'e of Greenwood valley, Eldorado county, and a daughter of Jacob
Winkleman who was of Swiss lineage and became one of California's pio-
neers of 1849. Mrs. Bell has considerable artistic talent, especially in oil
painting, and has taken a number of prizes for her work. Many pictures of
great merit adorn the walls of their pleasant home, which in its attractive
furnishings indicates the cultured and refined taste of the inmates. Unto
'Sir. and Mrs. Bell ha\e been born two children. Carl Gibson, a mining engineer,
and Jannet, who is now in college. Mr. Bell is an active member of the Ancient
Order of United \\'orkmen and in jjolitics is a Republican. He has done
his full share in the development of the resources of the state and in his life
has exemplified the true western spirit of enterprise and progress. His inde-
fatigable energy and resolute purjiose have enabled him to work his way
steadily upward and to-day he stands among the most prominent business
men and respected citizens of Placer county.


One of the well known |)ioneers of California, now proprietor o\ the
Altaville Hotel, in Calaveras county, is Bartholomew Prince, who was born
in Italy, of Italian parents. March 7, 1829. He was educated in his native
country and m 1847 came to .Vmerica, locating first in Boston, Massachusetts,
where he engaged in the manufacture of telescopes and later in the sale of
statuary. In 1852 he embarked for California, by way of the isthmus of
Panama. ha\ing considcral)]c difficulty about his passage, as so many emi-


grants were to be carried that no sufficient niunber of \-essels could be pro-
cured. j\lany poor people lost their money, tired out with waiting for trans-
portation, as the ship owners sold more tickets than could be redeemed by
accommodating passengers. Mr. Prince immediately made his way to Cala-
veras county and engaged in placer-mining on Coyote creek, meeting with
success. He then made his way to Angels creek, wdiere, wdth two partners,
he erected a store and engaged m merchandising on the land where the town
of Altaville now stands. This enterprise was started in the spring of 1853
and was the pioneer store of the town, and such success attended JMr. Prince
that he continued in the same line of business for thirty-seven years. In
1S90 he retired, having accumulated a competence, notwithstanding many
bad debts. In these years he had become the owner of the Cherokee mine,
from which a large amount of gold has been mined and this property is still
in his possession, but is leased to a company. It is on the Mather lode of Cali-
fornia and is considered valuable property, as it has a good light stamp mill.

Tn conjunction with his son he conducts the Altaville Hotel and livery
stables, owning also a large amount of real estate in the town. He has made
his money by attention to business and is highly regarded by his fellow pio-
neers in this section.

Mr. Prince was married, at San Andreas, in i860, to ]Miss ]\Iarv Har-
mettiej^ a native of Ireland, and nine children were born to them, se\-en of
Avhom are still surviving : Frank, in the United States mint at San Francisco ;
Matilda, the wife of Lewis Goldstone, in Egypt, in the employ of an English
syndicate; Dante, a lawyer of San Francisco and a United States commis-
sioner; Mary, now Mrs. H. A. Fisher, of Stockton; Joseph and Theresa,
twins, the former the husband of Miss Ida IMiller, a native of San Joaquin
county, and the latter living with her sister in Stockton; and Edward, who
with his father and brother Joseph conducts the hotel. ]\Irs. Prince died in
1890, after a happy married life of thirty years.

Mr. Prince has always been a Democrat in jxilitics and is a member of
the Masonic fraternity. He is still interested in his business, for which he
has always had a natural aptitude, and worthily represents the best class of
his countrymen in the state of California.


There are few men in Sacramento county who are better known than
ex-Sheriff Fred A. Shepherd, who has been long and prominently connected
with the public interests of this section of the state, and at all times has main-
tained a reputation for reliability and fidelity to dutv that is indeed commend-
able. He is a maii of straightforward purpose, plain and unostentatious in
manner, and yet of such sterling worth that all who know him hold him in
the highest esteem.

Mr. Shepherd is a native of Massachusetts, his birth having occurred in
Xew P)edford, that state, on the TOth of April. 1831. He is a representative
■of some of the oldest and most prominent families of New England, his early


ancestors being among those who aided in founding the colonies and in
shaping the events which form the colonial history of the nation. The hrst
of the name of wliom we ha\e record was Daniel Shepherd, of rortsmoulh,
Rhode Island, who was married, December 21, 1686, to Mary Brice, and their
children were Daniel, Imrn in 1688; Virtue, born in 1689; Nathaniel, born in
1692; John. Ixirn in 1(103; and FrcL'ln\c, born in 1697. The father was a
member nf tliL- Socii_t\ nf iMicnds, and fur many generations the family was
cunnected with that religmus orgamzatKin. John Shepherd, son of Daniel,
was one of the early settlers of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and was married,
January 4, 1719, to Dorcas Wing, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, by whom he
had five children, Deborah. David, John, Jemima and Abner. The last named
was born in Dartmouth September 25, 1732, and was married, June 16, 1763,
to Hannah Gifford. a daughter of William and Elizabeth Gifford.

Abner Shepherd. Jr., the only son of Abner and Hannah Shepherd, was
born in Dartmouth March 20, 1764, and was married. May 29, 1788, to
Apphia IMott. a daughter of Abner and Rachel Mott. He died December
25. 1S37. Abner and Apphia (Mott) Shepherd were the grandparents of him
wdiose name heads this sketch, and their children were Willia, born April
24, 1789; David, born July 15, 1790; Meribah. born November 19. 1794;
James, born September 8, 1796; Joseph, born October 14, 1798; Hannah,
born in 1801 ; John, born November 30, 1805; Eliza, born September 22,
1S07; Caleb, born August 20, 1809; and Sarah A., born August 26, 1812.
The eldest son of this family. W'illiam Shepherd, married Phebe Rogers, of
New York, and their only child was W'illiam, of Fly Creek, who died in
1894. His children were James E., Adelaide B. Irene E. and James E.

The ancestry of the ?iIott family, to which Mrs. Apphia Shepherd, grand-
mother of our subject, belonged, can be traced back to Adam Mott, who was
l)orn in Cambridge. England, in 1596, and his wife Sarah, who was born
in 1604. With their children, John. Adam. Jonathan, Elizabeth and Mary.
they sailed from London in the ship Defense, in 1635, and settled at Rox-
bury. Massachusetts. In 1638 they joined a colony and went to Rhode Island,
obtaining from Chief ]\Iiantonomali a beautiful island, which they called the
Isle of Rhodes. There the little company of not more than twenty people made
a settlement. ^Villiam Coddington was elected governor and Philip Sherman,
secretar}-. They formed a covenant with each other to obey the laws made
by the majority and to respect the rights of conscience. The town which
they founded is now called Portsmouth.

Jacob Mott, son of Adam, married Joanna, a daughter of Rev. Giles
and Joan Slocum. Her father was a famous preacher in those days, having
a widespread reputation as a minister. He and his people all withdrew from
the Baptist church and joined the Society of Friends, in which Mr. Slocum
became a distinguished minister. Unto Jacob and Joanna ]Mott were born
the following children : Hannah. Mercy. Sarah. Elizabeth. Jacob and Sam-
uel. The father died in Portsmouth November i.;. T711. The Mott and
Slocum families were both faithful adherents of the Societv of Friends and the


principles inculcated h\ their teachings are still manifest in their descendants,
although most of them have since afhhated with other religious denominations.

Jacob Mott, a son of Jacob and Joanna Mott, was born in Portsmouth,
Rhode Island, December 13, 1661, and died February 17, 1736. For thirty-
five years he was a minister in the Friends church, was also one of thepro-
Ijrietors of the town of Dartmouth, JNIassachusetts, and his name is on the
confirmatory deed signed by Governor Bradford, Allies Standish and others.
He first married Cassandra Southwick, and after her death wedded Rest Perrv,
a daughter of Edward Perry, of Sandwich, Massachusetts. His third wife
was Alary, daughter of John and Dorcas Easton, of Newport, Rhode Island.
The children of the first union were Jacob, Adam, Joseph, Elizabeth and
Joanna. A daughter, JMary, by the second wife, was the mother of General
Nathaniel Greene, and like the mother of Washington she left such a deep
impress on the character of her son by her noble teaching that he became one
of the most distinguished men of the Revolutionary period.

In Sewell's "History of the Peoples called Quakers." appears the follow-
ing record of the Southwicks : "Lawrence Southwick and Cassandra, his wife,
members of the public church at Salem, and an ancient and grave couple,
having entertained Christopher Holder and John Copeland, were committed
to prison and sent to Boston, where, Lawrence being released, his wife was
kept seven weeks a prisoner, and then fined forty shillings for owning a paper
of exhortation written by the aforesaid Holder and Copeland. These deal-
ings so aft'ected many inhabitants that some withdrew from the public assem-
blies and met by themselves quietly on the first day of the week. They were
fined five shillings a week and committed to prison. The first whose lot this
was were the aforesaid Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick and their son
Josiah. who being carried to Boston were all of them, notwithstanding the
old age of two, sent to the house of correction and whipped with cords in the
coldest season of the year, and had taken from them to the value of four pounds,
thirteen shillings, for not coming to church. T have alreadv made mention
of Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick and their son Josiah. of whom more
is to be said hereafter : but first I will speak of Daniel and Provided, son and
daughter of the said Lawrence and Cassandra. These children, seeing how-
unreasonable their honest parents and brother were dealt with, w-ere so far
from being deterred thereby that they rather felt themselves encouraged to
follow their footsteps and not to frequent the assemblies of such a persecuting
generation, for which absence they were fined ten pounds, though it w^as well
known they had no estate, their parents being already brought to poverty by
their rapacious persecutors. To get this money the following order was
issued in the general court of Boston : 'Whereas, Daniel Southwick and Pro-
vided Southwick, son and daughter of Lawrence Southwick, absenting them-
selves from the public ordinances, have been fined by the courts of Salem and
Ipswick. pretending they have no estates, and resolving not to work, the court
upon a law, which was made upon the account of delfts, in answer to what
should be for the satisfaction of the fines, resolves, that the treasurers of the
several counties are and shall be fully empowered to sell the said persons to


any of the English nation at Virginia or at Barlwdoes, to answer the said
fines, etc., (signed) Edward Ransom, secretary. \Vherefore Edmund Butler,
one of the treasurers, to get something of the booty, sought out for passage
to send them to Barbadoes for sale, but none were willing to take them or
carry them, and a certain master of a ship, to put the thing off, pretended that
they would spoil all the ship's company. To which Butler returned, 'No, vou
need not fear that, for they are poor, harmless creatures, and will not harm
anyb<Kiy.' "Will they not so?' replied the shipmaster, 'and will you offer to
make slaves of such harmless creatures?' Thus Butler, frustrated in his
wicked intentions, and the winter being at hand, sent them home again to shift
for themselves until he could get a convenient opportunity to send them away."'
Thus did some of the ancestors of our subject suffer in the days when most
horrible persecutions were perpetrated in the name of law and Christianity.

Adam Mott, a son of Jacob and Cassandra (Southwick) Mott, was born
in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, April 12, 1692, and was married, December
18, 1 718, to Apphia, daughter of Thomas and Hepzibah Hathaway, of Dart-
mouth. His wife was a lineal descendant of Francis Cooke, who came over
in the Mayflower in 1620. His wife was named Hester. They had a son
John, who married Sarah, daughter of Richard Warren, one of the Pilgrims
of the Mayflower. Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah Cooke, married Arthur
Hathaway, ami they had a son John, wdio also had a son John, and the last
named was the father of Thomas Hathaway, whose daughter Apphia was
married, December 18, 171 8. to Adam Mott. son of Jacob S'lott.

Adam and Apphia Mott had a son Adam, who was born July 16. 1739.
and was married February 23. 1762. to Rachel, daughter of William and
Abigail Rider. Adam and Rachel Mott were the parents of a daughter
Apphia. who became the paternal grandmother of our subject. She was
born jNIay 31. 1767. was married to Abner Shepherd INIay 29, 1788, and died
December 24, 1856. in New Bedford. ^^lassachusetts. well advanced in years,
and fully prepared for the life to come. The following is the marriage cer-
tificate of the paternal grandparents of Fred .\. Sheperd :

".\bner Shepherd, of Dartmoutli, son of Abner Shepherd, in the same
town, in the county of Bristol and state of Massachusetts Bay, deceased, and
Hanna, his wife, and .Apphia Mott, daughter of Adam Mott, of the town,
county and state aforesaid, and Rachel, his wife, having declared their inten-
tions of taking each other in marriage, before several monthly meetings of
the people called Quakers, in the county aforesaid, according to thi good
order used among them, their i^roceedings used among them, their proceed-
ings after due enquiry and delilierate consideration thereof, were allowed by,
said meetings: they appearing clear of all others, and having consent of par-
ents concerned. Xow^ these are to certify to all whom it may concern that for
the full accomplishing of their said intentions, this twenty-ninth dav of the
fifth month, in the year of our Eord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-
eight, they, the said .Abner Sheperd and .Apphia Alott. ai>pcared at a jniblic
assembly of the aforesaid )5eo])le and others, at their meeting house in Dart-
mouth, and he. the said .Abner Shepherd, taking the said .\pphia Alott by the


hand, did openly declare as followeth : Friends — I take this my Friend,
Apphia Mott, to be my wife, promising through divine assistance, to be unto
her a loving and faithful husband until it shall please the Lord by death to
separate us. And the said Apphia Mott did then and there in like manner
declare as followeth : l-'riends — I take this my Friend, Abner Shepherd, to be
my husband, promising through divine assistance to be unto him a loving and
faithful wife, until it shall please the Lord by death to separate us. Or words
of the like import. And the said Abner Shepherd and Apphia Mott, as a
further confirmation thereof, have hereunto set their hands, she after the
■custom of marriage assuming the name of her husband." Then followed
signatures of the contracting parties and over thirty witnesses.

On the maternal side Fred A. Shepherd is a representative of the Sher-
man family, and their line can be traced back to Henry Sherman, of Dedham,
in the county of Essex, England, to which place he probably removed from
the county of Suffolk, as he bore the Suffolk coat of arms. The Christian
name of his wife was Agnes and she died in 1580. He died in 1589. Their
son Henry married Susan Hills and died in 1610. Samuel, the son of
Henry and xAgnes Sherman, was born in 1573, and died in Dedham, Eng-
land, in 1615. His wife's Christian name was Phillis. and their son Phillip
Avas born in Dedham February 5, 1610, married Sarah Adding, and died in
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1687. In 1634 he emigrated to New England
and settled in Roxbury, ^Massachusetts. During the Anne Hutchinson trouble
he took the popular side, but as Governor W'inthrop finally prevailed, he with
others found it convenient to emigrate to Rhode Island. In Providence they
met Roger Williams, who advised them to purchase the island of Aquetnet.
now Rhode Island, of the Indian^. The purchase was consummated March
24.. 1638, and on the ist of July they established a regular government with
William Coddington as governor and Phillip Sherman, secretary. After this
the latter often held offices in the colony. He was a man of intelligence, wealth
and influence and was frequently consulted by those in authority. The early
records prepared by him still remain in Portsmouth and show him to have

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