Alfred Derby Easkoot

Bolinas Township, page 420

Alfred Derby Easkoot This old and highly respected citizen of Bolinas Township was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, February 3, 1820. At the age of nine he began going to sea on coasters during the Summer season; at the age of thirteen he burnt his hand and face, and stopped on shore one year. At the age of twenty he shipped on board the brig " Perseverance," Captain Leach, master, running in the West India trade, and continued in this trade on various vessels till 1846, being master of the brig " Retrieve" from 1845 to 1846. During the last-named year he went to Philadelphia and engaged in boating on the Raritan canal, from Philadelphia to New York, and continued in that business for two years.  At the end of that time Robert Packer, of Philadelphia, built a barque called the “Esther Frances,” and put her in his charge.  He continued as master of this vessel for one year in the South American trade.  In 1851 he set out for San Francisco to join the barque “Asa Packer,” but when he arrived in San Francisco, in July, 1851, he was so ill with thePanama fever that he was unable to take charge of her.  August 16, 1851, he came to Bolinas.  In 1852 he put in a crop on the Belvidere ranch.  In 1853 he was elected County Surveyor, to which office he was re-elected for four other terms as follows:  1853-55; ’57-’59; ’65-’67; ’69-’71.  He was married July 4, 1861 to Miss Amelia L. Dumas who was born at Philadelphia on the 24th  day of July, 1820.

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