Contra Costa County











            LEONARD EDDY. The name of Leonard Eddy is associated with the successful ranchmen of Contra Costa county, where in 1850 he entered a quarter-section of land and later purchased the same amount of school land and engaged in its cultivation and improvement. He was interested in general farming and stock-raising, and met with success in both, bringing to a high state of cultivation his ranch in Contra Costa county, while he later purchased a thousand acres in the San Joaquin valley and followed farming exclusively, being one of the first to raise a crop near Cottonwoods, Stanislaus county. He occupied an honored place among the citizens of this section, won both by his ability and high sterling qualities.

            Eight miles from Rochester, N. Y., Leonard Eddy was born January 15, 1828, a son of Daniel and Martha (Pellet) Eddy, who removed to Du Page county, Ill., in 1836. He was there reared to manhood on a farm, and thereafter until 1849 was located in Will county. In that year he followed the westward trend of civilization, crossing the plains with ox-teams to California, where, upon his arrival, he located at Coloma. During the first winter he mined near Dogtown with success, but not liking the life, he came the following year to Contra Costa county. In addition to the one hundred and sixty acres of government land in the Sycamore valley which he entered, he afterward purchased a quarter-section. He continued in this location until 1854, when he returned east, and January 3, 1855, was united in marriage with Mary A. Reed. She was born in Will county, Ill., a daughter of Harvey and Cynthia (Kirkpatrick) Reed, the former of whom came to California in the same train with Mr. Eddy. He remained in the state two years, when he returned to Illinois and died there in 1869.

            Mr. Eddy brought his wife to California via the Isthmus of Panama, and they were soon located in the little house which he had built upon the ranch. In 1860 he put up a larger one, turning their first home into a granary. He continued in his farming operations for many years, the greatest trouble experienced in their new life being with the wild animals which came down from Mount Diablo, their ranch being located at the foot of the mountain. Mr. Eddy, however, was a good marksman, the death of many bears and lions evidencing his skill in this line. Among the improvements which he made upon his property was an orchard of considerable extent, which furnished various fruits for family use. In 1876 he purchased a ranch in the San Joaquin valley and devoted it to general farming until he sold out. He died near Martinez, while setting out a vineyard of one hundred acres, in 1885, and four years later his widow located in Danville, where she now lives.

            Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Eddy four attained maturity, and are as follows: Mary C., wife of William McCarley, of Oakland, by whom she has two children, Lena and Lina; Douglas, a rancher of this valley, who married Emily Goold, their family consisting of three children, Frank, Marcia and Reed; Harvey, a rancher of this county, who married Addie Call, and Lewis, also a rancher of this county, who married Leonor Crow, by whom he has one daughter, Lola.





Transcribed by Marie Hassard 11 November 2015.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Page 868. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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Contra Costa County Biographies

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