Contra Costa County










JESSE LAWRENCE. A business man of Danville, Jesse Lawrence is engaged as a butcher in this place and caters to a large and lucrative custom, both in the wholesale and retail trade. He was born in Portugal, September 24, 1836, and was reared to young manhood in his native land. At the age of twenty-two years he became a sailor on a United States vessel, making his first trip to Africa, after which he sailed the seas for four years. He then went to Boston and made a coast trip, after which he came to California, landing at San Francisco in the spring of 1861. In the following fall he went to Placer county and engaged in mining, remaining so occupied in the vicinity of Newcastle for three years. For the following four years he followed the same occupation in Idaho, when he returned to San Francisco and there married Lena Freitas. They located in Halfmoon Bay, San Mateo county, and built a home and carried on agricultural pursuits. He also worked at various other employments until he engaged in the butcher business, for sixteen years thereafter continuing this occupation in Halfmoon Bay, when he sold out and went to Haywards, Alameda county, and followed the same line for two and a half years. Locating then in Danville, Contra Costa county, he bought a home and built a slaughter house and market, fitted with coolers and every modern method for a successful prosecution of his business.

To Mr. Lawrence and his wife were born the following children: Fred, a butcher; Louise, the wife of J. L. Dillon; Lizzie; Rose, the wife of George Womersley; Mamie, the wife of Henry Wilcox; Joseph, a butcher, who married Pearl Stow; Addie; Harry, a butcher; Lester, also a butcher. In his fraternal relations Mr. Lawrence is a member of Haywards Lodge No. 226, F. & A. M., of San Mateo, his daughter Lizzie being a member of the Eastern Star, and son, Fred, a Mason.




Transcribed by Marie Hassard 03 July 2016.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Page 1235. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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