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Corp Charles H. Bixby

  • Birth 22 Apr 1837 Livingston County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 5 May 1915 Monterey, Monterey County, California, USA
  • Burial Monterey, Monterey County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 42719082

History and Biographical Record Monterey and San Benito Counties J. M. Guinn 1910


To be descended from the pioneers of America is to trace the lineage to the men who laid the foundations of our national prosperity and our agricultural advancement. Such descent may be claimed by Charles H. Bixby of Monterey, whose ancestors bore their share in the development of our country and were honorably associated with many movements for the good of the government. His mother, a member of the Adams family, was a cousin of the distinguished president, John Quincy Adams, who served with distinction in the executive chair and later, by vigor of senatorial debate, won the title of "Old Man Eloquent."
During the early settlement of the eastern state's the Bixby family became transplanted on American, soil. Several generations lived and labored along the Atlantic coast, but with the transformation of the wilderness into fertile acres they scattered through the west. The present day representatives made their homes in many states and are honored members of their various communities. William Bixby, who married Miss Adams, was a man of unusual commercial ability and great enterprise. In the days when factories were small and their output limited in sale by reason of lack of transportation facilities, he built up an important business as a manufacturer of woolen goods and gained wide reputation throughout the east. The first factory for this established in the valley of Nunda, Livingston county, N. Y., was started by him and gave employment to seventy five men and women.
Charles H. Bixby has in his possession a bedspread manufactured by his father and mother fifty years ago, and it compares favorably with those made at the present day. Had he continued his business until later years and benefited by the splendid facilities for the disposal of manufactured products at high prices, undoubtedly he would have gained great wealth, but his success was limited by reason of his era and environment.
On account of the failure of his wife's heath Mr. Bixby disposed of his business and acting on the advice of physicians he brought his wife west. At Lansing, Mich., he teams and wagons for the overland journey to California, and six months from the time of starting they landed at their destination. When they began the journey Mrs. Bixby had to be carried to her conveyance, but before they had covered half the journey she could walk from seven to ten miles a day. While at Salt Lake Mr. Bixby met Brigham Young whom he knew in his boy hood in the in the east. Mr. Young was in need of someone to set up some machinery for him and knowing of Mr. Bixby's ability as a mechanic urged him to do the work for him, but as Mr. Bixby had no sympathy with Mormonism or its leader and fearing for the safety of his family, he declined Mr. Youngs offer, and resumed the journey across the plains. Reaching Placerville Mr. Bixby first engaged in mining, later opening grocery store and a hotel, and altogether he remained he remained in northern California until 1870. It was at this time that the parents joined their son on his ranch in Monterey county, at Bixby's Landing, and there are buried. The father reached the advanced age of eighty seven years while the mother was seventy five years of age at the time of her demise.
Born in Livingston county N. Y., April 22, 1837, Charles H. Bixby received such educational advantages as were possible during his boyhood and after leaving school he took up the task of making his own way in the world. He was a lad of only fifteen years when in 1852, he set out on the overland journey to California with horse teams with Placerville as his destination. In 1859 he returned to the east for a visit, making the trip by the way of the Isthmus of Panama, and the following year he came back to California. The unrest and disturbance throughout the entire country incident to the Civil war was the cause of the enlistment of many thousands of the county's best men, and among those who entered her service in 1863 was Charles H. Bixby, who became a member of Company G, Seventh regiment California Volunteers. During his service he was stationed in Arizona and on the frontier, and after his honorable discharge he went to Sonoma county and engaged in the stock business near Healdsburg. After remaining in that locality for a number of years he came to Monterey county in 1868 and secured large tracts of land on the coast which he improved and developed, getting out timber and tan bark, which he shipped to San Francisco from Bixby Landing. No one was more instrumental in the opening up and development of the Sur country than Mr. Bixby who with prophetic vision saw the possibilities of the region. Alone and unaided he labored to have a post office established at Bixby's Landing and at his own expense hired a man for six months to carry the mail. He and his father built the wagon road from the Carmel mission to the Landing, getting no assistance whatever from the supervisors, who declared "No one would ever live in that country." Mr. Bixby assisted in organizing the first school in that locality and served as trustee for a number of years. In addition to the, interests already mentioned Mr. Bixby also engaged in the stock business on a large scale. From time to time as his means permitted he added to his holdings by the purchase of land, until finally he had title to eleven hundred acres, but this property he eventually sold to the Monterey Lime Company, in 1905, since which time he has lived retired in his Monterey home.
The marriage of Charles H. Bixby occurred in 1875 and united him with Miss Martha Sammons, at that time a resident of the Alisal district in Monterey county. Ira Sammons, Mrs. Bixby's father, crossed the plains in 1864 from New York and for one year was located in Mendocino county. Thereafter he spent three years in Sonoma county and in 1868 he came to Mon¬terey county and settled on the Alisal. There he carried on farming for nine years, thereafter removing to Napa county, and in the latter county his, death occurred when he was eighty years of age. His wife survived him a number of years, living to reach the venerable age of eighty five years. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Sammons seven are now living, six in Monterey county and one in Washington. Two children blessed to the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bixby, George Q. and Alta, the latter the wife of Charles Gregg, and both children make their home in Monterey county.

Monterey Daily Cypress, CA May 6, 1915

Charles Bixby Passes to Reward
Charitable Resident of this City Claimed by Death

A kind husband, a good father and a charitable man, Charles H. Bixby, a resident of Monterey country for many years and of Monterey for the past eight years, passed away at his home, 517 Madison street, shortly after 6 o'clock last evening. Mr. Bixby was aged 78 years, 11 months and 13 days when he breathed his last. Born in Michigan April 22, 1837, he came to California in 1872 and settled almost immediately at Sur, south of this city, where he engaged in farming. Bixby Landing in that vicinity was named after him. Until two years ago he was driver of the mail stage between Monterey and Corral de Tierra in both of which localities he claimed a host of friends. He was noted for his love of befriending those in trouble and was always looked upon as a benefactor of the poor and distressed, who knew him familiarly as "Uncle Charley." Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Martha Bixby; a son, George O Bixby; and a daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Gregg of Sur. Mr. Bixby fought during the Civil war and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made but will be announced sometime today.

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