George Burge

Bolinas Township, page 418

George Burge was born in Chilcompton, Somersetshire, near Bristol, England, February 7, 1830. He is the son of Richard and Ann Purnell Burge. He remained here till 1854, during which time he received his education. The remainder of his time was spent on a farm. His father having died when he was seven years of age, he was thrown early upon his own resources for a livelihood, and was thus deprived of many educational advantages. In September, 1854, he sailed for America, landing at New York City. After a short sojourn in that city he set out on a tour of inspection, looking for a suitable place to locate. He passed through Cleveland, Toledo, (Ohio), and Detroit, Michigan, and finally located in Brant County, Canada West, at a place called Burford. He was engineer of a saw-mill at that place till the Fall of 1856, when he made up his mind to come to California, and on October 6th of that year sailed for San Francisco via the Nicaragua route, at which place he arrived November 1, 1856. He proceeded in a short time to the mines in Tuolumne County, where he remained for about four months, when he returned to San Francisco, and set out for Oregon. He followed mining at Starve-out creek and other localities till July, 1858, and on the 4th of that month started for the Frazer River country, walking as far as Seattle, Bellinghambay, Washington territory, where he learned that the mines were a failure. He then took passage on the old "Columbia " for Victoria, then for San Francisco, working his way. Arriving here he proceeded to Pelaluma, where he was engaged in working on a ranch till 1860, when he came to Bolinas and stayed a short time; from there to the city and worked in a hotel until the 2d of February, 1861 ; came to Bolinas again and engaged in wood chopping. That Fall he purchased a ranch in what is known as Pine Gulch, and continued on it till 1872, when he disposed of his farm and purchased the Bolinas hotel property from Mrs. Jesus Gifford. He has since conducted that business, having enlarged the house and made a tip-top caravansary of it. In May, 1867, Mr. Burge returned to his native heath in " Merry England," and, winning the heart of a " bonnie lass " named Emma Davis, they were married November 12, 1867. She was born in Stourton, Somersetshire, England, March 7, 1845. Their children are: — Ada F., born October 26, 1868; Minnie P., born March 4, 1870; Emma C., born August 19, 1873; George D., born February 29, 1876; James W., born October 28, 1878.

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