Charles C. P. Severance

Saucelito Township, page 482

Charles C. P. Severance was born in Madison County, New York, February 8, 1820, where he received his education and learned the trade of a blacksmith. In the Spring of 1845 he went to New York City and engaged in a general commission business, which he conducted until 1848, when he returned to Madison County and kept a hotel until March, 1852, in which year he started for California via Nicaragua, arriving in San Francisco April 10th. He proceeded at once to Tuolumne County and there mined for seven months, when he erected a saw-mill and engaged in the lumber business, which he continued until elected County Treasurer in 1858, an office he filled for two years. He next proceeded to Virginia City, Nevada, and was for two years prospecting and mining in that district. At the end of this term he opened a pork-packing business in San Francisco, an industry he followed for three years, after which he became traveling salesman for Smith, Brown & Co., for four years; he then speculated in mining stocks until 1877 when he retired from business and made his residence at Saucelito. Married, April 26, 1843, Sarah M. Wylie, a native of New York. They have four children — Clemissa H., Charles W., Samuel J., and Frederick V.

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