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Robert Douglass was a native of Hancock County, Maine, was born in November, 1822. His father was a ship carpenter, and Robert was brought up on the sea, serving his apprenticeship to the same trade under his father.

On October 16, 1849, Robert sailed from Boston for California. Rounding Cape Horn, he arrived at San Francisco May 16, 1850. He remained in the city until his parents arrived, August 23rd, the same year.

They then went to Antioch, Contra Costa County, where they remained until the fall of 1851, when they all came to this county and settled in Petaluma, being among the first who settled in the now prosperous city. Here the subject of this sketch followed his trade, building the first hotel in the city, where he resided until May 12, 1863, when he moved to Alpine County, where he engaged in mining for two years, when he returned to Petaluma, where he spent one Winter, and in the spring he went to Sonoma, where he passed the summer, and in the fall moved to Bodega, where he followed his trade until 1866, when he commenced farming, which business he has followed ever since.

In 1872, he settled on his present place, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, located in Bodega township, about one mile north from Freestone.

He married December 31, 1852, at Petaluma, Miss Hannah Hathaway, a native of Washington County, Maine. This was the first wedding in the city of Petaluma.

Their children are: Emma J., born September 14, 1856; William L., June 25, 1858; George W., March 9, 1860. They have lost two, Amelia and Heber G.

Source: "History of Sonoma County, Cal.," Alley, Bowen & Co., San Francisco, 1880, pp. 487-488.



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