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Abadie (William) Papers
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The Genealogies of William Abadie. This appears to be the handwritten version of Abadie's autobiography and reminiscences,1901. The family tree begins with a marriage of Jean Pierre Abadie to Francoise Bares, and lists their twelve children. The eldest son, William or Guillaume, Abadie leaves France in April of 1840 for California. The ship was wrecked, and the reminiscence then details his trip to San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and then to Monterey County. He ends his life in San Francisco with six children of his own.
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William, or Guillaume, Abadie, was born on October 5, 1823 in France (commune d'Oise, Dept. of Haute Garonne) to Pierre Abadie and Francoise Bares, the eldest of twelve children. He left France in 1840 bound for California via Valparaiso, Chile, and then on to Callao, Peru, where he boarded the Chilean vessel "Sencon". The ship was wrecked at San Pedro in bad weather, he lost all of his possessions, and then travelled up to San Francisco via Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, arriving in San Francisco in December of 1849, or November 15, 1849 - records vary. While in Santa Barbara, he opened a general store with Jerome Gaucheron (1849-1863). He left Santa Barbara in 1868, and tried his hand at ranching in Monterey County, in San Bernarndino. He eventually lost his cattle and crops after many dry seasons. He left there in 1899, and moved to San Francisco with his family. He had married in February 22, 1868, and had 6 children - 5 boys and 1 girl, and resided in San Francisco at 1442 Sacramento Street. He died on February 11, 1911. He was a member of the Society of California Pioneers, joining on September 6, 1869.
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