[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, November 09, 2007 at 14:21:03 :

Sausalito News
Saturday, October 17, 1896

Another Pioneer of Sausalito Gives Up the Battle of Life
Arrives in San Francisco in 1854 and Settles In Sausalito

On Sunday last Jose Maria Silva was buried by the Portuguese Society in the Sausalito Cemetery. He was one of the pioneers of Sausalito. Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal. As soon as he was old enough to go to sea, he shipped as a cabin boy aboard a “slaver” carrying African negroes to Cuba and other West India islands. He arrived in San Francisco bay in 1845. About 1846* he came to Marin county and commenced work with John Richardson, in the capacity of cook and continued in his employ for several years, part of the time cooking at Richardson Mills on the Big river and part in Sausalito for the men employed in the slaughterhouses conducted by Richardson. Joe always stuck to his profession, cooking during his long and useful life in many of the best eating houses in the town. His life was characterized by frugality and industry. At one time he had accumulated considerable wealth which he lost in business a few years ago owing to an unfortunate partnership. These business misfortunes embittered his latter days and strewed with many a thorn his path to the grave. Mr. John Lewis and Mr. Wm. Crosby tell many interesting stories of the early life in Sausalito in which the departed took an active part.

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*NOTE: he does not appear on the 1850 census of Marin County

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