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The Marin Journal
Thursday, March 24, 1910
Death of Old Pioneer
William Wallace Wilkins, one of the old settlers of this county, passed away at his home near Bolinas on Monday at the age of 85 years, 10 months, and 6 days. Mr. Wilkins was born in Middletown, Mass., and is survived by a loving wife, Mary B. Wilkins and is the father of Mary, Bessie, James G., Ellen M. and Edith A. Wilkins.
In 1849 Mr. Wilkins, united with a joint stock company, which was fitting out a vessel for California. The vessel was sailed around Cape Horn, and no port was made except the Falkland Islands. After a fair passage the party arrived in San Francisco Bay, September 17, 1849. After engaging in the boat business for some time, Mr. Wilkins turned his attention to mining and in 1852 left Placer County and came to Bolinas, having taken passage from San Francisco on board the sloop “Falmouth.” He at once entered into partnership with Captain Morgan, on the Belvedere Ranch, where he remained until 1860. He then moved on the ridge afterwards owned by Captain Bourne, and engaged in cutting wood and getting out railroad ties. In 1869 he purchased his late home of 1300 acres, just at the head of Bolinas Bay, and engaged in the dairy business.
Mr. Wilkins was a man of sterling worth, and one who had everybody as his friend. He was married to Miss Mary B. Morse, daughter of Joseph H. and Mary E. Girdler Morse, February 12, 1876.
The funeral was held from the family home in Bolinas on Tuesday, thence to San Francisco, where the remains were taken to the Odd Fellows Crematory. A large number of friends followed the remains to San Francisco and were in attendance at the funeral.
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