Mountain View

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one of the pioneers of the State, resides on the Stevens Creek road, in the Doyle District, about five miles west of San Jose. He was born in the State of North Carolina, November 22, 1828. When he was twelve years of age his parents, Brooks and Hannah (Greene) Worthington, emigrated to the State of Missouri, and there made their home in Lafayette County. In that county the subject of this sketch spent his youthful years, engaged in labor on his father's farm, receiving his education in the schools of the county. Upon attaining his majority he determined to make his future home in the Golden State, and for this purpose left his home, April 25, 1850, and joined an overland train of emigrants, which reached Hangtown (now Placerville) July 16 of the same year. He first engaged in placer mining on the Middle Fork of the American River, but not long afterward spent a short time in Grass Valley, Nevada County.

        About five months after his arrival in the State he could have been found in Mountain View, of which place he became a pioneer, settling there on the twentieth of December, 1850. He soon became identified with the agricultural interests of the county, and spent the succeeding nine years in that vicinity, engaged in farming. In 1859 he took possession of his present home,—a farm containing sixty acres of choice land, which, by diversified farming, he has kept in excellent condition.

In this county, on the eighteenth of October, 1855, Mr. Worthington was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Meador, the daughter of John S. and Lucinda (Lemons) Meador. She was born in Jackson County, Missouri, and came with her parents to this county in 1852. Her father established his family on a farm near Mountain View, but lived only about two years after becoming a resident of this State. Her mother now resides with herself and her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Worthington are the parents of six children: Alice, born November 14, 1856; Lucinda Frances, born October 18, 1858; John B., born April 5, 1861; Martha Ellen, born December 1, 1862; Willet, born September 25, 1873; and Clara, born February 1, 1878.

        Mr. Worthington is now devoting his attention partly to horticulture, having an orchard of fifteen acres, all but three acres being yet too young to be in bearing, but promising much for the future. The subject of our sketch stands well to the front among the active, enterprising, and public-spirited agriculturists of Santa Clara County. No enterprise tending to advance the interests of his county fails to find in him a strong supporter. In politics he is identified with the Democratic party. He is a member of Santa Clara Encampment, of Santa Clara Lodge, No. 52, I. O. O. F., and also of Canton No. 10, of the Uniformed Degree of Odd Fellows. In the Order of Odd Fellows he occupies a high position, having passed all the chairs of the subordinate lodge, and being a member of the Grand Lodge of the State.

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.

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