The Valley of Heart's Delight
James Birney Burrell
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JAMES BIRNEY BURRELL was born August 4, 1840, and was married June 18, 1871, to Mary L. Campbell, a native of California. After his marriage he built his present house on that portion of his father's estate where he resided until November 18, 1882, when he went to Southern Mexico and took up 5,000 acres of land under the Mexican Colonization Company, and returned January 31, 1883. In April of the same year he went back to Mexico and remained eleven monhs. In December, 1884, he made a third trip to Mexico, returning to California in May, 1886. He made the journey again the same year, remaining until April, 1888. He has forty acres of land on his home place, and about 300 acres on the Los Gatos Creek. His first vineyard was planted in 1856. From that time to 1876 he raised good crops of peaches, there being no failure during that time. Many trees are still strong that were planted in 1856 and 1857. Mr. Burrell's two children are: Frank, born September 1, 1873, and Willie, May 27, 1880.
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. page 266 transcribed by Carol Lackey-
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