William H. Tredway, who for so many years has been a prosperous farmer and stock-raiser in Elkhorn township of San Joaquin county, is himself a resident of the county of fifty years' standing, and the Tredway family is one of the very oldest and most prominent families of this section of the state.

Born in Steubenville, Jefferson county, Ohio, September 30, 1844, at the age of ten years, in 1854, he accompanied his parents and other children across the plains from Ohio to this state. He is a son of Sylvester V. Tredway, of San Joaquin county, who is perhaps the oldest pioneer resident of the county, a man far past the age of fourscore, who was a California forty-niner, and despite a strenuous career from his early years still enjoyes the comforts of the world and the esteem of his fellow citizens.

This aged pioneer father, who was born December 21, 1820, crossed the plains to California in 1849, and after his arrival mined gold for some time. In the fall of 1853 he returned to Ohio by the isthmus route, and in the following March, 1854, brought his family, consisting of wife and three children, of whom William H. was the youngest, across the plains to the Pacific coast. His route was by way of St. Joseph, Missouri, and he brought along a herd of cattle and horses, arriving in San Joaquin county of September 10th. For a time he resumed gold mining in Calaveras and Amador counties, and also established and conducted several trading posts in those two counties. He had located on the ranch in San Joaquin county where he still resides, in the year 1852, among the first settlers, and he has practically been a resident of that locality ever since. He is a member of the San Joaquin Society of California Pioneers, is a Republican in politics, and is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias at Stockton and also with Jefferson Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Woodbridge. His wife was Isabella (McLaughlin) Tredway, a native of Ohio, who died September 7, 1896. There were three children in the family, George W., William H. and Rebecca J., the last named being the widow of Charles O. Ivory, late of Lodi, where she resides.

Mr. William H. Tredway was reared to manhood in San Joaquin county, finishing in the public schools of the county the education which he had begun in Jefferson county, Ohio, and he also attended Napa College at Napa. He taught school for a short time in Napa county, but from youth up he has been successfully and extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising. He is one of the leading ranchers of the county, and his estate comprises eleven hundred acres, forty acres of which is devoted to vineyard, while the rest is in grain and pasture.

May 19, 1869, he was married to Miss Mary A. Ring, who was born in New York state, a daughter of Greenleaf and Betsy (Bunker) Ring, her father a native of New Hampshire and her mother of Vermont. Mrs. Tredway came out to California in 1868, making the journey from down east by way of the isthmus. Mr. Tredway and wife have five children in their comfortable home namely: Sylvester G., of San Joaquin county; Orvis W. R., in Lake county, this state; Bessie B., wife of J. W. Fowler, of San Joaquin county; Susie M., wife of Leon Kaiser, of Sparks, Nevada; and Ora R., at home.

For thirteen years Mr. Tredway served as deputy county assessor of San Joaquin county. A Republican in politics, he cast his first vote for Lincoln and has supported the candidates of the party ever since. He is a Master Mason and is serving as chaplain of Woodbridge Lodge No. 131, F. & A. M., and is past patron of Woodbridge Chapter No. 118, Order of the Eastern Star.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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