Nathan Coombs

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Nathan Coombs
Born 1826
Massachusetts
Died December 26,1877
Napa
Known for founder of the city of Napa

Nathan Coombs (1826-December 26,1877) was a California pioneer and founder of the city of Napa, California.

Life[edit]

Nathan Coombs lived in Massachusetts and came overland to Oregon in 1842. Coombs came to California in 1843, first working for Steven Smith in Bodega Bay; and then for William Gordon at Rancho Quesesoni in Yolo County. In 1845 he married William Gordon's daughter Maria Isabel Gordon (1831-1890). Coombs came to Napa Valley in 1845 and purchased a small part of Rancho Tulucay on the east side of the Napa River from Juarez Cayetano. Coombs participated in the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. In 1847 Coombs purchased a 325 acres (1.3 km2) farm[1] on Rancho Napa from Salvador Vallejo about one and a half miles north-west of present day Napa, and where he resided until his death.

Coombs purchased 80 acres (0.3 km2) of Rancho Entre Napa from Nicholas Higuera in 1847.[2] On this land, he founded and laid out the city of Napa in 1848.

Coombs and William Gordon purchased Rancho Chimiles from the Berreyesa family in 1851.[3] Coombs was a member for 10th District of the California State Assembly, 1855-56 and 1860-61. He died in Napa, December 26,1877.[4]

Legacy[edit]

Coombsville is named for him. His son Frank Coombs was a United States Representative from California.

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