James Athearn Folger, Sr.

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James Athearn Folger, Sr.

Also Known As: "Jim", "J. A. Folger"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
Cause of death: coronary occlusion
Place of Burial: Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Brown Folger and Nancy Folger
Husband of Eleanor Folger
Father of James Athearn Folger, Jr.; James Athearn Folger, Jr.; Mary H. Folger; William A. Folger; Lizzie B. Folger and 1 other
Brother of Henry Clay Folger; Edward Pell Folger; Samuel B. Folger, Jr and Thomas H. Folger

Occupation: Businessman
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
Last Updated:

About James Athearn Folger, Sr.

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Birth: Jun. 17, 1835 Nantucket Nantucket County Massachusetts, USA

Death: Jun. 26, 1889 Oakland Alameda County California, USA

Businessman. Born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel Brown Folger and Nancy Hill, the second youngest to nine children. At the age of 14, James and his brothers Henry and Edward headed for California in search for gold. James remained in San Francisco to work for his travel costs while his older brothers proceeded to the mines. In 1850, a 27-year-old entrepreneur named William H. Bovee was looking for a carpenter to build his first mill in San Francisco, which he called The Pioneer Steam Coffee and Spice Mills. Because James was skilled in carpentry, Bovee hired him to erect the mill. After a year James saved enough money to stake a claim and headed out to mine for gold. He agreed to carry along samples of coffee and spices, taking orders from grocery stores in the mining country until he arrived in a town called Yankee Jim's in 1851. Upon his return to San Francisco in 1865, James became a full partner of The Pioneer Steam Coffee and Spice Mills. By 1872, James bought out the other partners, and renamed the company J.A. Folger & Co. James married in 1861 and he and his wife had four children, two would die, while the two remaining children worked for the family business. In June of 1889, at the age of 51, James died of a coronary occlusion. His oldest son, James A. Folger, II, had worked in the company for seven years at the time of his father's passing. He was 26 years old and stepped into the role of president of J.A. Folger & Co. (bio by: Shock)

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Parents:
  • Samuel Brown Folger (1795 - 1864)
  • Nancy Hillar Folger (1798 - 1869)
Spouse:
  • Eleanor Laughran Folger (1837 - 1906)*
Children:
  • James Athearn Folger (1864 - 1921)*
Siblings:
  • Samuel B. Folger (1825 - 1844)*
  • Edward Pell Folger (1829 - 1869)*
  • Henry Clay Folger (1833 - 1914)*
  • James Athearn Folger (1835 - 1889)
  • Thomas H. Folger (1840 - 1843)*

  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Mountain View Cemetery Oakland Alameda County California, USA Plot: Section 37 GPS (lat/lon): 37.83561, -122.23988

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jul 30, 1998 Find A Grave Memorial# 3259 -------------------- Founder of Folger Coffee company.

Find A Grave Memorial # 3259

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=3259&page=gr

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._A._Folger

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James Athearn Folger, Sr.'s Timeline

1835
June 17, 1835
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
1851
1851
Age 15
1859
June 1859
Age 23
1864
August 23, 1864
Age 29
Massachusetts, United States
August 26, 1864
Age 29
MA, USA
1866
1866
Age 30
1889
June 26, 1889
Age 54
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
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Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States