Finding aid of the Hiram B. Flagg Diary C058474

Finding aid prepared by Nick Scales / Michael Lange
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849
pkeats@californiapioneers.org
September 11, 2012


Title: Flagg, Hiram B. Diary
Identifier/Call Number: C058474
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: B001620
Storage Unit: C058474
Physical Description: 1.0 folder 1 Handwritten bound diary, 40 pages
Date: Jan 11, 1849 to July 6, 1849
Abstract: Diary of Hiram Flagg's voyage on the bark "Edward Everett" from Boston to San Francisco, beginning on January 11, 1849 and ending on July 6, 1849. Contains a record of the names, occupations, residence, and age of the ships 150 passengers. Entries are brief noting location (Lat/Long), sailing conditions and personal observations. Contains description of Valparaíso where they docked for 5 days.
creator: Flagg, H. B. (Hiram B.)

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on access.

Preferred Citation note

Hiram B. Flagg Diary. The Society of California Pioneers.

Donor

Gift of Mrs Laura E. Gowing

A Short Sketch of the Life of Hiram B. Flagg

Mr. Flagg was born in Danvers, Mass. (March 14, 1818), where he spent his boyhood, afterwards removing to Mason, N.H. His parents were Ephraim and Betsy (Stevens) Flagg. As a young man he worked in the mills of Lawrence and Lowell and afterwards learned the iron founder's trade, working in Hingham and East Boston. In 1849, he went to California, sailing from Boston January 11, arriving at San Francisco July 6, and passing through many thrilling experiences in the gold mines. Mr. Flagg returned to Boston, via Isthmus of Panama and New York. He married Laura Peabody in Lowell, August 31, 1852, and they lived in Somerville and Charlestown about six years in each place. In 1868, Mr. Flagg retired from business, coming to Wakefield, where he purchased a farm at the head of Lake Quannapowitt, after which he attended to his personal affairs, going to Boston regularly and looking after his real estate interests. Mrs. Flagg died August 1, 1887. Mr. Flagg died ten yearslater, August 23, 1897, aged 79 years, 5 months and 9 days. Mr. Flagg left a daughter, Mrs. Laura E. Gowing of Wakefield, and 3 sons, Hiram Peabody Flagg, the artist, Charles S. Flagg and George Arthur Flagg. Mr. Flagg was a Mason and an Odd Fellow, although not connected with any lodge of either organization at the time of his death. - From a typed biography by a former librarian of the Society of California Pioneers, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Diary of Hiram Flagg's voyage on the bark "Edward Everett" from Boston to San Francisco, beginning on January 11, 1849 and ending on July 6, 1849. Contains a record of the names, occupations, residence, and age of the ships 150 passengers. Entries are brief noting location (Lat/Long), sailing conditions and personal observations. Contains description of Valparaíso where they docked for 5 days. The final diary entry is dated May 10, 1851 stating that he has returned to Massachusetts via New York after 18 months in California.

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Related Archival Materials note

Typed transcript of original diary, C058849.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Navigation--Chile--Horn, Cape
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--History
Ships.
Valparaiso (Chile)
Voyages and travels -- 19th century