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Finding aid of the Martha Ann Freeman Papers C058853
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: Freeman, Martha Ann Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: C058853
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: B001392
    Storage Unit: C058853
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder (1 recollection)
    Date: 1905
    Abstract: 15 handwritten pages. Written in 1905, Martha Ann Freeman's recollection of her family's five month journey in 1854 to California from Missouri crossing Platte River and Sierra Mountains. Papers contain geographic information on the journey and lists of provisions and cooking methods. Also information on daily life while travelling: fear of Indian attacks, guarding cattle, crossing the desert and mountains and bridgeless rivers and streams.
    creator: Freeman, Martha Ann, b.1837?

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    The Martha Ann Freeman Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Martha Ann Freeman, at seventeen years old, left Rosehill Johnson County, Missouri on May 18, 1854 with her family. Her father was Doctor H.K. Freeman, and he was the one who decided to move the family out west. They settled in Solano County at the mouth of Cash Creek Slough on the Sacramento Road, about twelve miles outside of Sacramento on October 18, 1854. The following summer she and her family relocated to a house in San Joaquin County in a town twelve miles east of Stockton, later named Linden. Martha Ann Freeman's married name was Martha Ann Wootten.

    Scope and Contents note

    15 handwritten pages. Written in 1905, Martha Ann Freeman's recollection of her family's five month journey in 1854 to California from Missouri crossing Platte River and Sierra Mountains. Papers contain geographic information on the journey and lists of provisions and cooking methods. Also information on daily life while travelling: fear of Indian attacks, guarding cattle, crossing the desert and mountains and bridgeless rivers and streams.
    She names her travelling party thusly: 1. Burden, Mr. and wife and child 2. Cook, John of Lexington, MO 3. Earl, James of Lexington, MO 4. Freeman, Dr. H.K.- Father 5. Freeman, Grandfather and his second wife and her son William Gibson 6. Freeman, Uncle James and family 7. Freeman, Uncle Thomas and family 8. Hather, Philip (?) and wife and child 9. Hurley, John and wife and child 10. Leeper, Mr.(Jim) 11. Lovell, Hiram and family (Mrs. Burden's brother) 12. Nett (?)- Mrs. Burden's brother 13. Newman, Uncle William and family 14. Underwood, Joe 15. Burden, Buchanan - child 16. Freeman, Susie (later Mrs. Susie Drais of San Francisco) - child 17. Greenhalge, Mr. - head man of another train 18. Hather, Johnnie - child 19. Hurley, Torrance - child

    Existence and Location of Originals note

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American bison.
    Buffalo meat
    Frontier and pioneer life – California
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    Pioneer children
    Pioneers--California
    Platte River (Iowa and Mo.)
    Women pioneers