An overland diary, our copy is a transcript of the original, relating events which took place between April 7, 1853 to October
12, 1853 during a wagon train journey from Keosaqua, Iowa to Yreka, California - with additional observations and information
added on January 1, 1854. There is also a handwritten letter by the donor giving additional information, dated January 3,
The only biographical information on James S. Cowden - since there was none in the diary - is from the letter written to the
Society of California Pioneers by the donor, Mary Case Haskins, in 1983. She notes the following: "... that Mr. Cowden was
a friend of the wagon master, Capt. Albert Annibal, who was her great-grandfather. Mr. Annibal had homesteads in the Iowa
Territory earlier. His wife died in childbirth as they reached California, buried at the foot of Mt. Shasta. He sent her two
children back to his sister, Mrs. George Cowden (Laura Annibal) in Gustavus Township in Trumbull Co., Ohio." The statement
is unclear as to whose wife it was that died in childbirth - Cowden's or Captain Annibal's.
(1 typescript, 23 pages and 1 letter)
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