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JUDSON-FAIRBANKS PAPERS 1852 - 1887
HM 62780-62821  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing: Subjects

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Judson-Fairbanks papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1852-1887
    Date (inclusive): 1852-1887
    Collection number: HM 62780-62821
    Creator: Judson, Everitt Fairbanks, Zelotes C. Fairbanks, Martin L.
    Extent: 47 Pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    Judson-Fairbanks Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was purchased from Usher Lloyd Burdick on May 27, 1947.
    The collection contains 47 pieces.
    The collection spans the dates 1852-1887.
    Call Numbers: HM 62780-62821

    Biographical Note

    Everitt Judson traveled from New York to San Francisco in 1852 on the schooner Ino to pursue financial gains in California, leaving behind his wife, Philuta. Once there he tried his hand at gold mining and farming; each produced modest results and allowed him to purchase a ranch on the south fork of the Kern River. Everitt and Philuta had four children: John Baldwin, E. S., Smith and Mary.
    Other Judson Family members include Everitt's brother, Roswell Judson, and Everitt's three nephews, Carlton, Harris, and J. Watts. J. Watts Judson worked in the Quartermaster Corps. in Memphis, Tennessee, and fought in 1862 in the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Corinth.
    Everitt and Philuta's son, John Baldwin Judson, had two brothers-in-law, Zelotes C. Fairbanks and Martin L. Fairbanks, who also worked in the Quartermaster Corps. in Nashville, Tennessee.
    The Judsons appear to be a church going Methodist family, and three family members were chaplains: D. Cobb, Charles H. Flanders, and J. C. Robbins.

    Scope and Content Note

    The collection consists of 36 single-item cataloged letters, 23 of which deal with the Judson Family, while the remaining 13 have to do with the Civil War. In addition, there are 5 letters, 5 bills and receipts, and 1 broadside that deal with the accidental death of Martin L. Fairbanks in 1866 and the recovery of his body. The bulk of the letters are written by Everitt Judson to his wife Philuta, while the remaining letters are written between various members of the Judson family. The letters concerning the accidental death of Martin L. Fairbanks are mostly written by or to his brother-in-law, John Baldwin Judson.
    The letters are primarily family correspondence in which affairs of the family as well as current events are discussed. The majority of the letters from Everitt to Philuta relate to his business in gold mining and agriculture in California. In those letters are details as to the variety of crops grown, irrigation farming, fruit growers, and land tenure. Everitt's letters also frequently mention economic conditions in California, domestic relations in the 19 th century, and Indian attacks, interspersed between descriptions of Placerville and Visalia, Calif. Other topics that are briefly addressed include telegraphs, railroads, the Mormons, churches, and the Central America steamship.
    The letters pertaining to the Civil War discuss the Quartermaster Corps., religious practices in camp, and military chaplains. Some letters provide descriptions of Memphis, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., while others make brief mention of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and the political climate of the time.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Agriculture - California
    1855, July 22. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62787.
    1860, July 20. Everitt Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62794.
    Banks and banking - California - San Francisco
    1855, Feb. 2. Everitt Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62786.
    Central America (Steamship)
    1857, Nov. 3. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62789.
    Chaplains, Military - United States - Civil War, 1861-1865
    1862, Sept. 20. Charles H. Flanders, letter to Brother Judson. HM 62799.
    1865, Apr. 6-7. J. C. Robbins, letter to J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson and his wife. HM 62811.
    [1865], Apr. 22. J. C. Robbins, letter to J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson and his wife. HM 62812.
    1865, May 25. D. Cobb, letter to Judson. HM 62813.
    1865, May 30. D. Cobb, letter to Judson. HM 62814.
    Domestic relations
    1857, May 17. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62788.
    Fairbanks, Martin L.
    [1866], Oct. 6. J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson, broadside. HM 62815.
    1866, Oct. 20. Z[elotes] C. Fairbanks, letter to Dear Bro. HM 62816.
    1867, Jan. 5. Porter, Bates & Co., letter to J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62817.
    186[7], Jan. 5. E. S. Judson, letter to J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62818.
    1867, Jan. 24. J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson, letter to E. P. Bates. HM 62819
    1867, Feb. 13. William Henry Cook, 1832-1899, letter to Judson. HM 62820.
    1864-1868. Bills and receipts regarding the accidental death of Martin L. Fairbanks and the settlement of his estate.
    Farms - California - Contra Costa County
    1855, Feb. 2. Everitt Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62786.
    Fruits - California
    1854, Oct. 23. E[veritt] Judson, letter to John B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62785.
    Frontier and pioneer life - California - Owens River Valley
    1862, Dec. 7. [Everitt Judson], letter to [Philuta Judson]. HM 62800.
    Gold mines and mining - California, Northern
    1854, Oct. 23. E[veritt] Judson, letter to John B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62785.
    1859, July 17. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62792.
    1862, Dec. 7. [Everitt Judson], letter to [Philuta Judson]. HM 62800.
    1863, Nov. 16. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62804.
    Grapes - California
    1887, Dec. 5. Samuel McKoon, letter to John B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62821.
    Indians of North America - California
    1858, Nov. 4. Everitt Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62791.
    1862, Dec. 7. [Everitt Judson], letter to [Philuta Judson]. HM 62800.
    [Post-1864], May 25. Sophy Smith, letter to [Philuta] Judson. HM 62810.
    Irrigation farming - California - Tulare County
    1861, Mar. 14. E[veritt] Judson, letter to John B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62795.
    Land tenure - California
    1863, Nov. 16. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62804.
    Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
    1862, Jan. 19. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62796.
    1864, Oct. 30. M[artin] L. Fairbanks, letter to [Everitt and Philuta Judson]. HM 62808.
    Methodists - California - San Francisco
    1853, Sept. 25. Everitt Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62782.
    Memphis (Tenn.)
    1862, Jan. 19. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62796.
    Placerville (Calif.)
    1853, Sept. 25. Everitt Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62782.
    1853, Nov. 25. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62783.
    Placerville (Calif.) - Social life and customs
    1853, Nov. 25. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62783.
    Raisins - California
    1887, Dec. 5. Samuel McKoon, letter to John B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62821.
    Ranches - California - Visalia
    [Post-1864], May 25. Sophy Smith, letter to [Philuta] Judson. HM 62810.
    Right of Property - California - Visalia
    1864, Aug. 14. Sophy Smith, letter to [Everitt] Judson. HM 62807.
    Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    1852, Apr. 22. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta [Judson]. HM 62780.
    San Diego - California
    1887, Dec 5. Samuel McKoon, letter to John B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62821.
    Seeds
    1855, July 22. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62787.
    Slate Range (San Bernardino County, Calif.)
    1863, Nov. 16. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62804.
    Tulare County (Calif.) - Social life and customs
    [Post-1864], May 25. Sophy Smith, letter to [Philuta] Judson. HM 62810.
    United States. Army. Quartermaster Corps.
    1862, Jan. 19. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62796.
    1862, July 26. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62798.
    1863, June 11. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62801.
    1864, Feb. 27. Roswell Judson, letter to Philuta [Judson]. HM 62805.
    1864, July 10-11. M[artin] L. Fairbanks, letter to [Everitt and Philuta Judson]. HM 62806.
    United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
    1862, Jan. 19. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62796.
    1862, Apr. 16. R[oswell] Judson, letter to J. Watts Judson. HM 62797.
    1862, July 26. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62798
    1863, June 11. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62801.
    1864, Oct. 30. M[artin] L. Fairbanks, letter to [Everitt and Philuta Judson]. HM 62808.
    1865, May 25. D. Cobb, letter to Judson. HM 62813.
    United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Religious aspects
    1862, Sept. 20. Charles H. Flanders, letter to Brother Judson. HM 62799.
    1865, Apr. 6-7. J. C. Robbins, letter to J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson and his wife. HM 62811.
    1865, May 25. D. Cobb, letter to Judson. HM 62813.
    1865, May 30. D. Cobb, letter to Judson. HM 62814.
    United States - Politics and government - 1861-1865
    1863, June 11. J. Watts Judson, letter to Dear Coz. HM 62801.
    Vegetables - Marketing
    1863, July 28. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta Judson. HM 62802.
    Visalia (Calif.)
    1860, June 30. E[veritt] Judson, letter to [J.] Watts Judson. HM 62793.
    1861, Mar. 14. E[veritt] Judson, letter to John B[aldwin] Judson. HM 62795.
    Voyages to the Pacific Coast
    1852, Apr. 22. E[veritt] Judson, letter to Philuta [Judson]. HM 62780.
    Washington (D.C.)
    [1865], Apr. 22. J. C. Robbins, letter to J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson and his wife. HM 62812.
    Women Pioneers - California - Visalia
    [Post-1864], May 25. Sophy Smith, letter to [Philuta] Judson. HM 62810.