JUDSON-FAIRBANKS PAPERS 1852 - 1887

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JUDSON-FAIRBANKS PAPERS 1852 - 1887

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  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
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Mitchell W.K. Toda
Date Completed:
July 2002
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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

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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.

Collection Contents

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil E[veritt] Judson Philuta [Judson] 1852, Apr. 22 HM 62780

 

Placerville, Calif. E[veritt] Judson E. S. Judson 1853, July 18 HM 62781

 

Placerville, Calif. Everitt Judson Philuta Judson 1853, Sept. 25 HM 62782

 

Placerville, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1853, Nov. 25 HM 62783

 

Placerville, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1854, Apr. 4 HM 62784

 

San Juan Bautista, Calif. E[veritt] Judson John B[aldwin] Judson 1854, Oct. 23 HM 62785

 

Oakland, Calif. Everitt Judson Philuta Judson 1855, Feb. 2 HM 62786

 

Oakland, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1855, July 22 HM 62787

 

Oakland, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1857, May 17 HM 62788

 

Oakland, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1857, Nov. 3 HM 62789

 

Oakland, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1858, Oct. 1 HM 62790

 

Oakland, Calif. Everitt Judson Philuta Judson 1858. Nov. 4 HM 62791

 

Oakland, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1859, July 17 HM 62792

 

Visalia, Calif. E[veritt] Judson J. Watts Judson 1860, June 30 HM 62793

 

Visalia, Calif. Everitt Judson Philuta Judson 1860, July 20 HM 62794

 

Visalia, Calif. E[veritt] Judson John B[aldwin] Judson 1861, Mar. 14 HM 62795

 

Memphis, Tenn. J. Watts Judson Dear Coz 1862, Jan. 19 HM 62796

 

Beaver Dam, Wis. R[oswell] Judson J. Watts Judson 1862, Apr. 16 HM 62797

 

In the woods near Corinth, Miss. J. Watts Judson Dear Coz 1862, July 26 HM 62798

 

Camp Chase, Va. Charles H. Flanders Brother Judson 1862, Sept. 20 HM 62799

 

Visalia, Calif. [Everitt Judson] [Philuta Judson] 1862, Dec. 7 HM 62800

 

Memphis, Tenn. J. Watts Judson Dear Coz 1863, June 11 HM 62801

 

South fork of Kern River, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1863, July 28 HM 62802

 

Keysville, Calif. H. A. Rindge P[hiluta] Judson 1863, Sept. 20 HM 62803

 

Keysville, Calif. E[veritt] Judson Philuta Judson 1863, Nov. 16 HM 62804

 

Hastings, Minn. Roswell Judson Philuta [Judson] 1864, Feb.27 HM 62805

 

Nashville, Tenn. M[artin] L. Fairbanks [Everitt and Philuta Judson] 1864, July 10-11 HM 62806

 

Visalia, Calif. Sophy Smith [Everitt] Judson 1864, Aug. 14 HM 62807

 

Chattanooga, Tenn. M[artin] L. Fairbanks [Everitt and Philuta Judson] 1864, Oct. 30 HM 62808

 

Middletown, [Ky.] Z[elotes] C. Fairbanks Dear Brother 1864, Nov. 6 HM 62809

 

Visalia, Calif. Sophy Smith [Philuta] Judson [Post-1864], May 25 HM 62810

 

City Point, Va. J. C. Robbins J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson and his wife 1865, Apr. 6-7 HM 62811

 

Richmond, Va. J. C. Robbins J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson and his wife [1865], Apr. 22 HM 62812

 

Montgomery, Ala. D. Cobb Judson 1865, May 25 HM 62813

 

Montgomery, Ala. D. Cobb Judson 1865, May 30 HM 62814

 

Manitowoc, Wis. J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson Broadside [1866], Oct. 6 HM 62815

 

Two Rivers, [Wis.] Z[elotes] C. Fairbanks Dear Bro 1866, Oct. 20 HM 62816

 

Chicago, Ill. Porter, Bates & Co. J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson 1867, Jan. 5 HM 62817

 

[Milwaukee, Wis.] E. S. Judson J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson 186[7], Jan. 5 HM 62818

 

Milwaukee, Wis. J[ohn] B[aldwin] Judson E. P. Bates 1867, Jan. 24 HM 62819

 

Glen Arbor, [Mich.] William Henry Cook, 1832-1899 Judson 1867, Feb. 13 HM 62820

 

El Cajon, Calif. Samuel McKoon John B[aldwin] Judson 1887, Dec. 5 HM 62821