Guide to the Pearson Barton Reading Collection, 1843-1868

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Guide to the Pearson Barton Reading Collection, 1843-1868



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Pearson Barton Reading Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1843-1868
Box Number: 284-289
Collector: Reading, Alice M.
Extent: 6 boxes
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pearson Barton Reading Collection, California State Library.

Access Points

Reading family
California--History--1846-1850
California Battalion
Rancho Buena Vista (Calif.)
Frontier and pioneer life--California
Pioneers--California
Sutter's Fort (Sacramento, Calif.)

Contents

Correspondence, family history, California Battalion accounts and correspondence, and grant and ranch materials.

Biography

Pearson Barton Reading was born in New Jersey, November 26, 1816. He came to California as a member of the Chiles-Walker party in 1843. He worked for John A. Sutter as a clerk, explorer, and chief of trappers and commanded at Sutter's Fort in Sutter's absence during the Micheltorena Campaign (1845). In 1844, Reading was granted his Buena Ventura Rancho. Reading served in the California Battalion in 1846 as paymaster with the rank of major. 1849 found Reading in Sacramento where he had a store in company with Hensley and Snyder. He ran for governor 1851, missing election by only a few votes. In 1856, he married Fannie Washington and retired to his rancho where he deoted himself to agriculture. He died on May 29, 1868.

Correspondents

Major Correspondents

  • Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880

Other Correspondents

  • Anderson, Charles
  • Baird, J. H.
  • Belden, Josiah, 1815-1892
  • Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858
  • Bidwell, John, 1819-1900
  • Boarman, Thomas M.
  • Brenham, C. J.
  • Buffum, E. Gould (Edward Gould), 1820-1867
  • Canby, Edward
  • Chenery, Richard
  • Cordua, Theodore, 1796-1857
  • Dent, Lewis
  • Dickey, William
  • Douglas, David F.
  • Fellers, T. J.
  • Fremont, John C.
  • Haydenfeldt, S.
  • Howard, William
  • Johnson, O. R.
  • Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858
  • Leidesdorff, William
  • McDougal, John
  • Monson, A. C.
  • Reading, Fannie
  • Reading, Pierson Barton
  • Reading, John
  • Semple, Charles D., 1814-1872
  • Simpson, Robert
  • Spear, Nathan
  • Stockton, B. F.
  • Stokes, James
  • Street, C. R.
  • Vincent, George
  • Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878
  • Wilson, John
  • Wood, Robert
  • Woodworth, Frederick A.

Related Collections

Title: John Augustus Sutter Collection

Container List

Box 284

Certificates, invitations, Reading family materials 1751-1778, and copybook of P. B. Reading 1823.

Box 285

Diary 1842-43, New Helvetia account book 1845, passports 1842-43, and correspondence 1844-46.

Box 286

California Battalion materials: notebooks 1846; muster rolls, 1846; receipts, 1847; settlement with troops, 1847; and correspondence, 1846-60.

Box 287

California Battalion materials: account books 1846-47.

Box 288

Land grant and ranch materials: abstract of title, maps, ranch journals of P. B. Reading 1854-56, and ranch diary of Mrs. P. B. Reading 1856-58.

Box 289

Personal and political correspondence 1848-68.