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Guide to the John Marsh Smith Papers, 1849-1857
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    Title: John Marsh Smith Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1849-1857
    Box Number: 308
    Creator: Smith, John Marsh, 1818-1890
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    Please credit California State Library.

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    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Marsh Smith Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Voyages to the Pacific coast
    Gold mines and mining--California
    California--Gold discoveries
    Smith, John Marsh, 1818-1890


    Letters from Smith to his family describe his trip to San Francisco via Panama, his gold mining and his trip to Oregon. The collection also includes certificates, other correspondence, his diary and various receipts.


    John Marsh Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 20, 1818. He married Elizabeth Tyson in 1843. Leaving his wife and two children, he came to California in 1849, by ship via Panama, to search for gold. He prospected in the area around Sacramento in 1849 and 1850. In 1850, he moved to Portland, Oregon, and a few years later he returned to Maryland. He died at Sandy Spring, Maryland, on July 29, 1890.


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