Scope and Content
Title: Foulk Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1864-1923
Collection number: Mss83
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
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[Identification of item], Foulk Family Papers, Mss83, Holt-Atherton Department of Special
Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Nina H. Foulk (nee McDaniel) was born in Marysville, Calif. (1846) and died in San
Francisco (c1923). Her father was R.H. McDaniel of Marysville (b. 1813). Her letters
reveal that she had at least three siblings: R.H. Jr., Eugene and Lizzie (b. 1855).
Eugene P. McDaniel was District Attorney of Yuba county during the 1890s and Judge of the
Superior Court in 1906.
Nina McDaniel married a George A. Foulk of Ashton, Colusa Co., in about 1863. Ashton had
been a boom town during the 1860s since federal government subsidies for copper had lead
to a surge in mining in the area. By 1866 the mining boom had collapsed. Foulk seems to
have been a justice of the peace at one time, since some correspondence is addressed to
him as "Judge" Foulk. While he was not directly involved in mining, his livelihood was
doubtless adversely affected by the change in economic prosperity of Ashton. After the
family moved to Honcut,Yuba county, during the 1870s, Foulk raised sheep.
The Foulks had two sons, Henry and Herbert, and three daughters, Bessie, Ada and Nina.
The marriage may have been a difficult one--both emotionally and financially--for the
correspondence contains at least one dunning letter from a grocer and evidence that Mr.
Foulk left his wife and settled in Texas as early as 1880.
Nina Foulk apparently supported herself by teaching school--first in Ashton (1870s), then
in Honcut, Butte county (c1877-1887), Moore's Station, Butte county (1888-1897?), and San
Francisco (1898-1901). In 1906 she was back in Yuba county operating a boarding house and
teaching school, but, by 1908, she seems to have retired to Berkeley, where she lived in
her son, Henry's, home with daughter Nina. In 1923 she lived in San Francisco with her
daughter Bessie MacMurray.
Scope and Content
The Foulk Family Papers consist chiefly of correspondence to Mrs. Foulk from family and
friends, letters from Mrs. Foulk to her mother, Mrs. R.H. McDaniel, and son, Henry D.
Foulk (1906). There is also correspondence to Mr. Foulk from his relatives. The content
of most of these letters concerns family matters and other aspects of the daily lives of
their authors. There are passing descriptions of life in Yuba county and San Luis Obispo
county. There are also occasional references to woman suffrage issues.