Finding Aid to the Floyd-Jones Family Correspondence, 1848-1878

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Finding Aid to the Floyd-Jones Family Correspondence, 1848-1878

Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 625

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Bancroft Library staff.
Date Completed:
July 2006
© 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Floyd-Jones family correspondence
Date (inclusive): 1848-1878
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 625
Creators : Floyd-Jones Family
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes Linear feet: .4
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: The Floyd-Jones Family Papers, 1848-1878, consists of correspondence between the various members of the Floyd-Jones family written in the late 19th century. Fourteen individuals have letters in the collection, including all of the members of the immediate Floyd-Jones family. Three brothers wrote the majority of the letters: DeLancey, Charles and Edward. DeLancey Floyd-Jones, in the U.S. Army, wrote 27 letters to his family including letters from the Oregon and Washington territories in 1852 and 1853 and during the Civil War in 1861 and 1862. Charles Floyd-Jones wrote 16 letters from 1850-1861, mostly to his father, relating to the organization of railroads in Illinois and land speculation arising from the construction of these railroads. His 1861 letter refers to General John Charles Frémont and the Civil War. Edward Floyd-Jones wrote 27 letters from 1849 to 1874 dealing with his journey to and subsequent life in California. He describes his trip around Cape Horn aboard the ship Sarah and Eliza in 1849 including a hand drawn chart of the voyage, life in San Francisco and San Jose in 1850, and briefly refers to the New Almaden quicksilver mine and the Fraser River gold rush of 1858.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Floyd-Jones Family Correspondence, BANC MSS C-B 625, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Floyd-Jones, DeLancey, 1826-1902--Correspondence
Floyd-Jones, Charles--Correspondence
Floyd-Jones, Edward--Correspondence
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
Sarah and Eliza (ship)
Voyages to the Pacific coast
California--Gold discoveries
California--Description and travel
Oregon--Description and travel
Washington (State)--Description and travel
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Railroads--Illinois--Planning
Voyages to the Pacific coast--Maps, Manuscript
Manuscript maps
Floyd-Jones, DeLancey, 1826-1902
Floyd-Jones, Charles
Floyd-Jones, Edward
Norris, Thomas W. (Thomas Wayne). Thomas W. Norris collection

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Floyd-Jones Family Papers was assembled from the T. W. Norris Collection.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Bancroft Library staff.

Biographical Information

The Floyd-Jones family was a prominent family from Long Island, New York originally descended from the English privateer Thomas Jones. The family branch of this collection consisted of father Henry Floyd-Jones (1792-1862), mother Helen Watts (DeLancey) Floyd-Jones (d. 1872) and their children, Charles, Edward, DeLancey (1826-1902), Sarah (1820?-1900), Kate and Helen (Nell). Four of the six children married, and three of these spouses have letters within the collection. Charles married Isabelle Mizner, Edward married Mary Lord, DeLancey married a woman named Jennie, and Kate married John D. Jones. The father, Henry Floyd-Jones, was a general in the U.S. Army and New York state legislator. DeLancey Floyd-Jones was also an Army officer, serving during the Mexican American War and the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Floyd-Jones Family Papers, 1848-1878, consists of correspondence between the various members of the Floyd-Jones family written in the late 19th century. Fourteen individuals have letters in the collection, including all of the members of the immediate Floyd-Jones family. Three brothers wrote the majority of the letters: DeLancey, Charles and Edward. DeLancey Floyd-Jones, in the U.S. Army, wrote 27 letters to his family including letters from the Oregon and Washington territories in 1852 and 1853 and during the Civil War in 1861 and 1862. Charles Floyd-Jones wrote 16 letters from 1850-1861, mostly to his father, relating to the organization of railroads in Illinois and land speculation arising from the construction of these railroads. His 1861 letter refers to General John Charles Frémont and the Civil War. Edward Floyd-Jones wrote 27 letters from 1849 to 1874 dealing with his journey to and subsequent life in California. He describes his trip around Cape Horn aboard the ship Sarah and Eliza in 1849 including a hand drawn chart of the voyage, life in San Francisco and San Jose in 1850, and briefly refers to the New Almaden quicksilver mine and the Fraser River gold rush of 1858.
The letters are all individually foldered and arranged in chronological order, except for the last six letters which are undated.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1848

Box 1, Folder 2-8a

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1849-1850

Box 1, Folder 9

Floyd-Jones, Charles 1850

Box 1, Folder 10-12

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1850

Box 1, Folder 13

Floyd-Jones, Helen Watts (DeLancey) 1851

Box 1, Folder 14

Floyd-Jones Charles 1851

Box 1, Folder 15

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1851

Box 1, Folder 16-17

Floyd-Jones, Charles 1851

Box 1, Folder 18

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1851

Box 1, Folder 19

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1851

Box 1, Folder 20

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1851

Box 1, Folder 21

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1851

Box 1, Folder 22-27

Floyd-Jones, Charles 1851-1852

Box 1, Folder 28

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1852

Box 1, Folder 29

Floyd-Jones, Helen Watts (DeLancey)

Box 1, Folder 30

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1852

Box 1, Folder 31-32

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1852

Box 1, Folder 33

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1852

Box 1, Folder 34-35

Floyd-Jones, Helen Watts (DeLancey) 1852

Box 1, Folder 36

Jones, John D. 1852

Box 1, Folder 37

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1852

Box 1, Folder 38

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1852

Box 1, Folder 39

Floyd-Jones, Charles 1853

Box 1, Folder 40

Floyd-Jones, Helen Watts (DeLancey) 1853

Box 1, Folder 41-42

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1853

Box 1, Folder 43-44

Floyd-Jones, Charles 1853

Box 1, Folder 45

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1853

Box 1, Folder 46

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1853

Box 1, Folder 47-49

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1853

Box 1, Folder 50

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1853

Box 1, Folder 51

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1854

Box 1, Folder 52

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1854

Box 1, Folder 53

Floyd-Jones, Isabelle (Mizner) 1854

Box 1, Folder 54

Floyd-Jones, Charles 1854

Box 1, Folder 55

Floyd-Jones, Isabelle (Mizner) 1854

Box 1, Folder 56

Floyd-Jones, Sarah 1854

Box 1, Folder 57-58

Floyd-Jones, Isabelle (Mizner) 1854

Box 1, Folder 59

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1854

Box 1, Folder 60-61

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1857

Box 2, Folder 62-63

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1858

Box 2, Folder 64

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1858

Box 2, Folder 65

Jones, John D. 1858

Box 2, Folder 66

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1858

Box 2, Folder 67

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1858

Box 2, Folder 68

Floyd-Jones, Helen Watts (DeLancey) 1858

Box 2, Folder 69

Floyd-Jones, Isabelle (Mizner) 1858

Box 2, Folder 70

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1858

Box 2, Folder 71

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1859

Box 2, Folder 72-73

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1860

Box 2, Folder 74-75

Floyd-Jones, Charles 1861

Box 2, Folder 76-79

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1861-1862

Box 2, Folder 80

Page, Joseph M. 1862

Box 2, Folder 81-83

Floyd-Jones, DeLancey 1863, 1872

Box 2, Folder 84

Floyd-Jones, Sarah 1872

Box 2, Folder 85-86

Floyd-Jones, Mary (Lord) 1874

Box 2, Folder 87

Van Volkenburgh, Thomas S. 1874

Box 2, Folder 88-90

Floyd-Jones, Mary (Lord) 1874

Box 2, Folder 91-92

Lord, Theodore 1874

Box 2, Folder 93

Floyd-Jones, Mary (Lord) 1874

Box 2, Folder 94-95

Lord, Theodore 1874

Box 2, Folder 96

Floyd-Jones, Mary (Lord) 1874

Box 2, Folder 97

Lord, Theodore 1874

Box 2, Folder 98

Floyd-Jones, Mary (Lord) 1874

Box 2, Folder 99

Lord, Theodore 1874

Box 2, Folder 100

Floyd-Jones, Edward 1874

Box 2, Folder 101

Hewlett, Henry H. 1874

Box 2, Folder 102

Lord, H 1874

Box 2, Folder 103

Lord, Theodore 1876

Box 2, Folder 104

Jones, Julia Clinton 1876

Box 2, Folder 105-106

Lord, Theodore 1877-1878

Box 2, Folder 107-108

Jones, John D. Undated

Box 2, Folder 109

Floyd-Jones, Sarah Undated

Box 2, Folder 110

Floyd-Jones, Helen Watts (DeLancey) Undated

Box 2, Folder 111

Jones, John D. Undated

Box 2, Folder 112

Floyd-Jones, Sarah Undated