Brophy-Beeson Papers mssBB

Charla M. DelaCuadra
The Huntington Library
August 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Brophy-Beeson papers
Identifier/Call Number: mssBB
Physical Description: 3.6 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 volume)
Date (inclusive): 1827-1900
Date (bulk): 1849-1890
Abstract: Papers belonging to California and Oregon miner and rancher John Brophy and Oregon farmer John Beeson.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Brophy-Beeson papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Edwin Grabhorn, January 1945.

Biographical / Historical

John Brophy (died 1866) came to California in 1849, engaged in mining, and purchased land in Yuba County from early pioneer John Rose before bringing his family to settle in the West. He participated in Democratic politics and prospered in ranching until about 1857, when he suffered reverses, and subsequently moved to a farm in Oregon in 1865. John Beeson (1803-1889) brought his family from Illinois to Oregon in 1853 and took up farming. Beeson's distress with the cruel treatment of the Native Americans caused him to go east to write and lecture on their behalf in 1856. His son, Welborn Beeson, married John Brophy's daughter, Mary Katherine, and continued the management of the family farm and served in the Oregon militia.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters, documents, and one account book related to a variety of subjects, including: gold mining and ranching in Yuba County in the 1850s; disputed California land titles; California and national politics (1856-1861); rural life in La Salle County, Illinois (1856-1864) and in Jackson County, Oregon (1860-1885); life of the Oregon militia (1863-1866); and aid to the Native Americans.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library staff in approximately 1950. In 2020, Charla DelaCuadra created the finding aid derived from a legacy in-house summary report. Finding aid encoded by Charla DelaCuadra in August 2020.


Arranged chronologically.


Former call number: mssBB 1-218.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Country life -- Illinois -- La Salle County
Country life -- Oregon -- Jackson County
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Yuba County
Indians, Treatment of -- United States
Indians of North America -- Oregon
Land titles -- California
Ranching -- California -- Yuba County
California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
California -- Politics and Government -- 1850-1950
Oregon -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Oregon -- Militia
Family papers -- California -- 19th century
Family papers -- Oregon -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- Oregon -- 19th century
Beeson, John, 1803-1889
Beeson, Welborn, 1836-1893

Box 1


Box 2


Box 3


Volume 1

Account book 1844-1847