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Finding Aid of the Dr. Benjamin Cory Papers C058780
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  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: Cory, Benjamin, Dr. Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: C058780
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 33 pages; typed transcript.
    Date: May 1848 to Aug 1848
    Abstract: The Dr. Benjamin Cory Papers are comprised of a single spiral bound typed 33 page transcript. The first section is a diary of Cory's overland journey from St. Joseph, Mo. (departing May 1, 1847) to Portland, Or. (Arriving Oct. 21, 1847) then to San Francisco on the Brig "Henry" (Arriving Nov. 23, 1847). The second section is a 5 page typed transcript of a letter from Cory to his brother in Ohio with description of the rich gold deposits to be found and urging him to come to California. The third section is a copy of a chapter from the book Mines to Medicine (Daniel Hruby, OConner Hospital), Chapter 5 "Doctors on Horseback" with information of Cory's role in early San Jose Medicine.
    creator: Cory, Benjamin, Dr. , 1822-1896

    Biography

    Dr. Benjamin Cory was born either in Millville (Butler, Co.), Ohio or Oxford, Ohio on November 17, 1822. He graduted from Miani University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1842, and received his M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio, in 1845.He practiced medicine at Oxford, Ohio with his father, Dr. James M. Cory, for 2 years and then traveledto California in 1847, eventually settling in San Jose. Dr. Benjamin Cory was the 1st physician in San Jose and was an important member of the community. At 28 he was a member of the first California Assembly and was a force in establishing Santa Clara County Hospital. He was also an investor in the Esmeralda Silver Mine near Mono Lake with his brother. He married Sarah Ann Braley at San Jose, California, on March 16, 1853. Cory died in San Jose, California, on January 16, 1896. Cory was a member of the Society of California Pioneers, joining April 4, 1870.

    Scope and Contents note

    The Dr. Benjamin Cory Papers are comprised of a single spiral bound typed 33 page transcript.
    The first section is a diary of Cory's overland journey from St. Joseph, Mo. (dep. May 1, 1847) to Portland, Or. (Arr. Oct. 21, 1847) then to San Francisco on the Brig "Henry" (Arr. Nov. 16, 1847). He then traveled to San Jose on November 23. The diary contains daily entries covering weather, road conditions, problems with wagons and stock, water and feed at campsites.
    The second section is a 5 page typed transcript of a letter from Cory to his brother in Ohio with description of the rich gold deposits to be found and urging him to come to California. The letter was effusive over the gold prospects in California and urged his brother to come, immediately. "This is the richest gold country on the face of the earth...a man that doesn't have 10 to 20 pounds of gold is considered poverty stricken...Out of 1 wagon load of dirt he (sic) to 5 1/2 pounds of gold...Large nuggets of gold from 2 to 8 pounds are discovered regularly... One prospector found a 20 pound nugget." The letter caused a commotion in the hometown and a wagon train was sent to California.
    The third section is a copy of a chapter from the book Mines to Medicine (Daniel Hruby, OConner Hospital) Chapter 5 "Doctors on Horseback" with information of Cory's role in early San Jose Medicine. Cory was the 1st physician in San Jose and was an important member of the community. At 28 he was a member of the first California Assembly and was a force in establishing Santa Clara County Hospital. He was also an investor in the Esmeralda Silver Mine near Mono Lake with his brother

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Preferred Citation note

    Dr. Benjamin Cory Papers, The Society of California Pioneers

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 101 Montgomery St., Suite 150, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 94129.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Devenforf, Mr
    Granfield, Mr
    Hawes, Mr.
    Hibbert, Mr
    Kester, Chas, Mr
    Lynzz, Mr.
    Sawyer, Mr
    Tustin, Wesley
    Wadleigh, Mr
    Williamson, Mr
    California, Northern-History-19th century.
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- History.
    Gold mines and mining--Nevada--Esmeralda County--History
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Voyages to the Pacific coast