Elizabeth Butler Gainer Papers

M. Carey
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Elizabeth Butler Gainer Papers

Collection number: MS 137

The University Library

University Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
M. Carey
Date Completed:
July 25, 2013
Encoded by:
M. Carey
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Elizabeth Butler Gainer papers
Dates: 1845-1921 (Bulk 1845-1976)
Collection number: MS 137
Creator: Gainer, Elizabeth Butler
Collection Size: 3 boxes

2 linear ft
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Papers documenting the history and geneology of the families Butler, Jones, Morgan, and Thomas from seventeenth-century Wales and England to the United States.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Butler Gainer papers. MS 137. University Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. William Julien, 1976


Elizabeth Butler Gainer 1843-1921 was born in Warren County, IL. in Larchmont and lived her early life between Larchmont & Monmouth before traveling overland with her family to Oregon. She resided in Long Beach, CA for 15 years. Mrs. Gainer was married to Joseph F. Gainer, was mother to Mrs. H. L. Pillsbury [Ann Gainer], Eleanor Gainer, Marie Gainer and Frank B. Gainer as well as grandmother to Sterling Pillsbury and Elizabeth Pillsbury. Mrs. Gainer was also the niece of Rev. Harrison Jones, a pioneer preacher in Ohio and chaplain of the regiment commanded by President James A. Garfield during the Civil War.
Mrs. Gainer was known as a most loveable Christian character, ever prominent in church work teaching the Loyal Women's Sunday School class in the First Christian Church. She was also a member of the Gaviota Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Scope and Content of Collection

Papers documenting the history and geneology of the families Butler, Jones, Morgan, and Thomas from seventeenth-century Wales and England to the United States. Includes a holograph reminiscence (127 p.), typescript transcriptions of the manuscript, photographs, correspondence, documents, scrapbook and three small framed items.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gainer, Elizabeth Butler, 1843-1921--Archives
Garfield, James A. (James Abram). 1831-1881

Container List

box-folder 1:1

History of Gift, 1976

box-folder 1:2-3; 2:1-2

Civil Documents 1845-1915

box-folder 1:2

Birth certificate, 1845

box-folder 1:2

Marriage License, 1862

box-folder 1:2

Estate of Isacc Butler - Disposition, 1877

box-folder 1:3

Record & Pension Office, War Department - Requests for information 1899, 1904

box-folder 2:1

Will of Isaac Butler [holograph copy] 8/5/1875

box-folder 2:2

DAR Membership applications, 1912-1915

box-folder 1:4, 1:5-8


box-folder 1:4

"Leave of Absence" signed by James A. Garfield 3/31/1862

box-folder 1:5


box-folder 1:6


box-folder 1:7


box-folder 1:8


box-folder 1:9

Genealogy notes, undated

box-folder 1:10


box-folder 1:10

"Mother's experience in the S. B. Sanitorium" & "Origins of the Christian Woman's Board Missions", undated

box-folder 1:12

Holograph Diary, pgs 1-127, 8/28/1915

box-folder 1:13-14

Diary (typescript photocopy) pgs.1-68 & 2 photocopies, 8/28/1915

box-folder 2:4, 1:11

Scrapbook 1890-1925

box-folder 2:4

Original [very brittle], 1890-1925

box-folder 1:11

Photocopy, 1890-1925

box-folder 1:15

Clippings, 1915-1921

box-folder 2:3


box-folder 2:3

Elizabeth Butler Gainer, 1843-1921

box-folder 2:3

4 Generations - Ann Jones Butler, Elizabeth Butler Gainer, AnnaGainer Pillsbury, Stocking Pillsbury, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Mary Butler Emery [3 photos], 1840-1863

box-folder 2:3

Hank Emory - married Mary Butler, grandma's sister, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Uncle Polk - Grandma Butler's brother, b. 1845, [1870-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Dellhoy Butler (Polk) - Aunt Dell, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Uncle Polk, b. 1845 - Grandma Nelle, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Uncle Polk, b.1845; Uncle Polk Butler, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Zey Butler (Isiah), b. 1835, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Aunt Em Riggs (Zay) Butler, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Zey (Isaiah) Butler, b. 1835, [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Grandma Butler's brother - Daniel Polk [Zey], [1850-1900]

box-folder 2:3

Unknown - tintype, [1850-1900

box-folder 2:3

Uncle (Polk? probably not) Butler - Salem Oregon photographer, [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Unknown - (Carlisle, PA photographer), [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Grandma Butler (Ann Jones Butler), 1809-1906

box-folder 2:3

Anna Gainer, Mae & Maude Bridenthal, [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Charlie Bridenthal, the school teacher, [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Elizabeth Butler Gainer (at 16), [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Aunt Nellie & Uncle Will Bridenthal, [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Aunt Nellie Jones Bridenthal (Aunt Mae's mother), b. ca. 1838, [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Elizabeth Butler?, Ann Jones Butler? [Approx. age 70-80], [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Grandma Butler [3 photos], [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Grandpa Isaac Butler, 1805-1875 [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Isaiah Jones, b. June 10, 1774, (Grandfather of Eliz. Gainer), [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Isaac Butler, 1805-1875 (tintype), [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Uncle Harrison Jones, [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

J. Harrison Jones, 89 years, Chaplin to Garfield - Ann Butler's brother, Uncle of Elizabeth Gainer, [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Joseph & Elizabeth Butler - their home outside Monmouth, IL (Grandpa & Grandma), [1850-1910]

box-folder 2:3

Masse Home (Old ladies home Mrs. Gainer helped establish), [1875-1930]

box-folder 3


box-folder 3

ms0137_obj_001 "Grandma Morgan wove this", by Sarah Morgan( b. 1785) married Jonathan Butler (1775-1851) - bargello stitch, wool on canvas, ca. 1805-1825

box-folder 3

ms0137_obj_002 "Framed fragment of Elizabeth Ann Gainer's dress (part of trousseau)" [b. July 21, 1843; m. Sept 21, 1862; d. June 29, 1921], ca. 1862

box-folder 3

ms0137_obj_003 "Tray with piece of coverlet spun and woven by Sarah Morgan (b. 1785) - made in Ohio, brought to Indiana then onto Oregon - obtained in 1905 in Oregon." ca. 1805-1825