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Easterby (Capt. A. Y.) Papers
C058838  
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Description
This collection includes the transcribed memoirs and letters of Captain Anthony Y. Easterby. The collection is comprised of 5 folders; one contains a 73-page transcription of Easterby's dictated memoirs (the original version of this memoir is in our collection under the collection number C058786), the other 4 folders contain various letters and correspondences by and to Easterby throughout his life. The date of the transcription of these documents is unknown.
Background
Captain Anthony Y. Easterby was born in Surrey, England in 1818. He studied at the Hunter Street Academy under "Dr. Dawson" until the age of 14, when he set out to sea, visiting the Mediterranean, Chile, Panama, and other locations before arriving in California in 1849. While in California, Captain Easterby set up several businesses in San Francisco, Sonoma, Fresno, and Napa City. He married Emily Gray, sister of his business partner Francis Gray, in San Francisco on November 5, 1853. Mr. Easterby was involved in the founding of the Fresno Canal and Irrigation Company in 1871, and was also the President of the Napa Valley Railroad, as well as a member of the Masonic Order, Knights of Templar, and Knights of Malta. He died in Napa, California in June of 1893. Captain Frank Gray was the brother-in-law of Captain Easterby and accompanied him to San Francisco, California in 1847-48. Other members of the Easterby family include John Easterby, Emily Gray Easterby (wife), Mrs. S. T. Easterby, E. G. Easterby, and Jane Tinley Easterby. Although no substantial biographical and/or genealogical information could be found, these members are assumed to be related to Captain Easterby and Captain Gray.
Extent
5 folders Includes the Memoirs and various letters of Captain Anthony Y. Easterby 5 manila folders; one containing a 73-page, loose-leaf transcription of a 132-page memoir (typewritten), the others containing compilations of transcribed letters (handwritten on lined paper, glued into and album) which are bound with string.