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Finding Aid of Preston Gesford Papers C058864
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: Gesford, Preston, Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: C058864
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder handwritten letters from family members; newspaper clippings of his son Henry Gesford; Preston's daughter's wedding invitation; Certificate of Justice of Peace (extremely delicate)
    Date (inclusive): 1820-1896
    Abstract: Folder contains many handwritten letters, Certificate of Justice of Peace from 1847, and newspaper clippings of Preston's son, Henry.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation note

    Preston Gesford Letters and Documents. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Scope and Contents note

    Folder contains many handwritten letters, Certificate of Justice of Peace from 1847, and newspaper clippings of Preston's son, Henry.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Preston Gesford was born in Casey County, Kentucky, April 17th, 1820. He moved to Illinois, where he met his wife Louisa Jane William, and they were married June 30, 1840. They lived in Galena, Illinois, until 1849 when they crossed the country and settled in Napa Valley. In 1850 he returned to Illinois to move his family to California. He served on the first trial jury of Napa County, and was known to be involved in public affairs. He died November 13th, 1896, at 76 years old.
    Preston's youngest son, Henry, was born June 19th, 1856 near St. Helena. In 1876 he was elected Superintendent of Schools in Napa County, and held office for two years. He attended law school at University of Michigan, graduating in 1882. In 1887 he represented Napa and Yolo counties in the State Senate, and also served as District Attorney from 1891-1892. He was a Past Grand President of N. S. G. W., and a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and the I. O. O. F. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythias.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gesford, Henry, 1856-?
    Gesford, Preston, 1820-1896
    Knights of Pythias.
    Napa (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)