Barrows and Weyse families papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Barrows and Weyse families papers
Inclusive Dates: 1836-2008
Bulk Dates: 1850-1949
Collection Number: mssBarrowsWeyse
Collector: Barrows and Weyse families
Extent: 17 boxes and 1 oversize folder
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The Barrows and Weyse families papers include letters, diaries, photographs, and documents relating to early Los Angeles residents Henry Dwight Barrows and Julius Guenther Weyse and their families, including Weyse’s journey to California around Cape Horn and Barrows’ letterbook at the United States Marshals Service.
Language of Material: The records are in English and German.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Barrows and Weyse families papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Frank C. Strayer, Sr., May 2017.

Biography

Henry Dwight Barrows (1825-1914) was an American teacher, businessman, farmer, goldminer, reporter, United States Marshal, Los Angeles County School Superintendent, manufacturer, writer, and a founder and president of the Historical Society of Southern California. Barrows was married three times. His first wife was Juanita Wolfskill, daughter of William Wolfskill and Magdalena (Lugo) Wolfskill. The couple had one daughter: Alice Wolfskill Barrows (1861-1903). After the death of Wolfskill, Barrows married Mary Alice Workman, daughter of John D. Woodworth and widow of Thomas H. Workman. Barrows and Workman had two daughters: Ada Frances Barrows (1865-1939) and Mary Washington Barrows (1868- ). Barrows and his third wife, Bessie A. Green, had one son: Henry (Harry) Prosper Barrows (1869- ).
Julius Guenther Weyse was born in Schleiz, Reuss, Germany around 1803. After taking part in an unsuccessful political attempt to reform Germany, he fled to the United States in 1836. In 1850, he traveled from Liverpool to San Francisco via Cape Horn and spent time in the California gold mines. He relocated to Southern California in 1852 and married Caroline Lange some years later. The couple had three sons: Henry Guenther Weyse (1863-1941), Rudolph Guenther Weyse (1860-1933), and Otto Guenther Weyse (1858-1893).
The Barrows and Weyse families were intermarried. Henry Guenther Weyse married Alice Wolfskill Barrows in 1868 and Rudolph Guenther Weyse married Ada Frances Barrows in 1890.

Scope and Content

The Barrows and Weyse families papers include diaries, personal and business correspondence, journals, legal documents, photographs, printed ephemera, and genealogical research material.
There are 63 annual diaries covering Henry Dwight Barrows’ life in California from 1852 through 1914. The entries are brief and cover daily activities, agriculture, weather, health problems, along with local and national headlines. Some of the diaries have newspaper clippings, notes, and tabs laid in. These diaries were used for Michael Konig’s unpublished master’s thesis found in Box 13. Also part of this collection is Barrows’ United States Marshals Service letter book. This letter book was kept by Barrows and his predecessor James C. Pennie and covers 1857 through 1864. The subject matter in this letter book primarily concerns logistics and operations at the Marshals’ offices. There is also a scrapbook that contains clippings of articles that were written by Barrows or that discuss his career. Other material related to Barrows includes genealogical notes, printed ephemera, and photographs.
The material related to Julius Guenther Weyse includes two journals describing his journey to California around Cape Horn in 1850. The contents of these journals include activities on the ship, fellow passengers, and features of sea travel. There is another journal about Weyse’s experience in the gold fields once he arrived in California. In this small journal, he describes the landscape, Native American settlements, European immigrants, mining process, and his earnings. There are also nine deeds related to parcels of land in Los Angeles, purchased or sold by Otto Guenther Weyse from 1887 through 1888 in Box 11. Other material related to the Barrows family includes genealogical notes, printed ephemera, and photographs.
The correspondence was originally separated into two categories: Barrows Weyse and Weyse. However, it appears that there is some overlap because the families were intermarried. The Barrows Weyse correspondence spans from 1860 through 1942. These letters were primarily from friends and family addressed to Weyse, Barrows, or Cullens living in Los Angeles, California. Some of the letters are written in German. The Weyse correspondence covers 1836 through 1945. The majority of the letters are written to Rudolph Guenther Weyse, and some to his brothers, Henry or Otto Weyse. These letters are primarily in German, although, some are in English and relate to family and business matter. Due to the overlap, it is best to look at both the Barrows Weyse and Weyse correspondence for thoroughness.
Box 15 includes material too large for the letter-size boxes. These items include certificates, clippings, Barrows’ United States Marshals Service letter book, a notebook, and photographs. Box 16 includes five daguerreotypes and/or ambrotypes and two unidentified loose portraits. The Barrows family photograph album is in Box 17 and includes approximately 94 photographs. Most of these images are identified. The oversize folder contains a genealogical work compiled by Archivant Dr. Schmidt entitled “Die Weyse” and a certificate for Rudolph Guenther Weyse from the American Turnerbund.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Barrows family
Weyse family
Barrows, Henry D.
Weyse, Ada Frances Barrows
Weyse, Alice Wolfskill Barrows
Weyse, Henry Guenther
Weyse, Julius Guenther
Weyse, Otto Guenther
Weyse, Rudolph Guenther

Subjects

Agriculture -- California
Gold mines and mining -- California
Pioneers -- California
Voyages to the Pacific Coast

Corporate Names

United States. Marshals Service

Geographic Areas

Calaveras County (Calif.) -- Description and travel
California -- Description and travel
Horn, Cape (Chile) -- Description and travel
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century

Genre

Diaries
Journals (accounts)
Legal documents
Letter books
Letters (correspondence)
Photographs


CONTAINER LIST

Box 1

Business cards - Diaries

Folder 1

Business cards -- [Barrows and Weyse]

Included: "E. Naud & Co" business card with price quote list on verso
Folder 2

Buttons (information artifacts) -- "Monterey Park Playdays, 1981"

Folder 3

Certificates -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1908-1930)

Included: Reward Merit for Rudolph Guenther Weyse; Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for Rudolph Guenther Weyse; Los Angeles Lodge for Rudolph Guenther Weyse; United States Certificate of Naturalization for Alice Weyse Pimentel; National Conservation Association (U.S.) for Henry Dwight Barrows; and Trade and Business College of Gera
Folder 4

Clippings (information artifacts) -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1855-2008)

In English and German
Included: When I Went to School --- Fifty-Two Years Ago by Mary June Burton, 1934
Folder 5

Commonplace books -- Weyse, Julius Guenther, [before 1863]

Poems by Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805 and others
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Ada Frances, (1886)

Folder 7

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1852-1853)

Tab laid in
Folder 8

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1854)

Tabs laid in
Folder 9

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1855)

Tabs laid in
Folder 10

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1856)

Tabs laid in
Folder 11

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1857)

Tabs laid in
Box 2

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1858)

Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1859)

Tabs laid in
Included: Newspaper clippings
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1860)

Tabs laid in
Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1861)

Tabs laid in
Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1862)

Tabs laid in
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1863)

Tabs laid in
Folder 7

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1864)

Tabs laid in
Included: Sweet Memories of Thee [handwritten poem] and note
Folder 8

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1865)

Tabs laid in
Folder 9

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1866)

Box 3

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1867)

Tab laid in
Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1868)

Included: Newspaper clipping
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1869)

Included: Agreements and receipts
Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1870)

Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1871)

Included: Quarter Stretch. 1871. Southern District Agricultural Association ribbon
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1872)

Tabs and notes laid in
Included: [Pico, Pio, 1801-1894] signature and notes
Folder 7

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1873)

Tabs, notes, and newspaper clipping laid in
Box 4

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1874)

Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1875)

Tabs laid in
Included: Newspaper clippings
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1876)

Tabs laid in
Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1877)

Tabs laid in
Included: A receipt from Lewis Wolfskill dated October 27, 1877
Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1878)

Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1879)

Ticket laid in
Included: Deposit slips, letter to Sherman, John, 1823-1900, newspaper clippings, and notes
Folder 7

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1880)

Tab laid in
Included: Agreements, deposit slips, newspaper clippings, and receipts
Box 5

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1881)

Included: Deposit slip, newspaper clippings, and receipts
Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1882)

Included: Deposit slips, newspaper clippings, and receipts
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1883)

Included: Deposit slips, newspaper clippings, and note
Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1884)

Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1885)

Included: Deposit slips, newspaper clipping, note, and receipt
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1886)

Tabs laid in
Included: Deposit slips
Folder 7

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1887)

Tab laid in
Box 6

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1888)

Tabs laid in
Included: Newspaper clipping, receipt, and ticket
Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1889)

Tab laid in
Included: Deposit slips, newspaper clippings, notes, and receipts
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1890)

Tabs laid in
Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1891)

Tabs laid in
Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1892)

Tab laid in
Included: Deposit slips, newspaper clippings, notes, and receipt
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1893)

Tabs laid in
Folder 7

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1894)

Folder 8

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1895)

Tab laid in
Box 7

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1896)

Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1897)

Tab laid in
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1898)

Tabs laid in
Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1899)

Tabs laid in
Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1900)

Tabs laid in
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1901)

Tabs laid in
Folder 7

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1902)

Included: Receipt
Box 8

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1903)

Tabs laid in
Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1904)

Tabs laid in
Included: Not Yet, Not Yet [printed poem] and note
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1905)

Tabs laid in
Included: Not Yet, Not Yet [printed poem]
Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1906)

Tabs laid in
Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1907)

Tabs laid in
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1908)

Box 9

Diaries

Folder 1

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1909)

Folder 2

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1910)

Tabs laid in
Folder 3

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1911)

Folder 4

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1912)

Folder 5

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1913)

Included: Business cards, newspaper clippings, and notes
Folder 6

Diaries -- Barrows, Henry D., (1914)

Included: Business cards
Box 10

Diaries - Journals

Folder 1

Diaries -- Cullen, Ada Weyse, (1932)

Primarily regarding daily activities and concerns
Folder 2

Diaries -- ----- -----, [undated]

Travel diary in German
Folder 3

Empty envelopes -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1878-1954)

The letters in this collection may or may have not been separated from these envelopes
Folder 4

Financial records -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1858-1913)

Primarily checks and receipts
Folder 5

Greeting cards -- [Weyse], [undated]

In German
Folder 6

Invitations -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1891-1905)

For Throop Polytechnic Institute; Heinrich Gunther Weyse; and
Folder 7

Journals (accounts) -- Weyse, Julius Guenther, (1850)

In German
Entitled Briefe meines geliebten Vaters wahrend seiner Reise nach Californien geschrieben Im Jahr
Folder 8

Journals (accounts) -- Weyse, Julius Guenther, (1850)

In German
No label or title page. Written in a different hand from journal in Box 10 ()
Folder 9

Journals (accounts) -- Weyse, Julius Guenther, (1851)

In German
Entitled Vallecito, Calaveras County, Southern Mines
Folder 10

Journals (periodicals) -- Historical Society of Southern California, (1886, Jan.)

Fragile
Box 11

Legal documents - Letters (correspondence)

Folder 1

Legal documents -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1842-1930)

Included: Affidavits, agreements, deeds, and wills. Also, deeds for sale of land parcels in Los Angeles, bought or sold by Otto Guenther Weyse and document with seal of the county court in the principality of Reuss (Germany) concerning [debits and credits?]
Folder 2

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1860-1869)

Folder 3

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1881-1885)

In English and German
Folder 4

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1886-1888)

In English and German
Folder 5

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1893-1898)

One letter in Spanish from Porfirio Diaz, 1830-1915
Folder 6

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1902-1909)

Folder 7

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1912-1914)

Box 12

Letters (correspondence)

Folder 1

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1928-1939)

In English and German
Folder 2

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, (1942)

Folder 3

Letters (correspondence) -- Barrows Weyse family, [undated]

In English and German
Included: Incomplete letters and a copy of a letter received from an appraiser
Folder 4

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1836-1869)

In German
Included: One letter from Woods Creek [Tuolumne County (Calif.)] and another from Jefferson City (Mo.)
Folder 5

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1871-1875)

In German
Folder 6

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1876-1879)

In German
Folder 7

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1881-1889)

In German
Folder 8

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1890-1899)

In English and German
Folder 9

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1900-1909)

In German
Folder 10

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1912-1913)

In German
Folder 11

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1926-1929)

In English and German
Included: One letter to Nettie F. de Temple with newspaper clipping regarding Montebello oil field
Folder 12

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, (1930-1945?]

In English and German
Folder 13

Letters (correspondence) -- Weyse family, [undated]

In English and German
Included: Incomplete letters
Box 13

Manuscripts - Poems

Folder 1

Manuscripts -- Weyse, Ada F. Barrows, (1882, June 29)

Entitled "A Modern Tendency"
Folder 2

Manuscripts -- ----- -----, (1939)

Entitled "Life of Henry Barnes" and "A True Story of Life"
Folder 3

Marriage certificates -- Weyse, Alice Caroline and Pimentel, Antonio, (1918)

Folder 4

Masters thesis -- Konig, Michael Francis, Henry Dwight Barrows, Builder of a Changing Los Angeles, (1977)

Tabs and letter from Michael Francis Konig to Mrs. Cullen
Folder 5

Miscellaneous -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1850-1932)

In English and German
Included: Fragments of letters, lists, manuscripts, and notes
Folder 6

Negatives (photographs) -- Earp (Calif.), [1950s]

Mostly unidentified
Folder 7

Notebooks -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1887-1949)

Letters, newspaper clippings, and receipt laid in
Primarily copies of letters
Folder 8

Notebooks -- [Cullen, Ada Weyse], [undated]

Primarily genealogical notes
Folder 9

Notes -- [Barrows and Weyse], [undated]

Reading notes, bibliographical references, and genealogical notes
Included: The Barrows Family by Rev. Lucien Moore Robinson [printed ephemera]
Folder 10

Notes -- Weyse, Ada Frances Barrows and Weyce, Alice C., (1882-1909)

Primarily school assignments
Folder 11

Paintings (visual works) -- Weyes, Julius Guenther, (1849)

Folder 12

Photographs -- Greiz (Germany), (1881-1906)

Included: Postcards
Folder 13

Poems -- [Barrows, Henry D.], (1948)

Entitled "Pablo & Virginia / Song Cancion"
Included: Sheet music
Box 14

Printed ephemera - Stock certificates

Folder 1

Printed ephemera -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1828-1931)

Included: 60th Anniversary of Turnverein Germania Los Angeles [program]; Funeral Service of Southern California Lodge No. 278 Free and Accepted Masons [booklet]; Joseph Victor von Scheffel's Ekkehard, [reproductions]; Los Angeles Herald, July 21, 1907 [photocopy]; Newport Bay, Orange County, California [map]; Newport Harbor Yact Club [photocopy]; Old Episcopal Church [photocopy]; Hadersley Amt. [map]; and translations [photocopy]
Folder 2

Reprints -- Itzehoe Weekly, (1850)

The Naval battle at Neustadt (from the Weekly, 1850, Vm. 61, column 1289 and Letter from the Schleswig-Holstein department of foreign/external affairs to the Senate of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck concerning the [steamship] “v. d. Tann” (von der Tann)
Folder 3

Scrapbooks -- [Barrows], (1868-1917)

Newspaper clippings regarding Henry Dwight Barrows
Folder 4

Speeches (document) -- Kettner, Ludwig Anton, (1961, Mar. 20)

Folder 5

Sketches -- Weyse, Julius Guenther, [1850s]

6" x 7" sketch of a Julius Guenther Weyse
Included: 7 photocopies of additional sketches of mining scenes
Folder 6

Stock certificates -- [Barrows and Weyse], (1854-1868)

For The Macedonian Silver Mining Company; Moronga Silver Mining Company; San Francisco Turn Society; and Techattucup Silver & Gold Mining Co.
Folder 7

Wills -- Leisewitz, Friedrich, (1924)

Testament by Thuringian notary public Friedrich Leisewitz in the district of Greiz recounting legal matters described to him by lawyer and Dr. of Jurisprudence Franz Brösel
Box 15

Certificates - Photographs

Folder 1

Certificates -- Barrows, (1868-1870)

Los Angeles County [Teaching] blank certificates and stubs filled-in
Folder 2

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Greiz newspaper, (1930)

Fragile
Included: Photocopies
Folder 3

Letter book -- Barrows, Henry D. and Pennie, James C., (1857-1864)

United States. Marshals Service
Folder 4

Notebooks -- [Weyse], (1913)

Entitled Stammtafeln der Familie Weyse, Im Auftrage der Frau Emilie Hey geb. Weyse-Kettner in Greiz
Included: English translation and photocopy
Folder 5

Photographs -- Barrows and Weyse, (1860?-1934)

Included: Barrows, Henry D.; Barrows, Juanita Wolfskill; Weyse, Ada Frances Barrows; Weyse, Henry Guenther; Weyse, Hermaine; Weyse, Hermann Heinrich Guenther and tombstone; Weyse, Julius [?. N.]; Weyse, Rudolph Guenther...of Spanish War; and unidentified
Note: These were originally contained in a separate folder
Folder 6

Photographs -- Barrows and Weyse, (1886-1908)

Included: Barrows, Henry D.; Benton, Helene Augusta Weyse; Hermosillo Club Outing, Rubio Canon, Los Angeles (Calif.); Hey, Emilie Weyse; Kelleher, Mary Alice Weyse; Los Angeles High School Class of 1882, 50 years later; Muller, Caroline; Weyse, Ada Frances Barrows; Weyse, Alice Wolfskill Barrows; Weyse, Henry Guenther; Weyse, Irene...wife of Hermann Heinrich Guenther of Unterlosa; Weyse, Otto Guenther; Weyse, Rudolph Guenther; homes; and unidentified
Folder 7

Photographs -- Miscellaneous, (1877 - ?)

Included: Breer, Adele; Breer, Henry; Breer, Louie; Breer, Willie; DeCamp, Clarence; DeCamp, Elmer; Den, R.S.; Hansen, Geo; Hutton, Blossom; Mayer, Marguerite Rimfau; Reed, Haines W.; Rimfau, Wallace T.; Schrader, Julia Breer; oil well; and a house
Box 16

Ambrotypes (photographs) and/or daguerreotypes

Included: Barrows, Mary Alice Woodworth Barrows; unidentified; and two loose portraits
Box 17

Photograph albums -- Barrows, (1860s-1890s)

Included: Banning, Weyse, Workman, and Wordsworth families
Oversize folder

Weyse

American Turnerbund for Rudolph Guenther Weyse [certificate] and "Die Weyse" [printed matter]