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Finding aid of the Easterby, Capt. Anthony Y., Memior C058786
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Easterby, Capt. Anthony Y., Memoir
    Identifier/Call Number: C058786
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder Bound journal, 133 pages.
    Date: 1818 to 1885
    Abstract: Captain Easterby Memoir was dictated by him to family members in Napa during 1885. The memoir is handwritten in ink in a bound lined journal. The handwritten is generally very legible. It covers 133 pages. The narrative is well written with good descriptions and detail on people and events The memoir is begins with Easterby's school years and home life in Surrey, England, then moves to his maritime career, covering voyages across the Atlantic to Canada and the Carribean; throughout the Mediterrain including Eygpt, Turkey, the Black Sea and Italy; and voyages to South East Asia and China. He was the 1st Captain of the Screw Vessel Levantine. In 1848 he moved to Chile as a captain for the South Pacific Navigation Company. In August of that year news of the Gold Discovery in California was received from Admiral James Schench on his way to Washington DC. In November he arrived in San Francisco with a ship full of merchandise from Chile. He provides outstanding description of early San Francisco and life in the city at that time. The journal includes descriptions of early gold mining in the Southern Sierra in 1849. In 1850 he an his partners developed and extensive storage business in San Francisco using an fleet of ships in the Bay and expanded into trade and other ventures. Descriptions of the fires of the early 1850. In 1854, they had sold all of there commercial interests in San Francisco and moved to Napa with his new wife.
    creator: Easterby, Anthony Y., Captain, 1818-1893

    Biographical/Historical note

    Captain Anthony Y. Easterby was born in Surrey, England in 1818. At the age of 14, he set out to sea, visiting the Mediterranean, Chile, and Panama before arriving in California in 1848. 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 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.

    Related Archival Materials note

    1. Obituary & other documents of Captain A. Y. Easterby in The Society of California Pioneers Biography Files 2. Easterby and Co. Ledger (C004808.3 & C004808.4) 3. Easterby Papers before 1848, England (C005498) 4. Additional Easterby Papers (C005499) 5. Committee of Vigilance membership certificate of Anthony Easterby, 1851 (C007857) 6. Frank Gray Easterby, Captain in the Battalion of University Cadets, 1878 (C015862) 7. Captain A.Y. Easterby Memoir & Letters - all copies (C058838) 8. Accounting ledgers of Easterby and Company 1870 (C057853) 9. Easterby Legal Papers (C057914) 10. Anthony Easterby Handwritten Memoir (C058786) 11. Esterby Family Papers (C005500) 12, SoCP Biography File - Obituary dated June 24 1893

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown

    Preferred Citation note

    Capt. Anthony Y. Easterby, Memoir, The Society of California Pioneers

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Collection open for research

    Scope and Contents note

    Captain Easterby Memoir was dictated by him to family members in Napa during 1885. The memoir is handwritten in ink in a bound lined journal. The handwritten is generally very legible. It covers 133 pages. The narrative is well written with good descriptions and detail on people and events
    The memoir is begins with Easterby's school years and home life in Surrey, England, then moves to his maritime career, covering voyages across the Atlantic to Canada and the Carribean; throughout the Mediterrain including Eygpt, Turkey, the Black Sea and Italy; and voyages to South East Asia and China. He was the 1st Captain of the Screw Vessel Levantine. In 1848 he moved to Chile as a captain for the South Pacific Navigation Company. In August of that year news of the Gold Discovery in California was received from Admiral James Schench on his way to Washington DC. In November he arrived in San Francisco with a ship full of merchandise from Chile. He provides outstanding description of early San Francisco and life in the city at that time. The journal includes descriptions of early gold mining in the Southern Sierra in 1849. In 1850 he an his partners developed and extensive storage business in San Francisco using an fleet of ships in the Bay and expanded into trade and other ventures. Descriptions of the fires of the early 1850. In 1854, they had sold all of there commercial interests in San Francisco and moved to Napa with his new wife.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Catesby, Ap, Commodore
    Downes, Tom, Captain
    Forbes, Alexander, 1778-1862
    Gray, Frank, Captain
    Gray, Frederick T, Dr.
    Laffer, Edmund
    Leavenworth, Alcalde
    Lick, James, 1796-1876
    Marryat, Frank S. , ( Frank Samuel ), 1826-1855
    McAllister, Matthew Hall, 1800-1865
    Plume, J. V.
    Ross, D. L.
    Schench, James F, Admiral
    Stout, Captain
    Tewlsbury
    Thomas, J. B., Capt
    Vischer, Edmund
    California, Northern - History - 19th century.
    California, Northern-History-19th century.
    California--History--1846-1850
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- History.
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Commerce.
    Ships.
    Voyages and travels -- 19th century
    Voyages to the Pacific coast