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Clark (Sterling Benjamin Franklin) Diary
C058779  
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  • Scope and Contents
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Existence and Location of Originals
  • Preferred Citation
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  • Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Title: Sterling Benjamin Franklin Clark Diary
    Creator: Clark, Sterling Benjamin Franklin, b. 1825
    Identifier/Call Number: C058779
    Physical Description: 1 folder 1 Diary
    Date (inclusive): 1849
    Abstract: This file contains the original, hand written in ink, diary of Sterling Benjamin Franklin Clark . Mr. Clark was crossing the plains in 1849 at the age of 25 when he wrote this journal describing his travels.
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    Mr. Clark was crossing the plains in 1849 at the age of 25 when he wrote this journal describing his travels. The documents are in good condition and the hand writing is clear and legible for the most part. The diary also contains a photocopy of a map created by a "16 year old schoolboy" charting Clark's original journey across the plains. This diary was also published in 1929 as a book titled "How Many Miles From St. Jo?"

    Biographical / Historical

    Sterling Benjamin Franklin CLARK Born: 15 Sep 1824, Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, United States Marriage: Rachel Hepburn MITCHELL in Jul 1852 in Hollidaysburg, Blair, Pennsylvania, United States Died: 1 Oct 1852, California, United States at age 28"
    California, Pioneer and Immigrant Files, 1790-1950: Name: S. B. F. Clark [Sterling Benjamin Franklin Clark] Birth Place: Rutland, Vermont Birth Date: 15 Sep 1824 Death Place: San Francisco, California Death Date: 1 Oct 1852 Father: Caleb Ellis Clark Mother: Cyrene Goodenow Spouse: Rachel Hepburn Mitchell Marriage Date: Jul 1852 Marriage Place: Hollidaysburg, Penna Previous Residence: Vermont, New York, Penna Residence: San Francisco, California Index Card Year: 1910 Sterling married Rachel Hepburn MITCHELL in Jul 1852 in Hollidaysburg, Blair, Pennsylvania, United States. (Rachel Hepburn MITCHELL was born in Sep 1833 in Hollidaysburg, Blair, Pennsylvania, United States)
    The 1830 US Census for Rutland VT shows Caleb E Clark living there, but that Census only lists the name of the head of the household. The 1850 US Census shows Sterling's siblings, all of whom were born in VT. And Caleb Clark, though born in NH, is listed in Rutland VT from 1810 on. Seems likely that Sterling Clark moved to PA after leaving his VT family, and in PA met and married Rachel Mitchell. (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65347538/sterling-benjamin_franklin-clark)

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Original Diary was given to the Society of California Pioneers in 1929 by James D. Phelan.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    The Society of California Pioneers, 101 MOntgomery St., Suite 150, The Presidio of San Franciscco, San Franciscco CA, 94129

    Preferred Citation

    The Sterling Benjamin Franklin Clark Diary. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Related Materials

    The Society's collection has photographs of Clark, his wife and child, as well as a locket with a daguerreotype of Clark inserted inside, and also a letter written by him to Rachel - written in gold dust. Contact the Society for further information on these items.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Frontier and pioneer life – California
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    Pioneers -- California
    Indians of North America -- Government relations