Finding Aid of the Robert Birnie Memoir C057717
Finding aid prepared by K. Ransick and C. Miller
Society of California PioneersJuly 12, 2011
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
Title: Birnie, Robert, Memoirs
Identifier/Call Number: C057717
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 folder 1 item
Date (inclusive): 1824-1859
Abstract: The folder contains a memoir of Robert Birnie’s life and experiences in pioneer California.
creator: Birnie, Robert
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Robert Bernie Memoir, 1824-1859, The Society of California Pioneers
The folder contains a 13-page memoir of Robert Birnie’s life and experiences in pioneer California. He discusses the life and career of his father, James Birnie, in the Hudson’s Bay Company, his own attempts at gold mining, and his travels between Los Angeles, Oregon and Vancouver.
Robert Birnie was born in Astoria, Oregon on February 7th, 1824. Birnie was the son of Scottish immigrants. In 1841, he was appointed a clerk in the Hudson’s Bay Company and sent to California in the Yerba Buena area. While on business in San Francisco in 1848, he saw the first lot of gold dust brought down by W. L. Brannam. After a few successful mining expeditions, Bernie experienced some losses. He married an heir of the Welch family in 1850 and tried his hand, unsuccessfully, at farming in Contra Costa County. After his failed attempts in farming, Birnie turned to real estate in the city of Oakland.
Institutional Records: Arrival in California, Sept. 13, 1841 Action Date, June 7, 1869
The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Hudson's Bay Company.
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--History