Finding Aid to the Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman family papers, 1807-1961

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Finding Aid to the Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman Family Papers, 1807-1900

Collection number: BANC MSS M-B 10

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1807-1961
Collection Number: BANC MSS M-B 10
Creator: Parkman, Samuel Paul Pablo, 1804-1873
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 1 v. and 1 oversize folder. Number of microfilm reels: 1
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: The Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman family papers includes correspondence, mining documents, diaries, personal legal documents and genealogies.
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and Spanish

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman family papers, BANC MSS M-B 10, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Catalogued Separately

  • Plan de Guadalupe y Decreto del 12 de Diciembre de 1914 has been removed for cataloging as a printed item.
  • "Tésis Profesional que presenta el alumno Pablo S. Parkman para obtener Titulo de Ingeniero de Minas y Metalurgista" has been catalogued for Bancroft's thesis collection.
  • Portraits of Samuel Pablo Parkman and Pablo Parkman, lent to the Bancroft Library, have been photographed and catalogued separately.
  • Facsimiles of letter, 1810, by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and document of 1814 by José María Morelos have been removed and placed in
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS M-M 1830
    (Documentos relativos a la Guerra de Independencia).

Administrative Information


These papers were given to the Bancroft Library by Don Pablo Parkman, Sept. 4, 1957.

Biographical Information

Samuel Paul ["Pablo"] Parkman, the founder of the Mexican branch of the family, was born in February, 1804, in Aurora, New York, and died at Guanajuato May 2, 1875. When he was yet an infant, his parents moved to Parkman Township, Geauga County, Ohio, where he was reared. In 1827 he made his way to Missouri, and in 1828 was named postmaster at Petitsaw Bluffs, Lafayette County, Missouri. In 1829 he went to the Rocky Mountains with William L. Sublette, returning the following year. He then became the clerk of Jedediah S. Smith, and in the spring of 1831 accompanied Smith in the journey on the Santa Fe Trail on which Smith was killed. Briefly he took charge of Smith's affairs, and afterward was associated with Jedediah Smith's younger brother, Peter, in the firm Parkman & Smith. In the fall of 1832 he went down into Mexico and through a series of vicissitudes settled at Guanajuato, connected with various mining enterprises. In 1835 he married Antonia de Vega, and to them 12 children were born, of whom Felipe, Franco, and Juan Ignacio figure in these family papers.

Scope and Content of Collection

Includes correspondence, mining documents, diaries, personal legal documents and genealogies. Correspondence contains a wage dispute with miners, economic conditions of Calif. in 1849, the American Civil War in 1863, water rights in Guanajuato in 1900, letters from Franco Parkman to his father Samuel Parkman concerning his studies and the pronouncement of the "Plan de Ayutla," and letters from Porfirio Diaz to Antonia Vega de Parkman. Mining documents includes a record book and mining agreements. Diaries of Samual Parkman's journey of Mexico in Nov. 1832 and of Robert Watson Noble, partner of Parkman, of his journey through Mexico and Calif. from April to Aug. 1849. Personal legal documents include last will and testaments, Ohio State Militia commission, being U.S. Postmaster General, passports and identity papers and a gun permit.
Collection has been arranged chronologically, except for one volume that has been placed at the end of the collection. At the end of the Container listing is a partial alphabetical listing of the persons found in this collection.

Partial Index of Correspondents

Bocanegra, José María de Folder 11
Díaz, Porfirio, pres. Mexico, 1830-1915 Folders 48-52, 55-58
McLean, John, 1785-1861

See U.S. Postmaster General
Morrow, Jeremiah, 1771-1852

See Ohio. Governor
Noble, Robert Watson Folders 11, 13, 20-21
Ohio. Governor Folders 3-4
Parkman, Felipe, 1836- Folders 1, 59
Parkman, Franco, 1841-1887 Folders 25-36, 41, 45
Parkman, Samuel Paul, 1804-1873 Folders 3-4, 8, 12-15, 17, 19, 23-24, 37-38, 42-43, 46
Riva Palacio, Vicente, 1832-1896 Folder 47
Rosa, Luis de la, d. 1856 Folder 15
Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831 Folder 7
Storrs, Augustus Folder 9
U.S. Postmaster General Folders 5-6

Container List

box 1, item 1

Parkman, Felipe


Notes on Parkman family genealogy. Parkman Township, Ohio, Aug. 22, 1876. With added notes by Dr. Hammond on second, third, and fourth generations of the Mexican branch of the Parkman family.

box 1, item 1a

Johnson, Helen Woods


Condensed story of the 1599 Breeches Bible; Photocopy of Notions [portions?] of Bible; genealogical charts.

box 1, item 2

Taro, José María


Negociacion de Villap[an]da. Particion y venta de frutos hecha en estas Minas...A Memorandum of the sharing and the sale of mine products (San Francisco). Done for Casimiro Choell. May 12, 1807.

box 1, item 3

Ohio. Governor.


Commission to Samuel Parkman as Ensign in the Fifth Company, Fifth Regiment, First Brigade, Ninth Division of the Ohio State Militia. Signed by Governor Jeremiah Morrow and Secretary of State, John McLane, Jan. 16, 1823. With penciled endorsement by Parkman on verso.

box 1, item 4

Ohio. Governor.


Similar commission to Parkman as Lieutenant, dated August 9, 1823. On verso is Parkman's oath of office, sworn to Nov. 1823. Endorsed in acceptance of Parkman's resignation on account of his intention to leave Ohio, Aug. 9, 1824, by S. H. Williams, Commanding Officer of the Fifth Regiment.

box 1, item 5

U.S. Postmaster General


Preliminary form letter advising Parkman of his appointment as postmaster at Petitsaw Bluffs, Lafayette Co., Missouri, Mar. 20, 1828. Signed by John McLean.

oversize Oversize Folder 1A, item 6

U.S. Postmaster General


Commission of Samuel Parkman as postmaster at Petitsaw Bluffs, Lafayette Co., Missouri, April 24, 1828; registered June 19, 1828. Signed by John McLean.

box 1, item 7

Jedediah Strong Smith


Last will and testament. Original draft in the hand of Samuel Parkman, with emendations by Parkman, dated Lafayette County, Missouri, April 35 [!], 1831.

box 1, item 8

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Diary, Nov. 6-30, 1832, of a journey in Mexico, southward through Chihuahua, Durango, and Zacatecas. The diary, which probably lacks pages at beginning and end, commences at La Cruz on the Río Conchos, southeast of Chihuahua, and ends with Parkman's arrival at Zacatecas. Parkman began this journey at Santa Fe, N.M., and had come via El Paso and, as his letters in the Peter Smith Papers, show, Chihuahua. These letters last mentioned also serve to date the year of the diary. With transcript by Dale L. Morgan.

box 1, item 9

Storrs, Augustus


Letter to Samuel P. Parkman, May 31, 1836. Account of recent mining developments and discoveries in western Chihuahua. With transcript by Dale L. Morgan.

box 1, item 10

Parkman, George


Letter to Lydia Parkman, Aug. 18, 1841, from Boston. Family letter.

oversize Oversize Folder 1A, item 11

Mexico. Presidente


[Carta de seguridad] or identity papers issued to Robert Watson Noble, Jan. 1844. Signed by [José María de] Bocanegra. Includes a personal description. An endorsement on the verso notes the extension of the passport for one year from Feb. 24, 1845.

box 1, item 12

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Agreement between [Samuel] Pablo Parkman and the United Mexican Mining Company, Guanajuato, Dec. 16, 1845. Provides that the Hacienda de Durán, which was evidently owned by the U.M.M. Co., shall be supplied with production from mines owned or admininistered by Parkman, Signed by Diego N. Woolbred [?] and Pablo Parkman. (For renewal, see no. 14, below.)

box 1, item 13

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Copy of power of attorney given to Robert Watson Noble by Samuel Pablo Parkman. Original dated Dec. 20, 1845. Copy made by José María Lopez, Dec. 22, 1845.

box 1, item 14

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Renewal of agreement with U.M.M. Co. (No.11 above), Jan. 10, 1847. Signed by Guillermo Heath and Pablo Parkman.

box 1, item 15

Mexico. Presidente


Passport issued to Samuel Pablo Parkman, Nov. 11, 1847. Signed by Luis de la Rosa.

box 1, item 16

Guanajuato, Mexico. Vice-Gobernador


Passport issued to Gil Hernandez for travel on business to the state of Morelia, Dec. 27, 1847. Signed by (or more properly, issued by) Jacinto Rodriguez and José María Solis.

box 1, item 17

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Last will and testament, Dec. 29, 1847, witnessed by José María Zambrano, José Gil Zambrano, and Francisco Servin.

box 1, item 18

Lugo, Agustín


Letter to Samuel Pablo Parkman, Feb. 18, 1849. Complaint of having been cheated of wages and a promised reward while working in the mines Parkman directs; reward was promised by lawyer Muñoz Ledo (Octaviano), and when payment was due, the acting (paymaster?) did not pay what they expected. Appended is a list of miners for whom he is writing.

box 1, item 19

[Parkman, Samuel Paul]


Draft of letter to lawyer Muñoz Ledo, Apr. 1, 1849, relative to controversy concerning the divisional line, workings, etc., of the San José and Ave María mines.

box 1, item 20

Noble, Robert Watson


Diary of a journey from Chihuahua, Mexico to the Pueblo de San José, California, Apr. 10-Aug. 1, 1849. Noble was evidently the partner of Samuel Parkman in a mule-selling venture (see Folder 21) and took a herd of about 60 mules from Chihuahua to California for sale to the miners. The route was via Galiana, Janos, Santa Cruz, Tucson, the Pima Village, the Rancho Chino, Mission of San Buenaventura, Santa Barbara, Mission of San Ynez, Mission de San Luis Obispo, Mission de San Miguel, Mission de Santa Soledad, and Fisher's Rancho. Most of the way from Chihuahua followed the trail of Maj. L. P. Graham's command in 1848 (described by Lieutenant Cave J. Couts, whose diary is in the Bancroft Library, BANC MSS C-E 118). The same route was taken by George W. B. Evans, July 1-Oct. 17, 1849, as described in Mexican Gold Trail, San Marino, 1945.

box 1, item 21

Noble, Robert Watson


Letter to Samuel Paul Parkman, from the Pueblo de San José, Aug. 14, 1849, an account of the trip to California (see No. 20), with details of the mule-trading speculation; illuminating remarks on economic conditions in California in August, 1849.

box 1, item 22

Abstract of title to property known as the Hacienda de San Francisco, covering the period of 1805-1849. Dated Cuanajuato, 1849.

box 1, item 23

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Information and description of the Mine "Animas de Santa Rosa," recommending it as a good investment for some unnamed person. Guanajuato, Aug. 19, 1850.

box 1, item 24

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Draft of letter to Don Lucas de la Tijera, June 15, 1852. Tijera presumably was secretary of the mining company of which Parkman was director. Relates to a misunderstanding and controversy between Tijera and Parkman in consequence of a proposal by Tijera to fire Vicente Tejeda, who has been with the company many years and is now defended by Parkman. See also No. 40.

box 1, item 25

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, Samuel Paul Parkman, from Mexico City, Jan. 12, 1854 [i.e. 1855?], concerning his attempts to enroll in school in Mexico City to study mining.

box 1, item 26

Parkman, Franco


Letter, Jan. 27, 1855, to his father, giving further news of his studies.

box 1, item 27

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, Mar. 6, 1855, complaining that no one writes and telling of his studies.

box 1, item 28

Parkman, Franco


Letter, Mar. 28, 1855, to his father, telling that he has been ill, reporting on rumor of small pox, and complaining of not receiving letters from home.

box 1, item 29

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, Apr. 6, 1855, giving news of a friend, Don Guillermo, who has been ill and reporting on his studies.

box 1, item 30

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, Apr. 27, 1855, giving news of Doña Lusita and Don Guillermo, telling of his studies and stating that he will send report on balances.

box 1, item 31

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, June 2, 1855, giving news of studies.

box 1, item 32

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, June 9, 1855, containing family greetings and news of his studies.

box 1, item 33

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, June 23, 1855, concerning his studies and asking for news from home.

box 1, item 34

Parkman, Franco


Letter to his father, July 4, 1855, concerning his studies.

box 1, item 35

Parkman, Franco


Letter to father, Aug. 18, 1855, describing the disorder caused by the pronouncement of the Plan de Ayutla, the plan that ended the presidency of Santa Ana and called for a constituent congress to frame a federal constitution.

box 1, item 36

Parkman, Franco


Letter to father, Aug. 29, 1855, reporting that disturbances have quieted a bit.

box 1, item 37

Parkman, Samuel Paul


Note signed in name of Antonia Vega de Parkman, with note by Mrs. Parkman to Gervasio Rocha, Feb. 28, 1857, requesting a loan of $50, and payment of $550.

oversize Oversize Folder 1A, item 38

Mexico. Presidente.


[Carta de seguridad] or identity papers issued to Samuel Pablo Parkman, Apr. 1, 1857, signed by Montes, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

box 1, item 39

[Parkman, Harriet]


Letter to Alonzo [Delano], from Parkman [Township, Ohio], Feb. 1, 1863, occasioned by letter from Delano recounting a visit from Samuel Parkman in California. Also some comments on the progress of the Civil War.

box 1, item 40

Ramirez, Justino


Letter to Samuel Paul Parkman, Apr. 21, 1863, advising of the death of Vicente Tejada, employed at Las Sirenas Mines.

box 1, item 41

Parkman, Franco


Letter to [Juan Ignacio Parkman?], written ca. 1865?, with added note from Luisa [Garcia], wife of Franco, to Juan, and by Antonia Vega de Parkman, mother of Franco, Juan and Felipe. Primarily a family letter, telling Juan that Felipe is on his way to join him. War is mentioned possibly written after Maximilian' s entry into Mexico. Delano also is mentioned.

oversize Oversize Folder 1A, item 42

Mexico. Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores


[Carta de seguridad] or identity papers issued to Samuel Paul Parkman, Aug. 19, 1865.

box 1, item 43

Guanajuato, Mexico. Alcalde


Gun permit issued to Samuel Paul Parkman, Nov. 12, 1866, signed by the Alcalde, Miguel Alaman.

box 1, item 44

Ortíz, Ignacio


Report to Parkman, director, concerning the state of affairs at Las Sirenas Mines, Aug. 1867.

box 1, item 45

Parkman, Franco


Letter to Samuel Paul Parkman, Dec. 13, 1869, concerning business relating to the operation of the mine, while his father is on trip to Mexico City.

box 1, item 46

Obituary card announcing Samuel Paul Parkman's death in his 68th year at Hacienda de San Francisco, May 2, 1873.

box 1, item 47

Riva Palacio, Vicente


Form letter to Felipe Parkman, Feb. 28, 1879, soliciting the aid of Felipe Parkman in connection with an International Exposition proposed by President Díaz in order to help remedy the economic condition of the country.

box 1, item 48

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Jan. 12, 1884, in reference to her letter recommending Antonio Martinez Lopez for a vacant office.

box 1, item 49

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Jan. 23, 1884, regretting not having seen her.

box 1, item 50

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Dec. 2, 1884, acknowledging her letter of well-wishes.

box 1, item 51

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Aug. 29, 1885, regretting illness of Felipe.

box 1, item 52

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Mar. 22, 1887, replying to Mrs. Parkman's letter concerning new tariff.

box 1, item 53

Parkman, Charles B.


Letter to [Felipe Parkman?], Washington, D. C., Apr. 18, 1887, sending regrets over the recent death of Franco Parkman and giving news of his own family.

box 1, item 54

Lozano, Abraham


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Jan. 25, 1888, thanking her on the behalf of the town council of Guanajuato for a gift of some ash trees for the Alameda.

box 1, item 55

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Feb. 3, 1891, replying to some unspecified question concerning the mines.

box 1, item 56

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Jan. 26, 1893, granting her an interview.

box 1, item 57

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Feb. 17, 1893, offering his help in her transaction with the Bank of London, and regretting not being able to help her in an unspecified request.

box 1, item 58

Díaz, Porfirio


Letter to Antonia Vega de Parkman, Feb. 21, 1893, stating that he has spoken of the transaction previously mentioned (see no. 57) to Mr. Waters.

box 1, item 59

Parkman, Felipe


Petition to the Governor of Guanajuato for permission to make free use of the waters of the Arroyos de Cabo, de Cardenas y de San Juan for water power, Apr. 12, 1900. Enclosing basis of an agreement between Parkman and the Governor.

volume v. 1

Leatherbound volume, apparently used as a record book for the operations of some mining property. It dates from 1830-1847, and includes account of repairs, production, new mine shafts opened, water ways opened, breakdown of machinery, etc. It mentions San Miguel mine shaft, San Cayetano, La Luz, San Simón, and others. 70 pages are given over to these notes, all but three of the remaining pages blank. These three pages contain prices paid for the sawing of various types of lumber. Undated.