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Guide to the James Frazier Reed Papers, 1843-1851
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Correspondence, legal papers, appointments, petitions for land timber, deeds, contracts, business and military papers.
James Frazier Reed was born in Ireland, November 14, 1800. He lived in Virginia and Illinois before comeing to California. He and Abraham Lincoln were privates in the same company in the Black Hawk War. He, with his wife, four children and mother, came to California as members of the Donner Party in 1846. He was a miner and later settled in San Jose, working to make San Jose the capitol of the state, and contributing land for that purpose. He died in San Jose, July 24, 1874.
Please credit California State Library.