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Guide to the James Frazier Reed Papers, 1843-1851
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Contents
  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Frazier Reed Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1843-1851
    Box Number: 356
    Creator: Reed, James Frazier, 1800-1874
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State 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], James Frazier Reed Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    San Jose (Calif.)--History
    Reed, James Frazier, 1800-1874


    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.


    Major Correspondents

    • Bannister, Edward
    • Belden, J[osiah]
    • Boggs, Lilburn W.
    • Buchanan, John C.
    • Burton, John
    • Buxton, Juan (John Burton?)
    • Davis, Walter
    • Kerne, Edward M.
    • Larkin, Thomas O.
    • Lyon, Caleb
    • McGile, Patrick and George Montgomery
    • Mason, D. H.
    • Mason, Richard B.
    • Parker, R.
    • Pickett, Charles Edward, 1820-1882
    • Pinkney, R. F.
    • Richardson, John T.
    • Ruckel & Cooke
    • Spear, Nathan
    • Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880
    • Townsend, John
    • Van Voorhies, William
    • White, Charles
    • Willson, Allen
    • Winchester, Jonas, 1810-1887
    • Winlack (Miss) (Day and Boarding School for Young Ladies)

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Account book (** cF 865 R32 A3)

    Oversized material

    • 1 map
    • oversize materials

    Related Collections

    Title: John Augustus Sutter Collection.