Title:Cyrus Stedman family correspondence
Creator/Contributor:Stedman (Family, 1832-, creator, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Stedman, Cyrus, 1808-1865, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Stedman, Mary, 1812-1898, correspondent.
Contains 30 handwritten letters of the Cyrus Stedman family of Medfield, Massachusetts. Twenty-one of the letters are from
Cyrus Stedman, on his way to and living in California, to his wife, Mary, and children in Medfield, Massachusetts. Eight of
the letters are from his wife and children to Cyrus. He writes of his living conditions, his work as a gunsmith in Uniontown,
Humboldt County, news of gold being found along the Frazer River in British Columbia, and skirmishes with Indians. Includes
many of the original envelopes. Miscellany includes a small amount of clippings and a church program from 1898 containing
news of the deaths of Cyrus' wife, Mary, and his son, Dr. Joseph Stedman. Includes typescript transcriptions of each letter.
Steadman family -- Correspondence
Stedman, Cyrus -- 1808-1865 -- Correspondence
Stedman, Mary -- 1812-1898 -- Correspondence
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Gunsmiths -- California -- Arcata
Gunsmiths -- California -- Humboldt County
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
California -- Description and travel
Fraser River (B.C.) -- Gold discoveries
Cyrus Stedman family correspondence, BANC MSS 2017/251, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from Michael D. Heaston Rare Books and Manuscripts ; 20109.
Cyrus Stedman (born June 28, 1808, Holliston, Massachusetts ; died March 4, 1865, Medfield, Massachusetts) was a gunsmith
who opened a gunsmithing shop in Uniontown [i.e. Arcata] California to capitalize on the mass of immigrants working the gold
fields. On October 10, 1832, he married Mary Jordan in Boston, Massachusetts. They had 9 children, Jane G., Laura A., Eliza
R., Joseph, Cordelia, Maria G., Jerusha, Hannah J.,and Mary Elizabeth. Joseph Stedman served in the Civil War and became a
succesful doctor in Jamaica Plains, New York.
BANC MSS 2017/251 box 1
Origin:New York (State)