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Jirah Luce correspondence, 1858-1861.
BANC MSS 2019/210 box 1
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Jirah Luce correspondence, 1858-1861


Luce, Jirah, 1818-1880, creator, correspondent.


Contains 7 handwritten letters from Jirah Luce to his sister. They include numerous details about life in California in San Francisco and Marin County. In the last letter, dated February 11, 1861, Jirah's wife Mary writes on the last page and makes comments about president-elect Lincoln and the rumors of secession.


1858 (issued)


Luce, Jirah -- 1818-1880 -- Correspondence
Farmers -- California -- Marin County
Family farms -- California -- Marin County
Marin County (Calif.) -- Description and travel
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
California, Northern -- Description and travel


Jirah Luce correspondence,1858-1861, BANC MSS 2019/210, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from Ken Harrelson; 2019.
Jirah Luce, Sr. (born January 18, 1818 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; died December 28, 1880 in Healdsburg, California) was a farmer who served as a justice of the peace in Healdsburg, California for 9 years. He married Mary Cottle on August 4,1839 and had six children. He left Martha's Vineyard with a group of Vineyarders in February 1849 and sailed around the Horn on the ship "Mary Robinson" landing in San Francisco. Luce followed mining and was also engaged in the carrying trade with a vessel. In 1857 the family joined him in San Francisco. By 1860, they had purchased a ranch near Petaluma, California, on the Marin County side of the San Antonio Creek. In 1862 they purchased a ranch some three miles from Healdsburg, Sonoma County. Jirah Luce, Sr. is buried in Oak Mound Cemetery, Sonoma County, California.
In English.

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BANC MSS 2019/210 box 1