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Octavia Hamblin Sexton and Harry H. Sexton correspondence, approximately 1844-1900 (bulk 1844-1860).
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Octavia Hamblin Sexton and Harry H. Sexton correspondence, approximately 1844-1900 (bulk 1844-1860)
Hamblin Sexton correspondence
Hamblin Sexton letters
Sexton Hamblin letters


Sexton, Octavia Hamblin, creator, correspondent.


Sexton, Harry H., correspondent.


Sexton, Julia, correspondent.


Hamblin, Helen Munger, correspondent.


Farrow, Eleanor, correspondent.


Gilbert, Charles M., correspondent.


Woods, Elizabeth, correspondent.


Hobart, H. C., correspondent.


Calkins, P., correspondent.


Calkins, M. E.


Collection of correspondence (42 letters, 160 p.) between a married couple, family members, and friends. Most of the pre-Gold Rush letters (16 letters, 57 p.) are written to Octavia Hamblin [later Sexton] from her cousin, Eleanor Farrow, working as a schoolteacher in Leoni, Mi., and a male suitor in Chicago, Ill., Charles Gilbert. One is written to Harry H. Sexton. The second group of letters (26 letters, 103 p.) consists of correspondence between family members and friends with specific references to the California Gold Rush and Dr. Harry H. Sexton's trip (husband of Octavia) to the gold fields. One letter, by Harry H. Sexton, is posted from Salt Lake City, Utah on his way to Calif. Includes several newspaper clippings containing published poems, an advertisement for a $20,000 dollar state of Delaware lottery (1859), anecdotes, and a recipe for rheumatism. Includes a typescript numbered key to each letter containing dates, names, and a brief summary of its contents. Also includes a photocopy of a typescript (4 p., circa 1900) written by a descendant of the Sextons, M.E. Calkins of Abilene, Kan., containing excerpts and partial transcriptions of four letters Harry H. Sexton wrote on his way to Calif. (3 of the 4 letters described are present in the collection). Also includes photocopies of each letter and modern typescript transcriptions for the pre-Gold Rush portion of the correspondence (1844-1850).


1844 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-il -- n-us-mi -- n-us-de
Sexton, Octavia Hamblin -- Correspondence
Sexton, Harry H -- Correspondence
Sexton, Julia -- Correspondence
Hamblin, Helen Munger -- Correspondence
Farrow, Eleanor -- Correspondence
Gilbert, Charles M -- Correspondence
Woods, Elizabeth -- Correspondence
Hobart, H. C -- Correspondence
Calkins, P -- Correspondence
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives
Gold miners -- California -- Correspondence
Gold mines and mining -- California
Lotteries -- Delaware -- 19th century
Gold miners
Gold mines and mining
Manners and customs
Overland journeys to the Pacific
California -- Gold discoveries
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail -- Description and travel
Galesburg (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Jefferson (Iowa) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Leoni (Mich. : Township) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Illinois -- Chicago
Illinois -- Galesburg
Iowa -- Jefferson
Michigan -- Leoni (Township)
United States -- Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail


Octavia Hamblin Sexton and Harry H. Sexton correspondence, BANC MSS 2009/116, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Octavia Hamblin and Harry J. Sexton were married on March 2, 1847. Dr. Harry J. Sexton left Galesburg, Illinois for the California gold fields on March 9, 1850 in the company of Octavia Hamblin's father and brother Daniel, an un-named uncle, and a friend, H.C. Hobart. The "Galesburg Party" took the Mormon Pioneer Trail to South Pass, then turned towards Salt Lake City and the Hastings Cut-Off that met up with the California Trail to the Humboldt River.
In English.
Finding aid available in library.


Poems-19th century.
Personal narratives.
Records and correspondence.

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