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John Marshall Pierce diaries, 1863-1873.
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John Marshall Pierce diaries, 1863-1873


Pierce, John Marshall, 1831-1895, creator


1863 (issued)


3 rewritten diaries of John M. Pierce and one photocopy of handwritten account of wagon train trip by Anna Des Moines Caldwell Curry. Dairy #1: Jan. 14, 1863-Sept. 18, 1868; Diary #2: Sept. 19, 1868-July 17, 1872; Dairy #3: July 18, 1872-Dec. 26, 1873. Curry account in spearate folder.


Curry, Anna Des Moines Caldwell -- 1846-1921
Caldwell, John Edwards -- 1811-1887
Caldwell, Margaret Cheney -- 1820-1893
Gold mines and mining -- California
Silver mines and mining -- Nevada
Silver mines and mining -- Utah
Overland journeys to the Pacific


John Marshall Pierce was born on January 1, 1831 in Glasgow, MO. He traveled overland and arrived in Diamond Springs, CA in October of 1850. He spent the next 25 years mining and gambling in other parts of California as well as in Nevada and Utah. In 1875 Pierce moved to a ranch in San Luis Obispo County, and died in Paso Robles on May 6, 1895.
Anna De Moines Caldwell was born in Eddyville, OH on November 9, 1846. She and her father John Edwards Caldwell, her mother Margaret Cheney Caldwell, two siblings, and two others traveled by wagon train to California in 1853. The Caldwells settled in San Francisco, where they spent the rest of their lives. Anna married Thomas Jefferson Curry on March 22, 1877, and died on October 11, 1921.
John Marshall Pierce Diaries
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.
Doug & Susan Bergtholdt, San Jose, CA.; Donation.
Pierce diaries copied by Norman William Garrett, Sheriff of Mariposa County, 1966-1974, who was related to Pierce. Curry was not related to Pierce, but her account (rewritten by her daughter) was in the collection of the donors and donated at same time as the diaries.

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1 box ; 15 3/8 x 12 x 3 in.






Copyright Note:

Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.