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Littleton family collection.
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Littleton family collection


Littleton, James E.


Littleton, Micajah, 1803-1880


Diary of Micajah Littleton documenting his overland journey to California from Independence, Mo., May to October of 1850. In addition to a descriptive journal he appended a detailed directional mileage log as if recording for future immigrants. Of special interest is documentation of all the graves passed en route. The diary ends with his trip from Nevada City, California through Grass Valley, Rough and Ready and the Bear River Valley to Nicholas and Fremont on the Sacramento River.
Letters from Micajah's son James E. Littleton to his younger brother Eugene M. Littleton, 1864-1866. James was serving in the California Second Cavalry Regiment, Company I. Initially stationed at Camp Bidwell, near Chico, Company I was transfered to Camp McDermitt on the Nevada-Oregon border to keep the peace with the local Native Americans. The letters document life in the military on the frontier, describing court-martials, camp life, battles, etc.
Miscellaneous family documents include Micajah's pilot license, Eugene's report cards from Sacramento High School, etc.


1850 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-nv
Littleton, Micajah -- 1803-1880 -- Diaries
Littleton, James E -- Correspondence
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Pioneers -- California -- Diaries
Camp Bidwell (Calif.)
Camp McDermitt (Nev.)
United States. -- Army. -- California Cavalry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1866)


Micajah Littleton was born in Georgia on Dec. 10, 1803. He traveled overland to California in 1850 and became a riverboat pilot on the Sacramento River. He and his wife, Mary, resided in Sacramento and raised a family there including sons James and Eugene and daughters Luly and Minnie. Micajah died on June 13, 1880 in Alameda, California.
Not restricted. Please credit California State Library.

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1 manuscript box






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Not restricted. Please credit California State Library.