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Guide to the John Wilson Papers, 1840-1897
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Box I

Outgoing letters, 1849-1875 - 10 items, drafts, some incomplete.

 

Incoming correspondence, A-L

Box II

Incoming correspondence, M-Z

Box III

John Wilson's papers.

 

Ide, William B.

 

Proclamation to people of Sonoma, June 15, 1846

 

Wilson's papers relating to Deseret petition of 1849 include his appointment as delegate for the state of Deseret to the convention and draft of petition to Peter H. Burnett.

 

Papers as Indian Agent: Memos relating to Indian tribes in intermountain region (see also copy of Wilson letter of Aug. 22, 1849 to Ewing, Box I); invoices; vouchers, abstracts and accounts of trip from Missouri to California (including vouchers to Joel Palmer for his services as guide and to Peter Lassen).

 

Accounts as Naval agent.

 

Diary, marked no. 3, Mar. 1864 records portion of journey to Chihuahua; his stay there; Santa Eulalia mines; evils of Mexican priesthood; religious rites; Apaches; mention of Governor Luis Terrazas

 

Diaries 1 and 4, 1864, also form part of the Chihuahua trip. (Purchased from Mrs. McPortland, Jan. 1965)

 

Miscellaneous legal papers, arranged chronologically - 1850-1876. Brought together here were documents either drawn up by Wilson or in which he figures in some way.

 

Include: (1) Sharon, William

 

Agreement with Isaac Saffarans. Aug. 1, 1850

 

(2) Hagan, James

 

Agreement with Wilson et al concerning Leidesdorff estate. Aug. 14, 1850

 

(3) Brown & Bouldin

 

Agreement with Wilson concerning fees as attorney in suit brought up re Vaca/Peña grant

 

Miscellaneous legal papers (not by or directly concerning Wilson). Arranged alphabetically. Mainly summons and subpoenas in various cases.

 

Also include: (1) Dalton, Henry

 

Lease of Santa Anita Ranch to Alexander W. Hope, Dec. 27, 1852.

 

(2) Love, Mary

 

Power of attorney to William I. Higgins, Apr. 1, 1858

 

(3) Patterson, William H.

 

Duplicate contract of sale of Rancho Corallitos to W. J. Williams, Sept. 23, 1867.

 

(4) U.S. Surveyor General

 

Plat of the Rancho San Augustin. Copy, signed by J. W. Mandeville, June 27, 1860

 

Papers relating to Briones claims for Bolinas:

 

(1) Notes in Wilson's hand concerning claim

 

(2) Certified copy of case no. 189 Northern District, U.S. vs. Gregorio Briones.

 

Papers relating to Castro suit for Rancho San Pablo, 1854-1859, include Wilson's notice to the Castros, Feb. 18, 1854, and printed letter by A. J. Kopsch concerning a portion of the San Pablo Rancho, Oct. 10, 1859.

 

Notes in Wilson's hand relating to claims for Punta de los Reyes.

 

Papers relating to personal property in Contra Costa County, 1853-1865. (leases and deeds)

 

Papers relating to other personal property, in San Francisco, various ranches, and mines, 1850-1864

 

Powers of attorney to Wilson.

 

Accounts, tax statements

 

Appointments

 

Obituaries

Box IV

Miscellaneous papers of Wilson family; Wakeman family; Cooper family.

 

Wilson, Ann Robertson (Pulliam) (Mrs. John Wilson)

 

(1) Certified copy of marriage record, 1877

 

(2) Widow's pension papers

 

(3) Memorial card, 1886

 

Wilson, Micajah D. (Son of Ann and John Wilson)

 

Appointments as commissioner of deeds for California in the states of Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire and Virginia. Also appointment as notary public for California in Missouri, 1849

 

Cooper, Katherine (Wakeman) (grand-daughter)

 

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, a few relating to Ann and John Wilson and to Mary Eliza (Wilson) Wakeman, and some concerning Santa Cruz social affairs.

 

Cooper papers

 

(1) Miscellaneous Cooper & Co. records, 1852-1853

 

(2) Santa Cruz County: Names of voters and number of votes polled in election held Sept. 6, 1854.

 

(3) Papers relating to Watsonville Guards (California Militia), 1863-1868 (8 items)

 

(4) Copies of correspondence - petitions for the job of Postmaster at Santa Cruz for William F. Cooper.

 

Wakeman, Ferdinand O.: Legal papers

 

7 items (1849) relating to claims against the Mexican Government for imprisonment with Isaac Graham in 1840. Agreements and powers of attorney with and to Wakeman and William I. Higgins.

 

Davis, William: Deeds of mining property in Nevada to Wakeman (3 items).

 

Wakeman, Mary Elizah (Wilson) (daughter of Ann and John Wilson)

 

(1) Letter for William Rockwell to R. A. Redman concerning Wakeman/Wilson property, May 27, 1890

 

Miscellaneous accounts - not Wilson's - include:

 

(1) Receipts relating to Thomas C. Carpenter and the Bark Ralph Cross (1849)

 

(2) Philadelphia Commercial and Mining Company: Receipts, 1849-1850 (8 items)

 

Rogers, Fred B.: Notes concerning Wilson papers.

 

Additional notes (gift of Fred B. Rogers, 1964)

Partial List of Correspondents

Letters Addressed o Wilson

 

A Miscellany

 

Andrews, J. H.

 

Re Point Reyes Ranch and Randall heirs. Nov. 2, 1869

 

Adamson, John

 

2 letters, re Vaca/Peña grant. 1858

 

Aud, Francis L.

 

3 letters, 1851-1853. 1851 letter refers to water lot speculation in San Francisco.

 

B Miscellany

 

Bell, Bary C

 

Re Bodega Ranch. June 7, 1859

 

Bennett, M. V.

 

Re land claims in Santa Cruz County relating to his mother's (Mary Bennett, later Mary Love) property. Sept. 22, 1857

 

Bennett, Mary

see Love, Mary Bennett

 

Berry, Richard N.

 

Re Whig Party. Jan. 10, 1851

 

Boynton, Charles

 

Re Whig organization in Calaveras County. June 24, 1852

 

Briones, Pablo

 

Nov. 27, 1874

 

Bennett, Winston 1819-

 

4 letters, 1852-1858

 

Browder, Thomas W.

 

Re legal business pertaining to land grants, mainly in Santa Cruz County. 12 letters, 1859.

 

Brown, Orlando

see U.S. Office of Indian Affairs.

 

Brown, Thomas A., 1823-1889

 

2 letters, 1853-1855

 

Bruce, Samuel C.

 

6 letters re estate of Samuel Gregg. 1851-1857

 

Burnett, Peter Hardeman, 1807-1895

 

4 letters re Madden case. 1852-1854

 

C Miscellany

 

Carpentier, Horace W., 1824-1918

 

Re copies of records of Vicente and Antonio Peralta. July 4, 1852

 

Carroll, N.

 

Re politics. [ca. 1851?]

 

Crabb & Co., Santa Cruz

 

Partially re Whigs in the local election. Sept. 9, 1851

 

Crane, James M.

 

Re Whigs and Thomas Butler King. Feb. 22, 1852

 

Curl, James D.

 

Aug. 19, [1875]

 

Currey, John, 1814-1912

 

May 11, 1859

 

Carr, Jesse Douglas

 

5 letters, 1857-1859. Letter of Apr. 25, 1857 re politics and Whigs in Santa Clara County.

 

Clark, Smyth

 

Re John C. Frémont's Mariposa claim. Sketch map of mines included.

 

Coggeshall, Amasa

 

5 letters, 1858, relate to property on Weber/Gulnac grant.

 

Collins, John Anderson

 

4 letters, 1851-1853, re Whig politics in Grass Valley. References to John B. Weller.

 

Crabb, Henry A.

 

2 letters, 1853, re Whig convention and politics; anti-Bigler.

 

Crane, George W.

 

2 letters, 1850-1851

 

D Miscellany

 

Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

 

California's future, commerce with Asia. Dec. 5, 1850

 

Doane, Charles

 

Importance of establishing telegraphic connections between San Francisco and Sacramento via Stockton. June 13, 1851

 

Dodge, Henry Lee, 1825-1902

 

Apr. 27, 1850

 

Du Bertrand, E.

 

Re gold in the Klamath River region. Oct. 1, 1850

 

Depeaux, Louis

 

3 letters relating to José Bolcoff, Rancho Soquel and Rancho de San Michael. 1853-1856

 

Dollarhide, Evan W.

 

4 letters re Vaca/Peña grant. 1859

 

F Miscellany

 

Field, Stephen Johnson, 1816-1899

 

August 16, 1856

 

Ford, Henry L., 1822-1860

 

4 letters re mines: Gulnac claim and San Francisco property. 1852-1857

 

G Miscellany

 

Gilroy, Miguel

 

Re land grants of San Ysidro, Las Animas and Llagos. n.d.

 

Gordon, John

 

Re Whigs in El Dorado County. July 13, 1852

 

Gridley, R. C.

 

Re politics in Yreka. May 29, 1855

 

Grove, W.

 

Description of Guaymas by Wilson's nephew. June 23, 1860

 

Graham, William Alexander, 1804-1875

see U.S. Navy Dept.

 

H Miscellany

 

Hester, C. P.

 

Re Martín Castro's Claim. Oct. 13, 1859

 

Hope, Alexander W., 1820-

 

Re Whig party in Los Angeles. Dec. 30, 1851

 

Huddart, R. Townsend

 

Re sale of Santa Cruz ranches to foreign capitalists. May 18, 1853

 

Harper, John H.

 

2 letters re Gold Bluff mines. 1852

 

Hartley, Henry Hare

 

3 letters re Vaca grant. 1859

 

Helstrom, S. M.

 

6 letters re Pacheco/Mesa grants. One letter incomplete. 1858-1859

 

Hihn, F. A.

 

9 letters re Tarpey case, Rincon Ranch and Soquel Ranch. 1857-1859

 

Holcomb, N.

 

3 letters re Soquel Ranch. 1857-1858

 

Hubbs, Paul K., 1800-1874

 

16 letters re legal aspects concerning lots and lands; Colton grants. 1854-1856

 

J Miscellany

 

Jarragin, J. M.

 

Description of Sonora; mention of Santa Anna. Jan. 25, 1854

 

Johnson, John Neely, 1825-1872

 

Re meeting of Whig State Central Committee. Feb. 25, 1852

 

Jones, James McHall, 1823-1851

 

Nov. 8, 1851

 

Jones, Roger, 1789-1852

see U.S. Adjutant General's Office; U.S. Post Office

 

Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby, 1790-1856

 

4 letters, 1849-1850. Written as Commander-in-chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Pacific Ocean. Some also signed by Rodman M. Price. Enclosure: contemporary copy of letter from Edwin Bryant to Jones. All relate to Wilson's bond as Navy Agent for San Francisco.

 

K Miscellany

 

King, Austin Augustus, 1802-1870

 

May 24, n.y.

 

L Miscellany

 

Langdon, C. W.

 

Re La Jota grant and George C. Yount. Nov. 1, 1859

 

Love, Harry

 

May 24, 1858

 

Latham & Sunderland, Sacramento

 

2 letters re Vaca/Peña grant. 1857

 

Love, Mary Bennett

 

About business matters. With one letter from John Moore to Mrs. Bennett.

 

M Miscellany

 

McCutcheon, William

 

Re San Ysidro Ranch. Written and with additional note by Thomas Bodley. May 16, 1857

 

McKinstry, Elisha Williams, 1825-1901

 

Re Moraga vs. Emeric. May 15, 1854

 

Majors, Joseph L.

 

Written and signed for him by C. Winterholter. Apr. 21, 1859

 

Marshall, Edward C.

 

Re Gulnac claim; politics; Gwin and Broderick. Nov. 11, 1854

 

Minor, D. K.

 

Addressed to James M. Crane, but meant also for John Wilson. Re lots in San Francisco. Dec. 2, 1853

 

Montgomery, John Berrien, 1794-1873

 

Requesting information concerning town lots held by his two deceased sons. Mar. 13, 1853

 

Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853

 

Relating to Wilson's accounts as Indian Agent and Navy Agent. Feb. 18, 1853

 

Moore, John H.

 

Re Mary Bennett Love's case; Whigs. June 14, 1852

See also: Love, Mary Bennett

 

Murphy, John M.

 

Re San Jose Pueblo Land Claim. Sept. 26, 1856

 

McKiernan, Charles

 

5 letters re Guadalupe Castro; Soquel Ranch. 1857-1858

 

McLean, John T.

 

2 letters re Whigs in Santa Cruz. 1851-1852

 

Martin, G. T.

 

2 letters re Whigs. 1851-1852

 

Medill, William, 1805-1865

see U.S. Office of Indian Affairs.

 

Merrill, Nathaniel, 1823-1900

 

5 letters, 1856. Include one letter to Henry L. Ford. Re Claims in Tehama County.

 

Monson, A. C.

 

2 letters re Whigs. One letter written as Chairman, Whig Convention Committee. 1851

 

Moore, Benjamin F.

 

3 letters re Whigs in Tuolumne County. 1851-1852

 

Morris, Robert Murray

 

2 letters re his duties as escort to John Wilson on journey to California. 1849

 

Morse, John Frederick, 1815-1874

 

4 letters re Whig Party in California. 1851-1852

 

Mudd, J. H. Clay

 

2 letters re Whigs in Washington, D.C. and political appointments of Californians. 1852

 

Noble, Augustus

 

9 letters re Soquel Ranch. 1857-1858

 

O Miscellany

 

Ormsby, C. N.

 

Re Whig politics. Anti - Thomas Butler King. June 30, 1851

 

P Miscellany

 

Payran, Stephen

 

Declining nomination to the House. Aug. 6, 1851

 

Peckham, R. F., 1827-

 

Feb. 12, 1857

 

Perkiam, Joseph

 

Re Whigs in Butte Co. May 14, 1851

 

Parks, H. G.

 

6 letters re Vaca grant. 1857-1859

 

Parsons, George

 

3 letters re land around Santa Cruz. 1859

 

Porter, George R.

 

4 letters. 1858

 

Preston, William Ballard, 1805-1862

see U.S. Navy Dept.

 

R Miscellany

 

Reading, Pierson Barton, 1816-1868

 

Accepting nomination as Whig candidate for office of State Governor. June 9, 1851

 

Reed, E. P.

 

2 letters re property in San Jose. 1855

 

Robinson, Tod

 

3 letters re Whig party. One letter written and signed for Robinson by John Frederick Morse. 1852

 

Russell, William Henry, 1802-1873

 

7 letters. Include one letter to Major Allen. Some relate to politics. 1849-1853.

 

S Miscellany

 

Sargent, Aaron Augustus, 1827-1887

 

Re politics. May 25, 1855

 

Semple, Charles D.

 

Re politics. May 21, 1855

 

Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872

 

Re politics. Also clipping of Mar. 15, 1854 sent by Seward to Wilson (of Wilson's endorsement on verso) Dec. 6, 1856

 

Smith, S. S.

 

As clerk of Whig Party Ward Committee. July 2, 1851

 

Swan, Thomas M.

 

Aug. 31, 1859

 

Switzler, S.

 

Description of Hangtown (Placerville) and of mining. Jan. 27, 1850

 

Sawyer, Ebenezer D.

 

5 letters. Whig Politics; San Francisco water front land. 1854

 

Sevige, James

 

2 letters re Whigs in Sutter County. 1851

 

Smith, Henry H.

 

2 letters re property around Martinez. 1859

 

Smith, Truman, 1791-1884

 

25 letters re Whig politics; Thomas Butler King; Pacific Railroad; gold, copper and silver mines of Lake Superior. 1850-1856

 

Stout, Alfred H.

 

2 letters re Whigs in Colusa County; California Indians. 1851-1853

 

T Miscellany

 

Taylor, R. H.

 

Requesting information to refute democratic charges against the Whigs. Aug. 15, 1851

 

Torre, Pablo della

 

Aug. 11, 1858

 

Torrence, G. W.

 

Letter of introduction for Mr. William Bickham, Whig delegate from El Dorado County. May 22, 1851

 

Tanner, James

 

6 letters re Sutter Claim. 1852-1853

 

Tarpey, Matthew

 

5 letters re Santa Cruz lands. 1857-1858

 

Thomas, A.

 

2 letters re Vaca/Peña grants; news of Governor Boggs. 1859

 

Troy, Daniel

 

4 letters. 1858-1859

 

U Miscellany

 

U.S. Adjutant General's Office

 

Contemporary copy (for Wilson) of letter by Roger Jones to William Wing Loring. Apr. 13, 1849

 

U.S. General Land Office

 

Signed by James Whitcomb, Commissioner. Aug. 19, 1840

 

U.S. Post Office

 

Letter from Fitzhenry Warren, enclosing letter from Roger Jones, of May 14, 1849. May 15, 1849

 

U.S. Quartermaster's Dept.

 

Written by Charles Thomas. Oct. 14, 1851

 

Upson, Lauren, d. 1885

 

Written on California lettersheet "Diagram of the Burnt District - Sacramento ... 1852." Discussion of the Chinese Question in terms of its political significance to the Whigs. June 12, 1854

 

U.S. Navy Dept.

 

9 letters, 1849-1851. 3 signed by William Ballard Preston, 6 signed by William A. Graham. All relate to Wilson as Navy Agent.

 

U.S. Office of Indian Affairs

 

3 letters, 1849-1850. Written by Orlando Brown and William Medill.

 

Apr. 7, 1859 letter includes commission to Wilson as Indian Agent, signed by Zachary Taylor.

 

Feb. 19, 1850 letter contains statement as to boundaries of Indian agencies, defining Wilson's authority to west of the Sierra Nevada.

 

U.S. Treasury Dept.

 

3 letters re accounts as former Indian Agent. Signed by Powell Clayton. 1851-1853

 

Van Dyke, Walter

 

2 letters re Whigs; scheme for getting mail for Trinidad, California. 1852

 

W Miscellany

 

Weller, John B., 1812-1875

 

Nov. 9, 1857.

 

Whitton, Jesse W.

 

Re George Yount's claim in Napa Valley. Apr. 12, 1852

 

Wilson, William Henry

 

Re Gold Bluff Mine. May 5, 1857

 

Winn, A. M.

 

Re Temperance organization in relation to politics. Oct. 2, 1855

 

Walthall, Madison

 

4 letters re Whigs and politics. 1850-1853

 

Weld, E. F.

 

Re various land claims, including Coggeshall's. 6 letters, 1858-1859.

 

Wilson, Micajah D., d. 1862

 

3 letters re Gold Bluff Mines. Reference to J. Ross Browne. Aug. 10, 1858 letter to Henry L. Ford. 1851-1858

 

Wilson, O. P.

 

5 letters re Amesti claim, Calavessero grant. 1858-1859

 

Wood, R. N.

 

4 letters re Whig politics. Include copy of letter addressed to President Fillmore, written by Wood and signed by various Whig members of the California legislature. 1852

 

Worster, J. Rutherford

 

5 letters re politics and business affairs. 1854-1855

 

Y Miscellany

 

Yoell, Jasper Alexander

 

Re Gulnac claim. Oct. 28, 1854

 

Young, John, 1802-1852

 

Introducing Samuel Strong. Feb. 16, 1850

 

Younger, Coleman

 

2 letters re San Jose Pueblo Lands. 1851-1852

Letters Not Addressed to Wilson

 

Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882

 

To John Gilroy. Oct. 3, 1858

 

Kenaday, Alexander McConnell

 

To A. C. Russell, concerning politics in Southern California. July 24, 1851