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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG3824.AM:  Charles Gould, 1824-1913



Diary:  1849

Size:  1 item and 1 reel of microfilm



BACKGROUND NOTE



Charles Gould left Boston, Massachusetts, on April 16, 1849, enroute for the gold fields of California. He was a member of the Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association, formed in order to undertake the overland journey across the plains.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The collection consists of a typescript and microfilm copy of the 1849 diary of Charles Gould. This diary relates to Charles Gould’s journey from Massachusetts to the gold fields of California in 1849. It provides a rather graphic account of travel across the plains and contains references to topography, wildlife, and weather. Of interest is Gould’s account of the death of George Winslow, a member of the company, who died on June 8, 1849, in what is now Jefferson County, Nebraska. The grave was marked and has survived as one of the few identified burials of the many who died during the overland migrations of the mid-nineteenth century.



The typescript copy of the diary was received from Charles Gould, courtesy of G.W. Hansen of Fairbury, Nebraska, in 1911. The microfilm copy was acquired from the Minnesota Historical Society in 1958.



 


ADDED ENTRIES:

Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association

Diaries

Gould, Charles, 1824-1913

Overland journeys

Winslow, George, 1823-1849



 



JEP/ht   12-18-1972

11-13-2009   Revised TMM