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Charles Van Houten papers, circa 1851-1868.
BANC MSS 2010/114 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/114 v.1; BANC MSS 2010/114 v.2; BANC MSS 2010/114 v.3; ...
Collection Overview

Title:

Charles Van Houten papers, circa 1851-1868

Creator/Contributor:

Van Houten, Charles., creator

Creator/Contributor:

Van Houten, Harriet Jones, correspondent.

Creator/Contributor:

Van Houten, Peter R., correspondent.

Creator/Contributor:

Fant, Stephen, signer.

Creator/Contributor:

Jones, John, witness.

Creator/Contributor:

Gaston Callie, witness.

Abstract:

Three diaries (1851,1854,1854: some dated entries) and personal correspondence of Gold Rush miner, Charles van Houten, describing his travels from Sunbury, Ohio to Marysville, Calif. via Panama and experiences in California. Diaries provide details of travel, costs, dates of departure and arrival at various stops, money and gold nuggets sent home, and gold miner life such as his tent being invaded by Indians who drew arrows on him, smallpox raging all around, a murdered miner's body found, and the hanging of an Indian. Also includes four Adams & Co, Express bonds (two made out to Peter R. Van Houten). The bulk of the correspondence is between Charles Van Houten and Miss Harriet (Hattie) Jones who eventually marry. Includes their marriage certificate (Jan. 6, 1857 ) signed by minister Stephen Fant. Also includes correspondence (3 letters) of Rev. P. (Peter) R. Van Houten from Galena, Ohio [i.e. Rarden, Ohio], one addressed to brother Charles and two as the recipient from David Groesbeeck (New York, N.Y.) with accompanying printed material regarding Dutch heirs in a land dispute with Trinity Church of New York City titled: 'To the heirs of Anneka Jantz [sic] Bogardus."

Date:

1851 (issued)

Contents:

Box 1. Correspondence (89 items; letters, envelopes, bonds) -- Volume 1. Daily Pocket Remembrancer for 1851 -- Volume 2. Diary for 1854 (includes list of correspondents) -- Volume 3. Daily Memorandum Book for 1854 -- Oversize folder 1. Peter R. Van Houten letter to Charles Van Houten.

Subject:

n-us-ca -- n-us-oh
Van Houten, Charles -- Archives
Van Houten, Charles -- Correspondence
Van Houten, Harriet Jones -- Correspondence
Van Houten, Peter R -- Correspondence
Grosbeeck, David -- Correspondence
Van Houten family
Bogardus, Anneke Jans -- 1605-1663
Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.)
Adams Express Company.
Gold miners -- California
Gold mines and mining -- California
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Dutch -- United States
California -- Gold discoveries
Sunbury (Ohio)
Rarden (Ohio)
Delaware County (Ohio)
Marysville (Calif.)
Yuba County (Calif.)

Note:

Volume 1: RESTRICTED ITEM. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.
Charles Van Houten papers, BANC MSS 2010/114, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; Mark Baker; 2010.
In English.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2010.053--PIC).

Type:

Legal instruments.
Certificates.

Physical Description:

print
1 box, 3 volumes, 1 oversize folder (0.6 linear feet)

Language:

English

Identifier:

BANC MSS 2010/114 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/114 v.1
BANC MSS 2010/114 v.2
BANC MSS 2010/114 v.3
BANC MSS 2010/114 oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 2010/114

Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

Volume 1: RESTRICTED ITEM. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.