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Inventory of the Starkweather Family Papers, 1836; 1849-1866; 1876-1888 (bulk 1849-1859)
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  • Subject matter
  • Persons represented by 5 or more letters

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Starkweather Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1836; 1849-1866; 1876-1888 (bulk 1849-1859)
    Creator: Starkweather family
    Extent: 242 letters plus copies of a few printed items
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Purchased from Michael Ginsberg, 3/24/77

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    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Starkweather Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence between a family in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the four members who went to California during the Gold Rush period. The first one to go was Charles Graves Starkweather (1819-1906). He was an officer in the Holyoke Company and left on February 5, 1849 from New York aboard the S.S. Crowell going first to Chagres, Panama, then up the river to Panama City. When they found no ship to take tham to San Francisco, their company, along with others, bought the ship Copiapo, hired a captain, and after a 95 day voyage arrived in San Francisco on August 14, 1849. Charles went first to look for gold on the Yuba River, but finally settled in the Sacramento Valley. In 1851 he was joined by his brother, Alfred Starkweather (1826-1917), and together they bought a ranch near Stockton. The next year, another brother, Haynes Kingsley Starkweather (1822-1895), came to California via the Nicaragua route bringing his wife, Martha, and his son with him. After arriving at San Juan, they discovered that the ship North American, on which they were to take passage, had been shipwrecked and they were picked up by the Monumental City instead. After a difficult passage they arrived in San Francisco and made their way to Stockton, where he opened a drugstore. Charles made a visit to Northampton in 1854-1855 and brought his sister Roxana to California (where she met and married William Henry Nowell). Those family members at home were: their father, Haynes Kingsley Starkweather (1788-1866); mother, Almira L. (Merrick) Starkweather (d. 1862); brother, Rev. Frederick Merrick Starkweather (1820-1851); sister, Almira Starkweather (d. 1861); and sister, Elizabeth (Starkweather) Breck. As his father aged, he asked Charles to come home and take over the family farm. Charles went back in 1859; Haynes and Roxana and families also returned East. There is a hiatus in correspondence from 1866-1876. The letters after this period deal chiefly with business arrangements between Charles in Massachusetts and his brother Haynes, who had returned to California to be with his son.

    Subject matter

    • California - Voyages
    • California - Agriculture
    • Stockton (California)

    Persons represented by 5 or more letters

    Breck Elizabeth (Starkweather)
    5 letters
    Nowell, Roxana (Starkweather)
    20 letters
    Starkweather, Alfred
    34 letters
    Starkweather, Almira
    12 letters
    Starkweather, Almira L. (Merrick)
    10 letters
    Starkweather, Charles Graves
    12 letters and 4 account books
    Starkweather, Frances (Loomis)
    6 letters
    Starkweather, Frederick Merrick
    7 letters
    Starkweather, Haynes Kingsley (1788-1866)
    24 letters
    Starkweather, Haynes Kingsley (1822-1895)
    71 letters
    Starkweather, Martha (Phelps)
    9 letters