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Finding Aid to the Floyd-Jones Family Correspondence, 1848-1878
BANC MSS C-B 625  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Floyd-Jones family correspondence
    Date (inclusive): 1848-1878
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 625
    Creators : Floyd-Jones Family
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes Linear feet: .4
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: The Floyd-Jones Family Papers, 1848-1878, consists of correspondence between the various members of the Floyd-Jones family written in the late 19th century. Fourteen individuals have letters in the collection, including all of the members of the immediate Floyd-Jones family. Three brothers wrote the majority of the letters: DeLancey, Charles and Edward. DeLancey Floyd-Jones, in the U.S. Army, wrote 27 letters to his family including letters from the Oregon and Washington territories in 1852 and 1853 and during the Civil War in 1861 and 1862. Charles Floyd-Jones wrote 16 letters from 1850-1861, mostly to his father, relating to the organization of railroads in Illinois and land speculation arising from the construction of these railroads. His 1861 letter refers to General John Charles Frémont and the Civil War. Edward Floyd-Jones wrote 27 letters from 1849 to 1874 dealing with his journey to and subsequent life in California. He describes his trip around Cape Horn aboard the ship Sarah and Eliza in 1849 including a hand drawn chart of the voyage, life in San Francisco and San Jose in 1850, and briefly refers to the New Almaden quicksilver mine and the Fraser River gold rush of 1858.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Floyd-Jones Family Correspondence, BANC MSS C-B 625, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Floyd-Jones, DeLancey, 1826-1902--Correspondence
    Floyd-Jones, Charles--Correspondence
    Floyd-Jones, Edward--Correspondence
    Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
    Sarah and Eliza (ship)
    Voyages to the Pacific coast
    California--Gold discoveries
    California--Description and travel
    Oregon--Description and travel
    Washington (State)--Description and travel
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
    Railroads--Illinois--Planning
    Voyages to the Pacific coast--Maps, Manuscript
    Manuscript maps
    Floyd-Jones, DeLancey, 1826-1902
    Floyd-Jones, Charles
    Floyd-Jones, Edward
    Norris, Thomas W. (Thomas Wayne). Thomas W. Norris collection

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Floyd-Jones Family Papers was assembled from the T. W. Norris Collection.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff.

    Biographical Information

    The Floyd-Jones family was a prominent family from Long Island, New York originally descended from the English privateer Thomas Jones. The family branch of this collection consisted of father Henry Floyd-Jones (1792-1862), mother Helen Watts (DeLancey) Floyd-Jones (d. 1872) and their children, Charles, Edward, DeLancey (1826-1902), Sarah (1820?-1900), Kate and Helen (Nell). Four of the six children married, and three of these spouses have letters within the collection. Charles married Isabelle Mizner, Edward married Mary Lord, DeLancey married a woman named Jennie, and Kate married John D. Jones. The father, Henry Floyd-Jones, was a general in the U.S. Army and New York state legislator. DeLancey Floyd-Jones was also an Army officer, serving during the Mexican American War and the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Floyd-Jones Family Papers, 1848-1878, consists of correspondence between the various members of the Floyd-Jones family written in the late 19th century. Fourteen individuals have letters in the collection, including all of the members of the immediate Floyd-Jones family. Three brothers wrote the majority of the letters: DeLancey, Charles and Edward. DeLancey Floyd-Jones, in the U.S. Army, wrote 27 letters to his family including letters from the Oregon and Washington territories in 1852 and 1853 and during the Civil War in 1861 and 1862. Charles Floyd-Jones wrote 16 letters from 1850-1861, mostly to his father, relating to the organization of railroads in Illinois and land speculation arising from the construction of these railroads. His 1861 letter refers to General John Charles Frémont and the Civil War. Edward Floyd-Jones wrote 27 letters from 1849 to 1874 dealing with his journey to and subsequent life in California. He describes his trip around Cape Horn aboard the ship Sarah and Eliza in 1849 including a hand drawn chart of the voyage, life in San Francisco and San Jose in 1850, and briefly refers to the New Almaden quicksilver mine and the Fraser River gold rush of 1858.
    The letters are all individually foldered and arranged in chronological order, except for the last six letters which are undated.