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Title Samuel V. Tripp letters, 1849-1906, bulk 1849-1876
Author Tripp, Samuel V.
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Mainly letters home from Samuel Tripp to his sister, Sarah Ann Hawkins, and to his mother, Nancy Kiersey, 1850-1872; also a few incoming letters from his mother, friends, and other relatives. Tripp’s letters describe portions of his overland journey (travel through Indiana and Illinois prairies, gold-seekers congregated at Independence, Mo.; his bout with mountain fever and travel on horseback over the salt flats near Salt Lake) and his life in the gold regions (living arrangements, health, livelihood, prices, the status of the California Indians, and the general roughness of the miner’s life). He also describes the Rogue River and Willamette Valley regions of Oregon, discusses Uncle Tom’s cabin (July 25, 1853), and comments often on the prospects for a transcontinental railroad and his own return to Ohio. There are also two 1849 letters from friends who had settled in Illinois describing Chicago, Whiteside County, and Brimfield, Ill.
Names Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896)
Places California, Illinois, Oregon, United States
Keywords family life, agriculture, frontier, pioneer, mining, gold, travel, overland trail, railroad
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
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Emigrant to California in 1849. Samuel V. Tripp was born in New York in 1829 or 1830, and moved with his parents to Knox County, Ohio, sometime before 1838. Around then Tripp’s father deserted the family (mother Nancy, and siblings William and Sarah Ann). Bound out to the Lamson family of Milford, Ohio, Samuel Tripp was released early to go overland to the gold fields in 1850. Tripp traveled via Indiana, Illinois, Independence, Mo., and Salt Lake City to California. After prospecting for about a year, Tripp engaged at least until 1855 in vegetable farming, packing, stock-raising, and storekeeping in the gold region (South Deer Creek, El Dorado County; Trinity River, Trinity County; Mill Creek, Sacramento Valley; and Shasta County). In 1860, Tripp was living in Southern California at San Bernardino, where he farmed and ran a store, and by 1876 he was in Temecula, where he also farmed. Married to Rose Anna Ramsey in 1854, Tripp was widowed around 1870. He soon remarried and by 1876 had three more children.

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Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3219
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue