Journals of Forty-Niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles: with Diaries and Contemporary Records of Sheldon Young, James S. Brown, Jacob Y. Stover, Charles C. Rich, Addison Pratt, Howard Egan, Henry W. Bigler, and Others

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in a great while. Here we engaged passage in an old sailing craft for San Francisco at $25.00 each.

[He landed in San Francisco twelve days later, worked a few days to get a grubstake for the mines, and went by steamboat up to Sacramento. He had spent five months making the trip from Salt Lake to his destination at the mines. In the fall of 1850 he returned to Salt Lake by the Humboldt route, with C. C. Rich and others.]


B: DAVID SEELEY SKETCH

[In Ontario, Canada, David Seeley was born October 12, 1810. After moving to Iowa he married Mary Pettit in 1846 and the next year joined the Mormon hegira to Utah. After going to California in 1849 he worked for some months in the mines and then returned to Salt Lake City by the Humboldt route. He went to San Bernardino with the Mormon colony in 1851 and engaged there in farming, merchandising, and lumbering. He was elected Treasurer of .San Bernardino County in 1853. He made his home and reared his family in San Bernardino.

The short account of his trip with the Pomeroy Train, which we reproduce here is taken from the manuscript "Biographical Sketch of David Seeley" in the Bancroft Library, University of California.]

On the third day of Nov. A.D. 1849 David Seeley and his Bro. J. W. Seely and Brother-in-Law Edwin Pettit, for the purpose of mining, embarked with Pomeroy's Train of fifty Wagons two men to each wagon over the South Route to California the trip was long and many cattle died on the trip at Iron Springs in Cole [Iron] county Utah we picked up nine men that had at one time formed part of the Company that suffered and perished in Death Valley, Nevada.4 they was trying to get back to Salt Lake they had experienced such suffering for want of food and shoes we brought them safe to California. D. seely and co and others left the

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This apparently was part of the O. K. Smith party. Whether this is the same party that Pettit says they picked up on the Muddy, or another, it is difficult to determine.

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Illustrations 9
  • Acknowledgments 11
  • Historical Background and Summary 15
  • Part I - Packers: First Over the Trail in 1849 47
  • Part II - The Gruwell-Derr Wagon Train 51
  • C: Notes of Benjamin Hayes 53
  • Part III - The Jefferson Hunt Wagon Train 59
  • C: James S. Brown's Account 66
  • D: the Sidney P. Waite Sketch 112
  • Part IV - The Rynierson Company 131
  • Part V - The Flake-Rich Company of Packers 141
  • B: Charles C. Rich Diary 181
  • C: William Farrer Diary 193
  • E: James H. Rollins Recollection 218
  • F: Sheldon Stoddard Sketch 271
  • Part VI - The Stover Party of Packers 273
  • Part VII - The Pomeroy Wagon Train 293
  • C: Extract from Goudy Hogan Journal 296
  • D: the Walter Van Dyke Account 298
  • Part VIII - The Howard Egan Wagon Train 307
  • Appendix 321
  • Index 329
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