Joseph Warren Wood journal
Scope and Contents
Wood's journals are divided into four volumes: 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852-1853.
The first volume details his journey from Wisconsin to California and early prospecting experiences. Subsequent volumes concern his business dealings with with John Crawford and eventual return to Wisconsin. His final entries, dated April 4, 1853: "Commenced ploughing"; and January 1854: "Set to getting pigs for May 1st" suggest that Wood returned to earning a living as a farmer.
Often lengthy and well crafted, Wood's journal entries paint a vivid picture life on the trail in gold rush era California.
- Wood, Joseph Warren, 1826-1914 (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Joseph Warren Wood (1826-1914), son of Dr. Lewis N. and Naomi D. Wood of Walworth, Wisconsin, travelled to California to prospect for gold in April of 1849 with friends Jeremiah Pollard and Matthias Mohr, among others. They begin panning for gold on September 7th in Deer Creek, a branch of the Yuba River, to limited success.
Subsequently, Wood started a freight-hauling business with John B. Crawford, who became his brother in law. In 1853, Wood returned to Wisconsin, where he took up farming.
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Language of Materials
Joseph Warren Wood (1826-1914) was a Wisconsin farmer who sought his fortune in California during the gold rush. The collection consists of photocopies of Wood's journals chronicling his trip to California.
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- Crawford, John B.
- Deer Creek (Sacramento County and El Dorado County, Calif.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Diaries Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Farmers -- Wisconsin -- Diaries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Frontier and pioneer life -- California Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Frontier and pioneer life -- Wisconsin Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Gold miners -- California -- Diaries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Overland journals Subject Source: Genre Terms: A Thesaurus for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloguing
- Overland journeys to the Pacific Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pioneers Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Pioneers -- California -- Diaries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pioneers -- Wisconsin -- Diaries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Wood, Joseph Warren, 1826-1914
- Guide to the Joseph Warren Wood Journal
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