Charles Gould, 1824-1913 [RG3824.AM]


RG3824.AM:  Charles Gould, 1824-1913

Diary:  1849

Size:  1 item and 1 reel of microfilm


Charles Gould left Boston, Massachusetts, on April 16, 1849, enroute for the gold fields of California. He was a member of the Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association, formed in order to undertake the overland journey across the plains.


The collection consists of a typescript and microfilm copy of the 1849 diary of Charles Gould. This diary relates to Charles Gould’s journey from Massachusetts to the gold fields of California in 1849. It provides a rather graphic account of travel across the plains and contains references to topography, wildlife, and weather. Of interest is Gould’s account of the death of George Winslow, a member of the company, who died on June 8, 1849, in what is now Jefferson County, Nebraska. The grave was marked and has survived as one of the few identified burials of the many who died during the overland migrations of the mid-nineteenth century.

The typescript copy of the diary was received from Charles Gould, courtesy of G.W. Hansen of Fairbury, Nebraska, in 1911. The microfilm copy was acquired from the Minnesota Historical Society in 1958.



Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association


Gould, Charles, 1824-1913

Overland journeys

Winslow, George, 1823-1849


JEP/ht   12-18-1972

11-13-2009   Revised TMM

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