Charles Stackhouse [RG1428.AM]


RG1428.AM:  Charles Stackhouse, 1827-1909

Reminiscences:  ca. 1907

Cambridge, Henry County, Illinois:  Farmer

Size:  One folder


Born in Pennsylvania on June 13, 1827, Charles Stackhouse eventually settled at Cambridge, Illinois, by the late 1840s.  In 1849, he undertook an overland journey from Illinois to the gold fields of California.  He reached Sacramento City, California, on November 5, 1849.  He worked in the gold fields for eighteen months before returning to Cambridge, Illinois, in 1851.  Stackhouse married Hannah Elm on December 25, 1852.  Stackhouse farmed near Cambridge, Illinois, the rest of his life.  Charles Stackhouse died on July 28, 1909.  He and his wife, Hannah, are buried in Rosedale Cemetery at Cambridge, Illinois.


The collection consists of one folder of containing the reminiscences of Charles Stackhouse.  Included are one manuscript copy and two typed transcriptions.  In the reminiscences, Stackhouse describes his 1849 trip from Illinois to California.  He describes the landscape, wildlife, encounters with Native Americans, and stopping at Fort Kearny, Nebraska Territory.  Included is a 1907 letter from Stackhouse to the Nebraska State Historical Society giving some additional information about his overland journey.

Note:  This reminiscence was serialized and published in the Cambridge (Illinois) Chronicle newspaper in fifteen installments between November 28, 1907 and March 5, 1908.


Reminiscences – “Experience of an Overland Traveler to California in 1849, in pursuit of gold,” by Charles Stackhouse


Subject headings:

Fort Kearny (Nebraska)


Frontier and pioneer life

Gold mines and mining — California

Indians of North America

Overland journeys to the Pacific


Stackhouse, Charles, 1827-1909

West (U.S.) — Description and travel


Revised TMM      01-28-2020


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