Emma Louise Sweney Cox, ca. 1843- [RG1631.AM]


RG1631.AM:   Emma Louise Sweney Cox, ca. 1843-?

Reminiscence:  1914

New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania:  Overland traveler

Size:  One item


With her parents and sister, Emma Louise Sweney traveled from New Jersey to California in 1853. First taking trains and boats to Peoria, Illinois, the family traveled overland through Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada before reaching their new California home near Sacramento. Emma Sweney married Joseph Cox in 1860. The Cox family, which eventually included seven children, returned to Joseph’s home in Pennsylvania in 1876. Joseph died there in 1894.


This collection consists of a typescript of Emma Sweney’s memoir detailing her family’s overland trail crossing in 1853 and her subsequent life in California, Nevada, and Pennsylvania after her 1860 marriage to Joseph Cox. Her Nebraska memories include crossing the Platte River, Chimney Rock as “a freak of nature,” and gathering up buffalo chips for fuel as they crossed the plains.


Reminiscence, 1914


Subject headings:

Cox, Emma Louise Sweney, ca. 1843-?

Frontier and pioneer life — West (U.S.)

Overland journeys to the Pacific — 1853

Overland journeys to the Pacific — Personal narratives

United States — Description and travel — 1848-1865


AIP/ksa                  03-1995

Revised TMM        05-17-2007

Accession Number:  1994.0540

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