John B. Jurnegan [RG1171.AM]


RG1171.AM:  John B. Jurnegan

Autobiography:  1840-1868
Size:  Two volumes


The collection consists of a two volume, handwritten autobiography of John B. Jurnegan, written in 1868 when he was approximately 28 years old. Jurnegan wrote the autobiography while he was incarcerated in the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. At the age of eleven he ran away from home and lived on his own. He recounts his adventures which took him to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, and the Nebraska panhandle for a brief time. Jurnegan worked for freighting companies; worked as a trapper; lived with various Indian tribes; worked at trading posts; was an Indian fighter in New Mexico; fought in the Civil War; and was a prisoner four times: once at Fort Laramie, once in New Mexico, and twice in Missouri.


Subject headings:

Dawson, John
Douglas, George B.
Fort Laramie (Wyoming) — History
Forts and fortifications — Wyoming
Frontier and pioneer life
Hutton family
Indians of North America
Jurnegan family
Jurnegan, John B.
Jurnegan, Mary C.
Kansas — History
Kilgore, Sydney
Ludwick, John
McClusky, James
Miller, P.T.
Missouri — History
Missouri State Penitentiary (Jefferson City, Missouri)
Morgan, John B.
Nebraska — History
New Mexico — History
Parker, Richard
Shaw, John
Stuart, Charles
United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865

Revised TMM       04-10-2009

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