October 29, 2022

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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