George Winslow [RG2830.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG2830.AM:  George Winslow, 1823-1849

Correspondence, etc.: 1849-1911
Newton, Massachusetts:  Pioneer
Size:  1 reel of microfilm and 1 folder

BACKGROUND NOTE

George Winslow was born 11 August 1823 at Ramapo, New York.  He was the son of Eleazer Winslow, a machinist by trade.  The Winslow family migrated to Newton, Massachusetts, where George learned his father’s trade.  George Winslow was married in 1845.  He was the father of two sons, George Edward and Henry O. Winslow.  In 1849, announcement of the gold discovery in California reached Newton.  The Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association was formed to lead an expedition to the Gold Fields.  During the journey, Winslow was struck with cholera.  He died June 8, 1849 at the age of twenty-five in what is now Jefferson County, Nebraska.  A marker was placed at his grave, five miles north of Fairbury.  His grave marker prompted research in 1891 by Rev. George S. Goldsmith.  George W. Hansen also published an article in 1912 about Winslow’s death.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of one reel of microfilm and one folder of manuscript material relating to the death of George Winslow.  The microfilm reel contains copies of correspondence as well as newspaper clippings about George Winslow.  Also included is a list of members of the Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association.  The folder contains correspondence, including a copy of Winslow’s last letter, as well as copies of some of the correspondence with George Goldsmith.  Also included are a copy of the news clipping, “Memories of 1849” by George Hansen and Mrs. C.F. Steel, and a typescript of “A Tragedy of the Oregon Trail” by George Hansen.

INVENTORY

Reel 1

Letter from Brackett Lord to his wife describing Winslow’s death, 1849 (copy)
Correspondence between Rev. S. Goldsmith and Winslow Family, 1891
list of members of the Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association
News clippings

Folder

Correspondence, 1849-1911 (includes copy of last letter of George Winslow to his wife, 1849; and letters relating to the Winslow family history
"A Tragedy of the Oregon Trail," by George Hansen
"Memories of 1849" addresses by George Hansen and Mrs. C.F. Steel

 

Subject headings:

Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association
Frontier and pioneer life
Jefferson County (Nebraska) -- History
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Winslow, George, 1823-1849

 

JEP/TT/pmc         03-30-1972

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