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DoneSun, Oct 27, 2019 5:00 PM '
Fullerton, CA, USA

HUGE California Gold Rush Pioneer Estate

"Gold! Gold! There is gold here"
A very well preserved, historical, multi-generational family collection of unique and wonderful items.
This is an exciting historical find and includes one of the largest collections of California Gold Rush manuscripts and diaries that have ever come up on the market. The diaries span 50 years of the life of a California '49'er, Francis Hamlin. Francis was a relative of Abraham Lincoln's Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin.
Once here, Francis promised himself that beginning on Jan. 1st 1853, he would keep a daily written diary and 2 financial accounting books of what life was like during his time in early California and he kept that promise. Diaries include his amazing overland trip diary starting in Ohio and all the way out to the gold mines of California.
This family story begins back in England in the 1630s when Francis's ancestors came to the United States, landing in Barnstable, MA, an early Plymouth Colony. This collection spans more than 5 major wars, and many minor ones, and continues all the way through the mid 1940's with a majority of the items from the early California and the Gold Rush era.
Since this was the "Wild West", there is also a collection of 27 firearms that are in this auction. Every single firearm, as well as all every single items in this auction, have been passed down through the family.
The Thrasher family is also highlighted in this collection and we have a gold rush letter, many correspondences, photos including the Civil War poll tax receipt of William Thrasher.
The consignor is also a direct descendant of Luther Ashley. Luther Ashley served in the Civil War on the Union side. The Ashley's side of the family were successful miners who ran mines from the 1880's well into the 1950's.
Robert Ashly, who's estate these items came from, was the direct descendant of all of these families
And here today, we present to you in its entirety, this historic collection to bid on.