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Welborn Beeson papers, 1848-1893

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Beeson, Welborn, 1836-1893
Title
Welborn Beeson papers
Dates
1848-1893 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.0 linear feet, (4 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 799
Summary
Welborn Beeson was a farmer in Jackson County, Oregon during the late 1800s. The Beeson family came overland to Oregon in 1853, settling in Jackson County along Wagner Creek. In 1851, when Welborn Beeson was fifteen years old, he began to keep a diary and continued to do so until his death in 1893. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Beeson returned to farm in Jackson County, and was active in politics and in the social life of the area. The collection includes diaries, 1891-1893, and account books, 1848-1893.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in the Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Welborn Beeson was born in LaSalle County, Illinois in 1836 to parents John and Ann Beeson. The family came overland to Oregon in 1853, settling in Jackson County along Wagner Creek. Welborn Beeson later built a school on the property. He married Mary Katharine Brophy and had seven children. As the Civil War began, Beeson joined the Union Army. After the war, Beeson returned and continued to farm the Jackson County land.

Welborn Beeson kept a diary from 1851 until his death in 1893. He was a farmer, active in politics and in the social life of the area. Beeson was buried in Sterns Cemetery located near the Beeson farm.

Source: Kimball, Violet T. Stories of Young Pioneers in Their Own Words. Missoula Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2000.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes diaries, 1891-1893. A diary (September 19, 1859–December 29, 1860) of Charles J. Cummings is also included. The diaries are both descriptive and contemplative. They have additional importance because of their references to Beeson’s father, John Beeson, author of Plea for the Indians (NY: 1857).

There are two imprecise transcripts of the earlier diaries. Version 1 contains a transcription of the 1851–1859 diaries, plus the entry for February 5, 1893. Version 2 contains a transcription of the 1851–1856 diaries.

Also found in the collection are account books, 1848–1893, including an account of the game killed by Beeson in the years 1848–1856.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Welborn Beeson Papers, Ax 799, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Diaries, 1852-1893Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Diaries
April 1852-June 1852
1 3
Diaries
February 1854-December 1854
1 4
Diaries
January 1855-June 1855 March 24, 1855-April 20, 1855
1 5
Diaries
1856
1 6
Diaries
June 18-August 30 (year not given)
1 7
Transcripts of Diaries, Version 1
1851-1855
1 8
Transcripts of Diaries, Version 1
1857-1859; also entry for 1893, February 5
1 9
Transcripts of Diaries, Version 2
1851-1853
1 10
Transcripts of Diaries, Version 2
1854-1856
2
Diaries
July 22, 1851-August 28, 1851 July 13, 1852-June 16, 1853
2
Diaries
July 22, 1851-December 31, 1853 (copy)
2
Diaries
1857 January 1858-July 1858 February 5, 1893
2
Diaries
1858
2
Diaries
July 22, 1859-December 31, 1859
2
Diaries
September 19, 1859-December 29, 1860
2
Diaries
1860
2
Diaries
February 1, 1853-March 2, 1853 (copy) September 11, 1859 (note) January 1, 1861-February 3, 1862
3
Diaries
February 1862-September 1862
3
Diaries
October 1862-1863
3
Diaries
April 1864-March 1866
3
Diaries
1865
3
Diaries
March 1866-February 1868
3
Diaries
March 1868-1870
3
Diaries
June 9, 1872-December 31, 1882
3
Diaries
1878
3
Diaries
1879
Folder
4 1
Account of game killed by Welborn Beeson
1848-1856
4
Diaries
1880
4
Diaries
1881
4
Diaries
1882
4
Diaries
1883
4
Diaries
1884
4
Diaries
1885
4
Diaries
1886
4
Diaries
1887
4
Diaries
1888
4
Diaries
1889
4
Diaries
January 1, 1891-July 11, 1891
4
Diaries
July 12, 1891-December 31, 1891
4
Diaries
1892-March 2, 1893
4
Diaries
January 1893-March 1893
4
Diaries
No year, June 18-August

Expenses and Accounts,   (bulk 1858-1893) 1858-1893Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
Expenses
1858-1859
4
Expenses
1861
4
Accounts
1862-1863
4
Accounts
1866-1867
4
Accounts
1891-1893