John Lawrence Johnson diary and letter, 1851  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Johnson, John Lawrence, 1830-1915
John Lawrence Johnson diary and letter
1851 (bulk)
1851-1908 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (1 folder)
Collection Number
A 270
John Lawrence Johnson (1830-1916) was a pioneer who came to Oregon with his parents in 1851. The collection includes Johnson's diary of that journey as well as a letter from Johnson's uncle.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

John Lawrence Johnson's diary includes an autobiographical sketch of his early days in Illinois, followed by a daily account of his journey from Illinois to Oregon with his parents in 1851. Johnson also used the back of the diary as a ledger. There are typed transcripts of excerpts from Johnson's diary.

The collection also includes a letter from Johnson's uncle, William A. Roelofson of Illinois, to his family in Oregon, written in 1908.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Lawrence Johnson (1830-1916) was born to Reverend Neil Johnson and Esther Roelofson of Tazewell, Illinois. He crossed the plains to Oregon with his parents in 1851, keeping a daily diary throughout much of the trip. After his arrival in Oregon, he married Viletta Kenady and they lived variously in Grande Ronde Valley, Marion County, Coos County, and Idaho, before settling in Marion County. Johnson was a member of the Washington Territory Mounted Volunteers during the Yakima War.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Lawrence Johnson diary and letter, 1851, A 270, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Diaries
  • Personal Names :
  • Johnson, John Lawrence, 1830-1915
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries
  • Logs (records)
  • Overland journals