Bushrod Washington Wilson letters to Joseph P. Wilson , 1846-1875

Overview of the Collection

Clark, Robert Carlton, 1877-1939; Wilson, Bushrod Washington, 1824-1900
Bushrod Washington Wilson letters to Joseph P. Wilson
1846-1875 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (2 containers)  :  2 folders
Collection Number
A 135
Bushrod Washington Wilson (1824-1900) was a sailor, gold miner, and carpenter who eventually settled in Corvallis, Oregon, where he became a prominent citizen. The collection consists of Wilson's letters to his brother, Joseph.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Bushrod Washington Wilson (1824-1900) was born in Maine. In 1833 the Wilson family moved to New York, and in 1838 to Illinois. In 1843 Bushrod left home abruptly and signed on a whaler out of New Bedford for a voyage of three years. In 1849 he sailed on the William Gray, New York to San Francisco. In 1850 he travelled to Corvallis, Oregon, where he resided until his death. He married Priscilla Owsley Yantis in 1855, and they went on to have 13 children.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists entirely of Wilson's letters to his brother, Joseph. The letters are highly descriptive and lively, and comment on politics, business, and religion. There is one letter from Henry Clay Wilson, a cousin, to Joseph, written from Port Townsend, "Oregon Terr." in 1853, describing the prospects of the region.

The second folder consists of type-written transcriptions of the letters and a biographical sketch of Bushrod Wilson by R. C. Clark, head of the University of Oregon Department of History (1934).

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Gold miners--West (U.S.)
  • Pioneers--Oregon Territory--Correspondence

Personal Names

  • Wilson, Bushrod Washington, 1824-1900

Geographical Names

  • Oregon Territory--History

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence