Marsh, John, 1799-1856

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John Marsh came to California in 1836. He was a doctor, owning Rancho Los Medanos at the foot of Mt. Diablo.

From the description of John Marsh Letters, 1823-1850. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 58855211

Indian agent, author, physician, and California pioneer.

After graduating from Harvard in 1823, Marsh tutored officers' children, studied medicine, and served as sub-agent to the Sioux at Fort St. Anthony, Minn. In 1826, Marsh was appointed sub-agent for Indian affairs at Prairie du Chien, Wisc., a post he held until 1831, when his half-Sioux wife died. During the Black Hawk War, Marsh organized and led a band of Sioux, and later fled West to evade arrest for supplying arms to the Indians. He finally settled in California's San Joaquin Valley, where he practiced medicine and became a wealthy rancher.

From the description of Letter : Prairie du Chien, W[isconsin] T[erritory], to D.P. Campbell, New York, [N.Y.], 1831 Apr. 17. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 38500833

Biography

John Marsh was born June 5, 1799, in Massachusettts and came to California in 1836. He was a doctor. In 1839, he became owner of Rancho Los Medanos at the foot of Mt. Diablo near present-day Antioch, California. He lived a solitary existence, though taking some interest in politics and favoring California's incorporation into the United States. He was murdered September 24, 1856, on the road between his rancho and Martinez.

From the guide to the John Marsh Letters, 1823-1850, (California State Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Currey, John, 1814-1912. Incidents in California : statement by Judge John Currey for Bancroft Library : ms., 1878. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Lyman, George D. (George Dunlap), 1882-1949. George D. Lyman papers, 1928-1946. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Marsh, John, 1799-1856. John Marsh papers, 1825-1828, 1925-1929. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Marsh family. Marsh family papers : additions, ca. [1829-1874]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf [John Marsh, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Cameron, Alice Marsh. Marsh family papers, 1815-1960. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf John Marsh Letters, 1823-1850 California State Library
referencedIn Cameron, Amy G. Amy G. Cameron letter, 1931. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
referencedIn Blunt, William Sinclair, 1840-1903. Truth is stranger than fiction : New York : ms. S, 1872 Nov. 16. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Street, Joseph Montfort, 1782-1840. Joseph M. Street correspondence, 1828-1839 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Marsh family. John Marsh family papers, 1832-1856. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Morgan, Dale L. (Dale Lowell), 1914-1971,. Dale L. Morgan collection relating to Austin I. Raines and the first U.S. Consul at Monterey, California, 1832-1835. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Lyman, George D. (George Dunlap), 1882-1949. Material relating to John Marsh : ms, [undated]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Marsh, John, 1799-1856. John Marsh Letters, 1823-1850. California State Library
creatorOf Marsh, John, 1799-1856. Letter : Prairie du Chien, W[isconsin] T[erritory], to D.P. Campbell, New York, [N.Y.], 1831 Apr. 17. Newberry Library
referencedIn Hubbard, Harry Dorris, 1889-1970. Harry D. Hubbard Papers, 1923-1950, bulk 1928, 1938-1940, 1949-1950. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
referencedIn Bridge, Samuel J. The Doctor Marsh story : anecdotes concerning John Marsh, Roxbury Mass., 1888. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Shebl (James) "Weber!" Papers, 1986-1993 San Joaquin County Museum.
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associatedWith Blunt, William Sinclair, 1840-1903. person
associatedWith Boilvin, Nicholas, 1761-1827. person
associatedWith Bridge, Samuel J. person
associatedWith Cameron, Amy G. person
correspondedWith Campbell, D. P. person
associatedWith Carver, Jonathan, 1710-1780. person
associatedWith Currey, John, 1814-1912. person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Hubbard, Harry Dorris, 1889-1970. person
associatedWith James Shebl person
associatedWith Lay, Amos, 1765-1851. person
associatedWith Lyman, George D. (George Dunlap), 1882-1949. person
associatedWith Marsh family. person
associatedWith Marsh family. family
correspondedWith Mississippi Land Company of New York corporateBody
associatedWith Morgan, Dale L. (Dale Lowell), 1914-1971, person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Street, Joseph Montfort, 1782-1840. person
associatedWith Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880. person
associatedWith United States. Office of Indian Affairs. St. Peters Agency. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
California
Wisconsin
California
Wisconsin
Fort Snelling (Minn.)
Rancho Los Medanos (Calif.)
Minnesota
New York (State)
Wisconsin--Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien (Wis.)
Green Bay (Wis.)
Rancho Los Medanos (Calif.)
Subject
Pioneers
Dakota Indians--Government relations
Winnebago Indians--Government relations
Dakota Indians--Land tenure--History--19th century--Sources
Land grants--History--19th century--Sources
Manuscripts, American
Indian agents--Correspondence
Indians of North America--Land tenure--History--19th century--Sources
Real property--History--19th century--Sources
Land companies--History--19th century--Sources
Pioneers--California
Dakota Indians--Government relations--Sources
Occupation
Indian agents
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Birth 1799

Death 1856

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