Lovina Walker Weeks came to California (1859) with her husband Alfred Weeks and their two daughters, Esther (13) and Florence (8). They travelled from Athens, Michigan to Irvington, Calif. in the charge of Lovina Weeks' brother, Jared Tuttle Walker. Jared Walker (b. 1822) had first come to California in 1852. After a brief stint of mining he began farming in Alameda County, returning to Michigan for his sisters, their husbands and a wife for himself in 1858. Walker/Weeks Party trip was easy and uneventful. Diary format is a double narrative, in that typescript text of Lovina Weeks' diary (1859) is interlarded with reminiscences by daughter Florence that were written in 1929. Florence's writing is far more vivid and detailed than her mother's.
From the description of Lovina Walker Weeks diary, 1859. (University of the Pacific). WorldCat record id: 34918812
Wife of Alfred Weeks; she and her family traveled overland from Athens, Michigan, to Alameda County, California in 1859.
From the description of Diary of Lovina Walker Weeks of her trip across the plains, with notes by her daughter Florence Weeks Blacow, April 21-Aug. 28, 1859. (University of Nevada, Reno). WorldCat record id: 27985293