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Catalog Number 2003/055/361
Collection CITY, SAMCC Gifts to Share
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content Biographical History

Jefferson Franklin Wilcoxson, one of Sacramento's earliest merchants.arrived in Weaverville, California in 1849 with his brother Jackson Wilcoxson after a long cross country trek from Missouri. Jefferson was born in Mercer County, Kentucky on February 2, 1809. He moved with his family to Missouri in 1819.

In 1850 Jefferson and his brother moved to Sacramento where they set up a merchandise business at 125 J. Street. The business operated until 1852 when it closed. Jefferson Wilcoxson went into partnership with James Farris of James Farris & Co. a grain and stock trader. They purchased a part of the Hardy Grant, a tract of one thousand seven hundred and eighty acres, located near Woodland.

In subsequent years Jefferson Wilcoxson extended his investments into warehousing, mining, banking, investments, farming, and livestock in Sacramento and other nearby counties. He maintained a business office in downtown Sacramento from 1850 to 1898.

Jefferson Wilcoxson resided for many years on his farm in the community of Washington, across the Sacramento River, south and west from the Sacramento Embarcadero. He moved his residence to the Golden Eagle Hotel in Sacramento in 1885 and lived in hotels and rooming houses until his death on April 8, 1898.

Scope and Content

The Jefferson Wilcoxson collection contains 444 letters from business associates, family and friends that were written between 1870 and 1917. The bulk of the letters, 405, relate to his extensive business interests, in land, farming, mining, banking, and livestock.

The letters are divided into four series; Incoming, Outgoing, Third Party, and Family Correspondence 1910-1917.

The Incoming series consists of 405 letters from partners, agents, lawyers, banks, insurance companies, borrowers, who were connected with Jefferson Wilcoxson's extensive business holdings in Placer, Colusa, Yolo, Sacramento and nearby counties. There are a few letters in this series from family members who reside in Missouri and which comment on their experiences in the Midwest.

The outgoing series is small, 3 letters, from Jefferson Wilcoxson to business associates.

The Third Party Series, 32 letters, describe in detail some individual business dealings between agents, or partners of Mr. Wilcoxson and other parties.

The Family correspondence of 1910-1917 includes letters from Mr. Wilcoxson's family, written after his death. One letter, written from Yuba City includes three photographs that show family members, and a home in Yuba City.

This collection provides information about the way business was conducted in 19th Century California, and recounts personal observations and experiences with farming, ranching and living in the towns surrounding Sacramento.
Dates of Creation 1895/09/05
Title Wilcoxson family letters
People Wilcoxson, Jefferson
Wilcoxson, Geo. H.
Austin, Amanda
Subjects Williams, Calif.
Bank of Williams
Date 1895/09/05
Classification Deed
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