Pioneer Women: Frances Hopkins

Mariposa Cnty - Monarch ButterflyMary Frances Sherwood (or Frances, as her husband always called her), and her bridegroom Mark Hopkins, departed New York by ship for California just hours after their wedding ceremony. Frances was 36 on her wedding day September 20, 1854—an age considered quite old for a bride—although presumably they had Continue reading Pioneer Women: Frances Hopkins

Pioneer Women: Margaret Frink

CA poppy close viewAlthough they owned a successful mercantile in Indiana, and were a bit older than the average gold-rusher, Margaret and her husband Ledyard were just as excited by the California gold discovery as everyone else. Despite the foreboding of friends and family, the couple purchased a custom wagon with storage Continue reading Pioneer Women: Margaret Frink

Pioneer Women: Eliza Farnham

FlowerEliza Farnham was just 28 when she was appointed Women’s Warden of New York’s infamous Sing Sing prison in 1844, a post she was sacked from within four years because of her passionate prison reform views. In the interim she gave birth to a disabled son, her second living child. Her husband Thomas Jefferson Continue reading Pioneer Women: Eliza Farnham

Pioneer Women: Eliza Gregson

covered wagonAs a young teenager, English-born Eliza Marshall emigrated to the United States with her family, settling in Rhode Island. At nineteen she wed James Gregson, a blacksmith by trade. A year later the couple moved to Illinois, but Eliza wanted no part of working in the cotton mills, and feared her husband “wasn’t stout enough” for heavy blacksmith’s work. Indeed, James was often ill Continue reading Pioneer Women: Eliza Gregson