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|Document Type:||Archival Material|
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Ford family.; Hillyer family.; Charles Ford; Edwin Hillyer
|Description:||0.1 c.f. (1 folder) and 1 reel of microfilm (35 mm)|
Hillyer was one of several men from Waupun, Wisconsin, who made the overland trip to the California goldfields in 1849. The microfilm contains family letters written during his years in California as well as correspondence between Hillyer and his wife while he was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1853. The most informative part of the collection consists of letters, 1858-1868, to and from Charles Ford, a friend of the Hillyers from Waupun, who succeeded Edwin Hillyer during the Civil War as commander of Company K of the 10th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers and who later married Hillyer's oldest daughter, Edna. Found in this section are letters of many Ford family members as well as letters written by Ford while he was serving with the 10th Wisconsin in Kentucky.
The film also includes one folder of miscellaneous papers, 1856-1868, relating to Company K, 10th Regiment which are also available in original form. In paper form only is a typed copy of a diary kept by Edwin Hillyer recounting his 1849 trip to Sacramento, California via Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Council Bluffs, and Salt Lake, and his 1851-52 trip back via Acapulco, Mexico City, Vera Cruz, New Orleans, and the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and a typed copy of a diary kept by Charles Ford while serving in Company K, April 18, 1861 - May 11, 1864.