Ancestry.com. Kimball Webster, Seeking Gold in California, 1849-54 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data:
Library of Congress. California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900. Volume 160. [database on-line] Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1999. Webster, Kimball. The Gold Seekers of '49. Manchester, NH: Standard Book Co., 1917.
A farmer in New Hampshire until 1849, Kimball Webster left the farm to seek gold in California in April of that year. This database is his account of life in the West, where he remained for five years. It reprints sections of his diary recounting the journey by wagon train across the plains. The narrative also recounts his career as a goldseeker on the Feather River and at Nelson's Creek mines. It provides helpful descriptions of Independence, Missouri, the Sacramento Valley, and Marysville, California. For researchers of early California history and settlement, this can be a useful source of information.