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Rock, Lewis B.


Lewis B. Rock (born approximately 1817) was a gold miner and a participant in the California Gold Rush.

Lewis B. Rock was born around 1817. Later in life he was a resident of Lowell, Massachusetts, and it is from here that he began his journey on December 29, 1849, that would take him around Cape Horn en route to California. Setting sail from Boston, Lewis experienced months at sea before arriving in California in August 1850. Later that month, he began prospecting near Sacramento, California. His diary mentions his ability to speak both French and Native American dialects.

Lewis Rock's date of death is unknown.


Family Search, via WWW, March 25, 2020 (possible date of birth 1817 as identified in 1852 California State Census)

UPB files, March 25, 2020 (embarked on journey from Massachusetts December 29, 1848; arrived in California August 1850; spoke French and Native American languages)

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Lewis B. Rock diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 161
Scope and Contents Contains a handwritten diary (92 pages) belonging to Lewis Rock. Rock writes about his voyage by ship from Boston to San Francisco and his subsequent experiences in the gold fields of California in 1850.
Dates: 1850