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Shrock, Thomas P. (Thomas Prather), 1816-1884



  • Existence: 1816 - 1884

Biographical History

Thomas P. Schrock (1816-1884) was a resident of Missouri and gold-seeker in California.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Samuel M. Grant agreement to sell slaves

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233288726]
Identifier: Vault MSS 352
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed agreement dated 20 April 1852 (3 pages). Grant agrees to sell three negro slaves to Thomas P. Shrock with the stipulation for their emancipation and a prohibition from further sale. Two of the three would be emancipated when they came of age, and one of the boys would be trained as a brick layer.

Dates: 1852 April 20

Gorden I. Johnsten land indenture

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233288718]
Identifier: Vault MSS 353
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed agreement, dated 5 March 1859, and registered in Jackson County, Missouri. Johnston agrees to sell land to Thomas P. Shrock.

Dates: 1859 March 5

Thomas P. Shrock letter

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233288734]
Identifier: Vault MSS 351
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated 1849, and addressed to "Dear Rebecca." Schrock describes his overland journey from Missouri to California to visit the gold fields. He also writes about the reputation the Mormons had at the time. He says that "vegetables, milk, butter, cheese and other things" could be purchased at the "Mormon City" (Salt Lake City, Utah) but adds that the Mormons often cheated people coming West.

Dates: 1849

Thomas P. Shrock papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1409
Scope and Contents

Handwritten correspondence, poems, receipts, and certificates. The materials deal with Shrock's family and his activities.

Dates: 1835-1888

Thomas P. Shrock papers

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233288106]
Identifier: Vault MSS 354
Scope and Contents

Handwritten, printed, and signed documents concerning the travels of Thomas P. Shrock. The materials include two handwritten maps of eastern Mexico in 1850 made while Shrock was returning from the gold fields in California; a guarantee of safe conduct through Colorado in 1861 signed by William Gilpin, governor of Colorado; and a loyalty oath to the United States in 1861 signed by C. R. Jennison, Kansas Cavalry.

Dates: 1850-1861

Additional filters:

Immigration and American Expansion 3
Letters 3
Overland Journeys to the Western United States 3
Agreements 2
City and Town Life 2