The Mineralogical Record
The Mineralogical Record - Join us on Facebook!  The Mineralogical Record - Sign up for our newsletter

Chauncey L. Canfield
(1844-    )

Chauncey Leon Canfield, Sr. was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on January 7, 1844, the son of Spanish immigrants. He married Anna Hale Seymour and served as the San Francisco agent for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. He wrote "Diary of a Forty-Niner" in the 1890s, and later retired to Nevada City, Nevada. According to Canfield (1923), his mineral collection was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

His son, Chauncey Leon Canfield, Jr., was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 9, 1877; he worked as a dredge operator and winchman for the Portugal American Tin Company in Lisbon, Portugal in 1917.

CANFIELD, F. A. (1923) The final disposition of some American collections of minerals. Privately printed.
U.S. Federal Census, 1900.
To contribute more information please E-mail us at:

[Citation format for this entry:
WILSON, Wendell E. (2019)
Mineralogical Record
Biographical Archive, at]
Contents copyright © 2019 The Mineralogical Record, Inc. All rights reserved.  
Graphic design of this website by Wendell E. Wilson. Website programming by