Oregon Pioneer Biographies
Oregon Pioneer Biographies


Welcome to Oregon Pioneer Biographies. This purpose of this forum is to list biographies of early Oregon pioneers and to share stories of the early settlement of the Oregon Territory, including early Donation Land Claim holders. If you would like to participate in this venture, please send your story or bio toJan Bony.


Svante Ahlstrom

Marion Barnes

Alvin Bennett

Roswell L. Bewley

Jackson A. Bilyeu

The Hon. Lark Bilyeu

The Hon. William R. Bilyeu

Clement Cude Blackwell Family - and the Bannuck-Paiute War

John B. Blair

Joshua Pettingill BLANCHARD and bride, Rebecca Jane (RACE)
word document, please right click and

George Blish

William Blurton

Albert B. Bond

Isaac William Bond - with photo of Allen Bond

Samuel Lincoln Bond

John Bonser

Daniel Boone

David M. Bridgefarmer

Hugh Leeper Brown - with photos of Clarissa and Hugh Brown

James H. Brown

Ahaz Washington Bryan

Franklin O. Bunting

John Burden

Elizabeth Huff Byars

Christopher Columbus Cannon

Charlotte Terwilliger Moffett Cartwright

Daniel Chandler

Dr. Califernia Brown Charlton

Francis M. Chrisman

Samuel Y. Cook b. 1823 Tennessee, came to Oregon with the early pioneers and is recorded as being there as of 1846.

William H. Cooper

John J. Crabtree

Moriah Maldon Crain

Manley Currier

William Andrew Currier

Bernard Daly, M.D.

David D. Davis

Christopher Walter Dent

Artemus Dodge

John & Hannah Dodson

Albert Stephen Down

Frank M. Duke

James P. Duke

Feliz Dorris Duncan

Warren M. Duncan

Jesse and Mary Eaton

James Henry Elgin

John B. Fergueson

Thomas Fields (Word Doc)

Nineveh Ford's Narrative

Strauder Froman

John O. Fry

R. William Fry

Dr. William Geiger

Mary Dix Gray

Robert Henry Greer  Part 1(Word Doc)

Robert Henry Greer  Part 2(Word Doc)

Reminiscences of a Trip Across the Plains in '45 - by Mrs. Burnett (nee Lucy Jane Hall)

Adam Smith Hamilton

Robert Wilson Hamilton

Robert B. Hargadine - with photo of Robert and Martha Hargadine

John Hatcher

William Hawk

Abel D. Helman

Cornelius Joel Hills

James Hodgen

Charles Murphy Howard

Amos Henry Howard

William Henry Howard

Lutilda Rice Huff

Lester Hulin's Diary of the trip of the 1847 Oskaloosa Company

Hon. George J. Hurley

Olive Elizabeth (Knifong) Hussey

Perry Hyde

F. Marion Hyde

John B. Ingram

Hiram Alva Johnson

William Warren "Broady" Johnson

My Mother's Flower Garden - by Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood

Joseph W. Knifong

"Crossing the Plains" - Rhoda Ann (Thurlo) Knifong

Harry B. Lane

Benjamin Austin Leonard

George H. Lynch

John McCourt

John McHargue II

Florence Courtney Melton

John S. Mires

Hans Ott (text file)

Caleb J. Payne

Thomas Jefferson Payne and Susan Mary Warren - with photos

Asa H. Peterson

James Newton Poindexter

Doctor Harvey, Thomas Simpson, Bennet W., Lawrence, and Martha Ann Poindexter

David P. Porter

Joab Powell - with photos of Joab and Ann Powell

Hon. David Oliver Quick

Fred Ragsdale

Elisha H. Randall

Alexander Raymond

McDonough Bainbridge Rees

Hon. Willard Hall Rees

Joseph F. Scott

Joseph H. Savery Family - with photos

Franklin Shelton

Isaiah Smelser

Hiram Wesley Smith

The Hon. Irvin Lucien Smith

Lucinda (Moore) Smith

Michael Smith

Lafayette Spencer's Oregon Trail Diary of 1852

Benjamin E. Stanton

Peter Grant Stewart

Catherine Elizabeth Stump

Thomas Turpin Thomas

Jeptha Thornton

Emeline Trimble

Henry B. Tucker

John Q. Vaughan

Thomas J. Vaughan

William H. Vaughan

William Edward Warren

William L. Warren

Jonathan Wassom

Vincent Watson

Elam Young

John Q. A. Young

Assorted Photographs of Pioneers - Page One

Assorted Photographs of Pioneers - Page Two

Assorted Photographs of Pioneers - Page Three


Links to Biographies of my Oregon Pioneer ancestors: My GGGF John Brown arrived Eugene 1852: http://www.oregonpioneers.com/JBrown_1852_diary.htm

My GGF, Charles William Beale arrived Lane Conunty 1853, Elliott cutoff Wagontrain. Charles married Sarah Jane Brown, d/o John Brown. http://www.oregonpioneers.com/beale.htm
Gary Mertz mertzg@juno.com

Lorrie Verboort, has graciously donated many of these Oregon Pioneer Biographies, tells me she has many more on her own website. Please visit her at http://members.cox.net/lvtree and see what goodies she has there.

Another nice site to visit is the Benton County Pioneer Biographies. These biographies are taken from the History of Benton County, Oregon by David D. Fagan. They also have a Benton County Pioneer Database. They also have a listing at WorldConnect, http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=benton.

Lane County also has lots of pioneer biographies at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~orlane/history/lanehist.htm.

Wallowa and Union County biographies can be seen at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~orwallow/biographies.htm.

Julie Kidd has a roster of the 1893-21st Annual Reunion of the Oregon Pioneer Association.

Be sure to visit Roxann Gess Smith's Grant County Biographies. Also visit her Narrations and Interviews and Oldies But Goodies.

Matt Ragen has three separate documents from three different generations of from family that describe their trip along the Oregon Trail in 1847:

Trail diary of Elizabeth Dixon Smith Geer. Elizabeth married my G-G-G-Grandfather after her family arrived in Oregon and after her husband passed away during his first winter in Portland.

Trail Reminiscences of Ralph Geer

Trail Recollections of Calvin Geer.  Calvin was one of Ralph's children and was 9-10 years old when he traveled on the Oregon Trail.

Matts home page is at http://www.theragens.com/history/historyhome.htm
I have been researching my ancestors who arrived in Oregon sometime after 1836. They first settled at Fort Vancouver, and later traded a "Tram of Mules" to the Miller family for 160 acres for what is now Pendleton. My Great, Great Grandparents were Andalusia Morse & Russell Carden. I have accumulated geneology records up to 1990. 33 pages. Also, I have photo copies from the East Oregonian starting from July 10, 1881 from the Umatilla County Library, Pendleton. The names I have found are Morse, Goodwin, Raley Carden, John, Saling, Butler. Monk Carden is a second cousin. Who at 98 is still living in Pendleton. I have used Family Tree Marker to keep my information on the family. Also, the Obits. One interesting individual that has eluded me is the Granddaughter of Aura and Henry Raley. Cozbi Raley's daughter from her marriage to W.C. M. Pruitt. Both parents had passed away by 1929. Mary Helen was 12 at the time. Individuals who took care of the Funeral for Cozbi were Roy Raley and his wife. I found the information in the Obit : East Oregonian Nov. 16, 1929 for Cozbi Raley, Pruitt. If you would like me to make a copy of my information let me know and I will mail it to your address. Other than my Information I have with me. We are "Snow Birds" the photos from the East Oregonian are at my home in Tacoma, WA. Wilbur A. Lucas. "Luke". WlbrLklc@aol.com



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