Perry Hyde Family

Oregon Pioneer Biographies


The Family of Perry and Eliza Hyde
of Linn County


Family of Perry and Eliza Hyde

Back Row, Left to right: John, America, Oliver, Caroline
Front Row, Left to right: Marion Francis, Mary, Perry, Eliza

Photo taken about 1880.


John Hyde House

Emil Hyde standing by John Hyde house,
built about 1875, at the mouth of Poison Creek.


Perry Hyde, A Biography

Perry Hyde was born in Kentucky (or Iowa) around 1826. He married Eliza Tyler, a native of Missouri. Perry ranched in Missouri until 1851, when he, his wife Eliza, and their infant son Francis Marion joined a wagon train of 150 people bound for Oregon.

The Hydes were the only members of the party to travel as far as the Willamette Valley. They settled in Linn County on a donation claim of 317 acres. The town of Harrisburg was founded nearby sixteen years later. Perry built a log cabin on the site and cleared his land. He harvested his first crop of wheat in 1852, and threshed his crop with oxen brought from Missouri. Perry acquired additional land, eventually owning three ranches in Lane County and three ranches in Linn County. He raised cattle and often drove as many as 400 head to Yreka, California to sell to the mining camps. He also raised wheat on an extensive scale. He bred race horses and a mile-long race track was built upon one of his ranches where meets were held. In later years, he owned a dry goods business and a hardware store in Harrisburg. He was a veteran of the Rogue River Indian War. He was also a Mason and charter member of Thurston Lodge, A.F. & A.M. No. 28.

Six children were born to Perry and Eliza:

Perry Hyde passed away in 1886, around the age of 60.

John Hyde, A Biography

John Hyde was born in 1854 in Jackson County, OR to Perry and Eliza (Tyler) Hyde. His parents had come to Oregon from Missouri in 1852 on a wagon train composed of one hundred and fifty people. The Hydes were the only members of the party to continue to the trails end. They settled in Linn County, at what is now Harrisburg, on a donation land claim of 317 acres.

In 1878, John married Mary Bunton, the daughter of William and Julia (Hungate) Bunton. Four children were born to them:

The only son, Perry William (1881-1950) would remain in Izee and carry on the ranching tradition. Perry's marriage to Matilda D. Carmeron (1885-1975) produced two children, one of whom died at birth. Their son, Emil John (1906-1974) lived in Izee and ranched his entire life. Emil would marry Venus Ann Elliott (1906-1988), and their marriage produced one son, William Emil. Bill (1930-1975) followed in his father's footsteps on the ranch in Izee, which had by now grown to over 10,000 acres. Bill married Patty Lee Derrick (b. 1934) and their union produced three girls: Stephanie Hyde Walters (b. 1955), Piper Hyde Stout (b. 1958) and Molly Hyde Finley (b. 1960). Bill also adopted and raised Patty's daughter, Colleen Hyde (b. 1953). After Bill's death in 1975, the ranch in Izee was sold.

Sources, from the Grant County Public Library:

Willamette Valley, Oregon
History of Oregon
History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties
History of Grant County.

Another John Hyde Biography is located at


Photographs and biographies generously donated by Colleen Hyde

© 1999, Jan Phillips