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1851 ARRIVALS IN OREGON
FROM DONATION LAND CLAIM RECORDS

Compiled by Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur
USED BOOK SALES - OVERLAND TRAILS, AMERICAN INDIANS, GENEALOGY, ETC.

 

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One source of information on when our Oregon Trail ancestors got to Oregon, and with whom, is the Donation Land Claim record. Some claim filers gave their date of arrival in Oregon, which can be compared with dates given by other pioneers to see who else arrived on the same date, an indication [but no more than that] that certain people arriving on the same date might have been traveling together. Sometimes [but not always], people traveling together filed for their donation land in the same area on the same day, or within a few days of one another.

The original Donation Land Claim data are on file in the Oregon State Archives at Salem, but you'd have to spend a few years going through a lot of papers to make comparisons such as I suggested above. Fortunately, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc. [GFO], has done the basic work for us. In their several volumes of "Genealogical Material in Oregon Donation Land Claims" [available from GFO], they have recorded the claims in numerical order, and have recorded for each claimant the date [when given] he or she arrived in Oregon. It is still a time-consuming exercise to go through all the volumes to pick out all the claimants in the year or other time period you're interested in, but it is possible - as I recently proved to myself with the records for 1851, which I have presented below, so you don't have to do the work all over again, yourself.

This is not a complete list of 1851 travelers because (1) not everybody filed a land claim, and (2) not everybody gave a date of arrival in Oregon. [Because I was interested in matching individuals to the wagon trains they came on, I did not include records that had as their arrival date (for example) "1851," "Sept 1851," or "between August and October 1851." Those records are in the GFO publications, if you want to expand your search.]. There were other problems with the study, also. For example, the claim summaries in the GFO publications do not say whether the applicant arrived in Oregon on the overland trails, came north from California, or arrived by steamship. [I got rid of some of these non-Oregon Trail folks by omitting arrival dates before 20 July and after 12 November, but I'm sure there are still quite a few in the list. I probably lost some overland travelers by setting these arbitrary dates, but certainly the bulk of overland travel in 1851 came between those dates.] Also, I found that "date of arrival in Oregon" was not as definite as it sounds. Most people felt they had "arrived" when they reached the Willamette Valley, but clearly some folks were using crossing into Oregon Territory as their arrival date. [I found dates for people that I am positive were on the same wagon train that were up to two weeks apart.] Also, some people did not file for several years after arrival, and more than one probably guessed at the actual date. For these reasons, I found that the search for trail mates was unrealistically limited [and also made a very long list!] if I recorded everyone separately on the exact date they gave. Instead, I compiled the names into time periods of arrival - somewhat arbitrarily, but also based somewhat on the volume of traffic arriving during various time periods. [Because of the artificial nature of my time divisions, be sure to look over several groups at a time to see possible trail mates.]

A follow-up study that can be done using these names is to compare them with the names of 1851 overland travelers included in manuscripts held by the Oregon Historical Society. For example, your ancestor may not be noted in a trail journal [only a few of the thousands who traveled the overland trails were mentioned by name], but you might find that people who seem to have been traveling with your ancestor are mentioned. Journals and reminiscences often name the date and place the wagon train departed for the West - those facts may confirm or rule out the train as the one you are looking for. I have included an index to all the surnames mentioned on both the list below and the Oregon Historical Society list.

A. 20-25 July
HADLEY, Samuel B.
PLANT, Charles
SMITH, Peter

B. 1-8 August
BARRETT, Charles
OLNEY, Cyrus
RAYMOND, Felix L.

C. 10-15 August
ALLEN, Jacob
BINNICKER, George F.
BOONE, William W.
COMEGYS, Pressley
COMEGYS, Wilmer
COYLE, James
DEAL, Columbus A.
DELANEY, Thomas E.
FAULCONER, Thomas W.
JONES, Charles
LOCK, Daniel
MARKHAM, Seth
MATLOCK, William
McCARTNEY, James F.
MILLER, John S.
ROBINETT, John
ROBINETT, Stephen
SHIELDS, William
YATES, William

D. 17-20 August
DARNES, Samuel E.
DENNY, James M.
DENNY, John
HADLEY, Henry G.
HARKINS, Daniel
HART, Abner
HATHAWAY, Sylvester
HITE, William
LUCAS, Daniel
RICE, Samuel
SHIELDS, James P.
WHITE, Franklin
WILLIAMS, Oliver

E. 22-28 August
BAGLEY, Watson S.
BARTON, William
BLAND, Moses
CLINTON, David
COGSWELL, Francis
DAY, George W.
GRAY, Garrison J.
JONES, Samuel T.
KANDLE, Joseph
KIRKLAND, John R.
KIRKLAND, Joseph E.
LANIER, Harrison
LAUGHLIN, Robert R.
MARKHAM, Jeptha
MILLER, George W.
MILLER, Isaac
MILLER, Isaac Jr.
MILLER, Jacob Jr.
MILLER, John Sr.
MILLER, Nicholas
NEEDHAM, Jonathan
ROBERTSON, Thomas
RITCHEY, Hamilton
ROBE, Robert
ROSE, Aaron
SHEPHERD, Samuel
SPENCER, Peter L.
STEELMAN, Edward
TAYLOR, Absalom

F. 29 Aug-1 September
ALLEN, Nathan W.
CASEY, James
COMEGYS, Lucinda
CROW, Leonard H.
DERR, Martin
GRAY, Frederick
HALL, Luke
HUNTLEY, Joseph
HYDE, Perry
JONES, George W.
JONES, William R.
PHILLIPS, Lorenzo D.
REXFORD, John
SMITH, Albert G.
TATE, Robert
WALTON, James E.
WOODWARD, Elijah

G. 2-5 September
ALKIRE, George
BOYLE, Isaac
CHURCHILL, George
FELGER, Jacob S.
HAMILTON, Supplina
HEDRIC, John
JOHNSON, Curtis
JOHNSON, Waterman
McFADDEN, William
NYE, Adam P.
PHILLPOTT, William J.
POWELL, Alfred
POWELL, Franklin S.
POWELL, John A.
RYCROFT, George H.
SHAW, John

H. 7-10 September
BELL, George
BRANSON, Isaac N.
BREEDING, Elijah A.
COOKE, John J.
COOLIDGE, Matthew
COOLIDGE, Tero
DALY, James L.
DAVENPORT, Benjamin
FINDLEY, William R.
FROMAN, David
FROMAN, Isaac R
GIBBS, John
HARTLEY, Bryant Y.
HEDGES, John E.
HICKLIN, Henry H.
KEENEY, Eli
LAME, Joseph H.
LEHNHERR, John
McCORMACK, John R.
MOGNETT, Lydia A.
PRICE, Nimrod
SIMPSON, James W.
TERHUNE, Jabez
TUCKER, John J.

I. 11-13 September
BAXTER, William T.
GRINSTEAD, Samuel
HICKLIN, William C.
LEWIS, Daniel P.
LEWIS, Jesse H.
McKAY, James
PAYNE, Martin
VANDUYN, Isaac
WILSON, John

J. 14-17 September
ABBEY, Edwin A.
AINSLER/AMSLER, Jacob
ALDERMAN, Isaac W.
BELL, John W.
BOHNERT, Larence
BRADLEY, Kennon W.
BROWN, Silas
CANON, Sylvester
CANON, William R.
CARSON, Andrew J.
COLE, James
COOPER, Josiah
COOPER, William
CORYELL, Francis M.
CRANSTON, Ephraim
CRANSTON, Warren
DIXON, Jesse D.
GAYLORD, Charles
GILLMORE, John W.
HANNON, John E.
HURLBURT, Abel
HURLBURT, Riley A.
JAMISON, John C.
LEEPER, George
LEISURE, John
LYNCH, Aaron
LYNCH, David A.
LYNCH, John
McMURRY, Fielden
MILLER, Charles
MILLER, John F.
MOORE, John G.
NEWTON, Nathan
NORTHCUTT, Edward J.
PENLAND, Henry
PENLAND, Levi E.
PRICE, James D.
REAVES, George
RIGGS, Jane
SKINNER, William
STAYTON, Drury S.
TREVIT, Victor
WAHRUM, Henry
WALTER, Ralph
WHITE, Henry

K. 18-21 September
BAKER, William H.
BRANDON, Alexander
BURKHART, Calvin
BYROM, Edward
CAMPBELL, Robert E.
CAPRON, Elias
CARSIDA, Martin W.
CARSON, David
CORYELL, Isaac
CRAWFORD, Philemon V.
DILLAMETER, John D.
ENNIS, Allen
FERGUSON, Robert L.
GAY, Charles F.
GAY, James W.
GAY, Martin B.
GLASS, John E.
GRAY, David D.
GRIFFIN, James
HARDIN, Amanda E.
HARPOLE, William P.
HELM, Lawrence S.
HEMBREE, Lycurgus
HUGHET, William M.
KENNEDY, Mordecai
LEMMON, Fielding
LINDLEY, Elihu
LINDLEY, Levi
LIVINGSTONE, Thomas
MARTIN, John S.
MASTERSON, William A.
MATTE, Lewis
McCAIN, James
McDONOUGH, Francis A.
McKEE, Robert M.
MULHOLLAND, Edward Sr.
MULHOLLAND, Edward Jr.
MULHOLLAND, Thomas
NEALY, Charles R.
NICKERSON, Hugh
PHELPS, Lucius W.
PRICHARD, John M.
PRINGLE, John S.
ROSS, Darius M.
RUSSELL, Levi
SAXTON, Henry
SHANKS, Noah
SIMPSON, Thomas K.
SMITH, Daniel
STARK, William K.
STUMP, Cuthbirth
VAN NUYS, John
WELSH, John P.
WHITSON, Benjamin F.
WILLIAMS, Loren L.

L. 22-26 September
ANDERSON, Samuel
ARRINGTON, James M.
BECKWITH Charles W.
BRIGGS, John Alexander
BRIGGS, Samuel B.
BRYAN, Francis S.
BRYAN, Parker
BUCKINGHAM, Henry
CALDWELL, Felix E.
CLARK, Abijah F.
COOVERT, Abram
DUCKWORTH, Isaac N.
FLANARY, William E.
FOSTER, Spencer C.
FRY, John
GAGER, Stephen D.
GRIFFIN, James H.
HENRICI, Edward
MALONEY, Edward
MARSHALL, George
McLOUD, Monroe C.
MORRIS, Claborn
ODELL, John
ODELL, Russell B.
OLDS, Martin
PHIPPS, Robert
POTTER, William A.
POWELL, Joseph A.
POWELL, Russell
POWELL, Samuel T.
SEELY, Lucius
SHOUGH, Adam
SMITH, William
STOUFFER, Jonathan
TAYLOR, David M.
TEDROW, Charles W.
WILES, James
WILLIAMS, Oliver C.
WILSON, Samuel

M. 27 Sept - 2 October
ALLARD, Magliore
BARRON, Hugh F.
BOXLEY, Isaiah
BROWN, John
CHRISMAN, Campbell E.
CHURCHILL, Willoughby
COOKE, Joseph
COX, Jesse
COX, Solomon
DARROUGH, William
DUFF, Eleanor
EAGON, Joseph P.
HOLMES, Richard
HURST, James A.
HUTCHINS, John
KESLING, James W.
LAUREY, William
LIVERMORE, Jonas
LONG, Wair
McCULLOUGH, Commodore P.
METHOIN, James
MILLER, Silas
NOWLEN, Michael
PEFLY, Peter J.
PIPER, John
PITZER, Nashley G.
PLUMMER, Wesley
PUTNAM, John O.
RIDDLE, William R.
ROBERTSON, Joseph
SIMONS, Alonzo
SIMONS, Daniel
SIMONS, Daniel Jr.
SPICER, Edward
SPONG, Alexander
STARK, Asa
STRINGER, Bluford
THOMAS, Stephen B.
VANNOY, James N.
WALKER, William
WHITE, Joseph
YOC0M, Franklin
YOCOM, James P.

N. 3-8 October
ALEXANDER, Absolom
BARNETT, James Henry
BELL, John W.
BREEDING, John H.
BREEDING, Robert C.
BREEN, Edward
ELLIOTT, William
FERRIS, Amos
GREENSTREET, Absalom
HAMILTON, Bushrod
HILL, Erastus
McKUNE, Robert
RICHARDSON, John
RICHARDSON, John W.
SANDERS, Henry
SISK, Jordon M.
STEHMAN, Christian
WILSON, William

O. 10-20 October
BASSETT, Arnold S.
BEERMAN, Frederick
BENTON, Alva
CLARK, Charles C.
CLARK, Thomas
COCHRAN, Robert B.
COLVIG, William L.
COOPER, Philemon
COOPER, William E.
COSHOW, Oliver P.
CROSIAR, William
DESAUTEL, Samuel
DILLEY, Thomas W.
FORTIME, John
HARRY, John A.
HOPWOOD, Thomas
MORRISON, Matthew
NAYLOR, Granville
NELSON, Jesse P.
PARRISH, William W.
RICE, Horace
RUSSELL, George L.
SALTMARSH, Joseph B.
SMITH, Samuel
SOUTHWELL, Joseph
WILHELM, George
ZIMMERMAN, Jacob

P. 25-28 October
CLICK, William H.
CULP, George K.
IRVINE, Samuel G.
SAMPSON, Edwin R.
TICE, Isaac
YATER, James T.

Q. 1-12 November
BRAMAN, Jason
BREEDING, William
BUSHNELL, Jason A.
HAMILTON, George
HAMMETT, Austin W.
KELLY, Patrick
MORRIS, Joseph H.
SMITH, David
STANDIFER, Luke
WARREN, Francis M.

 

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