|Birth: ||Jul. 20, 1824|
|Death: ||Jun. 10, 1852|
Her parents were Jacob and Sarah Oden. She moved with her parents to Truxton Missouri where she married Benjamin Franklin Homsley in 1841. In April of 1852, accompanied by Mary's parents and ten brothers and sisters, some with families of their own, they took the trail for Oregon. With Mary and Benjamin went their two daughters, Lura and Sarah Ellen, but left behind in Missouri were the graves of two older children, twins, who had been poisoned by an embittered slave.
The Homsley company traveled via Council Bluffs, somewhere in Nebraska, Mary gave birth to her fifth child. Before arriving at FT Laramie, Mary and the baby boy were stricken ed with measles and the company elected to cross at the Fort, perhaps in search of medical aid. The crossing was a disaster, the wagon carring Mary and the baby over turned and both of them were thrown into the river. Both were rescued, but Mary's condition worsened over night and on the following day June 10, she died. She was wrapped in a feather bed and buried there. The baby suvived for several weeks before dying near present day Boise ID.
The Company went on to Oregon, where Benjamin took a donation land claim on Elliott Prairie, Clackamas County. He raised the two surviving children alone and never remarried. He died in 1908 and is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Clackamas County.
Mary Homsley's grave was discovered in 1925 by passing cowboys. The headstone was enclosed in the present monument the following year. Contacted in Oregon, Lura Homsley Gibson could still vividly remember her mother's death and standing at the lonely grave saying a final good-by, near seventy five years later.
Research done by WW MOrrison of Cheyenne WY, Signed and funded by Oregon-California TRails Association. 1991
Printed and distributed by FT Laramie National Monument
Jacob Norris Oden (1800 - 1885)
Sarah Fine Oden (1799 - 1885)
Benjamin Franklin Homesley (1815 - 1908)
Laura Homesley Gibson (1847 - 1938)*
Infant Homesley (1852 - 1852)*
Mary Elizabeth Oden Homsley (1824 - 1852)
William Green Oden (1826 - 1883)*
Charles H. Oden (1846 - 1916)*
Mary Homsley Burial Site
Created by: Ellen Bishop
Record added: Aug 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57505126