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Jesse Applegate
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1811
Henry County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 1888
Douglas County
Oregon, USA

PAt sixteen years of age, Jesse Applegate went to work for the Missouri Surveyor General's Office. In 1831, he married Cynthia Parker and moved to Oregon in 1843. He first settled in Polk County and did work for the Territorial Government and was appointed as the first Surveyor General in 1844. Jesse was appointed Captain of the third successful road exploration party in 1846, which led to the opening of the Scott-Applegate trail for wagon trains to enter Southern Oregon from the Oregon Trail. In 1866, Jesse had been living in Yoncalla, Oregon on his donation land claim, when he lost all of his holdings because of indebtedness. He left Oregon in 1872 and went to work in California. He made enough money to return to Yoncalla, where he spent the rest of his days raising grapes in the first established vineyard in Douglas County. Jesse died in 188
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The following is From Dee Williams:
Jesse Applegate Pioneer to OR 1843 came with his brothers Charles and Athony Lindsay and their families along with their sister Lucy Applegate Wingfield's daughter Harriet Wingfield Williams her husband Benjamin Williams my great grandparents Ben's brother David Williams and family members the Kelsey Family

The group leaving Indepence MO was one of the biggest to date to walk to OR but not the first

Jesse Applegate niece Harriet husband's family my great great grandparents Richard and Keziah Huckabee Williams and his siblings came in 1841

The 1843 pioneers where a large group broken up into smaller groups to keep the wagons moving Jesse was appointed in charge of the cow colum

They arrived after many hardships and Jesse Charles and Anthony settled present day Dallas OR Harriet close to Melinda wife of Charles went with her husband to his family's land present day Hillsboro

Having such a hard time walking to OR Jesse went out to find a better way which turned out to be worse in the end.

He then set out to forge a road south into present day Yoncalla the road that he forged is present day Hwy 99

He and Charles settled into Yoncalla and my great grandfather Benjamin helped them settle bringing material down for a grist mill and was going to bring his family down after getting Jesse and Charles settled
But on one of his trip back and forth he was ambushed and died 1852

Anthony Lindsay went further down to present day Jackson and put up a toll gate to collect money for those going further south into CA

Anthony Lindsay Applegate's son Oliver's son Oliver Jr lived in Oakland CA he visited with my Aunt Alice often attending her 100th birthday he was not only our cousins he was an artist I have one of his paintings he was a wonderful kind man I enjoyed visiting him

Jesse along with many of the men went south when Gold was found in CA

My Great Uncle Samuel Williams went to Idaho
None of the men became rich over gold

As I mentioned earlier my great grandmother Harriet and Charles wife Meelinda where close on the trail Melinda was pregnant and told Harriet if her child was a girl she would name her Harriet she had a son and Harriet would come later full of talent and die young.

Jesse always ready to help put his land up for cash and loaned money to a man who did not repay thus Jesse lost his land but was allowed to keep the land where he his beloved wife and family members rest

Today you may visit the cemetery by driving through a portion of the land his brother Charles and many others who walked to Oregon are buried in the Applegate Pioneer Cemetery

Sorry for my misinformation yesterday I posted wrong information that I misunderstood from my dear Cousin who has more knowledge on our family than I can even keep straight

In my collection of family history I have a copy of a letter sent to Lisbon from Jesse in which he talks of my great grandmother his niece Harriet and her husband Benjamin Williams

A treasure given to me from my cousin

Jesse did not ever want his picture taken and this drawing was done by a man who did it from memory not while Jesse was alive so the family story goes

Where Jesse and Cynthia are buried

Cemetery is on private land. To reach the cemetery, turn up the driveway next to sign. The sign is posted on Hwy 99, between Drain and Yoncalla, Oregon. From the driveway entrance, continue up the hill and you'll spot the little cemetery.

 (bio by: RB) 
Family links: 
  Daniel Wiggins Applegate (1768 - 1826)
  Rachel Lindsay Applegate (1769 - 1826)
  Cynthia Ann Parker Applegate (1813 - 1882)
  Rozelle Applegate Putnam (1832 - 1861)*
  Edward Bates Applegate (1833 - 1843)*
  Alexander McClellan Applegate (1838 - 1902)*
  Robert Shortess Applegate (1839 - 1893)*
  Gertrude Applegate Fay (1841 - 1867)*
  William Henry Applegate (1844 - 1913)*
  Daniel Webster Applegate (1846 - 1896)*
  Sarah Applegate Long (1848 - 1912)*
  Peter Skene Ogden Applegate (1851 - 1916)*
  Peter Skene Ogden Applegate (1851 - 1916)*
  Florence Applegate Long (1857 - 1916)*
  John Milton Applegate (1799 - 1835)*
  Lisbon Applegate (1803 - 1878)*
  Charles Applegate (1806 - 1879)*
  Anthony Lindsay Applegate (1808 - 1892)*
  Jesse Applegate (1811 - 1888)
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Other.
Specifically: Buired on the Hill on land he owned drive through property
Plot: Private Property
Maintained by: Dee Williams
Originally Created by: RB
Record added: Apr 15, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6349973
Jesse Applegate
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Jesse Applegate
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Jesse Applegate
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Thank you for your kindness Dee
- Dee Williams
 Added: May. 4, 2016
Thank you for selling your farm in the valley to the Fredrick family in 1847. It got them started in the Oregon Territory that year. I am sorry for the loss of your nephew and son and am grateful for your establishing the Southern Route to the Oregon Terr...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Feb. 7, 2016

- Historybuff
 Added: Oct. 4, 2015
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