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|Carlisle H.||Kate Gates Woodard|
Hi - I am looking for any additional info on Kate Gates Woodard (1867-1939). I believe she was the second wife of my grandfather's older brother (Arthur Lintsford Woodard, 1879-1929). Mainly I am curious about their lives and how he came to marry a woman almost 12 years his senior. I don't have a copy of Kate's obituary and wonder if it lists Arthur's children by his first marriage. Apparently he and Kate were married between 1910 and about 1918 (when he registered for the World War I draft, she was his nearest relative). I can be reached at .
|Dennis Larsen||1852 wagon train|
Thanks very much the information about Nathaniel Gates. In writing the book about the 1852 wagon train we had concluded that Nathaniel was not in the wagon train and that he was in Oregon awaiting the arrival of his family from Iowa. His wife and son William were mentioned several times in Allen's 1852 Oregon Trail diary and letters, but Nathaniel was not. (William left his name inscribed on a cliff face at Names Hill, Wyoming.) We speculated that Nathaniel and James Wood had gone to California together (We thought in 1849) and left their wives (who were Koontz sisters) back in Iowa. Wood became the leader of the wagon train and Allen wrote that Wood had been to Oregon before and had returned to Iowa to guide his family west. Our guess is that Wood came north to Oregon from California with Nathaniel. He then somehow made his way back to Iowa leaving Nathaniel in Oregon. Do you know the details as to how Nathaniel got to California?
|Dennis Larsen||RE: Bio information|
The book is available here.
Also suggest you google "Wagons from Wapello" and read that story.
Also go to my profile on find a grave and open my virtual cemetery.
|Dennis Larsen||Bio information|
Mary Koontz Gates, Sarah Ella Gates, Mary Jane "Lydia" Gates and William Harvey Gates came west over the Oregon Trail in 1852. They were all members of what is called the Wapello wagon train, named after their place of origin, Wapello County, Iowa. They departed Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 19, 1852 and arrived at The Dalles, Oregon, in late September 1852. William Gates left his inscribed name on a rock face called Names Hill in western Wyoming. The inscription is still readily readable. The story of their journey west is told in a new book titled "Our Faces Are Westward."
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