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Jon Ridgeway (#47287704)
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Blair, Bollinger, Boydston, Buell, Carlock, Cason, Caton,Costen, Dudley, Duvall, Eames,Farley, Fenton, Grant, Griffiths, Griswold, Hackleman, Hardeman, Kibbey, Kinney, McAlister, McGehee, Perryman, Ridgeway, Smith, Stewart, Tade and people on the 1847 Buell wagon train to Oregon, including Bateman, Carey, Conner,Franklin & Putman.

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Melissa King
Add for Christy
Nelligan/ Neligan, and Willson, Collins, Mathis/ Mathews, Bowman. Let me know if youve passed these ty.
Added by Melissa King on Jul 20, 2017 12:09 AM
Melissa King
RE: Transfer Request: #55225733
Thank you for considering and I have noted you on our tree.
Added by Melissa King on Jul 19, 2017 11:21 PM
Anna K Peterson
Anna K Peterson I my Great Aunt . Your information is is not completely correct. Please transfer to me. Thank you.
Added by Sandee on Jul 18, 2017 9:46 AM
Anna K Peterson 1880- 1970
Anna was my Great Aunt. She had 2 brothers Andrew Anderson Jacobson and Gustaf Jacobson. Andrew was my Great Grandfather born 5/7/1870 in Loftahammer Sweden and died 1/25/1956 Seattle Washington. His brother came to USA briefly and returned to Sweden. He was born 1/25/1873 in Loftahammer and died 9/2/1957 in Loftahammer. Gustaf had a twin sister Alma Charlotte. I have not found a sister yet by the name Edith Milley. Will continue looking.
Added by Sandee on Jun 23, 2017 11:31 AM
D. Blean
Herbert Goodwin - #130339733
Hi, Jon, Could you please transfer Herbert Goodwin to me? He's my grandfather. Thank you for being part of Findagrave.
Added by D. Blean on Jun 16, 2017 6:07 PM
J. Dresser
Ardella E. Harrison
Ardella Eugenia Dresser was born in December, 1862, in Dryden township, Sibley County, Minnesota, to John Dresser and his wife Jane Ryan Dresser.
She married William H. Harrison, who died in 1912, Seattle and is also buried in Lake View Cemetery.
Added by J. Dresser on Jun 08, 2017 9:20 AM
Dana Fassett
Jon, Wm Ridgway is my Great Grandfather, he and Johana had 6 children. Would you please transfer maintenance to me.
Are you part of our branch of the family?
Thank you
Dana Fassett
Added by Dana Fassett on May 28, 2017 4:29 PM
Melissa King
Transfer Request: #55225733
Addison Eames Fenton is my grandfathers cousin, please transfer as he's my 2nd cousin, Thank you.
Added by Melissa King on Apr 22, 2017 12:37 AM
Martin Burrell
Cyrus Buell
Good Morning, [this is open source material]

Please, take good care of this portion of a non-copyrighted old history book on early Oregon. Look at the foot of this article and you will see all the proper credits for the book. These portions were often paid for by the subject of the articles so that the future would not forget them. Sometime a son, daughter, or wife paid to get their family included.

I spent a good bit of a day making this portion available for insertion into this memorial and so would very much like to see it happen. But, I can't do it myself and so need your help.

Cyrus Buell, a highly esteemed Oregon pioneer of 1847, and one of Polk County's most prosperous farmers, was born in Indiana, December 19, 1836. His father, Elias Buell, was born in Benton, Yates, New York, July 20, 1797. William Buell, the ancestor of the Buell family in America, was one of the Pilgrim Fathers, coming from England in the Mayflower and landing at Plymouth Rock. Grandfather Samuel Buell was born at Fort Edward, Washington, New York, in 1763, and Grandmother Buell, nee Jerusha Griswold, a native of New York, was born in 1776. They were married in 1796, and of their seven children, Elias, our subject's father, was the oldest

Elias Buell was married in Maryland, October 19, 1817, to Miss Sarah Hammond, who was born in Maryland, January 22, 1800. Her father, Lott Hammond, was of New York ancestry. After his marriage Mr. Buell worked at his trade, that of blacksmith. In the early days he was converted and joined the Methodist Church, and all his life was a firm adherent to that faith. He and his wife have had a family of nine children, three of whom had died in infancy, and in 1847, with his wife and surviving children, he crossed the plains to Oregon. The children who made the journey with them are as follows: Elizabeth, now the widow of
Nathan Conner; Caroline first married Mr. Finley, and after his death became the wife of Mr. Courtney; Emeline married Thomas Blair, had nine children and died in 1877; Melissa, a resident of Polk county, has been twice married and is now a widow, her first husband being
Isaac Hinshaw, and the second, Mr. Vanhorn; Paulina married Daniel Rowell and had six children, of whom two died in infancy, she and her entire family being lost at sea on the Brother Jonathan while making the return voyage from the East in 1865; Cyrus and Sarah Ann, who married Robert McKune, died in her fifty-first year, leaving seven children. Mr. Buell started with his family from Mahaska County, Iowa, in 1840, and got as far as Holt county, Missouri, where they spent the winter, continuing their way westward the following spring. His brother, Samuel Buell, and his wife and six children were in the company; also Mr. Buell's two sons-in-law, Finley and Conner. After a safe journey of 6 months' duration, they made the first stop at Vancouver. Clark, Washington, where they remained during the winter and learned all they could of the country. In the spring of 1848, they came to the northern part of Polk County, took claim to a section [640 acres] of land, built a log house, and moved in, their relations settling near them.

In the fall of 1848, Mr. Buell went overland to California and mined on the American river, and the following spring returned with $2,000
the result of his mining. He then built a sawmill and flouring mill on his donation claim on Mill Creek, eight miles south of the present
site of Sheridan. These mills were of great value to the settlers in that part of the country. He was the prime mover in the Methodist Chapel on Mill creak, which was named in honor of him.

Politically he is a Republican. He conducted his farming operations and ran his mills until the time of his death, in 1871, in the
seventy-fourth year of his age. His wife died in 1885. Both were earnest Christians and typical pioneers, people distinguished for their honesty, their geniality and their hospitality, and loved by all who knew them.

Cyrus Buell remained with his father until the latter's death, and the donation claim was left to him. He remained on it until 1874, when he came to his present locality, one mile south of Sheridan. Here he purchased 240 acres of land, afterward added to it, and is now the
owner of 485 acres, one of the finest tracts of farming land in the county. He raises large crops of grain and also gives much attention to the stock business, raising shorthorn cattle. Clydesdale and Cleveland bay horses, and Cotswold and Merino sheep.

July 30, 1859, he married Miss Amanda Ellen Carey, who was horn in Illinois in 1843, daughter of John Carey. Her father was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 18U2, came to Oregon in 1847, settled on a donation claim near Dayton, Yamhill, Oregon, and subsequently moved to Independence, Polk county, where he died In his seventy-ninth year. His wife lived to be eighty-two. They reared a family of eight children, all of whom are settled on the Pacific Coast, occupying
useful and honorable positions in life. Mr. and Mrs. Buell have had six children, four of whom are living: Charles Walter, born September
10, 1860, is married and resides on a farm near his father. The other children are at home and are as follows; Marion H., born February
25, 1862; Frank Lawrence, November 15, 1803; and Laura Belle, November 25, 1866.

Mr. Buell affiliated with the Republican party during its early history and until the past eight years, now giving his support to the Prohibition cause.
From the book, An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, by REV. H. K. Hinds, D. D., CHICAGO, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893, page 664-5. This is an open source book being as it was never copyrighted. Provided by, Library Division, Provincial Archives of British Columbia, Canada.
Added by Martin Burrell on Apr 16, 2017 6:45 AM
Elayne Grissom
Sarah Reed Stokes
Sarah Reed Gardner Stokes was my great grandmother. She had 15 children and the middle child was my grandfather, Joseph "Roy" Gardner. Sarah was born 26 November 1854 in Plymouth, Indiana. She died on the 5th of January 1931 in Portage, King, Washington.
Hope this helps you.
My ancestry site is EMGrissom.
I would enjoy hearing from other relatives. This is quite a large family and I did get to meet many of them. I grew up in Washington near Seattle and now live in California.
Thank you.
Elayne Gardner Grissom
Added by Elayne Grissom on Mar 30, 2017 4:00 PM
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