Dr Lucius Danforth

Dr Lucius Danforth

Illinois, USA
Death 1900 (aged 77–78)
Thompson Falls, Sanders County, Montana, USA
Burial Thompson Falls, Sanders County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 102136104 · View Source
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Lucius Danforth was born in 1822 to father Joseph S. Danforth and mother Lucy Shaw Lewis Danforth in Illinois and married Sophia Wells in 1844 and had daughter Hellen in 1845.

• 1847, Wagon Train roster includes Joseph, Rosalinda, Manley, his wife, Joseph's son Lucius, his wife Sophia, their daughter Hellen, Joseph's daughter, Sarah.
• 1848, Aug. 8, Joseph, Manley, Lucius and Elias J. Crandall filed land claims in Yamhill Co.
• 1849 Lucius, Sophia & Hellen returned to Rock Island Co., Ill.; second daughter, Edith was born in June 1850; Lucius returned to Oregon in Sept. 1852 but Sophia and the girls did not go with him.
• 1850 Census of Illinois, Rock Island Co., Oct. 10, 1850 has Lucius (age 29), b. in Illinois, physician, wife Sophia A. Danforth (age 24) b. Illinois with children, Helen L. age 4 and Edith E. age 4 months. LDS family search records cite the three children Helen, Eunice and Edith born to Lucius and Sophia A. Danforth between 1845 and 1849.
• 1855 - The Oregon State Archives lists a divorce for Lucius Danforth and a Sophia A. Danforth Dec. 31, 1855 in Marion County, Case #0248. Apparently Mrs. Sophia A. Danforth refused to return with Lucius to the Oregon Territory in 1852. The divorce cites desertion on her part!! She was given custody and guardianship of the infant children. Oregon was not yet a state at this time and is referred to as Territory.
• 1857-58 Lane Co. Tax Roll has Joseph S. Danforth, Danforth & Co, Manley Danforth; not much to see on these sheets but names and valuation of propterty figures.
• 1860 Fed. Census, OR, Lane Co, Eugene, L. Danforth, physician, age 37, b. Illinois and wife, M.A. Danforth, age 20, b. Illinois; female age 2 [Ida], L.M. Danforth (cannot read name and age), and a laborer, W. Croney, age 26.
• Pacific Coast Directory, 1867 lists Lucius Danforth physician in Eugene, Lane Co., Oregon.
• Feb. 12, 1869, Lucius Danforth received $53.33 from the estate of Joseph S. Danforth, Lane Co. Estate worth $160.00, diveded between Lucius & Manly Danforth & Sarah (Danforth) Willsey.
• Lucius and Manley were both in Jacksonville in 1870.
• 1870 Federal Census lists Lucius Danforth with wife Mary Ann and children Ida Viola (12), Ada W. (5) and Clyde Lincoln (3).
• 1870 - Lucius and Mary Ann anforth sold 280 acres in Yamhill Co. to William Dawson for $400 on Dec. 19, 1870, recorded on Dec. 19, 1870, Sect. 32 and 33 Twp 6 South of Range 5 West and being all of the south half of the donation Land Claim of Joseph Danforth and wife.
• 1880 Fed. Census, Or, Jackson Co, Jacksonville, Dist 54 lists Lucius Danforth 58, Physician & Surgeon, b. Illinois; Mary A. 39, b. Illinois; Ida V. 21; Ada W. 14; Clyde L. 12; William H. 9; Mary 4; Jessie V. 2; all children b. Oregon. Just below that listing is a listing for the Jackson County Hospital with 6 persons under the care of Dr. L. Danforth.
• 1895, Census, Multnomah Co, Pct. 42, Pge 12, Lucius Danforth.
• Bill Danforth writes: "I think Lucius attended school in Illinois and I further DO know that he was a professor of medicine at Willamette University in Salem. I actually went there and found some info in the Library there, I think Christine might have it. I gave her most of the documentation in hopes that she would take an interest. I found the undertaker in Thompson Falls, Montana and asked about the whereabouts of Lucius and was told that he died in 1900 but there was no stone cutter until 1907 and so any marker was long gone. I found an area about 30 by 30 and he said he was in there somewhere. I muttered a general blessing to the area and went back to the undertaker. Seems his great grandfather buried mine there. He noted that I owed him two dollars as they were a bit short in 1900. I gave him two bucks and took him and his wife to dinner. They let me sleep in the old time jail (converted to a museum) and I came home. "
• Nancy Eastes of Montana writes: "I researched Lucius Danforth in the death records of Missoula County which included Thompson in 1900. He was not listed. The index began January 1896. He may have died earlier than that or just didn't get recorded."
• Nothing in Montana Death Index for Lucius Danforth or Mary Ann (Bayse) Danforth.


Lucius DANFORTH was a physician who moved from Illinois to the Oregon Territory in 1855 leaving his wife Sophia A. WELLS Danforth in Illinois with three children. He subsequently married in 1859 a Mary Anne BAYSE
Danforth and had six children with her in Oregon. He practiced medicine in Jackson County and in Oregon City, Oregon but I lost him after the 1880 Fed. Census and have no death records on him.


Joseph S. Danforth
Lucy Shaw Lewis

Sophia Wells married Lucius Danforth (1822- 1900) and had three children:

Helen L. Danforth (1845- 1881)
Edith E. Danforth (1850- ????)
Eunice (abt 1950- ????)

Lucius Danforth married Mary Anne BAYSE in 1859 and had six children:

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 102136104
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Lucius Danforth (1822–1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102136104, citing Fraternal Cemetery, Thompson Falls, Sanders County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Bob & AJ (contributor 47790994) .