Samuel Creswell Braden was the son of John Braden b. 1760 in Augusta Co. VA. and Sarah ??? Sarah's birth and death dates are unknown. John died 03 Aug 1840 in Claiborne Co. TN.
Samuel's siblings were: George b.09 Feb 1793, Betsy b. 21 Mar 1795, Andrew b. 31 Jul 1797, Henry b. 18 Apr 1799, John b. 02 Sep 1801, Edward b. 01 Jun 1804, William b. 06 Mar 1807, Alexander b. 06 Mar 1809 and James b. 02 Jan 1819.
Samuel Braden married Susannah Crobarger 28 January 1834 in Jefferson Co. Tennessee. Samuel's oldest boy, Francis Asbeury Braden married Caroline Sarah Buell in Oregon. Sarah and Francis's daughter, Julia Braden Dalmas gave the following account of the trip to Oregon as she remembered her parents telling it.
Samuel and Susannah lived in Pike Co. Missouri for a time, then they moved to Platte Co. Missouri and were there from about 1840 to 1852. In 1852 Samuel and Susannah and at least five children took the Oregon Trail. Samuel was 41 years old. The Braden's left Missouri in the spring of 1852. They settled in the Umpqua Valley in Oregon in the fall of the same year. (According to Oregon Donation Land Claims Records, Samuel C. Braden arrived in Oregon between August 15-19, 1852) Buell's came in the same year, but not in the same wagon train. They were not acquainted at the time but settled in the same valley. Braden's had horse teams, several wagons. Buell's had ox teams and they made the trip in fewer months than the Bradens. Patient old Samuel Braden stopped often on the way to rest the teams, stayed two weeks in La Grande (Oregon) where bunch grass was plentiful. They came through in good shape. Peppy old Leonard Buell rushed so he arrived in the Valley with one ox and one cow and a two wheel cart with a long bed or rack on it, where the little ones and the tired rode. What a different ending. Each family drove a band of horses and cows. Mother (Sarah Buell) was eight years old that year and father (Francis Braden) was sixteen. Mother said she could remember when they would perch her and some of the youngsters on an old nag, give it a slap, and off they went in dust so thick one could hardly see. That was after they had discarded most of the wagons. She said later they had money in $20.00 gold pieces which they hid in holes bored in the ox yokes. Samuel Braden's first home and donation claim was north of Roseburg, Oregon, which is now part of Clover Dale Addition. Samuel Creswell Braden was born in 1811 in Claiborne County Tennessee and died 11 August 1895 in Myrtle Point, Coos County Oregon. Samuel is buried in Lookinglass in Douglas County Oregon. He told his children he was of Irish descent.
The following is a letter that Samuel Creswell Braden wrote in response to a letter from his brother William in Christian County Missouri.
Roseburg, Feb. 27, 1879
Dear Brother and Sister: After a long delay I undertake to answer your letter of December 7, 1878, I received it the 1st day of January 1879. Got a letter the same day from one of my daughters stating she was very sick. They live 50 miles off. I went there and stayed until she died the 28 of January and I neglected to write when I came home. You wanted to know how me and my family are getting along. Our youngest born left home last October a year. We kept house until last October. My wife is troubled with the neuralgia that she suffers a great deal at times so I rented by place and we are living with one of our son-in-laws in Douglas County 50 miles from our home in Coos County. We expect to be back in the fall. Now I will give you a list of the children:
Francis Asbeury Braden - 3 boys and 2 girls
Rebecca Catherin Braden - 4 boys and 4 girls
America Agnes Braden - Died - 2 boys and 4 girls
Alice Braden - 6 boys
Susanna Virginia Braden - 3 boys and 3 girls
Margaret Missouri Braden - Died - 1 boy and 2 girls
John Jocob Astor Braden - 1 girl
Margaret Missouri Braden died 28th day of May 1876 of bronchitis. America Agnes died 28th day of January 1879. The start of her sickness was what the doctors called epoyootic about 18 months before her death. You wanted to know how times was here. Times is quite dull by what they were when I came here, though I have seen harder times in Missouri, say 40, 41 and 42, still it is hard times for Oregon. Where people used to live off the range by raising stock, people has to work for a living and goes hard with a good many that has made their living by raising stock. Good horses is worth from $75 to $150. Mules from $50 to $125. There is some of the old Indian horses and half breeds that I can give no cash price in cash. They do to herd stock on and to trade in on good horses. Oxen $100 to $200 per yoke. Cows from $12 to $16, beef on foot from 3 to 4 cents. Hogs from 3 to 4 cents on foot. Sheep from $1 to $1.50 per head. Common labor one dollar per day but not mch hiring doneon the farms. At the logging camps a good chopper or sawer from forty five to fifty dollars per month. Wheat 75 cents per bushel. Corn 75, oats 40 cents, potatoes 60 cents. You wanted to know about Hanesard, Sharp and Petree. I haint heard from 18 months. They are living about one hundred miles from me. The last letter was from Alfred Sharp, he wrote that him and Hansard and the widow Warwick had bought farms and Petree had rented a place and had put in two hundred acres in grain. You wanted to know about the health of the country. I think it healthy to what Missouri is. There is no bilous fever nor no chills and fever. There is some cases of lung fever and worm fever. We have had a very dry winter for this country and longest cold spell I ever seen. The ground was froze in some places 3 inches deep. Though it turned off warm and grain looks well. When you write again send your pictures direct to Roseburg, Douglas County Oregon. So good bye for the present. Write soon.
S. C. Braden
Source: Bradens of Virginia, Tennessee and Utica Missouri by Harold J. Braden, 305 Pennell Drive, Lee's Summit, Mo. 64081
Susanna Crobarger Braden