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 James T. DeSpain

James T. DeSpain

Green County, Kentucky, USA
Death 11 Feb 1905 (aged 79)
Spokane County, Washington, USA
Burial Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA
Plot Block 25 Lot 21 Grave 6
Memorial ID 20112036 · View Source
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Son of Benjamin DeSpain Sr. and Edith Lewis, and husband of Hannah Maycinda Skinner.

Daily East Oregonian, Pendleton, Oregon, Monday, February 12, 1905
James T. DeSpain, a pioneer of Oregon, passed away in Spokane at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.W. Robbins, on Saturday February 11th at 4:15 o'clock.

He was born in Green County, Kentucky, September 9, 1825. At an early age, with his parents, he moved to Illinois, where he resided until 1852, then crossing the plains by ox team to Oregon, settling in Lane County. With his family he moved to Umatilla County in March 1871. In 1854 he was married to Miss Maycinda Skinner. There were born to them eight children, five of whom survive him: W. F. DeSpain, of Ritzville, Wash.; Mrs. G.N. Tuttle, of Walla Walla; J.B. DeSpain of Pendleton, Ore.; Mrs. W.W. Robbins, of Spokane; and C.A. DeSpain, of Ukiah.

He was a good father and respected by all who knew him. His was a life of self-denial; with varied experiences, of great patience and humble submission to the will of God.

Mr. DeSpain was afflicted with a cancer in his mouth during the last months of his life, and owing to his advanced age he did not have vitality and nervous force adequate to resist its ravages and his death was due to it and old age.

The funeral was held today from the home of his son, J.B. DeSpain, at 301 East Webb Street, and the interment was made in Olney Cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. G.W. Rigby, his close personal friend during all the years he resided in Umatilla County.

Those from abroad attending the funeral were his daughter, Mrs. W.W. Robbins, of Spokane; Mrs. Violet Tuttle, of Walla Walla and W.F. DeSpain, of Ritzville.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James T. DeSpain (9 Sep 1825–11 Feb 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20112036, citing Olney Cemetery, Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Elaine and Bill Schrock (contributor 46915548) .