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 Amelia “Ida” <I>Lesley</I> Duniway

Amelia “Ida” Lesley Duniway

Clackamas County, Oregon, USA
Death 22 Nov 1882 (aged 23)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, USA
Plot Lot 88, Grave 3
Memorial ID 23343802 · View Source
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Born in Clackamas County in Oregon Territory 6 days before it became the state of Oregon. Amelia "Ida" Lesley was the only daughter of Martin Clinton Lesley and Clarissa (Perry) Minkler Lesley (my gr gr grandparents) and only sister of Jasper Newton Lesley (my great grandfather). She disappeared to her family for approximately 126 years (1881-2007) until found on FIndAGrave in December 2007.

Ida was living with her parents in Pleasant Valley, Yamhill County, Oregon in the 1860 census and Hubert was living in Lafayette, Yamhill County, Oregon in the 1860 census. Perhaps their mothers knew each other from their days in Yamhill County as "Ida" is in the Duniway household in the 1880 census in Portland, Oregon, and probably had lived with the Duniway family from at least 1876 when she was 17 years old. According to "Rebel for Rights" by Ruth Barnes Moynihan, Abigail (Scott) Duniway took in girls from the country and likely this is how Ida came to live with the Duniway family. Hubert and Ida had been involved and Abigail had tried to break it up but Ida became pregnant and Abigail whisked the couple off to San Francisco. Charlie Duniway was born in San Francisco, California in April 1878, when Ida Lesley and Hubert Duniway were both 19 years old and 3 years prior to Ida's marriage to Hubert Ray Duniway son of Abigail Scott (A.S.) Duniway and Benjamin Charles (B.C.) Duniway (referred to on Charlie Duniway's headstone). Charlie died at the age of 3 months only a week after his grandmother, Abigail (Scott) Duniway, brought him back to Oregon "by ship" (the steamer ship "Great Republic") from San Francisco where he had been born in secret. Abigail reported in Duniway's "New Northwest" "Editorial Correspondence" of 1 August 1878, Page 2, that Charlie was a "precious little orphaned waif" (which was a lie) and that he had died from the effects of the journey on the ship. I ask "Why would a grandmother bring her infant grandchild on a ship when she could not feed him?" According to Rebel for Rights, Abigail believed that women who had children out of wedlock and children born out of wedlock had mental problems and should be given drugs to put them to sleep. Did Abigail do this to Charlie and to Ida? There is a good chance that she did. On Charlie's tombstone it says that he was adopted but it's highly unlikely that he was adopted. Abigail did not want it known that Charlie was her son Hubert Duniway's child by Ida whom he was not married to as Ida was considered "simple" and not good enough for her son. Reference the book "Rebel for Rights, Abigail Scott Duniway" by Ruth Barnes Moynihan, Chapter 7, Pages 116 and 127. Hubert and Ida were married 17 Nov 1881 at the Dunaway home after another trist (according to "Rebel for Rights"). Ida (Lesley) Duniway "supposedly" died of TB in 1882 while her husband Hubert was already engaged to another woman before Ida's death. Ida was buried beside her infant son, Charlie Duniway.

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The 1860 Pleasant Valley, Yamhill County, Oregon, Federal Census has Amelia Lesley as age 2 so her birth year may have been 1857 or 1858.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Amelia “Ida” Lesley Duniway (8 Feb 1859–22 Nov 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23343802, citing Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Pam R. (contributor 46923349) .