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Thomas McKay, Sr

  • Birth 1797 Sault Sainte Marie, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 20 Apr 1849 Marion County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Scappoose, Columbia County, Oregon, USA
  • Plot This cemetery is on Private Property. Please respect and get permission before visiting graves.
  • Memorial ID 55244926

The following is posted on a historical marker in Oregon:

One of the Oregon Country's most picturesque fur-traders, Thomas McKay, is buried near Scappoose. He was a daring leader, famous storyteller and could drive a nail with a rifle ball. A Canadian, he arrived with Astorians as a teenage boy; served with North West Company, became a clerk with the Hudson's Bay Company, established a grist mill at Champoeg. Alexander McKay, a victim of the Tonquin Massacre was his father and Dr. John McLaughlin was his stepfather. He ranged widely, built Fort Boise, Idaho, guided goldseekers to California.

Thomas died in French Prairie and his body was brought back for burial next to his first wife Cincola.


Thomas McKay had at least three wives during his life. His first wife was Timmee T'Ikul Tchinouk a Chinook woman, daughter of Chief Concomly and were married sometime before 1824 in the Oregon Territory. Their children were: Joseph McKay, Margaret McKay, William Cameron McKay, John T. McKay and Alexander McKay.
McKay's second wife was She-Who-Rides-Like The Wind Umatilla a Umatilla, they were married about 1834 in the Oregon Territory. Their child was: Donald McKay and was thus William Cameron McKay's (preceding paragraph)) half-brother.

At Fort Vancouver on December 31, 1838 he married his third wife, Isabelle Montour, daughter of Nicholas Montour, Jr. and Susanne Humpherville. Their children were: Maria McKay and Thomas McKay.

They had six sons and two daughters altogether

Family Members

Siblings Half Siblings


This marker is dedicated to the memory of Thomas McKay, Oregon Pioneer. 1797-1849. Presented by Mount St. Helens Chapter Daugters of The American Revolution 1967.

Gravesite Details His original grave was two rocks stacked on top of the grae. The stones are still there. The tree has grown around them. Marker is bronze on a stone shaft. GPS Coord. listed w/ county records are T3N R1W S31





  • Maintained by: Christoph
  • Originally Created by: Andrea Pierce
  • Added: 21 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55244926
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas McKay, Sr (1797–20 Apr 1849), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55244926, citing McKay-McPherson Burial Site, Scappoose, Columbia County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Christoph (contributor 47220625) .