Isaac Headrick


Isaac Headrick

Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Death 8 Sep 1882 (aged 81)
Bethany, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Burial Bethany, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 6297211 View Source
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Isaac Headrick is profiled in "Book of Remembrance of Marion County, Oregon, Pioneers, 1840-1860" by Sarah Hunt Steeves, 1927. For the interesting points from this book, pages 113-114, I am quoting the following:

"Isaac Headrick was born in Grant county, Kentucky, November 16, 1800. When he reached the age of 23, he was united in marriage to Margarette Fisher, who was born of German parents in Pettis county, Missouri, January 10, 1802.

Mr. Headrick possessed the true poineer spirit. He loved the great out-of-doors and enjoyed the development of a new country. Wherever he settled, he built, planted and reaped; nor was he afraid of the labor involved.

While living in Missouri, he suddenly made up his mind one day and announced to his family that night that he would start for Texas in the morning. His wife spoke up, "Why, pap, you haven't a clean shirt to your name!" The small matter of a clean shirt did not alter his mind and as the clean shirt was provided by the good wife, he went." [This was the time many of the Fisher Cousins had gone from Pettis County, MO to Collin County, TX.]

"This was in the spring of 1846 and shortly after his return that fall, his friend and neighbor, Johnson Mulkey, who had just returned from the Oregon country, called to see him. Glowing were the accounts he told of that far off western country, as the Headrick family sat about listening.

During the conversation, Mr. Headrick turned to his family and said, "Now you folks choose between Texas and Oregon," and almost with one voice they shouted "Oregon". That settled the matter. They sold their farm, traded their horses and other stock for cattle and oxen and on May 1, 1847, were en route for the Promised Land.

Their train was known as Mulkey's and John Turpin was the captain. They arrived at Foster's, on the slope of the Cascade mountains, on October 18 of the same year. Besides his wagon equipment and loose stock, Mr. Headrick had $500 in cash, when he reached the Willamette Valley -- quite a nest-egg for those days.

They made settlement on North Howell Prarie, where Mr. and Mrs. Headrick continued to live until their demise in 1881 to 1883. Both Mr. and Mrs. Headrick were eighty-one years of age at the time of their passing.

Among their household goods in their covered wagon, Mrs. Headrick had tucked in many packages of medicinal herb seed, such as catnip, horehound, tansey, dandelion, etc. The writer can remember, as a child, hearing mother say all of the dandelions came from a little patch some pioneer woman planted in her garden for greens, and it is supposed that patches of the other herbs found throughout the Willamette Valley came from the seed planted by Mrs. Headrick. These she shared with her neighbors and those in need.

Mrs. Headrick was a woman of deep religious convictions and strong mentality, keen of wit and endowed with splendid health and vigor. She was noted as an excellent housekeeper, as well as quite famous for her salt-rising bread.

Mr. Headrick was a republican as to politics, a cabinet-maker by trade. He was a member of the Christian Church and a man of deep piety, tender hearted, and kind. It was said of him that the story of Christ's crucification always brought tears to his eyes and his Bible was his daily solice. He was a man much beloved and respected by his acquaintances.

The children coming to this couple were:

Jacob, unmarried.
Sidney Jane, married John Elgin and remained in Missouri.
Josephine, married to T.C. Shaw.
Mary, married to Joseph Robnett.
John Tipton, died young.
Isaac P., died young.
Benjamin, unmarried.
Samuel, married Belle Case.
William J., married Lucy Taylor.
Sarah M., married James Kays.
Martha E., married first, George Woodward; second, Jacob Baughman.
Daniel P., married Martha Reed."

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