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Comment by Christine Wynne on August 17, 2012 at 6:25pm

I have an original letter from my direct McKimmey relative while on the Oregon Trail. 

Comment by Jane Jones on August 17, 2012 at 4:08pm

In 1847, Philander Lee (who married Anna Green), Philester Lee, Philemon Lee, and Philinda Lee Green (who married John Harvey Green, Anna's brother) and Josephus Lee (father of the Lees) traveled the Oregon Trail. John Harvey Green died on the trail. When Anna was 92 she wrote down her adventures on the trail. That's what got me started researching at age 20. Haven't stopped since.

Comment by David Clark on January 1, 2010 at 3:25pm
Well, I can have a lot of fun here. First, my Ownbey's came in 1845 with Stephen Meek on the Terrible Trail incident. Then my Wright's and Reese's came early on as well as Rauch's, Remington's and Tyrrell's; the latter via CA. Somewhere in all of this would have been Shearer's and Utter's. I think they were all here by 1865. By about 1905 I could add Wood's and Hylton's. Maiden names of the women would have been Martin, Jasper, more Wright's and Reese's, Anderson, Doud, and Winans.
Comment by Albert Edward Belanger on October 8, 2009 at 4:47pm
Oops! The OCTA site is < > That other site is Stephanie Flora's. There a many other sites as well. Just Google "Oregon Trail"
Comment by Albert Edward Belanger on October 8, 2009 at 6:58am
Anyone interested in the Trail experience should check out the Oregon-California Trail Association (OCTA) and find just about anything there there is to know about the subject. My own book on the 1851 Trail migration is just about done. It's called "Canaries, Buffalo-Chips and Elephants" and is a compilation of excerpts from emigrants' journals and diaries as they crossed the continent on 2,000 mile long Trail..They're arranged in geographical order so as to take the reader along the journey in the words of 75 of those who made the trek in 1851. If anyone has ancestors who made the crossing in any year, also a must-see is Stephanie Flora's Oregon Trail web site: Albert Edward Belanger
Comment by Susan Lucas on October 7, 2009 at 9:39pm
I am a descendent of two lines that came over on the Oregon Trail. The Ellmakers and the Chastains. If anyone has any information, especially regarding Royal Chastain and his descendents, I would love to hear from you.
Comment by Kay Adkins on July 29, 2009 at 3:37pm
Has anyone ever done one of those Oregon Trail Wagon Train tours? I've always wanted to do one of those, but have never made the arrangements. I'd hoped to take the nieces and nephews along, but they're more interested in electeronics than history, so it would just be hubby & me and maybe my Mom. I'd like to know what my ancestors went through and am more than willing to give up creature comforts for awhile to do it.
Comment by Art Thomas on July 29, 2009 at 2:32pm

I'm looking for information on my great-great grandfather, William F. Adams, he reportedly was in a wagon train going to California sometime between 1860-1870 as the driver of a wagon.

We have located William F. Adams in the Sacramento CA City Directories for 1861 & 1868, He is in the 1870 Census living in the 2nd Ward of Sacramento and his death is reported in the Sacramento newspaper as of 1871, his burial is originally in the New Helvetia cemetery and he was later re-interred in the East Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Sacramento.

William Adams consistenly has his occupation listed as "wagon driver" and his place of employment is the Golden Eagle Hotel in Sacramento.. We're searching for any information on any wagon train he could have possibly been a part of in the years bewtween 1860 & 1870.

Thanks in advance for any clues and/or help provided.

Art Thomas
Comment by Kay Adkins on July 21, 2009 at 3:08pm
Aye, there's the rub. My mother is the master genealogist of the family and since she knows EVERYTHING...or at least has it written down somewhere..I don't actually remember the details offhand. In fact, when I just started to write some details, I realized I was muddling memories from two sides of the family. So it's time to call Mom! But I've always thought it was one of the prettiest things I'd ever seen. I'm looking forward to checking out that website!
Comment by Albert Edward Belanger on July 20, 2009 at 8:59pm
OOPS! I didn't do a good job of typing my comment just now....and the web site didn't get included: < >

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