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I found the following information in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Volume XV (issue #4), pub. March-Nov. 1914, pp 285-291, called "Emigration from Iowa to Oregon in 1843". This article was originally published in The Iowa Journal of History and Politics, in July 1912. The journal took their information from a newspaper called Iowa Capitol Reporter, published in Iowa City, Vol. 2, No. 14, published March 11, 1843.
The Quarterly's article is about the formation of an Oregon Emigration Society (e.g. group of folks wanting to emigrate to Oregon) in Clear Creek Precinct in Johnson Co., Iowa.
The first meeting was held March 3, 1843 at the home of Mr. Archibald Gilliland. John Conn was asked to chair the meeting and Bryan Dennis was selected to be secretary. A committee of 7 men was set to draft a constitution for the train (which can be found in the article) and these 7 men were John Conn, Bryan Dennis, A. Gilliland, G. N. Headley, G. L. Frost, David Switzer and Asa Calkin.
On 18 March 1843, Jarvis H. Frost hosted the second meeting. Trustees were elected which included A. Calkin, David Switzer, Israel L. Clark, and J. L. Frost. (Note from Patti - there is already listed a G. L. Frost, and J. H. Frost and I can't help wondering if "J. L. Frost" is meant to be one or the other of the two previously mentioned men, rather than a third man; does anyone know?).
No mention is made of any further meetings but that may not mean anything.
Israel Clark and his family were still living in Clear Creek Precinct on May 1, 1844 when an enumeration was made so they did not leave until after May 1st, a year after Israel was elected as a trustee of the proposed Oregon wagontrain.
A list of the families that joined this train is NOT listed. If anyone has such a list, I would very much like to have it posted to the list.
If anyone can confirm that the train left in 1844 that would be nice as well.
The 1885 census for Daniel Kimes (son of Peter Kimes of Kosciusko co,
IN) is online at:
We've been researching the descendants and are FAIRLY certain Adella,
listed as a dau, was actually Adella Lehman, dau of Anna Kimes LEHMAN.
Possibly Rudolph was, too, but he must have died quite young as we
haven't been able to locate any records on him as a KIMES or a LEHMAN.
Thought this website might be interesting to folks. I found this one name from Johnson County, but there might be others.
Names >From the 1850 Journal of
Compiled by Sandy Wilbur
John BAILHACHE left Alton, Illinois, 29 April 1850, on his trip West to the California gold fields. He went by boat up the Missouri River to Weston, Missouri, arriving 8 May. Setting off overland in the party of "Captain HALL," he reached Ash Hollow 11 June, Chimney Rock 14 June, Fort Laramie 17 June, Devil's Gate 26 June, South Pass 1 July, Raft River 18 July, and Tragedy Springs in the Sierra Nevada 22 August. He reached the Sacramento Valley 27 August 1850. His complete journal was published in the Napa [California] "Sunday Journal" in 1952, in weekly installments between 2 March and 20 April.
In my opinion, Bailhache's journal is "above average" for descriptiveness, and it is an enjoyable read. He gives a number of surnames for people in his party, but few Christian names. Several people he met along the way are identifed. Perhaps the most valuable part of his narrative is his documentation of recent graves along the trail. At the time of his travels, cholera was wreaking havoc on the emigrants, and people were dying daily. He apparently made a note of every recent grave he passed.
Listed below are the named members of his party, people he met, and graves he saw. Pretty much all the useful information on these people as recorded in the journal is provided below. If one of deaths is of particular interest to you, drop me a note, and I may be able to tell you the general location of the grave....
New Graves along the Way
MILLER, James - from Johnson Co., IA; died 15 June 1850
Could someone do an obit look up for me on George R. Hall He died-Dec.
17 or 19, 1915 in Sharon, Johnson Co. Iowa. He is buried at Grout Cemetery.
Any help on this look up or any other information on George R. Hall or his
family would be greatly appreciated.