James and Mary Jory – Emigrated 1849

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James Jory, Senior, was born in the village of St. Cleer, in Cornwall, England on August 7, 1787. His father was gamekeeper and gardener on an English estate, and James became a carpenter and mechanic. His wife, Mary Stephens Jory, was born October 28, 1792. They were married on September 28, 1814, and all of their eight children — two daughters and six sons — save their youngest child, Hugh, were born in England.

They were a working class family, which limited their prospects in England. Partly in search of opportunity and partly to escape an apprenticeship law which could take young boys away from their families and set them to work at the age of nine, the family left England for Canada in 1830, and settled about 40 miles upriver from St. Johns, New Brunswick.

The family farmed in Canada for six years but were frustrated by the poor soil. They moved to St. Johns and the men worked in the shipyards, where they heard that there was good land to be had in central Canada. The family booked passage to New York with the intention of taking the Erie Canal inland, but soon after arriving on October 31, 1836, they met a man from Missouri who convinced them that his home was in every way superior to Canada. They left New York a week later aboard a sailing vessel bound for New Orleans. From there, they took a sidewheel steamer up the Mississippi River to St. Louis.

George Washington and Isabella James Bush – Emigrants of 1844

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George Bush was born in Pennsylvania in about 1790. He was a veteran of the War of 1812, a former employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company who had been as far west as the Pacific Coast as early as the 1820s, and a wealthy farmer and rancher in western Missouri before becoming an Oregon Trail emigrant in 1844. In 1831, while living in Missouri, Bush married Isabella James (1809-1866). Isabella was the daughter of a Baptist minister of German descent.

Along with his friend, Michael Simmons, Bush headed west in a wagon train guided by Moses Harris. He hoped to put the racism he had experienced as an African-American behind him.

Gabriel Trullinger – Emigrated 1848

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Gabriel Trullinger was the eldest of ten children born to Daniel Trullinger, a German emigrant, and Elizabeth Johnson Trullinger, the niece of future president Andrew Johnson. They were married on April 27, 1823, and Gabriel was born on February 20, 1824. The youngest Trullinger child, Sarah, was born in 1843. Five years later, on April 6, 1848, the Trullinger clan set out for Oregon with three ox-drawn wagons. Their journey was happily uneventful, with no tragedies striking the children or parents. The family arrived safely in Oregon City on September 14, 1848.

Daniel Trullinger took out a land claim at Fernwood, a few miles above the future site of Union Mills. The family soon heard about the gold strike at Sutter’s Mill, and in the spring of 1849, Gabriel, John, and their father Daniel headed for the gold fields. Like many other Oregonians, the Trullingers got a head start on the California Gold Rush, arriving months ahead of the ’49ers coming from back east. Daniel was pushing 50 at that point, and he soon decided that he was too old for life in the gold fields. Gabriel and John, however, remained in California until 1850. They didn’t strike it rich, but they worked hard and didn’t squander their wealth in the boom towns. When they returned to Oregon, both Gabriel and John had made a small fortune, something like $15-20,000 apiece.

The Boone Family – Emigrated 1846

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Boones Ferry Road is one of the busiest roads in the Portland area, but not many modern residents are aware that there once actually was a ferry on Boones Ferry Road — and fewer still know that the Boone in question was a descendant of the one and only Daniel Boone.

Daniel’s grandson, Alphonso Boone led the branch of the Boone family that emigrated to Oregon. In 1846, Alphonso headed west from Westport, Missouri, with seven of his children, his sister Panthea Boone Boggs, and her husband Lilburn W. Boggs, former governor of Missouri.

The Boones with their eleven wagons joined a California-bound wagon train which they expected to stay with about as far as Fort Hall.

Augustus and Rebecca Denney Fanno – Emigrated 1846

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Augustus Fanno was born on March 26, 1804, in Cumberlain, Maine. He took up the life of a sailor at the age of twenty, but his career was cut short when he contracted Yellow Fever in an 1827 epidemic in New Orleans. Augustus remained in Louisiana after recovering. His new career as a teacher was cut short by another outbreak of Yellow Fever two years later.

After spending three years in Mississippi, Augustus moved to Cass County, Missouri, where he met his first wife, Martha Ferguson. Augustus and Martha were married on December 8, 1833. They had one child together eight years later.

In the fall of 1845, Augustus and Martha sold their farm, and the following spring they set out for Oregon together. There is no known firsthand account of their journey, but some episodes have been preserved in family legend:

Reuben Stringer Coyle and Hannah Carroll Coyle – Emigrated 1847

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Reuben Stringer Coyle was born in Bullitt County, Kentucky, in 1821. Family lore describes him as a “Man of Enterprise” with “movin’ on” in his blood. The Coyles moved to Peoria County, Illinois, when Reuben was a young man, and there he met and courted Hannah Carroll. They were married May 16, 1843, and had two children when they emigrated to the Oregon Country in 1847 — two year old Thomas Jefferson Coyle and four month old John Henry Coyle. Accompanying the family were Hannah’s brother and father and one of Reuben’s brothers.

Mary Ramsey Lemons Wood – Emigrated 1852

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Lemons1Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 20, 1787, Mary Ramsey Lemons Wood was the daughter of Richard Ramsey, a brick manufacturer who died suddenly due to heart disease, and Kate Ramsey, who died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 110. When Mary was two years old, George Washington became President of the United States, the first of 22 presidents under whom she would live. In her youth, future president Andrew Jackson once asked her for a dance.

Mary married Jacob Lemons in 1804, and after raising a family over the course of thirty years in Tennessee, the couple moved on to Alabama in 1837 and Georgia in 1838. Jacob died in 1839, and Mary westered to Missouri ten years later. Mary headed overland to Oregon in 1852 at the age of 65, along with two of her daughters, Nancy Bullock and Catherine Southworth, and their families. She completed the 2000 mile journey at her advanced age riding her favorite animal, a bay mare named Martha Washington. The party followed the Barlow Road into Oregon City and eventually settled in Washington County near Hillsboro.