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  • Hiram Aldrich Straight (1814 - 1897)
    HIRAM. A. STRAIGHT, a banner pioneer of Oregon, his advent onthe scene of this glorious common wealth dating from 1844, he being one of the few now surviving, who crossed the plains in that early day, ...
  • Thomas Lister Kay (1837 - 1900)
    INDUSTRY-- Thomas Lister Kay (1837 - 1900) -- After a lapse of fourteen years, Thomas Lister Kay re-established woolen manufacture in Salem when he built the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill in 1889 on the prese...
  • Anne Kay (1837 - 1916)
    WIFE of FOUNDER of WOOLEN MILLS PASSES AWAY Resident of Salem Since 1889 ~ Well Known Woman Leaves Many Friends Death called another of Oregon's honored pioneers when Mrs. Ann Slingsby Kay passed a...
  • Martha Ann Bishop (1857 - 1944)
  • Elwood M Burton (1817 - 1887)

Oregon Pioneers will include those who emigrated to the Oregon Territory prior to the arrival of the railroad in 1872. The Oregon Genealogical Society has issued Pioneer Certificates to persons proving to be directly descended from a person who was residing in Oregon, or the Oregon Territory, prior to 1872 when the railroad arrived in Oregon.

The Territory of Oregon was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from August 14, 1848, until February 14, 1859, when the southwestern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Oregon.

I am also including in the project, but not listing in the narrative, those who are early notable figures in Oregon history, from the second generation of a pioneer family, e.g., the grandsons of Bluford Stringer who are mentioned in Gaston's The Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1911.

There are also related Geni projects, e.g., on Mormon pioneers, Wyoming pioneers, and on pioneers of Bear Valley, Idaho (listed to the side), that cover specific regions of the former Oregon Territory or specific groups.

When you add a profile to the list below, please look them up one of two sources and give the year they emigrated, where they left from, and where they settled. The two useful sources (see below for links) are: The Oregon Territory and its Pioneers which has emigrant lists by year or the Oregon Pioneers site of the Oregon Genealogical Society which lists certificates with the name, year, and location of the pioneer.

Pioneer Familes and Date They Emigrated to Oregon Territory

In 1853, 23 White citizens of the state of Oregon demanded that Bush’s land claim be validated. By 1854, as an elected member of legislature, Michael T. Simmons, asked Congress to exclude the Bush family from the racially intolerant laws and be given land of their own. Both requests were granted and the Bush family received 640 Acres of land, which is known today as Bush Prairie.

1850, via California (originally from England)


  • Almerin Montgomery, 1852, settled in Astoria
  • Ketchum
  • McHaley
  • Inman
  • Wallace