Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.
view all


  • Johann Gerard Henry Miller (c.1814 - 1894)
    Henry Miller, pioneer nurseryman and florist, was born in Hanover, Germany in 1814 and emigrated to the United States while a young man. He crossed the plains to Oregon in 1853 and settled near the tow...
  • Rep. Joseph Showalter Smith, U.S. Congress (1824 - 1884)
    US Congressman. Pioneer family of 1844. School teacher and lawyer. Elected to the Territorial House of Representatives in 1856 and served as Speaker. Appointed US Attorney for the Washington Territory ...
  • Ezra Manning Meeker (1830 - 1928)
    Meeker was born in Huntsville, Butler County, Ohio to Jacob Redding and Phoebe Baker Meeker on December 29, 1830. The early years of Ezra's life were a time of frequent moves. In 1836 the family moved ...
  • Rev. Chauncey Osburn Hosford (1821 - 1911)
    Reference: FamilySearch Family Tree - SmartCopy : Dec 4 2017, 18:02:46 UTC

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.


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