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  • Alphonso Webster Stannard (1829 - 1914)
    Married Eliza Jane Hill and then Elizabeth Amy Hill 24 Nov 1856-10 children-parents, Elizabeth Ann Webster & Obediah STANARD. In about 1836 he moved with his parents to Van Buren County, Iowa, was ...
  • Augustus C. Kinney (1845 - 1908)
    Augustus Crouch Kinney (July 26, 1845 - March 24, 1908) was an American physician and scientist in the state of Oregon. A native of Iowa, his family moved to Oregon Country when he was an infant wher...
  • Robert Crouch Kinney (1813 - 1865)
    Robert Crouch Kinney (July 4, 1813 – March 2, 1875) was an American businessman and politician in what became the state of Oregon. A native of Illinois, he helped found Muscatine, Iowa, before crossi...
  • Abraham "Abe" T Higley (1834 - 1919)
    Abraham T. Higley was the son of Alvin L. and Margaret (unknown) Higley and the grandson of Timothy & Polly (Allen) Higley. He was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania in 1834. His father moved the ...
  • J. H. Irvine, (c.1849 - 1908)

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