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  • Lloyd Brooke (1819 - 1893)
    The OregonianMay 30, 1893 pg. 10AN OLD RESIDENT GONELloyd Brooke, a Pioneer of '49 Passes Peacefully AwayLloyd Brooke, one of the oldest residents of Portland, died at the family home, corner of Sevent...
  • Charlotte Ann Cartwright (1842 - 1915)
    Charlotte Moffett Cartwright (21 December 1842– 20 July 1915), born Charlotte Ann Terwilliger, was an Oregon pioneer at age 3, in the year 1845. Her father, James Terwilliger, brought the family to Ore...
  • James Alexander Terwilliger (1809 - 1892)
    James Terwilliger (October 3, 1809 – September 1, 1892) was an Oregon pioneer and one of the first residents of Portland, Oregon. He is the namesake of Portland's Terwilliger Boulevard and Terwilliger ...
  • Sophronia Ann Terwilliger (1809 - c.1845)
    Sophronia and her husband joined a 100-wagon train under the leadership of Sam Parker, John Stewart, and Abner Hackleman. Their property included five yoke of oxen, two wagons, and thirteen cows. Most ...
  • "Col." Joe Meek (1810 - 1875)
    Joseph Lafayette "Joe" Meek (1810–1875) was a trapper, law enforcement official, and politician in the Oregon Country and later Oregon Territory of the United States. A pioneer involved in the fur tr...

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