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  • Thomas Jefferson Howell (c.1842 - 1912)
    From Wikipedia : Thomas Jefferson Howell (October 8, 1842 – December 3, 1912) was an American botanist. Howell is considered one of the top three self-taught botanists of his era for the Pacific Nort...
  • Joseph Hamilton Lambert (1825 - 1909)
    From Wikipedia : Joseph Hamilton Lambert (December 1, 1825 – November 12, 1909), was an American pioneer of Oregon and an orchardist who developed the Lambert cherry. A native of Indiana, he also ser...
  • William Cameron McKay (1834 - 1899)
    William Cameron McKay, MD, (scout) in the Snake War and Modoc War (1834-1899) Captain, U.S. Army Warm Springs Scouts, Physician and Surgeon.
  • Danford Balch (1811 - 1859)
    From Wikipedia : Danford Balch (November 29, 1811 – October 17, 1859) (alternate spelling Danforth) was a mid-19th-century settler in what later became the Willamette Heights neighborhood of Portland...
  • Mary Jane Hayden (1830 - 1918)
    From Wikipedia : Mary J. Hayden (born Mary Jane Bean; 1830 in Athens, Maine) spent her early childhood with her grandparents in the town of Cornville, Maine. In 1845, Hayden emigrated with her parent...

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