Saturday, October 18, 2014

Millicans, Clarks, Freemonts, Oregon Pioneers

Below is a link to a PDF which is an account given by William S. Clark, son of Ransom Clark and Lettice Jane Millican, and grandson of Elijah Ellison and Lucinda Wilson Crisp, Spencer Clark and Betsy Slack, of his father's (Ransom Clark) settling in the Oregon Territory. 

It is taken from this link HERE.

And the PDF is HERE. 

Further information obtained from here reprinted below:

Reminiscences of Charles Webster Clark, oldest son of Ransom Clark and Lettice Jane Millican Clark, later Mrs. Almos H. Reynolds. Written about 1920.

Millican family came west in wagon train of 1843, led by the Applegate brothers and piloted by Dr. Marcus Whitman.
  • Lettice Jane Clark Reynolds, born 1830
  • Melvina Hembree, born 1832 (?, not clean in MS)
  • Mary Hill (grandmother of Dorsey Hill) born 1834
  • Louisa Dixon, born 1836
  • Margaret Millican, born 1838
  • Elizabeth Baker (3d wife of Dr. Dorsey Baker), born 1840
    • Married 1st, Robert Horton
    • Married 2nd, J.W. McCullough
    • Married 3d, Dr. Dorsey Baker
  • Andrew J. Millican (dates of these births not given, many have followed spacing of other children, 2 years apart)
    • born 1842?
Children below not on wagon train:
  • William M. Millican, born 1844?
  • James Millican, born 1846?
  • John Millican, born 1848?
  • MELVINA married James Hembree about 1847, Lafayette, Oregon
    • Children:
      • Jim, who dies young.
      • John, married Miss Berry. Their children, Dorsey Hill and Bertha Brackett
      • Six other children not named

    "I do not remember the year the J.W. McCullough worked for Father Reynolds but think it was in '63 and '64. (His wife was left here and he went to the mines.) Mr. McCullough worked for Mr. Reynolds in the mill here. Robert Horton died in '62 or '63. McCullough then married the widow, but he also died soon.
    The Millicans crossed the plains in 1843, starting from Missouri. They came into the Wallla Walla Valley by way of Weston Hill, down to the Walla Walla River. I imagine they crossed Meacham Creek into Thorne Hollow, then to Weston and down to the mission at Whitman. Left there and went to Wallula, having some great experiences going down the Columbia in flatboats. From The Dalles, they went over the mountains by way of Barlow Road. Went directly to Lafayette, taking the first wagon into Oregon. There they took up a Donation claim.
    Ransom Clark came also in 1843, but with Lt. John Fremont. John G. Campbell and my father came as partners from Vermont and joined Fremont in Missouri. (From another account: "Most of he company were French and Canadian frontiersmen. At The Dalles he, with two other Americans, left the command and joined the American immigrant train of '43, guided by Dr. Marcus Whitman. Among those in the train was the Millican family, whose oldest child was Lettice, age 13.")
    Clark and Lettice Millican were married in Lafayette in 1845. She was 15 years old. They moved to his farm, a mile from her parents. Twins were born on August 12, 1846. Charlie lived, the other died.
    Ransom joined the California gold rush and while he was gone, another child, Harry, died at the age of four.
    When father came home, the moved to Linn City, Oregon, where he ran a hotel, as a sawmill was being built there. (1853) Later, they moved to Portland. In '55 and '56, he went to the Colville Mines but did not stay long. On his way back, he stopped to look around the Walla Walla Valley, which he had first crossed in '43 with Fremont. He located a Donation claim on Yellow Hawk and Russell Creeks but cecause of Indian troubles, white people were all ordered out of the country. So he went back to Portland where he started in the hotel business again, on the corner of Front and Washington Streets, the name being the Columbia Hotel. A Mr. J.J. Jarvis was in business with him. Part of the time the family lived at the hotel and part of the time in a private home. Will was born there. At that time Charlie was in school at Oswego. He often went to Lafayette to visit his grandparents.
    Clark could not get up to his claim until the fall of 1858, after a treaty had been made with the Indians. He hired a man named John Haley to make some fences. Clark went back to Portland until March, '59, then brought Charlie up with him. They came by boat to Lower Cascades, bringing six horses. There they went over the side of mountain to the first station where a transportation line was operating between Portland and the Dalles at that place. (Confused) They portaged from Lower to Upper Cascades. Rode on the steamer Ohio, the captain's name being Smith. At the Dalles they had to wait a week for delivery of fruit trees, etc. Uncle Jack brought down two horses from here and with the horses they were bringing up (6) and these two horses, they finished the trip.
    Below Pendleton they stopped at a place run by Mr. Mason. There they ate horse meat, thinking it was elk meat. The first night out, they stayed at Fulton's. Crossed the toll bridge over Des Chutes River. The next camping place was at John Day's, then on Spring Creek, Butler Creek, Umatilla, Wild Horse Creek, then at Pambrun's place on the Walla Walla River. Here Charlie was injured in a fall from a horse. The horse stepped in a badger hole and he was thrown, his foot caught in the stirrup and he was dragged some distance. One joint in his back was knocked out of place. From then on he was called lazy becase he could not rise quickly out of place. (Twenty-five years later he was cured by an osteopath.)
    From Pambrun's they came to the claim where John Haley was then living, March 27, 1859.
    In May, Clark was called back to Portland because Jarvis was mis-managing the hotel. Charlie received a letter from his father saying he had reached home but nine days later he died of pneumonia. Mr. Jarvis got away with some $3000 of Mrs. Clark's money. Mother left the hotel and went to her parents' home in Lafayette, later came to Walla Walla since Charlie was there alone. She had been warned about danger from Indians but came with the Dent family on the boat. Also rode in the government ambulance. Captain Dent was a brother of Mrs. U.S. Grant. He was commander of Fort Walla Walla and Mother stayed there over night.
    When Charlie first received notice of his father's death he could not believe it. At the time he was riding a horse in a four-mile race conducted by Tom Hughes. John Shauns had given Charlie $2.50 to bet on a horse. Robert Horton came to Charlie and told him not to go hoome. A.H. Robie got off the boat at Umatilla and rode horseback to Walla Walla and beat the boat, while Charlie's mother came on the boat. (Evidently her brother William came up the river with her.) Uncle Bill came from the fort next morning to the tent and told Charlie of his father's death.
    Mother stayed two weeks. Father had hired Horton at The Dalles and brought him up here. Uncle Bill stayed with us after Mother went back to Portland. Mother went to Lafayette where Lizzie was born and when Lizzie was six weeks old, Mother came up here. From The Dalles she came with John Abbott in his stagecoach. She paid the freight on Abbott's coach from Portland to the Dalles. Abbott later had the goods brought up to Walla Walla on the first stagecoach in 1859. (This seems confused since she came in the stagecoach herself.)
  • MARY married Henry Hill
  • LOUISA married Jesse Dixon, 3 children
  • ELIZABETH maried first, Robert Horton, a Canadian who came to Walla Walla with Ransom Clark in March, 1859, Mr. Clark having employed him in the Dalles. Stayed on Clark Donation claim until fall of '59, went back to Oregon, met Elizabeth Millican whom he married in 1861. In spring of 1860, he rented and farmed the Ransom Clark claim between Springfield Creek (Spring branch, now Colwell Creek?) and Russell Creek. In 1861, bought a farm and married Elizabeth. Double wedding noted elsewhere. Mr. Horton died on this farm (when?). Then Elizabeth married J.W. McCullough who was working for A.H. Reynolds (her sister's new husband) as a millwright. A short time later Mr. Reynolds sent him to run a mill he and D.S. Baker had set up in Uniontown, Oregon. McCullough's health turned bad and in a short time he returned and died. About two years later, Elizabeth married D.S. Baker, whose first wife, Caroline Tibbitts of Portland had died, also his second wife. Miss Tibbitts had a sister, Mrs. Kennedy (Earl's grandmother?) who lived on Park St. (So Henrietta's grandmother and Earl's grandmother were sisters?) I am not sure of this relationship. (N.L.F.)
  • MARGARET blinded by measles in childhood. Never married.
  • ANDREW J. (Uncle Jack) left home in 1858 and came up to the Umatilla River, bringing his father's stock. Stayed a year. Had two horses that belonged to Ransom Clark, his brother-in-la, who wished them sent to the Dalles. In 1859, he brought them up to his sister, then a widow. Was always interested in mining. (Later at Thunder Mt., Idaho.)
  • WILLIAM came to Walla Walla about June 1, 1859 with his sister on their first visit, soon after the death of her husband, Ransom Clark.
  • JAMES and JOHN both married. No other facts about them.
  • Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Irish Millicans, 1800's

    I found this on about the Millican name in Ireland.  I thought I would just post this here for now for future reference.

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Henri Bernardon, Birth Registration, Mesves-Sur-Loire, Burgundy, France

    This is a birth registration for Henri Bernardon from the French Genealogical Records at Mesves Sur Loire, Burgundy, France:

    The translation I have received (from someone who speaks French better than I) is as follows:

    Year 1870, the 18 September at noon, before me, mayor, officer of the Public Records Office of the commune of Mesves, canton of Pouilly le Pieire appeared Bernardore Jean age of 43, an employee at the train station of Mesves; who presented a child to us of masculine sex born at his home yesterday at 7:00 in the evening as declared by him and from Catherine Paslot, his wife, and who he wanted to give the first name of Henri.

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    Ida F Walling, John M. Millican, Mary R. Hayward & George Edward Regan

    This one's been a bit confusing, hence the inclusion here, but hopefully this straightens out a a few other difficulties in the Millican family tree here in Oregon.

    John M. Millican was the son of Elijah Ellison Millican (1805 Georgia - 1887 Lafayette, Lafayette, Oregon) and Lucinda Wilson Crisp (1811, Tennessee - 1876, Lafayette, Oregon).

    The Millican donation land claim in Lafayette Oregon can be seen HERE.  It includes the cemetery they are buried in on their property as the Lafayette Cemetery near the top.

    census, 1860, Lafayette, Oregon with Elijah and Lucinda Wilson Crisp Millican with George Millican as son
    John Millican married Mary R. Hayward on 13 March 1870 in the county of Walla Walla, Washington

    from the Western States Marriage Index webpage (
    Thereafter, Mary and John were divorced:

    And Mary shows up in 1880 with her parents and two of the children, Frank H, and Maude L - note there are two Frank Millicans in Washington, they are cousins, Frank H. Millican was the son of John and Mary, Frank R. Millican was the son of James and Sarah Agee Millican.

    Census, 1880, Mary R Hayward Millican with her parents, divorced from John Millican, in Walla Walla, Washington

    Ida F. Walling (Feb 1877, Tillamook, Oregon - 11 July 1944) is the daughter of Jeptha Walling (1833-1905) and Bethair Trask (1945-1905).

    Ida married John M. Millican in Tillamook, Tillamook, Oregon, 4 Sept 1898 - below is the marriage certificate and affadavit....

    Census, John M. and Ida F. Walling Millican, Tillamook, Tillamook, Oregon
    John Millican died in 1919 and was buried in the Multnomah Park Cemetery(his death certificate is attached to the memorial).

    Ida apparently married George Edward Regan, and they resided in Portland until his death in 1942 when he was buried in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, and she was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon

    From the Saturday, 31 October 1942 Oregonian Newspaper

    From the Wednesday, 12 July 1944 Oregonian Newspaper

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    Frank R Millican & Aimee May Boddy Marriage

    Frank R. Millican, son of James K. Millican (1843, Missouri - 1888, Washington) and Sarah Agee (1847, Missouri - 1889, Washington) was married in 1906 to an Aimee May Boddy.

    In 1905 she shows up in Seattle as being a student at Seattle Seminary in the city directories.  And Frank Millican is buried in Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Yakima, Washington as a veteran of the Spanish American War.

    However, no further information has been found at the date of this writing about their relationship.

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    Andrew Jackson Millican, Lafayette, Oregon, Obituary

    The following obituary is about Andrew Jackson Millican, from the McMinnville (Oregon) New Reporter, 13 September 1907, page 1, column 5

    The Masonic Cemetery referenced can be found on this page (Link here)  on his parents' land claim - it is labeled the Lafayette Cemetery but is actually the Lafayette Masonic Cemetery #3 and can be found on Findagrave HERE

    Monday, December 9, 2013

    Millicans In Oregon, 1843

    This was copied and pasted from the following webpage:

    Andrew Jackson MILLICAN (1834-1907): s/o Elijah and Lucinda (Crisp) Millican; shown in 1850 Yamhill Co census living with parents

    Edmund MILLICAN (c1812-c1895): brother of Elijah Millican; father of 12 children

    Elijah MILLICAN (1804-c1887): m'd 1827 Lucinda Wilson CRISP. Elijah settled Linnton in 1843 but moved to Lafayette, Yamhill Co in 1844. He emigrated with 2 wagons he built himself and 5 yoke of oxen. Elijah went to CA temporarily in 1849.  The father of 12 children, he died at age 83yrs.

    Elizabeth Hannah MILLICAN (1840-1917): m1. 1861 Robert HORTON; m2. 1867 (Unknown) MCCULLOUGH; m3. Dorsey Sydney BAKER; d/o Elijah and Lucinda (Crisp) Millican

    James K. MILLICAN (1843- ): m'd Sarah (Unknown); s/o Elijah and Lucinda (Crisp) Millican

    Lettice Jane MILLICAN (1830-1911 ): m1. 1845 Ransom CLARK; m2. Amos Reynolds; d/o Elijah and Lucinda (Crisp) Millican; Lettice met Ranson Clark during the 1843 emigration and was married to him in 1845.  They settled in Yamhill Co where they took up a successful farming operation.  In 1856 Ransom Clark traveled to Walla Walla in present day Washington to secure a land claim.  Mr Clark returned to Portland. but was taken sick on the way home and lived only a couple of weeks. Sixteen years before, Lettice Millican, as a girl of thirteen years, had passed through the Walla Walla valley; now she returned, the widow of Ransom Clark. At Celilo, she boarded the steamer Col. Wright, which was loaded with supplies for Lieutenant Mullah, who was in charge of the construction of the Mullen road between Fort Benton, Montana., and Walla Walla.  Upon arrival at the claim she found the log house finished and farm work progressing, Mrs. Clark returned to Portland, settled her affairs and later, with her two youngest children, one a baby girl six weeks old, left for her donation claim on the Yellowhawk to make final proof. The town of Walla Walla was just starting. The camping place for teamsters packers and immigrants was along Mill Creek, on one side of which the cantonment was built in 1856, so the town was started there by merchants, butchers and saloon-keepers. Split logs were driven into the ground, poles were laid across the top, and canvas or clapboards laid for a roof.
       There were only five donation claims in Walla Walla county. Three of these were taken by Hudson's Bay Company men, one by the American Foreign Missionary Society which included the Whitman site. The Ransom Clark claim was the fifth and was destined to become the scene of splendid endeavor and triumph by a brave young pioneer mother. Her deeds have since been commemorated in a bronze marker embedded m the fireplace of the local Y. M. C. A., also in a marker affixed to a large block of native granite brought from the hills and placed near the northwestern corner of the claim The marker bears this inscription :  "To mark the site of the Ransom Clark Donation Claim and to honor the memory of   LETTICE J. REYNOLDS 1830-1911 A pioneer of 1843 with Whitman's Train       As widow of Ransom Clark this brave woman completed in 1859 under conditions calling.for the greatest courage the claim to this land, initiated by him in1800.   She married Almos H. Reynolds in 1861 and survived him 22 years. She was the ideal pioneer wife, mother, and generous Christian citizen. [This marker was placed by the Narcissa Prentiss Chapter, Daughters Of the American Revolution, June, 1935].

    Louisa Allen MILLICAN (1837-c1902): m'd c1858 DIXON, Jesse Downs; d/o Elijah and Lucinda (Crisp) Millican; settled in Yamhill Co where she is enumerated in the 1850 census with her parents and the1860, 1870 and 1880 census with her husband and children.  In 1900 she is living in Tillamook with her daughter, Jane, and her son-in-law S.M. Hayes.  She is shown as a widow at that time.

    Mary Adlin MILLICAN (1832 - ): twin of Melvina

    Melvina MILLICAN (1832-1916): m'd 1845 James L. HEMBREE; twin of Mary; "Before the emigration of 1843, there were so few white women in the Oregon country that most of the white men took Indian wives. White girls were so much in demand that many of the girls married at the age of 12 or 13 years.... One of my chums was married when she was 12 years old. Mother made me promise not to get married so young, so I waited till two days after my thirteenth birthday before I was married.";
    "Melvina celebrated her eleventh birthday on the Oregon Trail.  She was born September 22, 1832, in Arkansas, the daughter of Elijah Milligan and Lucinda [Crisp] Milligan.  Just two years after celebrating her birthday on the trail, Melvina was married to James N. T. Hembree, on September 29, 1845, in Yamhill County, the week after her thirteenth birthday.
          In 1914 Melvina recalled, "Two days after I turned thirteen I married.  My husband was nineteen years old.  When we exchanged vows, I was wearing a new calico dress that Mama made me, regular store-bought shoes, and even stockings.  We took a donation land claim of 640 acres and built a cabin which we moved into at once.  Within the next few days my husband made a bedstead out of fir poles, which he peeled and fastened to the wall.  He pegged them together for we had no nails.  On this bed we laid dried ferns for our mattress.  Our table was a tree split down the middle, and we had two stools.  Pegs were driven into the walls for hats, coats, and clothes. My only dishes were a big iron kettle, a small iron pot, and an iron skillet.  I had to stoop over the mud fireplace in order to cook.  I baked bread in the iron skillet, pot-roasted our meat in the iron pot, baked potatoes in the ashes, and browned wheat or oats for our coffee.  My husband was a great hand to hunt.  He usually turned out about daybreak and would be gone only an hour or two, returning with deer, grouse, rabbit, or the like.  We always had game hanging in the tree near the kitchen door.  The first baby came along.  Others followed.  I took care of the babies, cooked, washed clothes, made soap and candles, knitted and darned and seved and did all the other things that had to be done.  For entertainment we used to go to preachings at the neighboring houses or to barn-raisings or house-warmings.  The kids are grown and we have grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even a few great great.  Next year Pa and me will celebrate seven decades of being together, and that's mighty good."
          The Hembrees lived for many years in Lafayette, Oregon.  They were married seventy years when Melvina died at the age of eighty-three on March 17, 1916, in Lafayette, a longer marriage than any other pioneer of 1843.  In 1910 Melvina and James, his brother Waymon and Waymon's wife Nancy Beagle Hembee, and Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood posed for a photograph and news article as the last five survivors of the 1843 migration.  There were several others alive then, but it made a good story anyway."  [Information provided by Don Rivara; his sources include: [1] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on-line Family Search; [2]  "Newlyweds," p.8, Pioneers Vol. 11, by Rick Steber, Bonanza Publishing, Prineville, OR, 1993.]

    William Mansil MILLICAN (1836- ): s/o Elijah and Lucinda (Crisp) Millican