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INDEX OF NAMES 1842

 

ABLE, Hannah:; she married Oct. 20, 1842 to Eldrige Trask (see his entry on this list for 1842).

ARQUETTE, A.: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie. Likely the Amable ARQUOIT on Himes roster and possibly the Erequette listed in 1837.

ASHE, Elizabeth ; Married (prior to 1842?) to BROWN, Gabriel

ARENDELL, C. T. ; [aka Arrendiell]

BABCOCK, ; quite possibly refers to Dr. Ira L. Babcock, who actually emigrated to Oregon in 1840 but may have been on the trail in 1842 as well.

BAILEY, ; killed on trail;

BARNABY, Joseph: named as an officer in the meeting of Feb. 1843 at Salem that launched Oregon's provisional government (this was too early for him to be an 1843 trail arrival). Other meeting minutes call him Barneley.

BARNUM,

BEAUVAIR, : on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as BEAUVAIN); listed as a member of the same household as Quantile.

BELLAMY, G. W.: George W. Bellamy [Crawford roster]

BENNETT, Jr. [Crawford's roster lists only 3 Bennetts: one with no first name, Jr., and Miss]

BENNETT, Miss W.

BENNETT, Vandeman:

BENNETT, Winston:

BILAKE, : on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie. Probably Pierre Billique listed in 1838.

BISHOP, Andrew: joined the caravan at South Fork with Stephen Meek

BOGGS, Thomas: [Bancroft roster]

BREAUN, LaRoque: White's Oregon Census of 1842 lists this with "Breaun" in position as a last name; LAROQUE is elsewhere used as a last name (Pierre LaRoque is on this same census as is a Pierre LeRoong). The census also lists BROWN.

BRIDGES, J.C died during the winter of 1843-44 of illness in California.

BOLDUC, Father J.B.: a priest who arrived from Canada in the Willamette Valley by ship in 1842

BONERFAW, Antoine: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

BOSSU, Baptiste: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

BRAINARD, Peter

BROWN, Adeline ; Married to CRAWFORD, Medorem

BROWN, Cynthia ; Married to DAVIE, Allen Jones

BROWN, Gabriel ; Married to ASHE, Elizabeth: two male adult Browns with no first names, one adult female Brown, and 4 children are listed on White's Oregon Census of 1842

BROWN, James D.; Married to ?, Sarah Jane

BROWN, Jeffrey: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City (Therefore he was in Oregon too early to be an Oregon Trail arrival of 1843); Wm. and G. Brown (arrivals of 1842) also signed this petition. Only two adult male Browns are listed in the 1842 census (with no first names).

BROWN, Mary "Polly" ; Married to FOSTER, Henry

BROWN, William ;

BRUM, William: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. This signature is the first record of this name in Oregon. ("Wm. Brown" also signed this petition)

BURNEY, Francis: White's Oregon Census of 1842; perhaps the F. BERNIA on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie. Could be Franklin Bernier who arrived in Puget Sound in 1841 (with Julien and Marcel Bernier); James Birnie arrived in 1818 and was a long-term resident with many children. Robert Newell lists a BERNIER as a French Canadian in favor of Oregon government in 1843.

BURNS, Barclay J. ;

BURNS, Hugh (1807-1870) ; [married at least twice] Married to HARRINGTON, Mary ; died in 1870 in San Francisco.

BYRD, Letitia ; Married to MCKAY, Charles; the Charles McKays came from Red River country to Puget Sound in 1841 and relocated to Oregon in 1842--a more complete entry for this family is in the list for 1841.

CAMBELL, E.J.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. This signature is the first record of this name in Oregon, although there were numerous other Cambells with different first initials.

CARTER, David Arba

CHAMBERLAIN, A.; on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

CLARK, Patrick

COATES, A. N.

COATES, James ;

COOKE, Aaron: listed as a resident prior to 1843 [by W.H. Gray; Amos Cook is listed separately; this name does not appear on rosters or on Bancroft's list]

COOMBS, Nathan:; died1877.

COPELAND, Alexander: went to California with L.W. Hastings in 1843.

CRAWFORD, Medorem (1819-1891); Married 1843 to BROWN, Adeline (died 1879);

CROCKER, Nathaniel: died Feb. 1843

CROCKER, Squire [this name does not appear on Bancroft or Crawford rosters] Narcissa Whitman calls Nathaniel Crocker "Squire" Crocker in her account of the accident.

CUNNINGHAM, John: recorded as a witness to Henry King's wedding at the home of Henry Black 12/23/1842 [records of rev. JS Griffin]

CURNIA, Joseph: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie. Himes roster (May 1844) lists a Joseph CONOYER.

DAVIE, Allen Jones (1816-1874): Married to BROWN, Cynthia ; [on Crawford's roster as Allan Davy]

DAVIS, Samuel ; Married to BROCK, Mary ; settled Yamhill Co [ a G.Davis and an S.B. Davis left for California with Hastings in 1843; G.Davis is most likely George (see entry for 1840). If S.B. is Samuel, he must have soon returned to Oregon just as Shadden and the Sumners did]

DEARNN, John [on Crawford's roster as Dearnn; as Dearum on Bancroft's list]

DEGEAR, Baptiste: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

DESPAU, Joseph Frederique: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as J.F. Des Pau). A Despau is listed by Lang and a DePuis by Bancroft for 1837 both using P.L. Edward's 1837 journal as a source (Bancroft says the DePuis of 1837 is the same Pierre DePuis of 1812)

DESPON, Champine: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie

DOBBINBESS, John:. DAUBENBISS [Bancroft]

DOCK, Francis: a name on White's Oregon Census of 1842 which appears nowhere else. Very likely the Francis Jock of White's Census of French Prairie.

DON PIERRE, David: most likely a much earlier arrival in Oregon; in 1842, he was chosen for the constitutional and law committee

DUBAR, O.: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as O. DUBARR).

DUBOIR, J.: (DUBREUIL?)on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and perhaps on White's Census of French Prairie as J. DUBOIS. The next entry was listed separately in the Oregon Census of 1842; Margarette and Andew DUBOIS were well established on a farm at Champoeg by 1840.

DUBRY, John B.: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and possibly on White's Census of French Prairie either as John B. DUBOY or J. DUBOIS; DUPRE (arrived in 1819) is another possibility.

EAKIN, Richard H. ; [aka EKIN] ; settled Marion Co

EUBARE, Joseph: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie.

 

FALLON, William O. ; [aka O'Fallen,Fallen]

FARVAIS: a name on proto-provisional government committee notes, February 1843; almost certainly Joseph Gervais.

FERCIA, L.: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie.

FITZPATRICK, Thomas ; (also see entry on the Whitman party for 1836) was hired as a guide for Dr. White

FORCE, James ; Married to TOWNER, Lucretia

FORCE, John ; Married to ?, Mary B. ; settled Marion Co

FOSTER, Henry ; Married to BROWN, Mary "Polly"

FREMONT, Lt. John C.: left Missouri after the immigrant party leading a troop of 21 on an exploring expedition.

GARNIO, Francis: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie as Francis GARNIA.

GARRISON, E.

GARRISON, Joseph M.

GAUTHIER, Peter: joined the company for the trip to OR at Ft. Laramie with Matthieux and about a half dozen others

GEIGER, William: This name does not appear on Crawford's roster or Bancroft's list (which of course omitted many names); a William Geiger arrived in OR in 1839 and left for CA in 1841; he could have come in 1842 from CA or this could be his second trip on the Oregon Trail. Or this could be a different person entirely.

GERE, G.H.: a name on White's Census of French Prairie 1842; see the next entry for Greer for possible identity.

GERTMAN, Levi ; [aka Girtman] ; Married to BROWN, ? Crawford roster

GERVOIS, David: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie as David Gervais. The Joseph Gervois on White's Oregon Census is the J. Gervia on his census of French Prairie--this individual is the Joseph Gervais who arrived in Oregon in 1812.

GIRTMAN, Daniel: White's Oregon Census of 1842; signed Oregon City petition May 1843

GIBBS, : Joseph Gibbs [Bancroft]

GIRTY, H.

GOBAR, John B.: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

GOTA, Pierre: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie. A Pierre Gouthier arrived in 1842 and a Pierre Gauchier in 1839.

GREER, George: a sailor who left ship (the Blanche under Capt. Chapman from Boston) in late 1842 or early 1843

GREGWARE, A.: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie. Probably the Etienne Gregoire on Himes roster; in 1810 an Etienne Gregoire was a partner of Charles Courtin, Missouri River trader, and an associate of Francois Rivet and Louis Gagnon; after 1841 an Etienne Gregoire married the widow (nee McMillan) of John McLoughlin Jr.

GRONGRAW, John: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie as John GREGRA; a Jean GINGRAS arrived in Oregon in 1838.

GRIFFITH, John

HASTINGS, Lansford Warren ; Married to TOLER, Charlotte Catherine 1848; died in Brazil about 1870

HASTINGS, Loren L.

HELMAN, L.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. This signature is the first record of this name in Oregon, although Joseph Holman (active in Oregon government) arrived in 1840 and a G.P. Holman arrived in 1842.

HOFSTETTER, John ; [aka Hoffstutter, Hofstuter, Hofstitter; Hofstiattar on White's Oregon Census of 1842]

HOLMAN, George Phelps

HORRIGAN, Jeremiah: White's Oregon Census of 1842; sometimes Jeremiah OREGON

HORN, Adam: drowned in the Snake River near Salmon Falls.

HUDSPEATH, J. M.

 

IODREAN, Charles: on White's Oregon Census of 1842; JANDREAU (Oregon arrival of ca1840) is a possible identity for this name

JOCK, Francis: on White's Census of French Prairie and probably the Francis DOCK of his Oregon Census. This entry is likely the Francois JACQUES (Francois Plourdes dit Jacques) who arrived in Puget Sound in 1841.

JOHNSON: listed as a "Negro" on White's Oregon Census of 1842

JONES, Hardin

KING, Henry Wakefield: of London married 12/23/1842 to Miss Maryann, a Clikitat [records of Rev. JS Griffin].

LABOMBARD, J.: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie.

LACOURSE, Pierre: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

LADDYROOT, H.: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie. Very probably the Xavier LANDAROOT who arrived before early 1841.

LANCASTER, Columbia ; turned back; returned to Oregon in 1847

LANCASTER, Daughter ; 16 months old; died 1842

LANCASTER, Mrs. The Lancasters turned back and were escorted to the Kansas crossing.

LAPRATT, P.: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

LAUSON, J.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. John Larison (arrival of 1840) is the closest name recorded prior to 1843.

LAW, Moses: White's Oregon Census of 1842; the Moyse LORE of Himes roster?

LENETER, Richard: listed as a witness to King's wedding in the home of Henry Black December 1842 [records of Rev. JS Griffin]

 

LEROE, J.: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie.

LEROI, P.: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie as Pierre LEROONG.

LEVIERE, Francis: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as Francis LEVIESE).

LEWIS, John Jr.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. The hardly legible signature is the first record of this name in Oregon. John L. Lewes arrived in Oregon in 1821 and a Charles Lewis in 1840.

LEWIS, Reuben ; Married to FRAZIER, Polly Ann (see her entry in 1843 list)

 

 

 

LONGTERRE, Andrew: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as LONGTERN); Himes roster as Andre LONGTAIN. Harriet Longtain is listed in 1840, the daughter of Andre Longtain who bought Montour's farm in 1840.

LOVEJOY, Asa Lawrence ; Married to MCGARY, Elizabeth

MALIN, David: taken in by the Whitmans in March 1842 at age approximately 3

MANARD, Pierre: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie as Pierre MENARD.

MANNING, : [Bancroft, California, vol.1, p.265FN; Bancroft does not list him in his 1842 roster but includes this name in a footnote about the later lives of 1842 emigrants]

MCDONALD,

MCKAY, Alexander ; Alexander McKay and brother John, sons of Thomas McKay were returning home under the care of Dr. Elijah White.

MCKAY, Charles ; Married to BYRD, Letitia ; settled in Washington Co in October 1842; the Charles McKays came from Red River country to Puget Sound in 1841 and relocated to Oregon

MCKAY, John ; John McKay and his brother Alexander, sons of Thomas McKay, were returning home in the care of Dr. Elijah White

MCKAY, Maria ; Married to PLUMEY, George

MCROY, C.: most likely an earlier arrival in Oregon; in 1843, (too early to be a 1843 overland arrival) he was chosen for the committee on civil and military protection held on March 6, 1843. W.H. Gray also lists him as a resident of the Willamette Valley prior to 1843 (in Lang's Personal Reminiscences…); the author of Men of Champoeg rightly suggests "McRoy" should be "McKay" (Charles), an arrival in the Oregon country in 1841. In the Oregon Archives, Andre LeBreton wrote "McRoy" and Gustavus Hines wrote "McKay" to name the same individual (LeBreton and Hines were both secretaries at the committee meeting)

MEEK, Stephen H. L. : listed as an experienced mountain man who became one of the company's guides after he joined them at South Fork. A brother of Joe Meek (see entry for 1840)

MONROE, David: died 1891 at Forrest Grove. An Inverness Scott m'd in 1830 to Nancy Anne Daley. 2nd mrg. 1841 to Betsey Rendell (at York Factory). To OR 1842. Six children: eldest Christine m'd 1841 to Michael Wren (arr. in OR 1841); Catheine m'd 1842 Ebenezer Pomeroy; and Ellen m'd Wm. E. Cooper (died 1855) and (2nd) m'd John Flett (OR arrival of 1841.

MORRISON, John L. (1819-1899): [Crawford roster]

MOSAW, Thomas: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as Thomas MOISANG); most likely the Thomas Moisan who married Harriet Longtain ca1840.

MOSS, Sidney Walter (born 1810, in Indiana)MOSS, L.W.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. This is most likely a mis-transcription of S.W. Moss.

NEWBANKS, on W.H. Gray's list as an arrival before 1843 [list in Lang. Pg. 277] and reported in the Willamette Valley in June, 1842. [from the diary of A.T. Smith (OR arrival of 1840), an OHS MS]

OAKLY, Obadiah. O.A. Oakley was with the 1839 Peoria Party and turned back to the States at Bent's Fort--Obadiah Oakley may be the same person.

OBERSHAW, Baptiste: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie. (lists A.C. OBESHAW and B. Obeshaw).

OJET, Paul: a French Canadian who joined the 1842 travelers at Ft. Laramie. Only 3 out of this half-dozen party of former trappers were listed by name.

OOSAW, Louis: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie

OUGH, Richard: On 11/6/1842 he was married in his own home to "Miss Betsy Slahuts of Columbia Cascades" PACKET, : is listed as an assistant with a person named Cook at Waiilatpu this year. [N.Whitman, roster]

PANCOTT, Theodore; signed the March 25, 1843 petition in Oregon City.

PARR, Joseph: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as Joseph PARO).

PAUL, Dutch

PECHET (or PAQUET), J.B.: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie; a "PACKET" is listed as an assistant at Waiilatpu in 1842 (diary of Narcissa Whitman); Louis PICHETTE (dit DuPre) arrived in Oregon in 1819. PACKETT is listed as an 1841 overland arrival in Oregon.

PEGNEW, Andew: on White's 1842 Census of French Prairie and on White's Census of Oregon as PEQUAW

PERAULT, Jean Baptiste: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as John B. Perault)

PERRIA, Toosang (probably Toussaint): on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as Toosang POIRA).

PERRY, J. W. : [Crawford's roster] as J.H. Perry traveling with a family [Bancroft]; his wife, Ann Perry, died at Salem in June 1879.

PFEIFFER, Wm. A.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. This signature is the first record of this name in Oregon.

POMEROY, [Crawford's roster lists Dutch, J.W., Dwight, and a Pomeroy with no first name; i.e. this is probably Walter]

POMEROY, Dwight

POMEROY, Walter John ; Married to HAYS, Betsy ; m2. 20 Sep 1843 Jane Taylor, widow of Tierns McCarty

QUANTILE, ; on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie; listed as a member of the same household as Beauvair.

REAUSHO, Eustace: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

RECKONER, J.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City.

REMICK, Wm. C.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City.

REMMO, J. or I: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

ROBB, James R. (1816-1890); Married to PARRISH, Elizabeth Ellen until 1855. His second wife was the sister of the first, a widow named Mrs. Rebecca May.

ROBBE, P.R.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. Likely this is James R. Robb (on the 1842 trail roster)

RONDO, Charles: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

 

 

 

RUSSELL, Osborn: joined the caravan with Trask on August 22, 1842. Russell came out with the first Wyeth expedition in 1832

SAUNDERS, John: White's Oregon Census of 1842

SERVONG, P.: White's Oregon Census of 1842

 

 

SHADDEN, Thomas Jefferson ; [aka SHADDON Crawford's roster]; Married to SUMNER, Martha; nicknamed "Uncle Tommy."

SHORTESS, Robert: arrived in Oregon with the Peoria Party in 1839. He may appear on Oregon Trail rosters for 1843 because he may have personally taken his petition east to a courier and then returned to Oregon with the 1843 overlanders. MOVE TO 1843

SMITH, one Smith, first initial A., went to California with L.W. Hastings in 1843. There were at least 3 male adult Smiths on the Oregon Trail in 1842 [roster Crawford]: A.D. Smith, Andrew Smith , and Darlin Smith.

SMITH, Andrew: [ Crawford roster]

SMITH, Darlin:

SMITH, Elizabeth: d/o Andrew Smith. Married December 1845 to Francis Fletcher (his listing is in 1840).

SMITH, Gertrude:18 yrs old in 1842, one of 7 children of Andrew D. Smith.

SMITH, Jane ; one of 7 children of Andrew D. Smith. Jane Smith married October 1845 to Pleasant Armstrong (entry in 1840), his second wife.

SNECKOL, J. or I.: White's Oregon Census of 1842; this illegible entry may be NICHOL; a NICKOLS is listed as a settler leaving Oregon for California with the US Exploring Expedition in 1841; a NICKOLS came as far as Ft. Hall with the Bidwell-Bartleson party in 1841 [according to Bancroft]; a NICKOLSON, a trapper and native wife, settled in the Willamette in 1840 [according to W.H. Gray].

STORN, Adam [Crawford roster, which does not list Adam Horn]

SUMNER, Martha ; [aka SUMLER, SUMMER] ; Married to SHADDEN, Thomas Jefferson

SUMNER, Owen: [as Owen Summer on Crawford roster]; as Mr. Sumner on White's Oregon Census of 1842.

SUTTON, Wm C: the Shortess petition was given to him for delivery to the States; he signed it in Oregon City March 25, 1843.

TANNER, A.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. This name may be A. Towner who arrived in 1842 as no Tanners were listed as previous arrivals to Oregon.

TENISLAUS, Peter: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie (as Peter TENISLAW).

TETHEROW, Solomon ; Married to GRIFFITH, Henrietta ; settled Polk Co

THOMPSON, John

THOMPSON, Philip F returned to Oregon from California this year. 

TOWNER, Aaron ; Married to ? , Catharine TRASK, Elbridge m'd Hannah Able 10/20/1842

TURNHAM, Joel

 

UMPERVILLE, Pierre: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie as Pierre J. Umperville.

VAN DALLE, F. (spelling from Himes roster which lists Louis B. Van Dalle): on White's Oregon Census of 1842 as F. Vandall and on White's Census of French Prairie as F. Vandoll. Louis and "F" likely at least related.

 

VANDERCOTT, J. or I: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

VEVETTE, Francis: on White's Oregon Census of 1842 and on White's Census of French Prairie.

WELLS, Alonzo; [does not appear on the Crawford roster or Bancroft's list; neither of these were all-inclusive]

WESTON, David (1820-1876) married to SINCLAIR, Mary

WHITE, Elijah Dr. ; emigrant to Oregon in 1837 (see introduction to the 1842 list and his entry in 1837); was returning in 1842.

WILLIAMS, Benjamin: White's Oregon Census of 1842

WILLIAMS, R.: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City. Other "Williams", none with first initial "R" were recorded as earlier arrivals in Oregon.

WILSON, Albert E.

YATTEN, Joseph: signed a petition on March 25, 1843 in Oregon City.

 

[SOURCES FOR NAMES ON THIS LIST: 1842 is a particularly complicated year for composing a list. There were two (conflicting) censuses taken in late 1842, more names provided by the Oregon Archives (which has its own ambiguities), rosters from trail journals, and names listed in petitions and histories. Many of the names listed for 1842 may be earlier arrivals who were finally documented in the census. Some may be listed already in earlier years with different spellings or mistaken first names. French names, as recorded by indifferent spellers who speak English only, pose a particular problem. This list errs on the side of inclusiveness (better to repeat than omit) and attention should be paid to the source of the entry.

NAMES OF OREGON TRAIL TRAVELERS in 1842: The main source of names is the roster of Medorum Crawford which appears in Sources of Oregon History, vol. 1, in Bancroft's History of Oregon, p.256, and in Lang's Personal Reminiscences of the Pioneers, p. 249. Crawford also listed families already settled in the Yamhill district when he arrived. Bancroft added corrected spelling, notes on women and children, and first names taken from later records or from the manuscript narrative of S.W. Moss (a source Bancroft relied on for information about the Trail journey of 1843). Bancroft also consulted information from Elija White (his histories Ten Years in Oregon and A Concise View), L.W. Hastings, and Vandeman Bennett. Lang includes a list, apparently drawn from memory by W.H. Gray, naming residents of Oregon prior to the great immigration of 1843. (This list contains names definitely from the 1843 wagon train and other inaccuracies).

 EARLY OREGON GOVERNMENT ARCHIVES AS A SOURCE FOR NAMES: Meetings in 1843 preceded the arrival of the 1843 wagon train and can be used as a source of names for emigrants prior to 1843. As well as lists of officers and participants from meetings held February through July of 1843, the era also produced 2 other rosters. One is a petition created in Oregon City on March 25, 1843 (see Territorial Papers of the US Senate, 28th Cong., 1st Sess. #105 or a reprint in Duniway's edition of the Oregon Archives); this is an accurate source for residents of Oregon prior to the 1843 wagon train (that is, people who likely arrived in or before 1842). Another roster is a list of those mainly French Canadian Oregonians who voted against forming a government. This second roster is less reliable--George H. Himes presented this roster to the OHS in 1927 and probably used a petition from 1844 as a source (Jackson's Children of the Fur Trade reprints Himes's list on pg. 300). Early versions of the Oregon Archives misdated this 1844 roster as May 1843. Himes's roster has been used here only to provide a better spelling for entries in 1842 and to add new names to the list for 1843. These entries are identified as "Himes roster."

CENSUS: Soon after he returned to Oregon in the fall of 1842, sub-Indian agent Elija White took two censuses in Oregon. One census by White, called here "White's Oregon Census", lists  "the non-Indian males, excluding missionaries and the Hudson Bay Company's officers" living in the Willamette Valley. His other census, identified here as "White's Census of French Prairie", was taken in the Champoeg region of the Willamette Valley. These two censuses overlap some, but not completely, and contain much creative spelling. (White's hand-writing was transcribed by Eloise May whose manuscript was made into a typescript by Herb  Bumgartner in 1975--other versions of these censuses in other sources may vary from the one used here)]

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