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     Information on this page was emailed to me from a descendant of Major John C. Bond's Sister, John Gaines, who their parents located in Warren County, IL, in the early 1800's.  Also, there are two photo's that were drawn of his Ancestors, Ruby & Jesse Looney who moved to Oregon and were early pioneers there. John's email is at the bottom of this page.  Just click on the email if you have any information or would like to contact him on anything about this page he holds the rights to the information gathered here in. Thanks, John, for sharing with the rest of us.  I've enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed almost enjoyed making the web page.  There maybe some information left out and it is marked will update when it comes in. Thanks for you time and your patience. Foxie

Descendants of Charles Bond

  Generation No. 1


1.  CHARLES1 BOND1 was born Abt. 17171, and died 1775 in Surry County, North Carolina1.  He married MARY PARKS1 17352, daughter of THOMAS PARKS and SARAH MILLER.  She was born 1715 in Essex County, Virginia2

        Children of CHARLES BOND and MARY PARKS are:

2.                i. CHARLES2 BOND.

3.               ii. NATHAN BOND, b. Bet. 1734 - 1740; d. 1815, Elbert County, Georgia.

4.              iii.  WILLIAM BOND, b. Abt. 1748, Albemarle County, Virginia; d. May 1775, Locust Grove Plantation.

5.              iv.  JESSE BOND, b. Abt. 1750, Albemarle County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1787, Near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

6.               v. JOHN BOND, b. Abt. 1754, Albemarle County, Virginia; d. March 1781, "Cowee" Washington County, Kentucky.


Generation No. 2


He married ELIZABETH TAYLOR33.  She died in Y.

        Children of CHARLES BOND and ELIZABETH TAYLOR are:

                 i. ZACHARIAH3 BOND3, d. Y.

                 ii. CHARLES BOND3, d. Y.

                 iii.  ANN BOND3, d. Y.


 3.  NATHAN2 BOND (CHARLES1)3 was born Bet. 1734 - 17403, and died 1815 in Elbert County, Georgia3.  He married ELIZABETH BALLINGER3 May 17, 17563.  She was born Abt. 17293, and died 18233.

        Children of NATHAN BOND and ELIZABETH BALLINGER are:

7.           i.  NATHAN3 BOND, b. Amherst County, Virginia; d. 1846, Elbert County, Georgia.

             ii.  MARY WALKER BOND3, d. Y.

8.          iii.  JOSEPH BALLINGER BOND, b. May 17, 1756; d. Y.

            iv.  RICHARD COX BOND3, b. 1760, Albemarle County, Virginia; d. January 31, 1837, Franklin County, Georgia; m. SUSANNAH MAYS, May 15, 1783, Amherst County, Virginia; b. 1763, Amherst County, Virginia; d. Y.

4.  WILLIAM2 BOND (CHARLES1)3 was born Abt. 1748 in Albemarle County, Virginia3, and died May 1775 in Locust Grove Plantation3,4.  He married ELIZABETH SAUNDERS5,6 1764 in Albemarle County, Virginia7.  She was born 1750 in Albemarle County, Virginia


The Locust Grove" Plantation" was the property of Charles Bond, father of William (Billy) Bond. A deed dated 18Nov177 4 did not go through transferring the ownership to Billy Bond because Billy died in May 1775. Instead the property was passed to Allen Woodward Bond and Robert Nicholas Bond, Billy's sons, when Billy's father Charles died in 1775. Elizabeth Saunders married John Burgess in 1778 and the family stayed in the same home. About 1795 John Burgess bought t he place from his step sons. The farm was passed from John Burgess to his son Pleasant Burgess, and to his son Pleas ant M. Burgess, and to his son William Edward Burgess, the photographer. The farm was finally sold out of the family to John Stokes in 1948.


        i. ALLEN WOODRED3 BOND9,10, b. 176410; d. May 1837, Shelby County, Tennessee10.

       ii. ROBERT NICHOLAS BOND11,12, b. 1766, Flunauna County, Virginia12; d. 1828, Barren County, Kentucky12.

       iii.  MORNING BOND13,14, b. 1768, Albemarle County, Virginia14; d. November 07, 1861, Talladega County, Alabama14; m. JOHN CARTER14, November 13, 1794, Flunauna County, Virginia14; b. September 29, 1741, James City County, Virginia14; d. November 1804, Albemarle County, Virginia14.


Burial: November 1861, Carter Family Cemetery14

 Notes for JOHN CARTER:

Albemarle County separated from Goochland in 1744. Fluvann a separated from Albemarle in 1777. Probably born 1730-1760 . All later Carter males who are known to me of his line an d who have smoked have died at about 55. If John smoked i t seems likely that he was born around 1750. This would have made him 26 in 1776 at the start of his war, and 44 when he married Mourning. He died of dropsy. A physician told me that this is an old name for edema (heart failure). I f he was born in 1741, then he would have been 35 in 1776 , 41 in 1782, 53 in 1794, and 63 in 1804.

 According to a family document he died unexpectedly while traveling away from home to sell tobacco on the road to Richmond, VA. This document says that he was born in Warren, VA . It also says that he owned a tobacco plantation, which i s highly unlikely, in view of his absence from the tax records. He might have been the John Carter, overseer, in these records from the dates (1782-1803), location (near Fluvanna Co.), and probable connection (13 slaves) with the big Edward Carter estate. Is it possible that he ran away from his family and didn't die in 1804? In the Christ Church Carter Genealogy record it says that it is believed that the John Carter son of John Carter in Robert Carter's will might have died in Tennessee. Could our John have run away to Tennessee?

Fought in revolutionary war 1776-1781.

Mother found a land grant to John Carter in the Land Bounty Warrants (Wilson) page 9 #691 John Carter 100 acres Private state line 3 years May 30,1783 Captain Samuel Howe Charles Carter 100 acres June 9, 1783 (died). I found a roster f or "Alexander Spottswood's 2D Virginia Regiment (as it was Jan to Jun 1777) which lists John , Obadiah, Landon, an d William Carter in the 8th Company on 1Jun1777 commanded b y Cpt. Samuel Hawes and Lts. Thomas Jones & James Upshur (see Saffell, "Records of Revolutionary War," Genealogy Pub . Co., Baltimore, 1969). I later found a bounty land warrant application from the dependents of a John, Charles, and William Carter who claimed that these men were all from Caro ine County and that this John died 13Aug1832 in that count y and couldn't be ours.

I found a pension application from a Judith Carter (signed with an X) for her husband Charles and a supporting bounty land certificate by Cpt. Tarlton Payne dated 16Feb1795 which states that this Charles Carter enlisted with Payne in the 1st Virginia regiment sometime in 1776 and died in line of duty on 1Feb1777. I don't know if this could be John' s brother. The battle of Cowpens was on 17Jan1781 so this doesn't fit with the statement in the Dear Nell letter that Charles, brother of John, died at Cowpens.

I found a certificate for a land application from Lt. Col . Els. Edmonds certifying that a John and a William Carte r served faithfully in Col. Marshall's regiment of artillery for three years signed 12Sep1780.

Mourning Bond and Charles Carter made an application for a widow's pension for John Carter's military service. She gives her age to be 87. She said that John was a private of cavalry for more than 2 years in the Virginia Continental line, but that she didn't know the officer or unit that he served with. She said that she was married to John in Fluvanna County on 13Nov1794 by George Anderson. She said that her husband died between 1803 and 1806, she kept no record of when. She said that she never remarried. Charles also gave testimony to the justice of the peace saying that he was aged 54 and that he is too young to have personal knowledge of his Father's service but that he can testify that he heard it from his mother, grandmother and grandfather all of his life. He said that he left Virginia about 42 years before the application (1815). He gives a certification from the auditor of public accounts of the state of Virginia that was evidently submitted with the pension application for pr

 The pension officials needed proof that this land was award ed to the same John Carter that fathered Charles. They the n had at least three applications involving John Carters for service in the revolutionary war. The pension application was denied because Charles couldn't prove that this John was his father. In one letter Charles states that it is hard to prove that his father served because so much time had passed and because he was 1100 miles away from anyone that might have known of his father's service. He wrote a good intelligent letter in a readable hand.

 Married 13Nov1794 in Fluvanna County VA by a Baptist Minister to Mourning Bond. The marriage bond was issued on 6Nov17 94 and co-signed by Michael Attkinson, and witnessed by the County Clerk John Timberlake.

 Fluvanna County was formed from Albemarle County in 1777. A t that time it had the cheapest land of all the counties around. The county was totally rural until the township of Barnard was started there in 1785. It adjoins Albemarle County to the south east very near to Carter's Mountain. Mourning Bond lived in this county at the farm of her step father John Burgess on the Hardware River (at the point where V A Rt. 6 crosses it at "Temperance" Bridge). This river flow s into Albemarle County just south of Carter's Mountain an d is crossed by Carter's bridge. Carter's mill uses this river for power. Albemarle county was also mostly rural. Most of the inhabitants were small farmers growing vegetable crops. A few larger planters, like Edward Carter, attempted to grow Tobacco during the late 1700's but failed to make it work due to inappropriate soil.

 Search of the Albemarle property tax records show at least six John Carters living in the county between 1782 and 1810. They are:

#1-Lived in Albemarle County (Parish unknown) and paid property taxes from 1783 until 1785 for 3 or 4 horses, a cow , & and a white male.

#2-Lived in Fredricksville Parish and paid property taxes from 1787 until 1800 on an occasional horse or cow and one white male. Might be the same at #1.

#3-Lived in St. Anne Parish and paid property tax in 1783 o n 6 slaves and in 1784 on 13 slaves and 4 white males and w as noted to be an overseer in the tax records. This could have been part of the Edward Carter empire.

#4-Lived in St. Anne's Parish and paid property taxes in 1798 on a cow and in 1800 on a white male.

#5-Lived in St. Anne's Parish in 1800 and in 1801 and paid taxes only on a co-worker, said to be son of Henry Carter .

#6-Lived in St. Anne's Parish from 1800 to 1806 and paid taxes there, said to be brother of Thomas Carter.

 There were also several other Carters recorded. Some of the more interesting were:

#1-William Carter in Fredricksville Parish from 1783 until 1797 paying taxes on a few horses, many cows, and even so me slaves toward the end. Pension records indicate that this Carter was b. 10/17/1758, d. 10/9/33, m. Martha 1/1783 and had five children all in Albemarle county.

#3-Henry Carter lived in Fredricksville Parish from 1783 until 1797 paying taxes on mostly cows. Pension records show that this Carter was : dd. 2/23/43, MD. Sarah White 12/13 /85, and had 7 children (one John and one Elizabeth). during the period 1788 and 1804.

#4-Charles Carter living in St. Anne's Parish from 1790 until 1794 paying taxes on one cow.

Fredricksville Parish covered the Northern half of the County and St. Anne's Parish covered the Southern half of the county.

I had considered the possibility that John Carter receive d land in Albemarle County in about 1782, as a land bounty , after the Revolution, settled in for 12 years, and then married Mourning Bond, moving her to Albemarle County. Charles Carter said (in the Dear Cousin Nell letter) that his Father died in Albemarle County, and the DAR Fluvanna County cemetery book failed to list him. This supports, but doesn't prove that Mourning & John settled in Albemarle County . I might be able to find out from the county tax or will records, or from the DAR's cemetery books for Albemarle County. Librarians at the Virginia State Library told me that no bounty land within Virginia was awarded for Revolutionary War service. The land awarded was all in Tennessee and Kentucky. Thus John did not receive land in Albemarle County for war service. I have checked the Albemarle County land tax records for 1782-97 and no John Carter appears to have owned land then in the county. He must have either rented land o

 Died in late Nov or early Dec 1804 of Dropsy. My Aunt Elizabeth had heard from someone (possibly my Aunt Inez Carter Mabry) that John had died on "a business trip" away from home.

There is also a record of a John Carter, Mary, and son John , Baptized in Bruton Parish in 1743 in the Record 1740-179 0 Bruton Parish Church. There is a record of Mary Carter marrying John Eyre in Albemarle County on 25Oct1785 witnessed by John Atkinson.

In the Albemarle County Deed Book there is an entry:

Robert Fields to John Carter 100 acres, book 6, p. 274 in 1 3Oct1773 in St. Anne's Parish on Meechum's River. John Carter to (his son) Henry Carter 100 acres, book 7, p. 355 on 4 Sep1779, same land as above.

that should be checked (compare signatures with marriage bond). I looked this up and this John Carter was the father of Henry, was much older than our John, and had a different signature.

E. P. Sneed, Fluvanna County Sketchbook 1777-1963 (1963), see Fairfax Library VA room. Mrs. R. C. Omohundro, Tombstone Inscriptions of Fluvanna (Point of Fork Chapter of Fluvanna, DAR).

According to the 1790 census there was a John Carter living in the city of Williamsburg in 1790 with himself, four white people, and four blacks; a second John Carter with himself, five white people and five blacks; a William Carter with himself, five white people and 8 blacks; James Carter with himself, another while person and 6 blacks; a John H. Carter with himself, 9 white persons and five blacks; and numerous free blacks named Carter.

There was a William Carter in Fluvanna's 1790 census with s ix white people; John Burgess with himself, 8 whites an d 1 black; William Burgess with himself, 7 whites and 1 black; and Julias Sanders with himself, two whites and one black; William Henley with himself 11 whites and 9 blacks; Elizabeth Chandler with herself 7 whites and one black; Julia s Sanders Senior with himself 5 whites and 2 blacks; and George Sanders with himself 6 white people and one black.

In the 1790 census in Albemarle County there was William Carter (4whites), Bernard Carter (8whites), Patty Carter(8whites), John Carter(2whites, one building), William Carter(4whites), Richard Carter(5whites), Elizabeth Carter(1white) , and Edward Carter esq(14whites, 34buildings).

32. 40-18908:Seaver, Jesse Montgomery. Carter family record s, . Philadelphia, American historical-genealogical society , [1929]. 54 p, front. (incl. 3 port) coat of arms, 29 cm . LC CALL NUMBER: CS71.C323 1929

I have met a genuine Albemarle Carter who grew up at his father's home "Redlands". His father recently died. He is a nopthomoligist in Winchester but lives at:

John B. (Jack) Carter, MD P. O. Box 323 Millwood, VA 2264 6 (540)837-1432

and he has referred me to his uncle, who does Carter genealogy, and lives at:

Burr Noland Carter, MD 11 Huntly Road Richmond, VA (804)AT8 -5617

I wrote to him and he answered that he doesn't believe that I am related to his ancesters.

             iv. MARY BOND15,16, b. 177016; d. Vicksburg, Mississippi16; m. CALEB HENLEY1717; d. Y.

5.  JESSE2 BOND (CHARLES1)17 was born Abt. 1750 in Albemarle County, Virginia17, and died Abt. 1787 in Near Chattanooga, Tennessee17.  He married MILDRED CRAIN17,18 1776 in Jonesboro, Washington County, Kentucky, daughter of AMBROSE CRAIN

Notes for JESSE BOND:

Jesse Bond was killed by Indians in Washington County, Kentucky in 1781.

In the summer of 1772 Jesse Bond, Jesse Walton, Edward Rice , William Hightower, and Benjamine Cleveland set out on a trip of hunting and exploring the land of Kentucky.  They we re attacked by Indians and lost their guns, horses and everything they had.  The story is in a book titled "Kings Mountain and It's Heroes" by Lyman C. Draper, LLD.  The "Biological History of Warren County, Illinois" states Jesse Bond and family moved to Kentucky where he was killed by Indians.

1778-Washington County, Kentucky tax poles estate of Jess e Bond is 100 pounds.

His best friend is Jesse Walton.

More About JESSE BOND:

Cause of Death: Killed By Indians near Nick-O-Jack Cave21

Fact 1: 1771, Surrey County, North Carolina21

Fact 2: 1772, Surrey County, North Carolina21

Fact 3: 1778, Pole Tax, See Notes

Military: July 24, 1781, Surrey County, North Carolina21


Religion: February 1804, Clinton County, Kentucky; Religion: Clear Fork Baptist Church21

Children of JESSE BOND and MILDRED CRAIN are:

                 i.  NATHAN3 BOND21.

                 ii.  LUCY BOND21, m. LEWIS CARGILE21; d. Y.

9.               iii.  WILLIAM THOMAS BOND, b. September 25, 1766, Charlotte County, Virginia; d. 1845, Grundy County, Tennessee.

10.             iv.   JESSE WALTON BOND, b. October 30, 1774, North Carolina; d. February 26, 1840, Greenbush Township, Warren County. Illinois.

                v.   JOHN BOND, b. June 05, 1775; d. February 28, 1875.

6.  JOHN2 BOND (CHARLES1) was born Abt. 1754 in Albemarle County, Virginia, and died March 1781 in "Cowee" Washington County, Kentucky.  He married MILDRED CRANE Abt. 1768.  She died in Y.

Notes for JOHN BOND:

Court of Please, Quarter session, Vol. 1, Washington County , North Carolina

 page 111, May 24, 1779 appointed constable

 page 76, May 26, 1779 Court ordered to take care of mother , Mary Bond

March 1781 killed by Indians on Nolochucky, at Cower, near the headwaters of the Little Tennessee (KY)

May 1781 Mildred Bond allowed to administer the estate of John Bond, leave, here with Jesse Walton and Capt. Samuel William in the sum of 40,000lbs for her faithful performance of the said administration.

May 27, 1782: Grand Jury ordered George Bond, orphan son o f John Bond, boy 13 years bound unto John Clark, blacksmith until attain 21 years.

Tennessee Genealogical Records F.435.W46 1980 pg 9, No. 580 0 (Library of Congress) heirs of John BOND, private, in N C Continental Line; 640 acres of land issued 16 Dec 1797; marked " invalid" May 1796.  Bond assigned warrant to William Hardin: Charles Burke Witness

More About JOHN BOND:

Fact 1: May 24, 1779, Appointed Constable...See Notes

Fact 2: May 26, 1779, Court Order...See Notes

Fact 3: March 1781, Killed By Indians On Nolochucky, At Cower, Near The Headwaters Of The Little Tennessee (KY)


May 1781 Allowed To Administer The Estate Of John Bond, Lea ve, Here Of With Jesse Walton And Capt. Samuel William In T he Sum Of 40, 000 Lbs For Her Faithful Performance Of The S aid Adm.          

Children of JOHN BOND and MILDRED CRANE are:

        i. GEORGE3 BOND, b. Abt. 1769; d. Y.

Notes for GEORGE BOND:

27 May 1782 Grand Jury Ordered George Bond, Orphan, Son O f John Bond, Boy 13 Years Bound Unto John Clark, Blacksmith Until Attain 21 Yrs.

        \\\ ii.  JOHN BOND, b. Abt. 1770; d. Y.


Generation No. 3


7.  NATHAN3 BOND (NATHAN2, CHARLES1)21 was born  in Amherst County, Virginia22, and died 1846 in Elbert County, Georgia23.  He married EDITH CASH24 October 21, 1784 in Amherst County, Virginia25, daughter of

        Child of NATHAN BOND and EDITH CASH is:

                  i. NELSON4 BOND27, b. 1788, Amherst County, Virginia27; d. Y.

8.  JOSEPH BALLINGER3 BOND (NATHAN2, CHARLES1)28 was born May 17, 175628, and died in Y.  He married JENEY OR JANE UNKNOWN2828.  She was born October 15, 175428, and died May 28, 1837         

Children of JOSEPH BOND and JENEY UNKNOWN are:

11.  i. EASON4 BOND, b. 1780; d. Y.

    ii.  CHARITY BOND, b. March 06, 1792; d. Y; m. BENJAMIN LOWERY, May 02, 1815, Franklin County, Georgia; d. Y.


9.  WILLIAM THOMAS3 BOND (JESSE2, CHARLES1)28 was born September 25, 1766 in Charlotte County, Virginia28, and died 1845 in Grundy County, Tennessee28.  He married MARTHA TOLBERT WALKER28 December 18, 1795 in Green County, Kentucky


William Thomas served in the Revolution and in his application for a military pension he served in the North Carolina Continental Line. Served as a private and pension started on Sept 27, 1833.  $30.00 annually and a a total of $90.0 0 was received.

Daughters of the American Revolution 1940 Yearbook, pg 82.  North Carolina service pension; Warren County, Tennessee.


Burial: 1845, Philadelphia Cemetery, Warren County, Tennessee

Church Affiliation: River Baptist Church In Grundy County, Tennessee

Fact 1: Received A Military Pension For Revolutionary War

       Child of WILLIAM BOND and MARTHA WALKER is:

   i. JAMES WILSON4 BOND28, b. October 27, 180328; d. December 06, 186028.

10.  JESSE WALTON3 BOND (JESSE2, CHARLES1)28 was born October 30, 1774 in North Carolina28, and died February 26, 1840 in Greenbush Township, Warren County. Illinois29.  He married SUSANNAH CRAIN30 1798 in Overton County, Tennessee30


Burial: February 1840, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois31

Fact 1: 181932

Fact 2: April 183032

Fact 3: 183332

Fact 4: December 24, 183432

Fact 5: 183532

Jury Duty: March 12, 1818, Overton County, Tennessee32

Property 1: January 03, 1799, Third Creek (Knoxville, Tennessee)32

Property 2: March 25, 1800, Third Creek (Knoxville, Tennessee)32

Property 3: March 20, 1806, Jackson County, Tennessee32

Property 4: March 20, 1806, Lick Creek, Jackson County, Tennessee32


Burial: January 1859, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois        

Children of JESSE BOND and SUSANNAH CRAIN are:

12.               i. JOHN CRANE4 BOND, b. December 25, 1799, Knox County, Tennessee; d. May 20, 1882, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois.

13.              ii. BENJAMIN BOND, b. February 03, 1802, Knox County, Tennessee; d. September 14, 1843, Greenbush Township, Warren County. Illinois.

14.              iii.  JOEL CUSIAH BOND, b. Abt. 1805, Knox County, Tennessee; d. Warren County, Illinois.

15.              iv.  RUBY CRAWFORD BOND, b. March 18, 1808, Covington, Kentucky; d. May 07, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon.

16.              v.   WILLIAM BARNET BOND, b. May 03, 1810, Overton County, Tennessee; d. February 14, 1885, Arcadia, Crawford County, Kansas.

17.             vi.    JESSE WALTER BOND, b. June 24, 1814, Knox County, Tennessee; d. November 22, 1847, Greenbush Township, Warren County. Illinois.

18.            vii.    NATHAN WALKER BOND, b. August 08, 1816, Knox County, Tennessee; d. March 13, 1889, Albany, Linn County, Oregon.


Generation No. 4

11.  EASON4 BOND (JOSEPH BALLINGER3, NATHAN2, CHARLES1)32 was born 178032, and died in Y.  He married MARY ROUSEY3232.  She was born 178532, and d

         Child of EASON BOND and MARY ROUSEY is:

                 i. WILLIS DOCK5 BOND32, b. 181932; d. Y; m. HANNAH MARY PHILLIPS3232; d. Y.


12.  JOHN CRANE4 BOND (JESSE WALTON3, JESSE2, CHARLES1)32 was born December 25, 1799 in Knox County, Tennessee32, and died May 20, 1882 in Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32.  He married (1) MARY G


Written By: Sarah Bond Hanley

One of the earliest pioneers and one who did as much for the up building of Warren County as any other one person was Major John Crain Bond, who left Alabama on account of his an ti-slavery views, coming to Illinois in 1826, and died when I was a young girl.  His physical perfection, enhanced by the courtly manner of the old school, the nobility of his character, the command of his intellect and the fact that without any of the members of his own family, showed him the greatest deference, as though he was set apart from all others, excited my intense admiration and made an impression upon me which can never be effaced.

John Crain Bond was born on Christmas Day, 1799, near Knoxville, Tennessee.  His parents were Jesse Walton Bond a North Carolinian by birth, and Susannah Crain, of Georgia.  They were first cousins and were married on Overton County, Tennessee, in 1798, and to them were born seven children.  Besides the subject of this sketch: Benjamin, Joel, Ruby, William Barnet, Jesse Walter, and Nathan.  Ruby married Jesse Looney and in 1843 moved to Jefferson County, Oregon where they reared a large family and were prominent as people of public spirit and intellect, who did much toward the up building of the Oregon territory, and many of their descendants live there today.  It might be of interest to state here that the poet, Joaquin Miller, lived in their family as a youth and that they assisted him in obtaining an education.

The paternal grandparents of John Crain Bond were Jesse Bond of North Carolina, and Mildred Crain of Georgia.  About 1 800, they removed from Georgia to Tennessee but while enroute Jesse Bond was killed at Salt Peter Cave (Nick A. Jack ) in southeastern Tennessee.  They had three children, Jesse Walton, Lucy and Nathan.  Lucy married a man named Cargile.  Mrs. Bond afterwards married James Brock and they made their home in Clinton County, Kentucky, where they reared a family.

The maternal grandparents of Major John Crain Bond were John Crain (spelled "Crane" on military and pension records #S 3218.) a soldier of the Revolution, and Mildred Walton, a member of the famous Georgia family of that name, of which George Walton, governor, jurist and statesman, a signer of t he Declaration of Independence was the most distinguished.

In 1818 John Crain Bond married Mary (Polly) Grimsley of Knox County, Tennessee, a daughter of William Gimsley, a Baptist minister, and Anna Stickler, and shortly after moved to Jackson County, Alabama, where his parents also located .  They had three children born there, Susannah, William Grimsley, and Jesse Walton.  Another daughter Ruby Looney was born in Morgan County, Illinois where he removed in 1826 .  His wife died there and in 1828 he married Miss Mary Singleton, by whom he had two children, Evelyn and Fielding .  He only lived six years in Morgan County, but while there made the acquaintance of Stephen A. Douglas, and being o f the same political faith and kindred tastes a friendship was formed that was strong and enduring.  During the winter months he worked in the lead mines at Galena and in 1829 passed through Warren County on what was known as " the old Galena Trail" and camped on the edge of the timber two miles west of what later became him home.  As he surveyed the broad o

While in Galena, he did surveying and many of the early lots there were surveyed by him.  He was there during the Black Hawk War, serving as first sergeant in Captain Maugh's Company, and was one of the faithful band in the Block House.

His brother, William Barnet Bond, served in the same company.  His brother-in-laws, William and Fielding Grimsley, were in the Black Hawk War from Morgan County.  His title as Major was received under the old Militia Law of Illinois, being major of the Regiment of which John Butler was Colonel.

In 1832, he settled permanently in Greenbush Township, Warren County, living in a double log cabin with his parents north of his present home. This cabin burned about 1853.  I n 1856, he built the frame house that is standing today an d on his death he left to his grandson, John Crain Bond, Jr ., who had lived with him since infancy, and who now occupies it.  On Christmas Day, 1922, this grandson and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in the same house where they were married fifty years before.

In 1842, Major Bond's wife died, and two years later he married Mrs. Nancy Green Terry, daughter of Andrew Stice and Nancy Wilson, and to them were born two children, Cordelia , who married Henry Staat of Warren County and Canzada, who married Mathew Campbell of Oklahoma and is the only child of Major Bond now living.

On March 4, 1830, Major Bond's father, Jesse Walton Bond, with his wife and sons, left Alabama, on a boat for Galena , Illinois.  I have in my possession a diary he kept during this journey.  He writes: "Saturday, the 20th we cut loose and went very well till we met a steam boat, "The Fairy" .  Not being acquainted we thought it was coming right on us and we put for the willows and hung to them with power it passed us.  It came close by and asked where we were bound.  About two o'clock we passed Perryville and saw another steamboat coming, "The Victory", but we were not afraid any more.  Sunday morning the 21st about Duck River, we over took John House and his family in a little boat on his way to the Illinois.  Later on he writes of visiting relative s in these words: "Friday, the 2nd of April.  Landed at Smith's Landing (now Chester, Illinois), and got off the boat three miles from the mouth of the Little Mary's River, an d about three miles from John Crain's.  We stored our plunder in M__________________

The Crain's that they visited at Smith's Landing were his wife's brothers and must of been in Illinois at a very earl y day for Joel and Squire served in the Indian Wars of 181 2 and 1814.

Jesse W. Bond shortly after moved to Morgan County.  While there he writes in his journal thus briefly of the winter of the deep snow. "December 15, 1830, cold weather began here, and on the 19th began and continued snowing till there fell between 3 and 4 feet, and on top of all that it ha s begun to snow again to day,  January  15, 1831."  In 1832 , he came to Warren County and entered his claim on Section Eighteen, Greenbush Township.

At the first public land sale of the Military Tract at Quincy, Illinois, he and James Tucker, Peter Butler, Daniel R . Perkins, Louis Vertrees and John Riggs, all met there t o complete the purchase of their home.  Having accomplished this, the future looked bright before them, and though the journey to Warren County was long, and they had only 5 horses between them, they were not a whit dismayed, but wit h a neighborly spirit, typical of the pioneer, arranged t o "ride and tie", and thus reached their homes.

Jesse W. Bond died on February 26, 1840, at the age of sixty-five.  His wife died January 7, 1859, at the age of eight y-five.  They were buried in the Bond Cemetery, which was part of their land.

Major John C. Bond was elected one of the Commissioners o f Warren County in 1839.  In 1853 he, with Samuel Hallam and Robert Gilmore, were appointed to divided the county into townships in accordance with the vote taken to adopt township organization.  This they did, and the fifteen township s exist today as they divided them.  After township organization, he was the first supervisor elected from Greenbush and served for fourteen years.  Among those on the board were these pioneers and valuable citizens, E. C. Lewis, Robert Gilmore, Hiram Norcross, Porter Phelps and John Riggs.  Major John C. Bond was the first Justice of the Peace in the south end of Warren County, being elected in 1835, and married the first couple in Greenbush Township, Moses T. Han d and Elizabeth Crawford on December 23, 1835.  The second marriage in the Township was that of his daughter, Susannah Bond to Walter Johnson, which occurred on November 25, 1 836.  His first court was held in the smokehouse and the occasi_______________________

In 1844, he was a candidate for the legislature, and was defeated by three votes.

His oldest son William G. Bond, served with distinction during the Civil War, in August 26, 1862, he became Captain o f Company H, 83rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  In February, 1863, he was promoted to Major of the same regiment and was in full command thereof until he was mustered out of the service at Nashville, Tennessee, June 23, 1865 .  He was twice wounded at Ft. Donelson.  After the war, he returned to Warren County and served one turn as Deputy Sheriff and then was elected Sheriff three terms in succession.  Major William G. bond, died in Monmouth in 1892.

the second son of Major John C. Bond was my father Jesse Walton Bond, who was born in Alabama September 7, 1925.  In 1850 he crossed the plains to California in search of gold , driving an ox team.  He remained two years, and then returned for his family, consisting of his wife, Sarah Terry Bond, and two little girls Edwina and Ellen, and again crossed the plains.  Edwina married Samuel L. Karns of Greenbush and after his death married Dr. William Randall.  She died in Monmouth October 17, 1919. Ellen became the wife of B . F. Reed, and they are now living in Missouri, where they will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary Marc h 23, 1923.  In 1854 (the Tombstone reads 1853), the wife of Jesse W. Bond died in Sacramento, California, after the birth of a son, John Crain Bond, Jr., and he returned to Illinois by the Isthmus of Panama, with his three children.

Some months later, leaving his children with their grandparents, he again drove an ox team across the plains to California for the third time, remaining until 1862 when he returned to Warren County.

On October 25, 1863, he married Anna C. Harrah, born in Belmont County, Ohio, February 25, 1935, by whom he had three children,  Sarah Helen, Jesse Walton, and Anna Josephine( now Mrs. George C. Goodman).  He lived in Warren County until his death April 25, 1905, and his wife survived him by nine years, dying May 16, 1914, and they both rest in the Bond Cemetery.  On his second trip to California, some extracts from his letter to his sister, Mrs. Susannah Johnson, may be interesting. (Susannah's husband Walter was probably in the party as well per "Early Days in Greenbush".  It states he went to California by ox team in 1852.)  Salt Lake City, July 14, 1852, Dear Sister:  We arrived here today at ten o'clock all well and hearty.  My team is in good condition. Better than they were when we were here before.  I will begin with the time we left the Missouri River and give you a sketch up to the present. We left the Missouri River the 22nd day of May and were all well excepting Jan_____*******

July 15, it is after night, and I will sit down in my vehicle and finish my letter.  Joseph Jared is playing a fiddle , and the rest of the boys are dancing.  The oxen I got of Dave Simmons are the best of the team, and take my vehicle akiting and I would not take a hundred dollars for them .  I will give there names so Dave will know, Buck, Brandy and Bright.  We had eight yoke of cattle shod today at six dollars a yoke and will finish shoeing tomorrow.  I bough t a fine cow today for $30.00 and shall buy another tomorrow.  Flour is worth $3.00 per hundred, bacon 20, coffee 30 , sugar 33, and other things in proportion.  I sold all m y flour before I came here for $10.00 per hundred and bough t bacon for $.12 1/2.

Third son of Major John C. Bond was Fielding, a young man o f the most brilliant promise.  He graduated with honors i n the first class from Lombard University, Galesburg, Illinois in 1847.  His classmates were Floyd G. Brown, James H . Chapin, Edward D. Lunn and David Scott Wike. Some time later he was admitted to the bar and went to La Grange, Texas , where he entered a law office.  When the war broke out, there was great bitterness against all Northerners and there was a strong probability that he would be forced into the Southern Army.  This he was determined should never be, but he could not collect money that was due him and was also closely watched less he slip away.  But there was a teacher there in a private school, Miss Ellen Phelps, a daughter of his father's old friend, Porter Phelps of Illinois.  His predicament was explained to her by his law partner with whom she boarded, who told her that he thought it would kill his partner if he was forced to serve in the Southern army. M__________************

In 1861, he was elected the first superintendent of school s in Warren County, but died when only 28 years old before he could assume the duties of the office.

It may be of interest here to give some extracts from a letter he wrote his father from Texas, and also a portion o f a letter written by his brother Jesse Walton Bond from California to a friend in Illinois, showing how these two son s residing in different sections of our country, both Southern by ancestry and one by birth, viewed the impending conflict for the preservation of the Union.

 La Grange, Texas December 9, 1860

John C. Bond, Esq.     

I was not much surprised to hear Illinois went for Lincoln, though I had tried to hope for a long time that it would go for Douglas, but as he got only t he vote of one state I do not regret that it was a slave holding state and the home of Jim Green.  As for Breckenridge , I am as glad he is beaten as were the Dis-unionists to who m the news seemed to good to be true when on the 8th of Nov ember they Heard that Lincoln was elected; for they had the n gained the Victory dearest to their hearts; that is the complete disruption of the Democratic party, which as long a s it remained entire must hold the union together.  The news of Lincoln's election was received here with greatest glee, and with shouts of rejoicing.  The mass of the people, i t is true, worshiped John C. Breckenridge, but the leading politicians here only cared for his defeat and that of every other candidate but Lincoln.  Though it is likely many of them in order to enjoy the spoils of office four more y________******

Ora Fino, California, June 9, 1861

I will say something on the Union and politics.  In the first place, I will inform you that I am a Union man in every sense of the word.  I hold no state has a right to secede from the Union.  I hold that it is the duty of the government to hold and retake all forts, arsenals, harbors, mints , and all government property and collect its revenue and i f she wants to furnish a few of her soldiers with muck-a-muck to keep them from starving, she should do so and must do it even if Miss Carolina doesn't like it.

Now sir, this war has been brought about by the dis-unionists of the North and South, but let me tell you one thing, South Carolina seceded without any cause whatever.  She fire d the first gun on a government fort.  She killed America n soldiers.  She dragged out six other states with her. No w sir, must the Government stand still with her head down like a whipped boy and say, "Don't South Carolina, for heavens sake, don't!"  We don't want to fight.  Please let us alone.  We will never try to feed any more of our soldiers .  We will let them starve.  Take our forts, our arsenals , our mints, blockade our harbors, take our property, trail our flag in the dust,  Yes, take it all.  Do as you please, but don't whip us.  Yes, Jefferson Davis, come ant take Washington; take the Capitol; take it all.  We weaken.  We have no power.  We can't defend it.  Take it all, but take it peacefully if you please."

Now, sir, I have not forgotten the Democratic Convention yet.  I have not forgotten how these Southern fire-eating dis-unionists broke up the Democratic Convention on purpose t o elect Lincoln, so that they would have an excuse to secede from the Union.  If the South had stood by the principals that they stood on when they elected Old Buck( James B. Buchanan), and not have tried to rule or ruin Stephen A. Douglas would of been president this day, and our country would have been a prosperous condition, but no, Old Buck, Yancy and Company must destroy the only Union party and elect Lincoln and then secede. Now I hope they will have a merry time of it.

Now sir, as long as there was a chance for a peaceful settlement of our troubles I was opposed to the exercise of military power, but when the attack was made on Ft. Sumter an d the south closed their doors to everything like a peaceful settlement, I could no longer hesitate. Politically I differ with those in power, but nothing will ever induce me to desert my country's flag.

Jesse W. Bond

You can click on photo for a very large Portrait

1886 Portrait from P & B of Warren Co, IL,
published by Chapman Brothers
contributed by Foxie

Major John C. Bond was a man of splendid physique being six foot and three inches (According to his military record h e was 6' 1 1/2" tall, black hair and grey eyes.) in height and Straight as an Indian.  His hair was very heavy, and i n his later years snow white.  In his broadcloth and silk h at and old fashioned stock he was most distinguished in appearance and I have heard many speak of him being the handsomest man they ever saw.  Of a wonderful constitution, he never knew an illness and when eighty years of age thought no thing of walking six miles to Greenbush for his mail.  He died of what we would term today appendicitis being ill only a short time.  He was survived by six children, all who m were present at his funeral, and thirty grandchildren, an d thirty-six great grandchildren, and three great, great-grandchildren.

When the news of his death reached Monmouth, Circuit Court adjourned as a mark of respect to his memory and the local paper spoke of him as follows: "Major John C. Bond died at his old home residence in Greenbush Township, Saturday morning, May 20, 1882 at 3 o'clock, at the venerable age of 83 years.

"His funeral services were held in the M. E. church in Greenbush Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Elder Van Mete r, an old school Baptist of McDonough county, and were attended by an immense concourse of old settlers in the south pa rt of the county, who have known this venerable and sterling man so long, so intimately, and so well.

"He was buried in the graveyard laid out by his father many long years ago.

"As a neighbor and a friend, he was one of the genial and companionable men we ever knew, and just as true as the need le to the pole.  His integrity was as unbending as the oak and no man more heartily despised a dishonorable action than he.  His heart and purse were ever open to the needy, t he unfortunate, and the oppressed, and no one was ever turn ed hungry from his door.  His home and its hospitalities we re often shared by early settlers who sought locations in t his county, and they never forgot the genuine friendship the received from John C. Bond, and many are the silent tears that will be shed to his memory by those who bore the trails and vicissitudes of the years long gone by in the settlement of this country.

"Having well and faithfully performed the task set before him, and more than filled out the measure of his four score years, with a firm and abiding faith in the mercies o f a true and just God, he peacefully closed his eyes and rests from his long journey of life.  This has passed away John C. Bond, as good and true a man as ever resided in the county of Warren."

Early Days in Greenbush-Biographical  Sketches

By: William L. Snapp; Copyright, 1905

Electronic Version By: Jeff Simmons, of Galesburg, IL

 John C. Bond was born in Knox County, Tennessee, December 2 5, 1799.  He was married to Miss Polly Grimsley in 1818.  T o them were born five children, namely: Susanna, who was born August 10, 1819; married Walter Johnson, November 25, 1836.  This was the second marriage in Greenbush township.  T he ceremony was preformed by Moses T. Hand, Justice of the  peace.  Walter Johnson died December 13, 1876. Susanna died at the residence of her daughter Arvie Cayton in Youngstown, Illinois, December 26, 1902.

William G., born in April, 1823; married Mrs. Elizabeth Henry, January 25, 1844.  She died December 22, 1864, at the age of 45 years.  William G. Bond enlisted in the army in the war for the union in 1862; in August of that year was mustered in as Captain of Co. H, 83rd regiment Illinois Infantry; and was promoted in 1863 to the office of Major, which office he held until he was mustered out in 1865.  In Dec ember, 1874, he was appointed deputy sheriff of Warren County, Illinois; he filled this position for two years and then was elected sheriff three times in succession, closing his service as sheriff in 1882.

His last marriage was to Mrs. Mary E. Moore (nee Taylor) .  This marriage occurred at Dayton, Ohio in 1868.  He died February 8, 1892.

Jesse Walton was born in Jackson County, Alabama, September 7, 1825; was married in Swan township, Warren County, Illinois, February 12, 1848, to Sarah E. Terry.  She was born near Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois, and was daughter of Andrew and Nancy G. (Stice) Terry.  She died in Sacramento County, California, January 28, 1854.  Jesse W. Bond's second marriage was to Mrs. Anna C. Smith, October 25 , 1863.  Her maiden name was Anna C. Harrah, she was born i n Belmont County, Ohio, February 25, 1835, and was a daughter of John N. and Helen (Wharton) Harrah, and sister of Charles A. Harrah, dealer in farm implements at Bushnell, Illinois.  In 1850, Jesse W. Bond crossed the plains to California in search of gold.  After remaining there two years, h e returned.  He afterwards made two more trips to the land of gold where he remained until 1862, when he came back to Warren County, Illinois.  He died at Monmouth, Illinois , April 25, 1905.

Ruby L., born June 30, 1827, in Morgan County, Illinois; was married three times.  Her first husband was Andrew Stice , who died in 1848; her second marriage was to Henry Burson ; her last marriage was to Andrew J. Cayton, February 15, 1 873.  She was badly bruised and injured in a wind storm that occurred in Swan township, May 22, 1873.  However, she fully recovered from this, except the bones that were broken in her arm never knit together.  She died June 26, 1901.

Anna, who died in infancy.

Major John C. Bond's first wife died about the year 1828, in Morgan County, Illinois.  His second marriage was to Miss Mary Singleton of Morgan County, in May, 1829.  To them w ere born three children-Fielding, Mary, and Evaline-all o f whom were deceased.

Fielding was a brilliant young man who graduated from Lombard University at Galesburg, Illinois, with honors, in 1857 , and was shortly afterwards was admitted to the bar.  He went to Texas and commenced the practice of law.  When the war broke out he returned to his father's house in Greenbush .  He was elected county superintendent of schools in Warren County, in 1861.  He died April 16, 1862, at the age of 28 years.

Evaline married Joseph Hartford.  She died in Neosha County , Kansas, in 1871.

Mary, wife of John C. Bond, died September 1, 1842, at the age of 32 years.  She was a woman highly esteemed by those ********


Burial: May 21, 1882, Bond Cemertery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32

Election 1: 1835, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32

Election 2: 1856, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32

Fact 1: 181932

Fact 2: 182632

Military: April 15, 183232


Burial: September 1842, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32



Volume 21  Page 98; Mrs. Nancy Green Bond; DAR Number: 20272

Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Wife of Major John Crain Bond.

Descendant of William Wilson.

Daughter of Andrew Stice and Nancy Wilson (1771-1852), his wife.

Granddaughter of William Wilson and Nancy Green, his wife.

William Wilson served in the North Carolina Line.  He was born in Scotland; died 1817, in North Carolina.

Also Nos. 17473, 19127. 

"A History Of Her Family" by Nancy Green Stice Bond dated April 30, 1904

Grandpa, William Wilson, and his brother, James came from Scotland, the latter being one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Grandpa William Wilson and his wife, Nancy Green Wilson, settled at an early day in what is now called North Carolina, Rowan County, and lived and died there. Raised his family until the Revolutionary War, then enlisted and served as Captain through the war. Their religion was known as "Old School Baptist." Nancy Wilson was born in 1770 and she could remember well when the Tories came and plundered her father's home. After they had taken all they thought they wanted, her sister Sally found that she had a white fur hat left, which was wrapped in paper and hung on a peg in the wall. She remarked, "I am going to take my hat down, for the next time they come they will take it." She had no sooner put it on her head than an officer came back and said "You have got my butcher knife." She said, "I have not seen it," and he snatched her hat off and away he went.

Grandpa was home on a furlough. He had to hide in the woods in the day time and come home at night. He had a hole in the wall that he would run his hat along, and if all was still he would come, if not he would go and hide. Their eldest son went into the Indian war and was a Wagon M aster. His name was Thomas Wilson. He was caught in a raid, and never found again. It was supposed that he was drowned in a stream, as there were no bridges then. He lived on the old home place, where his family grew up.

Andy Stice married Nancy Wilson in 1789 in North Carolina , Rowan County. In 1790, their first child, Robert Elmore Stice was born . Then my father took a notion to go to old Kentucky, to what is now called Warren County, near Bowling Green on Green River. They traveled on pack horses, there being in all about twenty-five men and women . Andrew Stice's, younger brother , came with them. Two girls whose mother was dead also came with them. one was married; the other was Ruth McCracken. After they had been in the territory a while David Stice and Ruth McCracken were married and raised a family of four children. They lived and died near Bowling Green, Kentucky. Andrew and Nancy Stice were the parents of thirteen children, Robert Elmore Stice, Dianna Stice Watt, Sally Stice Simmons, Katron Stice Turner, Esther Stice Collier, Dice Stice, infant, William Wilson Stice, Nancy Green Stice Bond, John Stice who died when about six months old, Charles Stice, Andrew Stice, David Frier Stice, James Watt Stice, who died when he was about eleven years old Grandpa and Grandma Stice came from Germany, and belonged to the nobility. They were Methodists. Grandpa Stice had one daughter , Katron Stice, who married William Collins in Kentucky at an early date. They raised seven children. The Indians broke out and killed his wife and all the children. Nancy Green Stice Terry Bond was born in 1807, on September 23rd, in Warren County, near Bowling Green, near Green River, Kentucky. She lived there until she was nine years old when her father emigrated to Illinois Territory in October 1816. In 1818, October 18th, her father died. She lived with her mother until she was 19 years old, when she was married to Andre w Terry in Sinclair County, on May 10th,1827. She had four children, two girl s and two boys. Then Andrew Terry died. In 1836 she went back to her mother, June 28th, in Madison County. Her baby died August 12, 1836. Then, October 10, she landed at her brother-in-laws, James Simmons, in Warren County IL near Greenbush. She stayed there until January 25th, 1844 when she was married to John C. Bond. She was his third wife. He had in his charge his mother and two sets of children, one child by his first wife, and two by the second, and she has three children of her own.  She bore him two children, both of whom are still living. Cordelia Staat, with whom she makes her home, near Greenbush Illinois and Cansada Campbell, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Then to add to the number of their already complicated family they took in a boy to raise. In a period of 38 years they had the care of 40 children, besides their own, eight in number.

In 1830, on Saturday before the third Sunday in May she related her experience and was received into the church and baptized the following Sunday, by what was called the United Baptists in Sinclair County , Richland Church before the split. William Kinney immersed her there. In 1838 she put her letter in Apple Creek Church, Morgan County, and in 1840 she transferred it to Greenbush in Newhope Church, on Saturday before the third Sunday in March, and there it still remains. (Aunt Nancy died when she was 98 years old.)

Written by Mrs.. Serena Bowen, April 30, 1904.


DAR Number: 2020272          

Children of JOHN BOND and MARY GRIMSLEY are:

            i.  ANNA5 BOND32, d. Y.

             ii.  SUSANNAH CRANE BOND32, b. August 10, 1819, Jackson County, Alabama32; d. December 26, 1902, Youngstown, Warren County, Illinois32; m. WALTER JOHNSON32, November 25, 1836, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32; b. May 08, 1805, Hawkins County, Tennesse32; d. December 13, 1876, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32.


Burial: December 28, 1902, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32 


Early Days in Greenbush with Biographical Sketches of the Old Settlers  By: William L. Snapp;  Copyright: 1905; Electronic Version By: Jeff Simmons, of Galesburg, Illinois

 Walter Johnson was born in 1805, in Hawkins County, Tennessee.  He was a son of James and Polly Ann Johnson.  James Johnson, the father of Walter Johnson, at one time owned and worked a plantation consisting of 1,300 acres of land in Carter Valley, Tennessee.  He died during the civil war .  Walter Johnson came to Warren County, Illinois, about the year 1831.

He was married November 25, 1836, to Susannah Bond.  She was born in Overton County, Tennessee, August 10, 1819, and w as a daughter of Major John C. and Polly (Grimsley) Bond .  She died at the residence of her daughter Arvie Cayton , in Youngstown, Illinois, December 26, 1902.  Walter and Susannah Johnson had eleven children.

Walter Johnson, the subject of this sketch, was a soldier i n the Black Hawk war, in 1832; having gone to the state o f Wisconsin, he enlisted there.  Later he returned to Green bush, Illinois.  In 1852, he went to California in company with a party driving ox-teams.  Shortly after his arrival in the golden state, he met a man to whom he became strongly attached, whose name is not now known, as  Mr. Johnson always spoke of him as “Old Dad.”  They entered into a partnership and engaged in buying groceries and provisions in Sacramento and conveying them over the mountains with pack mules or burros. The sale of these goods to the miners proved a profitable business. At one time when their stock of provisions and groceries had grown low, Old Dad took the pack animals and cash on hand and started to Sacramento to replenish stock. Johnson waited long for his return and finally started to hunt him. After going a short distance, he found where Old Dad had sold a part of the animals and afterwards he found that all the animals had been sold. Johnson had hopes of his return for several weeks; but as time went on, he gave it up. Old Dad had skipped the country. Mr. Johnson returned home in 1853. He had a great love and strong attachment for good horses. He in company with F. G. Snapp owned the noted horse Humbolt in his last days. Mr. Johnson took the world easy, had great faith in humanity, and was a man who had many friends. He died December 13, 1876.


Burial: December 1876, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32

Census: October 06, 1850, El Dorado, California; Census: 1850 United States Federal Census

 iii.  WILLIAM GRIMSLEY BOND32, b. April 1823, Jackson County, Alabama32; d. February 18, 1892, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32; m. (1) ELIZABETH DONNER HENRY32, December 22, 1844, Jo Davies County, Illinois32; b. January 07, 181932; d. December 22, 1864, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32; m. (2) More


Burial: February 21, 1892, Monmouth Cemetery, Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois32

Military Discharge: 1865, Major  

Military service: 186232

Occupation: December 1874, Warren County, Illinois; Occupation: Deputy Sheriff; then was elected Sheriff of the County.

Occupation 2: 1876, Elected Three Times As Sheriff Of Warren County, Illinois


Burial: Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32


          iv.  JESSE WALTON BOND32, b. September 07, 1825, Jackson County, Alabama32; d. April 25, 1905, Lenox Township, Warren County, Illinois32; m. (1) SARAH ELLEN TERRY32, January 12, 1848, Swan Township, Warren County, Illinois32; b. April 23, 1829, Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois32; d. January 28, 1853, Sacramento County, California32; m. (2)

Jesse Walton Bond, an energetic and successful farmer of Lenox Township, residing upon section 19, is a son of John C , and Polly (Grimsley) Bond. The Bonds came from Ireland with Lord Baltimore and settled in Maryland, in 1632, and fro m there were scattered throughout the south.  Jesse W. Bond , the grandfather of the subject of this notice, was born i n South Carolina, in 1777.  When a small boy, his father' s family removed to Kentucky, in which state his father was killed by Indians, leaving three children---Jesse W., Lucy, and Nathan.

In 1789, Jesse W. Bond, the eldest of the children, was married in Overton Co., Tennessee, to Miss Susannah Crain.  She was born in Georgia, in 1777, and of their union seven children were born---John Crain Bond, the father of the subject of this notice; Benjamin, Joel, Ruby, William B., Jess e W. and Nathan, only two of whom are living, Nathan Bond o f Albany, Oregon, and Mrs. Ruby Looney, of Salem, Oregon.

Jesse W. Bond, the grandfather, removed to Jackson Co., Alabama, in 1819.  From there he went to Morgan County, Illinois, and in 1830, came to this county( Warren County), and he re resided until his death, in 1842, the demise of his wife occurring in 1858.  The grandparents are both buried on t he old homestead, in the family burial ground, Greenbush Township, where six generations of Bonds are resting.  The homestead at his death passed into the hands of Maj. John Cra n Bond, the father of the subject of this notice, and when he died he left it to his grandson, John Crain Bond, Jr. , the eldest son of the subject of this sketch.

Jesse Walton Bond was born in Jackson County, Alabama, Sept . 7, 1825. When he was a year old, his parents moved to Morgan County, Illinois, and when he was nine years of age, h e came with his parents to this county. His education was received in the common schools, and he continued to reside with his parents until his marriage.  He lived in Greenbush Township until 1850, when he crossed the plains to California in search of gold, where he remained two years, meeting with partial success, when he returned for his family an d soon afterward went back to California. The following year, 1853, his wife died, and Jesse W. once more returned t o this county, but only remained a short time, when he went back to California, the third time crossing the plains .  He remained in the latter State until 1862, when he returned to this county and two years later removed to Iowa, an d was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1869.  During that year, he again came back to this county, and to ok char

Mr Bond of this sketch, was first married in Swan Creek township, this county, February. 12. 1848, to Sarah F. Terry , who was born in Madison county, Illinois.  She was a daughter of George and Nancy G. (Stice) Terry, and bore him three children---Edwina, Ellen S., and John C. Edwina is the wife of Dr. Randall of Greenbush Township.  Ellen S. married Benjamin F. Reed, who resides in Swan Township.  John C . is engaged in farming in Greenbush Township.  Mrs. Bond died in Sacramento County, California, Jan 28, 1854, and Mr. Bond again married in Greenbush Township, Oct. 25, 1863 , to Anna C. Harrah, daughter of John N. and Helen (Wharton ) Harrah.  Her parents came to Warren County about 1860, an d settled in Greenbush Township, where they lived until about 1878, when they moved to Sedalia, Missouri.  Mrs. Bond w as born in Belmont County, Ohio, February 25, 1835, and ha s borne her husband three children---Sara Helen, Jesse Walt on, Jr., and Anna J., who resides at home.  Mr. Bond is a m ember

The Bonds are related directly to Gov. Walton, of Georgia , who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and also to Sadrach Bond, the first Governor of Illinois. Foxie's note here: his name was spelled:


Burial: April 1905, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois32 Census: October 06, 1850, Eldorado County, California; Census: 1850 United States Federal Census32

Fact 1: 1826, Moved To Morgan County, Illinois With His Parents

Fact 2: 1834, Moved To Warren County, Illinois With His Parents

Fact 3: 1850, Crossed The Plains To California In Search Of Gold

Fact 4: 1862, Returned To Warren County, Illinois

Fact 5: 1869, Took Charge Of The Warren County Poor Farm

Fact 6: 1885, Moved Back To His Farm In Lenox Township, Warren County, Illinois

Occupation 1: Lenox Township, Warren County, Illinois

Occupation 2: Bet. 1869 - 1885, Warren County, Illinois32 



Volume 30  Page 299; Mrs. Anna C. Bond; DAR Number: 29830

Born in Belmont County, Ohio

Wife of Jesse Walton Bond.

Descendant of Robert Wharton.

Daughter of John Neal Harrah and Helen Wharton, his wife.

Granddaughter of Andrew Wharton and Anna Richey, his wife , m. 1812.

Great, granddaughter of Robert Wharton and Sarah Farley, hi s wife.

Robert Wharton enlisted as a drummer for two years in Captain Valentine Peyton's  company, Col. William Heth's Third Virginia Regiment.  He was born in Philadelphia; died in Wheeling, West Virginia.


Burial: May 1914, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois

DAR Number: 29830

           v. RUBY LOONEY BOND32, b. June 30, 1827, Morgan County, Illinois32; d. June 26, 1901, Warren County, Illinois32; m. (1) HENRY BURSON3232; m. (2) ANDREW STICE32, Abt. 184532; b. March 13, 181932; d. April 12, 1848; m. (3)

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 18; Page 178

Mrs. Ruby Looney Bond Clayton

DAR ID Number: 17472

Born in Morgan County, Illinois

Wife of Andrew Jackson Clayton.

Descendant of John Crain.

Daughter of John Crain Bond and Mary Grimsley, his wife.

Granddaughter of Jesse Walton Bond and Susannah Crain, his wife.

Gr.-granddaughter of John Crain and Mildred Walton, his wife.

John Crain served as a private in the North Carolina Line .  He was placed on the pension roll of Tennessee, 1834, a t the age of 75.

Also numbers 14830, 16711


DAR Number: 1747233


Andrew had a rather large estate when he died, and having no children surviving him, left it to churches, Monmouth Hospital, friends, and some to his niece and nephews.  He had appointed Arvie Cayton, his daughter-in-law, as administrator, as well as naming her.  He lived on the original Cayton homestead.  From the 1886 Warren Co., IL Portrait & Biographical Album: Andrew J. Cayton, whose homestead comprise 360 acres of excellent farm land on section 21, Swan Town ship, was born in Edmonson, Co., KY, 22 Sept. 1830.  His widowed mother came to Illinois when Andrew was three years old, and after residing one year in Morgan County, located in Swan Township, on section 11.  Abel Cayton, the father of our subject, was a native of Tennessee, his demise having occurred in Kentucky.  He married Miss Lively Harrington , who was born in the State of Kentucky in 1808.  They became the parents of four children, Nancy, George, Andrew J. and Maranda.  George and Nancy are deceased.

Mr. Andrew J. Cayton belongs to the pioneers of Warren County, having passed his boyhood and mature years in this county.  In 1856 he purchased 60 acres on section 21, which was built a small frame house.  All the improvements that are now upon his land, are the results of his own industry and skillful management.  He married Miss Nancy G. Lieurance , Nov. 12.  She was a native of Illinois, where she was born in 1837, and bore her husband three children, Clarence A. , born Jan. 14, 1859; Jed O., in 1861, and Lewis Grant, i n 1863.  Clarence is the only survivor.  He is in the mercantile business in Youngstown.  He married Arvie Johnson.  Mrs. Cayton died in December, 1862 and Mr. Cayton married a second wife, Miss Mary Eliza Clevenger, in 1865.  She bore him one child, Mary Eliza, who died in infancy, and in 1866, also was carried to her final resting place.

Mr. Andrew J. Cayton formed a third matrimonial alliance, Feb. 15, 1873, with Miss Ruby L. Bond, who was born June 30 , 1827, in Morgan County, Illinois.  She is a daughter of Major John C. Bond, a native of South Carolina, where he was born in December, 1799.  He died May 22, 1882.  In 1827 h e came to Illinois, and located in Morgan County, and was married to Miss Mary Grimsley, in 1817, she also being a native of the Sunny South, where she was born in 1790.  Of the their union, five children were born, Susan C., born August 18 19; William G., April 2, 1821; Ann, who died in infancy; Jesse W., born in September, 1826, and Ruby L., born June 30 , 1827.  Mrs. Bond died in Morgan County, this State in 1828.  Mr. Bond was a Democrat in political affiliations.  Religiously, he was a member of the Christian Church.

Mr. A. J. Cayton's farm of 360 acres is under the finest improvement and cultivation.  He had 15 head of thoroughbred short-horn cattle; has a fine house and barn, with other necessary outbuildings upon his land, his house being a two story, 45x50 feet in dimensions, with a good cellar under the entire building.  Owing to his own indomitable energy, perseverance and economy, Mr. Cayton has now sufficient of this world's good to enable him to spend the sunset of his life in ease and comfort.  Besides his farm, to which he devotes a considerable of his time, he owns a fine vein of coal about 36 inches thick.   Religiously, Mr. Cayton is a member of the Christian Church, and in his political opinions , he affiliates with the Democratic party.  On the 1860 census, a farm hand by the name of Jesse James is living with Andrew.  Jesse is 20, from Kentucky.  A cousin to the bank robber perhaps?        

Children of JOHN BOND and MARY SINGLETON are:

     vi. FIELDING B.5 BOND34, b. November 11, 1833, Warren County, Illinois34; d. April 16, 1862, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois34.

     vii. EVALINE BOND34, b. Abt. 1835, Warren County, Illinois34; d. 1871, Neosha County, Kansas34; m. JOSEPH HARTFORD3434; d. Y.

    viii. MARY JANE BOND34,34,34, b. June 16, 1927, Warren County, Illinois34,34; d. Bef. 190534; m. MARSHALL PALMER MICHAEL34,34; b. July 12, 192434,34.       

Children of JOHN BOND and NANCY STICE are:

   CANZADA S.5 BOND34, b. Abt. 1847, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois35; d. Y; m. MATTHEW CAMPBELL36, May 04, 1865, Warren County, Illinois36,37; b. Abt. 1836, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania38; d. Y.

   x.CORDELIA C. BOND39,40, b. June 02, 1850, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois41,42; d. June 26, 1918, Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois43; m. HENRY STAAT43,44, August 12, 1869, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa45,


Volume 20   Page 48 Mrs. Cordelia Bond Staat  DAR Number: 19128

Born in Greenbush, Illinois

Wife of Henry Staat.

Descendant of John Crain and of William Wilson.

Daughter of John Crain and Mary Grimsley(?), his wife.

Granddaughter of Jesse Walton Bond and Susannah Crain, his wife.  See No. 19127

 More About CORDELIA C. BOND: DAR Number: 1912848

 13.  BENJAMIN4 BOND (JESSE WALTON3, JESSE2, CHARLES1)49 was born February 03, 1802 in Knox County, Tennessee49, and died September 14, 1843 in Greenbush Township, Warren County. Illinois50,51.  He married A


Burial: September 1843, Bond Cemetery, Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois53      


             i. LOUISA D.5 BOND53, b. Abt. 182653; d. Y; m. HENRY C. MILLER53, October 29, 1846, Warren County, Illinois53; d. Y.

          ii. JOHN F. BOND53, b. Abt. 182753; d. Y.

         iii. LOONEY BOND53, b. Abt. 1829, Alabama53; d. Y.

 More About LOONEY BOND:

Census 1: October 06, 1850, El Dorado, California

Census 2: 1860, Linn County, Oregon

         iv. MALINDA G. BOND53, b. Abt. 183153; d. Y; m. LOUIS A. SIMMONS53, November 25, 1858, Warren County, Illinois53.

        v. SUSAN J. BOND53, b. Abt. 1833; d. September 09, 184353.

         vi. JASPER BOND53, b. Abt. 1835, Illinois53; d. Y.

        vii.  FRANCIS N. BOND53, b. Abt. 1837, Illinois53; d. Y.

       viii. MATILDA BOND53, b. Abt. 1839, Illinois53; d. Y.

       ix. LEANDER H. BOND53, b. Abt. 1841, Illinois53; d. Y; m. ELIZABETH A. JARED53, October 02, 1862, Warren County, Illinois53; b. Abt. 184453; d. Y.

 More About LEANDER H. BOND:

Census 1: June 16, 1880, Buffalo County, Nebraska54

Census 4: January 12, 1920, Midland Township, Gage County, Nebraska55

Occupation: June 16, 1880, Buffalo County, Nebraska; Occupation: Farmer56


Census 1: June 16, 1880, Buffalo County, Nebraska56

Census 4: January 12, 1920, Midland Township, Gage County, Nebraska57

14.  JOEL CUSIAH4 BOND (JESSE WALTON3, JESSE2, CHARLES1)58,59 was born Abt. 1805 in Knox County, Tennessee60, and died in Warren County, Illinois.  He married LEVISA


2 males 20-30; 1 female under 5 living here. 


Census 1: 1830, Morgan County, Illinois62

Census 2: 1840, Warren County, Illinois62


Burial: March 1896, Riverview Cementary, Kay County, Oklahoma        

Children of JOEL BOND and LEVISA HODGES are:

                i.   JOHN HENRY5 BOND63, b. 1834, Illinois63; d. 1922, Oklahoma63; m. MARY LUTETIA WRIGHT63, April 04, 1867, Hancock County, Illinois64; b. 1853, Illinois65; d. May 05, 1924, Oakwood, Oklahoma65.

Notes for According to notes left by my father, John Bond was born i n eastern Tennessee in or around Etowah and left to go to California during the Gold Rush when still a boy or youth. He found Lutetia in an orphanage when she was about 13; she was about 17 when their oldest child, Grace, was born. He settled in Oklahoma Territory during the land rush, in Kingfisher (near Eagle City). According to my grandfather he built a school and Lutetia taught in it. By then (c. 1900) the girls would have been grown and married; Cora May was married in 1893. I have no idea where the family was between the Gold Rush (1849) and the OK land rush (1899); I have written that Cora May was born in Crawford Co Kansas in  871.

LDS IGI record of son Burton Henry Bond (who was apparently a Mormon) state that he was born in Mulberry, Crawford, K S 11 Nov 1883. He gave his mother's name as Mary Luititia Wright.

 Census records:

1920 Dewey Co OK Sickle Township (Jan 2 1920), Town of Oakwood (have copy)

John H. Bond white male age 85 born IL; parents born TN. Not working; owns home free of mortgage

Mary Bond, wife, white female age 66 born IL; parents born TN.

Millie Griffith, daughter, age 34, widowed, born KS; works as operator for phone office

1910 Dewey Co, OK Sickle Township (email from Julia Hyneck 2/12/2000)

John H. Bond age 75 b IL, parents b. TN 2nd marriage

Mary Bond, wife, age 56 b. IL, both parents b. TN.

Married 43 years; 10 children, all living now.

1895 Crawford Co KS State Census (email from Julia Hyneck 2 /12/2000)

John H. Bond, 60, Leritsa 43, Lena 20, Joel 19, Viola 16, I ona 14, Burton 11, Millie 9, Ingra 6, Jesse 1, Mimie 8, J. A . 5 (I don't know who these last two are!).

 1880 Crawford Co, Lincold Twp KS

John Bond age 46, Mary W. age 27, Gracie 11, Corrie 9, Bel  6, Joel 4, Liolie 2.

 Another find: a page from an unnamed cemetery record book - It COULD be Rosebank Cemetery near Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas - again - I'll write to my cousin - :

(From Rows 8 & 9 from W on large curbed lot; tis is in E end next to road)

(dove design, worn & broken) Susan C. dau. of J. H. & L. Bond born Nov 4,1873 died march 4 1874 The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.


Burial: 1922, Oakwood Memorial Cemetery. Oakwood, Oklahoma65


Burial: May 1924, Oakwood Memorial Cemetery. Oakwood, Oklahoma

                  ii. JOEL BOND66, b. 185066; d. Y.

15.  RUBY CRAWFORD4 BOND (JESSE WALTON3, JESSE2, CHARLES1)67 was born March 18, 1808 in Covington, Kentucky68, and died May 07, 1900 in Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon68.  She married JESSE Looney. 

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Oregon Statesman, 8 May 1900, 6:1

 LOONEY, Ruby (Crawford) Bond; b. 18 Mar 1808; d.  9 May 1900; Wife of Jesse  (On marker with Jesse Looney)

"An Early Pioneer -- Grandma Ruby Looney Died Monday Morning -- Had Attained the Remarkable Age of 92 -- Leaves a Family of Ten Children -- Funeral Today -- "Grandma" Ruby Looney, one of Oregon's most remarkable women and a venerable pioneer, died at the family home near Jefferson at 2:40 o'clock, Monday morning.  She was aged 92 years 1 month and 19 days.

Mrs. Looney's death was not unexpected for the end had been daily expected for some time.  Several weeks ago she ha d contracted a cold that terminated in pneumonia from the exhausting effects of which she continued to grow weaker, until at the hour named she passed into a peaceful and eternal slumber in the presence of her entire family, numbering t en children, her life partner and helpmate having passed t o the great beyond several years ago.  Mrs. Looney's intellect remained clear and distinct to the last.

Ruby Crawford Bond was born near Covington, Kentucky on March 18, 1808.  In 1817 with her parents, she removed to Alabama, where on March 16, 1827, (in Jackson County) she became the wife of Jesse Looney, a native of Tennessee.  With her husband she subsequently removed to Wisconsin and then to Missouri, and thence with Mr. Looney and six children, she crossed the plains to Oregon in 1843, settling near Jefferson where her life has been spent.  After reaching Oregon other children blessed their wedlock and ten -- five son s and five daughters -- survive the venerable pioneer, as follows: Mrs. Susan Steiwer, of Salem; Mrs. Ellen Gaines, o f Vancouver, Washington; Miss Pauline Looney, of Jefferson ; Mrs. Frances Cornell, of Salem; and Mrs. Addie Fairbanks , of Petaluma, California; J. B. Looney, Jesse Looney, Benj . F. Looney, D. H. Looney, and State Senator N. H. Looney , all of Jefferson.

Mrs. Looney was descended from revolutionary stock, one o f her ancestors being George Walton, the first governor of Georgia, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and also of the Articles of Federation.  Herself and husband early formed a strong dislike for slavery and although the parents of both were slave holders, they resolved t o forever abandon the slave traffic and the influence that was connected with it, and removed to Oregon, where at the critical time, their influence was cast to keep Oregon a free state.

Funeral services will be held at the late home of the deceased, at 1 o'clock this afternoon conducted by Rev. P.S. Kni ght of this city.  Burial will take place in the family burying ground at Looney's Butte."

(Medical): Oregon Statesman, 8 May 1900, 6:1


Burial: May 08, 1900, Looney/ Steiwer Cemetery, Marion County, Oregon75

Cause of Death: Pneumonia75

Census 1: 1840, Polk County, Missouri76

Census 2: January 16, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory77

Census 3: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon78

Census 4: August 20, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon79

Census 5: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon80

Immigration: 1843, Oregon Trail/ First large wagon train

Property: October 06, 1844, Marion County, Oregon Territory81

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Jesse was reared to manhood on a plantation in Knoxville, Tennessee.  When a young man he went to Alabama, and for several years thereafter he traveled about the states in the middle west, spending some time in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri.  Impelled through an intense hatred of the condition of slavery to seek a home in a different section of the country.   In 1843 he went to St. Joseph, Missouri , where he outfitted for the trip.  He bought four wagons and a large number oxen, planning on having three to five yo ke per wagon, twenty head of fine cows, five mares, and a great quantity of fruit seeds.   The journey was safely made , the fall finding them at Whitman's Station, and in the sp ring of 1844 he came by water on a Hudson Bay boat to Oregon City, after which he settled three miles south of Salem .  He erected a small log cabin, but remained there for onl y a short time.   He settled at what is now known as Looney Butte.    Jesse was a member of the first provisional government, and w*********** 

1843: Jesse, his wife Ruby and six children joined the firs t great wagon train which left Independence, Missouri on Ma y 22, 1843.  There were over 1,000 people with over 100 cov ered wagons.  They made their own trail for five months, reaching Waiilatpu, near Walla Walla, in the Oregon Territory in October, 1843, still 250 miles east of the Willamett e Valley.  During the trip five or six people died and there were some eight to ten births.  Twins were born to the Looney's on the journey, but both died within a few days of birth.  Jesse and his family brought three wagons, 14 oxen , 24 cows, mares and a stallion.  He settled in Chehulpun Valley, soon called " Looney's Valley".  He filed on a 320 acre donation claim and his wife Ruby filed on an adjacent 320 acres.  He further acquired land to a total of 4,000 acres.  Jesse's biography was published in THE OREGONIAN, Marc h 27, 1869, page 2.

Gilbert Looney, Jefferson, Oregon, has the original copy.

A copy of the original letter written by Jesse Looney, October 1843, to his brother-in-law, John C. Bond.  Captain Barnett was the head of the train.  This letter was carried eastward in the fall of 1843 by the Explorer John C. Freemont to Morrisville area of Missouri.

Waiilatpu, Oregon Ter.; Oct. 27, 1843

Dear Sir:

    I embrace the opportunity of writing to you from this far western country, afforded me by the return of Lieut. Freemont to the states this winter.  He thinks that he will b e at Independence Mo. by January next, which will be in time for those intending coming next season to this country t o get some information about the necessary preparations t o be made for the journey.

    It is a long tiresome trip from the states to this country, but the company of emigrants came through safely this season - to the number of one thousand persons, with some thing over 100 wagons, to this place, which is 250 miles east of the Willamette Valley, and with the exception of myself and a few others, they have gone down, intending to go through this winter if possible.   About half of them have traded off their stock at Walla Walla, 25 miles below here and are going by water; the balance went on by land to the Methodist Mission, 175 miles below this, intending to take t he water there.  I have stopped here in the Walla Walla Val ley to spend the winter in order to save my stock.  This i s a fine valley of land, excellent water, good climate, an d the finest of pine timber on the surrounding mountains; a nd above all, a first rate range for stock both winter an d summer.  The Indians are friendly and have plenty of grai n and potatoes, and a good many hogs and cattle.

    The Missionaries at this time and the other Missions ha ve raised fine crops of wheat, corn, potatoes, ect., so that provisions can be procured here upon as good or better terms than in the lower settlements at present.

    Cattle are valuable here, especially American cattle .  Things induced me to stop here for the winter, save my s tock and take them down in the spring.

    In preparing for the journey across the mountains, you cannot be too particular in the choice of a wagon--it should be strong in every part and yet should not be very heavy.  The large size, two horse Yankee wagons are the most suitable wagons I have seen for this trip.  You should have nothing but your clothing, bedding and provisions--flour an d bacon.  Goods are cheaper here than in the states.  Put i n about as much loading as one yoke of cattle can draw handily, and then put on three good yoke of cattle and take a n extra yoke for a change in case of lameness or sore necks , and you can come without any difficulty.

    The road is good, much better than we expected, but i s long.  Bring all the loose cattle you can get, especially milch cows and heifers.  Do not attempt to bring calve s - they will not come through and by losing them you will be in danger of losing their mothers.  I cannot urge you too strongly to be sure of plenty of provisions - do no t depend on the game, you may have some, and you may not; i t is uncertain.

    We were about five months on the road to this place, an d I had plenty of flour, ect., to do me, but most of the company were out long before they got here, and there is little or nothing in the way of provisions to be had at the for ts on the way.  I would advise you to lay in plenty for a t least five months, for if you get out on the way, you wil l have trouble to get any until you get here.

    I would also advise you to start as soon as the grass w ill admit of. We might of started a month sooner than we did, and then we would have been here in time to have gone th rough with our cattle this winter.  We left Independence th e 22nd of May and we were just about a month too late.

    Myself and family were all sick when we left and contin ued so until we left Blue River and the rains and mud, bu t when we struck the high land along the Platte we began t o feel better than it has for many years, and so far as I h ave seen this country, I think is very healthful.

    There was some sickness on the road, though no more tha n might have been expected in so large a company.  There we re five or six deaths on the road, some by sickness and som e by accident, and there were some eight or ten births on t he road.  There was little or no sickness when we got here.

    Upon the whole we fared better than we expected.  We fo und water every night but one, though it was sometimes no t very good; and we always found something to make a fire , but not always good wood.

    We had no interruption from the Indians, unless, indee d they might have stolen a horse now and then to get a litt le something for bringing him in.  Our greatest difficult y was in crossing rivers, but we got over them all safely , except one man drowned, and he did not cross with the mai n company and gotten behind.

    Mrs. Looney says prepare yourselves with good strong clothing for the road or the wild sage will trip you.  This shrub is very plentiful and was hard on our teams, especially those that went before, but it will not be so bad on those that come next year, for we left a plain well beaten roa d all the way.

   I will have a better opportunity of giving you an account of this country next spring, and want you to write the first chance.  No more, but remain your brother until death.

                                           Jesse Looney

Pacific Christian Advocate, 3 April 1869,  3:2

LOONEY, Jesse; b. 16 Dec 1802  d. 25 Mar 1869; 67 yrs 3 mos 9 days; Our Father; (On marker with Ruby Bond Looney)

Born in Knox County, Tennessee.  Crossed the plains in '43 .  His motto through life and last words to his children was "Do right, be honorable and truthful."                    

"The subject of these brief notes, Jesse Looney, was born in Knox County, Tennessee, in the year 1802.  He was the so n of John and Mary (Garrison) Looney.  He was united in marriage with Miss Ruby Bond, in the year 1827 (16 Mar. Jackson County, Alabama).  In 1843 the family crossed the plains , and selected a home in Marion county, near the Santiam, where they resided until his decease.  Here he succeeded in accumulating a good share of property, placing him in easy circumstances.  He was elected a member of the Legislature forming a provisional territorial government in Oregon.

Father and Mother Looney were blessed with a numerous family, consisting eight sons and six daughters, ten of whom are still living.  Some weeks previous to his decease, he went to Salem for medical attention.  His disease was constipation to the bowels, which baffled medical skill, and he rap idly sank to the tomb.  His family all being present, before his departure he called them to him and gave them his dying counsel, and expressed an entire readiness to depart and be at rest.  On the morning of the 25th of March fell asleep.

The following day his body was removed to his residence, an d on the 27th, all that was mortal was interred in the family burial ground on his farm, attended by a numerous company of friends; the writer improving the solemn occasion wit h appropriate religious services.  B. N. Longsworth, Jefferson, March 29th, 1869"

(Medical): Pacific Christian Advocate, # April 1869, 3:2


Burial: March 27, 1869, Looney/ Steiwer Cemetery, Marion County, Oregon82

Cause of Death: Constipation of the Bowels82

Census: 1845, Champoeg County, Oregon Territory; Census: 1845 Oregon Census83

Census 1: January 16, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory84

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon85

Church Affiliation: Presbyterian

Fact 1: 1830, Was In Wisconsin Then To Missouri

Fact 2: Moved To Illinois Shortly After His Marriage To Ruby

Fact 3: 1838, Purchashed 160 Acres In Green County

Fact 4: 1840, Listed In The Censes Of Polk County With Wife And Five Children

Fact 5: May 22, 1843, Joined A Wagon Train To Oregon86

Fact 6: The Oregonian States That Jesse Was The Cousin To President Andrew Jackson

Fact 7: Founded Jefferson, Oregon

Occupation: January 16, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory; Occupation: Farmer87 


Children of RUBY BOND and JESSE LOONEY are:

               i. SUSAN B.5 LOONEY88, b. October 22, 1830, Wisconsin88; d. April 05, 1905, Salem, Marion County, Oregon88; m. (1) JOHN HENRY BOSWORTH89,90, May 22, 1848, Linn County, Oregon91; b. September 17, 1820, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky91; d. May 28, 1850, Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon Susan was the daughter of Jesse and Ruby Looney.  She was born in Wisconsin in 1833.  She came across the plains in 1843.  First year stayed with the Whitman's at Walla Walla.  Susan and her mother had the honor and the distinction of making the first American flag ever made in Oregon.  The flag was used by the 1st Co. of Volunteer Infantry organized in the state.

Jefferson Review, 8 April 1905, 3:2

STEIWER, Susan Looney;  b. 22 Oct 1830;  d.  5 Apr 1905;  "Our Mother" ; "Wife of Frederick Steiwer"; (On marker with Frederick Steiwer)

"Death of Mrs. STEIWER -- Mrs. Susan Steiwer passed away Wednesday morning at her home on Liberty street, Salem.  She was 75 years of age, having been born in Wisconsin on the 22nd day of October 1830.  When she was a child her parents, Jesse and Ruby Looney moved to Missouri, where they lived until 1843.  In that year the family crossed the plains , and, after the customary hardships and dangers, arrived a t the then small trading post of Walla Walla.  During that winter they stayed with Dr. Whitman, and the following sp ring took up their perilous journey which finally brought t hem to their goal, the Willamette valley.  Her father and m other took up a large tract of land near Jefferson, which h as since been the family home.  In 1851 (18 Sept) Miss Looney was united in marriage to Frederick Steiwer.  To this un ion four children were born, W. W. Steiwer of Fossil, J. L . and J. F. Steiwer of Jefferson, and Mrs. R. D. (Augusta ) Gilbert of Salem.  The funeral was held at the home in Salem Th***********


Burial: April 06, 1905, Looney/ Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon96

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory97

Census 2: August 07, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon98

Census 3: August 22, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon99

Census 4: June 03, 1880, East Salem, Marion County, Oregon100

Census 5: June 05, 1900, Salem, Marion County, Oregon101

Church Affiliation: 102

Occupation: June 03, 1880, East Salem, Marion County, Oregon; Occupation: Housewife103


Kentucky Statesman, 28 Aug 1850

John H, Bosworth, formerly of Lexington, Kentucky.  Died in Oregon City, May 28, 1850, aged 29 years, 7months and 1 1 days.


Frederick was either born in Hanover or Frankfurt, German y.  He came to America in 1831. Two different accounts, one by John Frederick Steiwer and the other by Annie Hoover Steiwer. Frederick Steiwer born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1828.  Came to the US [with his parents] in 1836.  Crosse d the plains in 1850.   Impressions and  Observations of the Journal-man Interview with John F. Steiwer May 21, 1932 Frederick Steiwer was born in Hanover, Germany March 31, 1828 .  Came to America in 1835, crossed the plains by ox team in 1850. Notes from Annie J. Steiwer.  Steiwer is not a German name and probably was changed when Frederick and his mother and sister came to US, when he was 7, which would of been in 1839.  The father had meant to come but was killed in a duel. Mother and children lived somewhere in Minnesota until Frederick was in his late teens, when he walked across the plains with a wagon train. Letter from Florence Walls Lehman, May 2, 1988.

[Broderbund Family Archive #354, Ed. 1, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Date of Import: Sep 30, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.354.1.96439.1] 

Individual: Frederick Steiwer

Place: Oregon; Year: 1866-1900; Primary Individual: Steiwer, Frederick; Source Code: 4875.1

Source Name:

LOWTHER, VERGENE. "Foreign Born and Physically Disabled Electors of 1900 - Marion County [Oregon]." In Beaver Briefs ( Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, Salem, OR), Vol. 16 :2 (Spring 1984), PP. 25-30 (Monitor - Salem 1-4 precincts) ; Vol. 16:3 (Summer 1984), PP. 51-58 (Salem 4 - Stayton precincts); Vol. 16:4 (Fall 1984), PP. 79-82, 100 (Stayton - Yew Park precincts).

Source Annotation:

Date and place of declaration of intent or naturalization . The earlier precincts were transcribed by Harriet Davis ( see nos. 1451.15 and 1451.16 indexed in PILI 1989). Occupation, date and place of birth, court of jurisdiction, and, sometimes, physical disability are also provided.

Source Page #: 28

[Broderbund Family Archive #354, Ed. 1, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Date of Import: Sep 30, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.354.1.96439.1]

Individual: Frederick Steiwer

Place: Oregon; Year: 1866-1900; Primary Individual: Steiwer, Frederick Source Code: 4875.1

Source Name:

LOWTHER, VERGENE. "Foreign Born and Physically Disabled Electors of 1900 - Marion County [Oregon]." In Beaver Briefs ( Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, Salem, OR), Vol. 16 :2 (Spring 1984), PP. 25-30 (Monitor - Salem 1-4 precincts) ; Vol. 16:3 (Summer 1984), PP. 51-58 (Salem 4 - Stayton precincts); Vol. 16:4 (Fall 1984), PP. 79-82, 100 (Stayton - Yew Park precincts).

Source Annotation:

Date and place of declaration of intent or naturalization . The earlier precincts were transcribed by Harriet Davis ( see nos. 1451.15 and 1451.16 indexed in PILI 1989). Occupation, date and place of birth, court of jurisdiction, and, sometimes, physical disability are also provided. 

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Frederick Steiwer was born in Germany.  At a very tender ag e his father died and when he was seven years old he move d with his mother to the United States, settling in Illinois.  Soon after their arrival in this country his mother died, and young Frederick was left an orphan to carve out his own destiny.

In 1850 he crossed the plains with an ox team, coming direct to Oregon. He stopped a short time in Oregon City, and then came to Marion County and took up a donation land claim near Jefferson. 


Steiwer Hill south of Salem was named for Frederick Steiwer who came to Oregon in 1850 and settled on a donation land claim in the area.  He married Susan Looney, daughter o f Jesse Looney who settled nearby.

The Oregon Statesman, 7 Aug 1903, 1:2 

STEIWER, Frederick; b.  31 Mar 1828; d. 6 Aug 1903; Our Father; Life's Labor Done; (On marker with Susan Looney Steiwer)

"Old Pioneer Passed Away -- Frederick Steiwer Died at His Home in This City Yesterday -- Was an Oregon Pioneer, Crossing the Plains in 1850 with an Ox Team - Took Up a Donation Land Claim Near Jefferson -- One more man has dropped from the fast thinning ranks of the Oregon pioneers, and Mario n county suffered the loss of one of its most worthy citizens, when Frederick Steiwer threw off this mortal coil and p assed to the Great Beyond, yesterday morning at 10:30 o'clock, after an illness of only four days.

Mr. Steiwer was strong and sturdy for his age, 75 years, an d apparently had many more years to live, but fate decree d otherwise.  He suffered from a chill last Monday, but it was not considered serious, and he was in a fair way to recovery until a few minutes before the end came, when he fell into a doze, and quietly passed away.

Deceased was a native of Germany, having been born there on March 31, 1828.  At a very tender age his father died an d when 7 years old he moved with his mother to the United States, settling in Illinois.  Soon after their arrival in this country his mother died, and young Frederick was left a n orphan to carve out his own destiny.

In 1850 he crossed the plains with an ox team, coming direct to Oregon.  He stopped a short time in Oregon City, and t hen came to Marion county and took up a donation land claim near Jefferson, where he since spent a great deal of hi s life, and where John F. Steiwer, his son, now lives.  H e was married in 1851 (21 Oct) to Miss Susan Looney of Jefferson.

Twenty-eight years ago he built a house in Salem, and since lived most of the time here with his family.  Later he built a handsome residence at No. 343 Liberty street, where t he family now live, and where he spent the closing hours o f his life.

Mr. Steiwer was one of the most successful farmers in Mario n county and did much for the advancement and up-building both of the country and the state.  His entire life was give n over to his chosen occupation of farming and stock raisin g, and he succeeded in amassing a smug fortune, which enabled him to retire from active labors and pass the declining years of his life in quietude and rest.

Like many other great men, Frederick Steiwer had left a monument by which the world will long remember him as fearless frontier home builder and a principal in the carving of a great state.  In politics he was a staunch Republican , and held considerable power in both county and state affairs, always taking a great interest in public matters, but he was not an office seeker, and could never be prevailed upon to accept a nomination for any public position at the hands of his party.

He was prominent in Masonic circles, having been a member o f Jefferson Lodge, No. 33, A. F. & A.M. and a leading member of the Unitarian Church of this city.

Besides an aged widow, four children are left to mourn the loss of a kind father, Hon. W.W. Steiwer, of Fossil, Wheerler county; Jesse L. Steiwre, of Salem, John F. Steiwer of Jefferson, and Mrs. R. D. Gilbert of Salem.

Funeral services will be held at the family home on Liberty street, Saturday morning at 7 o'clock, conducted by Rev . W. G. Silot of the Unitarian church, and immediately afterward the funeral procession will leave for the old family burying ground in the Looney graveyard, adjoining the Steiwer farm, where interment will take place at 10:30 o'clock .  Here Jefferson lodge will take charge of the remains and bury him the impressive ceremonies of the Masonic Order , paying their last respect to a departed and esteemed brother."

(Medical): Oregon Statesman, 7 Aug 1903, 1:2


Burial: August 08, 1903, Looney/ Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon104

Cause of Death: A Chill104

Census 1: August 07, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon105

Census 2: August 22, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon106

Census 3: June 03, 1880, East Salem, Marion County, Oregon107

Census 4: June 05, 1900, Salem, Marion County, Oregon108

Church Affiliation: Unitarian109

Fact 1: 1835110

Fact 2: 1850110

Fact 3: 110

Immigration: 1832, To the U.S. from Germany111

Membership: Mason-Jefferson Lodge, No. 33, A.F.&A.M.112

Occupation 1: August 07, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon113

Occupation 2: June 03, 1880114

         ii. FRANCIS MARION LOONEY, b. March 18, 1832, Alabama; d. August 25, 1842, Missouri.

         iii.  FAUNTLEROY R. LOONEY115, b. December 01, 1835, Warren County, Illinois115; d. August 22, 1856, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon116.


Oregon Statesman, 9 Sept 1856, 3:1

LOONEY, Fantleroy; b._______;  d.  22 Aug 1856; 21 yrs 9 mos 21 days; son of Jesse and Ruby

Born in Warren Co., Illinois.  Crossed the Plains in 1843.

"In this county, on the 21st ult., of typhoid fever, Mr. F . R. Looney, eldest son of Jesse Looney, in the 22 year of his age."

(Medical): Oregon Statesman, 9 Sept. 1856, 3:1


Burial: August 23, 1856, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon116

Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever116

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory117


          iv.  JOHN BOND LOONEY118, b. November 26, 1836, Warren County, Illinois118; d. January 26, 1926, Mill City, Linn County, Oregon119; m. (1) SARAH JANE COX120, September 14, 1862, Albany, Linn County, Oregon; b. March 18, 1843, Indiana; d. August 12, 1867, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon121; m. (2) RACH(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate


Burial: January 29, 1926, Masonic Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon126

Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory127

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon128

Census 3: August 23, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon129

Census 4: June 04, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon130

Census 5: April 19, 1910, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon131

Census 6: January 03, 1920, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon132

Occupation 1: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon133


LOONEY, Sarah Jane (Cox); b.______; d.  12 Aug 1867; age 24 years 4 months 28 days; Wife of J. B.


Baptism (LDS): November 27, 1992, PORTL - Portland Oregon

Burial: August 1867, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon134

Endowment (LDS): December 02, 1992, PORTL - Portland Oregon


Burial: Masonic Cemetery, Albany, Oregon

Census 1: August 23, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon135

Census 3: June 04, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon136

Census 4: April 19, 1910, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon137

Census 5: January 03, 1920, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon138


         v.  MARY ELLEN LOONEY139, b. May 22, 1838, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri139; d. July 28, 1917, Independence, Polk County, Oregon140; m. ABNER PENDLETON GAINES141, May 13, 1857, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon141; b. March 23, 1835, Maplewood Plantation, Boone County, Kentucky141; d. August 05, 1909, Colegrove, Los Angeles County, Cali Funeral of Mrs. Gaines Held in Salem Yesterday--Mrs. Mary Ellen Looney Gaines, a descendent of Revolutionary stock an d a daughter-in-law of John Gaines, the second territorial governor of Oregon, was buried in Salem yesterday afternoon by the side of her late husband, in Odd Fellows cemetery .  She died Saturday in Independence at the age of 79 years . Mrs. Gaines was the sister of Mrs. Frances Cornell, matron of the state hospital.  Their mother was the first white woman to come to the Walla Walla valley.  Mrs. Gaines was born in Independence, MO.  She left Independence, MO., with her parents, May 22, 1843, and arrived in the Walla Wall a valley the following October.  The pioneer was a member of one of the first immigrant trains which crossed the plains to Oregon. The family has lived in Salem.  She leaves the following children: Chester Gaines of Gates, OR.; Richard Gaines, of Independence, OR.; Wilbur Gaines, of Salem, OR. ; John Gaines, who is at sea; Mrs. Zepp Job, of Butte, Mont .;Mrs. Ida ***************

 Mary Ellen Gaines Dies

Pioneer of 1843 Passes at Her home at Independence.

Mary Ellen Gaines, a pioneer of Oregon, died at Independence on Monday, July 30.  Mrs. Gaines was born in Missouri o n May 22, 1838.  She crossed the plains to Oregon in 1843 , in company with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Looney.

Mary Ellen Looney married Abner Pendleton Gaines, son of Oregon's second territorial governor, on May 13, 1857.  Mr. Gaines died at Colrgrove, California, August 5, 1909.  Seven children survive.  They are Chester Gaines, of Gates; Richard L. Gaines, of Independence; Wilbur Gaines, of Salem; John P. Gaines, of Iowa, Mrs. Zep Job, of Butte; Mrs. Ida Wagnon, of Butte, and Mrs. Hattie Sims, of White Salmon .  Aug 5, 1917. 7:2.

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: State Index #: 57;  Loc al Registered #: 17

Medical Information By: Dr. C. F. Cropp 


Burial: July 30, 1917, IOOF (Pioneer) Cemetery, Salem, Marion County, Oregon143

Cause of Death: Cancer of the Stomach143

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory144

Census 4: June 02, 1880, Franklin Butte, Linn County, Oregon145

Census 5: 1900, Clark County, Washington146

Occupation: 1900, Clark County, Washington; Occupation: Housewife146


Another Pioneer Goes to Reward" - Abner P. Gaines, son of  Territorial Governor, Dies in California.

Another old pioneer has passed to the other shore, Abner P . Gaines, who was the son of Governor John P. Gaines, was born in Kentucky and came to Oregon with his parents when h e was a small boy.

when grown he married Ellen Looney, daughter of Jess Looney , the pioneer, and they settled at Springfield, Oregon, where they lived for several years.  They raised a large family of children and their sons and daughters, most of them live in Oregon.  About five years ago Abner Gaines moved to California, where he died Aug 4, 1909. His widow and seven sons and daughters still survive him.  He was about 75 year s of age.   Daily Oregon Statesman, Aug 12, 1909, 8:3.

(Medical): California Death Certificate: Local Registered # 546

Medical Information By: Dr. Walter E. Deering

Personal Information By: John P. Gaines (son)


Burial: August 07, 1909, Hollywood Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California; Section 1, Grave 249147

Cause of Death: Hypostatic Congestion of Lungs, Senile Chorea147

Census 1: 1850, He Was 15 At This Time.

Census 4: June 02, 1880, Franklin Butte, Linn County, Oregon148

Fact 1: Son Of The Governor Of The Oregon Territory

Fact 2: 1900, Living In Clark County, Washington

Occupation: Farmer

Occupation 1: June 02, 1880, Franklin Butte, Linn County, Oregon149

Residence: August 05, 1909, Colegrove, Los Angeles County, California; Residence: 301 Vine St.150

    vi. JESSE WALTON LOONEY151, b. August 27, 1839, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri152,153; d. December 25, 1908, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon153; m. MARY ANN GUNSAULAS154, December 20, 1860, Marion County, Oregon154; b. March 01, 1842, Maquon, Knox County, Illinois155; Jefferson Review; 1 Jan 1909; 2:1

LOONEY, Jesse W. (Walton); b.  27 Aug 1839; d. 25 Dec 1908;90N 4; Father; (on w/Mary A. Gunsaules Looney)

"Jesse Walton LOONEY, one of our best known and highly esteemed citizens, died at his home in this city at 3:30 p.m. Dec 25, of Typhoid Fever.  He had been ill for but a few day s, and the announcement of his death was a sad surprise. M r. LOONEY came to Jefferson with his parents in 1843, settling at Looney Butte, and has resided here continually since that time.  Having acquired a competency by farming, a fe w years ago he purchased a home in this city, where he ha s since lived quietly, ever willing with the generosity o f the true pioneer to extend a helping to a needy neighbor.  No one of our citizens would have been more missed.  H e leaves a wife, 3 sons, 4 brothers and 4 sisters, all prominent in the affairs of the state and county.  The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, that edifice being crowded with friends of the deceased , many being unable to gain admission.  The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. G. O. OLIVER, of Turner.  The remain s were la*********

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: Registered #: 153

Medical Information By: Dr. W. Wallen

Personal Information By: Mary Looney (wife)


Burial: December 27, 1908, Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon155

Cause of Death: Perforation of the Bowel; Typhoid Fever155

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory156

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon157

Census 3: August 22, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon158

Census 4: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon159

Census 5: June 04, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon160

Fact 1: Member Of The Ancient Order Of United Workmen And The Grange

Occupation: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon; Occupation: Farmer161

Undertaker: Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon162


Jefferson Review; 9 Apr 1909; 2:1

LOONEY, Mary A. Gunsaules; b. 1 Mar 1842; d. 5 Apr 1909; 90N 3; Wife of Jesse W. Looney;   (on marker w/Jesse W. Looney)

"Mrs. J. W. LOONEY died at the home of her son in this cit y at 6:30 Monday evening, aged 67 years, 1 month and 5 days , the cause of her death being paralysis.  Mary Ann Gunsaules was born in Knox County, Illinois, coming to Jefferson when 11 years of age, and has resided in this vicinity continuously since.  She was married to J. W. LOONEY in 1861.  T hey were a most devoted couple, and during their long married life it is said were separated but 10 days prior to Mr. LOONEY's death on Dec 25th last.

"Aunt Mary," as she was affectionately called by our people , was loved by all and sincere sorrow is felt at her death ; yet we would not, if we could, call her back, for since t he death of the loved husband she appeared to lose interest in life--she was lonesome--the companion who had shared her joys and sorrows from girlhood to old age was gone, an d all was desolate, and she gladly went to join the loved o ne beyond the mystic river, to part no more forever.  Her life was filled with kind and loving acts, and she has gone to beyond the reward therefore.

Three sons, F. E. (Fred), W. J. (Walton Jesse) and W. F. (F rank), all of Jefferson survive her, one son preceded the parents to the other shore.  The funeral ceremonies were held Wednesday afternoon, the discourse being delivered at th e M. E. Church by Rev. G. O. OLIVER.  The large concourse o f people assembled proved the high esteem in which the deceased was held.  The remains were laid in the city cemetery besides of the husband.  True, faithful and loving in life, in death they were not long divided.  May they sleep sweetly until the resurrection morn."

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: Registered #: 1110

Medical Information By: Dr. W. Wallen

Personal Information By: Amanda A. Witherite (sister)


Burial: April 07, 1909, Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon162

Cause of Death: Apoplexy; Cardiac Dialatation162

Census 1: August 08, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon163

Census 2: August 22, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon164

Census 3: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon165

Census 4: June 04, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon166

Fact 1: 1853, Imigrated To Oregon167

Undertaker: Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon168


  vii.  BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LOONEY169,170, b. June 07, 1842, Bates County, Missouri171,172; d. July 29, 1923, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon173,174; m. (1) MARTHA ELLEN TERHUNE175,176, December 24,'

Jefferson Review; 3 Aug 1923;  1:3

LOONEY, BENJAMIN F.; b. ( 7 Jun) 1842; d. (29 Jul) 1923; 146N 8

"Eighty Years in Oregon----Benjamin F. LOONEY familiarly known as 'Uncle Ben' was born in Pike County, Missouri, June 7th,  1842, and died at his home in Jefferson, July 29th , 1923, at the age of 81 years, one month and twenty-two days.

With his parents, Jesse and Ruby Bond Looney, he crossed the plains in 1843, with the famous train in which were the WADES, APPLEGATES, NESMITHS and many others who helped to build up this Oregon Country.  WHITMAN also traveled with this train.

Mr. Looney's people were southerners who did not believe i n slavery, and came west to rear their family in a free territory.  He was the youngest of six children at that period , being one year of age, and the special charge of his elder sister Susan, who carried him in her arms on a mule.  The y wintered at Whitman Station on the Walla Walla, but the Indians proving troublesome, the following spring they removed to the Willamette Valley, his parents finally locating o n a donation land claim at what is known as Looney Butte.

His boyhood and youth were spent in this vicinity.  He devoted several years of early manhood to travel through eastern Oregon and Idaho, occupying his time with mining and stock raising.  Subsequently, he returned to his farm which was part of the old donation land claim, residing their until 1902 when he removed to Jefferson.

He was married Dec. 24, 1865, to Martha E. Terhune, who die d in 1877.  From this union one daughter, Bell, and one grandson, Bennie Looney KIRK, deceased.  On Dec. 25th, 1878, a t Oakland, Oregon, he married Josephine DEARDORFF, the daughter of W. H. B. DEARDORFF, a pioneer of 1853.  From this union were born two sons and one daughter.

Mr. Looney was descended from revolutionary stock, his mother being related to George WALTON, the first Governor of Georgia, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, also John WALTON who signed the Articles of Confederation.  Hi s father, Jesse Looney was a cousin of ANDREW JOHNSON, an d inherited slavery as one of the local conditions of his sections, but adopted freedom as his conviction.

Ben LOONEY was a man of rigid convictions, and staunch republican principles.  He has lived through one of the greatest periods of our history.  He has seen as Indian trail grow to great thorough fare, a wilderness change to farms and prosperous cities.

To the last he retained his interest in life, and faced death in a fearless manner.

He leaves a widow, two sons, one daughter and six grandchi dren: Mrs. B.F. LOONEY, D.D. LOONEY, of Vancouver, B.C.; C . F. LOONEY and Mrs. W. E. SMITH, both of Jefferson, also three brothers, and three sisters: J. B. LOONEY, D. H. LOONEY , N. H. LOONEY, Pauline LOONEY, Mrs. Frances CORNELL of Sale m, and Mrs. Addie FAIRBANKS of Willits, California.

A devoted family mourn his loss. "He never again will pass this way, His journey ends with t he closing day." The funeral was held Tuesday, July 31st, at 2 p.m. at the family home, Rev. Harold H. MILES of the M. E. Church officiating, and interment was in the Jefferson cemetery.

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: State Registered #: 318 ; Local Registered #: 11

Medical Information By: Dr. B. R. Wallace

Personal Information By: Mrs. B. F. Looney (wife)


Burial: July 31, 1923, Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon180,181

Cause of Death: Carcinoma of the Bladder182

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory183

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon184

Census 5: June 09, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon185

Census 6: April 19, 1910, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon186

Census 7: January 02, 1920, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon187

Occupation: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon; Occupation: Farmer188

Residence: 1880, Marion County, Oregon

Undertaker: Salem, Marion County, Oregon189


Oregon Daily Statesman, 19 Oct 1877, 3:1

LOONEY, Martha E. (Ellen)

   b. (25 June 1848, Andrew Co., MO)

   d.   9 Oct 1877

       age 29 yrs 3 mos 17 days

       wife of B. F.  "At Rest"

"Died -- At her residence, near Jefferson, Oct. 8th of Consumption, Martha, daughter of J. B. (Jabez V. & Margaret Jane (McAlpin) ) Terhune, and wife of B. F. Looney, in her 29t h year.  She leaves a husband and little (Maria) Belle to mourn her loss."

(Medical): Oregon Daily Statesman, 19 Oct. 1877, 3:1


Burial: October 11, 1877, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon190

Cause of Death: Consumption190

Census 1: December 20, 1850, Jackson Township, Andrew County, Missouri191


LOONEY, Josephine Deardorff; b. 1858; d. 1939; 146N  7A; (Parents: W. H. B. & Georgia A. (Harl) Deardorff)


Burial: 1939, Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon192

Census 1: June 09, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon193

Census 2: April 19, 1910, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon194

Census 3: January 02, 1920, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon195

Census 4: April 02, 1930, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon196


     viii. INFANT TWIN "A" LOONEY197, b. May 22, 1843, On The Oregon Trail197; d. May 1843, On The Oregon Trail197.

 More About INFANT TWIN "A" LOONEY: Fact: May 22, 1843197

      ix. INFANT TWIN "B" LOONEY197, b. May 22, 1843, On The Oregon Trail197; d. May 1843, On The Oregon Trail197.

 More About INFANT TWIN "B" LOONEY: Fact 1: A Twin197


    x. PAULINE RUBY CAIN LOONEY198, b. April 09, 1845, Looney Butte, Marion County, Oregon Territory199; d. March 11, 1927, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon199,200.


National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol. 19; Page 330

Miss Pauline Ruby Crain Looney; DAR ID Number: 18917; Born in Marion County, Oregon. Descendant of John Cain. Daughter of Jesse Looney and Ruby Bond, his wife. Granddaughter of Jesse Walton Bond and Susannah Crain, his wife. Gr.-granddaughter of John Crain and Mildred Walton, His wife. John Crain, (1759-1834), was placed on the pension roll o f Tennessee for services of private in the North Carolina Line.

Also Numbers 14830, 16711, 17472

Jefferson Review, 18 March 1927, 1:1

LOONEY, (Ruby) Pauline; b. (9 Apr) 1845; d. (11 Mar) 1927

"Miss Pauline LOONEY Dies After An Illness of 7 Years--After an illness of about seven years, Miss Pauline LOONEY, life long resident of this community, and a daughter of Jess e and Ruby LOONEY, pioneers of 1843, passed away Friday, March 11, 1927 at one-thirty p.m.  She was born April 9, 1845 , and Pauline was the first child born in the new house a t Looney Butte, where she grew to womanhood and lived for m any years.  For the past twenty seven years she resided in Jefferson with her faithful friend and devoted attendant Mary.

Always a gracious hostess, she was never more happy than when surrounded by friends.  For years she was a familiar figure at the State Fair, where her tent on Looney Avenue became the gathering place for pioneers  and other friends who called to renew friendships and memories of other days.

Miss LOONEY was a member of the Christian Science church , a Daughter of the American Revolution, a charter member o f Euclid Chapter no. 70, Order of the Eastern Star of which she was a Past Matron and a former officer of O. E. S. o f Oregon.  She was also chairman of the local Red Cross during the World War.

She is survived by two brothers and two sisters, David H. and Norris H. LOONEY and Mrs. Frances CORNELL of Jefferson and Mrs. A. J. FAIRBANKS of Willits. California.

Funeral services were held at Jefferson, Sunday, March 13 , from the Christian Church, with Rev. Fite officiating.  Interment in the family cemetery, E. E. Howell in charge.

The pall bearers were Victor and Will, Everett and Herbert LOONEY, Karl STEIWER and Dick GAINES, all nephews of the deceased."

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: State Index #: 218; Loc al Registered #: 3

Medical Information By: Dr. J. O. Van Winkle

Personal Information By: Lona G. Looney (sister-in-law)


Burial: March 13, 1927, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon201,202

Cause of Death: Influenza202

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory203

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon204

Census 3: August 20, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon205

Census 4: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon206

Census 5: June 04, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon207

Census 6: April 18, 1910, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon208

Census 7: January 02, 1920, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon209

Church Affiliation: Christian Science Church210

DAR Number: 18917211

Membership: Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon212

Undertaker: Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon213


      xi. WILLIAM NATHAN LOONEY214, b. March 04, 1846, Looney Butte, Marion County, Oregon Territory214; d. October 16, 1867, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon215.


S/O J (Jesse) & R. (Ruby) Looney

"At the .... of his father, near Jefferson, Marion County , William Looney, son of Jesse Looney, Oct 16th after a painful illness of near six years, aged 20 years."  The American Unionist, 21 Oct 1867, 2:6

(Medical): American Unionist, 21 Oct 1867; 2:6


Burial: October 18, 1867, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon216

Cause of Death: Died of "a painful illness of nearly six years."217,218

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory219

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon220


      xii.  DAVID HENRY LOONEY221,222, b. December 09, 1849, Looney Butte, Marion County, Oregon Territory223,224; d. June 06, 1940, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon225,226; m. (1) JESSIE KATIE THOMPSON227,228Albany Democrat-Herald, 7 June 1940, 1:5 & 2:4

 LOONEY, David H. (Henry); b.  ( 9 Dec)  1849;  d.  ( 6 Jun)   1940

"David James(?) Looney Dies At Farm Home Thursday Night - - David James (?) Looney, 90, a prominent farmer and stockman of the Jefferson neighborhood in Marion county, was call ed by death at his country home at 11:00 p.m. Thursday, Jun e 6.  Funeral services will be at the family residence a t 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, with Rev. W. C. Kantner of Sale m officiating.  Interment will be made in the Looney family cemetery with the Fisher funeral directories of Albany i n charge.

Mr. Looney was born on the donation land claim of his father, Jesse Looney, a pioneer of 1843, Dec. 10, 1849.  Mr. an d Mrs. Jesse Looney crossed the plains in 1843 and locate d in the Jefferson vicinity in 1844, their nearest neighbor being some 20 miles away.  This farm is said to be the oldest farm in the northwest in point on continuous ownership of one family.

Mr. Looney was known as a progressive type of man and too k an active part in the life of his community, supervising his farm and retaining his interest in public affairs until his last illness.  One of his outstanding characteristic s was his neighborliness and friendliness.  He was twice elected to the legislature.  For many years he was a pioneer breeder of pure bred stock, and was an exhibitor for more than 50 years, with the same  herdsman, Ed Hoehn, in charge.

Mr. Looney was married Jan. 28, 1885, at Jefferson to Jessie K. Thompson, who died, April 26, 1896.  On Oct. 12, 1898 , he was united in marriage at Niagara, Oregon, to Lona George, who survives him.  He is survived by an only son, George L. Looney, of Jefferson.  A daughter, Mrs. Addie B. Huffman, and a son, Harold Looney, proceeded him in death.  He i s also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frances Cornell of Salem and Mrs. Addie Fairbanks of Willits, California, and a grandson, David Looney, of Jefferson.  Mr. Looney was a member of the Masonic lodge No. 33, for 65 years and a charter member of the Eastern Star of Jefferson."

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: State File #: 513; Local Registrar's #: 123

Medical Information By: Dr. J. O. Van Winkle

Personal Information By: Lona G. Looney (wife) 


Burial: June 08, 1940, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon240,241

Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrahage241

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory242

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon243

Census 3: August 20, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon244

Census 4: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon245

Census 6: May 22, 1910, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon246

Census 7: January 14, 1920, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon247

Census 8: April 25, 1930, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon248

Fact 1: 249

Fact 2: Member Of The State Board Of Agriculture

Fact 3: Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon249

Funeral Home: Albany, Linn County, Oregon250

Membership: Masonic Lodge No. 33, And The Eastern Star Of Jefferson251

Occupation: June 21, 1880, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon; Occupation: Farmer252,253


Oregon Weekly Statesman, 1 May 1896, 5:4

LOONEY, Jessie Katie; b. (19 Feb 1861); D. 26 Apr 1896, age 35 yrs; Wife of D. H. Looney

"At Jefferson, Sunday, April 26, 1896, at 4 a.m., Jessie Kate, wife of David H. Looney, in the 35th year of her age.

Mrs. Looney was born on February 19, 1861, her maiden name being Thompson.  She was married to Mr. Looney  on January 28, 1885 by Rev, P. S. Knight of the First Congregational church, and herself and husband have made their home on t he Looney homestead ever since.

The past half-year Mrs. Looney was a great sufferer and much of that time was spent in Salem while she received medical treatment."


Burial: April 28, 1896, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon254 

Notes for LONA GEORGE:

Jefferson Review, 9 May 1958, 1:6

 LOONEY, Lona G. (George); b.  (31 Mar)  1876; d.  ( 2 May)  1958

"Heart Attack Claims Mrs. David Looney -- Death came suddenly, last Friday night to Mrs. David H. Looney, at her home at 1259 Liberty street in Salem.  She had been out during the evening, and the heart attack occurred after her return home.  She had had a heart ailment for a number of years.

Mrs. Looney was a charter member of the Jefferson Woman's Club.  She was the last surviving charter member of the Euclid chapter and its first worthy matron.  Mrs. Looney was a member of American Association of University Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, Oregon Historical Society, Republican Women's Club and Marion County Federation o f Women's Clubs.  She also worked with the Children's Far m Home at Corvallis many years.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. a t the Virgil T. Golden Mortuary in Salem with Dr. Paul Newt on Poling officiating.  Euclid chapter 70, OES conducted ritualistic services.  Burial was in the Looney family cemetery north of Jefferson.

Pallbearers were Henry Oberson and Sam Looney of Albany; Jesse Looney of Scio, Gilbert and Herbert Looney of Jefferson and Jack Taggert of Salem.

Mrs. Looney was the daughter of Quaker parents who came t o Oregon from Ohio in 1873.  She was born at Forest Grove , where her father owned a sawmill three miles west of town .  When seven years old, the family moved to Yaquina Bay, w here her father was superintendent of a mill.

With her sister, she attended school there, and a year in t he Preparatory Department of Albany College.  Her father (Bentley George) later bought a farm 10 miles south of Corvallis and she went to a country school until she was 15, entering Oregon Agriculture college in Corvallis, graduating with a class of 18.

Quoting an autobiography sketch written by Mrs. Looney: "This was the year of many bank failures and parents sacrifice d to keep their young people in school.  Many of the girl s wore cotton stockings and made their own dresses .... M y family had moved to Niagara, a mill town on the Santiam , where I taught my first school  and several terms.  I ha d a state certificate and taught a year Forest Grove.  After four years I became an ex-school marm, when I married a farmer and stock raiser, David H. Looney, of Jefferson on Oct. 12, 1896 and became mother to his 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son .... We had registered dairy cattle an d showed them successfully at many fairs, including three world fairs.  Our son, George, was born in 1900."

Mrs. Looney operated the farm for six years following her h usband's death in 1940, then sold it and moved to Salem.  T he farm had been owned and operated by the same family for 103 years."

(Medical): Jefferson Review, 9 May 1958, 1:6

Oregon Death Certificate: State File #: 5503; Local Registrar's #: 356

Medical Information By: Dr. Charles S. Cawnbee

Personal Information By: George L. Looney (son) 


Burial: May 06, 1958, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon255,256

Cause of Death: Heart Attack/ Coronary Occulsion257,258

Census 1: June 16, 1880, Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon259

Census 3: May 22, 1910, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon260

Census 4: January 14, 1920, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon261

Census 5: April 25, 1930, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon262

Education: Oregon Agriculture College263

Funeral Home: Salem, Marion County, Oregon264

Membership: American Association Of University Women, Dar, Oregon Historical Society, Republican Women's Club, Marion County Federation Of Women's Clubs, Jefferson Woman's Club, And Euclid Chapter.265

Occupation: Housewife266

       xiii. NORRIS HUMPHREY LOONEY267,268, b. June 07, 1852, Looney Butte, Marion County, Oregon Territory268; d. August 28, 1936, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon268,269; m. HARRIETT BUCKINGHAM CLARKE, January 17, 1878, Salem, Marion County, Oregon270; b. January 10, 1855, Salem, Marion County, Oregon.

Jefferson Review, 4 Sept 1936, 1:3-6

 LOONEY, Norris H. (Humphrey);  b. (  7 Jun) 1851; d. (28 Aug) 1936

"Son of Covered Wagon Pioneers of 1843 Succumbs to Death Friday after Brief Illness -- Death Comes to Norris Looney a t Family Homestead, Following a Brief Attack of Pneumonia - - Funeral Services Held at Home.  Interment in Family Cemetery on Part of Parent's Land Claim Grant of 640 Acres -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock a t the family residence north of here, for Norris Humphrey Looney, 84, who passed away Friday, following a brief attack of pneumonia.  He was the son of Jesse and Ruby Bond Looney who came to Oregon with the first covered wagon train o f 1843, and was born on the farm on which he spent the major portion of his life and where he died.

The body lay in state from 12:30 to 1:30 Sunday and Rev. Robert McIllvanna of Portland, a former pastor of the Methodist church here, conducted the funeral services.  Interment was in the family cemetery.

Mrs. Gilbert Looney sang, accompanied by Mrs. C. J. Thurston.  Mrs. Karl Steiwer, Mrs. Herbert Looney and Mrs. Ada Fisher composed the floral committee.  Honorary pallbearers we re Judge  L. H. McMahan, Tad Shelton,  George Terhune, C. P . Bishop, Frank Wrightman, Judge John Siegmund.  Active pallbearers were Chester B. Gaines, Victor Looney, George Looney, Gilbert Looney, Norris Looney and Karl Steiwer, all nephews of the deceased with the exception of Norris Looney , a grandson.  The Salem Elks lodge had charge of the grave side services.

Mr. Looney's parents came to Oregon with full equipment t o establish a model farm in the then frontier land, including four wagons, a large number of oxen, 20 head of fine cow s, five mares and a large quantity of fruit seeds.  The fall of 1843 found them at Whitman's station, and in the spring of 1844, they came by water on the Hudson Bay boat to Oregon City, settling temporarily three miles south Salem, where a small log cabin was erected.  The Looney's soon acquired the donation land claim of 640 acres at the foot of Looney butte, and on this farm their children were reared and Norris Looney was born June 7, 1852, and lived throughout his life.

Jesse Looney was a member of Oregon's first provisional government, was the first settler in the Santiam valley, and t he first schoolhouse of that community was built on his land, which at the time of his death totaled over 2,000 acres.

Norris Looney and Harriet Clarke, daughter of Samuel Clarke , veteran journalist of Oregon, were married at Salem January 17, 1878.  Although the couple spent the greater part o f their lives on the pioneer homestead, for nine years the y were in charge of the state training school for boys.  Mr. Looney, deeply interested in politics, served two terms a s state senator.  He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 356 o f Salem.

Mrs. Looney passed away in 1926.

               Relatives Surviving

Surviving Mr. Looney are two sons, William C. Looney and Marion D. Looney, and a daughter, Marguerite Looney, all of Jefferson; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren ; two sisters, Mrs. A. J. Fairbanks of Willits, Calif.; Mrs. Frances Cornell of Salem; and a brother David H. Looney o f Jefferson.  Mrs. Anna Bond Reed, 93, who with her parent s made her home with the Looney family in 1853, just after arriving in Oregon, lives in Lebanon."

(Medical) Oregon Death Certificate: State Registered #: 744 ; Local Registered #: 8

Medical Information By: Dr. J. O. Van Winkle

Personal Information By: Marion Looney (son)


Burial: August 30, 1936, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon274,275

Cause of Death: Broncho-Pneumonia276

Census 1: January 17, 1850, Marion County, Oregon Territory277

Census 2: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon278

Census 3: August 22, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon279

Census 4: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon280

Census 5: June 09, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon281

Census 6: May 10, 1910, Reform School, Turner, Marion County, Oregon282

Census 8: April 25, 1930, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon283

Fact 1: Salem, Marion County, Oregon284

Membership: Salem, Marion County, Oregon284

Occupation 1: June 21, 1880, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon285

Occupation 2: May 10, 1910, Turner, Marion County, Oregon286

Occupation 3: April 25, 1930, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon287

Undertaker: Albany, Linn County, Oregon288


The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 117, page 125.

Mrs. Harriet Clarke Looney

DAR #: 116403

Born in Salem, Oregon

Wife of Norris H. Looney

Descendant of Ensign Ebenezer Jessup, as follows.

1. Samuel A. Clarke (1827-1909) m. 1852 Harriet Talcott Buckingham (1832-90)

2. George Asahel Clarke (1781-18290 m. 1815 Mary Ann Jessu p (1794-1856)

3. Ebenezer Jessup (1739-1812) m. 3rd 1792 Ann Wynnkoop (17 56-1809)

Ebenezer Jessup (1739-1812), a graduate of Yale, served a s a surgeon, 1777, in the Continental Army at Cherry Valley , New York, and as an ensign in Captain Welch's company dur ing Tryon's invasion.  He was born and died in Greenfield , Connecticut.

Also # 110684

 Jefferson Review, 15 Jan 1926, 1:6

 LOONEY, Harriet C. (Clarke); b.  (10 Jan) 1855; d.  (10 Jan) 1926;   age 71 yrs

"Mrs. Norris H. Looney Dies as the Family Home -- Harriet Buckingham Clarke was born in Salem, Oregon, Jan. 10, 1855 and died in her home near Jefferson Jan. 10, 1926 on her 71s t birthday.  She was married Jan. 17, 1878 to Norris H. Looney and the exception of 8 years, when she and Mr. Looney h ad charge of the State Training School, spent the 48 year s of her married life at their farm home.

Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her death two sons , Wm. C. of Corvallis, Marion D. of Jefferson, one daughter Marguerite of Jefferson, eleven grandchildren, and one sister Sarah Clarke Dyer of Salem.

She was the daughter of Samuel A. Clarke and Harriet Buckingham Clarke.  Mrs. Looney received her education at Willamette University.  During  her girlhood she taught school bot h at Corvallis and Salem, and was associated for some time with her father in the printing business at Salem.

Mrs. Looney was a woman of keen intellect and splendid ability, and until the last few years was a leader in community affairs and of the different organizations to which she belonged, being at one time Grand Chief of Honor of the Degree of Honor, and at the time of her death was a member of the Executive Board of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was also one of the first members of the Jefferson Woman's Club.

She was of a loving, cheerful and generous disposition an d will long be remembered by old neighbors and friends for many acts of kindness.

The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the family home.  Rev. Albyn Esson officiating.  Interment was in the Looney Cemetery, E. E. Howell of Jefferson having charge."

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: State Registered #: 76 ; Local Registered #: 2

Contributory to Cause of Death: Arteriosclerosis

Medical Information By: Dr. J. O. Van Winkle

Personal Information By: Marguerite Looney (daughter)


Burial: January 12, 1926, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon289,290

Cause of Death: Apoplexy290

Census 1: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon291

Census 2: June 09, 1900, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon292

Census 3: May 10, 1910, Reform School, Turner, Marion County, Oregon293

DAR Number: 116403294

Education: Willamette University295

Fact 1: Taught School At Corvallis And Salem295

Fact 2: Associated With Her Father In The Printing Business295

Membership: 295

Occupation 1: May 10, 1910, Turner, Marion County, Oregon296

Occupation 2: Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon297

Undertaker: Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon297


          xiv. FRANCES MARGARET LOONEY298, b. July 26, 1854, Looney Butte, Marion County, Oregon299,300; d. March 16, 1941, Salem, Marion County, Oregon301,302,303; m. WILBUR FISKE CORNELL304,305, July From: American Life Histories : Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 -1940

 Oregon Forklore Studies 

Name of worker: Sara B. Wrenn

Date: January 24, 1939

Address: 505 Elks Building, Portland, Oregon

Subject: Early Days in the Willamette Valley

Name and Address of Informant:  Mrs. Frances Cornell, 260 Mission St., Salem, Oregon

Date and Time of Interview:  January 18, 1939, 11:00-12:00.

 Ancestry: Scotch-Irish

Place and Date of birth: Near Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon, in 1854.

Family: Father: Jesse Looney; Mother: Ruby Bond Looney

  ( Both father and mother were from the South)

Places lived in:  Marion County, Oregon, all her life.

Education: Public schools of Jefferson, and Willamette University, Salem, Marion County, Oregon.

Occupations: Matron at the Oregon State Hospital (Insane) f or a number of years.

Community and religious activities: Member of Eastern Star (Masonic) and the Daughters of the American Revolution .  She was brought up in the Presbyterian faith.

Description:  A large, stout woman, of fine appearance.  She has gray hair and hazel eyes.  She dresses well.  In speaking she terminates her sentences with "eh".

 Text of Interview:

 " As I have already said, I was born here in Marion County .  My father and mother, came to Oregon from Alabama in 1843.  They came in the same train with the Applegate 's, the Waldo, Nesmith, Smiths, Fords, Kaisers, Delaney's, Lovejoy , and many others who became prominent in Oregon history, e h.  My people were opposed to slavery.  They had six children when they left Alabama.  Six more children were born t o them in Oregon, of which I am one.  They objected to bringing up their children where slavery existed.  Their wagon train left Independence, Missouri, on May 22, 1843, and they arrived in the Walla Walla Valley in October of that year.  Indian troubles were threatening when they reached the Whitman Mission, and they left hastily for Fort Vancouver , where Doctor McLaughlin extended his usual gracious hospitality.

From there, on specially constructed rafts, they left for u p the Willamette River, and father eventually selected hi s claim of 640 acres in the Chepulcum Valley, 12 miles south of Salem, known generally as the Santiam Valley.  Chepulcum, in the Indian language means "Beautiful Valley".  Fathers 640 acres embraced what has long been known as Looney Butte, where his family was brought up and four of his sons maintained their homes until death came.

My mother was the first white woman in Chepulcum Valley.  Shortly after settlement in Oregon mother was invited by the Waldo's to a wedding at their place over in Waldo Hills, a s they came to be called, eh.  Mother went, expecting to en joy quite a gala affair.  She was out in the kitchen with Mrs. Waldo, when the interested young people's arrival was announced.  Mother was a little disappointed in the lack o f preparation, but still looked forward to something of what she had always associated with a wedding. When somebody called " Come quick, they're getting married", she got in to the front room just in time to hear Mr. Waldo say, "I pronounce you man and wife, by God."  Mr. Waldo had the authority through some source to perform marriage ceremonies, but he hadn't had much experience, and those few words were all he could think to say. Mother never did get over that, eh."

When the mail route was established between Portland and Sa n Francisco by the California State Company, my father's farm was used as the first stage station south of Salem.  It took seven days to go from Sacramento to Portland, with the stages travelling continuously day and night, the relay stations, where they changed their horses being about fifteen miles apart.  First after Portland, was Oregon City, t hen Aurora ("Dutchtown"), Salem, LOONEY'S, Albany, and two farmhouses between there and Eugene. Some of the relay point s farther south were farmhouses near the present Grants Pas s, Grave Creek, Phoenix ("Galessburg"), Jacksonville, Ashland . The stages used were of the heavy  Concord type, with four to six horses being necessary  where the road was hard pulling ----- as most of the roads were in those days, eh ---.

Sometimes at the relay stations it became necessary to us e unbroken horses, and that was exciting for everybody, most of all the passengers, eh.  The horses were tied, blindfolded and harnessed.  The driver clutched the lines as the passengers scrambled willy nilly into the swaying vehicle, t he blindfolds were snatched off, and away they went, the stage swaying from side to side, the horses plunging, until t he driver finally wore them down.

As the incoming stage drove down the hill to the LOONEY station, the driver blew his horn once for each passenger on board.   The number of toots indicated the number of eggs t o fry and biscuits to bake.  There is a marker now at the o ld farm, on the highway now known as Route 99 E, showing where the stage horses used to drink.

The National society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 126; page 305

Mrs. Frances Looney Cornell; DAR ID Number: 125961

Born in Marion County, Oregon.

Wife of Wilber F. Cornell.

Descendant of John Crain, as follows:

1.Jesse Looney(d.1868) m. 1827 Ruby Crawford Bond (1808-190 0).

2.Jesse Walton Bond (1775-1840) m. 1799 Susannah Crain (d.1 859).

3.John Crain m. Mildred Walton.

John Crain (1753-1832) was placed on the pension roll of Tennessee, 1832, for service as a private, North Carolina Lin e.  He was born in North Carolina; died in Stewart County , Tennessee.

Oregon Statesman, 18 Mar 1841, 5:5 

CORNELL, Frances Looney; b.(26 Jul) 1854; d. (16 Mar) 1941); (On marker with Edith Cornell)

"Marion County Native Dies -- Mrs. Frances (Margaret) Cornell, who has lived in Marion County all her life, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George P. Griffith, 26 0 Mission Street.

Frances Looney Cornell was born July 26, 1854, on the Looney donation land claim near Jefferson.  She was married Jul y 2, 1878, to Wilbur F. Cornell, who died in 1911.  She was matron of the Oregon state hospital for nearly 27 years , having been appointed by Governor Lord January 1, 1897, and resigned June 30, 1924.

She was a charter member of both Euclid chapter No. 70, Oregon Eastern Star of Jefferson and of Chemeketa Chapter, DA R of Salem, and served as state chaplain.

Services will be held from the W. T. Rigdon chapel Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, and interment will be in the Looney Cemetery near Jefferson .

Surviving are a daughter, Ruby Griffith, a son, Arthur, o f Salem, and a sister, Mrs. A. J. Fairbanks, of Willits, Cal if."

(Medical): Oregon Death Certificate: State File #: 255; Local Registrar's #: 104

Medical Information By: Dr. Clements

Personal Information By: Ruby C. Griffith (daughter)


Burial: March 19, 1941, Looney/Steiwer Cemetery, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon308,309,310

Cause of Death: Cardio-Renal-Vascular Disease; Senility310

Census 1: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon311

Census 2: August 22, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon312

Census 3: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon313

Census 7: April 11, 1930, Salem, Marion County, Oregon314

Church Affiliation: Presbyterian315

DAR Number: 125961316

Education: Public Schools Of Jefferson And Willamette University, Salem, Oregon317

Funeral Home: Salem, Marion County, Oregon318

Membership: 319

Occupation: Bet. January 01, 1897 - June 30, 1924, Salem, Marion County, Oregon; Occupation: Matron of the Oregon State Hospital319

Residence: April 11, 1930, Salem, Marion County, Oregon; Residence: 260 Mission St.320


Burial: May 1911, Alaska

Census 1: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon321

Occupation 1: June 21, 1880, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon321

        xv. ADDIE BELLE LOONEY322, b. June 30, 1857, Salem, Marion County, Oregon323,324; d. July 25, 1941, Howard Memorial Hospital, Willits, Mendocino County, California325; m. AUGUSTUS JOHN FAIRBANKS326,327, November 05, 1878, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon328,Willits Mendocino County, California, Friday, August 1, 1941


An impressively simple ceremony at the Fairbanks home on Redwood avenue on Sunday afternoon brought together a group o f close relatives and friends in devoted attendance for the late Mrs. A. J. Fairbanks, who died at the Howard Memorial Hospital in this city early Friday morning as the result of a hip fracture sustained the week before.

The deceased received the final homage of those assembled reclining before the hearth which for so many years her gracious hospitality had made the gathering place of kin and friends from-near and far-friends from all walks of life, drawn to her by the charm, the sweetness and the warm quick understanding of her great heart.  Flowers and candlelight made fragrant and gay--as she herself had loved to make it in life--this corner of her home to which these present, ha d come to bid her last farewells of her world.  A world i n which her constant activity had been to give happiness an d cheer and greater opportunity to others.

Widow of the late, Augustus John Fairbanks, whom she survived by 15 years, she was born Addiebelle Looney, youngest o f the ten then surviving children of Jesse Looney and Rub y Bond, at her parents farm on Looney Butte some 12 miles south of Salem, Oregon.  The founding of this home on a "donation land claim," still owned by a nephew of the deceased , cumulated a 90-day wagon trek across the plains undertake n by Jesse Looney in 1843.  With him came a small community of farmers, mechanics, merchants, lawyers, doctors--all o f Jesse's own recruiting.  Among the array of livestock, implements and other supplies essential to thriving on the far western frontier was "one quart of apple seeds".  From these seeds spring some of the fine apples for which Oregon is now famous.

But Addiebelle Looney's pioneer heritage extends farther back than her father's covered wagon enterprise.  The first Looney's to settle in America arrived from their age-long home in the Isle of Man with Lord Baltimore in 1734.  From their new home in Maryland, a second generation of Looney's moved into Virginia, others into the Carolinas, into Kentucky, thence finally to Oregon.

Following their marriage, in Salem, Augustus John Fairbanks took his bride to California.  He was the son of the Sonoma pioneer,, Hiram T. Fairbanks, and a direct descendant o f the Fairbanks family whose first home on American soil, a t Dedham, Massachusetts, has been preserved since 1634.

The couple settled in Sonoma county, but later spent several years on the Fairbanks ranch at Fort Seward, Humbolt county, finally choosing Willits for their home.  Mr. Fairbanks served Mendocino county as supervisor for more than 20 years.  Among his road building activities  are many of the county's laterals; sections of the Northwestern Pacific Rail road; and last, but not lest, the Fairbanks Highway, which is the name given to one of the most beautiful scenic highways in the county, through the redwood belt between Willits and Fort Bragg.

Mrs. Fairbanks' convictions about the value of good roads w as her incentive for launching the very first "Women's Good Road Association."  This organization was active in Oregon and Washington as well as California, and from it, eventually was developed the Redwood Empire Association.

Among many unrecorded benefactors, Mrs. Fairbanks may count her activities in behalf of her neighbors in Willits, two  outstanding public achievements.  In 1904 she founded the Women's Improvement Club in Willits, of which she was the first president.  During and following her term in the presidency she was active in the planning and building of a n $8000.00 home for the club.  She did not cease her active interest in the undertaking until the last penny of its cost was paid.  Subsequently she instituted a unique lending library, securing for it the best books of the period o n a --------- --------- a ten-cent fee, payment of them proceeded promptly.  Thereafter the books were lent free of charge.  Eventually she obtained a Carnegie Grant for the building of the local library.

In 1915, Mrs. Fairbanks acted as Mendocino County Hostess a t the Pan-Pacific Exposition, filling this office with the distinction of a charm that were hers to give to her manifold public and private activities during a long full life .  Until its very end she remained the gracious, gallent lady for whom the importance of living was its enjoyment an d the sharing of it with others.

She was the beloved mother of three children, Ruby Debe, Jess Looney, and Hiram Tolbert, of who the first two survive her.  Among the relatives gathered for the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Dolph Hill and William Hill of Petaluma; Mrs. Raymond Hill of Ross; Mr. and Mrs. Blake Hill of Alvarado ; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. Fairbanks of Petaluma and Miss Ruby D. Fairbanks of Willits.

(Medical): California Death Certificate: State File #: 41- 0 45042; District #: 2360; Registrar's #: 35

Medical Information by: Dr. Raymond Boback.

Personal Information by: Miss Ruby Fairbanks (daughter)


Burial: July 28, 1941, Chapel Of The Chimes, Santa Rosa, California332

Cause of Death: Hypostatic Pneumonia, Fractured Neck Right Femer332

Census 1: August 06, 1860, Southern Precinct, Marion County, Oregon333

Census 2: August 22, 1870, Jefferson Precinct, Marion County, Oregon334

Census 3: June 21, 1880, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon335

Census 4: June 12, 1900, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California336

Census 6: Bet. January 14 - 15, 1920, Willits, Mendocino County, California337

Occupation: 1941, Willits, Mendocino County, California; Occupation: Housewife338

Residence 1: June 12, 1900, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California339

Residence 2: July 25, 1941, Willits, Mendocino County, California340


CENSUS: 1900 California, Sonoma Co. Petaluma City, ED 167 S H 11B LN 85;

Enumerated 12 Jun 1900: 1220 Sixth Street; Augustus J. Fair banks, head, B-July 1856 MO, age 43, married 21 years, Parents IN & PA, Stock Buyer, rented house; Addie B. wife, B-June 1856 OR, age 43, mother of 3 living children all born in California and attending school; Ruby daughter B-May 188 1 19; Hiram T. B-Jul 1887 12; Jesse L. B-Apr 1890 10.

Roster of the 1st Iowa Infantry; Transcribed by Diana Hanson and submitted to the IA Gen Web; Project Archives, a part of The USGen Web Project Copyright (c) 1998 by Diana Hanson

FAIRBANKS, Augustus J. Co. E Private

BIOGRAPHY: Fairbanks Genealogy, #902

Born in Augusta, Des Moines County, Iowa, July 26, 1856.  H e went to California with his parents, when about three years of age.  He resides in Petaluma, where he is engaged i n the milling and paving business.  He is also interested in fine stock raising.

He married, Nov 5, 1878, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon , Addie Belle, daughter of Jesse and Ruby (Bond) Looney.  S he was born in Jefferson, Aug 30, 1856.


1. Ruby Debe, born May 13, 1881

2. Hiram Tolbert, born July 13, 1887

3. Jesse Looney, born April 22, 1890

OBITUARY: The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA, Friday, Marc h 12, 1926, Pg. 6

FAIRBANKS--In Petaluma, March 11, 1926, August Fairbanks, d early beloved husband of Mrs. Fairbanks, loving father of Ruby and Jesse Fairbanks, loving brother of Mrs. Belle Lacey , Colorado, Mrs. Thomas McCaughlin of Ross, Mrs. H. G. Higbee, Mrs. A. B.

Hill and Mrs. E. A. Rich of Petaluma, aged 70 years.

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late residence.  Interment in Cypress Hill vault.


Burial: March 12, 1926, Cypress Hill Cemetery, Petaluma, California341

Census 1: June 21, 1880, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon342

Census 2: June 12, 1900, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California343

Census 3: Bet. January 14 - 15, 1920, Willits, Mendocino County, California344

Military service: 345,346

Occupation 1: June 21, 1880, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon347

Occupation 2: June 12, 1900, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California348

Occupation 3: Bet. January 14 - 15, 1920, Willits, Mendocino County, California349

Occupation 4: 350

Residence 1: June 12, 1900, Petaluma, Sonoma County, California351

Residence 2: Bet. January 14 - 15, 1920, Willits, Mendocino County, California352


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