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- 1847 -

Cleveland Herald
Cleveland, Ohio
Saturday, February 20, 1847

Died, at Cascade, Iowa, 18th ult. J. Reynolds Dean, son of Joseph Dean, formerly of Rockport, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, aged 22 years.

[transcribed by S.F., January 2017]


Cleveland Herald
Cleveland, Ohio
Monday, May 17, 1847

The death of Samuel Newell, Esq. - Mr. Newell, formerly a citizen of Logan county, Ohio, and a member of the Assembly from 1831 to 1836, and then a member of the Senate, died in Wappalo [sic - Wapello] county, Iowa, on the 11th of April, aged 67. He removed to Iowa in 1844.

[transcribed by S.F., January 2017]


Pike County Free Press
Pittsfield, Pike Co, IL
Thursday, June 3, 1847

A Tall Speaker - Jessee B. Brown, speaker of the Iowa assembly, is six feet seven inches in height.

[transcribed by S.B., Oct. 2003]


Hartford Daily Courant
Hartford, Connecticut
June 29, 1847

At the residence of O.S. Hubbard, Deep River, Ct., June 26th, Adeline Hubbard, only child of James Grant, Esq., of Davenport, Iowa, aged 1 year and 5 days.

[transcribed by S.F., June 2007]


St. Joseph Gazette
St. Joseph, Missouri
September 9, 1847

Supposed Loss of Emigrants
Mr. S.L. Campbell, late from Oregon has furnished us the following list of persons supposed to have been murdered by the Indians, on the southern route to Oregon. this company left St. Joseph under Capt. Smith and were joined at the north fork of Platte river by a company of six wagons from Independence. They separated near Independence Rock, where the hindmost company took what is called the southern route, and traveled it some distance. About this time a portion of the emigrants becoming dissatisfied with the route, a council was held whether to proceed onward or return. In the meantime a paper was found signed by several persons in Oregon, urging all the emigrants to take this route, as it was some 300 miles nearer, besides a much better road. Notwithstanding this, several persons refused to travel the road any further and returned back. Those that attempted to go through have not been heard of since, only by the Indians at the Dallas, who state that a party of Oregon emigrants were killed on this route. Mr. Campbell was personally acquainted with a number of persons in this company, a list of which follows:
Col. Richie and family of 11 persons from Henderson co., Ills.
John Stark and family of five persons from Henderson co., Ills.
Mr. Tucker and family of 7 persons, from Rock Island, Ill.
Job and Jonathan Parr and families of 11 persons from Lee co. Iowa.
Mr. Graves and family of 11 persons from Peoria, Ill
Mr. McCracken and family of 5 persons, from Wapello co. Iowa
Wm. Daniels and family of 4 persons, from Jefferson co. Iowa
Mr. Bothe and family of 6 persons from Lee co. Iowa
John Lenox and family of 5 persons from Indiana
Mr. Howell and family of 12 persons from Hannibal
John Bowles from Galena, Ills.
From this it will be seen that near one hundred persons have been murdered by the Indians, or have perished for want of food, and all owing to the false representations of a few heartless speculators, who may wish to benefit themselves at the expense of several valuable lives. The emigrants inform us that these men have property in certain portions of Oregon, and by forcing the emigration to a particular point, they are benefitted thereby. Emigrants cannot be too careful in taking new roads, unless experience has proven them to be practicable.

[transcribed by S.F., March 2005]


Hartford Daily Courant
Hartford, Connecticut
November 19, 1847

In this city, on the 16th inst., by the Rev. C.R. Fisher, Richard Hildreth, of Burlington, Iowa, and Esther Gookins, of East Cambridge, Mass.

[transcribed by S.F., February 2008]

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