Comments on: Hey Oregon! Happy 155th Statehood Day! http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/14/hey-oregon-happy-155th-statehood-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hey-oregon-happy-155th-statehood-day The official blog of Ancestry Sun, 24 May 2015 23:26:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Jacklyn Brickerhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/14/hey-oregon-happy-155th-statehood-day/#comment-198073 Jacklyn Bricker Sun, 16 Feb 2014 03:09:09 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14880#comment-198073 Quite coincidentally, last night I was rereading an excerpt from Scrap Book #43, pages 129-30 Oregon Historical Society “Immigrants of 1841″ from The Ledger by John Flett. This is the first account of Hudson Bay settlers South of the Columbia River that I’ve found. I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, I’m just adding an information source to the discussion.

The immigrants of 1841 were a party of 23 families (I know that many if not all heads of family were at one time Hudson Bay Co employees – JB) who agreed to emigrate to the Oregon Territory to increase the number of British subjects to ensure more votes for British rule of the territory than American. Unfortunately, the HBC could not fulfill their promise to emigrants of houses, livestock, farming implements, etc. I know that at some of these men settled in the Willamette Valley, along with former American trappers, and supported Oregon statehood through involvement in the Wolf meetings.

John Flett mentions that the emigrant party reached The Dalles in early October 1841 where a Methodist Mission had been established.

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By: skeptichttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/14/hey-oregon-happy-155th-statehood-day/#comment-197743 skeptic Sat, 15 Feb 2014 01:27:51 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14880#comment-197743 I’m curious about the statement “The first settlements in the area were in the late 1700s”. Lewis and Clark didn’t reach Oregon until 1805. The “Oregon State Guide” that you link to says “Fur trappers with the Hudson Bay Company were the first non-Native American settlers in Oregon in 1829.” The only late 1700s people mentioned in the Guide were explorers, who most would not put in the category of settlers.

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