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  • ID: I202
  • Name: Peter SMITH
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 APR 1810 in <Greenbrier County>, (West) VA
  • Death: 13 JUN 1889
  • Census: 1870 Forest Grove, Washington County, OR
  • Census: 1880 Dairy Creek, Washington County, OR
  • Occupation: carpenter
  • Note:
    Note: - OR TRAIL PIONEER - 1851
    Peter SMITH and his wife, Rachel CRAWFORD SMITH came across the OR Trail from Madison, Indiana. They arrived in OR in the fall of 1851 and settled Donation Land Claim #3491 in what is now southwest Portland, in the vicinity of Patton and Scholls Ferry roads and extending southward to Hamilton Street. By 1870, the family removed to the Dairy Creek,/Forest Grove area of Washington County.
    - "We Claimed This Land: Portland's Pioneer Settlers"
    by Eugene E. Snyder; Binford & Mort Publishing, Portland, OR copyright 1989
    "With Peter, we are on firmer ground because he acquired his 319 acres as a Donation Land Claim, and reliable Land Office records are available for DLCs. Peter was born in 1810 in VA (more precisely, in the part that separated from VA in 1861, because of a difference of opinion about the Civil War, and became the State of West VA in 1863). Peter came to OR on 1851. A year before, in Indiana, he married Rachel, so he was entitled to 320 acres. Claimants often accepted a tract smaller than that for which they might have qualified, in order to get a desirable location amidst the claims that had already been taken. Peter's tract, upon which he settled in November 1851, is in what is now southwest Portland, in the vicinity of Patton and Scholls Ferry roads and extending southward to Hamilton Street. By 1868, Thomas Humphrey, probably related to H. M. Humphrey whose DLC was just to the north, had purchased most of Peter's land.
    At least five Peter Smiths appear in various Portland and OR archives, but not one of them has a birth year or year of arrival in OR that corresponds with that of our subject. So, but for the bare facts just stated, Peter and Rachel must live and die in obscurity."
    NOTE - arthor did not find 1880 & 1870 Washington County, OR census which shows the Peter Smith family in the Forest Grove/Dairy Creek area.
    - 1850 United States Federal Census
    Peter Smith
    Name: Smith, Peter
    Year: 1850
    County: Jefferson
    Township: Lancaster Twp
    State: Indiana
    Roll: M432_154
    Page: 272
    Image: 546
    - 1870 United States Federal Census OR: Washington: Forest Grove: 127
    Name: Peter Smith
    Age in 1870: 60
    Estimated Birth Year: 1809
    Birthplace: VA
    Home in 1870: Forest Grove, Washington County, OR
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Occupation: carpenter
    Post Office: Forest Grove
    Roll: M593_1288
    Page: 465
    Image: 247
    Year: 1870
    - 1880 United States Census Dairy, Washington County, OR (104)
    Peter SMITH Male
    Birth Year <1810>
    Birthplace VA
    Age 70
    Occupation Farmer
    Marital Status M <Married>
    Race W <White>
    Head of Household Peter SMITH
    Relation Self
    Father's Birthplace VA
    Mother's Birthplace VA
    Census Place Dairy, Washington County, OR
    Enumeration District: 127
    Family History Library Film 1255084
    NA Film Number T9-1084
    Page Number 328C
    - Married: 5 Dec 1850, Jefferson County, IN
    - Online Links le=54898
  • Change Date: 16 SEP 2004

    Father: Henry SMITH + b: in VA
    Mother: Margaret UNKNOWN + b: 1768 in VA

    Marriage 1 Rachel CRAWFORD b: 4 MAR 1822 in Jennings County, IN
    • Married: 5 DEC 1850 in Jefferson County, IN 1
    1. Has No Children baby son SMITH b: 1 SEP 1851
    2. Has Children Nira (Mira) Elizabeth SMITH b: 16 OCT 1852 in Washington County, OR
    3. Has Children Thomas Benton SMITH b: 17 NOV 1854 in Washington County, OR
    4. Has No Children George Robert SMITH b: 16 APR 1856 in OR
    5. Has No Children James C SMITH b: 17 AUG 1856 in Washington County, OR
    6. Has No Children John Allen SMITH b: ABT 1857 in OR
    7. Has Children Jesse E Vawter SMITH b: 10 FEB 1861 in Washington County, OR
    8. Has Children William T Franklin SMITH b: 5 FEB 1863 in Washington County, OR

    1. Type: Indiana State Library Genealogy Division
      Text: Indiana State Library Genealogy Division
      "S - T"
      Indiana Marriages Through 1850
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