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Re: Lemon/Lamon of Vermilion Co., Illinois
Posted by: Joel Swink (ID *****8448) Date: October 01, 2005 at 23:54:35
In Reply to: Re: Lemon/Lamon of Vermilion Co., Illinois by Kelle Metz of 320

I'm not sure why in particular I was searching for George Lamon. Perhaps I was under the impression he was the ancestor of all the Lemon/Lamons out of Danville, Ill.

At any rate I was following the emigration of a few of the Lemons who came to Oregon Territory in the early 1850's.

I have come into possession of several letters written between 1853 and 1858 from Oregon to Norman Palmer in Danville, Ill. The letters ceased because Norman died in Danville in 1858. The letters began because he had taken the children of his first marriage to Oregon in 1851 and then returned to Ill. in 1852.

I was trying to find out more about the trip the Palmers made over the Oregon Trail. In the letters three different Lemons are mentioned.

When Cornelius Palmer left Oregon in 1853 he went to Californis to try his luck in the gold fields. He reported back to his father that he ran into Bruce Lemon at Shasta City.

Ellen Palmer and Luna Palmer reported home in separate letters that Ellen Lemon was soon to marry M. I. Moores.

In another letter, Cornelius Palmer wrote that R.B. Lemon gave him some news about Mr. Bennett and that John Galusha was thinking about returning to Danville.

I do not know much about the Lamons/Lemons of Danville, save that one was a law partner of Abraham Lincoln.

I assume the Lemons mentioned above came out to Oregon sometime before the letters were writen and possibly on the same wagon train as the Palmers in 1851.

One of the Palmer siblings, Emily Palmer Sconce came out in 1853. Her first husband, John Sconce, died and she joined with another family and came out over the Oregon Trail. Whereas we have some knowledge of the 1851 trip we know nothing of the trip in 1853. Maybe the Lemons came in the 1853 journey with Emily.


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