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James Terwilliger >Family of Daniel Boone (the famous one)>Oregon Trail
Posted by: Rosy Prospect (ID *****3366) Date: September 05, 2008 at 13:46:47
In Reply to: Lewis and Clak Salt works>Charlotte Terwilliger Moffett Cartwright deeds land by Rosy Prospect of 927

From: Rosy Prospect
Subject: Family of James Terwilliger>Family of Daniel Boone(the famous one) neighbors/Oregon Trail>Portland, Oregon 1800s Date:

JAMES TERWILLIGER who was born in New York around 1808/1809 and lived many places and then set out on the Oregon Trail.

I do know that the family of JAMES TERWILLIGER of Portland, Oregon have something in common with the family of DANIEL BOONE (the famous one), like the TERWILLIGER'S, a branch of the Boone family emigrated to Oregon and they are pioneers of 1846.

"The Boones established a ferry on an old Indian trail running from Salem and the French Prairie area to the newly established city of Portland, Oregon. (source:
Alphonso Boone was a Grandchild of Daniel Boone. "After a long and arduous journey to Oregon, Alphonso established the Boone's Ferry, North of Salem on the Boones Ferry Road which continued to operate for 107 years (source: Boone Society articles).

There is a grave marker for Jesse V. Boone at the intersection of TERWILLIGER and SW Boones Ferry Road erected by the Boone family association. Jesse took over operation of the ferry after Alphonso Boone died in California during the gold rush era. (see Boone forum)

Emma Ruth Ross Slavin was 11 years old when her family joined the Oregon migration. Israel Mitchell, Grandnephew of Daniel Boone was her Stepfather. The Ross-Mitchell family are Oregon pioneers of 1847. Emma wrote "Reminiscences of Emma Ruth Ross" for the Oregon pioneer reunion when she was 70 years old. When they first arrived "The Mitchells lived on the Jimmy Stevens place or maybe the Belden Murray place at the east end of the present Ross Island bridge, in 1848. It was one of the only two houses on the east side of the Williamette. The two girls, Sarah and Emma, now 14 and 11, crossed the river to go to school in a small boat, a rough trip in winter winds (they went to the first school in Portland which was a coop shop)". source: Ross diary

Charlotte Terwilliger was also attending the first school in Portland, Oregon. "The name of Charlotte Terwilliger is enrolled as one of the first pupils of the first school taught in Portland" source: Charlotte's biography

Emma Ross married John Addison Slavin, a pioneer of 1850, in a letter that John Slavin wrote to his sister "we were married the 30th day of December 52. Her name was Emma Ruth Ross, was stepdaughter of Judge Mitchell, a man of considerable note in this county, he lives four miles South of me". The Ross-Mitchell family had lived across the river and the TERWILLIGER'S had a place on the banks of the Williamette River on First and Morrison. John Slavin did have property on Fifth and Morrison. When CHARLOTTE TERWILLIGER married she lived on Seventh Street. When Emma Ross married she was 15 and it was "just a trail" to get home. She rode on horseback with her husband. The Slavins, Moffetts and the Terwilliger families had land close together.

Here is some information on the first school(s) in Portland, Oregon:
The first day school of any kind in Portland was opened in the fall of 1847, by Dr. Ralph Wilcox. It was conducted in a house erected by Mr. McNemee at the foot of Taylor street... It continued probably one quarter. The names of some of the pupils are given : Frances McNemee (Mrs. E. J. Northrup,) her brothers Moses, Adam and
Sarah, Mary, Peter and John ; Henry Hill, Helen Hill (Mrs. Wm. Powell)
J. Miller Murphy, Lucy and Charlotte Barnes, EMMA AND SARAH ROSS, ALONZO TERWILLIGER. There were, no doubt, others, but their names I have not ascertained.
Dr. Wilcox was born in East Bloomfield, Ontario county, N. Y., July 9, 1818. Graduated at Geneva Medical College, August 7, 1839. Came to Oregon in 1846. Died in Portland, April 18, 1877.

In February, 1848, Thomas Carter and family reached Portland. In April or May of that year Miss Julia Carter (Mrs. Joseph S. Smith) opened a school in a log cabin on the corner of Second and Stark streets. She taught one quarter. She had perhaps thirty-five pupils in all. Most of those attending Dr. Wilcox's school were her pupils. These additional names are
recalledóJohn Cullen, Carrie Polk, the Warren girls (one now Mrs. Richard
White, the other Mrs. D. C. Coleman, deceased,) several of the Apjersons,
and two of the Pettigrew children.
In the winter of 1848 and '49. Aaron J. Hyde taught a school in what was, for years, known as the "Cooper Shop." This "cooper shop" was the only "public hall" in the town for some time. It was located on the west side of First street, between Morrison and Yamhill streets (lot 3, block 14.) This lot was sold May 12, 185,(, to Davis & Monastes for $200. It was commonly reported in those days that a former owner, one Samuel Hancock, of W. T.,
bought it for the consideration of "two pupa." A photograph of the cooper shop is in the possession of David Monastes...
source: Tenth annual report of the public schools of Portland, Oregon

When JAMES TERWILLIGER went to California during the gold rush era, his blacksmith shop was turned into a school for only one season. A girl with the last name of KING helped convert the blacksmith shop into a school. It was too cold...(Pioneer Association transactions)

I found a news article that said "Yesterday, "Pioneers Day" was an event in the record of Portland Methodism. Not only residents of Portland, but methodists of the early times from all over the state gathered to make the fifth day of the week of the golden jubilee of the Taylor-Street Methodist Church an epoch in her history...
...the pastor also called upon all those present who had been to the church before 1860 to come forward, and 19 responded. Investigation also showed that four of the members of the first Sunday school, in 1848, were present-MRS. EMMA R. SLAVEN, Mrs. Helen Powell, Mrs. Carrie J. Hibbard and MRS. CHARLOTTE CARTWRIGHT answering this call.

Source list:
End of the Oregon Trail interpretative center
1726 Washington Street
Oregon City, Oregon
The Boone family emigrants of 1846, pioneer family of the month, Feb. 1998.

Article on Alphonso Boone 1796-1850 by Arlene Curry Buschert, Gggranddaughter at

Ross Diary-Reminiscence of Emma Ruth Ross Slavin contributed by Joan Aldrich at a website run by Stephenie Flora.
See also letter from John Addison Slavin also contributed by Joan Aldrich.

Biography of Charlotte Terwilliger Moffett Cartwright contributed by Missy on
at the Terwilliger Rootsweb archive.

"Pioneers in Church-Notable gathering in Taylor Street. Crusaders of Methodism Meet and Commune in the Spirit of Bygone Days". Morning Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) October 14, 1898; pg8; Issue 11, 807; Col C.

Mitchell family researcher-Mitchell genforum message #14179 a Robert Mitchell has a rootsweb page with the family of Israel Mitchell.

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