Ancestors of Melvin E. Davidson


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1. Melvin Edward Davidson,1 son of George Henry Davidson 2 and Anna Victoria Isabelle Hastie,3 was born on 7 Dec 1915 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States,4 died on 3 Mar 1982 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States5 at age 66, and was buried in Mar 1982 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.6 The cause of his death was Cancer. Another name for Melvin was Cutie and Mel.

Birth Notes: Benton County Court House,Corvallis,Oregon-Records-book2,Page1,Show birth date Dec 7,1915.

Death Notes:
Melvin passed away at the home of his Daughter Patricia Davidson Seevers in Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon. George, Pat and John (Skeet) were at his bedside at the time of his death.


Oregon Death Index
Name: Davidson, Melvin Edward
County: Benton
Death Date: 03 Mar 1982
Certificate: 82-03525
Birth Date: 07 DEC 1915

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs:
Name: Melvin Davidson Gender: Male Birth Date: 7 Dec 1915 Death Date: 3 Mar 1982 SSN: 544051290 Branch 1: ARMY Enlistment Date 1: 15 Jan 1943 Release Date 1: 16 Mar 1946

Burial Notes:
Burial: OakLawn Memorial Park, Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon
Buried March 5, 1982, Block 7, Section 176, Lot 1

General Notes:
Melvin spent a majority of his working life driving a log truck and living in Philomath, Benton County, Oregon

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: log truck driver, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 1920, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 1930, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 7

Education: Philomath High School 2-years, 1932, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 1 Apr 1935, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 238 East College St, Apr 1940, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 8

Occupation: lumber mill truck driver, Apr 1940, , Benton County, Oregon, United States. 8

Military: 15 Jan 1943-16 Mar 1946, Ft. Lewis, , Washington, United States. 9

Military: U. S. Army - Camp Haan, 1944, Tehama, Tehama, California, United States.

Residence: P O Box 355, 16 Mar 1946, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 1980, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Social Security Number: 544-05-1290, 1982.

Remembering DAD: 1998

Remembrances: George Davidson (adopted son) 1998
Dad drove a logging truck most of his life, I remember while I was young, about 8 or 10 years old, he would take me along for a day. We had to get up very early in the morning..around 3 or 4 am...we would have our packed lunch..and Dad always had his thermos of coffee. They would load up the logging truck up in the mountains (coast range) and often the roads were narrow and very steep..I remember I wondered how we would keep from just falling off the road into the deep canyons. It would often be several hours from loading the truck until we would be at a mill to dump the logs. My favorite was hauling cedar logs..because they smelled so good and the mill ponds full of cedar logs was something you could smell the cedar well before you arrived at the pond. Riding in that big truck was a real treat for a kid...although the hours were long.
Dad drove logging truck right up until he retired..throwing those heavy log chains over the loads at his age was hard to believe.

I remember one day, Dad took me up to the old Peak/Davidson Cemetery on the side of Mary's Peak that is now private land, at the time it was a small town called Peak were he was raised and the Davidson Clan had homesteads. The cemetery is still there but the old homes are all gone. You can still find flowers growing were the old homes used to be. Daffodil flowers were Dads favorite, and he would show them to me were his old home used to stand..still growing years later we transplanted some of them to my yard in Corvallis. I suspect they still are growing.



Melvin married Mary Pearl Bottger,10 daughter of Frank Albin Bottger 12 and Lola Pearl Ball,13 on 24 Aug 1946 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.11 The marriage ended in divorce on 14 Sep 1959. Mary was born on 20 Mar 1925 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States,10 died on 16 Aug 2008 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States10 at age 83, and was buried on 21 Aug 2008 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.14 The cause of her death was Dementia, Renal Failure.

Marriage Notes:
Melvin used to tell us kids that the reason they put up flages downtown Philomath on Dec. 7th was because of his birthday rather than the real reason: "Pearl Harbor Day"

Marriage Certificate: Melvin E. Davidson and Mary Pearl Bottger, married on Aug 24, 1946 in Philomath by Rev. Henderson in the presence of: Shirly and John Bottger.

Oregon Marriage Index:
Name: Melvin Davidson Spouse's Name: Mary Bottger Marriage Date: 24 Aug 1946 County: Benton

Noted events in their marriage were:

Residence: 1957, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 1959.

Residence: 350 North K. St, 1960, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Death Notes: Oregon Death Index:
Name: Mary P Hammar Age: 83 Birth Date: 1925 Death Date: 16 Aug 2008 Death Place: Benton

Mary passed away around 7 P.M. - daughters Pat and Vicki were with her.

Burial Notes:
McHenry Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Mary Pearl Hammar
(March 20, 1925 - August 16, 2008)
Mary Pearl Hammar died Aug. 16 at the Corvallis Manor.
She was born March 20, 1925, in Corvallis to Frank and Lola Ball Bottger and lived most of her life in Oregon.
Mary graduated from the Summit Elementary School system in 1939 and attended Philomath High School from 1939 to 1941.
Mary enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially the company of her pets.
She married Melvin E. Davidson on Aug. 24, 1946, and Calvin "Jim" Hammar on Sept. 3, 1965. Mary was preceded in death by a sister, Baby Ann in January 1943; Melvin Davidson on March 3, 1982; Calvin Hammar in 1985; and a sister, Frances Gregg, on Aug. 17, 2001.
Mary is survived by a sister, Merle Groff, and a brother, John A. Bottger, of Corvallis; two sons, George and his wife, Frances, of Peoria, Ariz., and Harry and his wife, Diana, of La Pine; two daughters, Patricia Seevers and her husband, John, of Corvallis, and Vicki Williams and her husband, Thomas, of Tangent; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at McHenry Funeral Home. Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Corvallis.
Donations can be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, 1046 Sixth Ave. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.


Obituary Daily Times Index 1995-2010:
Name: Mary Pearl (Bottger)[Davidson] Hammar Obituary Date: 19 Aug 2008 Death Date: Abt 2008 Death Place: Corvallis OR Age: 83 Birth Year: abt 1925


\bMary Pearl Hammar: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Corvallis Gazette-Times (OR) - Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Deceased Name: Mary Pearl Hammar
March 20, 1925 - Aug. 16, 2008
Mary Pearl Hammar died Aug. 16 at the Corvallis Manor.
She was born March 20, 1925, in Corvallis to Frank and Lola Ball Bottger and lived most of her life in Oregon.
Mary graduated from the Summit Elementary School system in 1939 and attended Philomath High School from 1939 to 1941.
Mary enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially the company of her pets.
She married Melvin E. Davidson on Aug. 24, 1946, and Calvin "Jim" Hammar on Sept. 3, 1965. Mary was preceded in death by a sister, Baby Ann in January 1943; Melvin Davidson on March 3, 1982; Calvin Hammar in 1985; and a sister, Frances Gregg, on Aug. 17, 2001.
Mary is survived by a sister, Merle Groff, and a brother, John A. Bottger, of Corvallis; two sons, George and his wife, Frances, of Peoria, Ariz., and Harry and his wife, Diana, of La Pine; two daughters, Patricia Seevers and her husband, John, of Corvallis, and Vicki Williams and her husband, Thomas, of Tangent; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at McHenry Funeral Home. Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Corvallis.
Donations can be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, 1046 Sixth Ave. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.
Copyright 2008 gazettetimes.com. 600 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR. All rights reserved.

Noted events in her life were:

Census: 17 Apr 1930, Hoskins, Benton, Oregon, United States. 15 (Household Member)

Education: Philomath High School, 1939-1941, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Graduation: Elementry School, 15 May 1939, , Benton County, Oregon, United States.

Census: 11 Apr 1940, Summit, Benton, Oregon, United States. 16

Residence: 17 Dec 1940, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 18 Aug 1941, Piercy, Mendocino, California, United States.

Residence: 562 Van Buren, 2 Feb 1943, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Occupation: Derham Manufacturing Co. Inc. employee, Between 1962 and 1966, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Occupation: Lamb Weston Empolyee, 1974, Hermiston, Umatilla, Oregon, United States.

Baptism: St. James' Episcopal Church, 16 Mar 1980, Lincoln City, Lincoln, Oregon, United States.

Confirmation: St. James' Episcopal Church, 21 Sep 1980, Lincoln City, Lincoln, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 31661Fern Rd., 1985-2003, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 1993, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 2628 NW Satinwood St., 2003-2008, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: Between 2004 and 2007, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: Regency Park Place, 2595 Jack London St A-9, Between Dec 2007 and Jul 2008, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: Corvallis Manor, 160 NE Conifer Blvd Room 314A, Between Jul 2008 and 16 Aug 2008, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  George Ivan Davidson

         ii.  Patricia Ann Davidson

        iii.  Harry Leon Davidson

         iv.  Vicki Marie Davidson


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2. George Henry Davidson,17 son of Harrison Davidson 18 and Austia Ann Virginia Cramer,19 was born on 26 Feb 1882 in Canyonville, Douglas, Oregon, United States,20 died on 16 Feb 1919 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States21 at age 36, and was buried on 19 Feb 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.22 The cause of his death was Influenza and blood clot.23

Birth Notes: Notes from George's sister Viola Davidson Farmer-state George was born in Ashland, Oregon enroute to Peak, Oregon

Death Notes:
Oregon Vital Records: Death Index:
Name: Davidson, George Henry
County: Benton
Death Date: 16 Feb 1919
Certificate: 25

Weekly Gazette Times, Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon Index reports George Davidson died 20 Feb 1919

Medical Notes: George's Death Certificate informant and signature: Mrs. Harrison Davidson (Virginia Cramer)
Certified copy of death certificate held by George Davidson (Peoria, Arizona - Nov 2009)

Noted events in his life were:

Census: Jun 1900, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States. 24

Residence: 16 Mar 1909, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: Apr 1910, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 25

Occupation: farmer, 12 Sep 1918, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States. 26

Physical Description: 12 Sep 1918, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States. 26

George married Anna Victoria Isabelle Hastie 3 on 7 Jun 1911 in , Benton County, Oregon, United States.28 Anna was born on 30 Nov 1889 in Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada,29 died on 2 Jan 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States30 at age 29, and was buried on 5 Jan 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.29 The cause of her death was Pneumonia.29 Other names for Anna were Vickie, Anna Victoria Isabelle Davidson, and31 Victoria Hastie.32

Marriage Notes:
Marriage Record Index: 1850-1945:
Marriage Record for George Henry Davidson
Spouse: Anna Victoria Isabelle HASTIE
Date: 7 Jun 1911
B/G: Groom
Source: Book:7 Page:560b
County and State: Benton Co. OR

Marriage Certificate:
George Henry Davidson and Anna Victoria Hastie are married at the home of J.M. Bell in the presence of: E.M. (Evan Monroe) Harris and Mrs. M. Bell by Rev. Bell on June 7, 1911.

Oregon State Archives Historical Records Index:
Case# 7-560b Name Hastie, Anne Victoria Isabell & Davidson, George Date 1911 Record Type Marriage County Benton Source Genealogical


Collection: Oregon Marriages, 1853-1935
Groom's Name: George Henry Davidson
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Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Anna Victoria I. Hastie
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Bride's Age:
Marriage Date: 07 Jun 1911
Marriage Place: , Benton, Oregon
Groom's Father's Name:
Groom's Mother's Name:
Bride's Father's Name:
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Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59384-1
System Origin: Oregon-VR
Source Film Number: 908958
Reference Number: 2:1JDJWCH

Oregon Marriage Index:
Name: Anna Victoria Hastie Marriage Date: 7 Jun 1911 County: Benton Level Info: Index of Oregon Marriages (Bride & Groom) For the Period 1906 through 1920
Oregon Marriage Index 1911-1915

Oregon, Marriage Index, 1906-2009:
Name: George Henry Davidson Marriage Date: 7 Jun 1911 Marriage Place: Benton, Oregon, USA


Noted events in their marriage were:

Census: Apr 1910, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 33

Residence: 1912, Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 13 Mar 1914, Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 12 Sep 1918, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States. 34

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  Bertha May Morini was born on 13 Dec 1908 in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States,35 died on 2 May 1984 in Mount Angel, Marion, Oregon, United States36 at age 75, and was buried in May 1984 in Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon, United States.37 The cause of her death was Head and Neck Cancer. Other names for Bertha were Bertha May Davidson and Bertha M. Morene.

         ii.  Harrison Hastie Davidson was born on 6 Jun 1912 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States,38 died on 17 Oct 1944 in Camp Bowie, Brown County, Texas, United States38 at age 32, and was buried on 27 Oct 1944 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States. The cause of his death was Internal injuries of chest and intrapulmonary hemorrhage. Another name for Harrison was Harry Davidson.

        iii.  Ada Virginia Davidson was born on 8 Mar 1914 in , Benton County, Oregon, United States,39 died on 11 Feb 1973 in San Mateo, San Mateo, California, United States40 at age 58, and was buried on 14 Feb 1973 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.41

1        iv.  Melvin Edward Davidson (born on 7 Dec 1915 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States - died on 3 Mar 1982 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States)

          v.  Robena Gertrude Davidson was born on 4 Sep 1917 in , Benton County, Oregon, United States,38 died on 11 Sep 1995 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States5 at age 78, and was buried in Sep 1995 in Happy Valley, Clackamas, Oregon, United States.




3. Anna Victoria Isabelle Hastie,3 daughter of George Benjamin Hastie 29 and Adalaide Temple, was born on 30 Nov 1889 in Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada,29 died on 2 Jan 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States30 at age 29, and was buried on 5 Jan 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.29 The cause of her death was Pneumonia.29 Other names for Anna were Vickie, Anna Victoria Isabelle Davidson, and31 Victoria Hastie.32

Death Notes:
Oregon Vital Recoards: Death Index
Name: Davidson, Anna Victoria Isabelle
County: Benton
Death Date: 02 Jan 1919
Certificate: 1

Index for 4 Jan 1919, Daily Gazette Times, Benton County reports death Victoria Davidson also the Weekly Gazette Times Index for 9 Jan 1919 reports death Victoria Davidson.

Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth: 14 Nov 1889, Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada.

Census: Sep 1891, Maple Creek, , Saskatchewan, Canada.

Census: Maple Creek, Assiniboia, The Territories, District 204, 31 Mar 1901, Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada. 42

Residence: Dec 1908, , Alameda County, California, United States. 32

Residence: Sep 1909, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 19 Apr 1910, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States. 25

Residence: 12 Jun 1917, Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Anna had a relationship with Victor Charles Morine.,43 son of Charles E.. Morine and Alice. Marriage status: death of spouse. This couple did not marry. Victor was born on 19 Jan 1890 in Lower Lake, Lake, California, United States44 and died on 4 Jan 1991 in Kailua, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States at age 100. Other names for Victor were Charles Victor Morine and45 Victor Morini.

Marriage Notes: Do not know status of Victor and Victoria-suspect they never married but not verified.

Their child was:

          i.  Bertha May Morini was born on 13 Dec 1908 in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States,35 died on 2 May 1984 in Mount Angel, Marion, Oregon, United States36 at age 75, and was buried in May 1984 in Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon, United States.37 The cause of her death was Head and Neck Cancer. Other names for Bertha were Bertha May Davidson and Bertha M. Morene.

Anna married George Henry Davidson 17 on 7 Jun 1911 in , Benton County, Oregon, United States.28 George was born on 26 Feb 1882 in Canyonville, Douglas, Oregon, United States,20 died on 16 Feb 1919 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States21 at age 36, and was buried on 19 Feb 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.22 The cause of his death was Influenza and blood clot.23
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4. Harrison Davidson,18 son of Robert Davidson 46 and Elizabeth Gochanour,47 was born on 20 Oct 1836 in Wardensville, Hardy, Virginia, United States,48 died on 2 Dec 1925 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States49 at age 89, and was buried on 4 Dec 1925 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.50 Another name for Harrison was Harry Davidson.51

Birth Notes: Shenandoah Valley

Death Notes:
Oregon Death Index
Name: Davidson, Harrison
County: Benton
Death Date: 02 Dec 1925
Certificate: 124

Death Certificate #124 for Harrison Davidson shows Parents: Robert Davidson and Elizabeth Gochenour. Death Date Dec 2, 1925, death occurred about 1030pm-Philomath, Benton County, Oregon. Informant was his wife, Virginia Cramer Davidson.

General Notes: Quoted from the "Davidson History 1836-1969",
written by Viola Davidson Farmer. (Daughter of Harrison Davidson)
Harrison Davidson was born Oct. 20,1836 in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. His father was Robert Davidson-Scotch & Welch. His mother was Elizabeth Gochenour Davidson-German & Irish. He was the youngest of three brothers: Henry and Noah being older. When he was four years old, his father died, and shortly after this his sister, Mary, was born. The boys went to live with other members of the family. Elizabeth kept the baby girl with her. She became a tailor and made her own living. Harrison went to live with (believe this should be Viola's Uncle Henry Davidson)his uncle Henry (abt 1842). Henry had one child of his own, a son. He planned to give each of the boys -Harrison and his own son- a piece of land and a farm to start when they were 21. His own son said he preferred to have $100 and go on his own way. so, Uncle Henry gave Harrison his choice also.
In the meantime, the whole family had moved to Ohio into the Milford Center area. Now it seems that Harrison and his cousin, Henry were interested in the same girl. The day Harrison found that Henry was engaged to his "Nancy" girl, he was unhappy all day, but plowed corn as usual. This was about his 21st birthday, and his decision was made. He unhooked his big Clydesdale team and started to lead them to the water trough. One horse got in a hurry and stepped on Harry's foot, just about ruining his big toe. He figured he could not plow corn for several days and not wanting to see his girl marry his "brother", he gave way to the "Go West, Young Man" slogan and ask for his $100.

He boarded a train to New York and booked steerage passage to Panama (abt 1857). There he rode a narrow gauge railroad across the isthmus and had his first look at the Pacific Ocean.

I am not clear on his joining up with Barnum & Bailey Circus, but I think he went to San Francisco by boat and got a job driving for the circus. At any rate, I remember many stories he told of his experiences there. Like the time a trainer stuck his head in a lion's mouth. I think he had spent one winter in the training area and had seen this man do it many times without harm, but to his alarm and disgust. Harrison was a very brave man with few fears for the necessary thing, but temperate and not willing to take unnecessary risks. Well, the story about the Lion! This day he was cross and uncooperative and he clamped down on the trainers head and held it. The band went into action and as long as they kept up the proper tempo the lion just held, but if they slowed at all, he tightened up. So, the band played steadily until another trainer worked close enough to put a pistol at the lion's ear and break his jaw with a lethal bullet. The trainer was not in very good shape after that, but he lived. When the circus went on the road in the spring, Harry went as a teamster and he drove the wagon for Tom Thumb and his tiny wife. He grew very fond of both of them and enjoyed caring for them that year. When they got to winter quarters in the fall he left them for the gold fields at Marysville (abt 1859).
He bought a big freight wagon and four horses, and formed a partnership with a big burly man called "Smash" because his huge misshapen nose. They freighted supplies into the mine areas and gold ore out..San Francisco, Marysville, Susanville, Reno, Las Vegas, Truckee, Fort Bridger, Carson City, & Virginia City. I loved to sit on his lap in the evenings while he told his travels and experiences like the time he and Smash nearly got shot in a saloon brawl.
He hauled gold from "The Hornet"-that deep, deep hot mine where men could only work 1/2 hr shifts at a time. It was also called "The Yellow Jacket" He told of passing Lake Tahoe--how beautiful and clear the water was and the many objects on the bottom..even at great depths..he could see. He stayed many nights at a small Hotel in Beckworth on the Nevada/California line. The hotel was run by Mr. & Mrs Eden Cramer. He met and married their daughter, Virginia (May 1,1873). They headed north when the gold traffic tapered off. The Cramers had built up a fine herd of Durham cattle. With two or three wagons, and horse and cattle herds, they started North (1881), working along the new railway up through Dunsmuir, Klamath Falls, Medford, Ashland until they finally reached the Willamette Valley (abt 1882). In the Mary's Peak area they homesteaded six miles south of Blodgett and 12 miles west of Philomath on the Harlan Road. (Note) On the trip to Oregon, the Davidson's stopped at Canyonville for several months and worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad tunnel at Cow Creek Canyon. Their teams were used in its construction. Harrison Davidson was in charge of all the horses, even supervising their care if they became sick. He was also a skilled axe man, after cutting a log half through, he would roll it over and cut from the opposite side. The surface would be as smooth as if it were sanded..as told by Robert E. Davidson.

From: David D. Norris Family Tree Records: Harrison lived during the Civil War. He wasn't in the army, but he hated Lincoln. He drove wagons from Frisco to the gold mines. He also drove a wagon for Barnum Baily-Tom Thumb's.

BLM-Land Grant-Benton County Oregon:
Names
Patentee: HARRISON DAVIDSON
Survey
State: OREGON
Acres: 160
Metes/Bounds: No
Title Transfer
Issue Date: 7/15/1904
Land Office: OREGON CITY
Cancelled: No
U.S. Reservations: Yes
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: May 20, 1862: HOMESTEAD ENTRY-ORIGINAL (12 Stat. 392)
Document Numbers
Document Nr.: 6637
Accession/Serial Nr.: OROCAA 023181
BLM Serial Nr.: OROCAA 023181


Voter Registration File: Family Search Website:
Name:Harrison Davidson
Event Type:Voter Registration
Event Date:1867
Event Year Range:
Event Place:Sierra Valley, Plumas, California, United States
Age:29
Birth Year (Estimated):1838
Birthplace:Virginia
Page:
GS Film number:977087
Digital Folder Number:005028169
Image Number:00008

Citing this Record:
"California Great Registers, 1866-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT67-8VH : accessed 28 May 2015), Harrison Davidson, 1867; citing Voter Registration, Sierra Valley, Plumas, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,087.

Voter Registration-Family Search Website:
Name:Harrison Davidson
Event Type:Voter Registration
Event Date:23 May 1879
Event Year Range:
Event Place:Beckworth, Plumas, California, United States
Age:41
Birth Year (Estimated):1838
Birthplace:Virginia
Page:8
GS Film number:977087
Digital Folder Number:005028169
Image Number:00192

Citing this Record:
"California Great Registers, 1866-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT67-T5Y : accessed 28 May 2015), Harrison Davidson, 23 May 1879; citing Voter Registration, Beckworth, Plumas, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,087.

Noted events in his life were:

Residence: with Uncle Henry Davidson, Abt 1842, Castalia, Erie, Ohio, United States.

Census: Jul 1860, Norwich Township, Franklin County, Ohio, United States. 52

Census: 13 Aug 1870, quartz Township, Plumas, California, United States. 53

Property: Personal Property $1,000, 13 Aug 1870, Quartz Township, , California, United States. 53

Occupation: Teamster, Freighter & Farmer, 1872. 54

Census: Jun 1880, Mason Valley, Esmorada County, Nevada, United States. 55

Occupation: Farmer, 24 Jun 1880, Mason Valley, Esmorada County, Nevada, United States.

moved: Cow Creek, Oregon, 1881.

moved: the Marys Peak-Blodgett area, Abt 1882, Harlan, Lincoln, Oregon, United States.

Census: Jun 1900, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States. 56

Census: 23 Apr 1910, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Occupation: Farmer, 23 Apr 1910, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: Jan 1920, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Harrison married Austia Ann Virginia Cramer 57 on 1 May 1873 in Beckwourth, Plumas, California, United States.58 Austia was born on 10 Mar 1855 in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States,59 died on 20 Sep 1942 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States60 at age 87, and was buried on 23 Sep 1942 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.61 Other names for Austia were Austina Cramer,62 Virginia Austia Ann Cramer,63 Virgie Davidson, and64 Virginia Ann Davidson.51

Marriage Notes:




Noted events in their marriage were:

Alt. Marriage: 1872.

Residence: from California Voters Registration Records, 23 May 1879, Beckwourth, Plumas, California, United States.

Census: Jun 1880, Mason Valley, Esmeralda, Nevada, United States. 55

Migrated: to the NW section of Marys Peak, 1885, , Benton County, Oregon, United States.

Census: Jun 1900, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States. 56

Census: 23 Apr 1910, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: Oct 1915, Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States. 65

Census: Jan 1920, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  Robert Edon Davidson was born on 11 Jan 1874 in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States,66 died on 8 Mar 1952 in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States5 at age 78, and was buried on 10 Mar 1952 in Springfield, Lane, Oregon, United States.

         ii.  Albert Weber Davidson was born on 2 Jun 1877 in Goldfield, Teller, Colorado, United States and died on 25 Sep 1878 in Beckwourth, Plumas, California, United States at age 1.

        iii.  Martha Elizabeth Davidson was born on 12 Apr 1879 in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States,24 died on 24 Oct 1915 in , Lincoln County, Oregon, United States at age 36, and was buried on 26 Oct 1915 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.65

         iv.  Eva Gertrude Davidson was born on 22 Jan 1880 in Beckwourth, Plumas, California, United States,67 died on 26 Mar 1971 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States at age 91, and was buried in 1971 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

2         v.  George Henry Davidson (born on 26 Feb 1882 in Canyonville, Douglas, Oregon, United States - died on 16 Feb 1919 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States)

         vi.  Noah Francis Ephream Davidson was born on 30 Nov 1886 in Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States,68 died on 1 Jan 1916 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States69 at age 29, and was buried on 3 Jan 1916 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.70 The cause of his death was Tuberculocis.70

        vii.  Mary Jane Davidson was born on 6 Jun 1889 in Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States,71 died on 7 Mar 1973 in Saint Helens, Columbia, Oregon, United States72 at age 83, and was buried on 10 Mar 1973 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.73

       viii.  Viola May Davidson was born on 1 May 1897 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States,74 died on 9 May 1995 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States75 at age 98, and was buried on 12 May 1995 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.76 The cause of her death was Natural Causes.




5. Austia Ann Virginia Cramer,57 daughter of Edon Cramer 77 and Martha Hughell,51 was born on 10 Mar 1855 in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States,59 died on 20 Sep 1942 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States60 at age 87, and was buried on 23 Sep 1942 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.61 Other names for Austia were Austina Cramer,62 Virginia Austia Ann Cramer,63 Virgie Davidson, and64 Virginia Ann Davidson.51

Birth Notes:
1900 Blodgett, Benton County, Oregon Census shows birth date March 1856.

Death Notes:
Passed away at 7:00pm, Sunday, Sept. 20, 1942 at the home of Gertrude Hamm (her Daughter) in Philomath, Benton County, Oregon.

Oregon Death Index

Name: Davidson, Virginia A
County: Benton
Death Date: 20 Sep 1942

Burial Notes: Virginia is the last person to be buried in the Davidson Cemetery.

Funeral Services: September 23, 1942-First United Brethern Church, Philomath, Oregon
10:30 a.m.
Burial: Davidson Cemetery, September 23, 1942-12:30 p.m.

Death Certificate says burial in Blogett, an error, actually in the Peak, Oregon (Davidson Cemetery).

General Notes:
Virginia Anne Cramer was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the youngest daughter of Eden and Martha. In the spring of 1864, when she was nine years old, she came across the plains to California in her father's wagon train.
About 1896 Mrs Davidson opened the post office in her home and called it Peak, Oregon. They lived there until the family was raised, then moved to Philomath for the last few years of their lives. Peak, Oregon Post office was commissioned Oct 11,1899 and decommissioned Oct 15,1917-Oregon Geographic Names.

(Quotes from the Davidson History 1836-1969,written by Viola Davidson-Farmer).

Story as told by Virginia (known as Grandma Davidson) to Trepha Hamm Baron:
When the wagon train was crossing the plains the Indians would visit the campsites to trade for beads and etc. Grandma remembered how one Indian wanted to buy her and how frightened she was that her folks might want the horse and blankets that the Indians were offering as trade. He kept adding more things to the pile and her Father finally ordered him to leave. The next day the train camped by a river and the women washed clothing and the men hunted. Grandma and her sister were to take a nap in the wagon while their clothes were being washed. They woke up when they heard a noise as the Indian was reaching for Grandma. She wiggled free and they screamed as they climbed over the wagon seat. The Indian ran away when he heard people coming and a very scared little girl ran to her Mother.
(Known as "Virgie".

Another story told by Grandma Davidson to Trepha Hamm:

It was very boring traveling day after day in dust and heat. Sometimes they could almost look back to where they had camped the night before. While cooking and the chores were being done, the kids played little games. This evening Grandma and her sister decided to blindfold one and let the other lead her to something to identify or which way was to camp that sort of things. Grandma leading her sister and told her a big brown dog was coming toward them. Her sister said "there are no brown dogs here". Grandma kept insisting and she said "now it's standing on it's back legs can't you hear the noise it's making?" By that time here sister could hear it and jerked off her blindfold and screamed "It's a bear, it's a bear". Some man shot his gun in the air and the bear turned and ran. I expect two scared girls ran too, but at least they had some excitement that day!.

***1939 Interview Recorded Benton County,Oregon***
Mrs. Virginia CRAMER DAVIDSON July 1939


Mrs. DAVIDSON was interviewed at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oliver FARMER, at the east end of College Street in Philomath. She is interested in preserving a record of the early times and her manner of recounting her early experiences inspires confidence in her statements. She said:
"My parents were Eden and Martha CRAMER. Mother's maiden name was HILL. Father was born in Virginia but met mother in Illinois. Mother was born in Indiana. Her father was a great mover and she had lived in several states."
"Father first crossed the plains in 1850, before he was married. He went to California and stayed for a short time but did not find his fortune. He learned about the way, however, which was a great help to him on his second trip. After their marriage my parents moved from Illinois to Iowa, and then to California in 1864. I was nine years old then and remember the trip well. We settled in Plumas County in Northern California."
"We had four wagons to make the crossing; two were drawn by horses and two by three yoke of oxen to each wagon. Besides his own family father had three helpers, to aid in driving and caring for the stock. Father did not want anyone with us who would not accept his leadership. He had been over the road and had ideas about how the trip should be made. Different people traveled with us for parts of the way, but no one came all the way with us." "There was little sickness on the way. One of the helpers had mountain fever. Grandmother Hill was sick when we started but she wanted to come so badly a bed was fixed for her in one of the wagons. They expected certainly to bury her on the plains but she began to mend, got up from her bed, and lived several years in California. She went back to Iowa to die." "The train commonly made about twenty miles a day. When grazing was poor we traveled more steadily. Where grass and water were plentiful we would often stop for two or three days or a week to graze the stock and keep them in condition. We left home early in March because feed was scarce in our part of Iowa that year but was more plentiful and cheaper in the western part of Iowa. We reached the Missouri River opposite Omaha and camped for two weeks to give the grass along the route time to grow. Father arranged with the ferryman to be warned so as to make the crossing before the rush should begin. On the day when he crossed there were three miles of wagons waiting to be put over the river. This was a steam ferry and took a line of wagons in a horse shoe line about the rim of the boat. In the center was a corral for the loose stock. Quite a number of wagons were carried at one time."

"On the Omaha side we waited for another week or two before starting west in earnest. We took the trail on the south side of the Platte River. The Indians did not molest us and there was no excitement until we got into Utah. There a crazy Mormon visited the camp one evening. I was scared by his strange actions. The men wondered if he might not be a spy acting crazy for a blind, and a close guard was maintained until Salt Lake City was passed. Before that time they had not kept a guard. Somewhere between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades the train was cut in two by a herd of antelope. Most of the way we saw no game. It was said that the Indians had driven it back from the trail."
"Grandfather Hill had a daughter in California and wanted to go there. Somewhere after we crossed the Rocky Mountains the trail forked. Father finally decided to go to California and took the California trail, which crossed a corner of Nevada. There was desert to be crossed which took all night and part of the next day. We came to the edge of the desert about the mid-forenoon. We waited until night to avoid the great heat of the sun on dry sand. While waiting the men cut wild hay and loaded it on the wagons for feed on the desert stage of the trip. About sundown we started. My brother and one of the helpers were driving the loose stock. About midnight my father missed the sound of the bells on the loose stock and said we had lost them. After a time we heard the bells again. Brother told us the stock had left the trail and found a water hole. It was too dark for the men to see where they were going and all they could do was follow. They said the water was as good as any on the trip. After the stock had their drink they led the drivers back to the train."
"We did not reach the end of the desert at the Truckee River until ten o'clock the next day. Father had scouted ahead and came back to warn the drivers to use care to keep the teams from bolting when they smelled the water. I was riding in the front wagon. The drivers turned from the trail in a fan-shaped formation so that there would be no danger of locked wheels. Soon Old Buck raised his head and began to sniff the air. Then the others smelled the water. The drivers got out on the wagon tongues and clubbed the oxen in the face to slow them down, but all were running when they reached the river." "The folks settled in a valley at the source of the middle fork of the Feather River. The valley was about fourteen miles wide by 22 miles long. We were about forty miles from Reno, Nevada, forty miles from Truckee, and forty miles from the Eureka Mine. Father raised cattle and horses and some grain.
We could cut all the wild grass that we needed for hay, and it was a first quality hay, too."
"My parents had eleven children but only six lived to grow up. They were Julia Ann, Elizabeth, George, Frank, Kate and myself. I got my schooling in Plumas County. The school term was only three months at first, but was increased to six and then to eight months. We studied the usual "three R's" and geography and history. Physiology was added just before I stopped attending, but we did not have any text-book in that subject. The school only went as far as the eighth grade."
"I married Harrison DAVIDSON in 1872. My husband was a teamster. He owned his own outfit and took work where he could find it. A great deal of the time he was freighting to Virginia City or to the Eureka Mines. In 1885 we came to Benton County, Oregon, and settled at the northwest foot of Mary's Peak, where we lived for over thirty years. Our place was drained by Bark Creek which reaches Mary's River by way of Shot Pouch Creek. There was some good farm land on the place, but we depended mostly on the timber. There was much cedar there and our income was from the shakes, hand-shaved shingles, and fence posts. I started the Peak Post Office on our place and was postmaster for over twenty years. The route was from Philomath to Harlan in Lincoln County by way of Peak. It was twenty miles of hill route over un gravelled roads and in winter it was a long hard grind for two mules and a light buckboard. The mail came in one day and back the next, and the driver commonly had two teams and drove them turn about. In the winter the driver was frequently obliged to cut through fallen trees that blocked the road."
"Our children were Robert Eden, Martha (Mrs. JANUARY), Gertrude (Mrs. HAMM), George, Mary, Noah and Violet (Mrs. FARMER). I am living here with Violet and taking a rest. The world is not so bad and it will be all right when we old folks get our pension."

Peak Post Office was established: Oct. 11, 1899 and discontinued Oct. 15th, 1917.

1900 Oregon Census:
Lists an Elizabeth Meats as a boarder age 18 born Kansas living with the Harrison and Virginia Davidson family.

Noted events in her life were:

Census: Iowa State, 1856, Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa, United States.

Alt. Birth: Mar 1856, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

Census: Jun 1860, Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa, United States. 62

moved: Moved to California in her Father's Wagon Train., 1864.

Census: 1870, Beckwourth, Plumas, California, United States. 78

Census: Jun 1880, Mason Valley, Esmorada County, Nevada, United States. 79

moved: Family moved to Canyonville "CowCreek", 1881, Clatskanie, Columbia, Oregon, United States.

moved: Family moved to Marys Peak Area, 1882, , Benton County, Oregon, United States.

Occupation: Postmaster, 1899-1916, Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States. 80

Occupation: Postmaster, 11 Oct 1899, Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 1930, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 81

Residence: 1 Apr 1935, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 238 East College St, Apr 1940, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 8

Austia married Harrison Davidson 18 on 1 May 1873 in Beckwourth, Plumas, California, United States.58 Harrison was born on 20 Oct 1836 in Wardensville, Hardy, Virginia, United States,48 died on 2 Dec 1925 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States49 at age 89, and was buried on 4 Dec 1925 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.50 Another name for Harrison was Harry Davidson.51


6. George Benjamin Hastie,29 son of David Hastie 82 and Margaret Johnstone,82 was born on 19 Jun 1855 in Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, died on 29 Oct 1929 in , Benton County, Oregon, United States at age 74, and was buried in 1929 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States. Another name for George was George Ballantyne Hastie.

Birth Notes: 1901 Canada Census:
Shows birth date: July 30, 1856

Death Notes:
Oregon Vital Records:

Name: Hastie, George Benjamin
Spouse Name:
Death Date: 29 Oct 1929
County: Benton
Birth Date:
Age:
Certificate No.: 122
Comments: -

General Notes:
George and his son Walter are listed on the "List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission" Nov. 1920-Port of Eastport, Idaho-Immigration:
George age 65-widowed and Walter age 32-occupation labor, final destination Corvallis, Oregon.
Name: George Hastie Arrival Date: Nov 1920 Age: 65 Estimated birth year: 1855 Birthplace: Canada Gender: Male Race/Nationality: Scotch (Scotish) Port of Arrival: Eastport, Idaho Line: 1 Microfilm Roll Number: M1383_54

Noted events in his life were:

Census: 1871, Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada.

Census: 1881, Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada.

Census: 19 Apr 1910, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States. 25

Occupation: Farmer, 19 Apr 1910, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Travel: 1920, Seattle, King, Washington, United States.

Travel: 16 Mar 1921, White Rock, , British Columbia, Canada.

George married Adalaide Temple on 31 May 1886 in Owen Sound, , Ontario, Canada.25 Adalaide was born on 15 Jun 1861 in Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada and died in 1908 in Maple Creek, , Saskatchewan, Canada at age 47. Another name for Adalaide was Ada.83

Marriage Notes: 1910 Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon Census:
George B. Hastie age 55 Farmer
Walter E. Son age 21
James A. Son age 18
Douglas G. Son age 16
Annie Victoria I. Dau age 20
Bertha M. (una read may be grand Dau) age 1


1901 Canada Census: March 31, 1901
Maple Creek, Assiniboia, The Territories District 204
George Hastie, M, Head, Born July 30, 1856
Ada Hastie, F, Wife, Born June 15, 1861
Walter Hastie, M, Son, Born Oct 14, 1888
Victoria Hastie, F, Born Nov 14, 1889
James Hastie, M, Born Jan 5, 1892
Douglas Hastie, M, Born Jan 1994

Ontario-Canada Marriages:
Name: Adelaide Temple Birth Place: Fergus Co Wellington Age: 24 Estimated birth year: abt 1862 Father Name: John Temple Mother Name: Eliza Orange Spouse Name: George Ballantyne Hastie Spouse's Age: 28 Spouse Birth Place: Nichol Tp Wellington Spouse Father Name: David Hastie Spouse Mother Name: Margaret Johnson Marriage Date: 31 May 1886 Marriage Location: Grey Marriage County: Grey Archives of Ontario Microfilm: MS932_53

Noted events in their marriage were:

Census: Sep 1891, Maple Creek, , Saskatchewan, Canada.

Census: Maple Creek, Assiniboia, The Territories, District 204, 31 Mar 1901, Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada. 42

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  Walter Edward Hastie was born on 14 Oct 1888 in Maple Creek, , Saskatchewan, Canada,84 died on 2 Dec 1973 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States5 at age 85, and was buried in Dec 1973 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

3        ii.  Anna Victoria Isabelle Hastie (born on 30 Nov 1889 in Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada - died on 2 Jan 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States)

        iii.  James Archibald Hastie was born on 5 Jan 1892 in Victoria, , British Columbia, Canada,85 died on 30 Oct 1950 in , San Joaquin County, California, United States86 at age 58, and was buried in 1950 in Linden, San Joaquin, California, United States.86

         iv.  Douglas George Hastie was born on 5 Jan 1894 in Golden, , British Columbia, Canada,87 died on 3 Oct 1978 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States88 at age 84, and was buried in Oct 1978 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.




7. Adalaide Temple, daughter of John Temple 89 and Elizabeth Orange,90 was born on 15 Jun 1861 in Peterborough, , Ontario, Canada and died in 1908 in Maple Creek, , Saskatchewan, Canada at age 47. Another name for Adalaide was Ada.91

Research Notes: Found an Adalade Temple, 1871 Canada Census-Mother Elizabeth Temple-widowed born Ireland-not verified if this is her mother or not.

Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth: 1855.

Census: 1871, Fergus, , Ontario, Canada. 90

Census: Sep 1891, Maple Creek, , Saskatchewan, Canada.

Adalaide married George Benjamin Hastie 29 on 31 May 1886 in Owen Sound, , Ontario, Canada.25 George was born on 19 Jun 1855 in Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, died on 29 Oct 1929 in , Benton County, Oregon, United States at age 74, and was buried in 1929 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States. Another name for George was George Ballantyne Hastie.


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