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1860s Sauvie Island
“A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by future descendants”
(a British Historian and Politician 1800-1859)
Pioneer of 1842
Ellis Walker was the brother of Jesse Walker. Jesse was the son in law of Robert Miller who brought a large family to Sauvie Island.
1842 Arrived in Oregon
Ellis Walker came to Oregon in the Samuel Parker Wagon train. His brother, Jesse, had come the month before with the Miller family.
1847 Marriage of Settler
On September 20th he married Sarah Ann Bozarth, daughter of Squire Bozarth and Mildred Hoard Willis.
1848 Oregon Provisional Land Claim
Ellis Walker filed for 640 acres on Sauvie Island in Tuality County. His property crosses the Gilbert River, Cline and Charlton on the south (Volume 7, page 200).
1848 Birth of Daughter
Nancy Walker was born in Oregon.
1850 Donation Land Claim
His Donation Land Claim number was #2996. He settled his claim on March 1st. Signing for him were John Scoggins, Joseph Howell, John Howell, Martin Gillihan Signing as aff. were Martin Gillihan and Joseph Charlton.
The legal description of his Donation Land Claim was Township 2 North, Range 1 West, Sections 9. 10, 14, 15, 22, 23
1850 Birth of Son
John B. was bom in Oregon.
1850 Census, Washington County, #167
Walker, Ellis 30, Sarah (Bozarth) 24, Nancy M. 2, John B. 6/12
Ellis was appointed as the first Postmaster on Sauvie Island on June 30th.
1852 Birth of Daughter
Elmira Walker was bom in Oregon.
1854 Birth of Daughter Alice was born in Oregon.
1856 Birth of Son
E (?) was born in Oregon.
1859 Birth of Daughter
Laurania Walker was born in Oregon.
1860 Census, Multnomah County, Oregon, #687
Walker, Ellis 41, Sarah 32, Nancy M. 12, John B. 10, Elmira 8, Alice 6. E (?) 4, Laurania 1.
Census Place: Fulton, Multnomah, Oregon
Source: FHL Film 1255083 National Archives Film T9-1083 Page 218D
Walker, Ellis age 55 Farmer
1889 Dreadful Accident!
Mr. Ellis Walker, an old Pioneer, met with a dreadful accident. He was sawing wood and accidently swung his arm into the saw. At first it was thought that he had severed his hand but it was just a terrible gash. It was sewn up at a local drug store and he is expected to recover but won’t have full use of his hand (East Portland News, November 23).