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Pioneer of 1850


Matthew White was born in 1802 in Greene County, Tennessee. He came with his family to Sauvie Island in October of 1850. Information in the Oregon Pioneers, Vol. II, says they came from Iowa. He passed away in 1855. His wife was Juretta Thomas, born 1814. They were married September 7th 1830 (DLC # 1978).

1832 Birth of Son William P was born in Indiana. He married Lizzie France in 1859. In 1880 they were living in Scappoose, OR.

1834 Birth of Son John P. was born in Indiana.

1837 Birth of Daughter Hulda M; was born in Iowa. She married William Bybee in 1858.

1840 Birth of Son Mathew Levi was born in Iowa.

1841 Birth of Son Shallum Parsons was born in Iowa on February 8th (Old City Cemetery records, abstracted by Gerry Gillman for the Clark County Genealogical Society, Trail Breakers, Fall 1997, pg 17).

1846 Birth of Daughter Ellen E was born in Iowa. She married Robert Reed in 1862.

1849 Birth of Daughter Mary A. was born in Iowa.

1850 Donation Land Claim #1978 Mathew's land was located in Washington County, T2N, RI W, Sections 8, 9, 15, 16, consisting of 631 acres.


1850 Census, Washington County, Oregon

White, Matthew 48 Juretta 36 William 18 John 16 Mathew 10 HuldaM. 13 Shalom 9 Ellen 4 Mary A. 1

1854 Birth of Daughter

Jewella Caroline was born in Oregon. She married Thomas Nelson Grubbe in 1864.

Census Place: Wilbur, Douglas, Oregon Source: FilL Film 1255081 National Archives Film T9-1081 Page 477B


Nelson T. GRUBBE Self M M W 47 MO 0cc: Fanner Fa: VAMo: KY

Annie P. GRUBBE Wife F M W 31 IA 0cc: Keeping House Fa: PA Mo: KY

Corban T. GRUBBE Son M S W 24 OR 0cc: At Home Fa: MO Mo: PA

William G. GRUBBE Son M S W 11 OR 0cc: At School Fa: MO Mo: IA

George R. GRUBBE Son M S W 7 OR Fa: MO Mo: 1A

Nancy E. GRUBBE Dau F S W 7 OR Fa: MO Mo: IA

Fredric N. GRUBBE Son M S W 6 OR Fa: MO Mo: IA

Edwin GRUBBE Son M S W 4 OR Fa: MO Mo: 1A

Lucy A. GRUBBE Dau F S W 1 OR Fa: MO Mo: IA

Minnie REEDS Niece F S W 14 OR 0cc: Without Any Fa: ME Mo: TA


1856 Death of Settler Matthew White passed away on March 15'h. His probate is filed in Multnomah County Early records, No. 13.

His children and wife are named in the papers:

Juretta White, widow

John P. White

Hulda E. Bybee

Mathew L. White, Jr.

Shalom P. White

Ellen B. White

Polly Ann White

Jewella C. White

1858 Marriage of Daughter


 Hulda married William Bybee, a cousin of James Bybee of Sauvie Island. They were married on October 10th, by John Lisle, J. P. The witnesses were William White and James Walker (Multnomah County Marriage Records, 1855-1873, GFO book pg 8).

They are listed in the 1860 census for Jackson County, Oregon. Bybee, Wm T age 40, Huldy age 22 ,

In 1880 William and a son Martin are listed living with the Daniel Caldwell family in Lost River, Lake Co., OR.

1859 Marriage of Son

William White of Sauvie Island married Miss Lizzie France on December 25 th at the home of R. W. Thompson on Sauvie Island. They were married by Ellis Walker, J. P. The witnesses were Mrs. Bybee, Mr. Payne and M. Able (Multnomah County Marriages, 1855-1873, pg 11 of the GFO Book).

Census Place: Scappoose, Columbia, Oregon Source: FHL Film 1255080 National Archives Film T9-1080 Page 329A 

William T. WHITE Self M M W 46 IA 0cc: FarmerFa: IA Mo:, IA

Lizzie   F M W 32 IN 0cc: Keeping House Fa: GER Mo: GER

Susan WHITE Dau F S W 17 OR Fa: IA Mo: IN

Henry WHITE Son M S W 15 OR 0cc: Horse Trainer Fa: IA Mo: IN

William T. WHITE Son M S W 10 OR 0cc: At Home Fa: IA Mo: IN

Emma WHITE Dau F S W 9 OR  42
42 Martha L. age 3m Dau

1934 Death of Son of Settler

Shallum Parson passed away of heart failure on March 30th. The Knapp Mortuary records state that his age was 93 years, 1 month and 22 days. He is buried at the Old City cemetery, NE Lot 31-4, line 15.

1934 Death of Son's Widow

Shallum's wife, Catherine Emma Monastes died a little over 2 months after the death of her husband on May 18th The Knapp Mortuary records say that she died of complications from a broken hip. She was survived by Otis White, Shallum White Jr. of Vancouver, WA, Henry White, of Portland,OR, Arnold White of Los Angeles, Ca, Calvin White of Oakland, Ca, Mrs. Alice Schneider of Portland, Or, and Mrs. L. E. Winget of Baxter Springs, Kansas (info from Knapp Mortuary records).

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