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Azariah Park & Family: Early Oregonians

I am always on the lookout for vintage photos that can be returned home. Today’s family is not related to me at all, but I have learned that the are in Oregon’s state database of Early Oregonians.

Azariah Park & Children, c1890

Aside from Margaret and Azariah, the elderly man on the left, I have no idea which sons are which. Perhaps a family member might know?

Azariah Park was born 10 May 1818 in Hampshire County, Virginia (today West Virginia).

It appears he may have been living with an extended Park family in Black Hawk, Jefferson, Iowa in 1850, but he settled permanently in Oregon by 24 August 1854 when he married Elizabeth Moore.

Elizabeth was born 21 July 1834 in Illinois, so was quite a bit younger than Azariah. However, she predeceased him by two decades, passing away sometime after the 1872 birth of their youngest child and the 1880 census, when Azariah was enumerated as widowed.

Azariah and Elizabeth were the parents of eight known children, all born in Oregon. All events in Lane County unless noted:

  1. James (Emsley?), born 21 October 1855; reportedly died 7 December 1874; unmarried
  2. Hannah Jane, born 2 April 1856; reportedly died 15 May 1877; married W.F. Rutherford, 8 March 1876
  3. Millard Fillmore, born 18 March 1859; died 22 July 1916, Lincoln County, Washington; married Orpha Mariah Powell
  4. Alfred William, born c1861; died after 1880; no further record
  5. Jacob Rosencrans, born 16 January 1863; died 20 November 1848, Josephine County, Oregon; married Elizabeth Magnolia Goddard, c1900
  6. Ulysses Holt, born c1866; died 1935; married Ida Marinda Goddard, 11 October 1903. They had one child, but divorced on 16 April 1927, Lane County, Oregon.
  7. Margaret, born 1868; died 21 October 1894 of typhoid fever at her father’s home; married William Johnson. They had one son, Arthur Leslie Johnson, born 29 November 1888 in Lane County, Oregon. Arthur later went by his middle name and was the father of 9 daughters!
  8. Walter Azariah, born 27 October 1872; died 1966; married Edith Richie, 22 November 1899, Stevens County, Washington

Azariah and Elizabeth (Moore) Park have many descendants today. Rather than trying to choose just one to receive the gift of the family photo, I have instead donated it to the Lane County History Museum, honoring the Parks as a pioneer family of Oregon.

Abram Arthur Bush & Grace Sophronia Cadwallader of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Abram Arthur Bush was born on 24 August 1865, the son of Robinson and Almena Bush. He married Grace Sophronia Cadwallader on 19 October 1886 in Hickory Corners, Barry, Michigan. Grace was born on 14 February 1867, the daughter of James M. and Imogene Cadwallader.

A.A. Bush, as he was known, and Grace were the parents of one son, Henry Cadwallader Bush, born on 13 March 1893. Sadly, Abram passed away on 30 July 1894, so Henry had no memories of his father.

Grace married (2) Frank Johnson on 22 March 1903, also in Barry County, Michigan. They were the parents of one daughter, Dorothy, born c1906.

Howard Cadwallader Bush married (1) Emily Lewis, 14 August 1914, Kalamazoo, Michigan and (2) Blanche Orah Grandbois. Howard passed away in October 1968 and is buried in Kalamazoo.

Howard was the father of Ann Elizabeth Bush, born in 1917. Her mother was Emily Lewis. He also had a son, Robert A., born c1923, but it isn’t evident whether he was the son of Emily or Blanche. Howard’s youngest child, Howard Morlan Bush, was born c1930. He was definitely the son of Blanche, as she had a brother named Morlan, which is not a common given name.

Because there are living descendants, no further information will be included about this family. However, this beautiful photo of Abram and Grace Bush is going home to a great grandchild.


Lola and Daisy Mae Farris of Delaware County, OH, c1892

Lola and Daisy May Farris of Delaware County, OH

Lola and Daisy May Farris are quite the fashionable young ladies in this photo, probably taken in the early 1890s. The photographer isn’t identified, but the Farris family lived in Delaware County, Ohio.

It begins with Daniel Farris, who was born 20 August 1857 and Ann Elizabeth Culver, born 16 January 1860, and who married on 2 May 1879 in Delaware County, Ohio. Both were Ohio natives.

They were the parents of five known children (All events in Delaware County, Ohio unless noted):

1. Wello (yes, that’s correct!), born 11 December 1879; died 5 January 1967, Morrow County, Ohio; married Martha Ann Ballinger, 12 March 1904, Union County, Ohio.

2. Lola Dell, born 26 September 1881; died 5 October 1902; unmarried.

3. Daisy Mae (May), born 9 May 1883; died 1951; unmarried.

4. Bessie Laraine, born 4 April 1886; died 25 February 1919; married Daniel Oscar Jennings, 5 December 1909.

5. George Truman, born 11 September 1889; married Clara/Claire Feasel, 22 February 1910. This couple disappears from the records after their marriage and the 1910 census enumeration at which time they were newlyweds living in Trenton, Delaware, Ohio.

Of the five children of Daniel and Anna, only Wello and Bessie appear to have descendants.

Wello and Martha were the parents of three children:

  1. Lyle B., born 20 February 1905; died 7 January 1959; married Irene Taylor.
  2. James Culver, born 21 August 1906; died 2 March 1972; married Ruby Mae Morrow.
  3. Honor Letitia, born 3 December 1910; died 11 June 1993; married Harvey L. McClenathan.

Bessie married Daniel Oscar Jennings, 5 December 1909  and were the parent of one child:

1. Lola Dell, born 10 October 1915; died 15 April 2001; married Bernard J. Searles.

From these nieces and nephews are descendants of Lola and Daisy May Farris. Given the modern time frame, no further information is included here, but I was able to find a number of descendants and this cut photo has gone home to family members.