My grandmother’s colorful autobiographical story of the accomplishments and struggles of new westerners settling Oklahoma. Claiming land in this frontier territory held a dangerous and unknown future for those courageous enough to try.
My intention for this web site is to remember and honor the amazing people who worked to provide me such a rich family history and wonderful life today. I offer family members near and far access to my genealogical research and resources with the intent to connect, share, and support one another in feeling and expressing our gratitude.
My Family History
Arriving in America at the beginning of the 17th century, some of my ancestors helped to establish some of the first non-indigenous settlements in the New World. They participated in the Revolutionary War for independence from England; then again in the war of 1812; later serving on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Meanwhile, some made their way westward across the continent. In the early-to-mid 1840s, the Garrison and Lee families traveled over the Oregon Trail to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The Bennett, Creswell, Gowdy, Odell, Clark, Hull, Roelofson and Kemp families followed them in the “Great Migration” of 1851-3, settling in the warm and pleasant, breathtakingly beautiful, though often soggy Willamette Valley.
I’ve amassed a collection of family photos you’ll find in the Photo Gallery including photos from the Bennett, Creswell, Gowdy, Odell, Clark, Hull, Roelofson, Kemp, Tuggle, Helm, Beard, McCormick, Gates, Hurd, Warwick, Norman, Huddleston, Bardin, Mitchell, Luper, and Campbell families.
I’ve collected some Stories – and would love to receive more (feel free to share with me!). Some stories have been compiled into books, many of which are available as free downloads from my Books page. My entire working database is available on Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com. Please sign my Guestbook or leave a comment on any page or story.