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Descendants of David M. Bridgefarmer

DAVID M. BRIDGEFARMER was born May 28, 1793 in North Carolina, and died August 1864 in Yamhill, County, Oregon. He married NANCY ANN HALL December 20, 1823 in Wayne County Kentucky, daughter of JOHN HALL and MARY CHANEY. She was born September 25, 1799 in North Carolina, and died September 15, 1855 in Washington County, Oregon.

Children of DAVID BRIDGEFARMER and NANCY HALL are:

WILLIAM J. BRIDGEFARMER was born February 02, 1833 in Missouri, and died in Douglas, Washington. He married ELIZA JANE HOLMES October 02, 1859 in Linn County, Oregon, Rev John McKinney, daughter of REVEREND JACKSON HOLMES. She was born June 11, 1844 in Missouri, and died November 19, 1945 in Chico, Butte, California.

Children of WILLIAM BRIDGEFARMER and ELIZA HOLMES are:

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ALANSON L. BRIDGEFARMER was born January 13, 1832 in Illinois, and died January 1906 in Oregon. He married SUSAN AUGUSTA BOND October 06, 1872 in Linn County Oregon, daughter of SOLOMON BOND and HULDA HAYES. She was born April 02, 1852 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, and died December 02, 1886 in Oregon.

Children of ALANSON BRIDGEFARMER and SUSAN BOND are:

ADAM S. BRIDGEFARMER was born August 24, 1838 in Benton, Missouri. He married MARY E. HOLMES 1865 in Oregon. She was born in Missouri.

Children of ADAM BRIDGEFARMER and MARY HOLMES are:

EMILY BRIDGEFARMER was born July 31, 1825 in Missouri, and died March 24, 1858 in Linn County Oregon. She married DANIEL O. GARLAND September 05, 1850 in Pettis, Missouri, son of DANIEL GARLAND and REBECCA. He was born May 19, 1820 in Kentucky, and died September 04, 1864 in Linn Co. Oregon.

Children of EMILY BRIDGEFARMER and DANIEL GARLAND are:

CHRISTIAN BRIDGEFARMER was born August 04, 1830 in Indiana. He married MARTHA ANNIS WISHARD July 02, 1865 in Linn County, Oregon, daughter of ARCHIBALD WISHARD and LEVONIA FISHER. She was born September 27, 1849 in Indiana, and died November 23, 1905 in Oregon.

Children of CHRISTIAN BRIDGEFARMER and MARTHA WISHARD are:

DAVID MCD2 BRIDGEFARMER was born April 1837 in Missouri. He married SARAH J. ARCHER 1868.

Notes for DAVID MCD BRIDGEFARMER:
Mr. Bridgefarmer served three years in the war of the rebellion in the 1st Oregon Cavalry; also in the Indian war of this State.

Children of DAVID BRIDGEFARMER and SARAH ARCHER are:

FRANCIS MARION BRIDGEFARMER was born March 17, 1838 in Missouri, and died August 13, 1878 in Yamhill, County, Oregon. He married JANE KANSAS HUTT January 17, 1867 in Linn County, Oregon, daughter of THOMAS HUTT and RACHEL LAUGHLIN. She was born May 18, 1847 in Kansas Territory, and died May 13, 1904 in Lewiston, Idaho.

Children of FRANCIS BRIDGEFARMER and JANE HUTT are:

ALANSON BRIDGEFARMER. A worthy representative of an honored pioneer family of Oregon, and one of the most highly esteemed residents of Linn county, Alanson Bridgefarmer, of Tangent, for the past thirty years has been prominently identified with the development and progress of this section of the state, and, as opportunity has occurred, he has given his influence to encourage the establishment of enterprises conducive to the public welfare. A son of the late David Bridgefarmer, he was born January 13, 1832, in Warren county, Ill., of German ancestry. A native of North Carolina, David Bridgefarmer was born in 1796, and was reared to man s estate on his father s farm. Shortly after his marriage he removed to Kentucky, going from there to Indiana, thence following the emigrant s pathway to Illinois, where he resided a year.

Again continuing his march towards the west, he moved with his family to Benton County, Mo., where he lived and labored a number of years. In 1847 he and one of his neighbors, with their families, came to Oregon, crossing the plains with ox-teams, and being six months on the trip. They had no serious trouble on the way, but lost some of their stock, which was stolen by the Indians. After spending the first winter about nine miles south of Vancouver, David Bridgefarmer located in Yamhill county, in the spring of 1848, taking up a donation claim on the west side of Wapato lake, his land adjoining the present site of Gaston. Improving a productive ranch, he resided there until his death, at the age of sixty-eight years. A man of intelligence and ability, he became one of the leading citizens of his locality, and was active in the establishment of schools and churches, being one of the organizers of the first Methodist Episcopal Church formed in that vicinity. He married, in North Carolina, Nancy A Hall, a native of that state. She came with him to Oregon, and died on the homestead, in Yamhill county. Of their twelve children, six are now living, namely Christian, residing at The Dalles; Alanson. the subject of this sketch ; William, of Bridgeport, Wash.; Francis M., of Washington ; David McD., of Washington ; and Adam now a resident of Seattle.

After leaving the district school, Alanson Bridgefarmer assisted in the care of the home farm until twenty-two years of age, becoming thoroughly acquainted with the various branches of agriculture. Selecting farming for his occupation, he came then to Linn county, and took up a donation claim at the forks of the Santiam river. A few years later he bought his present farm a mile southeast of Tangent, where he has for over forty years been prosperously engaged in general farming and stock- raising. During his residence here he has diligently improved his property, continually adding to its value, his beautiful homestead , with its substantial and convenient buildings, giving ample evidence of his skill as a practical farmer. He was formerly extensively engaged in the raising of fine horses, but of late years has paid less attention to that branch of industry. During the Rogue River Indian war he enlisted, in 1855, under Capt. Jonathan Keeney, who commanded Company C, and after serving on guard duty for one hundred and one days, was mustered out of service.

October 6, 1872, Mr. Bridgefarmer married Susan A. Bond, a native of Iowa, and brought her as a bride to his present homestead of one hundred and fifty-five and one-half acres of land, and here they established their household. Mrs. Bridgefarmer died December 2, 1886, leaving five children, namely: Huldah I., wife of George Kuthe, of Jefferson; David S., living in Washington; Anna M.; Ella F.; and William A. In politics Mr. Bridgefarmer is a strong Prohibitionist. He belongs to Tangent Grange, of which he is a trustee, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Adam S. Bridgefarmer, youngest brother of Alanson, was born August 24, 1838, in Benton county, Mo. Coming to Oregon with his parents when seven years of age, he received his education in the district schools. On August 15, 1856, he enlisted in Companv B, Oregon Mountain Rangers, under Capt. Hiram Wilbur and First Lieut. W. H. H. Myers, and served in the Yakima Indian war one hundred and ten days, taking an active part in several fierce skirmishes. He then remained at home until twenty-two years of age, working on the home farm, and also learned the carpenter s trade, which he has since followed, and is now a member of the Carpenter s Union. At the present time he makes his home in Seattle. He is a Prohibitionist in politics, and a member of the Salvation Army. While serving in the Yakima war he was at one time, with his comrades, surrounded by Indians, and for five days and nights was without food or water, he married Mary E. Holmes, a native of Missouri, and of their union four children were born, namely: Cora A., deceased; Sarah M. E., residing in Washington: Minnie E. M., living in Iowa; and Martha E., of Halsey, Ore.

Information submitted 26 June 2000 by Jean Kelley, jean@mt.net.


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