SOCIETY OF

MONTANA PIONEERS

Volume 1, Register
Edited By James U. Sanders, Secretary

 MISSOULA COUNTY

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Creation of Missoula County
John ANDERSON
David AUSTIN
W. N. BARRON
William BERKIN
Charles William BERRY
Joseph S. BLODGET
Patrick CAHALIN
William CAVE
John B. CHABOTT
William CLAESSENS
Peter John DESMET
James A. DIXSON
Henry Finnis EDGAR
Abner Grear ENGLAND
John S. FISHER
John M. FOY
Charles GARDINER
J. H. GRAVES
Dwight HARDING
Patrick HARRISON
Henry J. HEYBURN
Christopher Powers HIGGINS
Frank G. HIGGINS
Joseph HOULE
Barnard HUGHES
Eugene HUMBERT
Esau JAMES
Milinda E. JAMES
Thomas J. JAMES
Robert JOHNSON
William KENNEDY
Joseph LACAFF
Anna LESTER
John MCCORMICK
Washington J. MCCORMICK
Thomas J. MCNAMARA
Joseph E. MARION
J. MENTEREY
E. B. MOUNT
H. C. MYERS
August NELSON
Thomas NEWMAN
Cornelius C. O'KEEFE
Mrs. C. C. O'KEEFE
David C. O'KEEFE
Edwin W. PARK
Asbury PLUMMER
John REED
Moise REEVES
James P. REINHARD
William H. RODGERS
Peter RONAN
Mrs. Peter RONAN
Mary C. SHEEHAN
D. A. STEWART
John L. SWEENEY
Alfred J. URLIN
John VINCENT
Thomas WILLIAMS
Charles WINTER
Gustavus A. WOLF
Frank H. WOODY
Francis Lyman WORDEN

Created and boundaries established by Act approved February 2d, 1865, S. L. page 528. County seat established at Hell Gate. Changed to Missoula Mills by Act approved December 14th, 1866. Change of location of county seat at Missoula Mills legalized by Act of November 13th, 1867. Boundaries defined by Act of January 12th, 1872, Codified Statutes, page 428. Boundaries defined, Revised Statutes, 1879, page 474. Boundaries defined by Sec. 730, Fifth Division, Compiled Statutes, 1887, page 833. Boundaries changed by Act approved February 6th, 1893. Boundaries defined by Sec. 4107, Political Code, 1895.

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JOHN ANDERSON, born near Milesburgh, Pennsylvania, July 15th, 1832. Place of departure for Montana, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; route traveled, across the plains via South Pass; arrived at East Bannack, September 23d, 1863. Occupation, miner and farmer. Last address, Missoula. Deceased.

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DAVID AUSTIN, son of George Austin; born in New York, October 5th, 1832. Place of departure for Montana, New York; route traveled, across the plains via California, 1854; Virginia City, Nevada, 1861, and Boise City, Idaho, 1863; arrived in Montana in 1864. Occupation, farmer and stock raiser. Residence, Missoula.

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W. N. BARRON, born in New York in 1822. Place of departure for Montana, California; route traveled, overland via Walla Walla, Washington Territory; arrived at East Bannack in 1863. Occupation, miner. Last address, Ashley.

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WILLIAM BERKIN, son of Thomas and Sarah Berkin; born at Swanington, Leicestershire, England, June 13th, 1828. Came to the United States in 1860. Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, up the Missouri River; arrived at Fort Benton in July, 1862. Occupation, miner and farmer. Residence, Iron Mountain. Commissioner of Meagher County.

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CHARLES WILLIAM BERRY, son of William and Olive S. (Lock) Berry; born at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 25th, 1827. Went to California in 1849 via Isthmus of Panama. Place of departure for Montana, Walla Walla, Washington Territory; route traveled, across the mountains; arrived at Alder Gulch, April 28th, 1864. Occupation, miner. Last address, Missoula. Deceased.

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JOSEPH S. BLODGET, son of Norman and Sally Blodget; born in Ohio, December 27th, 1835. Place of departure for Montana, Iowa; route traveled, across the plains via Ogden, Utah, 1850; Oregon, 1854; California 1855; Walla Walla, Washington Territory, 1856; arrived at Bitter Root Valley in 1859. Occupation, farmer. Residence, Arlee.

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PATRICK CAHALIN, born in Ireland, March 24th, 1824. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, California; route traveled, Elk City trail; arrived at Bannack in July, 1864. Occupation, miner and farmer. Last address, Bonita.

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WILLIAM CAVE, son of George and Caroline A. (Nicol) Hackleman; born in Stinkingwater Valley at mouth of Alder Gulch, December 8th, 1863. Occupation, accountant. Residence, Missoula. Name changed by Act of Legislature, Approved, January 30th, 1885.

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JOHN B. CHABOTT, born at Montreal, Canada, in 1827. Place of departure for Montana, York Factory, Hudson's Bay; route traveled, across the plains via Lake Winnipeg and North-West Territory; arrived at Bitter Root Mountains in August, 1851. Occupation, packer. Last address, Ravalli.

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WILLIAM CLAESSENS (S.J.). Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, across the plains via old Fort Hall and Deer Lodge Valley; arrived in Montana in 1841. Calling, Priest. Last address, St. Ignatius Mission. Died at Santa Clara, California, October 11th, 1891.

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PETER JOHN DESMET (S.J.), born at Dendermonde, East Flanders, Belgium, January 31st, 1801. Went to Lima, Peru, in 1824, and came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, with the American Fur Company Expedition to Green River, thence via Pieere Hole Valley, Henry's Lake, and Big Hole Basin; arrived in Montana in July, 1840. Calling, Priest. Last address, St. Louis, Missouri. Died, May 23rd, 1873.

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JAMES A. DIXSON, arrived in Montana, June 4th, 1864. Residence, Missoula. Member House of Representatives, Tenth Session, 1877, Territorial Legislative Assembly.

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HENRY FINNIS EDGAR, son of John and Janet Douglas (Finnis) Edgar: born in Scotland, October 45h, 1826. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, St. Paul, Minnesota; route traveled, Red river of the North and across the plains via Northern Route; arrived at Fort Benton, September 20th, 1859. Occupation, miner and farmer. Residence, Plains. One of the discoverers of gold in Alder Gulch.

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ABNER GREAR ENGLAND, son of Joel Wallas and Nancy Jane (Seeds) England; born at Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, Illinois, November 1st, 1830. Went across the plains in 1853. Place of departure for Montana, Portland, Oregon; route traveled, up Columbia River to Umatilla Landing, thence pack train via Mullan road and Coeur d'Alene; arrived in Missoula Valley, July 4th, 1864. Occupation, farmer. Residence, Missoula.

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JOHN S. FISHER, born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1833. Place of departure for Montana, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Hell Gate in 1862. Occupation, miner and stock raiser. Last address, St. Ignatius Mission.

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JOHN M. FOY, born in Pennsylvania in 1835. Went across the plains to Utah in 1850. Place of departure for Montana, Utah; route traveled, overland via Snake River; arrived at East Bannack in 1862. Occupation, miner and freighter. Last address, Ashley.

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CHARLES GARDINER, born in Canada in 1837. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, up the Missouri River; arrived at Frenchtown in July, 1860. Occupation, carpenter. Last address, Arlee.

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J. H. GRAVES, born in New York in 1841. Place of departure for Montana, California; route traveled, overland via Salt Lake; arrived at Virginia City in 1864. Occupation, miner. Last address, Ashley.

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DWIGHT HARDING, son of Curtis and Pattie Harding; arrived in Montana in 1864.

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PATRICK HARRISON, born at Donegal, Ireland, in 1818. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, Walla Walla, Washington Territory; route traveled, overland via the Mullan road; arrived at Virginia City in 1863. Occupation, miner. Last address, Thompson Falls.

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HENRY J. HEYBURN, born in Pennsylvania in 1832. Place of departure for Montana, California; route traveled, overland via Kootenai River; arrived at Alder Gulch in 1863. Occupation, miner. Last address, Arlee.

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CHRISTOPHER POWERS HIGGINS, born in Ireland in March, 1830. Came to the United States. On the Stevens Expedition in 1853. Place of departure for Montana, Walla Walla, Washington Territory; route traveled, across the mountains via Hell Gate; arrived at Fort Benton in 1855. Occupation, merchant. Last address, Missoula. Deceased.

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FRANK G. HIGGINS, son of C.P. Higgins; born at Hell Gate, Montana, December 28th, 1863. Profession, lawyer. Residence, Missoula. Member (Democratic) House of Representatives, First Session, 1889-90, and House, Second Session, 1891, State Legislative Assembly.

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JOSEPH HOULE, son of Joseph and Angelina (Miller) Houle; born at Saint Gregoire, Quebec, Canada, March 27th, 1836. Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, up the Missouri River; arrived at Fort Benton, April 16th, 1861. Occupation, farmer and trader. Residence, Frenchtown. In employ of American Fur Company.

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BARNARD HUGHES, arrived in Montana, July 8th, 1862. Occupation, miner. Residence, Jocko. One of the discoverers of gold in Alder Gulch with Louis Simmons, William Fairweather, George Orr, Thomas Coover, and Henry F. Edgar.

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EUGENE HUMBERT, born at New York City, New York, in 1841. Place of departure for Montana, New York City; route traveled, up the Missouri River; arrived at Frenchtown in 1863. Occupation, miner. Last address, Ravalli.

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ESAU JAMES, born in Kentucky, May 24th, 1838. Place of departure for Montana, Iowa; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Virginia City, August 14th, 1864. Occupation, farmer. Last address, Missoula.

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MILINDA E. JAMES, born in Indiana in 1844. Place of departure for Montana, Iowa; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Virginia City, August 14th, 1864. Occupation, farmer. Last address, Missoula.

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THOMAS J. JAMES, son of Esau and Milinda E. James; born in Iowa, March 12th, 1863. Place of departure for Montana, Iowa; route traveled, across plains; arrived at Virginia City, August 14th, 1864. Occupation, farmer. Last address, Missoula.

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ROBERT JOHNSON. Place of departure for Montana, Lewiston, Idaho; route traveled, via Florence and Elk City, and across the mountains via the Mullan road; arrived at Hell Gate in July, 1864. Occupation, freighter. Last address, White Pine.

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WILLIAM KENNEDY, son of James and Catharine Kennedy; born in Ohio, August 18th, 1835. Place of departure for Montana, Washington Territory; route traveled, across the mountains; arrived at Fort Benton, June 1st, 1862. Occupation, hotel keeper. Residence, Missoula.

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JOSEPH LACAFF, born at Luxemburg, Belgium. Came to the United States in 1863. Route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Alder Gulch in 1864. Occupation, miner and farmer. Residence, Missoula.

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JOHN MCCORMICK, son of William McCormick. Place of departure for Montana, Indiana; route traveled, across the plains; arrived in Montana in 1864. Occupation, farmer. Residence, Missoula.

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WASHINGTON J. MCCORMICK, son of William McCormick, born at Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, in 1835. Place of departure for Montana, Indiana; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Virginia City, September 10th, 1863. Profession, lawyer. Last address, Missoula. Member House of Representatives, First Session, 1864-5; Council, Second (extra) Session, 1866; Ninth Session, 1876; Tenth Session, 1877; Eleventh and Extra Sessions, 1879, Territorial Legislative Assembly. Member Constitutional Conventions, 1866 and 1884. Died, February 3d, 1889.

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THOMAS J. MCNAMARA, born at Limerick, Ireland, in 1826. Came to the United States in 1851. Place of departure for Montana, California; route traveled, overland via Cascade Mountains and Salmon River, Idaho; arrived at Bannack in November, 1862. Occupation, miner. Residence, Missoula.

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JOSEPH E. MARION, son of Amabla and Catherine (Deschamps) Marion; born at contrecoeur, Vercheres County, Quebec, January 23d, 1842. Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, up Missouri river on steamer Chippewa, and overland; arrived at Fort Benton, April 16th, 1861. Occupation, merchant. Residence, Frenchtown. Member House of Representatives, Eleventh and Extra Sessions, 1879, Territorial Legislative Assembly. Member Constitutional Convention, 1889.

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J. MENTEREY, arrived in Montana in 1863.

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E.B. MOUNT, born in Kentucky in 1842. Place of departure for Montana, Kentucky; route traveled, across the plains via Salt Lake; arrived at Virginia City in 1864. Occupation, miner. Last address, Ashley.

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H.C. MYERS, born in Ohio in 1855. Place of departure for Montana, Fremont, Ohio; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at the Big Hole in June, 1863. Last address, Missoula.

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AUGUST NELSON, born on High Seas, April 24th, 1831. Place of departure for Montana, Denver, Colorado; route traveled, across the plains via Bitter Creek; arrived at Virginia City in August, 1863. Occupation, express messenger. Last address, Missoula.

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THOMAS NEWMAN, born at Carlisle, Illinois, August 22d, 1839. Place of departure for Montana, Walla Walla, Washington Territory; route traveled, Pend d'Oreille; arrived at Tobacco Plains, November 23d, 1864. Residence, Santa Cruz, California.

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CORNELIUS C. O'KEEFE, born at Cork, Ireland, September 12th, 1822. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, Washington Territory; route traveled, across the mountains; arrived at Coriacan Defile in October, 1860. Occupation, farmer. Last address, Coriacan Defile. Member House of Representatives, Eighth (extra) Session, 1873; Eighth Session, 1874, Territorial Legislative Assembly. Deceased.

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MRS. C.C. O'KEEFE, nee ANNA LESTER, born in Ireland in 1835. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, Iowa; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Virginia City in August, 1864. Occupation, farmer. Residence, Coriacan Defile.

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DAVID C. O'KEEFE, born at Cork, Ireland, in 1826. Came to the United States; route traveled, across the plains; arrived in Montana in 1862. Occupation, farmer. Last address, Missoula.

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EDWIN W. PARK, born in Ohio in 1828. Place of departure for Montana, Oregon; route traveled, via Walla Walla, Washington Territory; arrived at Missoula, July 4th, 1863. Occupation, trader. Residence, Superior.

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ASBURY PLUMMER, born near Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1841. Place of departure for Montana, Illinois; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Missoula, July 24th, 1863. Occupation, farmer. Residence, Missoula.

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JOHN REED, born in Ireland in 1838. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, Illinois; route traveled, across the plains via Sublette's Cut Off; arrived at Bannack in 1862. Occupation, miner. Last Address, Ashley.

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MOISE REEVES, son of Martin and Maud Louise (Dervisa) Reeves; born at Varenna, Quebec, Canada, September 12th, 1834. Came to the United States in 1848. Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, up the Missouri River; arrived at Fort Benton in June, 1852. Occupation, farmer. Residence, Frenchtown. A member of the Mullan Expedition.

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JAMES P. REINHARD, son of Paul and Martha (Mercer) Reinhard; born at Louisville, Kentucky, August 14th, 1840. Place of departure for Montana, Lexington, Missouri; route traveled, up the Missouri River on steamer Effie Deans; arrived at mouth of the Maria River, July 9th, 1864. Occupation, merchant. Residence, Missoula.

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WILLIAM H. RODGERS, born in Clarke County, Indiana, in April, 1814. Place of departure for Montana, Nebraska City, Nebraska; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Virginia City in September, 1864. Occupation, hotel keeper. Last address, Missoula. Territorial Auditor, 1867-74. Died, April 8th, 1885.

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PETER RONAN, son of Matthew and Margaret (Carter) Ronan; born at Antigonish, Nova Scotia, June 1st, 1838. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, Leavenworth, Kansas; route traveled, across the plains via South Pass and Lander Cut Off; arrived at Bannack in April, 1863. Occupation, journalist. Last address, Flathead Indian Agency. United States Flathead Indian Agent. Died, August 10th, 1893.

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MRS. PETER RONAN, nee MARY C. SHEEHAN, daughter of James and Ellen (Fitzgibbon) Sheehan; born at Louisville, Kentucky, in July, 1852. Place of departure for Montana, Denver, Colorado; route traveled, across the plains via Bridger Pass; arrived at Bannack in June, 1863. Residence, Missoula.

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D.A. STEWART, born in Canada in 1838. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, Rochester, New York; route traveled, across the plains via Lander Cut off; arrived at Last Chance Gulch in 1864. Occupation, miner. Last address, Ashley.

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JOHN L. SWEENEY, son of Connor N. and Susan (Shriver) Sweeney; born at Canton, Stark County, Ohio, January 23d, 1821. Place of departure for Montana, Ohio; route traveled, the Bozeman Route; came with James M. Bozeman's first train and helped make the road; arrived at Virginia City, August 3d, 1864. Occupation, miner and furniture maker. Residence, Missoula.

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ALFRED J. URLIN, born in New York in 1842. Place of departure for Montana, St. Louis, Missouri; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Virginia City in October, 1863. Last address, Missoula. Deceased.

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JOHN VINCENT, born in Illinois in 1833. Place of departure for Montana, Oregon; route traveled, across the mountains via Elk City trail; arrived at Alder Gulch in August, 1863. Occupation, farmer. Last address, Arlee.

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THOMAS WILLIAMS, born in Ireland in 1831. Came to the United States in 1850. Place of departure for Montana, Missouri; route traveled, across the plains via Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah; arrived at Virginia City, April 10th, 1864. Occupation, merchant. Last address, Missoula. Deceased.

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CHARLES WINTER, born in Germany in 1843. Came to the United States. Place of departure for Montana, Missouri; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Virginia city, June 29th, 1864. Occupation, farmer. Last address, Missoula.

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GUSTAVUS A. WOLF, son of Philip D. and Caroline (Zerney) Wolf; born at Ungstein, Austria-Hungry, Germany, May 1st, 1842. Place of departure for Montana, Kansas City, Missouri; route traveled, overland trail; arrived at Virginia City, September 30th, 1864. Occupation, banker. Residence, Missoula.

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FRANK H. WOODY, son of Robert and Pyrene (Hargrave) Woody; born in Chatham County, North Carolina, December 10th, 1833. Place of departure for Montana, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1855; route traveled, across the plains via Fort Laramie, Independence Rock, Sweetwater, South Pass, Salt Lake, Utah, Fort Hall, Market Lake, Birch Creek, and Horse Prairie; arrived in Flathead Country about October 15th, 1856. Profession, lawyer. Residence, Missoula. Member Council, Sixth Session, 1869-70, Territorial Legislative Assembly. Commissioner, clerk, and recorder, Missoula County. Judge of Fourth Judicial District.

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FRANCIS LYMAN WORDEN, son of Rufus and Susan (Powers) Worden; born at Marlborough, Vermont, October 15th, 1830. Went to California in 1852. Place of departure for Montana, Walla Walla, Washington Territory; route traveled, across the mountains via Mullan road; arrived in Hell Gate Ronde in 1860. Occupation, merchant. Last address, Missoula. Member of Council, First Session, 1864-5; House of Representatives, Ninth Session, 1876; Council, Twelfth Session, 1881, Territorial Legislative Assembly. Died, February 5th, 1887.

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