TILLAMOOK COUNTY GENWEB PROJECT
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Axom D. Farmer
hero of both the Mexican and Civil Wars Axom D. Farmer is also one of the
foremost farmers of the vicinity of Hebo, Tillamook Co., where he still
has a lease of farm recently disposed of to his son which has been his home
for many years. When he first came to the farm about 1876, Mr. Farmer had
a sawmill in operation, but of late his land has been devoted principally
to dairying, and in connection therewith he had engaged in coopering, the
trade of his youth, learned from an industrious and worthy father. Ninety-five
acres have been retained of the original grant of one hundred sixty acres,
and about fourteen cows supply milk to a number of steady customers. Mr.
Farmer came to Oregon by rail and from Yamhill County came over the Old
Harris Trail to Tillamook, shipping his household goods down the river.
He located first on a farm, eight miles south of Tillamook, and five years
later moved to his present farm. He has taken an active interest in Republican
politics and he served as a road and school director. He is also identified
with the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Farmer is 74 years old and therefore
entitled to the partial leisure in which he is enjoying at the present time.
He was born in Robertson Co., TN, October 17, 1829 and his father Benjamin was presumably a native of the same state, the latter was a cooper by trade, an occupation followed in Tennessee until his move to Wayne Co., IL in 1838. As was the case with all tradesmen in the early days, one occupation did not suffice and the mechanic was of necessity, master in departments of activity, including carpentering, millwrighting and others equally useful. Benjamin Farmer lived only a year after the move to Wayne County and died a comparatively young man.
His wife Kisira (Fly) Farmer, died in Williamson Co., IL, in 1901 having attained the age of 90 years. her husband comprised two sons and one daughter, of whom Axom is the oldest. As a youth of 9, Axom D, Farmer accompanied his parents to Wayne Co., IL and he there grew to manhood on a farm receiving limited education in the nearby school. In time he moved to Union Co., IL where he married Betsy Daniels who bore him a daughter now Mrs. W. T. West, of this county.
He afterwards married in Williamson Co., IL, Mrs. Eliza McGinnis, who was born in IL, and who died on the homeplace in Tillamook County in 1898. Of this second marriage there were born three sons, Frank, Lewis deceased and Otis on the home farm.
At the time of the breaking out of the Mexican War, Mr. Farmer was making his home in Williamson Co., IL and was engaged in farming and coopering. The youth and men of the neighborhood welcomed the opportunity a chance to break the monotony of farming and the exodus to serve the cause was large and enthusiastic. Mr. Farmer went to war as a teamster serving throughout the contest in that capacity. For a time he was under command of General Taylor at Vera Cruz and during the service met with many adventures of which he still retains vivid recollections. returning to Williamson county he continued farming and coopering until 1862 when the civil war presented another opportunity to show his mettle and patriotism. Strange to say Mr. Farmer served throughout the civil war also as a teamster and was also connected with the 17th army corps under Generals Sherman and Logan. He enlisted at Cairo, IL in Co. H, 31st IL Volunteer Infantry and served three years.
Disposing of his Williamson county farm in the spring of 1871 Mr. Farmer
came to Oregon as heretofore stated and has since made this state his
home. He has won a host of friends through the exercise of many fine traits
of character and his uprightness and progressiveness place him among the
sterling and highly respected citizens of a prosperous neighborhood.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon, Chapman Publishing
Submitted by Patti Murray
Milton Hamilton - Former Mayor of Wheeler, OR
HEARS FROM BROTHER IN FAR WEST
A letter received this past week by Milton Hamilton from a cousin of the
same name brings to M. J. Hamilton word from a brother whom he has not seen
for forty years. The letter was written by Milton Hamilton, son of Octavius
Hamilton. The writer is now Mayor of Wheeler, Oregon, and also engaged as
editor of a newspaper. His father was an older brother of M. J. and Curtis
Hamilton, of this place, born and reared in Ohio but a resident of the west
for almost half a century.
letter gives an account of the recent burning of their home when all the
Descendants of Milton Austin Hamilton
Milton Austin Hamilton 1885 - 1956
Submitted courtesy of Nancy Hamilton. Nancy also says "I believe that he was 27 years old when he was the mayor, so that would make this article about 1912. The family story is that the father of this mayor [Octavius Hamilton] left home as a 14 year old to fight in the Civil War, and never came home again; and apparently did not keep in touch!" Nancy also believes that she ran across something that indicated that Octavius might have returned home for awhile at age 16.
For further information, please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiram Wesley Smith
Oregon Pioneer Family
Hiram Wesley Smith (b. 1812 in Gallia Co, OH) and family arrived by wagon
train in Oregon, near Salem, on Aug. 12, 1852. They settled on Tillamook
Co. Donation Land Claim #5165 Sept. 19, 1854.
1. Myra Elizabeth Smith b. Jul 10 1844, Knox Co., Ill
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