Note for: Kenneth L. Simpson, 19 Feb 1905 - 3 Apr 1905 Index
Place: Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center, Delaware, NY
Note for: James Theodore Beardsley, 19 May 1840 - 31 Dec 1878 Index
Place: Walla Walla, Walla Walla, WAIndividual Note:
1869 US Census: Theo was 29, born in Conn., and married to 20-year-old Mary Jane Simpson within the year. He was a farmer living in the same house as his parents in Unadilla, Otsego, NY. In 1878, James and Mary headed west on the Oregon Trail to Walla Walla, Washington Territory with daughters Eva and Frances. He died on December 30, 1878, one day after son Lewis Theodore Beardsley was born.
Note for: Eva Alvina Beardsley, 27 Sep 1861 - 15 Jul 1914 Index
Place: Masonic cemetery, Roseburg, Douglas, ORIndividual Note:
Eva had eight children, four of whom were still living as of January, 1960.
Note for: Frances Susan (Franky) Beardsley, 28 Aug 1867 - 6 Aug 1953 Index
Place: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, ORIndividual Note:
EVA'S DIARY: Transcribed from small diary kept by Frances at age ten describing her trip west to Oregon in a wagon train:
** February 19, 1878 - Wellsbridge, New York: We went from the East to the West in 1878. Started 1878.
** February 19, Tuesday. Got there Saturday, February 22. Went from Wellsbridge, O CO (Otsego?) N.Y. to Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., Dakota Terr. (South Dakota).
** May 29, 1878 - Dakota Territory: Wednesday. Today we leave Canton for Washington Terr. Going with teams in a Emigrant Train of ten wagons, with five families. Yankton was the first town we went through. After Canton we crossed the Missouri River at Yankton in a ferry boat. We were then in Nebraska. We stayed all day in Hershey, Nebraska.
** July, 1878 Wyoming: We staid six days in Cheyenne. We joined in with 19 wagoners there, so there were 29 wagons of us, the 4th of July. We crossed a chain of the BlackHills. Crossed the Rocky Mountains.
** August 1878 - Utah Territory: Saw the salt lake. Went through Echo Canyon, Weber Canyon, the Devil Gate. Saw the Devil's Arm Chair and Slide.
** Oregon: We crossed the Blue Mountains. They were covered with pine trees. We got to the Walla Walla Valley the last day of August.
Note for: Lewis Theodore Beardsley, 29 Dec 1878 - 12 Nov 1944 Index
Date: 14 Nov 1944
Place: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Milton, Umatilla, Oregon D-1Individual Note:
OBITUARY: From the Milton Eagle, Nov. 16, 1944: “Louis T. Beardsley, 65 years of age, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home on Cherry Street here. He had suffered a stroke. Beardsley, who had spent almost all his life in this community, was born December 29, 1878, in Walla Walla. Surviving him are his wife, Hattie A. Beardsley; a son, Eldridge W. Beardsley, La Grande; a daughter, Mrs. Gwendolyn Ring, Echo; two grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Frances Frazier, who resides here. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Milton Methodist Church, Rev. A.J. Neufeld officiating. Burial was in the Milton I.O.O.F. cemetery."
** 1887 Washington Territorial Census: At age 8, Lewis was the only child living with mother Mary Jane and step-father James Moss.
** April 1892 Washington State Census: At age 13, Lewis was living with mother Mary Jane, step-father James Moss and step-brother James Moss, Jr. (age 21).
** 1900 US Census: Lewis was a day laborer still living with his mother. By now she had been widowed twice. They lived in dwelling 71, near the Frazier's dwelling 69.
** In World War I Lewis was issued a draft registration card (roll 1852148--1917-1918) and was listed as a self-employed farmer.