Chapter 169

The Pike Families of Douglas Jones, McNary and Philips in Oregon

THE OREGON-BORN children of Earl Douglas Jones and Mary Jane Collard (they being grandchildren of Felix Alver Collard and Martha Damaris Lewis of early Pleasant Hill) were Albert Felix, Lydia Damaris, Freeman Oscar, Laura Adelade, Leonard Douglas, William Walter, Charles Ernest and Dena Jane Jones. On their father's side they descended from the Douglas family whence came Stephen A. Douglas, the great political opponent of Abraham Lincoln.

Albert Felix, born October 18, 1851, in Mission Bottom, Marion county, Oregon, married Mary Jane DeShazer. He spent most of his life on the Columbia river as a fisherman. He was in the surveying parties that laid out lines on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington. He died at Bridal Veil, Oregon, December 5, 1925. His wife died in February, 1938, at the home of a daughter in Grant's Pass, Oregon. She is buried at Bridal Veil beside her husband. They had two children, Ralph R., a boat builder, of St. Helens, Oregon, and Maude A., who married a Williams.

Lydia Damaris, born February 23, 1853 in Mission Bottom, married Douglas Parker, a widower with children by a former marriage. They had one son, Ross, born in Clackamas, Oregon, in 1881. He died, unmarried, August 4, 1902, and is buried in Clackamas cemetery. Lydia's husband left her soon after the son's birth. She inherited her portion of her mother's estate at Clackamas and acquired other parts of the original home place, where she built a house and made her home the rest of her life. She farmed the land, being helped later by her son. She died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Addie Benjamine, near Estacada, Oregon, October 26, 1919. She is buried in Clackamas cemetery.

Freeman Oscar, born September 21, 1854, in Mission Bottom, married Sarah E. Colson, daughter of Thomas Colson. He settled near LaCenter, Washington, and lived there many years. He was familiar with all the country about Mt. St. Helens, being the first white man to discover Spirit Lake. About the year 1900 he located in the Yakima Valley, where he lived the rest of his life. He engaged in farming in the valley and at one time operated a hay-baling outfit. He died at Granger, Washington, April 24, 1933, of heart trouble, and is buried in Yakima, Washington. His wife survives him. His children were Frank, married, who lives in Toppenish, Washington, where he has been foreman of the Yakima county road maintenance for many years; Clyde, married, has one son, lives near Beaverton, Oregon, operates a dairy; Irene married Atous Bowdish, a farmer, has a married son, Norris, lives at Granger, Washington; Ray C., twice married, works for his brother Frank in Yakima, has two children by his first wife, Dorothy and Frenola (Dorothy married Professor Earl Jones of the University of Colorado and lives in Denver, and Frenola also married and has a daughter); Roy L., married, has children, Marie and Earl, is a cook by profession, and lives in Yakima.

Laura Adelaide (Addie), born March 22, 1857, in Mission Bottom, married, first, James Lawrence Gordon of Georgia, a Confederate soldier. They lived at Dufur, Oregon, for some years. She at one time operated an eating house at Springwater, Oregon. She later married Samuel Benjamine and lived near Springwater at a place called Dodge. Her third husband was J. D. Crawford, a widower with a family. All three husbands are dead. She resides at Colton, Oregon. She had the following children, all by her first husband: Rex Gordon, married, is a farmer at Colton, has a daughter Helen, who is married; Mabel Gordon married first, Edward Jukes and had a daughter Eva, who married but is now dead, and married as her second husband, G. Henri Benjamine (no relation to Sam Benjamine) of Quebec, Canada, and had Adelaide Zoe, who married Alden Schwabauer of Pendleton, Oregon, October 20, 1933, and has a son, Gilbert James, born November 9, 1936. Mabel lives at Gervais, Oregon, where her husband operates a large farm.

Harold Gordon, third child of Laura Adelaide, married, had a daughter who died when 16. He engaged in logging; is now dead. Neil Gordon, fourth and last of the children, born about 1891, died when about 20.

Leonard Douglas Jones, fifth child of Earl Douglas Jones and Mary Jane Collard, was born at Parkplace, Oregon, January 3, 1859. In his boyhood he spent part of his time with his father on the latter's homestead near Sandy, Oregon. He married Emma Jane Phillips, a descendant of the family from which came the noted Philips Ferry Philipses of pioneer Pike county days. These early Philipses were in Illinois in territorial days, three branches of the family being identified in this region in the territorial census of 1818, shortly before Illinois became a state. Some spelled the name with one "l," some with two.

Emma Jane Phillips (Leonard Douglas Jones's wife) was a daughter of William Phillips, who was a nephew of that William Philips, who, deep in the winter of the Big Snow (1830-31), married in Pike county Martha Elledge, a daughter of the "morning star of Baptist ministry in the valley," Jesse Elledge, son of Charity Boone and grandson of Neddie Boone, younger brother of Daniel. Their children included Jane, Elizabeth, Sophia and Jemima.

The Philips (or Phillips) families, prior to becoming identified with Pike county, were early settlers in that part of old Morgan that is now embraced in Scott county, which was erected out of Morgan in 1839. Other branches of the family were pioneers of Madison county, one of the counties out of which Pike county was erected in 1821. In pioneer days, Nimrod Philips of then Morgan county began operating a ferry across the Illinois river between Morgan and Pike counties, at what is now Valley City. This was the famous Philips Ferry, over which rolled the tides of western emigration by way of the old Philips Ferry Road.

Leonard Douglas Jones, grandson of Felix and Damaris Collard, married Emma Jane Phillips at Clackamas, Oregon, April 28, 1880. She was born April 6, 1859 near Clackamas. Emma Jane's father, William Phillips, together with his brother, Marion Philips, and others of the Philips family, were Oregon Territory pioneers of 1845-46. Several of the Pike county Philips family emigrated to Oregon in these years, some of them joining a Missouri wagon train to the Northwest in 1845. Among the 1845-46 emigrants were Thomas, Samuel, William Riley, Francis Marion and James Philips.

Leonard Jones engaged in fishing and the timber industry in Oregon. Early in life he lost the sight of one eye, caused by a piece of steel from a wedge lodging in the eye. He later had the other eye impaired from the same cause and was totally blind for six months. Later he regained the sight of one eye at the hands of the most skilled specialist in Portland. Leonard lives at Clackamas, near which he has spent most of his life.

Children of Leonard Jones and Emma Jane Phillips were: Deana Marion, born August 18, 1881, married, first, John Dickelman, second, Frank Dunmire, lives at Port Angeles, Washington. One child by the first husband, Norman Douglas, born November 5, 1902, now deceased, married Emma Schultz and had a daughter, Margaret Lucille, born March 25, 1922.

Oscar Ward, born January 1, 1883, in Clackamas, married, first, Rachel Davis, subsequently three times married, lives at Clackamas, engaged in ranching and greenhouse work. One child by first marriage, Lois Jane, born at Clackamas May 20, 1915, married and lives at Kendall Station, Portland, Oregon.

Ina Beatrice, born August 4, 1884, in Clackamas, married, first, Albert Wing, second, Fred E. Woolen, lives in Portland. Children by her first husband, Weldon Arthur and Chester Lyle, who married sisters and each had one child, Luella and Thomas.

Jessie Emma, born June 16, 1886, in Clackamas, married, first, Norman Lauder of Canada, second, a man named Cory, lives in Oregon City and is employed in the Oregon City Woolen Mills. Children by her first husband, Ruth Emma (who married Carl Welch, lives at Gladstone, Oregon, and has one daughter, Shirley Claire) and Ellen Claire (who married Harold Stroder, lives in Oregon City and had a daughter, Lila).

Carl Collen, born January 24, 1890, in Clackamas, served in the World War and was in France, a shell-shock victim; lives with parents in Clackamas.

Mark Manly, born January 12, 1892, in Clackamas, accidentally shot and killed himself while hunting May 19, 1910, and is buried in Clackamas cemetery.

Arthur Bryan, born December 22, 1894, in Clackamas, is a World War veteran, an expert in greenhouse work in which he is employed and lives with his parents in Clackamas.

Ellis Leonard, born July 28, 1898, in Clackamas, married Marie McClarity of Scotland, is a World War veteran, lives in Oregon City, is a papermaker and works for Crown-Willamette in Oregon City. Children are Ellis Leonard, Jr., and Douglas Wayne of Oregon City.

William Walter Jones, sixth of the children of Earl Douglas Jones and Mary Jane Collard and the father of Victor Wayne Jones, chief contributor to the Jones family history and important contributor of Collard family data, was born in Clackamas October 22, 1860. At Clackamas he married, September 19, 1888, Carrie Elizabeth Phillips, daughter of Marion Phillips, who, as before noted, went to Oregon in 1846 with his brother, William, and others of the Phillips family. Carrie Elizabeth was a cousin of Emma Jane Phillips, who married William Walter's elder brother, Leonard Douglas Jones. Carrie Elizabeth Phillips was born August 12, 1861, near the birthplace of her cousin, Emma Jane, at Clackamas.

Here enters into family picture another line of noted Pike county pioneers, the early McNarys, hardy settlers of Newburg, Hardin, Spring Creek and Pleasant Vale townships. The families of McNary and Phillips were neighbors on the Illinois frontier, in old Morgan county (that part that is now Scott), and later descendants of these families intermarried in Oregon, the family line eventually crossing with that of Jones and Collard.

Carrie Elizabeth Phillip's mother was Eliza McNary, a daughter of James McNary, who, with his brother Alexander, settled southeast of Pittsfield in 1836, coming to Pike county from Morgan county, to which region they had come from an earlier settlement in Shelby county, Illinois, where they first settled upon migrating from Kentucky.

James McNary, Pike county pioneer, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky, where he was born February 28, 1790. He married Elizabeth Sharp, November 17, 1818. She was born March 31, 1795. In the year 1836 he settled southeast of Pittsfield, where his wife died May 1, 1840. She is buried in the old cemetery of the Pettys on Honey Creek, in Section 12, Martinsburg township.

James McNary, on February 21, 1841, again married, his second wife being Nancy Lewis, the ceremony being performed by Charles Maynard, a justice of the peace. Four years later, in 1845, the McNarys crossed the plains to Oregon where on June 7, 1858, near Clackamas, James McNary's daughter, Eliza, child of his first marriage, married Marion Phillips. Eliza was born November 14, 1831, the family then being residents of Shelby county, Illinois.

James, John and Alexander McNary were sons of Hugh McNary, a name of frequent recurrence in Pike county history. This Hugh McNary was born in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, August 21, 1762, a son of Hugh McNary and Jannet Logan, she a daughter of Thomas Logan of Basking Ridge. This first Hugh McNary or American record was born in 1720 and came to America from Scotland or North Ireland, probably the latter. The second Hugh was in the Revolutionary War, and was engaged in the fighting at the Battle of Cowpens. He married Elizabeth Lindsay, born November 21, 1762. He died in Pike county, Illinois, October 2, 1841. He is buried in Petty cemetery, south of Pittsfield. The United States government a few years ago erected a marble memorial marker at his grave.

Another child of James McNary and a brother of Eliza McNary Phillips was Hugh Linza McNary, born in the first Illinois settlement of the McNarys, August 30, 1829, later coming with his parents to the settlement near Pittsfield. Hugh Linza accompanied his father and stepmother when the family emigrated to Oregon in 1845. In Oregon he married Mary Margaret Claggett, daughter of Charles Claggett, Oregon pioneer of 1852. One of Hugh Linza McNary's sons is United States Senator Charles Linza McNary of Oregon, present Republican leader of the United States Senate and co-author with Representative Haugen of the McNary-Haugen Farm Bill, so widely discussed during the Coolidge administration.

John McNary, brother of James, died in Scott (then Morgan) county in 1834, leaving his widow Elizabeth and four children, namely, Cynthia Ann (called Sinthy in the old records), Mary (called Polly), John and Hugh McNary. John McNary's estate was a subject of court disposition at the October term of the Morgan county circuit court in 1835, at which time the court set aside one-third of the proceeds from the sale of John McNary's lands, amounting to $807, for the use of the widow, Elizabeth McNary, directing that the remaining two-thirds be invested by the guardian of the minor heirs in government lands, excepting $50 to be reserved for the two girls for their education. Alexander McNary, brother of John, became the children's guardian, and the money due from their father's estate was invested in government land in Pike county, to which the McNarys moved in 1836.

Alexander McNary later resigned as guardian and was succeeded by James McNary. Cynthia Ann McNary, one of the wards, died in 1839. The girl Polly in 1841 married Pike county pioneer Thomas B. Burbridge. Later, in 1844, when James McNary was arranging to go to Oregon, he relinquished guardianship of the two remaining minors, John and Hugh McNary, and was succeeded in that capacity by Daniel D. Hicks, who two years later became county sheriff and still later became one of the founders of the First National Bank of Pittsfield.