THE PIKE COUNTY McNarys have been identified with the county's for more than a century. Many in Pike county, other than those who bear the McNary name, are descended from this pioneer line. Eliza McNary (daughter of Pioneer James), as we have seen, married Marion Phillips, and their daughter, Carrie Elizabeth, in Oregon married William Walter Jones, son of Earl Douglas Jones and Mary Jane Collard, and they became the parents of Victor Wayne Jones of Seattle, whose records of the Jones and Collard families have been so often quoted in this history.
Related to the McNary line are numerous of the Pike county Burbridges, Weavers, Foremans and those descended from the marriage of Mary (Polly) McNary to Thomas B. Burbridge, pioneer ofHardin township. Mary McNary was a daughter of John and Elizabeth McNary and a niece of James McNary, from whom descends Charles Linza McNary, senior United States Senator from the state of Oregon.
Thomas B. Burbridge and Mary (Polly) McNary were married in Pike county by the noted Elder James Burbridge on January 20, 1842, this date, which in other records appears as 1841, being fixed by the certification of Elder Burbridge himself, found among old records at the court house after considerable search.
Sons of Thomas B. and Polly (McNary) Burbridge were Robert, John W., James and Thomas Jefferson Burbridge. Daughters included Cynthia Ann Burbridge (Mrs. Harvey Weaver), Jaley Burbridge (Mrs. Abe Caley) and Harriet Burbridge (Mrs Anderson Foreman). Only Robert Burbridge of Pittsfield is now living.
Thomas B. Burbridge and his wife lived in Pike county when it was a wild land. Indians were numerous. To the 1880 historian Thomas Burbridge related that he had ridden on horseback to mill a distance of six miles, where he had to wait sometimes all day and all night for his grinding, with nothing to eat but parched corn; he went three miles to school, which was taught by subscription, about three months in the year, in a log building with split logs for seats, a log taken out of the side of the house for a window, a huge fireplace in one end of the room for heating, the writing desk a puncheon supported by pins in the wall.
Thomas B. Burbridge was born in Kentucky in 1818 and came alone to Illinois in 1840 where, two years later, he married Mary McNary. They settled on Section 29, Hardin township, and there spent the remainder of their lives. He was a son of Robert Burbridge, grand old Pike county pioneer, whose father had emigrated from Virginia to Kentucky when that state was a wilderness. In Kentucky, Robert Burbridge followed farming and there he married a Miss Richards. In 1825 they moved to Pike county, Missouri, settling near Louisiana, and from there they came across the Mississippi to Pike county, Illinois, in 1841. In this county Robert Burbridge, Sr., died in 1849, his wife in 1852.
Mary McNary Burbridge died at the family home in Hardin in July, 1861, and Thomas B. Burbridge afterward married Emily Hodge. There were nine children of the first marriage, two of whom died young. Mr. Burbridge was a Republican in politics and in his home community he served as road commissioner and school director. He and his first wife were active workers in the Christian church. Thomas B. Burbridge died in August, 1888, being survived by the seven children already named, of whom Robert, now in his 90th year, is the only one living.
Hugh McNary, brother of Polly, on May 27, 1847, in Pike county, married Nancy Barney. On the same day Nancy's sister, Ruth Barney, married Henry Smith. The pioneer minister, Joseph Turnbaugh, performed the rites in a double ceremony.
Hugh and Nancy Barney McNary had a son, John B. McNary, who died in Pleasant Vale township July 24, 1912. He married Susan Campbell Joslyn of Independence, a daughter of William Campbell and Jane Zumwalt. They were married at Pittsfield June 30, 1881, with Justice Dan H. Bodine officiating.
William McNary, another son of Hugh and Nancy, married Tisa (Kade) Crowder of Atlas, a daughter of Henry and Margaret Kade, December 11, 1887. Hugh L. McNary, son of Hugh and Nancy, married Anna Kropp, daughter of A. C. and E. R. (Drescher) Kropp, at New Canton August 2, 1892. John H. McNary of Hardin township married Olive Burbridge of Spring Creek, at Pittsfield, September 9, 1886.
Numerous McNary descendants have been inhabitants of Pleasant Vale township for many years, among them Jasper N. McNary, who married Eliza Personett; Alfred C. McNary (son of Jasper), who married Elsie L. Hathaway; frank McNary (son of John B.) who married Bertha Schoolcraft; and Charles McNary, who married Loretta Pfeiffer, a native of O'Fallon, Illinois.
The McNarys of the above line, descending from the Pike county pioneers of the name, will appear in this history in another connection.
William Walter Jones, sixth of the children of Earl Douglas and Mary Jane (Collard) Jones, in boyhood stayed with his father on the latter's homestead near Sandy, Oregon. In early life he followed the timber and fishing industries. He married Carrie Elizabeth Phillips in 1888, she a daughter of Marion and Eliza (McNary) Phillips. He built a house on his portion of the 22 acres he inherited from his mother's estate at Clackamas. On December 6, 1900, he arrived in Seattle with his family.
He was sexton of Mt. Pleasant cemetery in Seattle shortly after his arrival there. In August, 1802, he moved to the Green Lake district of the city, and in April, 1903, bought property at 6413 Tenth Avenue, N. E. (now Roosevelt Way). He was employed by the Seattle Electric Company and was foreman of the logging camps of the Green Lake Mill Company. About 1909 he engaged in the fuel business, continuing until 1916, when he did logging on a small scale, taking off the last timber within the present city limits of Seattle. This timber belonged to the grand old pioneer of Seattle, Rolland H. Denny, who was one of the original settlers of the place when an infant of three months, being today the only man living in Seattle who has lived there from the very beginning of the town.
In 1922 William tore down his old house and built a modern one in its place. The latter years of his life were spent in cutting wood; he was associated part of the time with Herbert H. (Bert) Campbell, son of Samuel Campbell. Herbert Campbell was born in the same house in which William was born. William died November 20, 1931, and is buried in Evergreen cemetery in Seattle.
William Walter and Carrie Elizabeth (Phillips) Jones had two children, Victor Wayne and Luella Eliza Jones.
Victor Wayne Jones, a most important contributor to this history, was born in Clackamas February 7, 1891. He resides at 500 East 42nd Street, Seattle. He is a member of the American Legion, and of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers. He is a bookkeeper in the Lighting Department of the City of Seattle.
Luella Elizabeth Jones, the sister, was born in Clackamas March 22, 1899. She holds a master of arts degree from the University of Washington and is head of the commercial department of Edmonds High School in Seattle. She also resides at 500 East 42nd Street in Seattle.
Victor Wayne Jones is the compiler of the Jones and Collard family genealogy, a work in which he is now engaged and which he hopes to have finished for the family centennial in 1947, which will mark the 100th year of the family's residence on the Pacific coast. This genealogy will be of the antecedents and descendants of Douglas and Jane (Collard) Jones, his grandparents and Oregon pioneers of 1847, the story of whose journey across the plains from Pleasant Hill to Oregon City has been related in previous chapters.
Says Victor Wayne Jones: "As yet, I have not selected a name for this genealogy; it will include all the family connections of Douglas Jones and Jane Collard, especially here in the west. I have always revered the memory of the pioneers and it is my desire to do something in the way of recording their records for posterity."
Seventh child of Earl Douglas and Jane (Collard) Jones was Charles Ernest, born in Clackamas January 4, 1863, died September 22, 1882; buried in Clackamas.
Eighth and last child of this romance of the Pleasant Hill-Oregon Trail was Dena Jane Jones, born on Birch Creek, Oregon, January 22, 1865; died February 14, same year. She is buried beside her mother, Jane Collard of early Pleasant Hill, on Birch Creek.
Next after Mary Jane Collard in the family of Felix Alver and Damaris Lewis Collard was John Jasper Collard, who was born in Pleasant Hill township July 13, 1835, and celebrated his 12th birthday on the Oregon Trail in 1847. In Oregon, on May 21, 1857, he married Martha Frances Henderson. She was born in Missouri February 8, 1840, a daughter of Jesse Cloid Henderson, who was born in Tennessee in 1803. Her sister, Mary Ellen Henderson, was mother of two girls who married John Jasper's younger brothers, Isaac Newton and William Franklin Collard.
John Jasper Collard settled near McMinnville, Yamhill county, Oregon. He served in the Oregon Indian War from Yamhill county. In politics he subscribed to the principles of the Republican party, and in religious matters to the tenets of the Baptist church, being an elder in that church. All of his mature life he suffered from a lameness in his knee, possibly acquired when he was a small boy. He died May 5, 1906, in McMinnville, Oregon. His wife followed on August 29, 1915. Both are buried in McMinnville cemetery.
Children of John Jasper and Martha Frances (Henderson) Collard were: Henry, who died of diphtheria when about three years old; Minnie, who died of diphtheria when about a year old; Hugh Henderson Collard, born near McMinnville, May 22, 1865, married, first, a lady named Sharp, by whom no issue, and, second, Nancy (last name missing), by whom he had four children, Ruth, Helen, Harry Hugh and Robert Royal Collard. Hugh Henderson Collard moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he died in 1937. His wife was still living in 1938.
Lee Leonad Collard, fourth child of John Jasper, was born near McMinnville, October 18, 1867; never married; died in 1912. Mary Idilla, fifth and last of John Jasper's children, was born near McMinnville, November 25, 1868. She married Benjamin Frank Rhodes and had the following children: Veda Ethelyn of Route 1, Summerville, Oregon, who married William A. Couzens and had a son, John Franklin; Dada A., who married Rand E. Weber and lives at 2445 Hope Street, Huntington Park, California; John Alvin, born 1900, who married Tempe Goetchuis and lives at 145 N. E. Laurelhurst Place, Portland, Oregon; and Lola Frances, who married James A. Howard and had four children, James A., Jr., aged 10, Virginia Lee, aged 9, Frances Arlene, aged 7, and Martin, aged 4. They lived in West Linn, Oregon. Mary Idilla Collard Rhodes lives in Los Angeles. She married Benjamin F. Rhodes July 9, 1889.
Third child of Felix A. Collard and Damaris Lewis was Elihu Benton Collard, born in Fairfield (now Pleasant Hill), on March 23, 1838. He was nine when the Collard family set out on the long journey to Oregon. After crossing the plains with his parents he spent the first winter in Oregon attending school at Oswego. He later went to school at Oregon City. During the Civil War period he went to the gold mines in Idaho, in partnership with W. W. Bullock. They had a rich claim. Out of one pocket they are said to have taken 44 ounces of gold in a few hours. But they lost what they gained by putting back the money into claims of no value.
W. W. Bullock, Collard's partner, figured in the "Blue Bucket Mine" episode of the famous Meek Cut-Off party of 1845. He crossed the plains in the same party with Captain James McNary, the Pike county pioneer and grandfather of Senator McNary of Oregon. Years later, probably on this trip to Idaho with Benton Collard, Bullock tried to find the lost mines but was unsuccessful. Victor W. Jones relates that Bullock personally told this to his father, William Walter Jones. Bullock also told Mr. Jones that he knew for a certainty that the ore which the immigrants thought was copper was really gold.
In Oregon City, Benton Collard met Isaphenia (sometimes spelled Isaphena) Waldron, the daughter of Samuel Waldron, and they were married on March 22, 1866, with the Reverend Plutarch S. Knight, a Congregational minister, performing the ceremony. Isaphenia Waldron was born in Pennsylvania in 1846. She crossed the plains with her family in 1852. She is still living. Her father, Samuel Waldron, settled on Parrott Creek in Clackamas county. He is buried in Oregon City.
Benton Collard moved to Dayton, Oregon, in 1874, where he lived for the next eight years. He was elected sheriff of Yamhill county, and re-elected for a second term. At the beginning of his second term in 1882, he bought a farm near Lafayette, to which he moved. He died July 12, 1917. In politics he was a Democrat, and in religion a sincere Christian.
Frank Alver Collard, son of Benton, was born in Oregon City May 4, 1868. He attended school at Dayton and Lafayette. When in his twenties, he went to eastern Oregon and northern Idaho. When war broke out with Spain he enlisted in Company A, 2nd Oregon, commanded by Captain H. L. Heath, and went to the Philippines, where he spent a year in service. Returning, he went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad, cruising timber in the Oregon land grant. He settled near Minerva, on the Siuslaw river, in 1902, taking up a homestead. He never married. He was found dead in bed in August, 1935. He was one of the important contributors to the Collard family history.
Agnes Collard, second child of Benton, married a man named Savage and had two children, Agnes and Erma. Agnes married and had a son, Roy. Erma married a Thomas and had a daughter, Jean, who is married and has a daughter. Agnes Collard Savage lives in Portland.
Lyman, third of Benton's children, is deceased. His birth and death dates are not available.
Roy Linn Collard, fourth of the children, lives in British Columbia.
Ella Maud Collard, fifth child of Benton, married first, Dennis Ryan. By this marriage there were three children, namely: Marjorie, who married a Lekas and had Daphne Janet, Gary and an infant son; Leah Mary, who married Leslie Haffey and had Dennis and Joan Clancy; and Kenneth, who married and had Patrick and Damaris. Ella Maude married, second, Harry Saunders and had one child, Damaris. She lives in Portland.
Mabel Collard, sixth of Benton's children, married M. J. Davis and had three children, Ray Collard, Laurence and Elizabeth (now Elizabeth Jones). The Davises live in Beaverton, Oregon.
Others of the eleven children of Benton Collard include Samuel, who is married and has two daughters; Charles Cleveland, who is still living; Harry Glenn, unmarried, living in Portland with his mother, Helen, who married Fred L. Stevenson and lives in Portland; and Jessie Collard, who married Henry Spady and also resides in Portland.
Fourth child of Felix and Damaris was Lydia Ursula Collard, born in Fairfield (Pleasant Hill) November 7, 1840. She was six years old when the family left Pleasant Hill behind an ox-team in the spring of 1847, on a trip that was to carry them over the famous trail to Oregon. Lydia Ursula, in Oregon, married, first, G. S. Spragg, January 18, 1858. Her second husband was named Armstrong, and they had a son, Edward V. Armstrong. She died March 28, 1894.
Next after Lydia Ursula was Isaphena Collard, born in old Fairfield (Pleasant Hill) January 25, 1843. She was four when she crossed the plains with her parents. In Oregon City, on April 11, 1858, Isaphena married Clark N. Greenman and by him had three children, Frederick, Albert C. and Lilly. Lilly married and had a child who died in infancy. Isaphena has no descendants left. She lived all her adult life in Oregon City, dying in 1917. Her husband was a drayman for many years in Oregon City. Clark N. Greenman (Isaphena's husband) figured in one of the novels of Eva Emory Dye, popular historical fiction writer of Oregon City.
Marianne, sixth child of Felix and Damaris, died, as previously recounted, a few days before the family's departure from Pleasant Hill in the spring of 1847. She was born April 21, 1845 in Pleasant Hill and died April 7, 1847, being the only one of the Felix Collard family who is buried in Pleasant Hill.