EYRES Pioneers

Oregon Pioneers

Miles EYRES, c 1805 England – 1843 Idaho


“Miles EYRES was described as a very unsocial & disagreeable man; he usually camped a quarter of a mile away from the company.

“He lost his life in 1843 crossing the Snake River at Three Island Crossing in Idaho.  He would not heed the protestations of the company, but persisted in driving his fine mule team in by himself.  The mules soon became unmanageable and turned upstream.  Soon Mr EYERS disappeared from sight, lost his life and everything he had.  Mr C M STRINGER attempted to help, but lost his life instead.  This all happened in eyesight of their womenfolk & children.  Mile's wife was too frightened to cross with him & was ferried across with her children by others & reached shore safely.  To add to their tragedy, the bodies were never recovered & since EYERS had all his money strapped around his waist, his death left his family not only bereaved but destitute as well.”

- from "Blazing a Wagon Trail to Oregon" by Lloyd W COFFMAN -  pages 132-33


Miles EYRES was married to my great grandmother, Eliza (TURNER?) EYRES b 1805 England, d 1893 Oregon. They had 2 children;

  1. Thomas T EYRES, b 1829 England, m 1858 Abbie COFFIN;

  2. Amelia EYRES b 1834 England, m 1834 Charles F RAY Oregon, they had 14 children.


After Miles death in 1843, Eliza traveled on to Oregon, m 1847 James CAMPBELL, divorced, had 2 children;

  1. Susan M CAMPBELL (my Grandmother, who with her husband, Ira WOODIN settled Woodinville WA) b 1848, d 1919;

  2. John CAMPBELL b 1849 California, d 1921 buried Oregon. 


Eliza then married 1853 William HOBSON & resided in Astoria Oregon.  William HOBSON was also on this same wagon train.


-          submitted by Glenna ERNST ENGQUIST  quisteng@earthlink.net, Wenatchee WA


-     created 1 Jan 2002