January 4, 2005

William Porter's 1848 Oregon Trail Diary

I have just discovered an excellent website containing William Porter's 1848 Trail Diary.

William Porter, born Dec. 14, 1812 in Cumberland Co., KY, was later to become the husband of Martha Coffey, born Jul. 7, 1813 in Cumberland Co. They were married Oct. 4, 1849 in Marion Co., OR. Martha was the daughter of Nebuzaradon and Elizabeth Easley Coffey. The Coffey family migrated from Kentucky to Oregon over the Oregon Trail. For the most part, the Coffeys settled in Marion County, and many family members are buried in the Aumsville Pioneer Cemetery in Marion Co.

William died Apr. 30, 1899, and Martha died May 17, 1903. The children as I have them were: W. G. (male), born about 1842; E. N. (female), born about 1844; J. (male), born about 1846; S. (male), born about 1848; Henry Clay, born about 1850; Sarah Louise, born Sep. 16, 1854, died Feb. 8, 1892; and Mary Jane, born about 1857.

Please contact me if you can add to this family history.

The diary has been transcribed and can be viewed at the following website:


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