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WALKER BROTHERS - DONATION LAND CLAIMERS: 1855

DONATION LAND CLAIMERS

On September 27, 1850, the United States Congress passed the Donation Land Act.1

By 1855 Wesley and Augustus Walker had both settled their claims.

Augustus L. Walker - Donation Land Claim
Certificate Number:                       861
Notification Number:                     700
Claimant’s Name:                          Augustus L. Walker
County in Oregon:                          Josephine County
Date & Place Birth:                        1829, Henderson County, Kentucky
Arrival In Oregon:                          October 12, 1852
Date Claim Settled:                        March 1, 1855

Patent by President Andrew Johnson, August 7, 1866

Wesley R. Walker - Donation Land Claim
Certificate Number:                        778
Notification Number:                      699
Claimant’s Name:                           Wesley R. Walker
County in Oregon:                          Josephine County
Date & Place Birth:                        1824, Henderson County, Kentucky
Arrival In Oregon:                          October 12, 1852
Date Claim Settled:                         March 1, 1855

 Patent by President Andrew Johnson, July 26, 1866

 WESLEY & AUGUSTUS WALKER

Augustus L. and Wesley R. Walker were white native citizens of the United States both born in Henderson County, Kentucky.  They were single men when they arrived in Oregon October 12, 1852.  Each brother ended up with a patent to 160 acres on Jumpoff Joe Creek in northern Josephine County.

MORE INFORMATION

The three disinterested witnesses required by the land law to prove settlement for Augustus were:

        1.      Wesley Walker
        2.      George Densmore
        3.      James T. Frizzell

The three disinterested witnesses for Wesley were:

        1.      Augustus L. Walker
        2.      George Robinson
        3.      James T. Frizzell

The brother were mining at Galice when the Indian War began October 1855.  They enlisted as Privates and fought in the “Siege of Galice Creek”. 2

The 1860 census for Josephine County identified that the brothers were in the Walker’s Mill Precinct named after them and their sawmill and that Augustus was part of Wesley Walker’s household along with several other men (i.e. Taylor, Lane, Moore, Land, and Youck).  Wesley and Augustus were farmers.  The other men, except for Youck, were farm laborers.  Youck was a miner from China.  Wesley married Harrietta Peterson September 15, 1861.  Much later Walker Mountain was named after Augustus and Wesley.

 

  1. Hugo Neighborhood.  2005.  Donation Land Claimers, Hugo, Oregon: 1850 – 1855.  Hugo, OR.
  2. Claudette Morning Pruitt 2004, Come Take a Historic Journey Along the Galice Trail.  Morning Creek Enterprises.  Grants Pass, OR.  Page 16.

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