Terry Mason's Family History Site

Major lines: Allen, Beck, Borden, Buck, Burden, Carpenter, Carper, Cobb, Cook, Cornell, Cowan, Daffron, Davis, Downing, Faubion, Fauntleroy, Fenter, Fishback, Foulks, Gray, Harris, Heimbach, Henn, Holland, Holtzclaw, Jackson, Jameson, Johnson, Jones, King, Lewis, Mason, Massengill, McAnnally, Moore, Morgan, Overstreet, Price, Peck, Rice, Richardson, Rogers, Samuel, Smith, Taylor, Thomas, Wade, Warren, Weeks, Webb, Wodell, Yeiser.


Selected Families and Individuals

Source Citations

Lieu. Col. Thomas Estille Holland

1Holland Family Records Compiled by Pat & James H. Holland, Provided to T.Mason in 1999.

2FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96073920/thomas-estill-holland. "Son of Thomas Estill Holland and his wife Jane Stokley Holland. He graduated from the Missouri Medical College in St, Louis in 1874. In 1879 he was appointed Medical Director of the state militia as a Lieutenant Colonel. Tom moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas due to the poor health of his wife and in 1907 was a founding member and elected president of the Medical Association of the South West. He became famous for his use of the new medication salvarsan for the treatment of syphilis and worked at the Ozark Sanitarium." Image.

Jeanette Donan

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96073923/jeanette-holland. Image.

William Lefayerre Holland

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/104469389/william-lafayette-holland. Image.

Evelyn Jane Gillen

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88325588/evelyn-jane-holland. "Source: Obituary from The Omaha World-Herald Newspaper, Omaha, Douglas County, NE, USA
Friday, December 16, 1960

Holland - Evelyn J. Gillen, 9552 Lawndale St., Evanston, Ill. She was born and lived in Omaha; she passed on Dec. 12, 1960. Wife of the late William L. Holland of Omaha and Los Angeles, Cal.; mother of William M. Holland; grandmother of Marsha and Bill Holland.

Burial, Memorial Park, Evanston, Ill.

Source: Obituary from The Lincoln Star Newspaper, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, USA
Wednesday, December 14, 1960

Holland - Funeral of Mrs. Evelyn J. Holland, 80, who died Monday in Evanston, Ill. will be 1 pm Wed. at Habblethwaite Mortuary in Evanston. Burial in Memorial Park, Evanston. Born in Omaha, she had been employed at Roper & Sons nearly 20 years. She had lived in Evanston 13 years. Survivors: a son, William M. Holland of Evanston and two grandchildren." Image.

Henry Arrasmith

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106809902/henry-arrasmith. Image.

Jane Taylor

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/123929799/jane-arrasmith. "A Palouse Pioneer of More Than a Quarter Century

Mrs. Jane Arrasmith, a pioneer of the Palouse country, died December 28 at the old homestead where she had lived for 26 years and was buried in Bethel cemetery December 20, Rev. W. R. Lloyd of Spokane officiating. She was 77 years of age. The Arrasmiths are a numbers family and are among the oldest and best known in the county.

Jane Taylor Arrasmith was born near Knoxville, Tenn., May 23, 1829. When she was four years old her parents moved to Sullivan county, Missouri, where, at the age of 21, she was married to Henry Arrasmith.

During the summer of 1864 they crossed the plains and settled in Linn county, Oregon, a few years later moving to eastern Oregon near Pendleton.

In the spring of 1881 they came to this state, then a territory, and settled on the homestead four miles east of Colfax, where she lived until her death, having survived her husband about five years.

She was the mother of eight children, seven of whom survive her. They are John (state grain inspector of Washington), Jacob, Peter and Henry Arrasmith, Mrs. G. A. Draper, Mrs. N. Gillam and Mrs. J. Finch. She also leaves 37 grandchildren and five great grandchildren to mourn her loss.

Grandma Arrasmith, as she was familiarly known, was converted at an early age and joined the M. E. church, but later united with the United Brethren, remaining a member until her death. She lived a consistent Christian life with God's blessing continually in her hear, and was ready to go when the summons came, almost her last words being "Jesus is coming for me." She was a faithful and loving wife and mother, a true friend and was beloved by all who knew her.

The Colfax Gazette 4 Jan 1907
Colfax, Whitman, Washington." Image.

Hiram McDonald

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10587171/hiram-mcdonald. "HIRAM McDONALD. - The venerable and well known gentleman, of whom we now have the pleasure of speaking, is one of the builders of Union county, having the gratification of carving for himself a fortune and a name in this county, while also he labored for the advancement of the section and the development of its resources, being at the present time one of our most substantial and enterprising farmers and orchardists, while in the long period of his residence here he has manifested those sterling qualities of worth that characterize the real pioneer and typical man and which have won for him the encomiums of his fellows and the regard and esteem of all.

To Noah and Malinda (Jones) McDonald, on February 17, 1834, in Chariton county, Missouri, the subject of this sketch was born, and while he was still a child he was bereft of his mother by death. At the age of twelve, he went with his father to Linn county in the same state and thence to Sullivan county in 1854, remaining in that place until 1864. In the year last mentioned, he prepared the ox team conveyance and started across the plains for the regions of the west, being in a train of seventy-five wagons. No serious trouble occurred en route except the necessary hardships and deprivations of this weary and arduous journey and they landed in Linn county, Oregon, in due time, where our subject was numbered with the prosperous residents until the fall of 1872, when he migrated to Umatilla county in this state, one year later coming to the Grande Ronde valley, settling near his present place. It was in 1873 that he purchased the right of settler and took the land where he now lives, three miles north from Summerville. The original quarter section was the nucleus of an estate that was added from time to time and is now of the generous proportion of five hundred and twenty acres. It is well improved and he has one of the best orchards in the county, consisting of twenty acres of fine trees of every kind adapted to this section. The estate is embellished by a fine eight room modern dwelling, a commodious barn, and becoming out buildings with all the conveniences requisite to a first class farm.

On June 29, 1856, Mr. McDonald married Miss Margaret R., daughter of Peter and Permelia Taylor, and they have been blessed by the advent of the following children: Susan Elizabeth, wife of Fred Becker, of Prescott, Washington: Sarah J., wife of Enos Fisher: Mary, deceased: Annie, deceased: George W., married to Annie Smith; Lee, deceased; John, deceased: Ellen, wife of Charles Oswell, of Summerville. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald have borne their share of the hardships incident of the life of the pioneers wherein they have labored so faithfully and they are richly deserving, in these, the golden days of their career, to quietly enjoy the fruits of their wisely and assiduously bestowed efforts.

Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Counties
Page 436, 437
Copyright 1902." Image.

Margaret Rebecca Taylor

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10587178. "La Grande, Oregon
Monday, October 3, 1921


Mrs. Margaret McDonald lived to Ripe Old Age of 89; Was Long A Resident of County

The funeral of Mrs. Margaret R. McDonald of Summerville was held this morning. Services were held at the McDonald home in Summerville, interment being made in the Summerville Cemetery. Mrs. McDonald was one of the pioneers of the Grande Ronde valley and died Saturday morning.

She was married to Hiram McDonald in Sullivan county on June 29, 1856, her husband passing away in the year 1912. They moved to Summerville in the year 1875 and the family has lived there ever since. Eight children were born to them, several of whom survive.


The Recorder Newspaper
Elgin, Oregon
October 7, 1921

George McDonald's threshing crew has been laid off for a few days on account of the death of his mother, Mrs. McDonald, whose home was on Pumpkin Ridge.


The Recorder Newspaper
Elgin, Oregon
October 7, 1921

Early Saturday morning, at her beautiful home on Pumpkin Ridge, Margaret Taylor McDonald departed this life. Mrs. McDonald was born in 1831 in Missouri, being at the time of her death 89 years 11 months and 1 day old. She was marred to Hiram McDonald, who died January 12, 1912. In her early life and (indecipherable) 12, 1912. To this union were born nine children, five of whom survive her. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald crossed the plain in ‘64 by ox team and settled in the Willamette Valley, where they lived for seven years. They came to the Grande Ronde Valley in ‘71 and had since resided where she lived at the time of her death. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Smith of La Grande at the home, and the body was laid to rest in the Summerville cemetery." Image.

Thomas Ellis

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24891914/thomas-ellis. "Thomas lived at home west of Wyreka cemetery, where Louis & Mary his parents moved in 1850 after moving from IN. Thomas often preached at the Methodist Church at Wyreka, that his father Louis founded & Preached at Powersville soon after moving just northwest of the school building. Thomas was digging a Cellar & died of a heart attack." Image.

Elizabeth Miller

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24891879/elizabeth-ellis. "Wife of Thomas Ellis. Married 29 May 1868. Daughter of Brice Miller and Martha Holland." Image.

Jacob Holland Miller

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14218018/jacob-h.-miller. Image.

Candace Grindstaff

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14217998/candace-miller. "Missouri Death Certificate 1954
Worth County, Missouri
# 7950

parents: Alexander Grindstaff and Elizabeth James." Image.

Charles Norman Heltzel

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54124534. Image.

Blanch Roberts

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54124456/blanch-heltzel. Image.

Joseph Downing Price

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42036855. Image.

Mary Belle Pinkerton

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42036860/mary-belle-price. "d. 15 Jan 1929 Ormond Fl
Father: L.L Pinkerton
Mother: Sarah Ball." Image.