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  1-12-2002
My Oregon Trail Families
     I have known for many years that my great great grandfather Nineveh Ford crossed the Oregon Trail in a wagon pulled by oxen, but I had no idea how many of my ancestors did the same thing until my brother got me interested in genealogy shortly before he died in 1997.  In the years since, I have discovered the names of of those hearty people.  I even have photo's of some of them!

   Stephenie Flora has done a great job collecting and posting the names of the people who made that journey.  I have driven from San Diego CA to Norfolk VA (via Denver, CO), but it wasn't in a covered wagon!  ( It was a 1962 Olds Starfire with a V8 engine.)  My coast to coast trip took just a few days, and I had the convenience of motels, restaurants, Rand McNalley maps, and Interstate Highways.  There were bridges over every river I had to cross.  Our ancestors had none of these, and their journey of less than half the distance generally took about six months.  Several did not survive the journey.

Credits:

     Above all I must give credit to my dear wife Rachel who puts up with my many hours spent at the computer!  I must give credit to my cousin Don Houk who has been shaking the family tree for more than a quarter century.  A big thanks goes to Clint Joyce who sent me the Blakely, Brown and Browning family files.  Finally, lest we forget; I thank the people at RootsWeb.Com for the FREE web space!!!

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