William Wallace Dow was born in Pennsylvania September 18, 1818. He came with his family to Missouri leaving there with a sister, and brother headed for the Gulf taking a ship around the Cape to San Francisco, Calif ending up in Oregon Territory at a place near Starrs point later became known as Monroe, Oregon. Taking up a land donation claim William married Eliza Jane Stark Dec. 8, 1857Eliza had come with her family by way of the plains arriving in Oregon territory I believe around 1851, and settled on their land Donation claim in1854. They were neighbors of William W. Dow. From what I was told the brother, and sister of William left and went back home.My paternal grandmother was a direct decendant of this Dow line.