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Superior to his older brother Isaac in documentation was Winfield Scott Ebey.He was a prolific diarist, whose original manuscripts are in a vault of the University of Washington Library in Seattle.They were obtained by a distinguished University of Washington professor of history from an Ebey descendant after a trip to the San Francisco area. Microfilmed copies are available.
Of particular interest are Winfield's first-hand account of his brother Isaac's assassination and his own journey as captain of the Ebey wagon train in 1854.On April 27, 1854, he left his family home in Adair County, Missouri, with a party of nine.Aboard were his father, Jacob Neff Ebey, his mother, Sarah Blue Ebey, and seven others,includingtwo sisters, two of a sister's children, and a cousin, George Beam.
In Council Bluffs, the Ebey party joined with other parties to form a train.Though only 22 years old, Winfield was elected train captain, with a total of nine wagons."From the start, Winfield made notes on the journey which he, in 1857, transcribed into a journal.His writing shows education and self-confidence.According to Winfield, when other parties in their train were attempting to obtain supplies or dispose of surplus, the Ebey party did neither because of their superior planning.They also thought they could take on the entire Indian nation if it became necessary."
"On October 12, 1854, Winfield Ebey and his party reached his brother Isaac's home on Whidbey Island.Isaac soon made Winfield a deputy collector of customs.He was admitted to the bar, and took part in the Puget Sound Indian War of 1855.Winfield also became Superintendent of Common Schools.Winfield died Feb. 21, 1865, in Petaluma, California, aged 33 years."He is buried on Whidbey Island in "the Sunnyside Cemetery which lies between the Jacob Ebey and Isaac Ebey farms."- George Ebey p. 38