Re: Washington Co. Oregon 1860: Hockett/Griffith surviving children
There is no record of John being a Quaker and I have tried to look into that myself but with not luck. I was wondering if he was here prior to 1847 and had found the census with the name of John Griffith; however, that is as far as I have gotten. I have checked many Quaker listing for cemeteries and bios but could find nothing. I am assuming that since the Hockett's travelled with the Lewelling family that they may have been Quakers as well, and being devout Quakers they would never marry outside of the religion.
Things were very difficult for Rachel though, a single young women suddenly finding herself carry for all of her younger siblings and her uncle decides to go off and fight a war leaving them all alone.
That may have been enough to cause her to decide to marry outside her faith. I actually got a hold of the documentary that was made of William A. Hockett's retelling of his adventures on the Oregon Trail. He doesn't mention where his parents were buried, but that they were buried in a fashion which would ensure that their graves would not be tampered with by the Native Americans. It also talks about John and Rachel taking the entire family to California for the Gold Rush for a period of time, but no detailed information other than that they return to Washington County and the years (which escapes me at this time).
Thank you for all your help! If you run accross anythin further please let me know.